Welcome to the tenth weekly instalment of Lying In The Gutters, a gossip and rumour column serving the comic book industry by having its wicked way with the comic book industry’s younger sister. The traffic lights on each story are my takes on their reliability. Green lets you know I believe it, Amber let’s you know I reckon there’s something in it somewhere, Red lets you know I think it’s quite possibly bullshit. But then you never know. The lights are just an indication – doesn’t mean a red can’t be true and a green can’t be false. Take everything you read with a dash or powdered dromedary – 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 – I wish.
LIEFELD’S NEW ALLY
Rob Liefeld’s response “You’re good… nothing to add.”
DARWYN COOKE TO REWRITE DC UNIVERSE
FOR BIGG TIME TO WAR TIME
that he’s getting his opportunity.
Templeton tells me:
“I think I’m allowed to tell you that, yes, I’m writing a brand new DCU War Comic, that’s set in modern times, with a modern army, although, it does have a familiar character or two in it. (Sgt. Rock’s Little Sure Shot is a minor character in the book, as is his grandson, for instance.)
“The pencil art is by a relative newcomer named Clement Sauve, a fellow Canadian boy, who draws WAAAAY better than I do. He’s sort of a cross between Yanick Paquette and Brian Hitch (not a bad pair of influences, I’d say, and he shares a studio with Yanick, so the influence there is direct) and in a few years, he’ll have both of their fan bases all to himself.”
We look forward to hearing more.
The Newsarama boards, have printed posts by an individual claiming to be an ex-Chaos creator posting under the name of Art4u2c. These posts have made allegations that Chaos was selling original art rather than sending it back to the creator, and insinuated that Chaos may not have paying taxes on their payroll and that Chaos money was used to pay of certain of Pulido’s debts, such as his house, before the company went bankrupt. The issue of CrossGen getting Chaos characters to work with without getting the Chaos debt was also raised.
What actually *will* happen may well surprise us all, however.
ONI AT MARVEL
This is what they want, you know.
A number of individuals were hired to work on the properties and began churning out material.
I’ve just been told that they have recently informed them that the books aren’t going to happen after all – and that as a result, they’re not going to get paid for work completed at the publisher’s request. I hear there may be a number of other originally upcoming series in the skip as well.
NOTE I mentioned a specific publisher in a previous version of this column – not only was the publisher not involved, it’s not in their publishing mandate to have been involved. I’d like to apologise to that publisher for not realising that.
“Andy commissioned the cover from Frank Millar to celebrate the Meg’s 10th anniversary, to appear on 3.70. He agreed a fee of £1000 for a piece of black and white art. He asked FM for a sketch in advance of the final art. To fund the cover, Andy wrote Lenny Zero for free (so at least something good came out of it!).
“No sketch ever appeared or was approved.
“As my time on ‘2000 AD’ was coming to an end, I swapped roles with Andy – he took over day to day editing of ‘2000 AD’ and I took over the Megazine, beginning with commissioning the cover for ‘3.69’ from Kevin Walker.
“The deadline for ‘3.69’ was fast approaching and FM’s cover was needed to appear on the next issue page as a teaser.
“I got an email from Diana Schutz saying FM had sent the art to her at Dark Horse and she would be sending a print of it to me, rather than send the original and risk losing it. Fine.
“The art finally arrived on a Friday, around midday. John Wagner was makinga rare visit to the office to take me to a farewell lunch, as I was down to my last weeks and days on staff.
“I opened the package in Wagner’s presence. His comment: “He saw you coming!
“I was dismayed by the finished art. I made a photocopy, send the print off to Chris Blythe to begin colouring with a list of things I wanted him to amend – turn the beard/shading/whatever it was into shading, not anything that could be mistaken for a beard. Lose the sillier weapons and their placement. Colour it up.”
“My plan was to run the image in a porthole arrangement – have the characters breaking out of a large circle on the cover, as Comics International was doing on its covers at the time. This would provide clear space for lots of anniversary issue coverlines and hide the legs, which were my biggest problem with the art.”
“I sent an email to FM acknowledging receipt of the print and expressing my disappointment at the finished art. I never rejected the cover. FM emailed me back, expressing his unhappiness at my disappointment.”
“We agreed never to run the cover and no payment would be required. So it was left.”
“The original art was later auctioned on ebay with all proceeds going to the CBLDF. It raised over $2000 – so some good came out of it.”
SHOUT GOES OUT
PLUGS ALL ROUND
Glenn Barbis emails, asking for a plug for a comic strip called Industry Standards
I notice Joe Quesada’s message board is down. But it’ll be up soon, so here’s a plug.
I’ve written a second Waiting For Tommy column up at Dynamic Forces which includes a pitch to Mike Carlin, more on Tom Baker and my memories of the 24 Hour Comic . See you there.
While we’re doing plugs, I’m selling DVDs and comics on eBay. Buy some here. Free shipping the lot of them.
RECRUITING IN THE GUTTERS
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Be seeing you.
Updated September 4, 2002