January 1, 2016 – Happy New Year!

Posted by Bill Schelly on January 1, 2016

Now that the “buzz” over my Harvey Kurtzman bio has died down, and we’re in the “lull” before the Otto Binder biography is re-issued on June 7, 2016, there hasn’t been a lot to write about here at billschelly.net…. but, I certainly don’t want to miss the chance to wish all of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Whatever kind of year 2015 was for you, it’s now time to look forward to what 2016 will bring.

Although I’ve said that Harvey Kurtzman, The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America is my Magnum Opus, I haven’t said what sort of books or other writing projects are in my future. The only thing I know for sure is that, in the short term, I wasn’t ready to tackle anything that massive again. So I’m now working on a somewhat smaller, but no less exciting, *SECRET PROJECT* that should be out in early 2017.

Meanwhile, I’m excited to be bringing back the Otto Binder biography, now titled Otto Binder, The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary. While this second edition is largely the same in terms of text and illustrations as the first edition in 2003, it differs in a number of ways: errors in the original text have been corrected; the Endnotes have been expanded; additional material has been added to give more attention to certain aspects of his creative life; new photographs are presented; and, in the Appendix, several pages from Binder’s personal records are displayed. While it may not qualify as an “expanded edition,” the improvements in this new edition give the reader a more complete portrait Otto Binder’s life and work. In short, it’s worth picking up even if you have the original book, especially at the affordable $19.95 price.

I’m also putting together new Comic Fandom Archives columns for Alter Ego magazine from TwoMorrows Publishing. My seven-part tribute to Gordon Love, publisher of the Rocket’s Blast-Comicollector, returns with A/E #140. As long as Roy Thomas wants to continue publishing it, and fans keep supporting it, I’ll be aboard. I hope you’ll be there, too.

This is a good time to thank everyone who’s reading my books and articles. I couldn’t do what I do without you, and if I wasn’t able to write about comic books, I’d be lost. The response to Harvey Kurtzman was wonderful, and so was everything that came from its publication: book store appearances, the panel at Comic-Con International with Gary Groth, reviews in Playboy, Rolling Stone and Atlantic, print interviews in Comic Book Creator and elsewhere, an interview on NPR, and on and on. It’s been a special year for me, one full of friends and family. I don’t know how 2016 can possibly be as good, but even if not… to paraphrase Humphrey Bogart, “I’ll always have 2015!”

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