• Big-5 publishers are massively reliant on their most established authorsto the tune of 63% of their e-book revenue.
• Roughly 46% of traditional publishing’s fiction dollars are coming from e-books.
• Very few authors who debut with major publishers make enough money to earn a living—and modern advances don’t cover the difference.
• In absolute numbers, more self-published authors are earning a living wage today than Big-5 authors.
• When comparing debut authors who have equal time on the market, the difference between self-published and Big-5 authors is even greater.
Luke Cage was created in 1972.
Four years earlier, in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed.
Five years before that, in 1963, Medgar Evers was shot and killed.
Eight years before that, in 1955, a young Black man named Emmett Till was tortured, then shot and killed.
These events, and numerous others with frightening similarity, happened in a line, and in the early years of the first decade to reap the social benefits of the Civil Rights Movement, Marvel Comics gives the fans (and the world) a Black male superhero whose primary superhuman aspect… is that he’s bulletproof.
Not flight, or super speed, or a power ring.
The superhuman ability of being impervious to bullets.
Superheroes. Action heroes. Fantasy heroes.
Is there any doubt the power fantasy of the Black man in the years following multiple assassinations of his leaders and children by way of the gun would be superhuman resistance to bullets?
In American society, the Black man has come a long way from the terrors of the past handful of centuries, only to crash right into the terrors of the 21st century. Some of those terrors being the same exact ones their grandparents had to face and survive — or not.
There are Black men who are wealthy, powerful, formidable and/or dangerous. They can affect change undreamt of by their parents, and their parents’ parents. Their children will be able to change the world in ways we can intuit and others we can barely begin to try and predict.
But a bullet can rip through their flesh and their future with no effort whatsoever.
And so we look at Luke Cage, a man who gets shot on a regular basis, whose body language is such that he is expecting to be shot at, prepared for the impact — because he knows he can take it.
And maybe, in the subconscious of the uni-mind of Marvel Comics, is the understanding that Luke Cage may unfortunately always be a relevant fantasy idea for the Black man.
2012 – Trayvon Martin is shot and killed.
2013 – Jonathan Ferrell is shot and killed.
2014 – Michael Brown is shot and killed.
2015/2016 – Luke Cage premieres on Netflix.
I look forward to seeing if the Luke Cage of that show will have a true understanding of his power and what he symbolizes.
Little comic about how to make zucchini bread in these trying times. Dedicated to CB Cebulski, Mike Hardin, Ming Doyle, and anyone else who sunk my zucchini bread deep within their bodies.
Becky Cloonan is something like a Phenomenon.
This is awesome, and making zucchini bread is on our agenda for today. I’m very excited for it.
After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, I leaned over to Meggan and said, “I want a dancing Groot for Christmas.” That must be a thing you’ll be putting out, right agentmlovestacos?
Anonymous asked: I feel so useless sitting here. What can I do to help Ferguson??
national moment of silence 2014 (for victims of police brutality)
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— Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
I’ve been reading a lot of nature-related things and taking quite a few walks around the town I live in. First Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek and Randy Lewis’s Actively Adirondack; both are good at making you look around your natural settings, but there’s only so much you can read about the snow and the cold and watching flowers bloom before you start wondering if there’s going to be any human contact.
It says something about this solitary life here in the Adirondacks where the nature is brilliant and beautiful and idyllic, but it’s that human contact that makes it perfect. I love my partner, the house we share, and the fantastic backyard where we enjoy my birthday grill and bonfires. The walk around this weird town with beautifully designed houses right next to double-wides, the finches that grow in my parents’ plants, and the golf course across the street from their house where some days it’s like having my own personal Central Park, and it’s just me and my Dad.
Amazing Spider-Man #262, March 1985,[.]
I was just re-reading this issue the other day.
When I was a kid, I thought this was an actual episode of the tv series, but then realized that this guy, Scott Leva, never actually made it to the screen, but was involved in a film adaptation coming from Cannon Films in 1985.
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Good evening, Astronauts.
Some of you may have been wondering what we’ve been up to, well here is currently what is happening in the worlds of ADK Mogul co-founders T.J. Brearton and Dave Press.
One correction though: Survivors is no longer free on Amazon Kindle, but $3.99. You should totally check it out.