Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Day Reminder

Buy Comic Book FanthropologyToday is the last day you can use HOHOHO to get a 20% discount off my book! There's no dallying any longer; tomorrow we're back to full price!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Indy Comics

Today, at local comic book shops across the U.S., retailers are highlighting a variety of independent comic books. If you don't know, Diamond Distributors has an effective monopoly on comic book distribution here in the States and is taking some time off the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Which would normally mean that no new comics are available. But a number of independent creators and publishers (who aren't always best served by Diamond) have gotten together to get their books into comic book shops on the Wednesday that would typically see piles of new Marvel and DC books.

So, if you're interested in comics but are bored/disillusioned by the traditional superhero fare that's frequently served up in comics, take some time to stop by one of these comic book shops today -- you're sure to find something that's flying beneath most people's radar, and there's a more than a fair chance that you'll even like some of it!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Learn Comics With Miriam, The Sequel

This past autumn, Miriam Libicki taught a class on comic book storytelling at Emily Carr University. I made note of it here. The class was evidently successful enough that ECU has asked Libicki to teach the class again beginning in January.

Libicki clearly enjoyed teaching the class; can anyone point to a student's perspective?

Registration information can be found here.

Monday, December 28, 2009

The Animated Don Martin

In 1986, Gerhard Hahn's Deutsche Zeichentrick Erste Produktions GmbH & Co. KG. produced an animated feature called Don Martin Does It Again. It was based off many of Martin's old comic strips and, from what I've seen, are pretty faithful executions of same. Sounds like a brilliant idea! Somehow, though, the pacing and onomatopoeia make the originals funnier to me. See for youself...

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Band Of Innocence

I caught a blurb on the local radio the other day about some upcoming graphic novel called Band of Innocents. It didn't have much info on it, but enough that I tried calling up the website.

Nothing. No such thing.

"Ah, wait," I thought, "maybe it was Band of Innocence. They sound pretty similar over the radio."

Bingo! And the site comes up.

One of the first things I see is a lot of use of Comic Sans. Arguably the most wrong font choice you could ever make for a comic project. More than enough has been said on that front!

"Hmm. The art doesn't look that great either. I thought there was a name of some sort attached to this. Ah, here it is: Louis Manna. Wait: this doesn't look like Manna."

Closer inspection suggests that it is indeed Manna. But with someone's really lousy inking over his loose pencils. If you look carefully at the preview pages, you can see some decent structure to it, but it's the actual execution that's terrible. It looks very much like someone with absolutely no art training whatsoever traced over Manna's pencils. Poorly. It really looks like they'd have been better served by just running Manna's pencils uninked, based solely on other pencil work of his that I've seen.

The font within the comic itself looks like Letter-O-Matic, which is decent font to use inside a comic, but the balloon placements are uncomfortable. And some of them look very much like a low-resolution balloon graphic was placed on the page and inordinately stretched to fit the text. There's some serious pixelization going on in a few places.

By this point, I've completely forgotten what the book was supposed to be about, and why it caught my attention on the radio. Over to the "About" page.

The story is about these kids whose innocence allow them to receive superpowers from the old gods to help fight the injustices of the world. Although alleged focusing on seven children in particular, there's something about the loss of innocence as a child grows means that new children need to be recruited periodically. The villains sound like fairly stereotypical greedy businessmen, who enjoy hunting endangered species just for the sport of it.

The book's author cites himself as living a life of honesty and innocence. (Which seems to run counter to the notion of the book -- that all innocence is eventually lost.) He also spends much of his bio space talking about how he's spent most of his life as a musician, working as the musical director for Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego and touring with The Spencer Davis Group. Fine credits, to be sure, but they don't say much about his ability to write fiction.

I have to say that I was sorely disappointed. Whenever I hear of comics via different media outlets, I'm encouraged by their broadening reach. Whether or not the story in Band of Innocence is any good, I don't know. But if the website and preview art are any indication, it's definitely NOT something I'd show to other people to encourage them to read more comics!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Holiday Loot

Some of the comic-themed gifts I received this Christmas...
T-Minus: The Race to the Moon
By Jim Ottaviani, Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon
Che: A Graphic Biography
By Spain Rodriguez
Dr. Who Classics #2
By Pat Mills, John Wagner and Dave Gibbons
Man of Two Worlds: My Life in Science Fiction and Comics
By Julius Schwartz and Brian M. Thomsen
The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics
Edited by Art Spiegelman and Fran├žoise Mouly
High Moon page 88, original art
By David Gallaher and Steve Ellis

Thanks to my friends and relatives for the wonderful gifts! Merry (Secular) Christmas!

