Friday, August 3, 2018

Tree Mining (pictures I like)


  1. Cool area to explore.
    Now that's some interesting spam in that first comment.

  2. Tree mining? Is that a thing?

    I really popped over to answer your comment on P&W last week. I hadn't really had much to say until yesterday at the monthly book sale me and the boys go to I picked up for my burgeoning collection a novelization of "X-men 2," which brought the comment to mind again.

    My point was that novelizations might be a way to win people over to the movies and the comics by reaching a group you otherwise might not reach. And novelizations of even comics have been made; one of my holy grails right now is to try to find the novelization of Crisis on Infinite Earths (I know that I can just probably buy it on the Internet but that takes all the fun out of it).

    It's always weird to me when businesses stick to their business rather than adapt. Marvel is in the comic business, or they were, but they're in the movie business now. The Marvel Universe has grossed $6.8 billion dollars in 10 years. That's $680,000,000 per year, gross.

    Now, granted, comic sales across all publishers are about a billion dollars a year, Marvel has only about 40-50% of that market in a given year, so movies are about equal to the comics in terms of company revenue.

    So Marvel probably still thinks of itself as a comic book company, which is holding it back. It's a media company, and media could include text-driven (as opposed to graphic-driven) books. So given the low cost of novelizing a movie, I just figured it would be something they would of course want to do.

    Then again, I always figure businesses should cater to my wants specifically. That's why I'm sure the next big thing is going to be drone-delivered pizza that pilots the slice right to your car as you drive.

  3. Oh, also I agree: most THINGS aren't very good. 90% of everything is junk, across the board.

    1. Briane: Yeah, I understand your point about offering other mediums to draw people in, but I probably wouldn't try the comic (or comic book movie) to novel approach, either. I don't know what kind of effort they put into it, but I have some novels from the 90s that Marvel tried (a Spider-Man and I don't remember what else), and they just didn't sell. Well, except to me, I guess.
      With all that Marvel is doing, I think the comic books themselves are becoming more of a marketing tool for their other ventures.