By Jimmy Palmiotti
Right off the bat I want to thank my SUPER talented buddy Darwyn Cooke for filling in for me last week. He did a great job and really, I would read a blog of his weekly as well, but he has better things to do and honestly, I would rather see his work then listen to him go on and on about what is wrong with the country and it’s cheese fascination. I owe you one, buddy!
Been a weird week and a half, lots of ups and downs but this up made my day. I read a single headline in the paper and it made me as happy as a clam. Let me explain.
Amanda and I went to the Emerald Con in Seattle and it was a total blast. Great crowds, fantastic fans and I got to spend some quality time with a bunch of people I haven’t seen in a while.
A shout out goes to Dave Johnson, Joe Jusko, Mike Mignola, Joanne, Mark, Lara, Derrick and all the rest for making it a really fun weekend in spite of all the stop-overs and air time to and from the show. Back into the week I had to play catch up with work, see a close friend leave town after many months here in my life daily [Hey, Marsha… I got your crap celebrity magazines waiting for you, little sister] and also got to celebrate Amanda’s birthday twice, then bash one of my fingers pretty good. Actually I jammed a finger in my left hand and I am still going for X-rays, an MRI, and consultations… but the good news that made my day was this headline…
L.A. JURY CONVICTS PHIL SPECTOR IN MURDER OF ACTRESS LANA CLARKSON.
I was sitting in my favorite burger and brew when I saw the headline and I was in seventh heaven. Why would this matter to me? Let me explain. In February of 2003, Amanda and I were guests at a comic show in Los Angeles and the wonderful couple Bill and Sharon Liebowitz introduced Amanda and I to Lana Clarkson, an actress friend of theirs. She was so full of life, respectful and genuinely interested in what I did for a living that we spoke for a while about what she had done in films and what she does now, the con and so on, and she invited us to be her guests at the House of Blues the next night. We were leaving that next afternoon and heading back to N.Y. and had to pass on the invite but she left an impression, and we thanked Bill and Sharon for the introduction. We flew back to N.Y. and came in on the red eye on Monday morning and by the time we turned on the TV that night we saw, to our shock, that she had been shot and killed and Phil Spector was involved.
I personally followed the first trial and watched some TV shows on it and thought it was totally ridiculous that the defense people were trying to prove that Lana was depressed and suicidal. We had met her the day before, and if any of these things were true, she should have gotten an Academy Award right then and there. Long story short, the new jury has found Phil Spector guilty and he will be getting at least 18 years to life in jail. This news and the smell of justice finally being served made my day. Nothing will bring Lana back, I know this… but maybe her family and friends will find this sentencing somewhat healing on some small level.
Oh, and Phil, I think I saw O.J. eying your ass as you were coming into the prison.
THE RESISTANCE trade book:
Its out we couldn’t be happier with the great job the gang at I.D.W did on the trade book. If your retailer doesn’t have it, yell at them to order it or threaten to get it off Amazon. Either way give it a shot and let me know what you think. When’s the last time you read a real sci-fi, multi-cultured, over-the-top, big budget comic book?
TWITTERING MY FACEBOOK: Yeah, I am on both and you can come say hi anytime. Beware because I post pictures and comments when I am drunk. Really… I warned you. And sorry all those Tori Amos fans out there… I was just kidding.
JONAH HEX NUMBERS: Man, been following the Diamond month-to-month sales numbers and am trying to figure out what we can do to get the retailers to stop lowering their Jonah Hex orders. I say the retailers because I hear from a lot of fans saying their stores run out of the book and don’t reorder it, and for the past year, we have been losing a few hundred orders a month and I can’t honestly believe we are losing that many readers. Maybe you guys know something we don’t, but please, if you can… make the retailer near you preorder the book for you… and be vocal if there are not any, including back issues, on their racks. For the retailers that continue to support and push the book… well, hell, you know I’m not talking to you, so just turn around and go back to being awesome.
JONAH HEX ON THE SET: Not on set yet, but the producer and good friend Andy Lazar promises that Justin and I can visit soon and its something I am really looking forward to. I do know that all the players are in place and they start shooting soon so all is good. Really excited to begin updating everyone soon on this.
PAUL GULACY: One of my favorite artists since the days of Master of Kung Fu, one of the nicest guys I have worked with and am proud to call a good friend, and one of those guys that keeps knocking it out of the park each and every time we work together. I figured I would show off a few unlettered pages of Paul’s latest, which is JONAH HEX #43. Please, if you enjoy his work, give this issue a shot. Its quite amazing work and Justin and I are proud to once again be able to work with him. Let me know what you think.
WEEKIE WCHEE: If you live in Florida, there is a good chance you , at one time or another, have visited this famous water theme park. It’s been around since …well, 61 years I hear. Anyway, we took Amanda to it for her birthday and it was a pretty cool thing to do. Its made for kids or lovers of girls in bikinis dressed as mermaids. Here are some photos and a clip from YouTube as well.
That’s it for now and I leave you with a Power Girl page for the hell of it and some random pics as well.
- Jimmy P