Morning Coffee – 20 July 2016

coffeeHere are seven stories to read this morning.

  1. The bizarre books by Baton Rouge police shooter Gavin Eugene Long, aka Cosmo Setepenra (LA Times)
  2. Copyright in Small Claims: An Update (IO: In The OpenThe Passive Voice)
  3. A Fan's Case For Putting Batman & Superman In The Public Domain (Techdirt)
  4. The Pleads Of The Many: 50 Years of Star Trek Lawsuits (Trademark and Copyright Law)
  5. This Guy’s ‘Scientific’ Articles on Chemtrails Keep Getting Retracted (Motherboard)
  6. What’s Smashwords Good For? (Indies Unlimited)
  7. Yet Another Post on Why You Absolutely, Positively MUST Read the Fine Print (Writer Beware)

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3 Comments on Morning Coffee – 20 July 2016

  1. The whole TechDirt piece is based on a false premise: that DC/WB don’t understand their own characters.
    Unfortunately, the ongoing DC REBIRTH softbook proves that false.
    Not only has the Superman side of REBIRTH gotten rave reviews but sales have been excellent (or what passes for excellent in these days of $4-5 floppies).
    A week or so ago, DC scored 7 of the top ten sales slots of the week with REBIRTH titles. The three Marvel titles on the list were Han Solo #1 and two titles of Marvel’s annual “Event” megacrossover.
    Also, Batman titles are routinely top sellers.
    The premise seems to be predicated on the idea that just because B v S did not meet the expectations of critics and Hollywood types the movie was a failure. Close to $900 million in box office, despite all the misguided bad press, is not a failure. It might not have met the expectations of the money men but to those that truly understand the characters the movie was a welcome change of pace from the Marvel fluff pieces and a solid launch for the series of movies, creatively speaking.

    Also, both the movie and the comics are example of the kind of experimentation and reinterpretation that giving up the copyright is supposed to bring about. No question that WB has made mistakes in handling DC characters over the last decade or so but most of it was believing the giving Jim Lee free reign to Wildstorm the DCU could possible end differently. Now that control has been handed to somebody who understands the generational/legacy aspect of the DCU the comics are back on track creatively.

    The movies?
    Wait until the box is in on SUICIDE SQUAD, WW, and JL.

    One thing the WB got right with the movies is their movies need to be different from the Marvel flicks to build their own identity. Dark and gritty is not a bad place to start. B V S is a study in alienation as the entire DCU Trinity is disenchanted with their lives and their world.

    We won’t be seeing dance off climaxes in the DC movies any time soon. And that’s a good thing.

  2. Thank you for including our Smashwords article!

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