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Tuesday, 19 May 2009


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Have you ever read Destroy!?

Martin Wisse

Three Dimensional Destroy!


I haven't! I came to Zot! late (being all of eight when it started) and never could lay my hands on a copy. It's become sort of a holy grail for me. (I even have Google Alerts for it and popular downloading sites, just in case anyone ever slaps it on the internet.) I mean, I know what it's about, but I've never gotten to read the damn thing. In other words:



Send me your mailing address, Scott. I have a spare.

[Maybe the only truly comic-book geeky thing I ever did was buy more than one copy when I found it. Now I know why.]


Seeing that letter page makes me wonder, did you ever read Teri Wood's wandering star? I came across it a couple of years ago, and just fell in love with it.

It doesn't break technical ground in any particular way, but it seems like a great example of art that is on the boundary between fan/amateur and professional. Its clearly a labor of love, and reading the letters column is a view into just how much glamor (or lack there of) there was in being an indy comic book artist in the early 90s.

Great characters, a plot that is loving re-telling of the standard space opera plot and art that is stylized but occasionally fantastic in the ability to communicate emotions.


I appear to have lost my link. You can see the first 4 issues as pdfs here:

Scott McCloud


I just wanted to say that I agree with you. If I had my druthers, I would have published not just the letters, but the mini-comics and competitions from the back of each Zot! The community that we created and saw grow through those interactions makes me think that some of my more outlandish claims in Reinventing Comics will one day come to pass. I wish that I could have included those interactions in the collected works, but I was an early adopter of what's now called Creative Commons. The copyright for those letters belongs to their authors, not me or Eclipse, so republishing those pages involves contacting every person whose work appeared in them (or their relatives, given that those letters are now twenty-five years old) and getting permission to reprint them. You can imagine how impossible (and legally perilous) that would quickly become. But I did talk about the effect that community had on Zot! in the collected edition, so I don't think people will come away from it believing that I did anything other than stumble into whatever it is I am now. If that happens to be the next Hemingway or Fitzgerald, I won't argue with you. (Ivy might.)

Good luck with your class next semester.


J. L. Bell

Oh, geez, more reading lists! Or, as we might someday say, canons.

Timothy Callahan, "The Best of Morrison/The Worst of Morrison."

Bill Reed, "My Top Ten Grant Morrison Comics Can Beat Up Your Top Ten Grant Morrison Comics."

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