Friday, December 25, 2009

One Week Left!

Buy Comic Book FanthropologyThere's only one week left where you can use HOHOHO to get a 20% discount off my book! Beginning in 2010, the books go back to full price! So why don't you take some of the money grandma gave you for Christmas and get a copy of my book which your Great Aunt Tilda didn't get for you?

Thursday, December 24, 2009

1975 San Diego Comic Con: The Album!

I came across a new site (launched Dec. 10 in the wake of Shel Dorf's and Ken Krueger's passings) entitled Comic Convention Memories, which will be used to as "a page for everyone who’s worked on a con or been a guest or dealer at one, for anyone who has a good story to tell, as long as someone is willing to contribute the words and pictures." One of the first posts is are MP3s of a record album Alan Light made from the 1975 San Diego Comic Con.

Be sure to subscribe to the site when you're done listening, too! I'm sure there's going to be some really great stuff there!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ask Your Library!

My buddy Jeff pointed out a neat way that you might be able to read a printed copy of Comic Book Fanthropology for free: ask your local library!

"But, Sean," you say, "wouldn't it be pretty unlikely that your well-written and insightful book would be available in a library? After all, you don't exactly have the same level of press coverage that a J.K. Rowling or Stephanie Meyer has!"

Very true. HOWEVER, librarians tend to be really nice people who genuinely want to help. Which means that if you ask them about obtaining a book they might not have, they will often work to obtain a copy. That doesn't guarantee they'll be able to get one -- after all, their budgets are tight, too -- but they may well have enough resources for your request. In fact, if they do order a copy because of your request, they'll probably alert you as soon as it comes in and keep it on reserve until you pick it up!

This ends up being a win-win-win situation all the way around. You get to read the book in an easy, comfortable format for free, other people get to discover and read the book for free and I still get a bit of change for the copy that was sold to the library! A great deal all the way around!

Now, here's the beauty part -- if you're uncomfortable actually going up to your librarian (who are, again, often genuinely nice people) or happen to be stuck at home during a snowstorm or whatever, many libraries have forms you can fill out from the website that allow you to request the book from the comfort of you home office. I'm telling you: there is nary a downside anywhere to this!

So check out your local library and see if they'd be interested in getting a copy of Comic Book Fanthropology for you.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Chicago Happenin's?

Question out to anyone who might have some ideas...

I'll be in the Chicago area the week after Christmas. Are there any good comics-related events I should know about and try to attend?

Thanks in advance!

First Comic Book Fanthropology Review!

Daniel Peretti writes the first formal review of Comic Book Fanthropology. For me at least, it's very useful. He brings up some valid points that I could address in future editions, and raises some additional questions I'll have to ponder over. But Peretti provides a positive review on the whole, and says that he'll quote some of it in the book he is writing. I don't know about you, but I certainly take that as a high compliment.

You can read Peretti's full review here, read several chapters of Comic Book Fanthropology for free here and buy a printed copy for yourself here.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Where To Turn When You Run Out Of Pam Grier Movies

One of the S.O.'s heroes when she was growing up was Pam Grier. Like many young girls in the 1970s, the S.O. saw Grier as a supremely positive role model who embodied everything she aspired to. Grier, of course, is famous for her titular roles in movies like Coffy and Foxy Brown where she played a intelligent, fashionable, sexy, independent woman who kicked a lot of serious butt when she needed to. She was, in some respects, a female version of an Americanized James Bond. Men wanted her and women wanted to be her.

The fact that Grier was attractive and fit certainly helped, but that combined with her ability to get the job done was a powerful factor in her popularity. It wasn't so much that she was kicking ass in bar fights and gun battles, but it was the notion that, regardless of what was going on around her, Grier's characters were totally in control. She was dealt whatever crappy hand was possible, and she said, "Screw this; I'm going to fix this for my damn self!" It was very empowering to see a woman -- a black woman in the 1970s, no less -- stand up for herself and not take shit from anybody. (I think she's even got a line or two precisely to that effect.) The idea that she could still embody all the best aspects of femininity without ceding the self-direction and internal locus of control often thrust upon women is very appetizing.

