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Sunday, January 27, 2013

OT: Dr. Who book published by local comics scholar

When I saw former Geppi's Entertainment Museum curator Arnold Blumberg last night, he told me that in addition to teaching courses on comics and popular culture at the University of Maryland, he's formed his own publishing house. Here's a press release on his company's first book.

RELEASE: 8/17/12

ATB Publishing is proud to announce its first publication:


160 New Perspectives on

160 Classic Doctor Who Stories by 160 Writers

edited by Robert Smith?

There are many books and websites that review all these Doctor Who stories – tales that fans know very well – but editor Robert Smith? (Who is the Doctor; Time, Unincorporated 2-3; Braaaiiinnnsss: From Academics to Zombies) set out to create an unprecedented archive of opinion from throughout the professional and fan communities, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the greatest television show in history! The results are inventive, provocative, and always surprising. Smith? himself says:

"It's the biggest, wildest idea I ever had: as many reviews are there are classic series stories. That alone was a huge undertaking. But what really makes this shine is that I put in an additional requirement: say something different. In short, these aren't your father's reviews. What I wanted for OUTSIDE IN was takes on the classic series that make you go, 'Wow, I never thought of that.' Fortunately, that struck a chord with everyone and I mostly got to sit back and watch everybody bring their A-game to the table.

Some reviews are thoughtful, some are funny, and some are utterly gonzo. I've had mock-angry letters to the BBC, transcripts of council meetings, even a recipe. There are flow charts, maps, TV scripts, timelines, Shakespearean plays... and, of course, intensely passionate and vocal opinions about the entirety of Doctor Who. You may not agree with everything that's said in this book – indeed, I hope you don't! – but the end result is something intensely personal that every Doctor Who fan will find resonates with them in some way.

The watchword of the project is diversity. That's one of the great strengths of fandom: put ten fans in a room and you'll wind up with eleven opinions. And isn't that the great thing about Doctor Who? It's like the weather: endlessly discussable and if you don't like what's happening right now, there'll be something else along shortly. OUTSIDE IN captures that essence, both in terms of the show itself and also its many-splendoured fandom."

OUTSIDE IN debuts on November 23, 2012 with a launch at Chicago TARDIS 2012 ( 5% of the full retail price of all sales of the book will be donated to Avert, a UK-based HIV/AIDS charity (

Cover Price: $24.95 (p/b)
Release Date: November 23, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9882210-0-0
432 pages, 6" x 9"
Featuring contributions from:
ANDREW CARTMEL (DOCTOR WHO script editor, 1987-1989)
DAVID J. HOWE (DOCTOR WHO historian,  Telos Publishing co-founder)
DEBORAH STANISH (co-editor, Chicks Unravel Time)
GRAEME BURK (co-author, Who is the Doctor)
KIM NEWMAN (author, Anno Dracula series and DOCTOR WHO novella Time and Relative)
L.M. MYLES (co-editor, Chicks Unravel Time)
SHAUN LYON (Program Director, Gallifrey One convention)
TAMMY GARRISON (contributor, Chicks Dig Time Lords)
& 150 more!

ATB Publishing
P.O. Box 1863
Cockeysville, MD 21030

OT: Matt Wagner and the Shadow

I'm posting this article because Matt's experiences eerily parallel mine - the 1970's DC Comic, buying back issues (Archie's abysmal Radio Comics series in my case), the LP records (bought at a used book/record store in Bergenfield, NJ), the Steranko-covered Pyramid novels (bought at the Garden State Plaza before its steroidal growth)....

Straight from the Source: Matt Wagner Casts Light on The Shadow: Year One
PREVIEWSworld January 2013

Unlike Matt, I didn't become a comic book creator though. And he's absolutely spot-on when he says "The process of collecting comics used to involve a certain sense of mystery that's missing from today's fandom, where a quick internet search can hook you up with pretty much anything your budget can afford."  Late last year I decided to read the 1960s Belmont novels which set the Shadow in then-present day. After 30 years of looking for them and finding 3 or 4 in used bookstores, I completed my set in a few minutes on the internet.