Archive for March, 2011

Imagine…

If you look down in the right hand column, you’ll find a little animation of the spinning earth. It’s a very cool widget that counts visits to this site. The red dots are left by people all around the globe who have visited since I installed the widget on March 2. The dots that are pulsating represent people who are visiting my site at the moment (one of which will indicate you, dear reader). If you click on the rotating planet you’ll be taken to a larger version with more detailed information. I’ve given mine the headline “Imagine…” for reasons that I hope are obvious. The widget is free from the nice folks at REVOLVER.

My Font In The Wild

I was checking some of the items on the comic book link sites this morning and found myself at CALAMITY OF CHALLENGE. Besides my appreciation of Mathew Allison’s lovingly grotesque art, there was a sudden shock of recognition. The lettering was mine! Mathew was making terrific use of the ComiCraft Rick Veitch lettering font which left me grinning from ear to ear.

If you’re a cartoonist or designer and want to add the Rick Veitch font to your arsenal, you can pick it up from the nice folks at ComiCraft.

TEEN ANGELS

I’ve been holding off promoting this amazing book until it became available for purchase. It’s S.R. Bissette’s 400 page analysis of BRAT PACK and the whole teen-age sidekick phenomena in comics, films, television, advertising and every other dark corner of the cultural landscape. There’s also quite a bit of background about me, my history and the gestation of BRAT PACK in the late 1980’s and early 90’s.

This book grew out of an article I commissioned from Steve Bissette when I was planning a special hardcover edition of BRAT PACK a couple years back. I asked Steve to write a short history of what was going on with me, the comics scene and my co-publisher while I was creating the original BRAT PACK. Steve dug into it deeper than I could have ever imagined, producing a voluminous manuscript that threatened to dwarf the graphic novel part of the book! We had begun the painful process of cutting the thing down when market conditions went south, causing me to pull the plug on the hardcover.

Undeterred, Steve kept on going and, relying on his encyclopedic knowledge of film and comics, his vast reference library, his access to the author (me) and his passionate views concerning the exploitation of children in media, he has produced what must be the most comprehensive, contextual, far-reaching and in-depth analysis of a graphic novel ever written. It’s also an entertaining and enlightening journey through the cultural landscape in the company of a master storyteller.

The good news is TEEN ANGELS & NEW MUTANTS: Rick Veitch’s Brat Pack and The Art, Karma, and Commerce Of Killing Sidekicks by S.R. Bissette is now in print from Black Coat Press and available from Amazon.com.

Don’t snooze.

Only Harvey Would Try To Shovel With A Broken Arm

A penciled page from “NEIGHBORS” written by the late great Harvey Pekar.

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