Monday, August 11, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
|May 5th, 1935|
|May 5th, 1935|
|19361106 The West Australian, 6th November, 1936|
|The West Australian, 11th November, 1935|
|June 23rd, 1935|
|The Sunday Sun Guardian, 25th November, 1934|
|The Sunday Sun Guardian 10th September, 1939|
Monday, June 30, 2014
|Morris Levy. He didn't like you either.|
|Morris Levy's FBI file, early 1960s, showing his employment history with Charlton Publications.|
|Gotcha! Morris Levy's 1986 FBI mug shot. Nothing glamorous here.|
|You really need to read this book|
Saturday, June 21, 2014
When I started the Keith Chatto book I wondered if anyone would read it. They did. I wondered if anyone enjoyed it. I have no idea as the feedback has also been non-existent. But, and this stunned me, I made more money out of the Chatto book, which was given away free under the proviso that a donation would be nice, than I have all the other books I've had published to date. Mind you, the amount for the Chatto book was less than $250 in total, but I was stunned that people would donate, so used to silence I have become and I love everyone who did donate with a passion.
I'll still write. I'm going to write whatever the hell I want to and I'll do what I want with it. If I see my work elsewhere I'll point it out and call it out, in public. You steal my research, expect it to be known. Do the right thing, ASK me first before you take stuff from this blog or my own little books. If you don't, then don't whinge if I do the same to you.
If you're a publisher then feel free to contact me. I have ideas. Loads of them. However if you're not going to offer me an iron clad contract then don't even waste our time. Mine and yours. If you have an idea, let me know. I might say yes.
If you are self-publishing something, a book, a magazine or a blog, and want some help, or an article - and I think everyone knows what I can write about by now - then drop me a line. If you've slagged me off in the past then still drop me a line. If we can resolve things, fine. I might help. If not, well, nothing ventured. Oddly enough, I am very helpful when approached properly.
If you're a pal then by all means, I'll help and it won't cost you a cent. Nothing. Nada. All I'll ask is a credit along the line and at least one copy of the final product for my own files. That's all. There's some people I'll walk backwards, barefoot, through a hedge of broken glass for, they know who they are. Happy to write and offer my research for free for those guys. If they want I'll make a list of people, but not right now.
I'm going to continue to write. I won't blog as much as I once did, but I will blog utter crud about nothing on another blog. That's an outlet. My main blog will more about what I've discovered. I'm tired of writing vast tracts of things and then not putting them anywhere because I'm fearful of some wanker stealing it, rewriting it and publishing it in their own shitty book for cash. No more.
As for writing books. I love them. I really do. I love researching them, I love discovering things and sharing the knowledge. I love writing them. But I can't be bothered with going through the problems with dodgy publishers. Thus every book I write will be offered, for free, via my blog. In the coming weeks I shall remove everything from Amazon and offer them, as non-editable pdf's and epubs, on my blog, as free downloads. I'll be rewriting the Andru & Esposito book and offering that as a free download too - putting it back to Mike and mine's original vision before Herman got to it. If you want them, download them. If you read them, great. Just let me know what you think. Are they shit, am I wasting my time, are they good - something. If you read them and like them, then by all means, chuck a few cents at me. Your call.
If you want to help me write, then by all means, drop me a line. Writing is a lonely craft and it's always good to bounce ideas off people - I'm sure my four idea bouncing people, Lyndal, Anastasia, Michelle and Catherine are getting a bit tired of my endless email rants (which I've cut back on to save their eyes) and discoveries. Save their girlie eyes!
If you have an event and want someone to talk about my field of expertise, be it pop culture, the history of comic books in Australia, the history of comic books in America, original art and the ethics of collecting the same (ie: people who deal in stolen art), music or movies then shout out. I can speak. I've worked in the electronic media. I had a year or so of public speaking lessons with Vaughn Harvey, I've done more radio than most. I've done TV work. I am articulate. I know my shit and I always come prepared. Happy to speak on radio shows and the like, podcasts - you name it. What the hell, if nothing else, I can provide an alternative point of view and help fill some space. I can easily babble on for hours on end - ask anyone who's seen me in full flight. What the hell.
If all you do is abuse me, then forget it. I'm not interested. But, from now on, if you abuse me, I will abuse you back. You might not believe this, but I can probably verbally abuse you better than you can me. I learnt from experts and, if you ever met my Mum, or my Nana then you'd know one thing for sure - it's in my blood.
My thanks if you've read this far. Let's talk, let's collaborate! You'll find I'm nowhere near as unstable as you might have heard. I'm here to have fun, to educate and to entertain. Being paid is now a distant second on my list. I'm not going to hack shit out for money, like so many others out there.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Today's 'Let's Do A Swap' book: Andru & Esposito: Partners For Life by Mike Esposito and, well, yours truly. Brand new. Paperback. Ross and Mike in all their glory. Five copies up on offer. And, if it will sweeten the deal, I'm happy to sign the book, or not, depending on how you feel about my scrawl and, to be honest, I've signed about three of these in the past, but will sign them now if people want me to.
