The only thing is it’s actually 2149 hrs and it’s been a very bad week.
Odd,I say it’s 0300 hrs then admit it’s 2149 hrs but the blog clock says 1650 hours. Why? Because the ISP is based in Houston,Texas,that’s why -YEEEE-HARR!
I’ve been visiting vartious Yahoo groups I’m on and finding many have been dormant for months and a couple since 2007. Why?
The answer seems to be that these groups were set up to discuss or chat about comics and were run and membered by fans. I noted about four years ago that chat and discussion had been replaced by a constant demand from new members for scans of comics.
My group dedicated to Indian comics had a total of 1300 members. No one wanted to talk about comics. “We are not interested -provide more scans” one member wrote. I suggested a few scans of Indian comics might be good. NO! I was provided with hefty lists of every comic members wanted and on one occasion no fewer than six members wrote:”If you don’t keep adding scans I don’t see what the point of coming here is”.
I wrote a special message stating that I would NOT provide scans of new comics and the group was not there to just provide scans -ignoring the rudely phrased requests. I said I’d like to hear from other members who wanted to discuss comics. Response:more demands and statements to the effect that I’d never close down a group with so many members.
I set a deadline for members to support the discussion nature of the group. Just more complaints that there were not enough scans. I gave a deadline for closing the group if this is what all the members were after just scans. More mocking. Two did later contacty me asking where the group had gone?
Other groups are or were the same. People requesting scans. Interestingly,five I was banned from and two of those I’d set up and passed to new moderators. Why was I banned?? “It’s your stance against illegal scanning” -I found sites I was visiting were also restricting my access or blocking me all for that reason.
Today,Yahoo groups seem to only be active if there are regular scan downloads. Very few want to talk about comics.
One group I visited today was just spam -watches,sex videos and other stuff. Some just stopped being active as soon as the reigns were handed to a new moderator! The fact is that fandom,as I’ve written and said before,is not what it was. How many comic fanzines are there now? It’s easier to put everything online so anonymous people can check it out and move on.
There is a theory that the CIA along with the Global Military Conspiracy actually laced fanzines with cyanide -it’s how they killed Joey Ramone,man!!!!
erm. I’m sure there was a logical plan of what to write…
The whole reason I gave up printed publications such as Zine Zone,Comic Bits and so on was not due to lack of orders/sales. It was the post office. Losses at one point reached 30-40% of items sent out and that’s ignoring postal strikes. If someone ordered a book and it never turned up -it has to be replaced and that cost me more than it was worth.
Look at Ditko Mania -a good fanzine and good read. Fans discussing Ditko work and keeping fandom alive!
“Alter Ego, the greatest ‘zine of the ’60s, is all-new, focusing on Golden and Silver Age comics and creators with articles, interviews and unseen art. Each issue includes an FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) section, Mr. Monster & more!”