Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3268:
In Blog #3247, I posted that YOU could start pre-ordering YOUR copy of the upcoming book 'Gotham City 14 Miles', (referred to as GC14M in this post), at your LCBS (Local Comic Book Shop)!
Then in Blog #3265, I stated that being a comic book / graphic novel / books on comics reviewer, I was able to obtain a 'review copy' .pdf of this upcoming book. I thus posted a 'review blog' on this upcoming book.
As stated in that post, and now here in this post, I am also one of the fourteen contributors to this GC14M book.
However, this is NOT a 'review blog' today for this book. It is an 'unabashed plug' for the book, with the '7 More Reasons To Love the Upcoming GC14M Book'!
Of course since I'm a contributor, (Mile Marker #10), as well as a fan of the TV Show, I've been blogging about this book now for what seems quite a while...(Click here for the almost 500 links on Google!)
Enough of the disclaimers, you now know why this book has been on my personal horizon for months now.
PLUS: I had to run one more blog on this book, as this is the FINAL WEEK for YOU to pre-order the book at YOUR LCBS! So here's my 2nd post on the GC14M book after reading the preview copy:
As stated before in my earlier posts, this GC14M book is written as a series of fourteen essays. That's 14 chapters on the TV Series with 14 different topics. Which was a great marketing tool to use the Mile Marker shown in the TV Series as the title!
I have already posted the first "7 Reasons YOU Should Love the New GC14M Book". Those were MY personal choices to highlight first, and were not meant to slight any of the essayists that contributed. I enjoyed reading all of the 14 Mile Markers.
This ComicBookCollectors.com blog covers far more than most blogs, as it is presented in a web page format, not just a 'blog paragraph' teaser with a link to someone else's article or blog. But I still have a 'space limit' on how much I can post in each blog. You can see ALL of the 14 Mile Markers & their authors at my Blog #3247. And No, I didn't post my Mile Marker #10 as one of the Mile Markers being mentioned first in Blog #3265!
Here's those Mile Markers from the 'Table of Contents' in their numerical order that comprise my second '7 Reasons Why YOU Should Love the New GC14M Book'!:
Mile Marker No. 1: “Bats in Their Belfries — The Proliferation of ‘Batmania’” by Robert Greenberger. Covers the genesis of the show and the explosion of Batmania. This was a good first essay, setting the stage for the reader as to what to expect from the other essays in this book. Good history, and background research made this an enjoyable first Mile Marker to read.
Mile Marker No. 3: “Such a Character — A Dissection and Examination of Two Sub-Species of Chiroptera homo sapiens” by Jim Beard. Hey, what I can say about my Editor's own essay?! It definitely was 'A Dissection and Examination', a very learned essay, yet also enjoyable to read.
Mile Marker No. 5: “Aunt Harriet’s Film Decency League” by Becky Beard. A deeply researched essay on the older actors who were guest villains on this TV Show. This would be a good intro to read before watching the individual episodes, so that you would know the actors works before seeing their perfomances. I learned several background facts on these actors, who when I first saw them in this show, were from my folks' generation, not mine. So I didn't appreciate seeing them in their episode as much. Now I do.
Mile Marker No. 7: “Known Super-Criminals Still at Large” by Chuck Dixon. Compares and contrasts TV versions with comic book portrayals. A good personal insight into this topic, by a comics creator who was involved with the Batman Comics for years.
Mile Marker No. 10: “Holy Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor!” by Michael D Hamersky. Addresses the topic of youth culture as presented in “Batman.” Hey, what can I say here?! I'm a little prejudiced here...because I know that I finished my 'final' first draft of this at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown San Diego on Preview (Day) Night at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con International! It was fun re-watching the TV episodes, but it was tough to find it in DVD format to watch the episodes in order. I ended up buying a collector to collector copy, because those companies that own the rights to this show still haven't agreed to publish an authorized version for fans of this show!
Mile Marker No. 11: “Gotham City R&D” by Michael Johnson. If you like gadgets, (and who doesn't?!), then this essay is for you! An in depth essay is presented here.
Mile Marker No. 12: “Theatre of the Absurd – ‘Batman: The Movie, 1966’” by Rob Weiner. Rolls film on the 1966 feature film. The film itself is one that I haven't watched that much over the years since it first came out. It is too long for me to watch, (I believe it is like 5 TV episodes in length), and just didn't work that well when 'standing the test of time' for me personally. However, Rob does a good job on his take on the film in this essay!
Those are the 7 Additional Reasons that YOU Should Love THIS book, GC14M. Put together by an Editor that defintely has a love for this TV Series, and by those 14 essaysists that wanted to contribute their thoughts in print.
Oh, there is also an 'Afterword' by Jeff Rovin, co-author of Adam West’s “Back to the Batcave,” which offers a few personal anecdotes about the show and working with West. A fun read and I'm glad it was included.
Additionally there is a first Appendix: The Episode Guide by Joe Berenato. A rundown of episodes, with airdates and fun facts. This is a 'Must' for this book, because after re-introducing the TV Series via a series of serious essays to fans and hopefully to future fans of the show... You gotta have that Episode Guide!
So in summary... The above paragraphs present 7 more of the 14 Mile Markers that I have space to mention here this morning. They are also good reading, and are presented in this second blog post because of space limitations in this blog format. If you haven't read the earlier blog posts referenced at the beginning of this post, I urge you to do so.
I'm posting this additional blog this morning, because this is the FINAL WEEK for YOU to pre-order this book from Your LCBS, (Local Comic Book Shop). That is the way this book will be distributed for 2010. In early 2011 it will be distributed via a more 'mainstream' venue. But I wanted YOU to know how to get it earlier!
So this week, when YOU go to your LCBS to pick up your weekly shipment of comics, don't forget to pre-order this upcoming book that is due to arrive at the end of December!
Gotham City 14 Miles / ISBN 9780578064611 / $22.95 MSRP
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