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August 3, 2010

Number Crunching: Why Spider-Man Needed a Brand New Day

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 10:08 am

By now I assume most of our readers have heard about the upcoming changes on Amazing Spider-Man: “Brand New Day” will be replaced with “Big Time“, in a clear power-shift from Sting to Peter Gabriel on Steve Wacker’s iPod.

“Big Time” sees Dan Slott take over as sole Amazing writer, and the book’s frequency will drop from thrice-monthly to twice-monthly. Some have seen this as a repudiation of the whole “Brand New Day” paradigm, whether that means “a thrice monthly book doesn’t work” or “the creative teams have disappointed” or, most colorfully, “JOE QUESADA IS A BIG DUMMY AND PETER WOULD NEVER MAKE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL AND I AM VERY ANGRY ABOUT EITHER THE DISSOLUTION OF THE MARRIAGE OR POSSIBLY ALSO SPIDER-GIRL BUT MAINLY I JUST HATE MARVEL”.

I can’t speak to the last group, but personally I think BND has resulted in some very enjoyable characters, and several of the main BND players (Slott, Marcos Martin, Zeb Wells) are sticking around, so I can’t imagine this change was spurred by a perceived failure of the creative teams. Many people have pointed to the sales numbers on Amazing this year as proof of that, as sales are down considerably from the lofty heights of a few years ago. Brand New Day, they have argued, has seen Amazing drop from selling over 100,000 copies a month to under 60,000.

While that isolated data point is true, it doesn’t give you the whole picture. Sales have dropped considerably from the point they were at immediately before BND, but there are many factors:
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July 15, 2010

FBB EXCLUSIVE! DC Announces New Title Spinning Out of Superman #701

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 12:27 am

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Amazingly enough, I don’t think this sequence even cracked the Top Three for things that bothered me about this issue!

November 15, 2007

FBBP #36 – The Lateness of the New Gods Mixtape

Funnybook Babylon – The Lateness of the New Gods Mixtape Review

1) Fourth World’s Finest pt. 2 (WW1 Germany mix) – ft. the ghost of Jack Kirby

**** – Following up on their last new godz track, FBB discusses the merits of Apokolips powerhouse Virman Vundabar and new leader/former psychoanalyst Takion. Great track but too much time is spent on figuring out who the fuck Takion is.

2) New Godz Killa (Jim Starlin diss track)

**** 1/2 – If you thought Jamaal was brutal on the Zuda mixtape, it was nothing compared to hearing them spit hot fire on the lack of Jim Starlin’s skills. Everything from his characterization, to his plotting, to his ability to draw is torn apart. There has not been this much beef since the Pedro vs. Brian Wood feud.

3) One More Delay (Shoulda put Bagley on it Remix )

*** – It’s kind of ironic that this track pops up here since it’s been pushed back off podcast after podcast. The boys go into detail over how they feel lateness effects the business and who really is at fault with Spider-man missing it’s ship date.

Overall it is a strong podcast, but the production has been off since Joe went solo and the group switched from Swishahouse over to Slip and Slide. It will tide you over until the next Downcounting single comes out. The free low def version is up to download on the website. There are plans to release a high bit rate version with a pdf with liner notes and hand written lyrics later this month for 5 bucks.

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