The Weekly Planet is a newsletter I started writing for the FPNYC shop some years ago. It’s changed and mutated in a number of ways since its inception, but I no longer contribute to it weekly (I just don’t reserve the time for it these days… bizzy bizzy bizzy), though Unkiedev still lends his talents to it.
However, we will be uploading a whole bunch of old Weekly Planet articles to this blog over the next few weeks. As of right now there are a handful of old articles up dating as far back as October of 2006, in one of which I called Casanova by Matt Fraction, Gabriel Ba, and Fabio Moon so good it’d help old ladies with their groceries if it could.
So if you’re in a mood to turn back The Way-Back Machine about 7-8 years you can view all old WP articles under Weekly Planet Archive.
The Weekly Planet, FPNYC’s newsletter for in-store customers, celebrated its four year anniversary last week. Since that first sweltering summer night we hand-copied and stapled a coupla hundred 8×11 sheets of copy paper on which I wrote an impassioned letter to members of our comic book subscription program back in 2006, to that sweltering summer night in 2010 when we brought a file over to our local printer for them to put together, the WP’s been through the rigors of geek retail without missing a week and lived to tell the tale.
That being said I’d like to quickly thank all past and current contributors (especially Devin T. Quin, Mat Kerwin, Matt Desiderio, and Mark Denardo), the various FP staffers who helped lay out issue after issue (esp. Lindsay Johnson and Alice Meichi Li) and all guest contributors (esp. Shannon Wheeler and Julia Wertz).
Though I was remiss in celebrating this anniversary upon issue #208’s publication I’ll be making amends in the coming weeks by posting some of the WP’s best articles and tidbits to Forbidden Planet NYC’s other blog (which, I encourage you to check out regardless).
Here’s to many more years of The Weekly Planet.
It was decided by a horde of crazed wood-elves that this final week of 2009 would see virtually NO NEW COMIC BOOKS. This can be a pain in the power-ring when you are a freelance comic book reporter in need of a good story.
At these junctions we are left with few options, one of which is to pull a William Randolph Hearst and MAKE UP some news, such as “ The 2011 release of Spider-Man 4 will reunite Spidey and Mary Jane in print,” or “ Greg Park confirms the Red Hulk is the mutant offspring of Devil Dinosaur and the original Abomination.”
This can be a quick pay-off, story wise, with disastrous consequences down the road. A reporter’s worth is tabulated solely by their credibility, and any writer caught fabricating a story will find their careers cut short. But then again, I write for the Weekly Planet and rarely get paid, so what the heck am I worried about?
Superman to Fight Ali AGAIN,
Yes, Neal Adams has confirmed through his website nealadams.com that DC plans on reprinting his classic oversized Superman vs Muhammad Ali for the eagerly awaiting eyes of an adoring fan base.
What Unkiedev’s Amazing Stuff has discovered is that the book will also feature a NEW oversized comic, written by the All Star Superman Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely re-matching these two pop-culture icons! Continue reading