Hello, Comic Booked Fiends! Welcome to the inaugural edition of Scattershot News. I really how this is going to be a weekly article collecting all the news that is news in the world of comics and pop culture. There is a lot going on in the world. So let’s get to it and, seriously, try to keep up.
Gamestop! Wtf is happening with the stock market? A great group of rebels on Reddit have ganged up on the hedge fund managers and are trying to take them to the cleaners. Basically, a bunch of real people decided to buy up a bunch of GME stock (that is the stock exchange moniker for Gamestop) a dying stock that had been relegated to the back yard to play with the neighbors three legged puppy and not come in the house while mama’s stories are on. OR ELSE! Hedge fund managers were using this stock as a hockey puck, placing bets that it would tank and they could sell high and buy low and fleece some poor sap in the process. Maybe there were no saps involved, but you never know, they are all a little “knotty” over there. In a scene right out of Braveheart, these little guys from Reddit bought the stock up, driving up the price, the opposite of what the hedge fund mangers were betting on, and performed what is called a squeeze, and not the good kind, the bad kind like when you creepy aunt has you at the family party and won’t let you go till you give her a sloppy kiss, but you can’t forget about that one time you saw her without her dentures and she looked like a dementor ready to suck out your lifeforce, and not in a good way like Mathilda May in that cheesy sci-fi movie from 1985.
So, yeah, they lost some money. But, of course, that was just a fluke, can’t happen again, right? Not if you read Reddit. These guys are still going strong, some of them holding thousands of stocks. Check them out, it could be a fun ride.
You think that was a bad idea? Well, this part is definitely about Bad Idea, the up and coming new comic book company that is really trying everything they can to toss a bag of turds into the machine of churning speculators that is trying their best to kill all the fun out of collecting comics. Kill-ecting comics? Anyway… Yeah, so they are a new company that has set themselves up thusly. Only certain comic book shops will be allowed to be direct distributors of their books. These shops will be the only places you can pre-order their series and each book has to be sold for cover price for 30 days after the release date. There was already one violation this past week when their first book, Eniac #1 released, and a store was banned for life for jacking up the price on their books. These guys mean business. I pre-ordered mine, and the next series, as well. You can check out Bad Idea at the link there and see where to pick up these books. Or, suffer under the flippers on eBay selling that first issue for over $150. The other cool thing about them is that they will be doing a first printing of each book and then all other issues will be called “Not First Print”. No more hunting for the 6th printing black and white cover with the secret message that, when decoded, leads the way to the treasure you buried when you were little… the missing lightsaber from your Hasbro Darth Vader. *Hint* The dog ate it!
Cancel culture is running rampant, except that it doesn’t really exist, so how could it? Well, you know, the true dichotomy of thought is knowing the pen is blue. Pepe Lepew is the latest victim. The amorous skunk who any normal person watched and knew not to emulate, because he never succeeded the way he wanted to, is now a symbol of rape culture and misogyny, plus he’s a skunk and smells bad, unless you smoke pot, then he just smells like your room and clothes and hair. Pepe’s libido was too big, Lana Bunny’s boobs were too big and clothes too small, and Gina Corano pissed off the wrong people with a beep, a bop, and a boop.
“For, after all, how do we know that two and two make four? Or that the force of gravity works? Or that the past is unchangeable? If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable – what then?” 1984, George Orwell
Other things going on? Comic book stuff: DC Comics presents Infinite Frontier. The #0 issue released this past week and there is supposed to be a bunch of stuff, from President Superman to Darkseid to a resurrected Roy Harper. this is the big summer event for DC.
Joe Maduriera has announced another issue of Battle Chasers coming soon. So, that’s cool. Issue #10 is previewed here on Instagram. Even though it has been 20 years since that last issue, the art by Ludo Lullabi is amazing and piques my interest.
Comic Book TV/Movie stuff: Jupiter’s Legacy is coming to Netflix in May and the big announcement this week is that Mark Millar has announced that there will be a sequel, Requiem, releasing in June 2021. It could be cool, and we all hope so. Following in the footsteps of Locke & Key, October Faction, and the Umbrella Academy, this series will be the first of the partnership between Netflix and Mark Millar’s Millarworld.