Harlan Ellison on the Writers Guild Strike Settlement

Glenn Hauman

Glenn is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics. He's also what happens when a Young Turk of publishing gets old.

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19 Responses

  1. Greg says:

    I always enjoy reading Harlan's comments, but the problem is, I'm never quite sure where he stands.

  2. mike weber says:

    Yeah. He and Rush Limbaugh seem to share an inability to really open uip and tell us what they think.

  3. Marilee J. Layman says:

    Hey, you could use a more accurate picture!http://dd-b.net/cgi-bin/picpage.pl/dd-b/SnapshotA

    • Alex Jay Berman says:

      If I remember what I heard correctly, that was taken when Harlan was decidedly under the weather, and swollen something fierce.A better–and I believe more recent–pic can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/2qpm3dIf you contact the photographer, Steve Barber (barbergallery@verizon.net), and tell him I sent ya, he'll probably be happy to let you use the picture.

      • Marilee J. Layman says:

        I saw Harlan several times a day at that con, and he definitely didn't seem sick. He groped the usual number of young women.

        • Alex Jay Berman says:

          Well, I can't speak to his comportment, but I DO remember a posting on his message board a couple years back in which he said he had had some kind of illness or reaction to something which caused his face to swell badly, and that picture would seem to confirm it.It was temporary, though; the man simply doesn't look like that.

    • Rick Marshall says:

      I like the picture I chose for this article, to be honest. If we were providing a news report about an actual event Ellison attended or such, I would certainly want a more current photo (preferably of him at the event), but since the image is simply providing a reference point for the letter, this photo is one of the more widely recognized of Ellison and, by my judgment, provides greater potential for readers to connect the man to his words.I hope this explains why that image was chosen.

      • Mike Gold says:

        I think this is an interesting picture; Harlan sort of looks like Zorak from Space Ghost Coast-To-Coast.

        • Marilee J. Layman says:

          Mike, is everybody having to sign in once a day or is it just me? This started a few days ago, at roughly the same point that I got a new update of Firefox. My cookies look fine.

          • Mike Gold says:

            First I've heard of it. I haven't used Firefox since the last Safari update, but — as Brian keeps telling me — every browser update carries with it its own unique problems. Check us out with another browser, just for giggles. Then email your problem, your browser and version number, and your operating system and version number to us via the "Contact Us" button at the bottom of the page.Two Post Toasties box-tops would help.

          • Marilee J. Layman says:

            I'll try it tomorrow. I've been able to post as much as I want once I'm signed in until the next day. Not the next opening of Firefox, I just tried that between my post and this one.

          • Alan Coil says:

            First time I noticed the Sign Out link. Observant cuss, ain't I?I'm using the old Firefox; haven't updated to the latest because this old computer (Windows 98se) is on its last legs anyway, so why bother. Not every day, but frequently, the site doesn't recognize me, and I have to click on 'Existing Member' if I decide to post.

          • Marilee J. Layman says:

            Hmmm, I didn't have this happen until just a few days ago. But it sounds like it's not the new Firefox. I'll wake up IE tomorrow and try it then.

  4. John Ostrander says:

    As much as I admire Mr. Ellison — and I do — there's damn little reason in this rant. He says it's a suck deal without really giving his reasons. I've read other explanations in other places — Mark Evanier as an example — and generally I see some explanation as to why this or that person thinks the deal is okay or not. Mr. Ellison does very entertaining rants but it doesn't convince me the deal is actually bad.

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      I think Harlan explained quite well what he didn't like:* 17 day window's too long (which I agree with, I know what traffic numbers look like after that long).* No concurrent expiration date with SAG.* No addition control of their writing, possessory credits, etc.* Neglecting the animation and reality writers.The interesting question is whether this changes the final equation.

  5. Alan Coil says:

    The point that most underwhelms me in the contract is the 17 days before the money starts going to the writers. Seems to me that most downloads will be in the first week or so, so the potential for writer payments will be mostly gone by then.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Pretty funny coming from the guy who fucked about 150 writers out of potential royalties that they could have made off of Dangerous Visions 3.