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Fifteen years ago, when Franco Urru and I were both trying to start a career in comics - something at which he brilliantly succeeded, and I, well... - I was very impressed with the writing of one Dennis Mallonee, author and publisher of a number of comics based on then-popular gaming superhero characters (Flare, the Huntsman, the League of Champions, etc.) He struck me as taking superhero comics in a psychologically credible and well-conceived direction which resembled some of what I was striving for. I became a vocal fan and eventually wrote - and Franco part-drew - a five-part story for him, set in Italy in 1934. Alas, what I had not yet understood was that Mr.Mallonee, while a writer of talent and originality, was, without exception, the worst publisher in the world. His talent for getting decisions wrong and losing his public proved unparalleled; and his publishing company ceased operations - for the second time - before our strip got to the printers (although a few people somewhere may still have the distributor's list that announced it).

Cut to this year. And to give credit where credit is due, Mr.Mallonee does have one virtue as a publisher: persistency. Guess who announced - for the third time that I know of - the publication of a whole string of new and reprinted comics, including this one: http://www.heroicpub.com/previews/hs01.php?sid=090923812J ?

I sincerely wish him the best of luck. I have been paid for the story years ago, I have no complaints about the way he dealt with me down the years (which, where publishers are concerned, is unique!), and I am actually quite happy with the story I wrote for him. If he actually manages to publish it, I shall not be in the least embarrassed. And, as I said, he is a writer of unusual interest and talent, and I certainly do not mean to withdraw the favourable reviews and letters I have written at various times. Even if I did not have an interest, however small and remote, in his success, I would still want him to succeed because his is the kind of writing I want to see more of. And if - per impossibile - he should succeed this time, the story he is publishing includes a character that is my own property, and I should not be unhappy to get back to her.

Date: 2009-09-23 02:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stigandnasty919.livejournal.com
I'll look out for that. Hasn't Flare been going for years with one publisher or another?

Where else did you have work published?

Date: 2009-09-23 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fpb.livejournal.com
Only self-published, I'm afraid. And the various names and places you remember Flare being published at are simply the various incarnations of Dennis' Heroic Publishing.

Date: 2009-09-23 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mentalguy.livejournal.com
For what it's worth, I'm pleased to say that I now have a paid-for electronic copy of Heroic Spotlight #1 on my computer.

Date: 2009-09-23 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fpb.livejournal.com
Should Dennis perform as per precedent, and the subsequent issues never materialize, I have an electronic copy of the script.

Date: 2009-09-23 07:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] inverarity.livejournal.com
So, I'm confused -- is this an actual published comic, or is it vaporware right now?

(Okay, I clicked through the links -- apparently I can download a PDF version. For $1.50, I may check it out. But is it actually available in comic stores in dead trees format?)

Date: 2009-09-23 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fpb.livejournal.com
Considering that it claims to be available in February 2010, I rather think that the presses are not turning yet. Besides, given Dennis Mallonee's record (this is the third time in fifteen years, at the very least, that this particular comic is advertised for sale), I would not want to put too much confidence in eventual dead tree publication. If the worst comes to the worst, get in touch and I'll let you have a copy of the original script, and (if by then I have a scanner that works) of Franco's original art for the first two chapters.

Date: 2009-09-23 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] affablestranger.livejournal.com
I wish Dennis good fortune, and I wish you good fortune as well.

*sends good fortune*

Date: 2009-09-23 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fpb.livejournal.com
Merci bien, mon ami.

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