After more than a decade of working on what he hoped would be a definitive look at the life and career of comics artist Wally Wood, Bhob Stewart had a falling out with his publisher, Fantagraphics, and the long delayed book was delayed even longer. Eventually, it was released from Twomorrows as AGAINST THE GRAIN in 2005 in what Bhob apparently considered an overly-censored version. It sold well and when it went out of print, prices for copies skyrocketed. Bhob spent years reworking it, though, with an eye toward republishing an even better version. He went so far as to solicit all-new material from a number of folks, myself included. He even hooked back up with Fantagraphics.
Then, this past February, he died.
Now Amazon is showing this book, clearly the book Bhob had been working toward. No information as yet other than what's at the link. I don't even know if my chapter made the cut. I do know that Bhob loved it and that meant a lot to me. He wrote me and raved about it and asked for an "About the Author" paragraph, which I duly sent just a few months before his passing.
Hey, if Bill Watterson came make a one-off comeback this past week, so can this blog. If you find yourself anywhere in the vicinity of the New York Comic Fest in White Plains, New York on Saturday, June 14th, you really should go see Steranko, Paul Levitz, Larry Hama and David Spurlock--great raconteurs all! But in this case even better as you can see from the above poster. They'll be talking about Wally Wood! For 90 minutes! Go pack your things now!
HOORAY FOR WALLY WOOD will be going on hiatus for the foreseeable future. Thanks for everyone's support over these past few years. The site will remain up and comments will still be accepted but there will be no new posts going forward. I'm leaving that open to change however so the site is not closed...just taking a long break.