This is my wallpaper for the iPhone Tony gave me.
Here’s a thing that happens to every creator on Twitter on one Wednesday or another: an incredibly sweet reader who really wants to support you, writes to tell you that they tried to buy your book at their [local comic shop] and it was already sold out! It’s only noon, they say! The shop only opened at 10! Your book must’ve flown off the shelves!
And then the creator, not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings, says, “Wow! Thanks for your support — better pre-order the next one!” and then they cry into their coffee. Because, friends, selling out by noon on a Wednesday is not good news. Heck, selling out by Thursday is not good news. That means your book was under-ordered — if it was ordered at all. If the consumer wants the product and we can’t get them the product, our system is broken.
I hate the pre-order thing. Hate it, hate it, hate it. Ten years ago, I was complaining about it on the [Warren Ellis forum] — I’m a shopper. I looooove to shop. I will spend money. But I am not going to buy a pair of shoes that I’m expected to order three months in advance and am not able to try on! And that’s what we’re asking of our readers. It’s the dumbest system. No wonder we have problems! Is there another industry that works like this?
And yet, here I am begging you: if you want to read this comic, please, please oh please, oh please: pre-order it. If you want to see more female-led titles from the mainstream publishers, pre-order this book. If you’re not familiar with how to pre-order, or you’re not sure why it’s so important, check in with me on Twitter @kellysue or on my blog at http://www.kellysue.com — some time in the next couple weeks I’m going to do a step-by-step blog post. Maybe I’ll even do one of those Warren Ellis-style pre-order coupons.
|—||Kelly Sue DeConnick on the dichotomous folly/urgency of pre-ordering comics, and her new “Captain Marvel” series, in an interview by Albert Ching at Newsarama.com. (via bowtiemoustache)|
From the transcripts of Captain Steve Rogers-
Recently I have had a lot of time on my hands. Crime has been slow. I thought it was because the Avengers and I had done such a good job at cleaning the streets and locking away so many villains…it turns out it was only the calm before the storm.
I was sent out on a mission to South America to investigate a suspicious castle whose occupants had been developing deadly super weapons. When I arrived I discovered things were much worse than I thought. In the castle was The Red Skull, Baron Zemo, Baron Von Strucker, Madame Hydra, Crossbones, Sin, Arnim Zola and the evil leader of AIM, MODAK. This group made up some of the most evil beings to ever walk the earth.
I tried to attack the villains but the army of Hydra and AIM soldiers were able to keep me distracted long enough for their masters to escape. Skull promised that danger was afoot though and I am already seeing his threat manifest.
Tomorrow I begin my scour of the world to find these terrorists and stop their plans of global genocide. Such luxuries as twitter and watching television and movies will be a lot more limited for me than what they have been. I will miss conversing with the friends I’ve met over the Internet as much as I have been, but your work comes first.
I will expand on my missions as they transpire in future posts. Please await for my updates in the near future.
I’ve been reading some issues of Cap and his Quirky Quartet. This was when Iron Man, Thor, Giant Man and the Wasp all left the Avengers and left Cap to hold the team together with three new recruits, all of whom had criminal/terrorist backgrounds. The members were Hawkeye, who had helped a Russian spy in an attempt to kill Iron Man, as well as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, two mutants who had worked for Magneto and later found out he was their father. I love these four when they are together. Captain America matured a lot and took on the leadership role during they’re adventures.
Here’s a picture of Hawkeye making fun of Cap, using the nick name, Wing Head. Hawkeye and Nick Fury use to always call Cap that name. It’s where I got my user name and I just wanted to share the image with those of you who don’t know why I call myself Wing Head.
It seems that Cap’s old flame is about to pop up in Cap’s book. Diamondback was Steve’s main squeeze during the 90’s. With Cap battling her old gang it set up the perfect time for her to drop back in. Diamondback was always the Cap books version of Catwoman. Can’t wait to see how Ed Brubaker brings her in.
Back when people made smoking sexy. Cancer and bad breath have tarnished the outlook. :p Still, there is a classical sexiness to this image of one of my favorite Cap stories.
Lately a few people have been asking to read some of my writing. I personally don’t like to share my writing for different reasons. But I have decided I need help with writing dialogue and the only way to get better at it is to practice. I’m halfway done with my first story which could basically be clarified as Captain America and the Avengers. Cap takes front stage and the story is about the team battling Magneto; from the X-Men comic books. You see a little interaction between Steve and Tony which I need a lot of improving on. The story also has a lot to do with Magneto’s children, who are members of the Avengers now. You’ll see them face the man who dictated their lives and tried to make them into murderers. This story is mostly done for practice and for fun. Since it was thought of and written in the same day it is not going o be that great, but like I said; I NEED the practice and others want to see my writing so…
I’m a few paragraphs away from being done with part one. I’ll be sure to share a link with you all on where you can read the story once it’s up.
Avengers Annual- Was good. Looking forward to the future story lines. Think it could tie into Avengers vs. X-Men.
Fear Itself: The Fearless- I only buy this book for Sin and Crossbones. Don’t like Valkyre and I don’t like stories about magic. That’s just me personally.
Avengers X Sanction #2- Mindless action. Buying it only to see what happens to start Avengers vs. X-Men.