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Happy Easter to those who celebrate!

❛ What are your Easter plans? ❜
❛ You’re never too old to hunt some eggs! ❜
❛ I’m going to Church, mind joining me? ❜
❛ I hope you have a wonderful Easter my friend! ❜
❛ I can’t believe it’s supposed to snow on Easter! ❜
❛ We’re coloring some eggs for Easter, want to help? ❜
❛ I’m baking some goods for Easter, mind helping me? ❜
❛ Are you supposed to boil the eggs before coloring them? ❜
❛ Hey! I got a dollar in one of my plastic eggs! ❜
❛ I never really went egg hunting, ever in my whole life. ❜
❛ So, you walk around and find eggs? That’s it? ❜
❛ Are you going to go shopping with me later? ❜
❛ How does this outfit look? I’m going to wear it for Easter. ❜
❛ Who gets drunk on Easter? ❜
Oh, Easter! Another holiday to use as an excuse to drink! ❜
❛ I drink on all holidays, especially Easter. ❜
❛ I’ve got a surprise egg for you! ❜
❛ Help me fill these eggs with candy. ❜
❛ I can’t believe it’s already Easter. ❜
❛ I never really cared much for Easter, or any holiday. ❜
❛ You didn’t come to the Easter festival today? ❜
❛ Isn’t this like for kids more than anyone? ❜
❛ A holiday to play with eggs! Sounds delightful! ❜
❛ I’m taking my child to see the Easter bunny, want to tag along? ❜
❛ I always loved getting my picture taking with the Easter bunny. ❜
❛ This egg is my egg, I’m keeping it. ❜
❛ Please don’t say you’re wearing that? ❜
❛ I made you a Easter basket. ❜
❛ I got you a Easter basket anyway. ❜
❛ Easter candy is my favorite! ❜
❛ Don’t wait up for the Easter Bunny for that one. ❜
❛ Christmas and Easter are probably the two holiest days in the Christian calendar. ❜
❛ I enjoyed watching the Easter Parade. ❜
❛ The shops are closed on Easter. ❜
❛ Are you going to that Easter thing this weekend? ❜
❛ I’m decorating for Easter, want to help out? ❜
❛ Hey, check out this cool Easter banter I’m going to hang later. ❜
❛ I have a chocolate egg just for you. ❜
❛ I love Easter and all the pastel coloring! ❜
❛ Pastel colors are Easter’s aesthetic. ❜
❛ I just love all these pastel colors! ❜
❛ Tell me, what is Easter again? ❜
❛ Ahh, Easter! Another holiday with great candy! ❜
❛ I’m so not ready for Easter yet. ❜
❛ So, doing anything fun for Easter coming up? ❜
❛ I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend! ❜
❛ I always loved Easter as a child! ❜
❛ Easter is like my favorite holiday! ❜
❛ I got you a Easter card, hope you like it. ❜
❛ What should I get my boy/girlfriend for Easter? ❜
❛ I really wanted to get you something for Easter. ❜
❛ We should totally sign up to be in this Easter parade. ❜
❛ They’re handing out free candy because it’s Easter this weekend. ❜
❛ They do have Easter baskets on sale, want to get check them out? ❜
❛ There is nothing in this basket but candy? ❜
❛ I’ve got some extra Easter supplies you can use to make a basket. ❜
❛ Easter is like a arts and crafts holiday. ❜
❛ I’ve never been so excited for Easter before! ❜
❛ Why are you so excited for Easter? ❜
❛ I think this Easter will be better than my last. ❜
❛ It just feels like another day to me. ❜
❛ I can’t believe you don’t want to have some fun! ❜
❛ Did you get the basket I mailed you? ❜
❛ I mailed you gift. ❜
❛ Happy Easter! ❜
❛ I don’t really want to participate in this event. ❜
❛ Aw, you’re such a downer! Cheer up! ❜
