Home Message Boards Bendis: November 6-10, 2003
Re: Arrested Development Sue Fox
Nov 06, 2003 6:21 am
Interesting. I know these guys. And I liked 'em before I met'em. I've
hung out with Kamal a few times in Atlanta. We have some mutual friends
there and have wound up together at dinner and parties a few times.
Re: Toronto Comic Con - This Weekend
Nov 06, 2003 6:59 am
I'd like to go but way too busy this weekend. But Andy Lee will be there!
For all those that have heard of Andy's work, stop by and say hi to him. Check out his work style. And tell him that I said hi, and that you heard about him from me mentioning him on this board.
There are many layers of amazingness you will get from meeting Andy Lee. You won't be dissapointed.
He just stopped by my house to rest a bit and then left to drive the
rest of the way to Toronto. I had a great time going to the other 2 Toronto
shows this year. Wish I could go to this one. I really dig Toronto.
New Kabuki in January!
Nov 07, 2003 6:38 pm
Just a reminder that the new Kabuki series starts in January and is in the current catalogue.
If you want it, please ask your retailer to order it ahead of time.
New story, new start, good jumping on point.
Re: New Kabuki in January!
Nov 08, 2003 11:08 am
Thanks for the feedback folks.
Tip, glad you like my DD stuff. In all honesty I'd have to say that the Kabuki stuff is a better example of my work. Meaning that if you like my approach in DD, I think you will like Kabuki more.
I think KABUKI: Metamorphosis is my favorite collection. It probably
represents my most evolved work as an artist and writer. Mostly it is about
the nature of identity and the meaning of life. But the story is told through
the theatrical structure of the Japanese Ghost Story (a popular subject
of the Japanese Kabuki plays).
Metamorphosis is the fifth volume, but each collection is designed to exist as its own story while still building on and fitting into all of
the other stories. So far I have six collected volumes in hardcover and
softcover. Each represents a different era in the character's life and
a different facet of the world of the story. So each one is done in a different
art style and storytelling structure. Together the stories are chronicling
the biography of the character and you can see the change and growth in
the characters as they evolve (you also see the evolution of myself as
the story sort of documents close to ten years of my work in comics).
So if you like that kind of long term Cerebus Biography where you get
to see the creator finding himself in the process, you may get a kick out
Same with the new series. You can read it on it's own, but like any
of the other books that can be read on their own, you will hopefully like
it so much that you will
want to read everything else in order.
The complete list is this:
Vol 1 KABUKI Circle of Blood
Vol 2 KABUKI Dreams
Vol 3 KABUKI Masks of the Noh
Vol 4 KABUKI Skin Deep
Vol 5 KABUKI Metamorphosis
Vol 6 KABUKI Scarab
Meta is my favorite. I think Meta, Skin Deep and Circle of Blood are the most important 3 to give you a well rounded scope of it in order to
fully appreciate the contrast of the new story. But all of them are fun
pieces of the puzzle.
If you get a chance to check it out, let me know what you think. When
people buy it from me at cons, I guarantee that they will enjoy it and
want to buy the complete set, or that I will buy it back from them if it
is not thier cup of tea. No returns yet, but I don't know if your comic
store will give you the same deal.
You can go to davidmack.net for more info on each book and all kinds of other Kabuki info. Also NohTV.com.
Re: New Kabuki in January!
Nov 08, 2003 11:27 am
I'm looking forward to hearing how others compare the book for you.
I don't know if most stores are going to stock a complete selection of
the original issue for you. You can e-mail my girlfriend Anh at firstname.lastname@example.org in case you want to aquire them thru mail order. She does tons of online and mail order for the books in collections AND in orginal format. We have a complete selection of the original issues and the prices are almost
all at cover price (thru her, the back issue prices elsewhere can be challenging).
Check out davidmack.net for more info and a list of books that can be ordered.
If you want a bunch of stuff, she can probably give you a deal or something. And if you reminde her she'll have me sign everything at no charge.
This goes for anyone on this board.
Re: you can tell your poor when?
Nov 08, 2003 12:06 pm
Consider this a helpful tip:
Thru college, my brother and I shared a house together. And later Andy
Lee moved in. I totally lived on the fringe of society. It was very much
like the house and life style in Fight Club. I was very focused on my work
and did not spend money on anything I considered unnecesary. I learned
to live off the land. I never bought toilet paper. I couldn't rationalize
buying something that was just going to be flushed down the toilet. Especially
when all the resturaunts give out NAPKINS for FREE.
So we'd always have a pile of napkins. Sometines the brown color from
Taco Bell. Sometimes they'd say Subway. You get the idea.
The first time I ever bought TP was when a girl I met, was going to
be hanging out at my house for a while that I realized it may be a good
idea to buy some real TP so as to not let her know what a wierdo I am.
Also, the pipes for the hot water broke and we just went with out hot
water for a couple years. In the winter, this means your shower/baths are
And the toilet was broke and would not flush. So for years, we just
had a bucket next to the bathtub,that we filled with water and then dumped
in the toilet to cause it to flush.
And I never bought new clothes. I just wore clothes from the second
hand store or that people gave me. Sometimes my brother and I would add
up the prices of everything we had on at the time and proudly state that
"Everything that I am wearing at this moment was bought for less than
My brother worked at the University cafeteria and ate there for free
and brought home the left over food for us to eat the rest of the week.
I had no pillows or sheets or bed in my house. I slept on a bare mattress
with one blanket. In the winter I just slept fully dressed with boots on.
The rest of the room was empty except for the comics I was making.
Everytime we watch Fight Club it takes us back to those days. Instead
of soap we made art and comics. And we fought each other for fun.
My brother and I had a game called "stick". It is where you each get
sticks and hit each other. We also had a game called "Box". It is where
you get a cardboard box and hit it at each other. Alsoa game called "milk
Those were the days.
I am Jack's aching groin.
Re: New Kabuki in January!
Nov 09, 2003 8:24 am
Thanks for taking the initiative to read it. Really curious to your
reaction on it. Especially since each collection is fairly different in
approach from the next. It's strange for me to look at the earlier books
now as I did them 10 yrs ago. But the first one does really set the foundation
for the story. Though, I like to think that I improve with practice, making
the Metamorphosis more to my interests now. There are some violent scenes in the first one that seem crude and alien to me now. Sort of like the character grew up in the story, while I grew up working things out of my
system. The whole series is sort of a Rorshach test for me and for the
readers. Much of the early story is me dealing with the death of my mother
while I was in college, and as the story goes it becomes more about the
idea of someone creating their own identity and creating your own reality,
discovering the meaning of life and practical applications for the magic
Which is the context in which the new ALCHEMY story begins.
Re: New Kabuki in January!
Nov 10, 2003 2:34 am
Considering the postage for one book, I think it is a better idea to
just order the books from your comic store. Then you can have me sign it
for you when I'm on Toronto next yeat :)
Glad you were at the con. Thanks for the kind words. I really dig Toronto
and will go back next chance I get.
Give my regards to everyone at the comic store.
Thanks for the support of my work. Glad you like my DD stuff. If you
get a chance, check out KABUKI Metamorphosis (my fave Kabuki collection)
for what I think is probably the best example of my writing paired with
Please give everyone at your store my warmest regards!
Re: MID-OHIO CON RETURNS NOV. 29-30 with MOB front and center
Nov 10, 2003 10:11 am
Yeah! Way looking forward to it!
Going to be good to see you Mike. MOB reunion!
Re: Marvel Legends Series 5 in Stores
Nov 10, 2003 10:21 am
You are both right. I have interchangeable heads.
I do have hair. But I was bald the entire month of September as I shaved