Archive for August, 2008

New BLINK from Ink

August 31, 2008

Max Ink, minicomicartiste extraordinaire and a fine fellow whom I’ve met through the Yahoo group, has a new issue of his slice-of-lifer Blink up as a Flickr set here. He says he’ll send a free hardcopy to anyone who contacts him at mail [dot] max [dot] ink [at] gmail [dot] com. But I think the swell thing to do would be to offer to Paypal him a couple of bucks for one, don’t you?


Taking care of business

August 29, 2008

Back when I was self-publishing, it seems I often made nothing but mistakes. A lot of these involved people who were supporting me, financially, through mail ordering merchandise or subscriptions or other stuff. And that’s not right, and something I need to redress if I can. When I left the business, I left a lot of unfinished business in my wake.

So it’s well past time to take care of some of that. Is there anyone out there, from the 1990’s, who bought a subscription, or a drawing, or a strip, or a book, or anything that they never got? Then by all means, email me at mw_director [at] yahoo [dot] com, and I’ll do what I can to take care of you. To anyone who’s ever felt I treated them unfairly or didn’t hold up my end of a deal, I apologize — especially the fine gang at Antarctic Press, whom I treated pretty doggone shabbily. I can’t restart 1989-1998 over again, and I might only be able to make amends in small ways, but hopefully it will be enough.

Addendum, 8/29: Okay, this is all good. I was put in touch with the owner of Outer Limits Comics in Waltham, MA, today. Way back in 1992 it appears he never got a shipment of The Collegiate Hepcats he pre-ordered. 1992! (TCH, which came out in 1993, was a book I helped pay for through such preorders.) Man. Anyway, we had a nice chat on the phone, then I went to drop his refund in the mail. I know some folks may think it’s absurd I wouldn’t remember something like this. They may have eidetic memories from 16 years ago; I sure don’t. This gentleman had something better. Being (unlike me) a smart businessman, he’d hung onto that invoice. So while I’m sorry to have let that happen to Outer Limits, I’m happy to have the chance to pay him back. I will do the same for any and all other retailers who ever failed to receive merchandise.

Addendum, 9/1: An old reader, Jim Ottaviani, wrote in over a $20 subscription that never got filled, suggesting, “But how about making a donation to the ACLU, CBLDF, Humane Society, or The Nature Conservancy in my name? It’s not about the money after all these years anyway. Cheers for trying to make good on this.” Well, you do what you gotta do. I suggested an Austin animal shelter, Blue Dog Rescue (to whom you should consider donating as well), Jim thought that sounded great, and the $20 donation was made. Yay!

Mini pages 4-5 posted

August 23, 2008

Getting close to the end! Sorry for the delay in getting these up, but some real work has been calling recently. (Whether any of it will actually pan out is anyone’s guess, but hey, that’s life.) Should have page 6 up, tomorrow — oh, let’s just say soon!

Rest of mini coming, plus originals for sale

August 5, 2008

Hey gang. Ben a bit of a lull, I know, but I’ll be getting the rest of the mini up soon as I can. In the interim, for those of you who’d like a little (or not so little) piece of Hepcats on your walls, I have the following old original pages on offer. Page numbers are as per the Snowblind graphic novel.

  • 90-91: double page splash on large Bristol: $175
  • 110-111: double page splash on illo board: $200
  • 178-179: as above: $200
  • Single pages on Bristol at $100 each: 47, 54, 62, 63, 67, 89, 92, 128 (boobies!), 137, 212
  • Original Double Diamond era cover artwork for #5, Erica peering out door. I found this one in an old file, still taped up from when it was returned to me by the color separators! Pristine watercolor on Bristol: $225
  • COMICS JOURNAL #173 cover, Martin Thomas colors on blueline with transparency. This is a huge piece of illo board, with coloring done the old fashioned way, by hand, with my own line art laid over it on a transparency. So the “original” art here is actually Dr. Martin’s fine work, but it’s a fantastic, framable piece all the same. I later re-used this artwork (the Hepcats gang at a pizza parlor) for the AP San Diego Ashcan: $250
  • For the superfanatic art collectors (you don’t exist, but I’ll list this just for completion’s sake), the Snowblind GN fully painted wraparound cover: $799

If anyone’s interested, email me a mw_director [at] yahoo [dot] com to discuss payment options and the like. Thanks and I’ll be back soon.

Update 8/26/08: Page 128 has sold. No more boobies! Still lots of good stuff left though.