I’ve got the most severe case of writer’s block at the moment, which is why posting has been so sporadic. Many apologies. I was going to churn out a linkblog post but I think I just tripped over the only thing that needs linking at the moment. I give you Chris Mautner’s interview with Raw and Toon Books founder Francoise Mouly:
Mautner: Thatâ€™s interesting considering how companies like Scholastic now have their own comic book line.
Mouly: Actually Scholastic is a case in point. I went to see them in 2003 and offered Toon Books to them. The range of what I was offering at the time also included Bone because I had talked to Jeff [Smith] about doing Toon Books and wanted to show [Scholastic] a comic thatâ€™s perfect for the eight-nine year olds. And they had turned Bone down as not something that they wanted to do. Then they looked at my proposal and the response came back, â€œOh thatâ€™s great, itâ€™s beautiful. Weâ€™ll reconsider, weâ€™ll take Bone because we know we can do something with that. But the rest, eh. Too much work.” So a lot of what youâ€™re seeing now is the direct result of the efforts we made.
That interaction I must say was incredibly unpleasant because it also came with “Oh, and by the way you should ask Jeff Smith for a cut.” No thank you, heâ€™s our friend. “If you really want to work for us,” says the head of Scholastic, “You could help us do the comic book version of Shrek 2.” (laughs)
Mautner: And of course you jumped at that.
Mouly: You have Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly in your office and theyâ€™re begging to be in your employ so of course you find them the perfect thing. The comic book adaptation of the movie which is a sequel of an adaptation of a book by a cartoonist? Yes, of course, weâ€™re going to jump on that.
That’s Gold, Jerry.
Apologies in advance to my friends at Scholastic, but OMG.