❛ I really need your help with sitting this up. ❜
❛ I will never be able to pull this Easter party off. ❜
❛ Hey, it’s a double holiday! My birthday is this Easter! ❜
❛ So, is Easter is always on a Sunday? ❜
❛ I can’t believe you’ve never went egg hunting before. ❜
❛ You have not lived until you’ve hunted for eggs like they were gold. ❜
❛ It’s a Easter costume contest, just do it with me! ❜
❛ Who wears a costume on Easter? Other than the Easter bunny. ❜
❛ Plot twist, I’m the Easter bunny. ❜
❛ What’s a good book to read to kids on Easter? ❜
❛ This is the best way to go about doing it I guess. ❜
❛ I really didn’t Easter was this weekend. ❜
❛ I thought Easter had already passed. ❜
❛ Is there going to be food at this event? ❜
❛ Aw, what a cute picture of you and the Easter bunny. ❜
❛ I’ve got so many baskets to make this year. ❜
❛ I’m going to church with my family, I told you already. ❜
❛ I love this Easter day sale. I’ve been here all day. ❜
❛ All the stores are having a sale for Easter and I’m not missing it. ❜
❛ I just bought so much Easter crap. ❜
❛ I collect Easter eggs, if you were wondering why I have so many. ❜
❛ Okay, we got everything we need, now let’s get to work. ❜
❛ The school is having a Easter thing in the gym, want to go with me? ❜
❛ I never understood Easter. ❜
❛ Does the Easter bunny have a name? ❜
❛ Let’s just go shopping, that’s always helpful. ❜
❛ I really must admit, I didn’t think you could pull this off. ❜
❛ Is that a Easter bunny I see? ❜
❛ Let’s go to the petting zoo for Easter! ❜
❛ I love Easter festivals, they’re so much fun! ❜
❛ Well, for what it’s worth you make the best Easter bunny. ❜
❛ Wow, you work as the Easter bunny at the mall? ❜
❛ I’m dressing up as the Easter bunny this year for all the kids. ❜
❛ I’m just here to take pictures for my scrapbook. ❜
❛ Let’s start a Easter scrapbook! ❜
❛ So, we’re heading out early tomorrow, set your alarm. ❜
❛ Man, coloring eggs is pretty messy. ❜
❛ You should have put newspaper down before. ❜
❛ I got you a pet rabbit for Easter. ❜
❛ What’s a good Easter gift for someone? ❜
❛ Is Easter this weekend? ❜
❛ Ever notice how Easter is always on a Sunday? ❜
❛ I’m ordering pizza for Easter, I don’t care! ❜
❛ Okay, so cute these papers into shapes of eggs or rabbits. ❜
❛ I’m send you a special someone for Easter. ❜
❛ Did you ever get that Easter basket I made for you? ❜
❛ I love making Easter baskets! It’s so much fun! ❜
❛ We’re setting up a Easter theme. ❜
❛ This is a beautiful Easter play idea. We should do it. ❜
❛ Are you auditioning for the Easter play? ❜
❛ The school is having a Easter day play, you want to come? ❜
❛ It’s perfect weather for a Easter Sunday! ❜
❛ Okay, help me hide these eggs for the kiddos. ❜
❛ We have to hide all these eggs. ❜
❛ Fill the rest of those plastic eggs. ❜
❛ The eggs you found you keep. ❜
❛ There is going to be a egg hunting contest later. ❜
❛ Don’t forget to watch for the Easter bunny on TV later. ❜
❛ I’m not that into Easter this year. ❜
❛ How are you not ready for Easter? ❜
❛ Is Easter always chaotic like this? ❜
❛ I’m going to take Easter pictures with my family. ❜
❛ Easter cards are an actual thing? ❜
❛ Wait, so you had no idea it was Easter? There are posters everywhere. ❜
❛ I auditioned to be in the Easter play at school so I could skip going to church with my parents. ❜

