- Posted by Johanna on December 19, 2006 at 6:18 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Note to self: Do not eat KFC. Especially not when you’re already feeling crappy. Thankfully, these people appear to be feeling better.
In preparation for the upcoming release of the second Kat & Mouse book, Tokyopop editor Tim Beedle has begun posting behind-the-scenes art (link no longer available) from the series. I really enjoyed this charming tale of two schoolgirls solving mysteries, because the characters are modern, interesting, and snappy. It’s a pleasure to get to see what went into making them who they are.
Tom Spurgeon is running an end-of-year contest giving away the Strikeforce: Morituri series. Its premise, about soldiers given powers that will kill them, but no one knows exactly when, was ahead of its time but should fit right into a world that watches Heroes and Battlestar Galactica avidly. Personally, I recommend stopping reading when the writer changes from Peter B. Gillis to James Hudnall at issue #21 — it’s a distinct change, much for the worse.
Given that some of this work is what they weren’t paid for originally, I encourage readers to skip the books. If you need a more selfish reason, how about “I doubt that the stories have been wrapped up in any significant fashion, so you’re just going to be frustrated when they run out of inventory work to repackage.” My morbid curiosity wishes someone would sue — since they weren’t compensated, there’s some question whether the company even owned the copyright on some of the work they sold to Disney who then licensed to Checker — but I doubt it’s worth it monetarily.
Please note that former CrossGen creator Ron Marz is much nicer and optimistic than I am, saying
there’s really no reason to penalize Checker because Mark Alessi stiffed us. It would be great if the creators saw a little royalty money, or even just a token, but it’s really not something that Checker is responsible for. If you’re interested in the material, the best way to help out the creators is to pick it up, and show there’s an audience for it. If sales are decent, maybe there’s a little profit to go around.