nice surprise came into my Super
Hero News mail folder last week. Jason Brice,
commander in chief of Silver
Bullet Comic Books distributed a press release
announcing Clifford Meth's new Past
Masters column at SBC.
true and pure fighting spirit burst out of opening
new book "god's fifteen minutes" may
be Clifford Meth on amphetamines, but "Past
Masters" - exclusive to SBC - is Clifford
crack. Double-cut. With added LSD."
of guts. Still, it could be a marketing/controversy-raising
gimmick. But then:
cares. He shows you why YOU should care too. And
this is why."
beginning to sound like the Why
We Care page of The
New Comic Book of Life website. Even still,
could be just a coincidence.
So, I read on:
Adams cared about the injustice done to Siegel
and Schuster by DC over Superman royalties. No
one else cared. But Adams fought the corporate
monster and won.
Ellison continually bucks the trend by caring
about matters no one
else does - his current copyright fights with
AOL are a case in point. He is one of the most
tenacious, respected, and feared guys in multiple
and Ellison have now teamed up for another cause
no-one else seems to care about - but not only
are they doing the right thing, it's comics history
in the making."
creators who care? It's comics history in the
making? It's beginning to sound like too much
of a coincidence. Then comes the punch line:
Why? How? Where? When? Clifford Meth...and only
Clifford Meth...has the details."
It's not in the exact same
order as in our main navigation menu, but it echoes
it very very strongly, especially at a time when
our site is being viewed by many people, creators
and institutes in comics. one more:
always heartening to see comic fans and creators
living up to the ideals of justice as expressed
by their four-color heroes," said Silver
Bullet Comics' editor-in-chief Jason Brice.
exactly what we said with a loud shout more than
3 weeks ago, across the cyber waves of the comics
I went over to the SBC message boards and found
welcoming Clifford aboard. I posted a warm
welcome and Clifford responded:
got a gorgeous Batman you drew for me years ago,
Michael. I'm proud to be in your collective company.
you, Jason Brice, Clifford Meth and the SBC staff
for the solidarity. It's we who are moved and
proud to have become part of a growing collective
company fighting the good fights and witnessing
the spread of the spirit which is about to change
the face of comics - and then the world at large.
ABOUT THE NEXT
FROM THE SILVER BULLET COMIC BOOKS MESSAGE BOARD
question isn't why Dave Cockrum needs the help
of good people in the industry right now. The
question is why must we wait until a tragedy befalls
one of our own before we rise to action? Why must
we wait for all the suffering that we know will
Adams, having led the way once again and forged
a path for all conscience driven comic book creators,
is the most fitting leader our industry has in
stepping out into the wider media entertainment
and communications arena available to us in the
struggle to put our messages forth to the citizens
of America and the world. Whether the struggle
for Dave Cockrum's rights is resolved swiftly
without a massive PR campaign - or whether not
- is relatively inconsequential to the truer need
for comic book creators to burst onto the sociopolitical
stage of world events in order to effect the changes
needed about us, not just for Dave Cockrum alone
but for all the future Siegels, Schusters and
Cockrums which will undoubtedly follow - and for
all of the injustices suffered all about us.
time has come to sound the call to organize an
entity of comic book creators who choose to take
a stand for what's right for the comics industry
- and for all mankind. Not just a guild which
only takes care of the fortunate who join it.
Rather A Comic Book Creator's Party, a socio-political
brotherhood bringing creative solutions for comics
and for all of humanity.
the tools available to us now, comic book creators
should begin exploring how to put forth a platform
on a wide range of issues, relevant to the comic
book industry and the world community it seeks
to thrive in - and then forge forward by putting
this platform forth to the American people and
the world community at large.
American comic book industry is the most powerful
microphone able to carry such a revolution within
the industries of the world today. When we do
this, we'll no longer need to wait for the crumbs
of wide-media coverage we hunt for during campaigns
such as the plight of Dave Cockrum, which the
entertainment and news medias have become used
to throw to the comic book industry. When we do
this, CNN, BBC and all their like, will come knocking
on the doors of the fighters of this just war
and the walls which have prevented long needed
changes within the consciousness of humanity will
begin to come tumbling down.