OK TIME FOR A NERD RANT!!!!!! Gabriel is talking utter bullshit!!!! I love both the new diverse characters and the old classics, every month i buy the latest issues of Spider-man, Champions, Avengers, Spider Gwen and my absoulute favourite super heroine ; Ms Marvel! All my fellow comic book fans that i’m friends with love these books and critics do to.

It’s idiotic to say that Female centred books are to blame for poor sales seeing as The Mighty Thor (Jane Foster version) sells waaaaaaaaaay more than her Odinson counterpart, that Wolverine (Laura/X23) is more popular than ever and that Ms Marvel (Kamala Khan) is constantly a best seller both digitally and physically!

And so what if some of the new characters are not white? So what if they’re gay? So what if they have a diffrent faith? These stories are about heroes and not all heroes are going to be thirty/forty something white dudes.

What’s hurting Marvel sales are there Crappy events like Civil War II and Monsters unleashed….ok nerd RANT over!

Part of my book haul from yesterday’s library book sale. Yes, most of these will become giveaways. :) 

Of these, I’ve read The God of Small Things, The Stranger, The Color Purple, Beloved, and The Master and Margarita. I recommend all of them, but I loved The God of Small Things and Beloved best. Have you read any of these? 

How to Market a Book Yourself

I may be the last person to give advice about self-promotion. I hates it. But it’s a necessary evil and so I do it anyway. I also watch other people doing things I don’t do and that I probably should do because I have lots of writer friends. So here’s my best stab at it.

If you’re trying to market a book yourself, it’s actually a lot easier if you publish it yourself, as well. You’ll have more control. But I’m going to go through both scenarios here.

If you publish the book yourself:

1.      Get to know amazon’s algorithms intimately. You need to change the price in the beginning to see where people are buying. You probably need to do sales. You need to advertise those sales on your own social media accounts and hopefully get other people to do the same.

2.      Local bookstores are your friends. Don’t harass them, but if they have a way for you to offer them a book to look at, try it. Offer to do a signing. If you have a friend already at the store, that helps a lot.

3.      Start making a list for a newsletter. A lot of the authors I know who are successful at self-publishing do this very, very carefully. They cull their lists for people who aren’t buying (because it costs them to send out their newsletter). They have a careful rhythm of sending out newsletters around when they have new books out.

4.      Write a lot of books. Self-published authors seem to do better publishing multiple books a year.

5.      Offer freebies. It’s hard when you only have one book out, but you can do excerpts. You can also offer other kinds of freebies, from podcasts to short essays to youtube interviews. You can even giveaway other sorts of prizes, jewelry specially made for the book, or T-shirts (bookmarks are useful, too, though maybe not here).

6.      Patreon is a way to get people to support you financially if you don’t have books coming out they can buy regularly enough. People pay a monthly fee and you give them special information or access to you.

7.      Find unusual places to stock your book. Think about the mall, the local craft fair, the state fair, the local comic con, any place you could get a booth. Get volunteers to help man the booth with a smile.

8.      Get reviews. Send out copies for free to people who will give you an amazon or Good Reads review. These are very valuable. Ideally, you’ll get 50. Good things start to happen then. (20 is a good number to shoot for at first, as well.) Be careful these aren’t people too closely connected to you on-line or amazon may reject their reviews.

9.      Use friends. Friends who love your book and recommend it are the best. Even better if they work at a bookstore or are a librarian.

10.  Write another related book. This may sound like giving up, but it’s not. Keeping your audience interested is a key factor. I’m not talking about a sequel, but a book that’s similar in audience.

If you publish the book with a publisher:

1.      Go to conferences. Sometimes you offer to go for free and hope your publisher will also be there to help promote the book. Local cons can be a good place to go volunteer and get to know the staff, as well.

2.      Make a list of people in the industry you know your publisher can send the book to, either for blurbs or just to help promote it.

3.      Use your own blog/social media/website to promote the book smart. Don’t just use a megaphone to talk about it. Do freebies, contests, anything to get attention.

4.      Pitch yourself to local newspapers and magazines, even radio and TV talk shows if you can.

5.      Think about your favorite podcasts and how you might go on them as an interviewee to help promote the book.

6.      Ask to do a writing workshop at your local library. (If you’re a children’s author, you can do this at local schools, as well.)

7.      Don’t be a jerk. It may feel like you’re slogging uphill all the time and there’s no point to this, but this is a long, slow game you’re playing. Everyone is a potential ally.

8.      Think about related skills you have and ways you can leverage those to reflect on your book. Does your book have cooking in it? Can you do cooking? What about a craft? You can use these skills to draw a different group of people to your book.

