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11 Is A Palindromic Number, and,
A Recusal

Please celebrate with Neilalien his 11th Blogiversary! Exclesior!

That's 1,111 in internet/weblog/dog years. You won't find a better combination of starting earlier and blogging longer in comics-blogging.

But alas, as of today, Neilalien is officially recusing himself from the news, entertainments, and expectations of the near-daily visitor to his website.

Now is a good time- 11 is a palindromic number, of course...

[25 Feb 02011: More...]

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Overheard in a comic con bathroom:

"We have a new character... named Dr. Strange... Twas Steve's idea."
- Stan Lee, letter to Comic Reader #16, 23 February 01963, as quoted in Steve Ditko's 32-Page Package v.5 Tsk! Tsk!

"I'm telling you, the only reason that Neilalien has lasted so long is because he kills younger, more innocent, bloggers and drinks their blood in some twisted Ditko-inspired mystical ceremony."
- Fanboy Rampage

"Is that the Eye of Yaphet Kotto?"
- A demon, Marvel Comics Presents #20

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PURPLE GEMS

Penguin Random House Will Distribute Marvel Comics To Comics Stores

In a move that will likely transform the distribution of comics periodicals in North America, Penguin Random House Publisher Services has reached an agreement with Marvel to distribute its periodical comics and graphic novels to the comics shop market, also known as the direct market... PRHPS officially begins its distribution to direct market retailers for Marvel titles on October 1. The move marks a major change in the U.S. comics distribution market, which Diamond Comic Distributors has long dominated... PRHPS will offer Marvel comics to direct market retailers on nonreturnable wholesale terms... Marvel's new agreement with PRHPS follows the unexpected departure of DC from Diamond in 2020.

Marvel Signs Exclusive Multi-Year Distribution Deal With Penguin Random House As Direct Market Continues To Transform

Marvel Distribution Deal Part Of Long-Term Strategy For PRHPS

PRHPS believes it can help comic stores be more successful by adapting its learnings from the independent bookstore channel, which until Covid was thriving in the midst of competition from Amazon, mass merchants, and specialty retail chains, and which has proven surprisingly resilient even in the face of pandemic closures. In general terms, the learnings from the indie bookstore channel include the lesson that distributor investments in information technology, logistics, sales and service, and trade credit produce healthier retailers and more business.

Key Read: What's Behind Marvel's Move To PRH?

Marvel Comics Shifts To New Distributor In Industry-Rattling Move
["I can say purely as a private individual that Diamond has, for a long time, been unwilling or unable to modernize and support and grow the biz as needed for a healthy direct channel. And may not even be solvent. It would be imprudent for any publisher to not have a distribution contingency plan."]

Diamond Comic Distributors Loses Second Major Client In A Year

[1 April 02021]

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Actress Jessica Walter has died at 80: her long career (Arrested Development, Archer) included playing villain Morgan Le Fay in the 01978 Dr. Strange TV movie

[28 March 02021]

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Did A [0]1997 Issue Of Archie Comics' 'Betty' Depict Remote School In [0]2021? ["video monitor must remain uncovered at all times"]

[22 March 02021]

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Ed Brubaker: "For the most part all Steve Epting and I have gotten for creating the Winter Soldier and his storyline is a 'thanks' here or there, and over the years that's become harder and harder to live with." [same exploitive work-for-hire comics industry, different century]

[21 March 02021]

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Zack Snyder's Justice League review [Mike Ryan at Uproxx] ["It's a vast improvement from the prior version... a pretty low bar... changed from disaster to misfire... just a really long, more coherent version... will most likely wind up being the version of this movie that's most accepted as the definitive version, kind of like how it's pretty hard to track down the version of Blade Runner that has Harrison Ford's narration."]

[20 March 02021]

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Out 17 Mar: Captain Marvel #27: Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange hook up

Carol Danvers Romances [Redacted] In Captain Marvel #27

Captain Marvel Comics Set Up A Romance Too Weird For The MCU

Captain Marvel attempts to learn the mystic arts in new story arc
[CBR; April solicitation for Captain Marvel #28]
[hope for Doc fans who don't want everyone else to have his abilities easily: "But of course, Marvel heroes suddenly trying to learn to be magical hasn't always gone well before, which means there's no guarantee it'll go well now. 'Oh. This will not go well,' [writer Kelly] Thompson said."]

Not a bad year for Doc: first Elektra in Savage Avengers, now Captain Marvel.

[19 March 02021]

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WandaVision closes to mostly positive reviews, but:

1. It's tough to be a Dr. Strange fan: Doc didn't appear!

2. It's tough to be a Dr. Strange fan: MCU Scarlet Witch set up with "more powerful than the Sorcerer Supreme" "chaos magic" crap [grudgingly acceptable (a) if she's going bad, and maybe she is, after the final reveal with the Darkhold learning magic fast astrally as Doc did- and (b) MCU Witch was amplified with an Infinity Stone]

3. It was lies and letdowns. Fakesilver was just gag casting- not a multiverse primer. The actor Paul Bettany was supposedly excited to work with was himself? The hype rumors and fan speculations were better than what we actually got.

'WandaVision' EP & Head Scribe Jac Schaeffer On Scarlet Witch's Grief & Who Didn't Show Up In "The Series Finale"- Q&A

Review: WandaVision Sticks The Landing With A Very Marvel-Esque Finale

Update: Benedict Cumberbatch Addresses WandaVision Cameo Disappointment

[18 March 02021]

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Legendary Punk Band Blondie Comes To Comics With Harley Quinn Writers

Blondie: Against The Odds Graphic Novel by writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Palmer and artists John McCrea and Paul Mounts, available for pre-order from Z2 Comics

[17 March 02021]

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