Look, my book is not aimed at you. My book was aimed at them.
But I've since learned that it was always a vain gesture. Not only do those people not read, they are also a singularly egotistical, heartless, and self-interested bunch of bastards. Which is to say that they will gladly sacrifice your sons and daughters for their own profits because that's just what they do. They'll justify it in the name of liquidity, and no, that doesn't make any more sense to me than it does to you, and I have an MBA in finance and can tell you why they think it does.
Anyway, yes. We called the company Proletariat Comics.
I mean, we could have called it Fuck You! Comics, but I've always tried to be a little more subtle and clever than that.
If it helps, that name didn't do us any favors. We were trying to make one kind of political statement and wound up making one that was completely off-message. The moral of the story? Be careful with your metaphors, kids. Similes are much easier and safer to use.
Coming back to the story, Sally and I eventually suffered a series of house floods, and in the wake of that personal disaster, we had to close the company. It's a shame because I think my partner Jerry and I had--through trial and error--found a way to keep the company going indefinitely and grow our readership via Horizons Quarterly, but it just wasn't meant to be. Speaking personally, I'm still committed to the core concepts of self-publishing and digitial publishing that Proletariat was trying to use, but it's now 2014, and that's become the way of the world. At the time, it was a pretty experimental idea.
With all of that in mind, my friend Steve has allowed me to keep a Proletariat Comics History Page up on his server, and it's been there for longer than I've been writing a blog. If you're interested in what we did, it's all there.
|Jerry actually made this an animated banner. It's worth|
going to the site just to see it.
If you click through, you'll see a menu with pretty much everything we ever did over at PC LLC. If you're looking for a place to start, my personal favorites are:
- Jerry's first issue of Elvenkind. It's kind of a high school "coming of age" thing, but it's insane. And it has terrific art.
- The Adventures of Hiro Arturian, Samurai.
- Bronx Angel: Born Leader.
- Awesome Storm Justice 41. And indie superhero collaboration that I worked on with Steve and for which he continues to maintain his site.