9.      Stir controversy. If your book may offend people, you can go the route of doing it on purpose, just to get more interest going. As they say, there’s no bad publicity.

10.  Take people to lunch. This is short hand in general for making friends with people inside the publishing company who can do things in-house for your book that you can’t do yourself. Make sure they like you, if you can. If you’re in town, alert them and see if you can visit the house.

Mycroft Fan Book - An Update

Originally posted by enigmaticpenguinofdeath

I’ve recently taken on this project from @theartofforensics who unfortunately can no longer see it through to completion due to IRL commitments. 

If you’re not aware of what the project is then it’s basically a book of art and writing in an A-Z format covering topics related to Mycroft Holmes (more info here). There are loads of amazing writers and artists (and also me) signed up to contribute so far. It will be available in print and also as an ebook. 

Where the project is at right now:

  • I’ve sent out an email this afternoon to all existing contributors with details on how to submit work (I’m asking for submissions to be sent again so I don’t miss anyone by accident)
  • Once I have all the existing submissions I’ll start to format the book and see if there are any gaps in content (e.g. letters with no submissions). If needs be I’ll put out a call for new submissions to fill those gaps.
  • I’m setting a very approximate date of the end of September to have the book completed and open for pre-orders.
  • There will also be an ebook format - details of that will be released in future.
  • At the moment I can’t give an exact price for print copies because it all depends on the size of the book (and which company gives me the best quote for printing), but this book is not for profit so the price will be kept as low as possible.
  • I will be responsible for packaging and shipping the orders, and sales will more than likely be through storenvy (I’ll confirm the exact sales outlet at a later date) 

There’s still time to get involved! 

Because it’s been quite a while since the first call for submissions, if you’d like to get involved please email me at mycroftfanbook [at] gmail [dot] com and put fan book in the subject line. I’ll then invite you to the contributor spreadsheet and you can pick one of the letters/topics you’d like to write or draw for. As mentioned earlier I’m looking to get the finished product together by the end of September (ish), so make sure that approximate timescale works for you. 

If anyone has any questions about anything at all drop me an email, DM on twitter, tumblr message etc and I’ll do my best to help. I’m in the UK so on GMT+1.

I’ll be using the tag #mycroft fan book on my blog to post updates from now on.



email:  mycroftfanbook [at] gmail [dot] com

twitter: @ thediogenes

anonymous asked:

I very much enjoyed your dead fandoms posts, but I have to say your assertion that Legion of Super-Heroes was "never a top seller" is incorrect. The series was actually *hugely* popular -- it was DC's 2nd best seller in the 80s, topped only by New Teen Titans, and maintained extremely respectable sales until just this last decade. It wasn't until, as you said, the multiple reboots that the book started shedding readers and slipping down the sales charts.

Noted, but I did not write the post. It was written by @vintagegeekculture. I merely re-blogged it.

Please support your local writers

Reblogging posts about writing, writers, and books may not be as pretty and fit the aesthetic of your page like supporting visual artists might, but I promise it is equally important. Writers spend years of their life on projects only to have them glanced by in 30 seconds. The books you see being recommended or on best seller lists got there because their agents and sales teams had tens of thousands of dollars to spend to make sure everyone in the world had heard of the book and paid reviewers to read and rate. Most authors don’t have this luxury. They make their entire living off of word of mouth. 

It takes less than a second to reblog a writer’s post, whether it be an excerpt or a sales notification. Signal boosting can literally make or break someone’s career and make a dream come true. If you don’t have time to read or the money to spend on a book, just reblog and help spread the word. Help that book get noticed. This site spends a lot of time preaching about supporting diverse narratives and wanting more representation, but none of that can happen if you don’t support the people trying to provide you that content. Show the big companies–the ones with money–that these stories matter.

Anonymous asked:

About promoting your work on the internet, with an author’s site or blog, what are your recommendations and tips? I follow many authors that have a wordpress blog, is wordpress better than tumblr? What are the differences between a blog and a site and which is better and what should I put in it? How do I to let my public know that a book is on the way and keep them interested in it whithout oversharing its details? Sorry for the many questions.

