Friday, December 30, 2011
Sunday and Monday, respectively. Eddie has to go back a day early
to start a new job and we’ll drive Kelly back the next day. Then,
on Tuesday, I start my work year.
There are five projects on my desk and none of them comes with any
guarantee of a payday. Two graphic novel pitches. One long script
for a benefit book. A second very short script for another benefit
book. An article for a magazine. It’ll be a busy month that won’t
pay any bills, but there is a chance a welcome royalty check or two
might appear in the mail.
I’m hoping/planning to put three or four items on eBay every day.
Once I start doing that, you can expect to see a link to my sales
at the end of each day’s bloggy thing. I should probably put up a
PayPal “donate” link as well.
While I’m not actively seeking “work-for-hire” jobs, I’d certainly
consider any such offers that crossed my path. My gigs with Atlas
Comics and Tom Batiuk worked out well for all concerned. I figure
there must be more clients like them out there.
I still can’t write about some of the not-so-good things making an
impact on my life, but I’m dealing with them well enough and making
my priorities clear. Barb and the kids come first. My work comes
second...because it keeps me sane and pays the bills. Everything
else lines up behind those two priorities.
Bring it on, 2012. I’ll try to meet you halfway.
In Wednesday’s bloggy thing, I most churlishly maligned my friend
Harlan Ellison by stating that he does not care much for Christmas.
He ever so gently chastised me on his message board:
"I have no problem with “Christmas," a holiday honoring The Christ
Child. My furiousisness, ferociousness and ferocity at the manque
hustle known as "Xmas." I have NEVER liked Xmas, and have written
about this odious tsunami of buybuybuybuy that is slavishly
attended by one and all. Holidays are good; Xmas is not a holiday.
"Peace on Earth, good will to all...otherwise.
Let the record be corrected.
Bob Ingersoll took this photo of a Black Lightning cosplayer at the
Baltimore Comic Con and ran it in his apazine. Seeing my creation
always delights me, but Bob made it even more special with his wry
description of the costume:
“The best feature of Lightning is that the waist-high lightning
bolts wrap around his waist and originate on his ass. So this
Black Lightning literally eats thunder and craps lightning.”
Bob will be here all week. Be sure to tip your waiter.
My pal Alan David Doane is one of my favorite comics commentators.
I sometimes disagree with his positions, but two of his most recent
Tweets gave me something to think about. He wrote:
“I believe superhero comic art has suffered a monumental loss as a
result of pencils/inks/letters no longer being on the same physical
“There’s no question I read as few superhero comics as I do in part
because technology has turned them into something I can’t see as
On his first Tweet, I definitely agree. Computer inks and letters
remove those creative elements from the intimacy of collaboration.
This even carries over to my appreciation of original art. I can’t
connect to a page of original art without on-the-page lettering and
inking. It looks unfinished to me. It’s not a sketch, which is a
different appreciation for me, and it’s not the page that appeared
in the published comic book. It’s not all there.
However, if I read fewer superhero comics than I used to, it’s not
because of the technology. It’s because the writing in them isn’t
as good as it used to be. It’s because the characters don’t act in
a manner than draws me to them. It’s because the characters don’t
look right, even allowing for the artist’s individual style. The
technology only comes into play because so much of the computerized
coloring is still muddy and overbearing.
If you want to read more of Alan’s thoughts, you can visit Trouble
With Comics, the blog he writes with Christopher Allen:
And you can follow him on Twitter:
One last note for today’s bloggy thing.
As of Wednesday, December 28, my 1000 Comic Books You Must Read was
Amazon Kindle’s sixth best-selling item in the category of “Comics
and Graphic Novels.” The print edition continues to rank high in
those Amazon listings. Currently, it’s ranked seventh. Given that
the publisher has done nothing to promote the second printing of my
book, I think that’s pretty spectacular.
I’m pretty happy about the continued success of my book. I’ll be
even happy if my next royalty check actually reflects that success
and not the “Hollywood bookkeeping” of the last royalty statement
I received. I’ll let you know how that turns out.
I’m taking the three-day weekend off, but I’ll be back on Tuesday,
January 3. Here’s wishing you the happiest of new years from start
© 2011 Tony Isabella