NOTE: A newly revised and re-uploaded version of the linked file was established 8/17/14. It's on Box.com, and should work for the foreseeable future.
Happy 2013! To ring in the new year, I present the complete run of John Stanley's intense, unusual and highly personal "Tramp Doctor."
You may download a CBR file (which can be converted to an RAR file by just changing the file extension) HERE. This file includes a three-page piece on the series I've written.
It does not, by far, contain all my thoughts on "Tramp Doctor." I have more to say about this series -- and about all of John Stanley's work.
Truth told, I've been giving this stuff away for free since 2008. This is the year I will write a book on John Stanley, his life and his work.
Who will step forward and publish it?
I've tried to interest my agent in the project, but I think it falls outside of his perimeters. I've pitched the project to one major publisher, but not heard back from them. (The person I pitched it to is crazy-busy, and I understand that some things fall off his radar, but I hope to be able to discuss this project with him in this new year).
With the 250th post, I will end Stanley Stories the blog. It has been a pleasure to do this blog, and I'm grateful for all the great people I've met, and all the information I've found, as a result of this project. I'm at a crossroads in my life, where I can keep giving away my gifts, and suffer in poverty, or commit them to a more permanent form, in the guise of a book.
Comics scholarship, like creating comics at all, is not a path to fortune -- of this I am gravely aware. I would like to have something more solid to show for all the work and thought I've put into my in-depth study of the comics of John Stanley.
I'm more than ready for the task, and I feel such a book would add greatly to existing comics and popular culture scholarship. Publishers, you have a potentially great book here. Will you step up and publish it?