Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Buy Runaway Comics! And Here's Why...

Shameless Plug Dept.:

My amigo Mark Martin may be a gadfly in the comment section herein, but he is among the world's most marvelous cartoonists in my mind. I've been addicted to Mark's work since before we met, and since then -- well, my vein is already tied off and throbbing, as it has been since 20 Nude Dancers 20 vanished from the pages of The Comics Buyer's Guide and the Lillian Spencer Drake catalogue gasped its final gulp of inky air. My vein is gasping, too, like a beached pollywog. And here comes the needle -- Runaway Comics! -- the fix I need of Mark Martin!

Mind you, Mark has done a great many comics since 20 Nude Dancers 20: he brought Underwhere to life, as the illustrator of the graphic novel, though its wasn't his project per se, providing a rare glimpse of Mark as the "hired hand" most cartoonists remain (the core concept, story & script were Kevin Eastman and Paul Jenkins, if memory serves); Hyena was peppered with splatters of his genius (including his editorial skills, forging one of the unsung adventurous humor zines of the '90s). But both of those projects left Mark unsatisfied, plagued as they were from the root by the tension and demands of the Tundra years (Mark was also art director and frequent 'straw boss' -- Tundra-speak for editor -- of too many troubled projects, including my own). Still, Mark remained productive and prolific, but the steady mini-fix in Nickelodeon magazine and occasional surprises like his Spongebob Squarepants work weren't pure, unadulterated Martin mania -- the pure stuff 20 Nude Dancers 20 always jolted the system with.

I'm most eager and hopeful about Runaway Comics because it's the most excited I've seen Mark about his own work in years, and that's a stellar sign. As with all media I seek out, I've avoided reading anything from or about Mark's latest, though he's been dropping some tantalizing tidbits over the past few months, morsels I've immediately melted down and mainlined in anticipation of the Big Fix -- the first issue of Runaway!

I'll rhapsodize over the richness that was 20 Nude Dancers 20 and Lillian Spencer Drake another day -- in the meantime, the focus is fixed upon the upcoming Runaway (cue song: "My run-run-run-run-runaway --"). So I urge you, immediately, to either click on over to
  • Panel to Panel.net
  • and place your order, or ring up your local comics shop and place your preorder now.
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    Town Meeting here in Marlboro was quite a day -- a couple of truly contentious issues split the town, one quite literally (a standing count of the vote revealed a mere three vote difference). I won't go into the details here, as it most likely won't matter a hill of beans to any of you. But I'm now on two town committees -- one investigating getting high-speed broadband internet access here in Marlboro -- and doing my part for my town. That may pop up here, time to time.

    While at the meeting, though, I did doodle away on a four-page comic story I'm doing for my son Dan's upcoming mini-zine. Many of the women in the room were cross-stitching and needle-pointing, I was drawing. It's all the same constructive meditative state, I reckon. Working title: "Kafka's Kaiju". Got two pages done amid the hubbub of the day, and enjoyed it immensely.

    So, if you've been hankering for a Bissette comics fix, you'll now have to buy Dan's zine, wontcha?
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    "The money power preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of he country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."

    - Abraham Lincoln

    We're there, Abe.

    5 Comments:

    Anonymous Benjamin Fischer said...

    I think you may have been mistaken in the Lincoln quote. It seems very similiar to another so-called Lincoln quote whose authenticity is questioned. Look at this link for more information:
    http://www.newsaic.com/fncwildcatsindex.html#lincolnquote

    3/08/2006  
    Blogger bob said...

    I can second the recommendation for RUNAWAY COMIC. Best new series I've read in a while. Since it's come out I've been re-reading a lot of the older Martin stuff I have (I'm still story I never got the first giant 20 NUDE DANCERS 20 book, or saved more of the CBG issues I had with the strip). GNATRAT is still one of the funniest things ever.

    3/08/2006  
    Blogger Marky Mark said...

    DAMN YOU, BISSETTE! I was all set to whup your ass on that UAE thing, and you go and pull a dirty trick like this!

    Ha ha! But seriously - Jeannie is hounding me to do BLESS THE BEASTS after this Monty oddyssey (yeah, I probably misspelled that) and who knows, it's possible. So BTB could finally become fully realized, and wouldn't it be a sweet little touch if YOU did a one-pager every issue? I know, I know, get off your back, but this is all just pie in the sky, and 3 years away. And the whole damn thing would only be maybe 2 or 3 issues. And we can dream, can't we? Think about it, Bissette. Think about PHIL AI's needs instead of your own, dammit!!!

    And don't say "shameless plug" around me! I'm a virgin! And staying that way!

    And I have no idea what Lincoln did or did not say, but I bet that was one creepy mofo!

    3/08/2006  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Yet another reason you need high-speed broadband internet access for your town:

    http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-6047466.html

    3/09/2006  
    Blogger SRBissette said...

    Ah, but I already own copies of those movies! You don't have to sell me on that count -- I've been aching to stream/download the 1930s religious horror pic THE RAPTURE for months, ever since Mitch Waxman turned me on to its online venue.

    3/10/2006  

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