Is there a war of the websites in the works?!
Today, Comic Book Resources "exclusively" reported on the cancelation of Mark Millar's CLiNT magazine, a British comics anthology targeted at mainstream markets because, in Britain, naming your magazine so that, if you squint at the cover, it looks like it reads "CUNT" is a sound marketing strategy.
While giving the news to CBR may have been a good way to get exposure for publisher Titan Comics, it seems to have royally pissed off British comics media mogul Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool. In Bleeding Cool's report, Johnston complained that he's been asking Titan whether or not the book was canceled for a while as they dodged the question, and then pointed out that they gave the news to "an American site" instead. Johnston went on to dish some dirt on the company in retaliation:
Lateness of issues caused problems with supermarket and newsagent distributors, who dropped the publication as a result. Though it found a new life in comic stores, and the magazine changed its content and focus to reflect that.
There was also concern from subscribers, who found Titan taking regular subscription money even though the magazine was repeatedly late, and whose complaints were often ignored. The lack of updates for the website and the twitter feed indicated that there were problems and Titan didn’t consider the magazine a priority anymore.
This comes after another conflict earlier today when CBR "exclusively" reported on news that Bleeding Cool had reported a day earlier when they announced that Matt Fraction was leaving FF with issue #11 (Fraction is also leaving Fantastic Four).
"We're really proud to have exclusively broken this news," said CBR CEO Harold J. Asskisser, who insisted that the fact that Bleeding Cool didn't put the word "exclusive" in their headline disqualifies them from claiming to have reported it first.
"Everyone knows that it isn't when you report on a story, it's how you report on a story," explained Asskisser. "For instance, when CBR reports on a story, we make sure that it is 100% approved by a major comic book publisher's marketing department, and that we are rewarded with exclusive art and access to creators."
"It's a bloody outrage, it is!" shouted an enraged Rich Johnston, chief rumormonger at Bleeding Cool, when we contacted him about this story. "I reported it first, I did! I always do!"
But did he put the word exclusive anywhere in the article?
"That's implied in anything I write, it is," Johnston insisted.
Luckily, Johnston has friends like us to
kick him when he's down have his back.
"You blokes are no better!" Johnston screamed. "It weren't an hour since I reported it when you put up a copycat article stealin' me news! It's right skullduggery, it is! And right now you lot are probably laughing your arses off while you make up some fake quotes from me written in a ridiculous cockney accent!"
"Oi, I'm Rich Johnston, look at me, pip pip, cheerio, please sir may I have another?!" roared the enraged Johnston as he waved his hands up and down goofily. "Ha ha, very funny, it is! I don't talk like that, I don't!"
Clearly, Rich needs some time to calm down. We want you to know, we're here for you Rich, if you need a shoulder to cry on.
Stay tuned to The Outhouse for more news on this very real and extremely serious feud.