52 New Bun Toons Titles ALL AT ONCE! YAY!

Because I'm ahead of the cutting edge.

By now, comic fans have heard that DC is canceling their line of comics for a month, and then relaunching their entire catalog with 52 all-new first issues of all-new re-boots of all their all-new series, in one all-new month, and ALL of them are going online the very same day.  Some people have called this a stroke of marketing genius, but all those people currently work for DC.  For the rest of us, it looks like a heck of a gamble…one that’s sure to bankrupt the fans if they buy every #1 issue, and one that’s sure to bankrupt the comic stores if the fans don’t.   One thing you CAN say about the idea, is that it’s got people talking.  And since I’m no idiot (I have a doctor’s note to prove it too!) I’m stealing the idea myself.  Starting next month, the weekly Bun Toon is spinning off into 52 weekly Bun Toons.  And they’re all available online the same day, too!

In case you’re wondering what that many new first issues looks like coming at you at once, it looks like this:

Remember, if you don’t subscribe to all 52 of these new webcomics, you’ll be destroying the comics industry, you selfish bastards.

Ty the Guy OUT!

Here now, your bonus new DC moment:

...because nothing says "modern" like an Victorian high collar.


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13 responses to “52 New Bun Toons Titles ALL AT ONCE! YAY!

  1. I was going to say something big and important about just how big a gamble this is.

    But then you had to do “Bum Toons.” Ouch, Ty. Just ouch.

  2. Family Bun Toons, definitely the best with the juxtaposition. Great job!


    Steven Willis

  3. I’d buy 19 of those.

  4. Lile Pokémon, I’d get ’em all!

  5. In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    • Scott, if I knew what you were going for, I’d play along. Since the poem is a famous verse of remembrance from the First World War, I’m assuming you’re suggesting that someone is dying here…either DC comics, or their characters, or perhaps Bun Toons, I’m not sure. I’m all for the obscure joke, but this one flew right over my head (much like the bravely singing larks).

  6. What about the variants?!

  7. Seeing Hoverboy made me smile, but it was “what’s burning these ants?” that cracked me up. Your efforts to turn this controversial news into laughs for everybody is much appreciated Ty.

    I’m just left wishing Wonder Woman’s history and characters weren’t again getting put through the meat-grinder.

  8. I’m game for “Bong Toons.” That has some potential.

    As for DC’s move, I think they’ve overlooked the most important thing in their marketing scheme and that’s that kids who don’t frequent comic shops or national chain book stores (or who live in communities with neither) have no real access to their product anymore.

    If it wasn’t for gas stations, pharmacies and grocers, I would never have been exposed to comic books as a kid. I only knew two classmates who had ever set foot inside an actual comic book shop, and it wasn’t here in our small town. It’s only because my mom was originally from Louisville and enjoyed going out there that I was able to cajole her into taking me to the local comic shops over the years in my youth. For most of my neighbors and classmates, comic books were a silly novelty to be quickly outgrown and certainly not something worth the fuss of driving to “the big city” to procure.

    Digital comics may increase access to the content, but only for readers who even know to seek them out in the first place. There’s simply no equivalent to the spindle of assorted titles staring at you from beside a display of candy bars, calling for your attention in a setting where maybe comic books hadn’t even been on your mind in the first place. I simply don’t understand how DC–or the industry at large–can continue to wish to grow readership while insulated from mass retail.

    But then, I’m just a fan from a small town in Kentucky. I’m sure the publishers are well aware of all this and have perfectly good reasons why what I’ve described is insignificant.

  9. During the 90s, there was a company called VIZ publishing, that was absolutely insistent on reaching kids where they were, not where comics were. They were available in TOYS R US stores, they were available in book stores, they were available on the same magazine racks that sold Time Magazine. They were printed on cheap newsprint, and had TONS of stories in each issue, of characters that kids saw on their TV shows. The characters included Naruto, Pokemon, Dragon Ball, etc. And you know what…? Viz comics sold in the hundreds of thousands. Their main book (Shonen Jump) had a regular circulation of over HALF A MILLION each month. And when you brought this to the attention of comic creators, that Viz was monumentally kicking Marvel’s ass, each and every month, you’d get the same response every time….”That’s not really comics, so it doesn’t count”. Oblivious to the fact that kids were reading it in droves, you’d still hear that X-Men was the best selling comic in North America, even though it wasn’t in the top ten. Disney Adventures Comics used to do a hell of a lot more than X-Men did, because it was available in grocery stores, next to the equally best selling Archie Digests. Comics as a medium do just fine if you get them to the people who might want to read them. Superman and Batman Magazine (available through Welch Publishing and Publisher’s Clearing House) had a SUBSCRIPTION rate of 400,000 readers each month, but when Welch was picked up by Marvel, and they canceled the book (obviously) DC had no interest in relaunching it as their own title. The only conclusion one can reach is that the folks “in charge”, have no interest in being a profitable business model. They’re only interested in maintaining the dwindling market that’s stuck in a death spiral.
    You want to save comics? Print them on newsprint, sell them in variety stores again, and stop catering to super-hero fans and comic stores to the detriment of the industry. But it’s not like that’s news.

  10. Hahahaha AWESOME! Love it.

  11. Hey Ty –

    Sorry to leave you hanging there. Posted the poem and then forgot about following up.

    Like you, I’m a long-time DC fan (four issues away from completing my run of Silver/Bronze Batman, etc.).

    While some are putting out there that if DC needs to pull renumbering stunts to get people to read their books, and concluding readers may be done with super heroes if that’s the only way to grab them, I tend to think that if they just concentrated on telling intelligent stories and leaving the gimmicks alone, they might see who their audience really is.

    Unfortunately, the big two aren’t publishing enterprises anymore. Their comics exist to give credibility to their licensing which is where they make their money. So be it. But as someone who loves genre fiction, I find myself feeling distaste for the spectacle, the lack of substance to the work, and the profound disrespect for the readership.

    I’m condensing and glossing over a lot of stuff you’re more than familiar with. Flanders Fields hit the right tone for me here because of the devastation that war brought out in the world then. It wiped away the last remnants of the 19th century and the romanticism about war. War became mechanised and impersonal. I see the same hollowness and futility in every reboot and marketing spin the talking heads push at us, never really trying to understand the audience and what matters most to readers.

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