While I’m in Arizona for the next few days celebrating a college graduation, you’ll have to satisfy your thirst for FANATIC entertainment with this blatant product plug for a graphic novel that I helped a little along the way. No, I didn’t write it, draw it or publish it. I just helped writer Tom Waltz make sure that this surprisingly eye-opening book actually became a published reality.
The book was released many months ago. Fanatic readers used to the slick-and-overly-polished artwork of your standard Marvel/DC/Dark Horse book might find the artwork a little off-putting at first. Trust me, it is worth your time. Give it a chance. It will grow on you and it is PERFECT for the stories being told. Go to your store and find it. Then buy it. Continue reading
My life and career have intersected with the wondrous Marv Wolfman at many points along the way. I am proud to call him my friend … or at least a friendly acquaintance. If you’re reading this Marv, the next lunch is on me. I plan to pay up really soon.
TRULY GREAT: Tomb of Dracula #54 cover by Gene Colan
I first became aware of Marv Wolfman in high school when I was reading as many Marvel Comics as I could get my hands on. Sometimes that was quite difficult. Remind me to tell the story someday soon about how I almost froze to death during high school in my pursuit of new release comics.
For a comic frame of reference, I essentially grew up in Smallville. I lived on farmland five miles from the nearest town, Claremont, Minnesota (pop. 620). It had one very small convenience grocery store that carried comics. Even though new comics came in only once a week or so, I visited that little rack of comics every day at lunchtime. Continue reading
In yesterday’s post, I wrote about how the Jack Kirby Awards were established. It was a reaction to the Comics Buyer’s Guide Fan Awards. It came from a germ of an idea from either Gary Groth or Kim Thompson at Fantagrapics Books. The goal being to establish awards based on the votes of comic professionals, ones that might be respected both within the industry and in the outside world.
I also promised a little melodrama as well as some lying and betrayal, so strap in for this reasonably long second chapter of our adventure in comic industry awards. Continue reading
The germ of the idea wasn’t mine. But I’m here to accept my portion of the blame. I made a lot of mistakes. I was wrong.
The Jack Kirby Comics Industry Awards was a child born of outrage. It started in early 1985 somewhere in Agoura Hills, California on a regular (or as regular as they ever got) work day at Fantagraphics Books. The Comic Buyer’s Guide Fan Awards were the subject of the discussion.
Before we can get to the outrage, the creation, the betrayal, the diplomacy or my wrong-doing, we need to set-up the scene on this little melodrama. Continue reading