Daily Archives: November 11, 2008

Look Ahead, But Look Out

Marvel Comics’ decision to cancel its advance-preview copy program and to scale back online previews could impact sales of Marvel titles on a grassroots, word-of-mouth level, says one comics retailer.

News broke Monday that Marvel is discontinuing its First Look program, through which retailers could pay a small fee to get a handful of comics in their hands the week before their release. The retailer who announced the First Look cancellation expressed his dismay, as it was a perk that drew him to comics retailing in the first place. He said the First Look cancellation stems from a majority of participants declining the opportunity of maintaining it by agreeing to an increase in the weekly fee associated with the program.

Eye on Comics asked comics retailer (and friend) Randy Lander about the report, and he confirmed Marvel cancelled the program and the circumstances leading to its demise. He also confirmed that DC Comics cancelled its counterpart preview-package program, dubbed Sneak Peek, some time ago. DC had promised to replace Sneak Peek with something else, he said, but that alternative never materialized.

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Love Shoplifts Us Up Where We Belong

Token original graphic novel
Writer: Alisa Kwitney
Artist/Cover artist: Joelle Jones
Letters: Steve Wands
Editor: Shelly Bond
Publisher: DC Comics/Minx imprint
Price: $9.99 US/$11.99 CAN

The cancellation of the Minx line of graphic novels aimed at younger, female readers strikes me now as even more unfortunate news, as the Shelly Bond-edited brand has brought us yet another compelling read. Former Vertigo editor Alisa Kwitney lulls the readers into an expectation of conventional, by-the-numbers storytelling, but she ends up taking her audience down an unexpected path later on in the book. Like most of the other titles under the Minx banner, this one is a coming-of-age tale, but it doesn’t come off as derivative or repetitive. To be honest, though, it wasn’t Kwitney’s name that drew me to this book. I’ve been waiting for a chance to take in Joelle Jones’s artwork again since I first saw it in the excellent 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, penned by Jamie S. Rich and published by Oni Press. Though I think I favored her work on that project over this one, she still offers some strong visuals here.

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