Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Sheckley, CBLDF, bits

Lots of things from other people. Berry Sizemore says, of Robert Sheckley:

I have good news for everyone. First, Anya has a Paypal account ready.
Please do me a huge favor and update the link at your site. It is
driving people to my Paypal account and now it is time to point it to
Anya's account:


(NB -- this is the correct link to spread about.)

There is good news about Robert. His condition continues to improve.
His writing and laptop is slightly exagerated. He's doing both, but
just enough to communicate with Anya. It looks like he will be coming
home on Thursday, if a complicated exchange between the current doctors
and the Mt. Sinai doctors occurs. It's a matter of translating charts
and prognosis and etc., plus a phone call or two.

It struck me yesterday that actually the best form of fundraising for Bob Sheckley would be for someone to bring his best novels and short stories back into print in the US in mass-market form. Given that Douglas Adams was happy to acknowledge in interviews how much what Bob did in the 1950s and 60s resembled what Douglas did many years later (and actually Bob was Douglas's first choice to write the Starship Titanic novelisation)it seems like this is a perfect time to make his work available for a new generation.

This came in this morning from Charles Brownstein of the CBLDF, which I thought I'd put up because I know that artists read this thing...

ITEM! Support the GA Defense In CBLDF Auctions

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has launched a series of auctions to
assist in the defense of Gordon Lee. This week's items will launch
today at 1:00 PM Eastern Time. They are:

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen volume 2, #1 -- Signed by Alan Moore
& Kevin O'Neill

Batman #608, RRP Edition -- Signed by Jim Lee

Sandman #50, variant cover -- Signed by Neil Gaiman

In The Shadow of No Towers poster -- Signed with orginal drawing by
Art Spiegelman

Angry Christ Comix -- signed with original Dawn drawing by Joe Linsner

CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein says, "Waging the
aggressive defense of a First Amendment case requires the best
attorneys, and the best attorneys require a lot of money. We're
launching this auction initiative to help offset the investment we've
already made in this case, and to help shore up money for the trial.
We're lucky to have received a number of generous donations of art and
collectibles and over the coming weeks will be releasing them to the
public to assist in our cases. I hope people will be generous in
their bidding, because it comes at a time where every dollar we
receive makes a major difference."

ITEM! Call for Art Donations

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is calling upon artists and
collectors to make donations of original art and rare collectibles to
assist in summer fundraising. CBLDF Executive Director Charles
Brownstein explains, "Summer represents our busiest fundraising
season. We run auctions at the major shows including Comic Con and
Wizard World where the money raised can sometimes pay for an entire
phase of a case. This summer we're calling upon the creative and
collecting communities to make a donation of original art or similar
rare collectible for us to include in those auctions. A piece of art
that may be resting in someone's file drawer can help us pay for a
motion to be written or an argument to be waged."

Donors of art will receive a letter of acknowledgment from the CBLDF
that includes the amount the piece raised on auction. Donations can
be sent to: CBLDF, PO Box 693, Northampton, MA 01061. For shipping
information to a street address, please e-mail Charles Brownstein at

I saw a press release this morning that said that MirrorMask will be opening in New York on Sept 23rd. But seeing it also said the film was codirected by me and Dave McKean, I'm not sure how much credence to give it.

There's another review of the Stardust stage play at

Will Eisner's final book, The Plot, is reviewed positively at the SF Chronicle, and less positively at the Boston Phoenix

(Incidentally, if you're in New York, there's an Eisner exhibition at MOCCA until September -- for details.)

I'm pretty sure that I've mentioned the Post A Secret website here in the past -- -- but more and more people are reminding me about it, and the postcards are getting prettier and stranger.