Lee, for those who came in late, was one of the bullets I dodged when trying to break into comics. Lee set up DreamWave, a company based out of Canada that made manga titles for Image. They then struck out on their own, acquiring the rights to do Transformers and Duel Masters comics as well. Lee, however, set up the revenue flow from DreamWave to go to a new company, Dream Engine. Then he filed bankruptcy on DreamWave, leaving a lot of comic creators and companies holding the bag. Then, he did the same thing with Dream Engine, also sticking others. All the while, he misrepresented who was doing what for him. Recently, Dynamite published his new series, Widow Warriors. A quick check finds either shops not stocking it or, if they do, the issues collecting dust. All the while, Lee continues to maintain that he is a comic superstar and some sort of arbiter of ethics.
Everybody with me so far? That's good!
Lee has a new book coming out. "Pat Lee of Transformers, DC, and Marvel comics fame, and his select group of artists" have created a book called The Extraterrestrial Compendium. Aimed at 9-12 year olds, it is visual depictions of the generally agreed upon types of aliens that ufologists discuss.
It's to be published by Sea Lion Books. Sea Lion was set up by David and Pascal Dabel. You know, the guys who had trouble paying creators for their work before they were bought up by Dynamite....
Is it just me, or are there too many familiar faces at this circle jerk?