Are you still mailing out the Sandman parody issues?
Is Gerhard working with you on Glamourpuss or anything else coming out in the future?
Are you still mailing out the Sandman parody issues?
Hey Dave, I'm planning to pick up your new book, but I have a question about a Cerebus side project from the 80's, namely Cerebus /X-Men.
I must be the only person who decided to try X-Men after the introduction of Wolveroach in Cerebus & I remember seing an illistration for the Cerebus/X-Men project in issues of Amazing Heroes. I always wondered what the plot would have been & if more promo art had been done.
Originally Posted by I Heart John Galt
Crom, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad. Why we fought, or why we died. All that matters is that two stood against many. That's what's important! Valor pleases you, Crom... so grant me one request. Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then to HELL with you!
I really can't guarantee anything. The book will be satirical but it will also be a serious examination of the Raymond School. That's why I've sent out 100 autographed copies to stores in Canada, 200 in the States and 4500 through Diamond Dateline for Feb 13 (I swear, folks, Adrian isn't a "shill" but thanks Adrian for giving me such an easy segue into the one message I'm here to impart for 100 hours in February).
If you look at the www.glamourpusscomic.com website, the natural reaction is going to be "I can't picture this. How would you do this? How entertaining could this be?"
The fact that no one who has read the book in its entirety (presumably at least 300 retailers and x number of their customers) is crying foul would suggest to me that I did what I set out to do. People aren't shy on the Internet: if I was perpetrating a fraud with glamourpuss No.1, if the book wasn't interesting or entertaining or both, I'm pretty sure you'd have heard by now. Most of the 300 stores have had the book for at least three weeks now. That's a lifetime in the comics field. Also, I don't know if this is STILL true, but I asked Jeff Tundis to check eBay a while back to find out how many COMICS INDUSTRY PREVIEW EDITIONS, autographed (the 100 that were sent to Canadian stores) and Platinum VIP Access (the 970 that were sent to everyone on the mastheads at the major fashion magazines -- from Oprah Winfrey to Anna Wintour and all execs, editors, directors in between) and Gold VIP Access autographed (the 200 that were sent to US stores) of the FASHION INDUSTRY PREVIEW EDITIONS are being offered for sale.
At that point, anyway, the answer was 0, zip, nada. Which I found EXTREMELY unlikely but extremely gratifying. My guess is that not one of those stores said "Well, this stinks on ice, I better sell it on eBay before everyone finds out how worthless it is."
No, once again the retailers come through in spades. I was sent this to promote it, so that's what I'm going to do.
If anyone wants to check eBay and see if that's still the case, I'd be curious.
As with CEREBUS, glamourpuss is, I think, so completely different from virtually every other comic that's been done -- something a lot of advertising tends to claim but which, as with see with movies today, is usually largely if not completely untrue (it's usually a mix of four other movies being presented as "new") -- that the only way I'm comfortable "pushing" the book is to say, here, here's the whole issue No.1 two months ahead of time. If you've only read or primarily read mainstream comics, it's a legitimate concern. You're either going to read it and go, "Okay, I'm in. When's number two coming in?" (July, is the answer) or you're going to go "Man, I don't THINK so. Somebody throw me a Bendis book to get this taste out of my mouth."
I'm fine with either one. Many thanks to the first customer and No hard feelings to the second one. Thanks for honouring my work with the 20 minutes it will take you to read No.1.
I can't give you back your 20 minutes, but I'll have saved you three bucks.
I've made the offer to Gerhard to do cars in the book if he's interested (he's far more of a car guy than I am and did a bang-up job on the sports car on pages 390-391 of LATTER DAYS).
"You mean, behind the models?"
"Uh, no I was thinking of in FRONT of the models." (Are you kidding me? A Gerhard sports car? glamourpuss, honey, you be in de BACK seat on dis here page.)
No word from him, but he did like the PREVIEW EDITION I sent him. At least for the moment, I think his personal preference is for his "World Without Cerebus" series of commissions for Brian Coppola [you can see them at both www.cerebusart.com and at Brian's cerebustheoriginalaartvark site where Brian keeps track of trends, sales and near-misses in the Cerebus Art Market which he pretty much dominates]
All that exists of the Cerebus/X-men crossover is notes in one of my notebooks at the time. Chris Claremont and I both got invited to a store signing in Prince George, British Columbia so we decided we would plot the whole book on the way out on the plane. This really involved me taking dictation from Chris to make sure all of his stuff was covered -- I could figure out where the Cerebus stuff would fit in on my own and bounce it off him later. It's really in such shorthand note from that it's virtually incoherent.
It became obvious talking to Jim Shooter that this was a project Marvel was doing to keep Chris happy. Whatever Chris wants Chris gets, but they -- as a corporation -- really didn't think the book would sell worth s--t. I could see their corporate point, but it certainly deflated any real interest I had in doing the book. It had "file in a drawer marked 'H-freeze over'" written all over it.
I suggested it to Chris at Maplecon in Ottawa in front of a bunch of people. As anyone in the business can tell you, there are a lot of projects that sound really good over a few drinks after the Saturday of a Con that are in the "WHAT was I THINKING?" category when you get home and remember how much of your own work you have to do.
Okay, prayer and snow-shovelling time. I'll be back as soon as I can.