This is a really great question! :)

I personally use wordpress as both my author web site and blog, and I use the online version rather than the one that you download. What I like about it is that you can easily create a professional looking web site that introduces you, promotes your work, helps readers find you on social media, and incorporates a blog. You can also use a custom domain on wordpress, which is great.

The main purpose of an author blog is to keep your readers updated on your upcoming releases, but it also allows you to create other content that will keep readers interested and draw new potential readers to your web site. Since many readers also like to write, blog posts about your writing process, personal writing tips and advice, and other writing-related posts can be a great source of content. You can also look to your genre as source material. If you’re a science fiction writer, you might do blog posts about advances in science and technology that relate to your novel worlds in some way. Some authors like to do more personal posts as well, talking about their lives, sharing recipes or other life-related tips and advice, however you don’t want to go too heavy on that sort of thing. Finally, you can use your blog to post occasional short stories, poetry, or bonus content.

A lot of authors like to have both a blog and a tumblr. Every social media platform has its own main use, but a lot of stuff ends up being cross-posted. Here are some popular uses for each platform:

Author web site - your professional presence on the web and your main storefront, home of your blog and “about” page.

Facebook - a place to post updates and news, promote your novels, advertise contests and giveaways, promote upcoming book launches, and to share articles and other material that relate to your novel or genre in some way. You can also link to blog posts and share photos you’ve posted to Instagram. It’s best to avoid a lot of personal stuff and you should also avoid posting about politics or other opinions that could put off readers.

Tumblr - many writers use tumblr to blog things that relate in some way to their novels/novel worlds/characters in some way or that otherwise speak to them as a person and an author. They may re-blog motivational quotes, fan-art of their stories, photos or art that serves as writing inspiration or is reminiscent of their novels. It can also be used to cross post Instagram photos and blog posts.

Twitter - twitter is great for news and updates, promoting contests and giveaways, cover reveals, interacting with fans, and re-tweeting anything pertinent to you as an author or to your story worlds. It’s usually best to avoid a lot of sales promotion here, though. Announcing a book launch or a big sale is fine, but you don’t want to bombard your followers with pleas to purchase your book.

Instagram - your Instagram posts can be a bit more personal, but it’s still great to keep it tied into your writing somehow. Post photos of your writing desk, photos of your work scattered about you, photos from research trips, etc. You can also use a site like Canva to create pretty quotes from your novels or inspirational quotes from other writers.

Pinterest - Pinterest is great because you can set up separate folders for everything. You can set up folders that relate to each book, or elements of each book. Or you can have a folder that’s general world inspiration, general character inspiration, etc. Plus, you can have a folder for writing tips, quotes, and poetry graphics. Finally, you can have a few personal folders so your readers can see things like what you’d want in your dream garden, recipes you want to try, home decor you think is cool, etc.

Goodreads - You definitely want to have a Goodreads page once your first book comes out. Not only does this allow you to put your book on Goodreads so readers can mark it to be read and review it, but it also allows you to post news and updates and interact with readers.

There are lots of wonderful articles online that can walk you through setting up your author and social media pages. It’s a good idea to do it as soon as you’ve completed the first draft of your novel. That gives you time to start building up an audience while you’re working on subsequent drafts and editing. If you’re pursuing traditional publishing, having an established platform will look great to potential agents and publishers. :)

Have a writing question? I’d love to hear from you! Prohibited topics: portrayal of diverse characters, emotions, specialist knowledge questions (medical, etc.), “how to portray/describe,” asking for tropes/cliches; broad, vague, or complicated questions. See master list & main site for more info! 

When Oculus does go back onto the market as a purchasable hard copy, I’ve decided I’m going to donate any money I make from their sales to a child abuse prevention/help organization. The story was written to help myself cope as well as reach others affected, I want to do the most with that message I can.

I’m going to have to do a lot of research for which would be best to donate to, but I’ll let you guys know more about it when the book is back up for sale.

anonymous asked:

Hello, are you and Maleev still working on Scarlet?

