Response to Scott Lobdell's answers.

Let me preface by saying thank you to Scott for replying to just about every question. It was super awesome of him to do this. I'm pretty sure that there aren't many people who would go through the trouble for their fans like he has.

I am writing this blog to kinda clarify my question. I didn't want to sound like a douche considering most of the questions were pretty softball and repetitive. I was pleased to see that he wasn't offended by my question and he gave a great, in depth, answer. For those that missed it, here is my question and his answer.


One of the biggest criticisms currently directed against Teen Titans and Red Hood and the Outlaws, throughout the interwebs, is that they give off a 90s vibe. This seems to be a negative for some people. Do you see image of your mainstream 90s pedagree as being something to overcome or avoid?

"Hmmm. I don't think good stories have an expiration date, do they?

But I'll say I don't see Teen Titans through the prism of the 90s.... I just see it as an awesome series about interesting characters doing amazing things. And, while some people look at current comics and shout "Yea! Six pages of taking heads of a super hero team while they are on their ship heading to deal with some threat -- how compelling and groundbreaking, some seven years after the Office has been paving the way! This is the way comics should be!" I would say that is not something I find personally interesting or enjoyable.

I will tell you this: When I was writing Uncanny in my day, people would always ask "Are you ever afraid you are going to run out of ideas?" I would laugh and say "No! The opposite is true! Whenever I get a 22 page issue to write, I usually have 30 pages of story I want to tell! It is harder for me to keep everything in than it is to stretch things out!"

That is how I feel about the work I am doing currently! If that is 90s or old school then it is a pedigree I wear with pride!"

I asked the question because alot of the "Big" comic podcasts have pretty much written off his books because they feel the books give off a 90s vibe. Scott answered exactly the way I feel on the matter. I, like alot of people, grew up during the 90s boom. Looking back, it wasn't because of Superboy's weird haircut or any other gimmick. It was because the stories drove the books. A great story is timeless, if you don't believe me check out the huge list of movie remakes coming out. Conan, The Thing, fright night etc.. These are all movies that did not need a remake and no one wanted them. That is exactly what makes what Scott and the rest of the people at DC so great in regards to the relaunch. They are refreshing everything while not retreading the past. I can argue that Marvel's season one initiative is just as bad as the movie remakes. They are trying to make a buck in retelling old stories. DC is telling all new stories while using what we loved from the past to keep us feeling all warm inside.

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American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest -review so far- (1-3)

Let me start by saying, I have never been a big fan of horror comics. Not exactly sure why. The only time I usually give these books a try is if they are loud enough to get a film made. For example, the last horror series I bought was the original run of 40 days of night. The overall story was interesting and original enough. More recently I decided to give the first run of American Vampire a try. I had heard that Stephen King and Scott Snyder were involved, so I gave it a turn.   

Overall I thought it was... ok.   The art was good and the overall story was good but the issues felt a little disjointed. King and Snyder took turns with the issues and the different writing styles were obvious and jarring. The vampires themselves were a bit unoriginal. Typically a good vampire story takes liberties with the myth. However, the series basically recycled old ideas daywalkers, vampire race feuds, etc... If anyone has read Stephen King's Salem's Lot, you know he doesn't often get points for originality. The series also suffered from King's other common misgivings. The character development was a bit hit and miss. This problem was actually more evident in Snyder's issues. After all was said and done, I wasn't interested enough in the series to continue past the first five issues.(Hey, I got bills to pay!) 
This leads us to the five issue Survival of the Fittest. What can I say?.... 
The sad thing is, I almost didn't give it a look. When I originally heard about the mini series, I thought DC/Vertigo was just trying to cash in on the series which has become a critical darling. I originally thought, "Oh God, not another genre rip off. 40 days of night already did Nazi vampires." However, Scott Snyder has been on a bit of a roll lately. His Detective Comics run was epic. Maybe Mr. King was holding him back with the series? Maybe he can do better on his own? Yes he can!  
I jumped into the series after the third issue but I know if I had started with issue one I would have been hooked. My God, everything about this mini series is gold. The two main characters have been flushed out brilliantly so far. (Vampire babies? awesome!) The artwork is perfect. It is extremely detailed and yet it retains a darkness. This is mostly due to it's sketched appearance. While I am being a bit hypocritical. The story elements still aren't pushing the vampire mythos to new ground. But honestly Syder has crafted the borrowed elements to perfection. Nothing, so far, has been predictable. The arc of each issue is full of twists and turns. Very few times in my life have I NEEDED the next issue. The cliff hanger endings are heart stopping.    
  Whether you like horror comics or not, you are committing an act against nature if you miss out on this series. Did I mention this series is great? After the run is over I will give a complete breakdown. I didn't want to waste your time reading my blog when you could be BUYING THE BOOKS! 
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DC New 52 vs Marvel Season One