However, when the S.O. and I started dating, she expressed a decided disinterest in comics. She said that everything she'd ever seen was decidedly more misogynistic and she couldn't see anything remotely resembling a positive role model for women. It was a hard claim to refute. But, to her credit, she's kept an open mind about the medium and has some appreciation that there ARE positive comics out there for/about/by women; they're just not in the mainstream. And while she's still not a fan of comics, by any real stretch of the imagination, she's more conscious of them now, I think, and can spot when there are good things to take advantage of.

Case in point: she caught and sent me a link to this article about Rashida Jones' Frenemy of the State. Five minutes later, she fires off another email to me: "So never mind about that last comic I sent you! I was reading the comments and someone pointed out NOLA, which judging by the cover, has about 300% more badassness!" She was, in effect, seeing a lot of what attracted her to Pam Grier in Nola.

That strong females like Rashida Jones and Rosario Dawson tie themselves to comics in any way is great, as it draws attention to non-mainstream comics. But those efforts tend to be more finite in scope (as in, limited series with little to no follow up efforts) so it falls to other folks to have other good stuff to act as follow-through material. "If you bought Frenemy because of Jones' name but still liked it as a comic, why not try these other titles by people you may not have heard of?" Using powerful names to lure people in is all well and good, but let's make sure there's more material to cater to their interests once they've stepped through the door!

Pam Grier is awesome, but where do you turn when you run out of Pam Grier movies?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Knowles On Red Ice Radio

Christopher Knowles, author of Our Gods Wear Spandex is interviewed by the Swedish program Red Ice Radio...

Friday, December 18, 2009

Dead Man Holiday #-1

Colin Panetta just gave me one of the hardest comics I've ever tried to review: Dead Man Holiday #-1. (Available in these fine comic shops on December 30!) This is the third issue of his series, and concludes what is effectively the prologue to the actual series proper, which will begin with #1 later in 2010. It's a difficult review because the book as a whole is pretty hard to explain. (I've already completely ditched and re-written this post 4 times, trying to put something coherent together!)

The story so far has been... unusual. Check out my reviews of #-3 and #-2 for the basic plot and general set-up. In this issue, Thad has a peanut butter sandwich and is attacked by a giant sludge monster, while a Mexican wrestler rushes to his aid. Oh, and a falcon flies through with a dismembered hand -- that seems like it's kind of important.

In a lot of respects, this issue resembles the previous ones. There's a lot of good things to like about the issue -- Panetta's art being a large part of that. But since it's difficult to tell where things are headed, it's equally difficult to tell how successful the book is. Panetta's narrative is decidedly more ethereal than most stories and with that dream-like quality also comes the potential for seeming nonsequitirs. That said, however, this particular issue is more linear than the previous two and will probably make more sense to new readers accordingly.

The story so far has definitely been intriguing, and it looks to be a good set-up for when Panetta really gets rolling with #1. I get the sense that things will really start coming together story-wise with the next few issues. As I've said before, it seems like Panetta's definitely going somewhere with this, and I'm sure that not being able to see that readily will frustrate a number of potential readers. But if you take a more traditionally Eastern philosophy (the journey is more important than the destination) I think there's something here that's worth paying attention to.

The first three issues so far have put some interesting ideas with regards to character and setting. I did find a few minor quibbles with the art in a couple of places, but it's the type of thing that you can totally run with (assuming you even notice) if you're liking the book already and is completely irrelevant if you're not keen on the structure in the first place. The ending of #-1 strikes me as a great launching point for the series as a whole, and I think Panetta has the means to do something really poignant. Even if it's not on the radar of most comic book fans.

Dead Man Holiday #-1 will be available on December 30.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Shelf Porn @ Robot 6

The Robot 6 gang over at Comic Book Resources have posted an article highlighting my comic book collection. Several more and newer photos than anything I've posted here. Plus, it somehow looks a lot cooler on somebody else's website!

Happy Birthday, Tom

I'm not sure if he'll note this himself, but today is Tom Spurgeon's 41st birthday. Best wishes, Tom!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Birthday, Colin!

