Play Right


Sorry, comics friends, but this has nothing to do with the Justice Society

The All-Star break seems like the perfect time to talk a little baseball.

I’m very happy that the National League won this year’s MLB All-Star Game 5-1 — not just because the game decides home-field advantage for the World Series, a fact that I fervently hope affects my Phillies, but out of good ol’ NL pride. National League baseball is real baseball.

The Now 52


Flash speeding at reader head-on surrounded by lightning and motion lines
Art © 2011 DC Comics. Pencils, Inks: Francis Manapul. Colors: Brian Buccellato.

I guess the new “52” initiative from DC, which rewrites the continuity of its main superhero universe (again) together with setting up a comprehensive digital-release plan for its comics, gives another meaning to “downloading the latest version of
Flash”.

Your friendly neighborhood comics shop — if one exists — faces a tougher marketplace than ever. New comics readers don’t tend to jump on the periodical train, while the trend among even dedicated longtime readers has been to give up the single-issue habit in favor of collected editions; unfortunately for comics shops, Amazon discounts almost all in-print hardcovers and softcovers deeply as a matter of course, while Borders (not without its own troubles) routinely offers coupons for at least 30% off a single item in-store or online to members of its free rewards program. And now single-issue readers who don’t want to wait for collected editions but are willing to wait just one month for prices on the digital version to drop from $2.99 to $1.99 on standard issues — likely not a big deal for those who already don’t visit the comics shop weekly and, of course, prefer or at least don’t mind owning a digital copy rather than a physical one — have a compelling alternative to what had been one of the comics shop’s main selling points. I have lots more to say about the DC plan, the retail conundrum, and digital vs. print in upcoming posts.



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DC in ’76



Cover to Our Army at War #295 © 1976 DC Comics.

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I before Zzzzz


Last night my nephew “I”, alias Ishmael for the sake of public sharing, arrived
with his sisters, “E” & “M”, and their mother for their annual summer visit.

Mom-Mom: “Are you ready to get in your PJs?”

Ishmael, who turned four last week: “No!”

Uncle Brian: “I just heard Mommy tell your sisters to put on their pajamas. She’ll probably be in here in a minute.”

Ishmael: “Yeah... We’re gonna have to hide.”



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Go Cub Go


photo of snow-leopard cub being licked by its mother

You don’t have to be a Mac user to appreciate this snow leopard.

But you do need some way of glomming onto cyberspace to watch 6ABC’s video of
the newborn cub at The Cape May County Park & Zoo in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. It was born in May to 8-year-old mama snow leopard Himani and 11-year-old papa Vijay, almost exactly a year after Himani gave birth to twin boys Sabu and Kaba. Just last month, The Philadelphia Zoo’s 3-year-old snow leopard Maya gave birth to a pair of cubs by 5-year-old Amga, video and photos of whom are also online. [Update: All but the zoo home-page links have gone bad.]



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