From the Now You're Making Me Blush Department:
Had occasion to send around a few Astronauts in Trouble
to some folks I hang out with outside of comics, to show them what I do. Here's one of the emails I got back:
"WOW. I just got this book. Literally, picked it out of the mail and started it after I got home. Read till my wife turned the light out on me and woke up today to read the rest.
"I now understand WHY this book made it onto that Best-Of list. To be perfectly honest, I had TOTALLY given up on graphic novels/comic books as ever having something new to say. I'm very impressed with the stories, especially the way they loosely link to each other. Art is great – not manga rip off or overly muscled heroes (unless they'd have reason to be – looking at you, Col. Macadam).
"When I first read the introduction from 'Live from the Moon' I was like 'Man, talking about making this into a movie is either a big joke or kinda presumptuous! I haven't even read the darn thing yet!'. But then I got it: reading the first story especially, I was BLOWN AWAY by the pacing. Everyone says it should be a movie because IT SHOULD. You can see the bits they'd use for the trailer, the big reveals, the cool 'show off the ensemble cast' moments. If this doesn't get made into a movie, I'm gonna be bent outta shape. It's just a fantastic read through and through."
...and believe me, from these guys... we'll, they're making me blush.
Don't think I've ever come out and said how I feel about our books being pirated all over the damn place. Obviously, there are legal issues, and distribution issues, and free market issues, and information-wants-to-be-free issues, and people with bigger brains than mine can't solve this digital piracy thing, so I'm probably not going to have any insight that a normal joe hasn't already thought of himself.
And, of course, I might have a different outlook as a publisher of copyrighted-entertainment-for-consumption than I do as a creator
of copyrighted-entertainment-for-consumption. As a creator, I'm pretty happy anyone's reading my stuff at all, no matter how they get it.
So, big ups to Archangel and Racer X of Scangstas-DCP, because if folks like these are stealing our shit, at least they're doing good scans and spending time to clean 'em up and taking the good bits and using them for their own logos and generally honoring our intentions. Gotta quote my man Mojo Nixon, here: "All right... I got a bunch of albums out, you can buy ‘em, you can fuckin’ ... you got a drunk friend here who’s got a bunch? When they pass out you can you can tape them off of him or burn a CD; in fact, you can download my shit off the Internet, it don’t bother me at all... 'cos I’m not an asshole like Metallica!"
Just how the world is now, yeah? No sense crying over spilt milk.
Dunno what the corporation
would do if they find you, but, at least you guys aren't shitting on the work. And would it kill you to go buy The Black Diamond: Get in the Car, and Go
trade, when it comes out in June?Scangtas-DCP logo © 2008 Archangel and Rac... hey, screw you, I stole your logo.
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overlords Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman get some love from the Glyph Awards,
nominated as they are in the "Rising Star" category. Congrats, gents!
Turns out I didn't do much walking around WC as I blew out my knee Friday night. Missed everything. Blew it out like I was playing point guard for the Phoenix Suns and landed funny at the top of the key, except instead of a foul line there was a spiral staircase for me to slip down.
Maybe I'll be able to walk again comfortably.