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#1  Edited By swhorl

I'm curious to know where all these new readers people keep mentioning are going to come from.

Are they counting on the digital sales? Do they think they're going to get new readers just because people have phones and tablets?

Do they think they're going to jump ship from the books they're already reading from other companies?

Or do they have some huge MAINSTREAM advertising push that's going to happen?

It's got to be that last one, doesn't it? And the influx of new reader's is going to have to off set the number they alienate by making such a drastic change. I haven't been following all the news and threads on this subject intensely, but surely this has been brought up. Anyone able to tell me where I can read up on the marketing aspect of this all?

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Merchandising and cross-marketing, it's the way of the world.

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There were a lot of entertaining ideas presented.  Congratulations, one and all.

I did a few rough layouts too, but I'm way too rusty with my art skills.
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#4  Edited By swhorl

*edit*
Cowboys & DISCO
(The one-paragraph condensation.)

A self-proclaimed mad scientist uses his position as a  discothèque's maintenance worker to conduct his experiments.  He creates a fractal light cage using the disco balls, and with a mishap involving a few ice cubes, displaces the dance club in time.  The cowboys posse up to check out the new addition to their town.  Then things get funky.  Who will survive?
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Cowboys & DISCO
(Original long-form version.)
Self-proclaimed mad scientist, Edward Winn lives a frustrating life.  He tends to mumble, so everyone he meets ends up calling him Edwin.  He took the job as a maintenance man at the most popular club in the city, to both fund his experiments with a meager income, and have access to a variety of mechanical parts he wouldn't be able to afford himself.
     Edward's latest obsession was his theory of being able to travel through time by creating a fractal light cage that would hold the enclosed area in place while the time stream eddied and flowed around it.  He'd painstakingly readjusted each tiny mirrored surface on the main disco ball in the center of the dance floor, and talked the manager into adding four more smaller ones of his own creation around the perimeter for added pizzazz.  His tests during the off hours were yielding no results, so he didn't worry about leaving them in configuration while everyone grooved to the music all night long.
     However, this fateful Saturday night, one woman's drink changed everything.  As she tarried through the crowd holding her glass up in the air, she came to stand beneath the main shaft of light emitting from the bottom of the main disco ball.  The light shone into the drink, and shot out again, refracted by the ice cubes, in an unanticipated array.  This new, perfect light cage held for one infinite second, everyone within it unable to move.  No one noticed aside from Edward.  To everyone else, it was a mere blink, while Edward's perception allowed him the chance to take in what had happened.  Then the ice melted just enough, and the cage released them.

     Crill Walker burst into the saloon, shouting something about a building appearing out of nowhere out back of Stane's General Store.  Those nearest the entrance peered outside to confirm his story, and described strange lights dancing across the sky.  It was quickly decided to posse up and check it out.  They all downed what was left of their whiskey, made sure their guns were loaded, and headed across the street.

Then things got funky.  Who will survive?

( Oh, wait... one paragraph. :(  I guess I'm not a pitch man. )

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#5  Edited By swhorl

Hurray! for interviewing Peter David.

His character-driven approach doesn't always make for the most exciting stories, but always makes them feel more real.  He's always reliable for good solid storytelling.  I'm not usually compelled to read his books first, but I'm always glad I do buy them and read them ( I'm finding Gail Simone's work on Birds of Prey to be in that same vein ).
I know that all doesn't sound very complimentary, but...*shrugs*
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#6  Edited By swhorl
@G-Man said:
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Is anyone working on art?"
I'm working out the details in my head.
I'll do a write up first, then if time permits, some art to go with it.
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#8  Edited By swhorl

HA!  Nice question to ponder.

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I was really looking forward to reading the issue.  I've really been enjoying this lastest arc.  I won't get this issue for another week yet, though.  But already, it's too late.  Some Facebook friends suck.  And it wasn't even one who reads comics, he just saw a "news" story and had to remark about it.

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#10  Edited By swhorl

Andrea's going to get pretty hungry up there in that tower.