tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post114073574173971223..comments2008-12-19T02:32:38.789ZComments on Bad Librarianship Now!: Pet theory, but check out the links at leastMark Kardwellhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671mark@badlibrarianship.comBlogger5125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-1140994744503666602006-02-26T22:59:00.000Z2006-02-26T22:59:00.000ZOh, and re: Greg Horn's covers - I was watching <b...Oh, and re: Greg Horn's covers - I was watching <B>THE O.C.</B> the other night, and that awful Taylor girl snuck into Seth's bedroom and was having a cringe-worthy conversation with him about asian cinema. And then he asked her something like, "oh my god, d'you like comic books", and she cuts him dead with a look, and says "comics are geek whacking material".<BR/><BR/>Yeah, well when she said that, all those Greg Horn/Adam Hughes/Frank Cho/Terry Dodson covers came to mind. Most of the books those works "adorn" are clever, funny, well-written, worthy: but how the hell do you convince anyone of that, to see past that, when the cover really <B>is</B> just "geek whacking material"? <BR/><BR/>Explain that one away to your partner/mother/kids/maid: "I swear, darling, I buy it for the thrilling genre action and subtextual feminist agenda, not the stonking big hooters on the cover".Markhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-1140992458907421062006-02-26T22:20:00.000Z2006-02-26T22:20:00.000ZWell, at least one of these guys probably gets as ...Well, at least one of these guys probably gets as much for one book or album cover, or a magazine illustration, as an American comic book artist gets for a full issue's pencils. <BR/>I'd suspect yer man <B>Robert Valley</B> harbours the kind of childhood love of comics that means he might say yes to a commissioning editor offering him a chance at a special project or two, though that'd be about all: working in animation, you may be an anonymous name hidden in a lengthy sequence of credits, but the money's damn good. <BR/><BR/>And, a guy like <B>Uli Oesterle</B>'s work will be seen by hundreds of thousands, so working in America for Dark Horse or Vertigo might be regarded as a step down (U.S and U.K. comic readers tend to underestimate just how bleedin' large the European comic industry is - it's more akin to the Japanese market in scale). A new <B>Enki Bilal</B> album will be expected to sell about a million copies in half a dozen languages.Markhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17791352096505994671noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-1140961502180115592006-02-26T13:45:00.000Z2006-02-26T13:45:00.000ZYeah, that She Hulk covers totally, erm, blows. I ...Yeah, that She Hulk covers totally, erm, blows. I thought the whole Image-chick thing died out mid 90s. Maybe it hasn't. I guess I don't read as much as I used to. (New stuff, I continaully read my old ones. Any my children have recently discovered my old Pacific-onwards Groos. But I digress.)<BR/><BR/>On the subject on children's books, I particularly like Dave McKean's work (as ever, does he do bad stuff?) on the excellent 'Varjak Paw' books. Great books. Recommended. (Though again, I read them to my children, but worth it if you like his art.)<BR/><BR/>And I just wanted to say hi, I enjoy your ramblings.Stray Toasterhttp://www.stray-toaster.co.uk/blog/noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-1140775649072215872006-02-24T10:07:00.000Z2006-02-24T10:07:00.000ZI have to admit that She-Hulk cover made me augh o...I have to admit that She-Hulk cover made me augh out loud.Alinoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8210377.post-1140741771944819392006-02-24T00:42:00.000Z2006-02-24T00:42:00.000ZOne problem is that both the money and the profess...One problem is that both the money and the professional ethics in American comics are utter crap compared to what a good illustrator can find in <I>any</I> other application of his or her talents. The those big-name established writers and artists who come in from other fields to do a book for Marvel or DC are solely motivated by their childhood passion for comics, and they accept deals that would be considerably beneath them in any other field...possibly because their inner child kicks in and they're dazzled by the chance to do <I>a real live comic book at last!</I><BR/><BR/>But it's really only an option for those who are doing alright, who've made their money in those other fields and can spare the considerable time (and the lost earning hours) required for making comics. It's not a viable choice for the everyday working illustrator or writer with a family to feed.<BR/><BR/>This trend of established novelists and film directors and tv producers being lured into comics is personally irritating in another way. A really good comics artist who puts in the years to break into the business has the option to get into more lucrative work, but an equally devoted comics writer just gets pigeonholed with no professional reputation or income to speak of. For every Neil Gaiman or Alan Moore who moves beyond the stigma of writing comics are a thousand writers who...aren't them!RABhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/06808753572100888401noreply@blogger.com