August 4th, 2011


Fear Of A Black Spider-Man

Two items:

1)  My opinion of the new Spider-Man, who is half black and half Hispanic -- on a personal level, I'm not a Spider-Man fan to begin with, so there's no opinion from me when it comes to tradition or whatever the hell everyone is bleating about.  They could replace him with hermaphrodite whose mother was a yeti and whose father was a space alien and I wouldn't care.  As far as the stories, as long as this Spider-Man isn't some whiny survivor's guilt dipshit who would rather be a photographer instead of a scientist at the Baxter Building and makes deals with the devil, I'm all for it.

2)  Once again, comics were a metaphor for the Jewish experience in America, specifically how no one had any compassion for minorities unless they could do something that benefited the WASP establishment.  The assholes complaining to Faux News and such about the new Spider-Man are illustrating my point better than I ever could.  You're the same idiots that think Jesus was a white dude who couldn't possibly have been Jewish.  ES&D, all of you.
Kill It With Fire

Every Extra Extend

Dear Comics Professional,

If you are approached by an individual named Rick Olney or a representative of this man, if you are approached by Olney or anyone else representing entities known as The Mighty Mini-Con, TightLip Entertainment, or ORCA, we strongly urge you to run in the other direction.

There is a very long, very well-documented history of non-payment, deceit, emotional manipulation, and fraud in connection with this man and his projects. Despite searching and publicly requesting evidence for over three months, nobody has been able to produce any evidence of any artist ever having been paid in full for their work for TightLip. Many attending professionals to his conventions were promised reimbursement of their expenses, but while some were provided with lodging, none are known to have received full compensation for travel and meal costs, and many have been the subject of vicious personal attacks as a result of having inquired about the promised reimbursement. In addition, Mr. Olney has a considerable history of erratic and unprofessional behavior on many message forums and mailing lists on the internet, several of which have banned him due to his frequently racist, sexist, and homophobic rants, as well as his willingness to hurl vicious insults in response to legitimate questions about his business practices.

As far as we can tell, nearly everyone who has ever had any professional contact with TightLip, the Mighty Mini-Con, or Rick Olney, has a "war story" to tell about being misled, cheated, and used.

You can find more details here:

Please, do not attempt to do business with Olney. In fact, please pass along this warning to any comics professionals, aspiring comics professionals, retailers, exhibitors, media guests, and fans you know.

Do business with Olney at your own risk.

We would prefer to not do this in such a public manner, but, with Olney again advertising a convention and claiming that he is still planning to publish comic books, the greater good demands we speak out.

Check out the website.

Thank you for your attention,
the Undersigned

The above letter was signed by forty-eight comic professionals, including Kurt Busiek, Gail Simone, Coleen Doran, and many more.  Olney has kept a low profile for a while, but like Josh Hoopes, just can't resist.

Olney has put together the Adirondack ComicFest for Veteran's Day weekend.  His guest list includes Mort Todd (editor, Marvel, Cracked), Be Dunn, Dave Hoover (Starman), Tyler Mane, and others.

Now, before anyone does a public beating of these people, it's possible that they just didn't know about Olney.  In fact, that's guaranteed.  Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool contacted them to ask if they were familiar with Olney's colorful history.  Among those that have bailed are Dave Ryan and Hoover.  Dunn and Todd are looking into Olney's history (and boy are THEY in for a fucking surprise).  The others have said they signed contracts and can't bail because of legal issues.

Watch out, people.  Anyone who reads comics knows the bad guy is never really gone ever....


I'm A Working In The Coal Mine, Going Down Down

It appears the overtime situation at work has finally stabilized. This is the first time this week I haven't gotten out on time, and that was only for two hours. Yeppers, I'm happy.

It's apparently a slow news week (other than the debt ceiling debate, which is being covered quite well by others), and I decided to use the time to catch up on some of my creative work. Aside from a hiccup here or there, I haven't worked on anything art-wise since May (I don't count the Hannah Singer stories, since I work on those while I'm on break at work, so those are still moving forward).

Last night, I got all of the first issue of Red Riding Hood penciled and inked. 22 pages plus cover. I can't wait to show it off to my teacher this weekend and my fellow heads at Wizard World this year. I have printed out the script for the second issue and I'm going to start working on it. I don't want to pitch it until I have at least two issues in the can.

It occurs to me that, frankly, this year sucks. This is the lowest creative output I've done since I started this journey back in 2007. No Stress Puppy strips. Video Game Trader doesn't need my articles and hasn't contacted me. Frankly, I wonder if they are still in operation. The last issue I know of, the Sonic The Hedgehog issue, was last year, and they were already looking at a year's gap before the next issue would come out. Sound Waves is on hold right now. Quantum Redshift went nowhere (actually, I'm glad for that, I'd rather wait to see if I can make that a regular series, but that means further down the road). This year will saw Sound Waves #7 come out and will see the next Hannah Singer book this September. Other than that? Zilch.

I could focus and start getting things out, but I realize something – I've overextended myself creatively. I mean, I'm still getting new ideas that I want to make. Dwayne Biddix is in the middle of a move, so he won't be ready for anything until October. Safe Passage, I only have 1.5 issues scripted, I still need to do character sheets for four key characters in the series. And I have all these things that I started but didn't finish.

You have to understand that I hate just doing things and leaving them incomplete. It's part of what bugs me so much about The Supremacy. Anyone that sees it won't see the whole story, and all they'll have is what might have been. Plus, I hate leaving things unfinished. I hate the idea of creating series, story arcs, characters, just to see nothing come of them. It's wasted effort. The alternative is to just create something generic (I can roll off shoujo series while standing on my head), but then, not only do you lose interest, but publishers and readers will skip it because there's nothing special about it.

So I'm thinking the best thing for me to do is sell my manhood cheap and not release anything else this year. This will enable me to get things done and ready without worrying about blowing a bunch of deadlines. Even if they are just for my reference, I still beat myself up for not making them. Remember, compulsive overachiever and perfectionist. I should have Pepto Bismol on tap.

So, first order of business is Red Riding Hood. One issue penciled and inked, the second is started (I would love to have the first set piece for issue 2 finished by the ChicagoCon). Writing scripts is nothing, it's the art that takes time, so I know I'll have the other scripts finished in plenty of time. This way, when I move forward with Red, whether with a publisher or myself, I know it's all done and I can relax.

Once that's done? Safe Passage. That has sat in neutral for long enough. The style is more like Head Above Water, and I like the idea of doing something besides my usual cutesy stuff, if for no other reason than to show some range. That's also why I'm not even considering Tentoumushi until Safe Passage is done and out.

After that? Likely Sound Waves – How Spy I Am. I still want to do it, I still groove to the idea. It's a low priority because it's just a bit of fun, it isn't even part of regular Sound Waves continuity.

That still leaves things like Stress Puppy – Ars Gratia Artis, the Stress Puppy comic book that I wanted to do. And a gag comic I wanted to do for April Fools Day this year.

Man...can you see what I mean about overextending myself?!?

Epic Fail

Take Some Pride In Your Work, Goddammit!

With Marvel now being owned by Disney, Disney is looking to put all the marbles back in one bag.  They have declined to renew the contracts with BOOM! Studios for Darkwing Duck and DuckTales.

I want to point out this page from the current DuckTales, which was pounced on by Bleeding Cool.  It seems there's been a bit of digital manipulation going on.  Check this shit out....

There are times when I seriously question why I bother to draw everything out by hand (I will point out that, even when the gags are pantomime like in Sound Waves or need the same scene across three panels to set up the punchline in Stress Puppy, I still don't cut and paste).  I mean, if it's good enough for the pros, right?