Sunday Morning Chat

revengeWelcome back to Ye Olde Blog! I hope everybody’s weekend is going well – I’m getting my supplies together for next weekend’s Free Comic Book Day event. I’ll be at Avalon Comics in Macon, Georgia, selling and signing copies of my work. Artist Craig Hamilton will be there as well and I’m looking forward to meeting him. Craig worked on Aquaman (1986), Green Lantern (1990), Starman (1994) and The Spectre (2001), among many other things. Should be fun! If you’re in the middle Georgia area, please consider stopping by and saying hello.

Work continues on the fifth volume of Lazarus Gray. The fourth volume has been sent to George Sellas, who will read over it and come up with ideas for the cover & interior images. As you may have noticed, Reese Unlimited is the only imprint at Pro Se Press still doing the interior art thing. Airship 27 still does it on their titles, as well, but otherwise most folks in New Pulp land seem to be moving away from it. I still like it, though – the classic pulps of the 1930s featured interior pieces and I think it adds something to the package. I have, however, heard from folks who think that interior art (along with “comic book style” covers) keep the books from reaching a wider audience. If I were writing stories set in the modern day,  I might agree with that more — but would a huge audience buy Die Glocke if it had a different cover and no interior art? I don’t know about that. What do you guys think?

Spent most of this week reading non-pulp stuff but I’m going to dive back into a classic Shadow novel this weekend. Not sure which one yet. As always, I’ll share my opinions of it on The Shadow Fan’s Podcast.

I really miss the New Pulp Bestseller List. I did it for well over a year, every Monday here at the blog, before turning it over to All Pulp. Then All Pulp ground to a halt shortly thereafter. They’re still alive and supposedly about to do a big reboot with new owners but I haven’t heard about them continuing the list. Even when it was at All Pulp, I felt the focus was becoming less focused. There were things on the list that required a really broad definition of pulp and there were weeks you could have renamed the entire thing The Sherlock Holmes Bestseller List. Then I heard that the White Rocket Podcast was going to be doing a list but I haven’t heard anything about that since. All of that is a long way of me saying that I’ve considered reviving it here… but the big thing is that it was a lot of work to do it. I originally set out to focus on the ‘core’ New Pulp publishers (Pro Se, Wild Cat, Airship 27, etc.) and I’d probably do it that way again, which wouldn’t sit well with those who think we need to broaden the net, so to speak. I think if you broaden it too much, you lose sight of the core group to begin with. Ah, well. It’s likely I won’t do anything about it — I did my time. It’s someone else’s moment now… but it sure seems weird not to have a list out there anymore.

Hope you all have a nice and relaxing weekend (or what’s left of it!).

3 Comments on “Sunday Morning Chat

  1. Broadening the net can be a double-edged sword. One of the nice things about the New Pulp bestseller list is that it helped draw attention to other books and publishers. Anything with Sherlock Holmes or Doc Savage in the title doesn’t really need additional attention. These are fairly mainstream properties (Holmes moreso than Savage), but stuff like Sovereign City, Dillon, etc. aren’t.

    • Agreed. Some people want us to lose the New Pulp label entirely because they see it as marginalizing – which is what broadening the net is leading toward.

  2. Personally, I LOVE the illustrated book/anthology/pulp, and I’ve been SO happy to see its return in many ways in recent years.. but then, I AM an illustrator first (writer second), so I’m biased, I admit. Well, I for one love the different new and old illustrative styles I’m seeing applied to the New Pulp genres and can’t wait to get my first taste of some of your books, Barry (I only just ran across your work last week for the first time). Myself and Kane Gilmour, the writer of my webcomic, are releasing our own first New Pulp anthology (Warbirds of Mars; Stories of the Fight!) later this month, and we have a different illustrator for eaach of the 14 stories, so I hope we contribute to the trend of illustrated pulps and keep the momentum going!

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