-Poll is still open, and it's the most popular one to date.
-Aw christ, I think we have a new ubiquitous meme contender. For those who haven't been paying attention, "Youtube > Captain America" is the reigning champ. "Radioactive spider jism" seems to have completely dropped off the charts. "I cried for 93 minutes" never really took off, but "Emo/Crying Superman" and "Supergirl is messed up" are starting to look like evergreens. If you want deeper, up-to-the-minute information, the Dick Hyacinth Meme Investor Newswatch is a bargain at $149 for a full year of issues.
-Memes actually worthy of discussion: Free Comic Book Day is proving to be more problematic than one would have guessed. I think there was a similar discussion last year (and probably the year before), right? I'm guessing there weren't 30+ publishers then, though.
-Guy reads GI Joe? Also, I don't believe that's quite the right use of the word "sycophant" there--every definition I've encountered suggests that a sycophant seeks "favor" or "advantage;" to put it more colloquially, he or she "sucks up" to the subject of their fawning. I would describe those people who are interested in buying a Lone Ranger comic just for Cassaday cover art more as "fanatics," or perhaps "zealots" or even "partisans." But they're not really sycophants, unless Cassaday has a message board with a bunch of servile, fawning admirers who defend his every move. And really, that's more of a writer thing.
Also: (1) That is a shitload of stuff to buy, but I generally think that whenever anyone posts a personal shopping list. And I think I'm kind of cheap. (2) You probably don't want to start with Dungeon Parade--the one to get first is volume 1 of Zenith.
-Heidi McDonald has some depressing observations about what Marvel/DC fans want. (Everyone knows you were talking about Geoff Johns, BTW. No need to protect his identity.) This is one of the things that makes the the comics-related internet tragically funny; even as people (okay, bloggers) are complaining about crossovers, many more are combing the transcripts of convention panels for clues about the upcoming mega-event(s). Have you ever read any of these Q&A sessions on Newsarama? Half the questions are somehow related to obscure points of continuity. The other half ask, "When is ________ coming back?"
Even the allegedly more sophisticated fans engage in this. The continued success of Ultimate Spider-Man is due in large part to the slow trickle of Ultimized characters appearing month after month. Justice League Unlimited shared this dynamic--part of its appeal was the audience's desire to see Bruce Timm-ized versions of obscure DC characters. (The worst offender? Modern Gasoline Alley, where Uncle Walt is constantly interacting with old comic strip characters. It's shameless, and it's been going on for at least 20 years.)
As I've said before, DC and Marvel both seem to be moving towards a publishing model which gives popular creators the opportunity to use their intellectual properties in a continuity-agnostic setting. Meanwhile, their regular line of comics are getting more incestuous, their success determined by how well the tie in to the larger universe. Thankfully, the audience for the latter will probably atrophy due to age and fatigue. (And lack of reproduction! Right? Right?)
-Heidi also wants me to be meaner. Then post something stupid, damn it. Pick some fights. Post some scans with "AQUAMAN SUXXXORS"-type commentary. I can only work with what I'm given.
-Dan Nadel demonstrates the kind of decisiveness which has made art/literary comics such a major force in the publishing world. (Semi-funny aside: I was talking to my comics dealer the other day as he was unpacking some of his weekly shipment. He got out Comics Comics and wondered aloud what-the-hell-is-this and why-did-I-order-it. I reminded him of Art Out of Time and he kind of shrugged and moved on.)
-I'm starting to think Shane Bailey doesn't get it. Remember, I won't start compiling the Wavers of the Bloody Shirt list until Thursday. I'm sure the sharper employees of the Outrage Mill will be busy with some fresher controversy by then.