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lilacsigil said on October 7th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

I would rather read The Giant Omnibus of Bendis Dialogue Tics than ever read that glossy “women’s magazine” shit ever again. Bendis may be annoying but he’s not soul-destroying.

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Generic Lad said on October 8th, 2009 at 1:59 am

I would imagine most of their money comes from wealthy advertisers (Aren’t those sorts of magazines pretty much 75% ads anyway?) Marvel books seem to be all in-house ads with the odd Honda or anti-smoking thing thrown in.

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I think people tend to forget to forward address a lot of things.

I’ve gotten bills for the last *three people* to live in my apartment. And, for the coup de grace. A magazine that’d come in a paper wrapping. A gay magazine that’d come in a paper wrapping. …. My wife wanted to keep it. I tossed it.

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http://darklandsberlin.com/

There’s your platinum internet shopping. Only the truly rich at heart can actually see the button to enter the website proper.

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Glamour is $3.99 an issue at 246 pages because they know who their readers are, are able to articulate that target demographic of readers in a concise way, and are able to convince advertisers that the target demographic for their magazine will shell out $75 for a T-shirt or buy perfume to smell like Reese Witherspoon or buy whatever other nearly useless thing their advertising that costs a quarter to make and several hundreds of dollars to purchase.

Marvel and DC still haven’t figured out who their target demographic is, and therefore can’t convince advertisers that their target demo would be willing to shell out good money for crap. To be fair to Marvel and DC, I’m not sure that it isn’t that they haven’t figured out their target demo, it’s that they’re somewhat creeped out by the type of stuff that the target demo would want to buy based on ads in their comics (see the statue section of Previews, or really just about any section of Previews). So they may just be in denial.

It was much easier when “comics were for kids”. Since conventional wisdom is that kids are stupid and will send you money for glasses promising X-ray vision or Sea Monkeys or “footlockers” of toy soldiers or whatever other crap they tried to pawn off on comics readers back in the day. Not that that’s true, just that it was easy to convince advertisers that kids were stupid and easily manipulated by ads in comics. Nowadays Marvel is stuck trying to explain to Toyota why they should be advertising Lexuses in their comics. And really, who wants to be the sales guy who’s trying to make that sell?

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Argh. Stupid “their” vs. “they’re” mistake. Die now!

Need more coffee…

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MooseAlmighty said on October 8th, 2009 at 10:07 am

So is a $3.99 comic worth it if it includes a nude (but strategically covered) photo spread of plus-size comic creators?

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Lawnmower Boy said on October 8th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Hey, look, guys. If something is obviously important (say, glamour magazines) to other people, don’t say, “other people are crazy.” Say, “I don’t get other people, but I’m sure what they like makes sense to them.” Happier world all around.

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Yeah, but comics never include perfumed ads to subject you against your will to what the Punisher smells like.

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Shemp Duchamp said on October 8th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Lawnmower Boy, where did anyone say anyone was crazy? The author said the MAGAZINE was weird.

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Man, people who don’t read all the words are CRAZY. Batshit magazine-huffing crazy, not just regular type

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Hey, look, guys. If something is obviously important (say, glamour magazines) to other people, don’t say, “other people are crazy.” Say, “I don’t get other people, but I’m sure what they like makes sense to them.” Happier world all around.

Man that is just crazy-talk, anyone who doesn’t need to call someone who disagrees with them nuts a couple of times a day to feel happy must be like, out of their goddamn minds or something.

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So is a $3.99 comic worth it if it includes a nude (but strategically covered) photo spread of plus-size comic creators?

Good heavens, no. I do not wish to see Stan Lee’s “Excelsior” at any price.

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That’s some long-ass post about Glamour magazine.

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If I read Glamour regularly I would probably have less to say about it.

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Ha! I read that Glamour Magazine. It was pretty lame.

But shit man, have you never seen a women’s magazine before? If you want full-out crazy, read Cosmopolitan.

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Evil Abraham Lincoln said on October 14th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Glamour gave one of my ex-girlfriends the bright idea to try and ram her finger up my… no-no place. Emphasis on the word “ex”. That being said, it’s still a better bargain than either Marvel or DC.

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