New in print! THIS SICKNESS, SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF Now All Available
...for your purchase, and you can only buy them here, not in stores because, well, I don't want to cater to Diamond! (However, they will be available in a few days on Amazon as well, and I'll post when they are) Buy these now, and pass this on to your friends!
SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF 122 pages, Play in two acts. The first major work I ever did, written back in 1989, revised a bit in 2002, and premiered in Chicago in 2004*. A comedy that deconstructs itself. Now at last in print!
UPDATE: I had announced these two below as well(Vladrushka #1 and Trade, which was to collect Story of Oh and the Rosa & Annalisa stories), but banned again, sadly. Write Createspace and complain here. I've fought all I can and this is my third try, both through Cafepress and Createspace.
A shame. I have proofs of both and they're beautiful, the color in Story of Oh! especially. You can still read the contents here of course. If you ever want to have a copy of either, though, it's up to you at this point to make Createspace change their minds--I have done all I can and I'm done beating my head against a wall. Do you want the books? Demand that Createspace allow them then. Please.
I may even cease doing "adult" work entirely(well, anything more explicit than LULU), I'm so frustrated. Createspace is making me look like a creator of vaporware. They approve the proof, I announce, and then the instant someone buys anything they ban it and make me look like a liar to everyone, so no one cares when I announce. The publisher who cried wolf.
Someone ought to tell them the public wants this stuff. If they do. I keep being told that, but it would be nice to see some fan support. This was a lot of work, months, even years, for nothing. I'm not going to do the Vladrushka series if all I can look forward to after all the work that will take is having some people read it for free on the web forever. The intent is and always has been to end up with print. I make books. That's what I like doing. It's what I've done since 1998.
This is all just me here after all. I don't have a publisher anymore to go to bat for me with their clout. I have no clout. So I need your help and your voices. If not, then these two books will never be in your hands. Not ever. Apart from the lovely proof copies I have right here. (Createspace makes a good product, that's the frustrating part)
I make good books that I can't get to the marketplace because Createspace are skittish. I'm sorry about that. When I announced them, it was because I thought I could. But I'm not putting out censored versions. I would rather not put them out at all than give you less than was intended. This is the 21st century, I'm told.
But there are still four books available for you to enjoy, at least...
The books Createspace thinks will frighten the horses:
(*With myself directing, unfortunately. Proved? Writers should never direct their own work.)
A little drawing study I did tonight after a Richard Pratcher cover for "Take A Murder Darling"(about which I know nothing else). If you think her legs look long here, you should see the original. They're as long as a full-grown man, and that's just up to the knees. Interesting that in a very realistically-rendered painting it's hard to tell that, but when you examine it intently as you draw, you notice.
If all goes well I'll be publishing a number of items for your gleeful purchase soon. All of them will be comics, including THIS SICKNESS #7--for which right now I'm just awaiting the proof for review--except one: My 1989(after a number of hiccups, premiered at last in Chicago from Theatre O' th'Absurd in 2004) play SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF, which I'm, hopefully, bringing into print for the first time for your reading and performing pleasure.
Sharp-eyed readers may also notice it shares its protagonist, Rick Krassner, with my first graphic novel VITRIOL--not among the upcoming releases--though there is no other connection between them, except that VITRIOL had once been a play too. (and that script does still exist)
Part of my ongoing effort to get as much of my work available in print as I can. It's my archivist side.
At least a first version of a cover illustration for This Sickness #7, which will feature, in glorious black & white, not only the second chapter of Lulu, but also work by Plastic veteran, and Magic Whistle creator, Sam Henderson, and excerpts from Bedbugs by Ashley Holt. As well as a prose story by me you may already know.
More details after I have a chance to put the whole thing together. In the meantime, click image at left to enlarge.
"Eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all of his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me & this pencil." --E. Blackadder, 1789 Questionable
words & pictures from John Linton Roberson