|Cerebus #211 (October 1996) Art by Dave Sim & Gerhard|
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|Alec: The Years Have Pants (Top Shelf, 2009)|
by Eddie Campbell
|Page 118, The Complete Alec (1990)|
|Page 104, The Complete Alec (1990)|
|Page 103, The Complete Alec (1990)|
|Page 80, The Complete Alec (1990)|
|Page 31, The Complete Alec (1990)|
|The Ditko Package #3|
by Joe Gill & Steve Ditko
(Published by Robin Snyder & Steve Ditko, 1999)
I'm delighted to introduce a collection of Steve Ditko's wonderful stories. While Steve's art is always up to the Ditko standard of excellence, my scripts are not prize-winning material.
Steve and I and all the other great guys at Charlton during the years of glory (?), worked for extremely low rates. A few of us accommodated ourselves by working fast in order to make as much moolah as possible. This accounts for my enormous volume of pages. When I worked for other NY publishers I was paid much more; Steve, too, worked for more generous publishers.
But Steve's work was the same, no matter for whom he worked or how much he was paid. Steve denied he was driven to always do his best. He swore he was only in it for the money. I told him if he had no market, no pen or pencil or paper, he'd be creating masterpieces in bare dirt. I never knew my friend to deliberately do less than his best in order to grind out pages.
Many of us worked as fast as we could move. There was little criticism and that suited us just fine. Steve moved at his own pace, doing his brilliant best, and he made my work shine.
Steve's got a quiet sense of humor and he's more well-mannered than I but we got along very well and imbibed a few martinis together from time to time. After a day in `the shoe factory' we explored the delights of night life in Derby, CT.
Steve was always the best and he stayed that way come Hell of high water. I have fond memories of those Charlton years and now you will, too.
Joe Gill is one comic book story/script writer who understands a comic panel. Most other writers believe a single panel is a long, continuing strip of a movie film containing numerous, changing, point-of-view frames.
I read the screenplay of Gorgo. From the first reading to this day, I marvel at how well Joe adapted the character to comic books. I didn't read the Konga screenplay but that comic script was a treat.
As for Captain Atom, Charlton (like many companies) gave up too soon on the new feature.
Joe may have been partly responsible for my long stay at Charlton. (Actually Charlton left us and the comic field.) I know Joe's scripts made my stay and the work enjoyable and worthwhile. Our efforts are worth saving and still enjoyable in reviewing with a long list of favourites.
The comic book story/script writer? It doesn't matter who follows the first. That first choice is Joe Gill.
|Strange Attractors vs Cerebus|
Art by Michael Cohen
|Glamourpuss #14 (July 2010)|
Art by Dave Sim
|Cerebus #200 (November 1995)|
Art by Dave Sim & Gerhard
|Cerebus #1 Page 1|
Art by Dave Sim
Originally published December 1977; Redrawn 2010
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|Star Trek (2012)|
Art by Dave Sim
|Cerebus Vol 1 & Cerebus Vol 2: High Society|
Cover art by Dave Sim & Gerhard
|Cerebus / Sweeny Todd (unfinished, 1991)|
Art by Dave Sim, Gerhard & Michael Zulli
(from Cerebus #154, January 1992)
(207 or 409 or, now, 514) people is a lot of friends. But if you picture it as a percentage of the people in the comic-book field -- even just counting the ones that I've met, had dinner with, had drinks with -- back when I drank, it's a very, very small number. I have to assume that everyone else thinks a) I'm a misogynist b) thinks it's fine to call me a misogynist c) really, really, really doesn't want me anywhere near them or near anyone that they like. Conventions are interesting. Signings are interesting. But not interesting enough to always have to be wondering: Which one are you? when I'm meeting someone. I was never a Huge Deal in comics, like Alan (as an example). I spent a lot of time with each person who was getting things signed or a sketch so it looked as if I had a line but it was usually four people for an hour. No one noticed that it was the same four people. It was "I always had a line". I even fooled Will Eisner with that one when we were set up side by side at the 2004 Torontocon. He said, "Okay, you can stop showing off how popular you are."
It's a joke that I used to make that a Dave Sim signing consists of the store owner, two people locally, ﬁve who didn't show up and no one can understand why they didn't show up and two other people who drove 15 hours to be here and then have to turn around and drive back ten minutes later because they can't miss work. At a modern major Con that leaves a lot of people who are really, really, really, squeamish about people they know for a fact don't Think The Right Way. I just can't, internally, see that as "a wash".
Guests get invited our for dinner. The Con director loves me. Eight people at dinner absolutely loathe me and have publicly said so on numerous occasions. How do l tell the Con director that I don't think it's a good idea for me to go out for dinner? I either become a major downer for him by not going or a major downer for eight other people by going.
That's a really uncomfortable thing for everyone's digestion (except mine but things like that don't affect my digestion). It's not something you want to fly across the country to experience, trust me. I don't envy Alan now having to go through it. It takes a lot of getting used to and I've always been -- I think, I never knew Alan well and I don't know him at all now -- far more of a loner than Alan will ever be.
So (I will say to the caller trying to wind it up), all I can recommend is: before you call, check the petition at iPetitions online first. If there are fewer than 2,000 names on there then I'm nowhere near revisiting the question. In fact (I've had to start adding recently) I set the 2,000 names threshold back in 2008. It's taken almost six years to get to 514. Simple math tells you that, at this rate, I would be revisiting the question when l was 75. She laughed (which was nice -- she got that I wasn't angry. I was amused). I'm pretty sure that at that point I would say: I've made it without going out in public from age 52 to age 75. I think I can make it the rest of the way without breaking a sweat.
Just had to delete the first comments about my post since it went up on Sunday. Not surprisingly by the ever contentious and usually clueless Arlen Schumer. I called for reason, he responded with rancour. Buh-bye! Feel free to stir up the s--t anywhere else you want but not on my wall.
Critical thinking, meet Arlen Schumer. Arlen Schumer meet -- wait, Arlen, where are you running to?
Right here, smart guy; let's see you post quotes of mine and rebut them. I DARE YOU.
PK nailed it in his article. Period.
Saying the word "period", while ignoring my 3 posts in refutation of PK's piece won't make them go away, Roger.
When an educated culture routinely denigrates masculinity and manhood, then women will be perpetually stuck with boys [her emphasis] who have no incentive to mature or honour their commitments. And without strong men as models to either embrace or (for dissident lesbians) to resist, women will never attain a centred and profound sense of themselves as women.