Spank the Monkey: On The Comic Market #1
Part One: THIS IS WHO WE WERE. Taking a hard, scathing, look at the comic market, our two pesky little monkeys (Spank and Shock) make some startling revelations, some unsettling realizations, and then offer some sensable resolutions on how to fix all the difficult jams the direct market seems to have put themselves in today. In this issue Spank delves into comic history showing us all how the market has evolved and grown linked to itself in some pretty weird and insestuous ways. Would the direct market have existed today if it wasn't for the Comic Code Authority? What does Mad magazine have to do with sparking the Underground Comix movement? The answers may surprise you as we explore comics' jaded, but sometimes wonderous, past. Further comparing the market's ups and downs to a game of Russian Roulette, Spank chillingly reveals that we have the gun to our head once again, and this time just might be the fatal pull. Is there hope? Featuring a highly detailed, colorful, wrap-around cover showcasing our monkeyboys as twenty-eight of comics' greatest characters, this book is ALL Shock and Spank, informative as well as entertaining, and the first part of a trilogy on comics, as both business and artform, geared to make you think and discuss who we were, what we are now, and where we can go from here.
Spank the Monkey: On The Comic Market #2
In Part 2; "This Comic Book State Of Mine", our two monkeys, Spank and Shock, continue to take a no-holds-barred look at the real underbelly of the comic book market. This issue focuses on the present day situation as our two opinionated little monkeys look at the prospects of retailing, self publishing, AND trying to understand why the market is in the shape it's in (here's a hint: EVERYONE'S to blame!), as well as try to find comics they actually enjoy reading. This opinionated and biting perspective includes many actual events personally experienced by the artist, and makes no apologies for the conclusions given. If you are at all interested in a differing opinion as to why comics are where they are today this book is a must!
Spank the Monkey: On The Comic Market #3
"This Is Who We Should Be." Finally, the concluding chapter of The Monkeyboy's hard look at this crazy comic market. Even if you haven't read the other two chapters in this series, the first covering comic's history, the second on the market's current condition, you won't believe the third! Spank and Shock have tried retailing and self publishing, they've ranted (and some say "whined") about how the market is, now it's time to stop ranting and start offering some solid suggestions on what the market can do to better themselves, not just as an art form, but as a solid entertainment business. Logical discussions on such topics as "Comics and the media", "Breaking Comics' stereotypes", "Comics' need to become multi-cultural", "De-boobing Comics" as well as what we as individuals can do to raise this art form into another golden age. You might not agree with these opinions, but this book will definately make you think about them, and dares you to care. "Can you handle the truth?" Mature Readers. Contains actual mature opinions, along with mature language and images.
Spank the Monkey: On The Comic Market #1-3
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