Absolutely. Not only are we working on book 3 but the TV show is in active development. We will have updates on that very soon and it’s very good news. We have an outstanding show runner and director.

 not a day goes by where it’s not readily clear that Scarlet is the right story to tell

and oh shit!  it is on sale!!  Seriously, if you love Alex and I on daredevil or infamous Ironman I actually think you would absolutely love Scarlet. It’s Alex’s best work

anonymous asked:

What's going on with Marvels comics this time?

Okay, so this guy who called himself “The Whisperer” who claims to be a Marvel Comics employee dumped a crap load of company dirt onto reddit. Once those rumors surfaced Bleeding Cool ran an article about how it was all crap. And then the rumor leak guy fired back that Rich, the administrator of Bleeding Cool, got paid by Marvel to write the article debunking his rumors. Honestly the entire thing is like a soap opera.

I mean I shouldn’t find this stuff interesting, normally I don’t, I stay away from gossip sites for a reason (and that reason is most of it’s torrid and exaggerated) but as someone who’s worked in the market of business data and trends for twenty years I *have* been wondering why Disney hasn’t intervened with the comics division of Marvel when a) it’s going under, sales are way down and b) they’re ruining their brand with crap storytelling. So out of all of these ‘rumors’ the one I can actually believe is that Disney is staging an intervention and also toying with the possibility of moving Marvel Comics to Burbank, California in order to keep a closer eye on them all.

Anyway, the rumors that started the drama are copied and pasted under cut (and by pasting them here I am no way claiming or endorsing that they are in any way valid, they very well could be a bunch of crap) and I linked the Bleeding Cool article debunking some and taking credit for others above…

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Birthday & Library Sale Haul

I had my birthday recently, and I went to a library sale recently. So here’s what I got! 

Books I got for my birthday: From left to right & top to bottom:

  • The Starlit Wood edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe 
  • When the World Wounds by Kiini Ibura Salaam
  • Roadsouls by Betsy James
  • Redder Than Blood by Tanith Lee
  • The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Seventh Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
  • Pretty Journal
  • Slade House by David Mitchell
  • A Book of Women Poets From Antiquity to Now edited by Aliki Barnstone and Willis Barnstone 
  • Sisters of the Revolution edited by Ann Vandermeer and Jeff Vandermeer
  • Pretty Journal
  • The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Fifth Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
  • The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror Sixth Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

My Library Sale Haul. From Left to Right & Top to Bottom ($9 Total!) 

*Monkey not included

Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

The Book of Lost Tales 1 by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Moon and the Face by Patricia A. McKillip

The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

Perfume by Patrick Suskind

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood 

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

See any titles you’ve read or authors? What did you think of them?
Books: New and noteworthy
Look for new books by Daniel Silva, Chris Colfer and Kathy Reichs.

USA TODAY’s Jocelyn McClurg scopes out the hottest books on sale each week.

3. The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide by Chris Colfer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, fiction, on sale July 11)

What it’s about: Twins Alex and Conner ride to the rescue in the Big Apple as fairy tale characters escape the confines of their world.

The buzz: This is the last book in the Glee star’s best-selling series for kids, which has been optioned for the movies, with Colfer set to direct The Wishing Spell.


Selling the entire Fruits Basket Manga series! 
Volumes 1-23; books are in excellent-like new condition; comes from a smoke-free home. Tokyopop shut down years ago; they no longer make these books.
Selling as a set only.
It’ll be $250 CAD to ship within Canada.
And $210 USD + actual shipping cost to ship to the US.
Message me with your zip code and I will give you a quote. :)
Shipping to US and Canada only. 
Thanks, lovelies!

samuelpino  asked:

What do you think about The New 52 and not just Superman and Wonder Woman? Many people inssist that it was terrible and that DC Rebirth is the beast thing in DC Comics and while i admit that Rebirth is very creative in some areas i can't stop feeling confuse because of what they're doing. Also, i came to think that maybe The New 52 indeed made some mistakes (Bar Torr and Lobo) but i still think that it was actually better that most people realize. So i will like to know everyones opinion.

