Elliot's Monography

Elliot S! Maggin’s Weblog

San Diego Comic-Con July 17 - 21 2019
Tue July 9, 2019
Signing stuff, selling books, and cool hats and a high-powered panel Saturday night
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I’ll be at table FF-03 in Artist’s Alley most of Comic-Con this year, flying the flag. My spot is next to my buddy Larry Houston. Last Son of Krypton, Miracle Monday, An Enemy’s Gift and Not My Closet are the books I’ll be hawking along with a boatload of very cool hats. No more to say about those but come see them.
And I'm on a panel on comic book history past and future 6:30 Saturday with a bunch of high-powered guys. Check this out ...

Comics and Comic Convention Historians: The Next Generation
Publishers, artists, writers, convention producers, distributors, historians, fans, and exhibitors are a big part of comics. A new wave of comic historians is growing and getting younger! With their energy and ideas, they're changing the comics industry for the better! Steve Geppi, CEO Diamond Comics, 2018, donated Geppi Entertainment Museum to the Library of Congress and is publisher of the Comic Book Price Guide. Greg Koudoulian, early SDCC film program contributor produced the first comic convention in LA and is the recipient of the Shel Dorf Comics Archives. Elliot S! Maggin, DC Comics Superman writer of 1970s–80s, is also author of the Last Son of Krypton and Miracle Monday. Alonso Nunez, CEO and founder of Little Fish Comic Book Studio, is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts. Mike Royer, one of Comic-Con’s very first guests, was Jack Kirby's longest sidekick and prolific inker. Terry Stroud, dealer at all San Diego Comic-Cons, is a comics historian and former convention producer. Bill Morrison was MAD magazine’s executive editor 2017–2019 and National Cartoonist Society President 2016–2019. Josh Geppi is the founder of Sapphire Studio, special advisor for Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, and president of Diamond International Galleries. Matt Dunford is president of Little Fish Comic Book Studio and chairman of San Diego Comic Fest.
Saturday July 20, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 2

Guess Who ... ?
Mon July 1, 2019
A nip from the next novel.
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Behind schedule but coming soon anyway ...

But the invisible man who pops into my head the most is the guy in the gray prison fatigues. He spent his life in and out of prison, mostly getting slapped in there by the Alien and breaking out to pull off whatever hijinks he fancied in the moment. He was the guy who kept a collection of crazy mechanical devices – from a transport that travels underground to a fully functional solar-powered starship that could detect wormholes for a light-year around – sprinkled around the countryside, many hidden in plain sight. This guy had a giant flying robot with jets in its feet and rocket launchers in its forearms, and it’s hidden in the guise of a twelve-foot statue of the Alien in front of the courthouse in a little town at the southern tip of Illinois. Of all my invisible men, I think the guy in the gray fatigues was the happiest.

How comics are going south
Fri December 14, 2018
Piece from a Facebook post of 12/9/2018
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What you’ve got are a bunch of people who are in a marginally remunerative business only because they love it, each intent on establishing a personal legacy. So everyone who contrives to find himself in a position of some influence takes it upon himself to make massive changes.

The problem is that what they are building upon is an enormous heritage of popular culture and public awareness, the kind of foundation no amount of money can buy. Clark Kent is a more prominent journalist than Isikoff, Woodward, Hanity and Edward R Murrow for heaven’s sakes combined. Superman is more famous than the president – whoever is president. So when you walk into that house intent on changing everything you’re going to get blown away pretty surely.

The key is not to impose your notions of immortality on an immortal icon, but simply to build on the heritage in place. That’s what works. Nothing else does. The character's origin has been told and retold by better storytellers than you. So add to it; don’t start by throwing it out.


Stitcher Link
Tue August 7, 2018
One of the online content clearinghouses that carry Elliot’s podcast
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Listen to StitcherListen to Elliot making stuff up

All posts since 2/2/2016:

Tue July 9, 2019 San Diego Comic-Con July 17 - 21 2019
Signing stuff, selling books, and cool hats and a high-powered panel Saturday night
Mon July 1, 2019 Guess Who ... ? (+1)
A nip from the next novel.
Fri December 14, 2018 How comics are going south (+4)
Piece from a Facebook post of 12/9/2018
Tue August 7, 2018 Stitcher Link
One of the online content clearinghouses that carry Elliot’s podcast
Tue July 17, 2018 Last Son of Krypton at SDCC
New (old) release
Tue May 15, 2018 New release May 21 2018
An Enemy’s Gift
Thu June 15, 2017 WordBalloon Interview
... with John Siuntres 6/6/2017
Sun May 21, 2017 A Conversation With Elliot S. Maggin from Bleeding Cool
“Anytime Anyone Negotiates His Way Out Of A Work-For-Hire Contract, An Angel Gets His Wings”
Tue December 27, 2016 How does Superman fly?
Written for Quora.com October 8 2015
Thu December 15, 2016 Realism is Unrealistic
In answer to: “What explains the growing realism in comics? For example, in early comics Superman is near invincible save kryptonite. In later comics, however, he meets much fiercer opposition to the point where he actually dies.”
Sat December 3, 2016 A Muslim Registry?
First they came for the Muslims and we said, ‘Not this time, Motherfucker!’
Mon September 26, 2016 How to Write
In answer to the question: “How can I tell my 15-year-old daughter she is awful at writing?”
Thu July 28, 2016 Remarks on accepting the Bill Finger Award
San Diego, July 22 2016
What I plan to do about it - Intellectual Property (3 of 3)
Fri July 8, 2016 Hillary’s Character Flaws
In answer to the question on Quora.com: “Is there a different standard of law and Department of Justice media treatment for Hillary Clinton?”
Fri June 10, 2016 Elliot S! Maggin, Richard E. Hughes to Receive 2016 Bill Finger Award (+5)
A lot of very formidable people have gotten this thing. I should probably be more impressed with myself.
Thu May 26, 2016 From Quora.com 5/26/16 (+2)
How much should the cultural circumstances in which a comic character was created determine how others write the character in the future?
Sun May 1, 2016 That’s My Boy!
Jeremy goes on a field trip
Thu April 28, 2016 To clarify ...
So maybe I’m getting a bit detailed about this ... but still 
Wed April 27, 2016 Intellectual Property (2 of 3) (+3)
Who owns the comics? There’s a coherent case to be made that creators own what they create. We plan to make that case.
Mon April 11, 2016 Of Course There Must Be a Superman (+2)
If he didn’t actually exist we’d have to create him
Mon April 11, 2016 Intellectual Property (1 of 3) (+3)
Asserting a claim on certain characters and concepts
Sat April 9, 2016 Stare at this picture long enough and you’ll see a giraffe
Wed April 6, 2016 Lorem Ipsum (+1)
What does it all mean?

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