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The Final Year [Shotgun Blurbs]
a year ago, I pitched a column called “Creator-Owned Spotlight” to a certain
person at a certain magazine in order to, uhh, spotlight some of the
creator-owned books that I felt were deserving of wider recognition. The
magazine ultimately turned non-responsive on the entire premise of the column
or on me pitching ideas in the first place or on who the hell knows what, so I
decided to repurpose what I felt was a decent bit of writing I’d done for the
first Danger Club sample I submitted.
my friend Keith
Silva joined me for this soiree and it became a recurring feature here at Thirteen Minutes. We renamed it “Shotgun
Blurbs” after organically stumbling onto that sobriquet. We were hyping the
newest monthly installment on Twitter and I think I said something like “Keith
Silva ‘shotgun blurbs’ Prophet” or
whatever the particular book was that month. We got plenty of appreciative RTs and decent
hit spikes, but ultimately decided to shutter the column after one year in
order to meet the caustic demands of our many financially non-feasible and non-accredited
writing assignments elsewhere.
to Keith for consistently delivering like a pro and enhancing Thirteen Minutes with a much different
voice occasionally booming from behind the megaphone. Here’s a message from
Keith and a link dump to reference for the entire set of entries. Thanks for
I want to thank
Justin for this opportunity to highlight creator-owned work. I feel we will
have succeeded if even one person hits on the idea that once in a while it's
better to put one's faith (and some cash) in the hands of a creator rather than
a corporation -- who roots for Dow Chemical anyhow?
The indies are in
ascendancy, let's try to keep it that way. Sales figures and box office
receipts don't determine quality, only popularity. If a thing is good, people
will come (eventually), they always do, and let's remember popularity is
fleeting as well. I want to read comics and not have an adjective like
'superhero' or 'mainstream' or 'DC' dictate the marketplace. Maybe that means I
live in a 'comic book,' who knows.
Justin called 2012,
'the year creator-owned comics won.' Here's hoping 2013 continues the
creator-owned groundswell and in ten years we'll all be watching Red Team, The
Massive, and Mind MGMT on the big screen or streaming an entire season at home.
And who knows, by 2023 we'll be due for an Iron Man reboot, so there's always