This is the sixtieth weekly episode of Lying In The Gutters, the industry’s mostly-favourite rumour column and gossip sheet. At all times, remember the rumour rules. Red light means it’s probably bullshit, Yellow light means I think there’s an element of truth and Green means you get bet your life on it. Or someone’s life. Not mine, I’ve been wrong before (see below). Take everything you read with a Sofitel Chicago pot of strawberry jam and if you do repost information here elsewhere, please include a warning to that effect. And a link. Man does not live by hits alone – but I could do with the attention. I blame Markasian.
APOLOGY FOR… SOMETHING
Paul Jenkins is of the belief that somewhere, on a message board, I made a derogatory comment concerning his colleague Howard Mackie and Mackie’s parents. And he made his point most vociferously at Chicago. Jenkins doesn’t recall where this statement is meant to have been made, and I’ve been unable to locate nor remember such a statement.
Apparently the “Howard Mackie’s parenthesis” explanation doesn’t wash with Jenkins either.
Nevertheless, I’d like to openly apologise to Howard Mackie for any statement or similar I may have made. It’s not been a habit of mine to address the personal lives of comic book creators unless they themselves have instigated it, and I’d like to apologise for any offence caused.
If anyone out there can shed light on what this statement I’m meant to have made was, where it appeared and when, I’d be very grateful.
THE DARK NIGHT RETURNED
I hope the Bonds have cleaners…
On Augie De Blieck’s journal Chris Eliopoulos wrote “So, like a fool, I went up to Marvel and DC to see folks, etc. and at 4 the power goes. All of the Marvel staffers are on the sidewalk. With no sure idea what to do, a bunch of us take the only logical course–head to the outdor bar in Bryant park.
“After a couple adult beverages, Dan Carr, Mike Marts, Jerry from production and I try the Port Authority. No dice. Tried the Ferry. No dice. One lane of the Lincoln Tunnel and people are hitching rides to Hoboken or anywhere else out of the city.
“Finally, I spot a moving truck who are taking people. We jump on, for $5 a person, and since they were going to Hackensack went that far, traveling like Mexicans being smuggled over the border.”
Tim Bradstreet is expected to work on designs and covers for the new title, although the publisher is not yet known. The legal matters between creator John Ostrander and whichever financial body currently holds claims to the character are still being sorted out, but the creators aren’t letting that stop them and are plowing ahead.
COLD BLOODED DEALS
However, after agreeing to the series, he began to talk to Dreamwave about a creator-owned series, look for news on that hatching shortly.
THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST
Poste LongshotXV linked to a site featuring a number of Gabriele’s recent work (registration necessary). Well worth checking out.
Wonder if Spidey will get a beige costume this time?
REACHING A MERIDIAN
Robin’s wife, a comics commentator, Elayne Riggs posted quite comprehensively on her blog about the situation.
A thorough and intiguing back and forth on the Yahoo Inkers list emerged when Andy Smith, CrossGen Art Director arrived to defend the company, but even he admitted the company was in the wrong on this one.
Bill Rosemann’s previous assurances, that everyone who was owed money would be sorted out promptly and receive a call from Bart Sears to explain the situation, has not been as universal in its coverage as Rosemann believed.
Looks like that animated series they were talking about at Chicago might have quite a talent pool to draw from.
I think that’s reason enough to invade, don’t you?
I FEEL LIKE A PREENED POODLE
And despite some Marvel employee speculation at Chicago, no I didn’t invent Felicia, yes she is one person, not a conglomerate of people and no, she is definitely, definitely not Nancy Dakesian. C’mon guys…
BATMAN… OR DAREDEVIL?
Whaddaya think, guys??
Warren Ellis turned down the book, however.
IT’S A MIRACLE
At least Transmission3000.com will no longer have Miracleman traffic to deal with and can get on with its mad musical numbers.
If you’d like something a little more tangible, her Wish List is here.
FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT
“Street Fighter” 1 from Udon is being published any day now. It’s had orders of under 30,000, all its overprint has already been sold out and the company is about to do a second print before the first has even shipped. Copies of the issue 0s which were happily being sold for $3 at conventions are already selling for over $50 on eBay. I’m not going to put mine up until issue 1, with a Joe Mad story and mad Asian fanboys already planning on wiping out stocks at their local shop, has come out. But if you can beat the fanboys to it, I think there’s some easy money here. And you can always convert your eBay wins into copies of “Blankets,” “Quimby The Mouse” or “Last Of The Independents.”
It’s gold rush time… send your kids to college.
BLOOD ON THE STREETS OF LONDON
That’s Orbital, who also sell new US comics at 65p to the dollar, advance orders at 60p to the dollar. At 9 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1 on 0207 434 9363.
I hear www.comix-shop.co.uk will have some soon as well… and they take orders and deliver online…
MEMO TO TOMMY
RECRUITING IN THE GUTTERS
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