The final word on KRAMERS ERGOT #7

200808271304Editor Sammy Harkham finally talks in an interview with Tom Spurgeon:

SPURGEON: Who’s in the book?

HARKHAM: The complete contributor list is: Rick Altergott, Gabrielle Bell, Jonathan Bennett, Blanquet, Blex Bolex, Conrad Botes, Shary Boyle, Mat Brinkman, John Brodowski, Ivan Brunetti, C.F., Chris Cilla, Jacob Ciocci, Dan Clowes, Martin Cendreda, Joe Daly, Kim Deitch, Matt Furie, Tom Gauld, Leif Goldberg, Matt Groening, John Hankiewicz, Sammy Harkham, Eric Haven, David Heatley, Tim Hensley, Jaime Hernandez, Walt Holcombe, Kevin Huizenga, J. Bradley Johnson, Ben Jones, Ben Katchor, Ted May, Geoff McFetridge, Jesse McManus, James McShane, Jerry Moriarty, Anders Nilsen, John Pham, Pshaw, Aapo Rapi, Ron Rege Jr., Xavier Robel, Helge Reumann, Ruppert & Mulot, Johnny Ryan, Richard Sala, Souther Salazar, Frank Santoro, Seth, Shoboshobo, Josh Simmons, Anna Sommer, Will Sweeney, Matthew Thurber, Adrian Tomine, C. Tyler, Chris Ware, and Dan Zettwoch.

I think this interview should answer all the questions everyone has about this project, even the inane ones. Illo stolen wholesale from Tom.


  1. 11 of those contributors are must-reads for me…33 pages for $125 bucks is a non-starter at my house; sorry, team artcomix. I know I’ve disappointed you terribly.

  2. Mark Coale says:

    I know this book is not for me, so good luck to all involved.

  3. Tom Spurgeon says:

    Alan, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, no one gives a special shit about what you buy or don’t buy. Get over yourself, and move on.

  4. Is there an official page count anywhere? I count at least 59 artists on that list, and according to the interview, each has a contribution ranging from one to four pages. Amazon’s listing may be out of date, but it clocks the book at 96 pages.
    I’m quite excited about this, actually.

  5. What’s the over/under on when ADD actually caves in and buys the damn thing?

    It’s like a magnificent piece of cake, and it’s going to be sitting there, just a click away (or maybe closer, if he stops in at Modern Myths), and once everyone else gets their cake and talks about how delicious it is, how can he resist?

    He’s certainly been thinking about that cake every waking moment.

    I like cake. I have pre-ordered some. (I’m talking about Kramer’s, by the way.)

  6. Alan Coil says:

    Amazon’s listing is correct. It is 96 pages for $125. But the pages are big.

  7. Alan Coil says:

    Inquiring minds want to know:

    Did ADD kick Spurgeon’s puppy?

  8. Tom Spurgeon says:

    I know it’s hard for comics fans to accept, but just as it’s possible for people to [GASP] want a book that you don’t, or for a publisher to [SHUDDER] publish something without necessarily wanting to maximize sales and profits or agree with your strategy for doing so, it’s also entirely within the realm of reason for someone to disagree with someone and say so in strong terms without there being a pernicious, hidden motive.

    Thanks for the insulting implication, though!

  9. I don’t know why Tom is stalking me over this issue either, Alan.

    But maybe this is the real last word on KE7.

  10. Tom Spurgeon says:

    I’m hardly stalking you, Alan. I post on a lot of Heidi’s threads and I’ve posted quite a bit on this issue in general.

    As far as I know I haven’t engaged you in a single forum or site that I don’t regularly cover and have engaged plenty of folks’ views on this small but interesting issue. I don’t remember your name even coming up in yesterday’s Harkham interview. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    I know that it can be comforting and even a good rhetorical strategy to suggest that there’s an imbalance in someone’s response — that they’re super-angry or stalking you or whatever — particularly when there’s not much you can muster on the issue itself. I don’t know if that’s the case here, but I suspect it could be.

    As this is winding down, I would suggest to you and to close industry watchers in general that when people disagree with your appraisal of something, however strongly, it’s not them stalking you or being disappointed with you or being angry with you or being obsessed with you or really anything about you. It’s probably an engagement with what you said, or implications of same.

    Similarly, when they agree with you they’re probably not supporting you or being a friend or being your ally or rallying to your cause. Nor when they move from supporting your point of view on one issue to not supporting your point of view on another have they automatically lost objectivity or balance nor are they acting in a disappointing, baffling fashion.


  11. Patrick Dean says:

    I will not be buying the next issue of The Avengers.

    Thank you. That is all.

  12. I’ve changed my mind about the antique Harley that I was considering purchasing. I think I’ll keep looking for a ’73 Ford XB GT Falcon.

    Thank you. That is all.

  13. Ian Harker says:

    I’m not sure who this Alan David Doanez dude is, but a few thoughts:

    1) Stop stealing my act from two years ago, I did it better then than you are doing it now. Ha!

    2) Get over yourself and buy the damn book! You are clearly obsessed. I used to have a lot of negative feelings about these kinds of comics but I backed it up by actually reading them. In the end a lot of this stuff won me over.

    I can’t wait for this book, meaning that I was going to make a loved one buy me it for x-mas but now I might just pre-order it so I can have it the day it comes out.

  14. I am totally buying Alan’s copy.

  15. There is no “The Avengers” comic-book currently being published.

  16. Patrick Dean says:

    Okay, whichever titles with the word “Avengers” in it. Also, anything with Moon Knight. Fuck that guy. Moon Knight’s taken enough of my cash, that bastard. I’m writing Moon Knight an email in ten minutes asking him to PayPal me back enough money so I can buy the Giant Size Kramers Ergot Super Special #1.

  17. So who do you think would win in a fight? Tom Spurgeon or ADD?

    In the Ultimate Universe, of course.

  18. Alan Coil says:

    Spurgeon, but I’d only but a ticket to that event if the money went to a comic book related charity.

  19. Tom Spurgeon says:

    Why would I want to fight Alan? When I was a younger comics fan, we urged people to fight one another that actually hated each other.

  20. The Hulk and Thor hate each other?

  21. cbrown says:

    Tom, you wouldn’t fight Alan if the money went to a comic book related charity? Why do you hate charity?

  22. Tom Spurgeon says:

    I’ve been offering to fight people for comics-related charities since 1994, but fighting Alan would make me sad.


  1. […] “11 of those contributors are must-reads for me…33 pages for $125 bucks is a non-starter at my house; sorry, team artcomix. I know I’ve disappointed you terribly.” – Alan David Doane in just one of his many reverse marketing posts about the book. […]

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