Everyone who reads CBO or is on my Face Book page knows that I have been a big supporter of Hexagon and Wanga Comics, the French companies publishing Strangers and Strangers Universe.
I should get email alerts when new issues come out…I was told I would get press releases. Despite messages on FB and privately…NOTHING.
I learned today that Strangers was up to issue 7 and Strangers Universe at issue 4.
I think this teaches me a good, solid lesson. I backed and pushed Archie Comics as well as quite a few others when they were not popular or just starting out and once they become “hip” and “cool” I get left here holding my todger -no more news, review books, etc.. This has happened so many times in the UK I’ve just given up.
WHY support people who are ready to drop you without a word or just no longer care?
People may recall I did a BIG interview with Dave Ryan about his War of the Independents project back in 2009 and followed up with up-dates. The other day someone asked: “Any idea when the other WOTI issues are due?” I emailed back that I was promised copies as soon as published to review so as soon as Dave published I’d let them know. I was then told “I have 1-3 I wanted to know when 4 was out?”
So I wrote to Dave and got this response:
|“Hey Terry, how are you man?!? The first 3 issues came out and we’re working on the 4th right now. Issue 4 is all of the cartoon characters including Felix the Cat, Gumby & Pokey, The Tick, Flaming Carrot, Zippy, Cerebus, Bone, Too Much Coffee Man etc. The art is being done by Don Simpson of Megaton man, who is in the issue also. We are launching another Kickstarter for this issue also.
Did I feel like a huge tit? Yes.
The truth is that you get used in comics. I think I gave up thinking my fellow comickers were a helpful community a few years ago. Whether France, USA or UK it’s all the same.
CBO needs review books and news. “Most influential UK comic blog”? Maybe, but it doesn’t mean I’m wasting my time any more.
I love Wanga Comics but for me and CBO they are in a dark corner at the moment. I will no longer chase around after publishers and titles -they know where I am!
To the high number of French and German CBO visitors -Sorry!
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