Wednesday, February 6, 2008

I'm Gonna Be Guest Blogging @

L2R: Jeff Smith, me, Colleen Doran, Martin Wagner, Dave Sim, James Owen

Yesterday, to much fanfare across the blogosphere, Jeff Smith announced that he will be hosting a series of guest bloggers on his site,, to write about their memories and current thoughts regarding the Self Publishing Movement of the 1990s and what, if any, lasting effect or infuence it may have had.

As Jeff wrote:
We spent hours together on the road and in hotels, at restaurants, and at convention booths. We talked about making comics and selling them. We
had radical ideas about owning and controlling our own work. I remember very specific conversations about trying to change the retailing model of comic book stores from periodical collectables to that of replaceable stock - -i.e., our
trade books.

In the weeks that follow, I’ll be posting guest blogs from people who
were there, like Colleen Doran, Larry Marder, Paul Pope, Terry Moore, Charles Brownstein, and others. I am currently extending invitations to newer indie cartoonists and professionals working now in the current era of web comics, indie comics, and graphic novels.

I suspect that we shall witness another brilliant example of the Rashoman Effect I wrote about last summer in regards to the Image Comics oral history book. But that is the beauty of this sort of thing. Somewhere in amongst all of the recollections, you, as the observer, can start to triangulate what might actually be historically accurate. Memory and truth often overlap but are hardly the same thing.

Colleen kicks off the effort today and it is well worth reading. I'll let you know when I'm gonna get up to the plate.

1 comment:

Ken said...

Wow, this is exactly the kind of backstory I want to read about Beanworld... The entire time I was collecting and reading the series, I wondered how in the world it was able to be published... so different from anything else on the market! Colleen's story is a good one to whet the appetite of what comes later...