Friday, February 13, 2004

is that it?

Like, I suspect, most people in the world, my reaction to the display of Janet Jackson's nipple fuss was a) to look at one of the many pictures of said nipple and b) to find myself faintly disappointed that the fuss was being made about something that looked, at the end of the day, a lot like a, well, a nipple. Given the amount of discussion of the nipple display in question, I'd somehow subconsciously assumed that there was something special about this particular nipple -- that it would be an amazing shade of green, or that it would look like a peony, or it would whistle, or do tricks, or light up, or something. Nope. Normal-looking human nipple. The kind you see in most countries on television during soap commercials.

And as the nipple volume seems only to increase -- people started to sue, for heaven's sakes -- I kept waiting for someone in the media to say something sensible. Finally Frank Rich has.


Dirk Deppey, the Comics Journal Journalista! blogger, has been promoted to editor of The Comics Journal. On the one hand, that's great news for the Comics Journal. On the other hand, Journalista has become invaluable, and the world will be emptier without Dirk's take on the news. He says he'll be back, and we here at journal, all of us, like, me, and well it's just me actually, very much hope that he'll soon look on editing The Comics Journal as a minor sideline to his real work, of telling us who's saying what, and what he thinks of it.


Neil, it appears that TWO PLAYS FOR VOICES has been added to the iTunes Music Store:

-- Mike

Oh good. Thanks.


I stopped off at DreamHaven a couple of days ago and Signed Stuff, including the new edition of ANGELS AND VISITATIONS: A MISCELLANY. It was first published in 1993, and in 1997 I put it out of print, with the agreement of Greg Ketter, who runs DreamHaven, because it was just meant to be a small press short story and miscellania collection, and by the time it had sold 25,000 copies through five printings I felt it was done.

It didn't occur to me (although I suppose it should have) that copies would start to zoom up in price, but zoom they did -- these days if you want one you'll mostly pay around $100 a copy, according to, although signed first editions seem to be $200-$300. (There was also a signed, limited first edition, also signed by all the artists -- Dave McKean and P. Craig Russell and Bill Sienkiewicz and Charles Vess and everyone, and I've no idea what that goes for.)

So really, the new edition exists so that people can read Angels and Visitations for a sane amount of money. It has some overlap with Smoke and Mirrors, but also some journalism, essays and early short stories that aren't in there.

If you need a copy, go to the DreamHaven site books page: it's about half way down the page.



For a school silkscreening project I have chosen to do your face and your autograph as the image, I hope that is okay because my teacher, although she was the one that suggested we made images of a particular artist/musician/writer/whatever we liked, says that it's better if you tell the person that you are putting their face on a shirt because they ought to know. So I've just told you, hoping that it is okay.

Also, in an issue of Canada's Entertainment Weekly, a picture of you was featured in which, as my friend kindly and loudly pointed out, you resembled Richard Gere. I couldn't quite make the connection but apparently alot of other people could. Just thought you'd like to know that, according to some people, in that picture, you (apparently) looked like Richard Gere.


Sure, use my face for your project.

I'm still not quite sure what I looked like in that Entertainment Weekly photo (nothing entirely human), but Richard Gere was not anywhere on my list.