Many happy returns go out today to Colin Panetta, the artist who put together the cover for my book! Be sure to also check out Colin's upcoming Dead Man Holida #-1 which is due to come out on December 30 during Indy Comic Book Week!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Everett's Amazing Man

20th Century Danny Boy has posted a letter from Grace Everett, which he found (but didn't buy) on eBay. Grace was, of course, the wife of Bill Everett, creator of the Sub-Mariner. In the letter, she notes the difficulty Bill was having coming up with a new character on demand to play off the success of this poorly drawn Superman character the kids will probably enjoy. I like how, even at this early stage of comicdom, creators were blatantly referring back to old European folk tales for inspiration, preceding Joseph Campbell's early work on mythology and storytelling by at least a decade. Fascinating stuff!

(h/t Robert Beerbohm)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

December Sale Embiggened!

Buy Comic Book FanthropologyI know what you're thinking! You're thinking, "Oh great and beneficent Kleefeld! I have been greatly enjoying the serialization of your new book, Comic Book Fanthropology, and I am terribly eager to procure a printed version for my library. Oh, but woe, I have not sufficient funds to purchase one! While I am eternally grateful for the 10% discount you provided last week, it is not quite sufficient for me to secure a copy. Perchance could you provide a greater discount?"

Well, since you asked nicely, I suppose I could muster up another discount.

Tell you what: if you buy my books before December 31 and use the codeword HOHOHO when you check out, you'll get 20% off the cover price! Think about that: twenty percent! How could you NOT want to take advantage of that? But the discount's only good through the end of the month, so don't dally too long!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Earning A Living In The 21st Century

Without getting into editorial cartoons, I've just pulled together a small collection of December comments from comic industry folks, reflecting on the current state of the economy, their finances and health care...

Harvey Pekar, via Graphic NYC...

Steve Greenberg, via The Steve Greenberg Blog...

Joey Manley, via Facebook...

Julia Wertz, via Time's YouTube channel...

Erik Larsen, via Twitter...

Some of this has to do with the nature of freelancing; there's an inherent instability in income. But as Greenberg noted (if you read through his entire piece) the stability that once was taken for granted in corporate America is no longer quite so assured. Further complicating matters is that increased specialization means that the bills we pay go in more and more different directions simultaneously. (Consider almost any health procedure: where you once just paid a single doctor, payments now need to go to the hospital, the surgeon, the anesthesiologist, the pharmacist, the lab technicians, your primary care doctor, etc.)

Given that high degree of uncertainty and complication, it would seem that no one person can rely on a single revenue stream any longer. This really started back in the 1970s when a single income family was simply unsustainable and many housewives found they had to go back to work in order to bring in enough money into the household to survive. If one member of the household lost their job, there'd be another to at least keep things going for a little while. This has gotten more pronounced in recent years where we see people working two or three jobs in order to keep up.

Now what strikes me as particularly interesting is when you start looking at successful webcomic creators in this context.

Many (I daresay "most") successful webcomic creators essentially follow the same basic business model: give your comic away for free, and make money via advertising and selling books and t-shirts and whatnot. Charlie Trotman's upcoming book, Poorcraft, specifically speaks to being able to live comfortably while earning a viable living as a cartoonist in this manner. (Check the link for a better explanation from Trotman herself.) But look at that business model more closely. Folks like Trotman are making comics, but they're making money through multiple, simultaneous revenue streams. Some fans read the comics online for free and buy a t-shirt or mousepad or something. Others don't care about a silly tchotchke, and would prefer to have a printed copy of the book. Still others won't read anything online anyway, and stumble across a creator's booth at a comic convention. And still others don't care about the creator's own work per se, but would love to have a really cool sketch of Batman. While all of the income associated with that creator is centered around his/her comic in some way, they're all from different sources. Now, if your t-shirt vendor suddenly goes under, you've still got book sales to go on for a while until you can locate another one. If your transportation craps out and you can't drive to all the conventions you planned on having a booth at, you can still have money coming in from online sales.

These creators make their own form of security through diversification. Much the same way mutual funds have more security than individual stocks because they have a little money in a lot of different companies. "Don't put all your eggs in one basket."

I think freelancers, at least to a degree, have known and acted on this idea for many years. But it's a lesson that now needs to be carried over to the classic 8-to-5er as well. Admittedly, this is NOT an easy way to change to make! I've been struggling for YEARS trying to develop additional means of income for myself beyond my day job and I can tell you first-hand that is incredibly difficult to even think of, much less develop, multiple viable income streams! (I'm hoping my book alleviates that somewhat, but we'll have to wait to see how that goes.)

