Titan’s Hard Day’s Fright hits stores

After much anticipation, A Hard Day’s Fright has finally landed in North American stores. To celebrate, I’ve posted my interview with one of the creative staff behind Marvel UK’s Real Ghostbusters comics, Dan Abnett.

Now, here’s the break-down of the book. First off, it’s smaller than I thought. I had it in my head that they’d be more the size of the UK annuals or at least standard comic size, but the perfect bound book is, well, see the above photo.

Inside are 21 stories and five of Dan Abnett’s Spengler’s Spirit Guides (Ghosts, Demons, Ectoplasm, Spooky Noises and Lost Cities.) Absent are the short strips and puzzles originally printed, in favour of the longer stories.

It’s great to see these in print, available to a continent of fans who haven’t seen them before. However, I was surprised to see that the comics are literally reprints – they appear to be scans taken from the old comics. The colours have a muted quality you see when you scan old comic prints as well as a hint here and there of the moire patterns caused by scanning the small dots of ink used to colour the pages. Don’t get me wrong, they look nice, with only one page with a colour shift blurring (caused by the printing process) and if they were in fact using scans, touching up was likely done. I was just surprised that original art wasn’t used – perhaps they weren’t available. We do know that a lot of the original art sheets can be found on the collectors market for sale.

Whatever the case (I’ll stop being a publishing nerd now), for $8.95 this is an excellent way for young and old fans to get their hands on some (likely) new Ghostbuster tales.

Interview: Dan Abnett

What with the release of Titan Book’s reprint of the Marvel UK comics, it seemed high time to post and interview we did with RGB writer and editor at Marvel UK, Dan Abnett.

Dan Abnett lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. After graduating from Oxford, he worked for a while as an editor of comics and children’s books before turning to writing full time. In the dozen or so years since then, he has written for a diverse range of characters – including Scooby Doo, Thunderbirds, Conan the Barbarian, Star Trek, the X-Men, Johnny Bravo, Batman, Rupert the Bear, Dr Who, Mr Men, The Terminator and Postman Pat. He created the popular series Sinister Dexter, which he continues to write, along with other strips (Atavar, the VCs, and Durham Red), for 2000 AD, and has recently finished a five-year run on the Legion of Superheroes for DC Comics. He is currently writing Majestic for Wildstorm. Dan has written nineteen novels for the Black Library, including the best-selling Gaunt’s Ghosts series and the Inquisitor Eisenhorn trilogy. His is currently at work on his latest, Horus Rising. Dan was voted Best Writer Now at the National Comic Awards 2003.

PC: I gather that the Real Ghostbusters stuff was early in your career – how did you come to write RGB for Marvel? About how many did you write?

Dan: I joined Marvel in the late eighties as a junior editor, and RGB was my first assistant editor assignment. A lot of the material, especially the text features, was generated editorially, and much of that fell to me. After I moved on to edit other comics (I was assistant on RGB for only a short time), I continued to write some of those text pieces, and also began to write comic scripts freelance. So, during the entire run, I wrote all the Spengler’s Spirit Guides, almost all of the Winston’s Diary stories, a fair number of the other text stories and… well, I’ve no idea how many strip stories I wrote. A lot.

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Whose house? My house…

To Whom it May Concern;

You’re upset that 88mph Studios hasn’t shipped the Ghostbusters: Legion hardcover yet – I feel your pain. I don’t have my copy either.

You’re unhappy that your complaints on message boards haven’t produced a result, even on 88mph’s own message board. Maybe you even sent an email and heard nothing. I empathize, but what can I do?

You’ve decided that your indignation with them gives you a reason to abuse my comment system to continue your complaints.

You are wrong.

If you had made your comment in a news post that actually related to the comic, I’d have let it slide. But you wanted people to read your comments, so you put it in the latest news post, which has nothing to do with the comments. To me that says you have no respect for me and my site. It says you think you have special privilege over everyone who visits here and contributes to the discussion of news properly.

Well, I have a special privilege too – it got it by paying for the site every month and maintaining it every day for the better part of a decade.

It’s called IP banning.

And if you ever do that again, I’ll use it.

Moranis album nominated for Grammy award

The nominations are out for the Grammy Awards, part 48, and everybody’s favorite 2005 singing cowboy, Rick Moranis, has be nominated. The Agoraphobic Cowboy is up for an award in the comedy (spoken or musical) catagory. Nominations for albums not available through traditional retail distribution is very new. The Agoraphobic Cowboy, which is available only through online purchase (either CD or direct download), is the first comedy album distributed this way to get the Grammy nod. The winners will be announced in the new year – stay tuned.