BRINGING NEW LIFE TO
recently popped into TwoMorrows Publishing's website
and found they've adopted a new slogan: TwoMorrows:
Bringing New Life to Comics Fandom.
good and thank you for the solidarity. The right
spirit of new life in the right body aspiring
and inspiring to bring the dawn of a new day to
64 PAGE TPB EDITION
More than 50 pages
of previously unpublished story and art by Michael
Netzer, spanning more that a quarter of century
of a life's work .
The New Comic Book of Life is one of the most
controversial publications ever to be spawned
by the comic book industry!
announcement came over The New Comic Book of Life
forum last week. These are some highlights of
the discussion where it was announced:
"We've got a world
to change, and people like you and me have the
resolve and the vision to start that process and
get it strong and healthy into the world. We're
looking to do nothing less than entirely vanquish
evil, and create an earthly realm of brotherly
and sisterly love. You may call it a realm of
God, I'll just call it a classless, moneyless
society. I'm pretty sure we agree on the basics
of what needs to be changed, but we'll discuss
it in detail along the way."
"We do agree on the
basics and also on the details of how to get there.
evil spirit which the society of man has succumbed
to has captured mankind's desires with nothing
less than the desire for money. In order to cleanse
this evil, we first have to take away all of the
money of the world. We have to create a center
which will make people spend their money on
something that everyone will want a part of. In
the beginning, this money
will be re-channeled to the lowest and most needy
places in the world. Once we begin to see the
fall of capitalist aspirations, everyone will
realize that we don't need money at all in the
world. We only need a united and harmonious humanity
which shares all of its resources with all. This
the root of the next stage in the rise of our
"As for publishing
comics that communicate our ideas; I'm all set.
I've got just what you ordered: an almost finished
generation" superhero universe on file, containing
visions of a far
better world, and stories that will bring forth
these messages. Make
cleaner and safer technology. Help the Third World.
and other forms of institutional corruption. Work
causes. Fight the good fight. Spread the love.
Get humanity into
space. ORGANIZE to effect change! Progressive
messages being shouted
out to a mass audience in the last uncorrupted
popular mass medium
left to us: comics. We can actually make it happen.
All we need is resources to get started..."
"One of our members is already working on
garnering the resources needed to widen our base
of activity. Without going into too much detail
yet, I'll say it begins with one small publishing
venture of a 64 color standard or magazine size
TPB. This book will bring in several tens of millions
Dollars to our till. Much needed to begin the
work you speak of. The book I'm speaking of is
The New Comic Book of Life website.
site statistics show that the widespread support
we're getting in the
industry today (more on this in an upcoming post)
has come mainly from the seven pages of text on
our website. Less than 10% of the viewers are
looking at or even aware of the 53 pages of art
there. This mostly has to do with the nature of
the internet and the time people have to download
artwork for viewing. The website, when published
as a comic book, will
become a far more potent work and one whose popularity
will spread like
wildfire, not only within the comic book industry,
bur throughout all other
cultural avenues available. The converging of
the most humanitarian
aspirations of secular society with the faithful
ideals at the root of truly
religious aspirations is the most commercially
potent vehicle today for
quenching the thirsts of widespread capitalistic
aspirations our society
" Perhaps, but I'm not sure a single comic
book will open a million people's
eyes. And even if it sells that much, not all
who read it will react like we
said that it'll open a million people's eye? I
just said that millions will buy it, that's something
else. I know how people will react and I know
that there'll be public burnings of the book.
That's alright. It's part of how we grow."
And how DOES it grow? Well, here are a few possibilities..
If there are public burnings of the book, not
only will it mean that the
first printings sold already will increase in
value (for those who pay attention to such things),
but will mean that more will need to be printed
to sell to those who want to buy it for the sheer
novelty of owning a book someone thought needed
burning. Many opposed to book burning would likely
speak publicly against it, and more sales could
result from that as well. The Beatles and Elvis
(along with other Rock & Roll artists) record
burnings got major media coverage, which of course,
ended up boosting the sales for the artists.
Inshort? Controversy sells.
exchange above is one good reason you don't
want to miss the creative discussions taking
place on The New Comic Book of Life forum. And
that's only a small taste of the delicious ideas
being served. Click
here to visit the forum homepage, look around,
join the group and take part in the bringing
in of a new world.
rants, ideas and news you want us to pursue
can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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See you in the comics,