But the more I think about it, the more it seems to me that it will become increasingly difficult for one person to live on a single source of income. We've been seeing a trend (at least here in the States) of households including more extended family members; I think that's likely to continue to increase and broaden to something that begins to resemble a commune. (Clarification: That is NOT to say I think we're heading towards Communism! But I think more people will try to take advantage of living in greater numbers to diffuse common costs like, say, shelter. Think of the Fantastic Four: a man, his wife, her brother, and some guy they all know but aren't actually related to.)

One of my personal concerns is that of relevance. I see the speed with which technology is changing and how it's changing society, and to remain viably employed in any capacity means that I need to at least keep pace. Not too much of a problem now, but I question whether I can continue when I'm 70. (As much as I'm trying to save for retirement, I've pretty well resigned to working until I die. I don't think retirement as we know it today will be a realistic option 30 years from now.) Am I adaptable enough to flow with an ever-changing economy?

I think that people are staring to get that at some level. That's where Pekar's comments stem from. The plans he may have had for retirement 25 years ago when he agreed to appear on The Late Show are completely out the window now. This is a guy who didn't just freelance -- he had a regular, paying job with benefits and social security and all that. But he still needs to keep developing new forms of income at 70 years old to live. Granted, he didn't have a great-paying day job as a file clerk and American Splendor never netted him huge amounts of cash either, but that's going to be the dilemma more and more people face. Can you juggle multiple ways of earning income as you get older?


I don't claim to have the answers here. But I think the webcomic creators are on to something real and practical, and that more people are going to have to start taking their cues from them. You need to develop something current than has legs enough to build on for years. You need to be adaptable. You need to get creative. It doesn't necessarily have to be comics, but I think there are good lessons to be learned there.

Pay attention to the Charlie Trotmans and Jennie Breedens and Ryan Sohmers that are out there. Not just their comics, but their business models and ethics. What are they doing BEYOND just creating good comics? And how can that be adapted to fit the talents you personally have? How can you leverage your assets with others' to benefit everyone?

That, I believe, is going to be what it takes to live in the 21st century. I think there was another drummer a few years back who said something about getting by with a little help from his friends. Just something to think about.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Revenge of the Origami Unicorn

I've made no qualms about owing some of my thinking about comics these days to the writings of Henry Jenkins. He does a fantastic job of presenting complex ideas in an easy-to-digest fashion, and I think any creator working in comics would do well to start paying attention to what he has to say.

Case in point, here's his hour-long opening lecture at last month's Futures of Entertainment 4. He's able to distill the essence of transmedia entertainment very simply, and provides a wealth of accessible examples to make his point. Well worth listening to on its own merits, but for comic fans, he makes any number of references to and examples of comics.

A somewhat serendipitous note of interest regarding FoE4: here's the poster promoting the event alongside the cover of my book...

They were designed wholly independently of each other and seem to have different design origins, but they both very much speak to the notion of the individual consumer taking on different roles in the context of their favorite stories. I'd like to think that suggests that I have indeed hit on something significant with my book.

Tell you what: go buy a copies of my and Jenkins' books, and you tell me if I'm on to something!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Ditko On Creativity

Speaking of Robert Beerbohm (as I was yesterday), he just posted this scan from Fanzation #3 circa 1969. According to Beerbohm:
Steve Ditko sent us this letter as a consolation prize of sorts on creativity which we published when he asked us not to published the phone interview we conducted wherein Ditko pointblank informed us Martin Goodman and Stanley Lieber flat out lied to him about promised royalties regarding the commercial success of The Amazing Spiderman, Ditko's creation. Right before we were going to "press" Ditko had second thoughts, asked us not to, we complied, and now the story has become apocryphal in the circles of comics fandom legends.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Comic Book Store Wars

Years ago, Robert Beerbohm started writing a book about the early days of dedicated comic book retailing. It's been put on the back-burner repeatedly for a number of reasons, most recently bi-lateral metal implant hip joint replacement surgery. The silver lining, though, is that a couple more months of rehab without excruciating pain has him thinking back on those days a bit more, and he's been able to start working on his book once again. He'd like to have things done "hopefully soooooon now."

