Tuesday, May 7, 2019

QBP #134 - Teknophage 1 & 10

Quarter-Bin Podcast #134

Neil Gaiman's Teknophage #1 & #10, Tekno Comics, cover-dated August 1995 & March 1996.

"Hideous Rex," by Rick Veitch, with art by Bryan Talbot & Angus McKie.
"The Day God Came From the Machine," by Paul Jenkins, with art by Al Davidson.

This wraps up our two-episode mini-series focusing on the Tekno Comix line of books, from Big Entertainment. We talk about these two issues, and also go over a piece of feedback from a Tekno Comix editor.

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  1. I freely admit that I haven't read any of these books from this universe.

    I am also the guy who kind of eye rolls at Gaiman's Sandman. It's good ... but it ain't that good.

    But I did want to comment on the books which carry a creator's name. It almost makes me think 'buyer beware'. When I really want to read the actual creator but I get a ghost writer or someone trying to write like the original creator, I give the book a little less rope.

    For example, I love American Flagg, at least the early issues written and drawn by Howard Chaykin. When he left, the book sort of floundered.

    A few years later, they resurrected the book as 'Howard Chaykin's American Flagg'. Same characters, but still no Chaykin on writing or art. I desperately wanted to be Chaykin, but it wasn't. It was like reading a carnival mirror version of the universe, recognizable but just not right. I dropped the book after the first arc.

    Had Chaykin been on the book, I probably would have given it more time. But I felt putting Chaykin's name on the book was a way to try to keep me around. And frankly, it felt like a cheat.

    It reminds me when movie's promote a creator but they are in a producer role, not directing or writing. Ponying up the money isn't the same thing as being creatively involved.

    Hope this makes sense.