Tagged: Bob Greenberger

Peter David’s New Novel Launches Crazy 8 Press

c8-final-logo1-300x247-3643009Crazy 8 Press exists because the founders — Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, Bob Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Aaron Rosenberg, and Howard Weinstein — have found selling their original works to mainstream publishers increasingly difficult. Illogical barriers have been erected and the website was conceived to directly connect the authors with the readers.

The concept was conceived by Friedman at last summer’s Shore Leave convention and now, a year later, the site is officially open for business this afternoon. Its initial offering is an original novel, The Camelot Papers, which is unrelated to David’s previous Camelot trilogy. The novel is available in all eBook formats in addition to Print on Demand.

At a launch panel Saturday at noon, the founders will outline their plans for the future, addressing issues such as frequency, backlist, and if non-member authors will be published through the site.  “It’s not a business,” Greenberger said. “It’s a consortium with a handshake binding friends together. Our goal is to have all our audiences come to one source to find our older and newer original works.”

To bring attention to the new operation and to raise much-needed funds for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the six authors will collaborate on a short story, written in shifts during the convention, based on an opening line supplied by a fan during Friday night’s Meet the Authors event.

Since most of the authors write for ComicMix, we’re particularly proud of their accomplishment.

ReDeus Brings the Gods — All of Them — Home

ReDeus Brings the Gods — All of Them — Home

Pop culture continues to find new and innovative ways to plant itself on the web and two of our contributors, Aaron Rosenberg and Bob Greenberger, along with fellow novelist Steven Savile, are trying something new. ReDeus is a new fictional world that will come to life on the Internet as a subscription-based site that will offer, for starters, three serialized stories set in a shared world. Not only that, they’re fundraising in an unusual way too, through Kickstarter.  We wanted to know more, so we digitally sat down with the three for a conversation.

Where’d the idea for ReDeus come from?

Steven Savile:
I was actually invited to the party after Aaron and Bob had already come up with the core concept of the gods and monsters returning, so it’s best I let them field this particular question.

Aaron Rosenberg: Me, it was all me! :)

No, seriously, it was Bob, our friend Paul, and I. We’d been talking about the economy, and writing projects, and the changing face of publishing, and we agreed that we needed to find new ways to get stories out to our audience. I had an idea about putting things up on the Internet, and Bob and Paul both liked the notion, so we ran with it. Then we started talking about the kind of world we’d want to build, something cool and unique and interesting with enough room for all of us to tell stories and then some. We all agreed that near-future was the way to go, and then the question was “how is it different from today? What changed?” I don’t remember which of us came up with “the gods were all real—and they’ve returned!” but the minute it was stated all three of us said “YES!!!” And we took it from there. Paul had to bow out, unfortunately, but Bob and I both already knew Steve and were already working with him on some other projects, so we approached him and he was happy to step in.

Bob Greenberger: Basically we had to forgo one Jew with a beard for a Swede with a beard. We think it’s an upgrade.

CMix: Why three writers rather than one of you?

Savile: Personally, I love the collective aspect of it. Writing is by necessity a lonely business but there is something very gratifying about the act of collaboration, the idea that what comes out of all three of us together is greater than what might emerge from my mind alone, or Bob’s or Aaron’s, plus it is an absolute delight to learn from these guys. They’re not only great people, they’re great friends, and how often in this life do we get to work with real friends? Not often enough would be my answer.

Rosenberg: Two reasons, really. First, the world is just so much richer for the three of us. I can come up with a world on my own—I’ve done it enough times—but that means it’s all from my perspective, my style, my tone. With three of us, one of us will come up with something and one of the others will say “Hm, that’s cool, but what if we do this to it?” and it’s something the first person never thought of but it makes everything that much better. We really build off each other’s creativity, crafting a setting that’s more complicated, more engaging, more exciting than any of us would have had alone.

The other reason is the scope of the project. Putting up a new piece of content every single day—if any one of us were to do this, he’d run himself ragged. With three of us, we can split that up. Each of us writes one storyline. Each of us handles one type of additional content. It becomes more manageable. And you get materials from three different viewpoints.

Greenberger:  I love collaboration and brainstorming so have a blank slate and starting to fill it in is very exciting. This is a huge concept worthy of deeper exploration, which three can do better than one. Who knows, maybe it will grow from there and more will be invited to come explore with us?


ComicMix crew at Lunacon this weekend

ComicMix crew at Lunacon this weekend

ComicMixers Amy Goldschlager, Bob Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Kim Kindya, Aaron Rosenberg, and Jen Rosenberg (at least!) will be at Lunacon, taking place this weekend at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.