Just when DC's new 52 is on the verge of launching, Marvel starts to roll out their plans for their season one books. Unlike DC's single issues, Marvel will be launching a handful of graphic novels which will update their major character's origins. As far as I know, Marvel will continue their single issues unaltered.  
I have a few (selfish) problems with marvel's revamped books. 
1st) Don't get be wrong, I am all for a great Graphic novel but I personally wish they would be releasing the stories individually. Honestly, I'm not sure why they don't. Its not like Marvel hesitates to launch a series. They have like a million books out already. Judging by the most recent Ifanboy interview, ( Marvel seems to be more interested in directly competing with Superman earth one. They are trying to separate the market between single books and issues. Dear Lord, can they not allow DC any success? It's not like they are going to lose any of their market share anytime soon. Or are they? This leads to my second problem. 
2nd) In my opinion, Marvel is doing what DC, smartly, tried to avoid. I believe that DC used the success of Earth one as a test bed. They saw that the public is hungry for a modern reboot but they recognized that they would have to go all in. Marvel is trying to have its cake and eat it too. They are hoping to reboot while keeping the status quo. I believe they should have gone all out and started fresh. I know most people who will read this are die hard fanboys who hate to share their heroes and love to gloat about their 20th year subscription renewal slips but things really need to change.  The shops are filled to the brim weekend and week out with hundreds of spinoffs, cross, storylines, etc... Personally after almost twenty years I am exhausted. I applaud DC and wait for Marvel to truly follow suit. Of course only time will tell.  
I do know one thing. It will be interesting to gauge sales by the end of September. 
p.s. I am not a DC fanboy. I actually prefer Marvel most of the time. I just want my beloved past time to survive.      


What's the deal with Superboy's tattoo? Well, I have the answers.

There has been some confusion surrounding an early image of Superboy from the new teen titans. As you can see from the image below, Superboy appears to be sporting a tattoo! 

How could a being that is indestructible possibly get a tattoo? Judging by the cover of the new Superboy #1, it has been deduced that the tat may in fact be a bar code. To get to the bottom of the quandary I decided to go to the source. I hit up the artist, Brett Booth, at his blog to get the low down. Here is our conversation;  
me: " There is some debate to whether it is a tattoo or bar code?"  
Brett: " Yes it IS a barcode. These are just some preliminary sketches." 
Another person asked: " Hey brett did the idea for the barcode come from watching dark angel,cause they had barcodes on the back of their necks? I think the barcode is cool,I like that it symbolizes that he is a "super",but also that he was created,not born,like a product at the store." 
Brett replied: " Not that I know of. I misread an email about a tattoo, everyone seemed to like it and then either Bobbie or Katie suggested the bar code. 

I never watched Dark Angel (our cable provider stopped carrying it for a bit.)" 
Well, there you have it folks, it's a bar code. The most interesting thing to me is that it came about as a sort of accident. I am really looking forward to the books. It will be fun to see how the tattoo is written in. be sure to swing by Brett's blog to check out some more of his sketches and character designs.

The New DC 52

Oh God! I'm gonna be poor.Here is the list of the new 52 I have pre-ordered so far.   
1. Action Comics 
2. Superman 
3. Supergirl 
4. Superboy 
5. Justice league 
6. SwampThing 
7. Batman 
8. Detective Comics 
9. Batman and Robin 
10. Batgirl 
11. Batwoman 
12. Catwoman 
13. Batman the Dark Knight 
14. Red Hood and the Outlaws 
15. Aquaman 
16. Voodoo 
17. Teen Titans 
That's all so far. I am still debating a few more, Blue Beetle, I, Vampire.