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Cover Me – 84

posted on November 23, 2019

A beautiful cover, but even better when you realize that the new Wasp suffers from bipolar depression, a genetic legacy from her father whose ant man helmet is pictured behind her. I stand in line.

Match to Flame 112

posted on November 20, 2019


And lo, there came a day when the prophecy of the attorney in the beginning times came to pass. 

It’s been said that the past is a knife (as an acolyte of Sigmund Freud, I’m all in on that one), and at the beginning of 1990 I was definitely feeling its point in my back. After three years of unsuccessfully trying to charm my syndicator into re?negotiating my contract, things were finally going to hit the windmill when I filed a lawsuit to see if I could extricate myself from it. I had known this day was coming from the time I had initially set pen to the misbegotten document. Although I briefly described that moment in the introduction to Volume 1 of this collection, I think it would behoove us to drill down a bit deeper into that story at this point.

As I stated in that inaugural intro, I took the contract to a local lawyer in Elyria where I was living at the time. He had complimented me on my reading of the contract and assured me that my interpretation of it was pretty much on the money. Nowhere to be found within its six pages were the blandishments I had received assuring me that I could exit the contract on the same terms as my syndicator should I one day choose to do so. Nor was there anything in there (and this was the part that really rankled) saying that the characters, who were drawn from my life experience and mine alone, belonged to me. Quite the opposite, in fact; there was no way out of the contract for me at all, and, even if I could somehow make that happen, my creations would stay behind to live on in the hands of others. The meeting was an exercise in the attorney stating the obvious, and me sitting there nodding my head. He characterized the document as a slave contract (ironically, in early conversations with my eventual litigating attorneys, the idea of citing the contract as a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment in one of my claims was briefly spitballed around the room but eventually dispatched, along with my suggestion that I plead insanity, to the abattoir of cute-but-not-necessarily-legally-sound ideas). The first time you hear the word “slave” dropped into a conversation concerning you, it tends to make your nether region draw up and pull the hatch shut behind it. I then received the best advice that I was probably going to get that day. I was told that if I wanted to play badly enough, that contract, as draconian as it was, was my ticket to the only game in town. So the decision was made to sign it (with everything gritted) and to kick my problems with the contract down the road to some future point.

From The Complete Funky Winkerbean Volume 7

Lisa’s Legacy in Spain

posted on November 19, 2019

So here’s something I never saw coming. I learned recently that a Spanish publisher has purchased the rights to the Lisa’s Legacy Trilogy and will begin publishing the books in Spain starting next year. I suppose I should be used to it by now, but I still find myself being taken aback by the continued reach of this work. The breadth of Lisa’s legacy still surprises and pleases me. I make it a point to always take a copy of Lisa’s Story with me to a book signing because there will invariably be someone there looking for one. And now it looks like I’ll need to start brushing up on my high school Spanish for when my Spanish edition arrives.