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Friday, July 15, 2005

So look at those photos on the right there. Why am I the only one who looks like an idiot (No immediately obvious jokes, please. Of course, there's a story about that particular pose, but, really, you kind of had to be there)? Otherwise, I have to report that there's nothing like taking over someone's store to really get to know their terrible secrets... like, apparently, James Sime's lack of the correct amount of quarters for Sean Maher's liking. Who knew? By Sunday we may have uncovered that Nora isn't a fan of the way that James sorts his iTunes music and that I'm jealous of his hair. Except that the world already knows that last one. Damn my receding hairline.

Meanwhile, am I the only one who feels that the news that's come out of SDCC so far this year - Darwyn Cooke's Spirit and some of the new Vertigo books aside - has been fairly lacklustre? Here was I, hoping that there would be some kind of news that would break the internet in half for us to pontificate about, in between talking retail theory and my moaning about the Direct Market - that'll come tomorrow, don't you worry - and other embarrassing photos that'll make their way on here, but sadly, it's not to be. Maybe SDCC has falling afoul of the current holding pattern that the big publishers seem to be finding themselves in; maybe this shows up the need for new blood in the industry... Not just creators who want to tell different stories with different characters, but also readers who want to read them and push publishers in that direction with their hard-earned dollars.

But more on that tomorrow, probably.

If James, Kirsten or any of the Isotope regulars are reading: The store still hasn't been burned down yet. But it's still only Friday.

- Graeme