Thursday, December 22, 2005

Best and Worst of 2005 #10- Rucka Writes and Prices Hike

Private Wars
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
As the year draws to a close, I thought I would highlight the best and the worst of what 2005 had to offer. I tried to only talk about comics and not pop culture in general to keep things simple. In my humble opinion, the best and worst that I am planning to highlight throughout this week and next week encompass the highlights and low blows of a year filled with anticipation.

Without further ado, here is number 10 on my list, both best and worst.

BEST #10: Greg Rucka's new Queen & Country Novel Private Wars.
God knows how Rucka did it, but he not only helmed several comic book titles, but wrote a heart wrenching and compelling novel in Private Wars. Tara Chace is a favorite character of mine, and it feels as if Rucka inhabits her as he writes. Rucka is a diverse, talented writer who can cross genres but chooses to stay in comic book territory. Kudos to him.

WORST #10: Price Increases on Most Books.
The hike to $2.99 on most comic books is killing me. My comic bill is so high anymore, that it almost makes me physically ill. Infinite Crisis is $3.50. The Image Christmas Special was $9.99. What the hell is going on here? If publishers aren't careful, readers won't be able to afford the enjoyment of their labors anymore.

Yes, I know the price of living is going up, but there has got to be some middle ground. My non-comic book friends cringe at the price of a comic and wonder why I don't just buy a paperback novel instead. Those days may be here sooner then I want if there is another price increase like this next year.

That is it for the number 10 best and worst of 2005. Stay tuned in as I head towards the number one slot.


Planet Heidi said...

Rucka is my hero. He was one of my inspirations from making the move from writer to comic writer.

Heidi Meeley said...

Rucka is incredible. I had him sign my copy of "A Gentleman's Game" at the Emerald City Con, and it is a treasured piece in my book collection. I am very impressed that he can jump between genres with relative ease. That is a gift not many writers can boast of.

I am glad to see another Rucka fan around here- I have found people either love him or hate him, which is puzzling to me.