posted on Jan, 10 2006 @ 12:03 AM
Originally posted by benevolent tyrant
I was there. I know. Just as I know you, Mike. Good to see you again.
I will begin at the ending because of its significance to what will follow.
It's good to see you and I know you also, oh Benevolent Tyrant... and I'm not speaking about the talking horse.
The last email you sent me was promptly swallowed by a computer crash after reading it and I had no way to answer you. Your benevolence is
omnipotent beyond measure, it would appear.
I still tell the story of how we were once overcome by the odors emitting from ether based markers as we prepared posters for a high-school campaign
in your basement. How you turned to me in our bewildered state as you lettered a title and asked: "How do you spell 'L'?". I remember every
small measure of benevolence you exhuded to everyone around you during our magical years in Detroit. I remember your sweet and gracious mother often
and miss her dearly. Such warm memories are eternal to me.
Well Mike, it's great to see a "notable" from the world of comic-art on ATS. First off, I would think that a forum on comics would be greatly
enriched if comic book artists, such as yourself, would actively participate in a comic book forum with specialized threads dealing with various
topics of interest between comic book fans and the actual creators of comics and others in the industry. ATS is the perfect venue for such an
addition to the comics forum.
Perhaps this could be an issue that could be discussed. We might come up with some ideas that could be used to help bring a true dialogue between the
comic art genre and those who appreciate it as a beautifully unique art form.
As you know from my website, I champion a vision for the comics medium as a communicative and educational enterprise that will bring about the last
great socio-political-economic rEvolution to our beleagured civilization. These issues are primordeal to all of us today - and disseminating them
through the comics internet forums is a major underpinning to the path I walk. Though I can't make a promise as to the logevity of such an effort -
as I live in a volatile personal time-stream - I will gladly embark on it with you - and the forum members/visitors - and sustain it for as long as it
will be humanly possible... and even beyond that, if you know what I mean.
To reply to your post, Mike, let me say that my list is composed of people who I developed from my own position in that cauldron of comic art
creativity that was Detroit in the 1970's. I don't know what was in the water in the Metro Detroit area at that time but for a brief time in the
70's, Motown was, for all intents and purposes, Gotham City or Metropolis. There was an incredibly active fandom in Detroit that was amazing to
behold. The first comic book convention == ever ==, the Detroit Triple Fan Fair was held in Detroit at the dawn of that decade and Detroit was
transformed into a city where, for many, "escape" from a dreary, grey city during perilous times meant finding refuge the Marvel or DC comic book
universe. I was there. I know. Just as I know you, Mike. Good to see you again.
You have concisely described the cauldron from which comics fandom emerged into the world, oh wise and benevolent one. There are those who believed
they knew what was in the Motown water which contributed to this cataclismic phenomenon. During some of my own excursions into the expanded
awarenesses they pointed to, I also thought to disseminate these same controvercial substances into the waters of all of the major cities of the world
- back then. I've since, however, come to see the folly of this method of raising the public consciousness. It is too big a task and quite dangerous
given the volatile reactions so many would have under such influences.
The comics are a far more potent consciousness-raising drug and they offer a measure of safety that the others don't. There has never been one
instance recorded of a fatal comics overdose. And though they could lead to harder substances such as high budget special effects films and mass
online computer gaming, I believe such addictions are much easier thwarted than their counteparts in the underworld.
Good to speak with you again, my friend, and I look forward to more of the same in the time ahead.