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John Smith's Vampirella????
« on: 03 July, 2010, 06:04:31 PM »
Well when meadering through the world of the internet I stumbled across the fact that that John Smith wrote a little run of Harris' Vampirella comic in the early 2000s? Now Vampirella is a character I know nowt about aside the two obvious points but I love me some John Smith. So the question is has anybody read these and are they worth tracking down?

Any info gratefuly recieved.

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Re: John Smith's Vampirella????
« Reply #1 on: 03 July, 2010, 07:12:02 PM »
There are also Millar and Morrison's Vampirella stories that I haven't read but have been collected a number of times.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_Morrison_bibliography#Other_US_publishers
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Re: John Smith's Vampirella????
« Reply #2 on: 03 July, 2010, 09:33:27 PM »
From what I recall the Morrison/Millar ones were rather fun with nice art don't think I ever saw the Smith ones I did however pick up two Devlin trades today in a £2 bargain book shop in the Euston rd today total bargain as much as I love Smith I had stopped reading the Prog and Meg while most of them were running and ace Yeowell art on some of it too!

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Re: John Smith's Vampirella????
« Reply #3 on: 03 July, 2010, 09:50:21 PM »
The early Vampirella stories make for really good, old-school horror fun. I've found more recent output (although I can't be sure of the writers involved) to be less impressive.

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Re: John Smith's Vampirella????
« Reply #4 on: 03 July, 2010, 11:04:45 PM »
Well when meadering through the world of the internet I stumbled across the fact that that John Smith wrote a little run of Harris' Vampirella comic in the early 2000s? Now Vampirella is a character I know nowt about aside the two obvious points but I love me some John Smith. So the question is has anybody read these and are they worth tracking down?

Any info gratefuly recieved.





They're fucking shite.  Don't bother.

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Re: John Smith's Vampirella????
« Reply #5 on: 04 July, 2010, 12:56:11 AM »
Well when meadering through the world of the internet I stumbled across the fact that that John Smith wrote a little run of Harris' Vampirella comic in the early 2000s? Now Vampirella is a character I know nowt about aside the two obvious points but I love me some John Smith. So the question is has anybody read these and are they worth tracking down?

Any info gratefuly recieved.





They're fucking shite.  Don't bother.

Well there is your answer Colin. ;)
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Re: John Smith's Vampirella????
« Reply #6 on: 04 July, 2010, 08:41:26 AM »
Arh now you see that could but just modesty? Couldn't it...!

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Re: John Smith's Vampirella????
« Reply #7 on: 04 July, 2010, 03:12:48 PM »
Arh now you see that could but just modesty? Couldn't it...!

Or he is trying to buy up all the issues on eBay so he can sell them on at great profit later ;)
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Re: John Smith's Vampirella????
« Reply #8 on: 04 July, 2010, 05:12:00 PM »
 :lol: :lol: :lol:

Console yourself, John, that you wrote one of the bext issues of Hellblazer there has ever been. The one in the laundrette.

Brrr...

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Re: John Smith's Vampirella????
« Reply #9 on: 04 July, 2010, 05:20:02 PM »
I've got loads of copies.  You can have some, if you want.  The artwork is... well, quite pretty in a photorealistic way.  The story's a dog's dinner.  Worst experience I've ever had on a comic (except maybe for "Scarab").  Apart from the fact that Vampirella is an inherently stupid and one-dimensional character, it was written before/immediately after 9/11 for a mediocre craven New York-based company that forced me to pull all its teeth out.  My pitch was: Vampirella as Andrea Dworkin/Valerie Solanis/S.C.U.M. manifesto (Society for Cutting Up Men).  Make her every heterosexual males' worst fucking nightmare.  (Have you *seen* the readership of that comic?  It's 100% the dirty mac brigade.)  Vagina dentata in high heels.  Etc.  Instead, I was forced to write a toothless parody that sucked big time - pun intended.

One example: I had a supporting character called Harry Krishna who wore a turban.  My editor:  "God, no!  We can't do that!  Those filthy murderous Arabs wear turbans!"

And believe me, that's a relatively MINOR example of the sort of censorious bullshit and constant rewriting I had to put up with every day.  The pay was good but it really wasn't worth the hassle.  It was soul-destroying hackwork and I feel embarrassed to ever have been associated with it...

Does that make it any clearer?
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Re: John Smith's Vampirella????
« Reply #10 on: 04 July, 2010, 05:44:50 PM »
I quite liked Scarab.
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Re: John Smith's Vampirella????
« Reply #11 on: 04 July, 2010, 06:36:35 PM »
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Console yourself, John, that you wrote one of the bext issues of Hellblazer there has ever been. The one in the laundrette.

Brrr...

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Thanks!  You're not the only one, apparently:

http://mindlessones.com/2008/04/06/dee-do-dough-don%E2%80%99t-dee-dough-or-why-hellblazer-51-is-the-title%E2%80%99s-best-issue/

I really should have a shot at that comic again.  I've got some great ideas for it!

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Re: John Smith's Vampirella????
« Reply #12 on: 04 July, 2010, 07:11:22 PM »
I really should have a shot at that comic again.  I've got some great ideas for it!

Some of have been saying this for quite some time. See if you can rescue Sean Phillips from the desk he's chained to in Ed Brubaker's cellar while you're at it. :-)

Failing that, how about a bit of Peter Doherty?

Cheers!

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Re: John Smith's Vampirella????
« Reply #13 on: 04 July, 2010, 07:14:11 PM »
I really should have a shot at that comic again.  I've got some great ideas for it!

Some of have been saying this for quite some time. See if you can rescue Sean Phillips from the desk he's chained to in Ed Brubaker's cellar while you're at it. :-)

Failing that, how about a bit of Peter Doherty?

Cheers!


Jim





Yeah - Pete would be ace on "Hellblazer"!  He can draw brilliant monsters and he does scruffy and squalid really well!  ;-)

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Re: John Smith's Vampirella????
« Reply #14 on: 04 July, 2010, 07:16:14 PM »
Does that make it any clearer?

Yep!

Well its certainly good to get it from the horses mouth before I spent a load of time trying to track them down. Thanks for the (brutal) honesty.

I'll just echo what others have said, and indeed I've said myself here before love to see you have a run at Hellblazer. Fingers crossed.