Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The mail and JUDENHASS...

In the mail yesterday, I received my comp copies of BACK ISSUE #29. I loved the Ann Nocenti and Art Adam’s LONGSHOT interview.

Also, Dave Sim mailed me a copy of his graphic novel, JUDENHASS. Below is Dave’s letter that was included with my copy of JUDENHASS. Dave talks about (and, hopefully, this is the final word on the subject) the Platinum Studios/DJ Coffman feud, and the distribution of JUDENHASS. Following Dave’s letter is my response to Dave that I snail-mailed to him today.

July 22, 2008

Hi Dave,

Thank you so much for sending the signed copy of JUDENHASS! That was so kind of you. I very much enjoyed the book. JUDENHASS is beautifully illustrated, and the writing is quite moving. If a graphic novel can make Neil Gaiman cry, then you know that it’s good. And JUDENHASS is good…. very good! Thanks for reminding us the great potential of comics.

I still don’t understand how anti-Semitism can exist in people’s hearts. As the Bible tells us, God has, and continues still, to refer to the Jewish people as His people and Israel as His land. God doesn’t change, and His view of the Jewish people hasn’t changed. We owe a great deal to them. All but one hand (Mark’s) that wrote the Bible was Jewish. Our Savior was born Jewish. It baffles me how anyone in the world could still harbor any hatred toward the Jewish people.

The world hasn’t learned the lesson of the Holocaust. We have world leaders saying that the Holocaust never happened. We have world leaders wanting to "wipe Israel off the map." And it doesn’t look good for future generations when schools in the West eliminate the subject of the Holocaust from its curriculum because the topic offends a small group of people. Unbelievable!

And we have Israel… seemingly all alone to defend herself against her enemies. Israel… who hopes to gain "peace" by giving her land to an enemy that only seeks her destruction. If you read Ezekiel (chapters 38 and 39), you can see where this all leads.

In your previous letter, you mentioned: "Ask Bissette about the mainstream bookstore racket."

So, I did. Here’s what Steve Bissette had to say: "Bookstore market = returnable. Dave would lose his shirt. The bookstore scene makes the direct sales market we HAD a comparative paradise -- something Dave and Will Eisner (who appealed, personally, in rooms full of distributors and retailers in the early 1990s, that they NOT BLOW IT -- and they did) knew well. Without the direct sales market, there would be no CEREBUS, and Dave Sim wouldn't be anyone we'd know. This is the core tragedy of the whole debacle: now, the bookstore market is the Green Pastures to a new generation of cartoonists (like you), when we HAD something better. Really."

To be honest, the returnability factor of bookstores didn’t even occur to me. I suppose with the current state of the Direct Market and seeing the many, larger, bookstores (which would imply a potentially larger reading audience) made me think that bookstores could be a good alternative for JUDENHASS.

Thanks again for such a wonderful book. Hopefully, JUDENHASS can get folks to start using their brains.

Holy is the Lord!

Al Nickerson

Update: At his blog, my pal DJ Coffman has more to say about some of these issues specifically on the topics of Creator’s Rights, Dave Sim, and "the DJ Coffmans of the world."


Friday, July 18, 2008

BACK ISSUE #29 on sale now!

BACK ISSUE #29 (the special "Mutants" issue which with a Dave Cockrum cover) should be on sale right now! This issue of BI includes my article on Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s UNCANNY X-MEN. The article features insights by Byrne and Roger Stern.

Westfield Comics has posted a preview of BACK ISSUE #29. BI editor Michael Eury has selected my Claremont/Byrne article for the Preview. Part of the article is excerpted online, with a few images here.

You can pick up BACK ISSUE #29 at finer comic book stores or at TwoMorrows’ website.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Johnny Raygun/Savage Dragon team-up update...

According to his blog, (JOHNNY RAYGUN creator) Rich Woodall has an update concerning THE GIANT SIZED JOHNNY RAYGUN / SAVAGE DRAGON FULL COLOR TEAM-UP comic book:

"Johnny / Dragon team up... it's almost done!!!! That's all I'm going to say... seriously, very close!!!"

This comic book crossover event also features a cameo from everyone’s favorite Nihilist-Man.

Some months ago, Rich was kind enough to mail me a couple copies of the Johnny Raygun/Savage Dragon Baltimore Comicon preview edition… which looks spectacular!

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Steve Pro update!

Above photo: P.I.C. member and thespian, Steve Pro.

I received the following e-mail from Steve Pro. Pro talks about his recent move to Los Angeles and what he’s been working on:

Hey gang,

Don't blink, but yours truly is in this [THE DARK KNIGHT] Batman clip. I hope it's a smaller part of the actual scene because there was more filmed. I hope everyone is doing well. Things here in L.A. are interesting. Trying to acclimate. So far so good. I shot a scene for the 24 movie this November, it started out boring because it was just going to be a crowd scene but they pulled me from the crowd and put me on the stage next to John Voight and Powers Boothe for the presidential inauguration scene. Very coool!

Here's the Batman clip...

Miss you all,


Monday, July 7, 2008

Got a new letter from Dave Sim...

Got this letter in the mail today from Dave Sim. Dave addresses the Platinum Studios versus DJ Coffman difficulties.

I posted Dave’s letter at the Creator’s Rights’ website and at the Creator’s Rights' forum.


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The results are in!

The results for the 2008 Inkwell Awards have been announced. I didn’t win in any category, but I am listed on the "Nominated List." So, that’s something. Thanks go out to everyone who thought of me. :)