FOR TOMMY 3
Rich Johnston here, from the gossip column Lying
In The Gutters to spread a few bits and pieces with
my fellow Dynamic Forces patrons. This week, still undiscouraged
by Mike Carlin's rejection of my Plasticman proposal, I
decided I needed a more mature level of editor to review
my work. So what better person to pitch to than Karen Berger.
So mature and level headed she, that I have yet to receive
a response. Still, I expect one any day now. Maybe this
column will help nudge a few grey cells.
As part of the
upcoming Vertigo Vanity imprint-within-an-imprint-within-an-imprint,
Shite is a creator-owned series about an Englishman called
Colin Shite. Shite is many things, a street level magician,
a noisy journalist, the last man on Earth who still likes
Morrissey and a living allegory for at least seven of Aesop's
fables (although they won't be revealed for at least twenty
issues). I haven't quite worked out what the comic is going
to be about, but there will be a lot of walking around and
then sitting in pubs making pointed remarks.
Shite is not
so much written as cobbled together from many of my columns,
recognised as award winning by the seventeen people who
voted in the Usenet Squiddy Awards. Which means it probably
won't be late for at least the first couple of years.
I intend to use
Shite to launch a career away from comics, which frankly
take too much of my time and leave me trapped in Forbidden
Planet signings. I will however grace your convention presence
every now and then with a sneer. And as I've been a reader
of Vertigo titles for ten years, I believe that you owe
me a series. Or I'll tell The Comics Journal on you.
I expect a response
Talking of DC/Vertigo
Y: The Last Man is their new headline title, right? Until
Shite comes along anyway. The new Swamp Thing/Sandman/Transmetropolitan/100
Bullets, right? Well not everyone thinks so. Especially
not one chap on eBay who decided to sell off the top half
of the first issue that he'd ripped in twain. Here's the
The Last Half Of A Man
that writer Brian Vaughan had "words"
with the seller in question and the auction was soon ended.
it here while it still stands.
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