Where I am, baby, is back on my PC after a big crunch in the day job along with lots of other stuff that took me away from the internets. Well, away apart from my iPhone but I won’t join the ranks of the iPhone bores and write about that. Suffice to say, my twiiter remains violently active due to tweetie 2.
They managed to be together enough to run the Marvel at 70 panel the next day. Despite the side-effects of the cosmopolitans I’d had the night before, I ended up wanting to stick my hand up a few times. Noteably when Alan Davies and/or Mark Farmer were suggesting that comics were doomed in the new media landscape because the kids would rather download films. I wanted to point out that during the Golden Era comics were competing with films for the kids’ coin. I think a far more likely reason kids don’t buy comics now is something that came up later in the panel – cost. If adults with large disposable incomes have to pick and choose comics based on how many titles they can afford, the same must be even more true of someone with only a fiver a week to spend each week. Comics used to be pulp, they used to be cheaper than the cinema. Now they are not. Surely that’s a factor in their decline?
I understand my habit of attending events I can’t physically get to but can follow on twitter/livefeeds means I got a round of applause at Novelcon for getting up. The same did not happen at alikeminds, thankfully, but I really need to get my arse in gear for the next Exeter tweetup.