Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Imagine That Newt is Orange...


...and then click over to
  • Bob McLeod's Rough Stuff site to read about this vintage Bissette/Totleben collaboration, our first painted Swamp Thing cover art.


  • Then, at your local comics shop or via
  • this link, pick up a copy immediately of Rough Stuff #4, featuring the interview with John Totleben and pencils section by yours truly.
  • George Khoury's interview with John is truly excellent reading, and (per usual for Rough Stuff) illustrated with some jaw-droppingly gorgeous reproductions of John's pencils for covers, story pages, pinups, concept drawings, etc. John's recollections about our Swamp Thing days are, also per usual, dead on the money right -- though I'll post some comments (in the way of additional info, in part since George asks John about my end of things more than once) later this week, as time permits. In any case, get your hands on Rough Stuff #4, and pronto!

    I'm speaking in Stowe, VT tonight at 5:30 at
  • The Helen Day Art Center; here's the particulars.
  • Maybe see one or two of you there? I'm working all this morning there at the art center with three groups of regional high school students (11th and 12th Grade) drawing comics -- fun, fun, fun! I dig these sessions, and some pretty lively comics come about as a result.

    Ya, I know, it's late notice. Heck, I've barely had time to post anything this week, and this bull run (between CCS workload and WRIF final prep) will continue thus into Friday. As time permits, though, I'll try to catch up.

    The Virginia Tech rampage is the fresh national horror; but this has had me wincing over the past week:

    One thing to keep in mind as you hear/read the increasingly bilious crap pouring out of President Bush's mouth this week: You know, if President Bush would just finance his war the way every other President in US history tends to -- within his annual budget -- instead of keeping it "off the table" with his bullshit sideline funding via emergency spending measures, he wouldn't have gotten himself into this dilemma. He alone is responsible for this, however much he stridently says otherwise. He is refusing to "fund the troops."

    The Congress is, at last, holding him and the Pentagon accountable (literally) for this war funding, and it's Bush's strategic burying/sidelining of the real cost of the war that led to this present showdown. The pork is a false issue -- the real issue is Bush, Cheney, et al set up this situation by never honestly funding this war, thus falsely cooking the annual books. It's Bush's own fucking fault -- however much he blisters the Democratic Party with his mounting rhetoric (and it was Republican votes that landed much of the pork attached to the war bill, BTW, so don't buy into that line of crap, either).

    OK, there's other stuff to get into.

    More later this week!

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    6 Comments:

    • I remember seeing that cover and being overwhelmed. At that time in my life I was re-discovering comics. Throughout the late 70's there was a lot of crap out there. Within a short time period I discovered the Claremont/Byrne/Austin X-Men and then the Moore/Bissette/Totleben Swamp Thing. What a difference in styles and properties! This is one of those pieces, and that series run, that made comics fun to read and to take comics serious. These comics were and still are real pieces of literature...not disposable like much of this society believes.

      The Other Mark M.

      By dogboy443, at 4/17/2007  

    • Jack Kerouac's friends, amazed at his ability of recollection, called him "memory babe".

      Are you similarly afflicted/talented?

      By HemlockMan, at 4/17/2007  

    • Oh, man, I was planning to leaf through that issue of ROUGH STUFF before deciding if I wanted to buy it, but that stuff on McLeod's site pretty much makes it a certainty.

      By BobH, at 4/17/2007  

    • Hey, Mark, Bob and Bob -- Memory? Huh?

      I still do OK, but jeez, Rick Veitch reminded me a year or more ago of our having met and lunched with -- S. Clay Wilson! And I'd completely forgotten/sublimated it! So, I have my lapses. That was a bad lapse, I tell ya.

      By SRBissette, at 4/18/2007  

    • Well...okay. Can't say I'd forget having lunched with S. Clay Wilson.

      Still, your casual ability to recollect stuff in your blogs that happened long ago is startling.

      By HemlockMan, at 4/19/2007  

    • Hi, Steve --

      Thanks for the kudos! John is one of my favorite people on this planet.

      A lot of the best stuff from that interview was the Kubert School Q & A that Bob edited out. It would have a explained a few little things.

      By George Khoury, at 4/19/2007  

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