These are the last of my comp copies - getting them out of the publisher was like pulling teeth. Take one or take all - once they're gone, then they're gone. Tomorrow, another book. Let people know if you think they might want it.
Here's the deal. I'm going through my stuff and will be getting rid of a lot of doubles and the like. Some people will find books just turning up on their doorstep from time to time. In the meantime, other books I've decided to see it a trade can be worked up. Here's how I'll do it.
I like oddball stuff. Such as ephemera (that's paper type stuff for the less edumacated amongst us) relating to comics and movies (not videos or DVDs), sketches, signed letters, autographed items - that kind of stuff - so if you have something you don't want and you want what I post then let me know and we'll trade. Each day, another book, until I run out.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Bill Sienkiewicz is Guest of Honor at the 2014 Inkwell Awards Heroes Con Awards Ceremony
(New Bedford, MA/USA—June 2, 2014) Voting for the 7th annual Inkwell Awards (the “Inkwells”) has ended and the comic book inking advocacy group will present its live awards ceremony during this summer’s Heroes Con, held June 20-22 in FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Charlotte, NC, to reveal the highly-anticipated results.
Rather than just “Favorite Inker”, the Inkwells have five categories, including the “Props” award for under-recognized professionals, and the S.P.A.M.I., for favorite Small Press And Mainstream-Independent work. Thousands of voters came to the group’s web site to vote online from May 15-30.
“After another productive year spreading the word about the art form and its vital contribution to the industry, the Inkwell family is thrilled to celebrate with fans the culmination of that time, effort and passion by recognizing the industry’s best ink artists,” said Bob Almond, the non-profit organization’s founder and director. “We’re forever grateful to Heroes Con and their staff for making this mission an annual reality, supporting the community and giving fans an opportunity to learn more about and appreciate this often overlooked part of the business.”
The awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 21, at 12:30 PM in room 209/210. Headlining the event is Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated artist, Bill Sienkiewicz, as the Guest of Honor. Bill is an Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated artist who, after breaking into comics withMoon Knight and New Mutants, became best known for bringing a revamped style to comics and graphic novel illustration from 1980 onward, most notably with Marvel's Elektra: Assassin and his acclaimed graphic novel, Stray Toasters, earning him an international reputation and cult status across various media. Additional speakers include Almond as host, 2012 S.P.A.M.I. Award recipient Dexter Vines as presenter, plus industry mainstays Ron Garney and Steve Saffel as guest speakers. Ron is an Eisner-nominated comic book writer/artist, known for titles such asJLA, The Amazing Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, Hulk, Daredevil and Captain America. Steve is a senior acquiring editor at Titan Books and the editor for the Simon and Kirby Library.
All winners will be announced, as well as the two recipients of the annual Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award, which recognizes two artists for a minimum of 25 years of outstanding career achievement.
Almond continued, “Attendees are always anxious to see who gets in to our Hall of Fame and cheer when they’re announced. We can’t wait to celebrate along with them.”
Following the ceremony will be a brief, live auction with signed sketch donations from artists like Shane Davis, Scott Hanna, Tod Allen Smith and Joel Adams, plus the highlight, a Neal Adams Black Canary (donated to the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund to the Kubert School).
The Inkwells will have several members in attendance at the show, including ambassadors Mark Brooks, Cully Hamner, Mike McKone and J. David Spurlock, contributors Randy Green and Dan Panosian, plus past and present committee members, volunteers and others. The Inkwells also plan to have two models portraying their Ms. Inkwell spokesperson character: Anna White from Massachusetts and Laura Beihl from West Virginia.
“The con attendees enjoy greeting our Ms. Inkwell almost as much as meeting and hearing from the industry professionals who help produce their favorite comics,” Almond added.
The Inkwells will be set up in Artists Alley, offering for donations their annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge book (#3) with a front cover of Joe by James Fiorentino and a Silver Surfer back cover by Pablo Marcos. Fan-favorite writer Ron Marz wrote the Foreword and writer/artist/publisher J. David Spurlock penned the Introduction. Also available will be other Inkwells books, color prints, model photo prints, t-shirts and various donated items. Proceeds will help fund continuing operations and philanthropic programs, travel for the award recipients to the live ceremony, trophies, and pursue their goals of education and promotion.
The Inkwell Awards is an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize and award the best ink artists and their work. Now in its seventh year, the organization is overseen by a committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and numerous contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.
Web site: http://www.inkwellawards.com