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!UPDATE: All are now up at Amazon too, including rare signed proof copies of the banned ones.
Two new releases, one comics, one a play:
THIS SICKNESS #7, Summer 201148 pages, Mature readers, b/w
The newest issue of John Linton Roberson's acclaimed comic. This issue features:
- Chapter 2 of Roberson's adaptation of Frank Wedekind's LULU
- Cartoons by Bottomless Studio vet Sam Henderson
- Extended excerpt from Ashley Holt's BEDBUGS
- Roberson's well-known attack of fiction upon Fred Phelps, "Jesus Meets Fred."
SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF122 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!
But! don't forget...these are still available:
THIS SICKNESS #6, Spring 2010
48 pages, Mature readers, b/w
- LULU (chapter One), by John Linton Roberson, the beginning of an adaptation of the notorious & shocking plays of Frank Wedekind. Also includes sketches & notes!
- COMIC SHOP EXPERIENCE, written by Shane Durgee
- GLASS HOUSE, written by Janet Harvey
- DRAWING IN DIRT, an autobiographical experiment
- THE MAN, an ongoing satirical strip that asks, what would happen if a TV host told his viewers to shoot a senator?--and other pleasant questions.
48 pages, Mature readers, b/w
- Nearly censored out of existence, a rare full-length foray into memoir for John Linton Roberson as he lays bare in this graphic novella a very personal bit of what memory he has left of California.
- Also--SKETCHBOOK! - A plethora of studies and nudes from John L. Roberson's sketchbook, most from life, many not, all lovely in any event.
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.)
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