Steve Bissette’s exploration of kid sidekick subculture, as seen through the fun-house mirror of BRAT PACK, has picked up some very big mainstream notice. TEEN ANGELS & NEW MUTANTS get’s profiled, and Bissette interviewed, over at Entertainment Weekly.
The book is right now available in finer comics shops or you can pop over to Steve’s blog to order a copy.
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.
The preliminary orders for the new edition of BRAT PACK are just coming in and it looks like we’ve successfully dodged the Diamond cancellation bullet. Thanks to all! If you are a store owner, you might consider adding to your existing order now before the dreaded reorder fees kick in.
Above, for your viewing pleasure, another lost page from the original floppy BRAT PACK.
Oh, and there’s a nice interview with me up on THE PULSE.
Another page from the original floppy series of BRAT PACK that got dropped for new art in the graphic novel version. And if you haven’t got your order for the remastered fourth edition of BRAT PACK in yet, you can always hop over to my favorite on-line comics store, PANELTOPANEL.NET and pre-order a copy with a free exclusive BRAT PACK bookmark.
Another page that hasn’t been seen since the fifth issue of BRAT PACK comic book.
Amazon.com finally got a listing of the remastered fourth edition of the BRAT PACK trade paperback up. If you don’t have a friendly comics retailer around the corner, then you can now pre-order on-line.
With the Diamond ordering window closing fast, I’ll be running a bunch of BRAT PACK related eye-candy this week. Here’s a page from the comic book series that got dropped out when I rewrote the story and added new pages for the graphic novel version back in 1991.
I’ve just gotten the proofs back from the printer and this remastered fourth edition, with new cover, is going to look gorgeous.
If you haven’t put your order in with your local comics emporium, we urge you to do so. And if you are a retailer, you probably know the best price you’ll get from Diamond to stock up on BRAT PACK inventory is right now. Diamond’s new O/A policies mean that you’ll pay reorder fees to get BRAT PACK from them in the future.
Here’s another cool marketing item we cooked up for the original run of BRAT PACK from King Hell/Tundra back in 1991. It’s an 11″ x 17″ window cling with our ubiquitous tag line printed on it. I doubt we invented the window cling, but we must have been among the earliest to adopt it as a cheap strategy. Retailers loved ’em because they were so easy to put up and take down; no muss, no fuss. Fans would cut them up and rearange the words in their car windows.
I’m sharing it now, along with some of the other marketing stunts we pulled back in the day, to remind you all that the brand new fourth printing of the BRAT PACK trade paperback, complete with new cover and remastered interior art, is being solicited in the March PREVIEWS. Be sure to get your order in to your retailer this week. And if you are a retailer, order a ton now to avoid those odious reorder fees later.
And if you haven’t actually read BRAT PACK, you can savor the first issue free as a 7meg pdf download.