Working on a year of YABS.
I originally agreed to do YABS for twelve weeks as atrial period, so if I hated it, I could quit and goback to my cave. I figured it'd be a laugh, and tenpeople would read it, and then I'd go back to watchingtelevision on Sunday night, Iron Chef, Futurama andthe Simpsons, you know.
But I never thought I'd still be doing it after ayear. This isn't me being self-congratulatory...it'sme thinking I've gone nuts and no one's told me.
Still having a great time. The email is the best part,and I get the question all the time, maybe every week,"Where did THAT come from?"
Jonah came up with this fun idea of a YABS month, andhas asked me to name my five favorites, for thebenefit of newer readers, and to answer that question.
This is one that I liked, but I seemed to be one ofthe very very few. Mark Waid said it was the best oneyet at that point, but I got a lot of email frompeople saying, basically, "What the ****?"
My favorite writers change by the minute. I mean,honestly, who is my favorite writer? Well, it'sMorrison, Waid, Peyer, Grant, Azzarello, Ellis, Ennis,Millar, Grayson, Bendis, Rucka, Terry Moore, and amess of others I know I'm forgetting. But one guy whois always in the top handful is Alan Moore. I mean,I'm not stupid.
So the idea of Alan Moore in one of those cheesysixties romance comics just amused me. If you haven'tread it, spoiler notices below:
Each time Alan Moore appears, he's got a differentspeech pattern. This threw some folks who hadn't keptup with his books. First is the promo voice he uses inhis League of Extraordinary Gentlemen books. Next, hespeaks in anagrams, which is representative merely ofthe word games he's so fond of. The one that mostpeople missed if they got the gag at all was"Episcopal" which decodes to "Pepsi-Cola." Andfinally, the hype voice he uses when mocking DC andMarvel hype, ala World's Best Comics and 1963. Thereference to not using language is my favorite quotefrom Big Numbers.
Anyway, I wrote it, and was exceedingly proud of it (Irarely laugh at my own stuff. I laugh at real humor),and the next day I got all this mail saying, "I don'tget it." Now I may be a little less self-indulgent.
I sincerely doubt Alan ever read it, but it makes melaugh to think of him doing so. He'd probably hate it.
Plus someone told me later he's no longer married. Soscratch that whole gag.
But I still love those old romance comics. You should,too. Man, they're just repugnant!
October is YABS month here at CBR! Each week we'll be giving away a copy of Simpsons #50 which features the first published work of YABS author Gail Simone, signed by Gail herself! On the final week of YABS month we'll give away a copy of Simpsons #50 signed by many of the contributors to this issue (names to be announced later).
To enter all you have to do is register with CBR. If you already have an account with CBR, then you're already entered. Just make sure that your e-mail address on file is correct. We'll announce our first winner next week.
Teen Romance February 14th, 2000
|Huge YABS thanks to BENDIS for the support and for being a cool guy. Go read Powers! Then visit www.jinxworld.com for a list of BENDIS material. Then, look up "clitoris" in a dictionary, so you'll know what it is if some funky butt kid asks you!
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