Stories from the new 52 were very good. From Action Comics, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Aquaman, Batman, Batwoman, Batman and Robin, Green Lantern, Animal Man, Metal Men, Harley Quinn and so many more. They were easy to get into as well.  These people are long time fans who want no change. They want what they read for the last 20 some years to stay the same. No other people it seems have a right to have updated versions of the characters. They alone should dictate the direction of comics. Compare honestly Rebirth to New 52. New 52 was creative. Rebirth is a recycled rehash of the 90ties that has been so convoluted that many people are confused by what happened or did not happen or have to get so messy and complicated in their explanations to try to justify the changes that it just suggests bad writing .DC jumped the shark to give older readers…the “meat and potatoes”…”the longbox” collectors what they demanded than try to build on what they did in the 2011 reboot and  have a more diverse and broader readership. They deliberately messed up the new 52 .

 DCYou was an initiative tried to be more diverse but it also ended up messing up the momentum of many good books with necessary crossovers and idiotic plot points. Eg Peter J Tomasi who had Clark tell Diana he did not love her anymore as the main selling point. Tell me. You love them as a pairing or a casual and new fan to DC, is that a way to get you buy their title? Tomasi was out to sabotage a successful book. DC was already planning to screw the new 52 and a good Superman version.

End of the day DC’s core audience don’t want diversity. It can be seen by the poor response to DCYou and even the few diverse titles in Rebirth. Look at Cyborg, New Superman and Batwoman and Apollo and Midnighter, etc and where their numbers are post Rebirth. They are terrible. It says something about the readership DC pander to and sadly something about DC in that they allow themselves to not try to be more creative, experimental and inclusive. Also take the blurbs that go along with Rebirth and the manner they address the readership. They make it seem as if new 52 fans mean nothing. The new 52 actually according to analysts saved the industry. It gave DC and Marvel and huge boost and DC are spitting at it and the fans by not acknowledging it. I stopped buying DC when the new 52 ended. DC are not catering for the likes of a reader like me. Their titles imo are too conservative and stagnant and lack creativity. If I wanted safe and basic I’d never read in the first place.

Ironic thing is the numbers sales wise don’t really justify Rebirth over the new 52. Other than the old time readers singing praises for lackluster stories…the sales figures are not better or greater. DC Rebirth was a reboot trying not to be one seeing they already did one not too long ago. They got some #1′s. Had initiatives the new 52  never had like double shipping and returnability and staggering the release of #1s.  They got market share for a bit but lost it again. Even Marvel at its worse has taken back market share. They say Rebirth Superman is selling so great. Look Superman is at 50k and dropping currently and he is supposed to be a flagship character and supposedly his new status quo is what everyone wants. Those are not good numbers. I am sorry compare him to Batman and he is waaay behind. This Rebirth initiative has not done anything spectacular sales wise. Same for Rebirth  Wonder Woman. DC keeps using all this hyperbole. Greg Rucka is a “fan favorite”. He is a favorite of some fans I can give you that. But not all fans. His Rebirth Diana story is not exactly a great one. Just a rehash and mish mash. And the sales of Diana reflects the response. It is now in the 40k range in less than a year. Azzarello stayed 3 years and even the Finches sold around the same or better. My point is no one can say new 52 is bad stories or deserved ending because based on comparative numbers…both initiatives had ups and downs and the sales are the true arbiter, not PR and hyperbole. Nor bitching online. Even the  Rebirth Justice League stories and sales are not as good as new 52. Look end of day good or bad is subjective. Readers have bias. But the new 52 era was a very good time in comics. Some of the best ORIGINAL story lines came out of it. I shall treasure the books I have and it is a shame DC can’t acknowledge its importance.

Rebirth is going to be doing a lot of events and crossovers to get sales up. It is the norm when you run out of ideas. I mean, if you freaking going to drag in the Watchmen and blame them for your poor management of your comics division…And if aging readership is the core readers you want to keep then expect other readers to migrate else where. Image and Vertigo and the independents seem to be doing some good, exciting and new stuff. Other than that maybe DC might get some good talent on AU or lone graphic novels…because imo canon is not worth wasting money on every month. I mean 5 years of story you thought happened  never did. But 5 years of money did leave your pocket.