Monday, December 10, 2007

Mucous Monday

It's snowing/sleeting outside, I'm stewing in my own mucous juices with one hell of a cold hammering my chest and head, and chipping away at an interminable interview transcription... flaaaaugh. Monday, Monday; at least I don't have to be on the roads today, though at some point I have to bundle up and go outside to scrape down and salt our driveway so Marge can make it up to the garage by 4 PM. Thereafter, I will have manufactured another vast, clotted ocean of yellow-green phlegm and will be expelling it from every opening and pore.

Speaking of vast oceans of congealing snot, Warner Home Video just announced the release of this cinematic phlgem-drop... ah, my first brush with something I'd had a hand in during my comics career being turned into a movie (the prior experience with Rick Veitch via our Heavy Metal 1941 graphic novel was the opposite: a comic based on a movie).

This clinker is typical Jim Wynorski fare -- as contemptuous of its content as it is of its audience -- and there's a back story I'll share down the road, closer to the January release of this title.

I'm not immune to Wynorski's product -- I love his direct-to-video collaboration with Fred Olen Ray, Dinosaur Island -- but given the reported release of both the Swamp Thing cartoon series and live-action TV series, we'll all soon be nostalgic for those Swamp Thing fuzzy slippers again, a sure sign of the apocalypse.

Jeez, it feels like those slippers are crammed into the back of my throat -- which just about summarizes how Return of the Swamp Thing left me feeling upon first viewing -- rented on video from a general store in South Newfane, VT -- which prompted a sleepless night ("is that what our work read like to others?") until the dawn light and reason prevailed.


Of course, my ST slippers are safely tucked away in the Bissette Collection at HUIE Library!

In cleaning up the clutter on my iBook hard disc last night, Marge and I stumbled on some photos from our visit to Henderson State University's HUIE Library opening on the Bissette Collection back in November, 2005, and I thought I'd post a couple of those here to follow up on last week's post about my shipments to the collection.

I should have put these up long ago -- there's still a number of photos from this event on Marge's computer, and we'll get 'em up here for you to check out sooner than later.

Some notes on what you're seeing in these library showcases: the first photo includes various work editions and documents relevant to the creation of Taboo and Taboo-related projects (From Hell, etc.) and personal collection artifacts like the Diabolik screenplay (that's the green-covered binder in the left window, bottom right), a copy of the Joe Kubert School pioneer class anthology Manticore (1977), and more.

The other case houses more Bissette books and art, including the rare FantaCo promo booklet for the planned (but aborted) adaptation of Night of the Living Dead, the hardcover edition of my Stoker Award-winning novella Aliens: Tribes, Comic Book Rebels, Joe Citro's novel Deus X (the limited edition hardcover I illustrated), the now-rare From Hell: The Compleat Scripts Vol. 1, and more.

A lot of amazing stuff happened this weekend, but I'm too sick to get into it now. Sorry. But really, it was full of odd meetings, remarkable breakthroughs, and the laying of groundwork for some promising 2008 projects. And Marge and I made more ceramic masterpieces, working through our Christmas list with one-of-a-kind items lovingly handpainted by Marge and I. Sweet.

OK, I've got to get back to work -- more tomorrow, and have a moldy Monday...

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5 Comments:

Blogger dogboy443 said...

And then came the Curse of Dick Durock:

http://www.amazon.com/Swamp-Thing-Complete-First-Season/dp/B000WC39P4/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1197317965&sr=8-2

Groan

12/10/2007  
Blogger HemlockMan said...

Whatever happened to Fantaco? I remember that I sold them a script and they paid the artist for the script and the art. Alas! I never got a dime.

Then I sold them a short story that they bought for a decent per-word sum, and as far as I know...it was never published! (At least, not that I ever knew about.)

12/10/2007  
Blogger dogboy443 said...

Fantaco...that brings back memories. They had the best convention in Albany. Fantacon!!! The had some great artists working for them. Greg Capullo started out there and then he left and got caught up in the McFarlane Spawn machine. Rolf Stark, SRB, Chas Balun...guess they either exploded or imploded.
I had a similar situation with S. Niles...delivered a one page story and it never saw print, art disappeared and never got paid.

12/11/2007  
Blogger SRBissette said...

Ah, FantaCo -- good times, bad times, fond memories, painful memories. I'm not sure what went down in the home stretch -- Roger, perhaps you do? -- but I will say that Tom Skulan is still alive and well, and we correspond from time to time, though he wants nothing to do with comics ever again given how FantaCo's fortunes went (or didn't).

Yow, Bob, that didn't happen on my watch (I edited and co-edited some GORESHRIEK issues back then) -- and we've all had such things happen, though that doesn't excuse 'em. I'm sure I broke my share of hearts on TABOO, too, though I did my best to not treat creators as I'd too often seen -- and experienced -- such things going down.

12/11/2007  
Blogger HemlockMan said...

Oh, I have no bad feelings about Fantaco. They were just weird things. The money that all went to the artist by accident bothered me for a while. Especially when I called the artist and asked him to give me my share and he refused. He was a rather pitiful sort, but a christian fundie.

As for the story that was never published...I was paid for it. A very nice per word rate, as I recall. I can't complain about that.

12/11/2007  

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