§ In the biz we call this “Hell Week” because you have to get everything done for con in JUST ONE WEEK. Emails at 1 am. Emails at 6 am. Corrections. Schedules. Powerpoints. 15 minutes of hold music. Caffeine, and lots of it. And, the ritual posting of the “San Diego Horror” gif from The […]
Here’s a lost comics gem that’s coming back to print for all to enjoy courtesy of Drew Ford and IDW. Trina Robbins originally adapted Sax Rohmer’s sensational novel Dope for Eclipse way back in the 1980s. It lingered only in memories until Ford kickstarted it as part of his It’s Alive press. And now IDW has […]
Reid Fleming and David Boswell are two of the great legendary figures of the 80s black and white comics boom – Canadian born cartoonist Boswell created an enduring character in the irascible delivery man Reid Fleming whose bellicose shouts — “I thought I told you to shut up!” — and hostile approach to dairy deposits made him an angry everyman hero. The character became incredibly popular during its ’80s run, and a big studio movie was contemplated, with Boswell writing the script, until the project reached a film exec who didn’t get the unique, absurd humor of the comic. The rest, as they say, is a cartoonist’s life.
Over the holiday I spotted something pretty eye-popping on Tumblr—this comics sales chart from Amazing Heroes #49, published in 1984 and posted by Sam Humphries.
Your jaw will drop in amazement to see a world where American Flagg!, a daring SF comic by Howard Chaykin outsold Captain America, and Groo outsold Batman, Detective and Green Lantern.