My comic that was supposed to be my big comeback and reboot was released today, but without the inside covers. It’s only the editorial, you might be saying to yourself. The real meat is the work inside, says this straw man I just made up. While this may be true, I wanted it all to be perfect. It leaves buyers wondering why I’ve changed formats yet again and changed the title slightly. Is it a spinoff or a continuation? I’ve known of the mistake for a couple weeks, but my publisher and his printer have both been on vacations for Thanksgiving, adding to the problem. The bad batch will be recalled, but despite my publisher mentioning this snafu in the press, some copies are out there.
If you already bought one of those copies, I don’t particularly appreciate you flipping it on eBay buy I guess I can’t stop you. I don’t recognize it as a complete edition without these pages so you may print them out and affix them if you’d like. (They’re blurry here but not when you click on them)
That’s right. I printed one display copy on my computer printer last night. What, you didn’t think there were copies available yet, did you? Yeah, I’ve been hyping the shit out of it and copies will come to stores next month. We finished it and sent it off, so we should be getting copies very soon. In the meantime, I will be attending the annual Comic Arts Brooklyn festival this Saturday, November 7. I’m only announcing it a few days earlier rather than a few weeks since I won’t have a new comic to speak of. I will have the aforementioned display copy of Magic Whistle 3.0, details of which are in the archives of this page, as well as plenty of earlier Whistles on hand and much original art in time for Christmas.
The week after, I will be in a show called The Consequences, an art and performance extravaganza at the Williamsburg venue Cloud City on November 15 at 8 PM. Admission is $10, less than a cup of coffee. But only if you get your coffee here.
I’m always talking about New York appearances, but I’ll do other places too.The only catch is that somebody else has to pay for travel and lodging.
I’m constantly adding to this. I have a pretty big collection of golden age studio cartoons but I don’t have time to go through every one looking for nose-honking, though I remember it all the time as a kid. I’ll always be updating this. Suggestions welcome but no homages or references.
I know I keep changing the format of Magic Whistle every few years. This newest incarnation will be sort of a full-on anthology. It was evolving into that. It’s going to have the same usual 20-something page count of my work plus the same page count of work by other artists. I feel lots of other places are doing a better job of producing arty work but I want to be more humor-oriented. Not necessarily seltzer-bottle and banana-peel funny, just stuff that would complement my own work, something more inspired by anthologies I grew up with like Weirdo and the underground comics from then (I’m old enough to have actually read some of the underground comics when they originally came out). I wanted it to continue with #16 but it will continue as Magic Whistle 3.0. It should sell more copies that way. If Spider-Man can keep re-booting so can I.
I’m not really on the pulse of the current comics scene. I used to go to a comic store once every week, now I go every few months. I’m about 15-20 years older than most cartoonists now so don’t socialize with them as much either. The non-me parts of Magic Whistle are edited by Dave Nuss, who already has a track record with Revival House Press. With this issue he’s brought John Brodowski, Manuel Gomez Burns, Jesse McManus, Ansis Purins, and Leah Wishnia. I’m also planning on running a feature on cartoonists from the past, so with this issue there’s a spread on college humor cartoons from the 50s and cartoons by the late Douglas Bagge from the forgotten NYC tabloid Comical Funnies with an appreciation by his brother (yes, the one you’re thinking of).
I’m hoping to have this come out 3 or 4 times a year. A pipe dream, I know. The main obstacle in the book not coming out more often (as has always been the case) is myself. Another possible delusion and rarity for any comics of this type is eventually having a high enough circulation to pay contributors.
Fantagraphics will be reprinting a translation of Valentina next year, an Italian series of erotic adventure comics from the 60s and 70s. There will be some background information and guest pinups, including artists you would expect such as Gilbert Hernandez, Katie Skelly, Paul Pope, and dozens of European comics artists. For some reason, I was asked as well, and this was my result.
I’d also appreciate if someone out there could proofread my dialogue, since I just took the Italian from a translation engine.