Come on down and say hi. If you don’t see us at a panel or at halftime during the Masquerade, you’ll find us in the bar…

Bob Greenberger on being in Paul Levitz’s office on Wednesday

Bob Greenberger on being in Paul Levitz’s office on Wednesday

Want to know what was going on in Paul Levitz’s office on Wednesday? Bob Greenberger was there:

I had no inkling that going to DC Comics for meetings today would prove
a stroke of lucky timing. While meeting with Chris Cerasi on a project
we’ll talk about in a day or two, I received a call from DC’s President
and Publisher Paul Levitz. He heard I was around and could I stop up?

Bob also takes the time to talk about the changes Paul’s departure means for DC Comics Entertainment:

DC has lost its last guardian. He was the last executive to have the
power to prevent misguided interpretations of the characters that
remain the building blocks for the company. The freelancers have lost
someone who has been scrupulous in seeing to it they get every nickel
they’re entitled to and helped craft the first royalty plan and creator
participation plan. His depth of knowledge of the company’s history and
much of the character histories will be gone from the halls, forcing
the company to compensate him every time they need to pick his memory,
which will no doubt continue to happen long after the transition is

The time may have come for the change but not all change is for the
better.  Personally, I suspect Paul will be fine, happily reading at
his leisure and writing some good, solid stories heavy on plot and
character. DC will be a far different place in the months ahead and
there’s no guarantee what will come next. Paul, like the rest of us,
will have to sit and watch from the sidelines.

A little something for Peter David and Bob Greenberger

A little something for Peter David and Bob Greenberger

Due to wackiness at Google, the websites for Peter David and Bob Greenberger seem to have been delisted. We’re working on fixing it, and one of the best things we can do is to provide links to their sites so that Google knows they exist. So we’re doing our part.

If you have a web site, or a blog, or anything else like that, you can help by creating links yourself. The main link for Peter is http://www.peterdavid.net, and Bob’s is http://www.bobgreenberger.com. Even better, if you go deeper into their site and come up with a link to a particular article you like, that will help even more.

I-Con 28: ‘Under the Radar: Comics You’re Missing’

Among the exciting adventures at I-Con was a panel titled "Under the Radar: Comics You’re Missing." The panelists (Carl Fink, Bob Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Andy Weir, Bernie Hou, and me) and attendees came up with the following list, which we promised we’d post for reference. You should check them out if you aren’t reading them already:


Print Comics:

Of course, the real takeaway from the panel was that you should be getting your comics news and reviews from ComicMix.com!

Bob Greenberger on ‘The Essential Batman Encyclopedia’

Bob Greenberger on ‘The Essential Batman Encyclopedia’

I’ve directed you to Tom Spurgeon’s "Sunday Interview" series before, but this time around, the ol’ Comics Reporter has posted a special treat for ComicMix readers. Our very own Bob Greenberger, who most recently interviewed Bob Rozakis about his alternate-history project with Alter Ego and Back Issue magazines here on ComicMix, spoke with Spurgeon about his work on The Essential Batman Encyclopedia.

While Spurgeon and Greenberger chat at length about many interesting aspects of the Batman project that’s currently being hyped heavily in the lead-up to the release of The Dark Knight, I’ll admit that Greenberger’s discussion of life at the Weekly World News office was one of my favorite elements of the interview.

SPURGEON: I’ve always wanted to ask someone who worked there — what was your Weekly World News experience like?

GREENBERGER: Wild and chaotic and even more seat-of-your pants than Marvel under Bill Jemas. Our editor-in-chief Jeff Rovin would have us shoehorn in new stories the day before we were due on press. Our publishers sometimes changed their minds and wanted an entirely new cover story produced in two or three days. Yet, we got it down to a system where four of managed to edit, proof, layout and design the 48-pages every week without break too much of a sweat. The articles and columns rolled in, got scheduled and printed and we never had to stay late — okay, maybe once or twice. We were all incredibly optimistic at the newspaper fortunes as licensing deals were getting signed and we were reshaping the magazine for new audiences and then we got canceled, largely because I don’t think AMI ever understood the value of the brand until the week the news broke. It was an incredible delight and a heck of a lot of fun.

Head over to The Comics Reporter for the full interview.

On a side note, one has to wonder if Greenberger has ever tired of writing "Bat Boy" stories.

ComicMix at Lunacon 50

ComicMix at Lunacon 50

ComicMix regulars Bob Greenberger and Glenn Hauman will be speaking at Lunacon 50 this weekend in Rye, NY. Glenn will be there all three days, Bob will be there Saturday and Sunday, and there may be other ComicMix folks lurking about. Feel free to come up to any of them and say "howdy".

And yes, that is artwork by Wally Wood in the logo. When a convention’s been around for fifty years, they pick up stuff like that.