ALL PULP NEWSSTAND BULLDOG EDITION, 1/26/11
The Official Philip José Farmer Home Page
The big news this month is that Subterranean Press’ new collection, UP THE BRIGHT RIVER, will be shipping any time now. If you haven’t pre-ordered a copy, you might want to check out these two online reviews we’ve added to the site, one from SF Crows Nest and one from Strange Horizons.
One thing we forgot to mention is that with the publication of this book, the forthcoming books page is now empty! No new titles have been announced from any publisher. This is the first time this webpage has been blank in years, hopefully it won’t stay that way for long.
Today, January 26th, would have been Phil’s 93rd birthday. In honor of this I’m asking everyone to read a short story or essay by Phil. Then, if you are on facebook, go to this fan page. If you have not already, “Like” this page, and then you can write on the Wall. Post the title of the story or article you read tomorrow. Just something like, “In honor of Philip José Farmer’s 93rd birthday, I just reread his short story ‘Sail On! Sail On!’ today.”
Now, if you won’t have access to any of Phil’s work tomorrow, here is a link to one of his great short stories, The Sliced-Crosswise Only-on-Tuesday World. Or you can visit the articles page where you will find several “read it here” links.
For those of you who don’t use facebook, you can still participate. Read a story, then reply this email and tell me what you read. I will go to the Farmer facebook page and say, “My friend Tim Howller read the article ‘The Lord Mountford Mystery’ today in honor of Phil’s 93rd birthday.”
With any luck, so many people will see their friends reading a Farmer story tomorrow and posting about it, maybe we’ll get some to do it that are not on this newsletter list. Or how about this; 951 people currently “like” that fan page. Let’s see if we can make that number go up by the end of the day, let’s see if we can create any kind of buzz today.
One final note for you. The 30% off discount on the Estate Sale (which can go up to 50% off if you purchase multiple books) will end on February 9th. After that only the volume discounts will remain.
That’s all for now, don’t forget to read some Farmer today!
DOCUMENTARY ON ‘MOST HATED MAN IN COMICS HISTORY’ ANNOUNCED
Sequart Research & Literacy Organization is proud to announce a documentary film about the most hated man in comics history: psychiatrist Fredric Wertham.
Tentatively scheduled for an early 2012 release, Diagram for Delinquents: Fredric Wertham and the Evolution of Comic Books (directed by Robert A. Emmons Jr.) will study Fredric Wertham’s crusade to link comics with juvenile delinquency, which helped spur burnings of comics in the United States, Congressional hearings into the role of comics and juvenile delinquency, and the creation of the Comics Code Authority as a censoring body. The film will explore these events in light of comics’ subsequent evolution into more sophisticated material that is no longer primarily children’s fare. To illustrate this story, the film will use recreations and Wertham’s own files, almost none of which has ever been seen before.
(By the way, we’ve already lined up some great people to interview: Bart Beaty, Amy Kiste Nyberg, and Douglas Wolk!)
To make this film a reality and tell this important story, we’re asking for your help. We’ve set up a page on Kickstarter where you can pledge donations through 24 April 2011. In return for your generous help, we’re offering various rewards, from the movie poster and Wertham DVD to various Sequart products — and even an array of credits in the film. (Also, pledging through Kickstarter is currently the only way you can order our other upcoming documentary, Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, and our upcoming book on Planetary, Keeping the World Strange.) We’re looking for $6,000 in pledges, and even a dollar donation helps! Any money over our goal will be used to support Sequart’s overall book and film production.
Thank you for supporting this project and helping to ensure that this captivating and important chapter in comics history is told. For more information, go to kickstarter.com/projects/sequart/diagram-for-delinquents and fredricwertham.com.
THE FILM IN MORE DETAIL:
Beginning in the late 1940s, Wertham began publishing articles linking comics to juvenile delinquency. This work culminated in his now-infamous 1954 book, Seduction of the Innocent. Burnings of comics were reported across the US, and Congress held hearings into the matter, which helped spur the creation of the self-censoring body the Comics Code Authority (only just recently dropped by DC and Archie Comics).
Wertham was himself a contradiction. Although forever linked with artistic repression, he was a social crusader whose writings on the damaging effects of segregation were used as evidence in the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling. Although forever linked to the Comics Code, he claimed to be against censorship. Wertham developed his theories about comics while caring for juvenile delinquents, which biased his analysis by ignoring healthy juveniles who read comics — a fact that has caused his case to be often used as a negative example in statistical analysis. But his theories about comics, highlighting Wonder Woman’s themes of lesbianism and bondage, claims of Batman and Robin’s homosexuality, and the excesses of the era’s crime comics, had a lasting impact on the medium.
Wertham’s last book, in 1974, defended the culture of comics fanzines, almost as a belated and lackluster apology for his involvement in the by-then infamous Congressional hearings. This led to him being invited to speak at the New York Comic Art Convention, where the audience heckled him. He died in 1981.
Featuring interviews from comics scholars and professionals, this documentary will not defend Wertham. Instead, it seeks to place the wider story of Wertham and his effects on comics into a historical context.
The film’s title comes from Wertham’s own notes, in which he claimed comics provide a “detailed diagram for delinquents.”
ABOUT THE FILM’S CREATORS:
Diagram for Delinquency is written and directed by Robert A. Emmons Jr. It is produced by Robert A. Emmons Jr., Peter J. Gambino, Julian Darius, and Mike Phillips; with first assistant director Justin J. Emmons; first assistant camera Stephen P. McMaster; and production assistant Andrew Tan Mai. The film is produced in association with Gambino Boys Studios and Scifidelity Pictures.
ABOUT SEQUART RESEARCH & LITERACY ORGANIZATION:
Sequart’s first documentary film, Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods, was released in 2010 to widespread critical acclaim. Its follow-up, Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, is scheduled for release later this year.
Sequart is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting comic books as a legitimate artform. To this end, it publishes books, produces documentary films, and maintains online resources that encourage comics scholarship.
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