I’ve been seeing a lot of people getting upset over the Robin, Nightwing, and Birds of Prey are ending. It should be noted that all of these are doing so at the same time as the “Battle for the Cowl” mini-event over in Batman, and as much as I’d like to separate Nightwing and Birds of Prey from the Bat-verse, they’re still pretty linked to it.

As such, I just want to address the fact that sometimes it’s easy to panic over things like this and worry that our favorite titles won’t be coming out, but remember that #1 issues tend to sell better these days than ones that are over #100, plus gives new readers the chance to jump on. Batman is certainly not going to be dying and I highly doubt these professionals don’t have storylines already planned for their series. As such, I say just be patient, enjoy the books while they’re coming back, and eagerly await Robin, Nightwing, and Birds of Prey #1.

Otherwise, if you continue to panic, after these books reappear, it’s very likely you’ll regret it. Why? Because you’ll do this:

And now back to our regularly-scheduled (yeah, right) Blog.

Doom’s IV #2

In the future, stupid names will be all the rage.

Another video recap (I love doing these).

If you’re having trouble watching this video on the Screenwave player, you can view it on youtube HERE.

Hurray for Promotion!

Admittedly, it’s not an all-out review talking about how awesome the book is and how EVERYONE SHOULD BUY IT, but Valerie D’Orazio, the blogger of Occasional Superheroine, has mentioned Revolution of the Mask (no, I’m never going to stop linking it) in a blog post today about the idea of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press, found here!

So go take a look and stick around to check out the blog! Val’s often-cynical-yet-hopeful looks at the comic book industry and pop culture as a whole are always inciteful and delightful (ooh, now I’ve gone all rhymey).

Which one is the clone?! By the time this story ends… you won’t care!

I decided to do something special for this recap, possibly something I’ll do more of in the future. Also, I know I was going to release it on Halloween, but since it’s done and everything, I figure what the hey. The previous two recaps can be found here:

Part 1

Part 2

If you’re having trouble watching this video on the Screenwave player, you can view it on youtube HERE.

Reading up on the Platinum Studios disaster from DJ Coffman, creator of “Hero By Night” raised an interesting point near the end made by business expert Jack Walsh – it’s better to overcommunicate with investors and clients or your creative staff than it is to stay silent for months at a time.

The reason I bring it up is because it’s an important point not only on the basic level of investors and creators, but also between creator and audience. Recently, a creator I talked to at FallCon mentioned that it was discouraged by a company to talk to fans about a project they had hoped to do.

What sort of logic is that? If you get people interested in it, they might actually want to READ it and BUY it. This is why people read interviews that promote upcoming books. They WANT to get interested in something and want to see if there’s something they’d like to add to their pull lists. If you don’t say anything, then you don’t hear about it and it goes under the radar until the book is canceled. Why do you think I’m trying to promote Revolution of the Mask as often as possible?

But then again, that communication shouldn’t necessarily be BAD communication. During DC’s weekly series Countdown, after every issue there’d be an intereview with the editor for the book and it was a DISASTER. Newsarama would ask serious, logical questions and they’d be shot down with “just keep reading” or frat boy responses that were supposed to be funny but ended up looking like they just weren’t interested in making a good book.

It’s especially frustrating when we get mixed signals from companies. They purportedly claim that they don’t pay attention to the internet because it’s only a small percentage of the comic-reading population, yet it’s the fastest way of getting feedback. And while I personally don’t believe in political polling (1500 people somehow being reflective of 350,000,000?), it might be a good idea to see what a good sample of the reading populace buys, especially since they don’t get sales figures for the comics for awhile. The internet provides quick and direct feedback to a title, so why not utilize it to the best advantage?

Bottom line – communication with your audience is important, because it makes the reader feel like that the creator actually cares about their work and what the people who buy the work think.