Sandra Affleck, a historian who leads Barrie themed tours in his hometown of Kirriemuir, was appalled by the idea of a pornographic Peter Pan.
She said: “This book sounds horrific. It is the complete antithesis of what Barrie thought and put on paper.
“Barrie’s work is all about the magic of childhood and this new book is a pollution of that.
“I would support any measures which would stop it appearing on shelves.”
AVC: How does the serial format change how you can tell the story?
DC: You have to keep it simple, so if a reader misses a couple installments, they can still follow along. I can’t tell if that’s happening. It’s hard to tell if anyone’s interested in reading a serialized story. But it’s interesting to put in a cliffhanger each week. That was popular in old comic strips. They’d write a weekend story different from the daily strip. So people follow one story day to day, and a separate story on weekends. If you read them, you think “I’ll read two more.” Then you’re like “I gotta find out!” And you read 500 more.
§ 10 Zen Monkeys interviews Nick Guwewitch and reveals more of the hit sales figures for the PERRY BIBLE FELLOWSHIP collection:
25-year-old cartoonist Nicholas Gurewitch watched as the pre-order sales climbed past $300,000 for The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories. Close to 27,000 copies were sold even before the collection of comic strips had its official release in November and crashed into Amazon’s top 250. “It bounces off and on Amazon’s best-seller lists all the time,” Gurewitch told me, jokingly searching for an explanation. “Nifty cover? I’m not sure.”
In December the cartoonist’s site warned that only 3,000 copies remained, and now copies are “in short supply,” Nick says. (The book’s first printing had some errors which required a second printing to fully meet the demand, and Gurewitch confirms that “We are indeed gearing up for a third printing.”)