I am not saying, let me repeat, NOT SAYING that this is actually a good idea. I’m saying that I think it might be a good idea. I’m saying that other people that I respect (hey there T.K.) think this is a good idea. Here is the idea … take a minute out of your Fanatic Friday and ask me something. Ask me anything.
This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone, there is a lot of stuff I don’t know. In all fairness to my enormous fanatical ego, there is also a ton of stuff I do know. Useful stuff. Surprising stuff. I know some facts. I know a lot of people who can provide me with the facts that I don’t know. Plus, I have a lot of opinions. Not just any old uninformed, tavern swill, beer goggle, Fox News(?) Channel opinion. I have “been there … done that” opinions. Despite any claims by my friends to the contrary, I’m also reasonably thoughtful and reasonably … well … reasonable.
Let’s see … what can you ask me about?
• I grew up in Southern Minnesota with three real sisters and five foster sisters, no brothers.
• I grew up on a farm (or farmland) … see you could ask me what that means.
• I lived six miles from the nearest town, Claremont (population 520 or so).
• Television and comics were my early companions. Wild, Wild West, Saturday morning cartoons, the John Steed/Emma Peel Avengers, Kolchak the Night Stalker.
• Played and loved high school football … remain a rabid NFL fan … go Vikings.
• Watching pro wrestling was the most compelling reason to miss church on Sunday.
• I’ve been to at least 3 Wrestlemanias
• Went to college in La Crosse, Wisconsin when the drinking age was 18.
• Managed, but didn’t own a comic book store in La Crosse
• Worked for Fantagaphics Books for two years, one in Connecticut, one in California.
• Served as the founding publisher at Malibu Comics from 1986 to 1995
• Administered the Jack Kirby Awards, founded and administered the Will Eisner Awards
• Edited and published the first business magazine for the comics industry
• founded DoggWorks (with Gary Guzzo) an agency for comic writers and artitsts
• worked briefly for Marvel Comics, including when Marvel bought Heroes World
• served as Director of US Publishing for Humanoids Publishing
• currently a partner in The Pack, comic packaging company
Oh, yeah, as I was the contract architect and administrator for my entire career at Malibu Comics, I LOVE questions about the terms of comic book contracts.
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What is a DWO?
Obviously it is my initials, David Wesley Olbrich. Back in my days at Fantagraphics Books, I took to putting my initials at the bottom of notes and memos. My co-workers decided that they liked the sound of the three letters pronounced as if it were actually a word. It is a nickname that I’ve lived with for 25 years. As nicknames go, I could do a lot worse. There are probably people in my circle of acquaintances that only know me as DWO and couldn’t swear confidently that my first name is Dave.
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Answer to the Miscellaneous Monday Fanatic Quiz
The book pictured this past Monday was Aristocratic Xtraterrestrial Time-Traveling Thieves, often better known as X-Thieves and the publishing company was Comics Interview. The company publisher was writer/editor David Anthony Kraft. Officially the company that published Comics Interview was Fictioneer Books. He was a multi-talented Georgia native who had a very distinctive run as writer of Marvel’s Defenders and has the distinction of scripting the very first story drawn by John Byrne for Marvel Comics: “Dark Asylum,” published in Giant-Size Dracula #5 (June 1975). In 1983, Kraft founded Comics Interview magazine which ran for 150 issues between 1983 and 1995