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Chuck Rozanski has a change of heart, Mile High Comics will return to San Diego Comic-Con

Mile High Comics at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con

Mile High Comics at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con

Chuck Rozanski, President of Mile High Comics, reportedly lost $10,000 at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con because of low sales. The reason for the low sales wasn’t because people at San Diego Comic-Con weren’t in the market for old comics at 50 percent off. The real reason? San Diego Comic-Con exclusives.

Rozanski has accused comic publishers of cleverly exploiting the “greed and avarice” of comics fans by selling exclusive comics at their own booths. These greedy fans buy exclusive comics directly from the publishers, then have no more disposable income left to spend at his booths.

Rozanski threatened not to return to San Diego Comic-Con next year. Form his July 26 newsletter:

So where does this leave us? As much as I hate to admit this, it now seems obvious to me now that we finally have to end a lifetime of exhibiting at San Diego, and instead seek out relatively popular comics conventions in other cities. Especially conventions where our publisher friends choose to not exhibit. Doesn’t that thought just drip with irony? Comics publishers have evolved to become toxic to their own retailers. Who would ever have thought that would happen? Even with all my many years of experience, I simply cannot believe that our world has now been so perverted by the mania for exclusive variants, that comics retailers can now only survive in the absence of the very publishers we support. No matter how you look at it, this is a profoundly sad day.

Not so fast! It would seem that Rozanski has had a change of heart. From his July 29 newsletter:

If you are wondering why we did not succeed in meeting our convention goals this year, I would urge you to read my last two newsletters. Before you read my two previous essays, however, I want you to know that I ultimately did heed the outpouring of requests that I received from fans and professionals at the show, and renewed our booth for next year. In all honesty, however, I have to admit that my decision to renew at SDCC for one more year was driven more by an emotional response to all the kind words of support that we received, rather than any kind of good business sense. Simply put, I do not have any faith or belief that the circumstances that devastated our sales at this year’s convention will be in any way mitigated at next year’s show. Our comics publishers will all express sympathy with the plight of participating retailers at conventions, but will then continue engaging in behaviors that solely benefit them. Such is life.

Looking at the Mile High Comics booth at San Diego Comic-Con, I can honestly saw that if I were there, I’d walk right by. It looks too flea markety, too swap meetish to me. I’d figure that anyone slashing prices by 50 percent was probably charging too much to begin with. Traditionally, when merchandise is 50 percent off, it’s because there’s either something wrong with it, or that people just don’t want it.

If I went to the San Diego Comic-Con, it wouldn’t be to cheaply get stuff nobody else wanted.

Releasing a movie on September 11? Make sure the poster doesn’t show anyone jumping from a burning skyscraper

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is premiering in U.S. theaters on August 8, but it wont show up in theaters in Australia, where women glow and men plunder, until September 11.

That day is kind of a big deal. It’s a day that’s permanently etched into people’s brains. One might think then that anyone producing a poster for a movie coming out on September 11 would make sure that there is nothing about the poster that reminds people of the major event in world history that transpired that tragic day. Evidently the Paramount Pictures’ Australia branch never thought to check on that. They were probably too busy eating Vegemite sandwiches and drinking Foster’s oil cans. That’s what they like to do, when they aren’t out hunting crocodiles.

Here is the poster they posted on their official Twitter account:

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The movies’s characters, turtles who are highly training in the martial arts, jumping from a burning skyscraper with “September 11″ in all caps centered at the bottom of the poster. I don’t know who allowed this to get out, but it seems to me to be something somebody could get fired over.

(via Kotaku)

Buy my collection of ‘The Walking Dead’ comics

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Last night I posted what’s left of my The Walking Dead comic collection on eBay. I’ve sold a few key issues as individual listing, but I decided to sell the remaining 44 issues in one, big lot. I’ll probably get less money this way than if I sold each issue separately, but selling them in one lot spares me the hassle of trying to auction off each comic separately.

I started the auction as $130. That works out to be $2.95 per issue. That’s what I paid for the 44 comics, more or less. As of this morning, there are already three bids and the current price is $202.50. The auction ends August 4th at around 9:40 PM EDT. I have a 100% eBay feedback rating and a feedback score of 465. That would be really bad if it was a credit rating, but it’s not, it’s how many eBay members have had positive experiences with me on eBay.

Take a look at it if it sounds like something you’d be interested in.

THE WALKING DEAD comic book lot 44 issues [eBay]

Contrary to what that t-shirt says, water is not a human right

Photo: Rebecca Cook/Reuters

Photo: Rebecca Cook/Reuters

The city of Detroit has begun shutting off the water to city residents who haven’t been paying their monthly bills. So far, over 15,000 residential customers have had the water cut off, and thousands more will be joining them shortly.

From The Daily Beast:

Tangela Harris been doing her best to keep up, but when she was no longer able to work she had trouble stretching her monthly $780 in disability benefits to pay the water bill. So her water service was disconnected. Harris has since come up with $1,100 to have services restored but is having trouble keeping her $180 monthly payment to the water department. On top of that, her home has entered foreclosure because Detroit water bills are rolled into property taxes.

“They can say my house is condemned and take it,” said Harris, 38, a community organizer. “People think we’re not prioritizing, but it’s not that simple when you’re under the poverty level. It’s a different mindset.”

I’m confused. Is Tangela Harris disabled, unable to work, or is she working as a community organizer? Those two things seem to be mutually exclusive. If you’re disabled to the extent that you cannot work and earn a paycheck, but must receive money from the government just to get by, I’d think that you couldn’t be a community organizer.

If she’s obligated to pay $180 a month to the water department, it must mean she is in arrears. When was the last time she paid a water bill?

We pay our water bill each month. We do this because we realize that if we don’t, the city of Hagerstown will turn our water off. Having water is important. Not only do you need to it to drink, without water, you can’t flush the toilet or take a shower. You can’t wash your clothes or brush your teeth. If I had trouble paying my monthly bills, and couldn’t pay all of them, my water bill would be one of the things I would insist on paying. I’d go without satellite TV and Internet. I’d go without my iPhone.

I would never go without water.

I don’t know the nature of Tangela Harris’ disability, nor do I know what she did for a living before she became disabled. I also don’t know what bills she chose to pay each month instead of paying her water bill. I do know that life is a series of choices. Sometimes we make good choices, other times we make bad. Hopefully, when everything is said and done, the good choices outnumber the bad.

Choosing to not pay your monthly water bill? That’s a bad choice.

According to the protesters in the above photo, water is a human right. Actually, it’s not. Water is one of the many things in life that you both need and must pay for. Water isn’t free because it costs money to get and distribute. What if everyone decided that water was a human right, and because of this belief, refused to pay for it?

My guess is that there would be a lot of stinky, thirsty people, who can’t flush their toilets.