Beerbohm actually mentioned this in a recnt extended discussion around an 1978 photograph of Moondog's Comics. If the tidbits he dropped in that exchange are any indication, I can't wait to see this book whenever it's finished! (His hip surgery, in fact, was needed because of an accident on his way home from the 1973 Houstoncon! The man IS comics!)

In any event, I'm happy to hear he's doing better. (He's planning to attend C2E2, and presumably the retailer summit, in April.) If for no other reason than he's able to finish his book and make sure everyone gets a chance to read it! As he says, "This old dog knows where all the bones are buried out in the DM's back yard - "

Monday, December 07, 2009

Another Mashup Day

We're launching a new website at work in about 2-3 hours, so I'm at a loss for coming up with something clever to blog about today. So, you'll have to make do with some comic strip mashups. I'll let you figure out where the text came from in these, though...

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Krazy Little Comics

The Captain comes out of hiding to post a pair of Krazy Little Comics from 1967: Thaw and Captive American. Though not expressly noted anywhere, they do bear the hallmark of Stan Lee's self-deprecating style!


I was taking some pictures for Robot 6 to use as shelf porn, and got this one...

The lower shelf features books and journal articles about fans and fandom. I've had the shelf for a while, but what's very cool now is that my book is on there, too. Snuggled right between Henry Jenkins and Marshall McLuhan. Not much better company to keep than that, my friends!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

The Winning Pup

I visited the folks over Thanksgiving, and Mom passed along to me the very first book I ever wrote back when I was nine years old. Our teacher, Mrs. Charles, had everyone in the class write an 18-page illustrated story, each of which was bound (in retrospect, she must've gotten some kind of grant for that) with a cover we designed. Basically a children's book, only written and drawn by a child.

Me? I had the "clever" notion that I could tell a story with artwork only! That way, I reasoned, I wouldn't have to actually write anything. It'd just be all pictures! Of course, when I started, I didn't realize quite how difficult I would make things for myself using that approach!

I don't recall much about the writing process itself. I do remember Dad gave me some pointers on drawing dogs -- I distinctly recall learning about how their hind legs really look. Although I don't have as clear a recollection on this point, I can see faint traces of my original #2 pencil sketches underneath the finished product, so I obviously did preliminary layout work. The story itself was rendered in colored pencil. I believe I tried inking/coloring with markers, but since each piece of art I made was what was actually bound into the book, I couldn't ultimately use them because it bled through the paper.

I also don't specifically recall much about the cover. I know Mrs. Charles was thrilled that I had this clever idea of using a faux fur cutout of the main character, and even moreso when I deliberately did NOT glue his ear down, allowing it flap a little as the reader picked up the book. I'm betting that was Mom or Dad's idea and not mine.

Since I didn't actually write text to accompany the story, most of the storytelling devices I used to relay the "plot" come very directly from comics. The thought balloon motif, speed and motion lines, visible sound effects, probably even the notion of perspective (although I clearly hadn't mastered it at that age)...

In any event, Mom still had that book and passed it along to me recently. It doesn't exactly lay flat, so I couldn't scan the pages, but I did take photos to share with you all. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present my very first book, written and drawn when I was nine years old: The Winning Pup...

Friday, December 04, 2009

December SALE!!!!

Buy Comic Book Fanthropology Check this out! My book has been on sale for about a week and a half so far, and I'm already pulling out my first sale! That's right: I am able to give you guys a 10% discount off the sale price of my book if you order before the end of the year! All you need to do is head to the Comic Book Fanthropology Store and order however many copies of the book you want. Then, when you're checking out, enter the code HUMBUG and you'll get 10% knocked off the cover price! This offer is only good through December 31, so don't dally around too long!

I'll put out the reminder that you need to order the paperback by Tuesday, December 8 to ensure that you can get the book in time for Christmas without paying higher shipping fees. After that, you'll have to switch to Priority shipping in order to receive it by December 25, and I'm guessing you don't want to pay those extra charges if you don't have to!

The FF World Tour

Kurt Busiek tells the tale of how he came to write a story in What The--? #17. Sean Kleefeld asks himself how the heck he managed to miss that back in the day!

Thursday, December 03, 2009


Saaaaay, did you know that there's a group on Facebook specifically for Comic Book Fanthropology? I'll bet you did not! The book is being serialized there if you'd prefer to read it on Facebook instead of through the CBF website. (Don't say I never gave you options!) Check out the link below to join!