ELAYNE RIGGS: Polly wanna press release!

Elayne Riggs

Elayne Riggs is the creator of the popular blog Pen-Elayne on the Web. She was a founding member of Friends of Lulu, an organization dedicated to increasing the involvement of girls and women in comics, as readers and creators. She is married to inker Robin Riggs, with whom she shares two cats, and has odd love/hate relationship with Hillary Clinton.

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46 Responses

  1. Lori says:

    I completely enjoy the PodCasts. I look forward to the comic reviews, and I especially love the movie reviews! The site is really looking good, and much easier to navigate.

  2. Martha Thomases says:

    A good publicist knows that the purpose of a press release is to inspire the journalist to call back and begin to work on a story, not to be the entire story by itself.

  3. Elayne Riggs says:

    Thanks Lori, we're committed to continuing our site improvement! And I agree, Mellifluous Mike's podcasts are terrific.

  4. Elayne Riggs says:

    Just so, Martha. But who has time to make phone calls nowadays? :)

  5. Brigid Alverson says:

    I agree with Martha, and when I was a newspaper reporter, that's what I did. I have only recently started running press releases verbatim on my blog, and when I do, I start with a graf on what I think is interesting, then run the full release behind a cut. I often get a lot of comments on those posts, so the PR is really just the starting point for an interesting discussion.

  6. Tobey Cook says:

    I took your comments to heart about the press releases. I'm not keen on just parroting what the companies (especially Marvel and DC) send out to us. It makes it much more interesting when you take what they give you and flesh it out into content that works best for your site.

  7. Neil Ottenstein says:

    Ah! Munden's is back. That was a fun wild story. The Hilary Barta art was just stunning.

  8. Russ Rogers says:

    I've loved Hilary Barta's art for decades. And he was perfect for this story. Because for the longest time, no offense, I was under the mistaken notion that "Hilary" was female! Funny story. Great art. Thanks gang.

  9. Alan Coil says:

    Foody looks an awful lot like Homer Simpson. Has Hilary done any Simpsons work?

    • John Ostrander says:

      Foody looks like Homer? I don't see it, Alan. Anyway, The Barta Man has done a LOT of MB stories, quite a number with Foody.

    • Hilary Barta says:

      Alan- While I have worked for Bongo on several Simpsons stories (mostly for the Treehouse of Horror), other than the protruding eyes I don't see the homer in Foody. I created Foody with John many years ago, and I seem to recall that I was influenced by Phil Foglio's cartoony characters. But there is a bar patron in the story who resembles a lobotomized Cletus, the slack-jawed yokel. But then, all lobotomized slack-jawed yokels look alike.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Good to see Munden's again!And until I read the comment, I thought that "Hilary" was female, too.

    • John Ostrander says:

      Nope. Hilary is All Man — except when Foody practiced that spell on him. Ooh, that was ugly! The things Hils does for research!

      • Glenn Hauman says:

        Well, not all man. There was that freak accident with the pencil sharpener…

  11. Hilary Barta says:

    Glenn, I'm still all man–just a bit more on point, is all.Thanks for the feedback. I've always enjoyed drawing Foody. I think that John and I have done at least three before this one. John's scripts are always funny–and just a bit twisted. And how about those colors by Jason Millet? What a talent!

  12. Brian Churilla says:

    Looks great, Hil. I'd love to see you do a mini of your own making. Just a nice 4-issue mini of Barta goodness. That's all I ask.

    • Hilary Barta says:

      Everyone wants a piece of me. :)

      • Russ Rogers says:

        Foody was Munden's MagickerWhose spells could not be tragickerFoody, change back those LadiesOr I'll send you to Hades!You're worse than that Limwrecks Limricker!Hilary, thanks for this Munden's Bar story, the limericks and for many years of laughter and great art. Rock on!

      • Glenn Hauman says:

        If everyone wants pieces of you, I have shavings from that pencil sharpener.

  13. Wray, William says:

    More Barta! Aways a pleasure.

    • Mike Gold says:

      Lots more Barta along the way… I'd love to get that Bill Wray guy back at doing what he does best.At least, what he does best in public.

  14. Wray, William says:

    I miss drawing comics, to bad I took that job at Nick. I am writing a little…

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      If you ever wanted to draw a Munden's, I'm sure we could find a story that fits your particular sensibilities…

    • Hilary Barta says:

      Bill! Bill should very definitely do a story. He spent quite a few years in the 70s drinking in Munden's, so he wouldn't have to do any research. But you'll have to pay him big bucks to get him off his yacht.

  15. Greg Gill says:

    A drooling simpleton on every page. That's why we all love a Hilary Barta story. This one had horny, gender-swapping freaks, too. Thank you, John Ostrander. Outstanding!

  16. =shane white= says:

    Awesome shtuff guys, as usual!I think William Wray's doing just fine…as in "Fine Art". Though I agree…I miss yer comics work too.=s=

  17. Wherle says:

    Fun story from Ostrander. Awesome art from Hil, as always. Kudos, gents!

  18. Paul RENAUD says:

    It really tastes like a good Wally Wood story. Excellent job! I hope we'll see more from the team Ostrander/Barta soon (let's not forget the brillant coloring job!)

  19. Jon B. Cooke says:

    Great story with the usual superb art job by the incredible Hilary Barta. Yow, what an old-school ink line that boy's got! Thanks, H.B., for the tip.More, sir, MORE!!!

    • Hilary Barta says:

      By "tip" I trust you are not referring to the aforementioned incident with the pencil sharpener. And I'm working on more Munden's as we speak. Er…type.

      • Russ Rogers says:

        ROCK ON! That is some very cool news! Here's hoping the only shakes in your hands are frosty and delicious!

  20. raf says:

    OOOOH man, a Munden's Bar story! Love it, love it, love it! Hilary, you rocked the house with your usual flair this time! And when I say "flair" I'm not talking about your inking tools, baby! Nice work. More, please. Much more…

  21. Mark McKenna says:

    I feel priviledged to be invited to the dance(being sent a link). Hilary, thanks for even having my email, let alone sending the link to this great story along. I always smile when looking at your art. Thanks for sharing…

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      Mark! So when are we getting a story out of you? (Or rather, another one– I remember the one you did back in the First days…)

  22. Marc_Hansen says:

    Haven't seen your stuff in a long time (I've been out of it for a while), but it looks like you haven't been slackin' off. Prime, grade-A comics stuff!

  23. Jason Millet says:

    Wow! Paul Renaud complimenting my colors! Okay– my day was just made!Jason

  24. Mark McKenna says:

    Hey Glenn- Whats the dilly with Munden's stories? Is it a paying gig? Shits 'n giggles? Im sure at some point I would like to visit the Bar again.

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      Of course it's a paying gig. You think we attract this kind of talent for free?Okay, we do attract this kind of talent for free. But we figure it's only polite. I'll email you privately.

  25. Mark McKenna says:

    You have my email, Im guessing?

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      Yep. And a copy of your DNA structure from when you touched your keyboard to read the site. We're very thorough. (Did you know you're an 11% genetic match to Darwyn Cooke? Must have a common ancestor somewhere…)

      • Hilary Barta says:

        We're all originally descended from Herriman, McCay and Segar. It's cool that this is turning into a Munden's recruitment board. While were at it, Brian Churilla, Shane White, Paul Renaud and Marc Hansen would all draw nifty Munden's stories, too.At Munden's, a divey space bar, more guys drank than women by far So Foody, on bender threw genders in blender Now psyches of all bear a scar