Nemo Woodbine

(Originally written in Bad Signal, 24 September 2007)

I first encountered the idea of Monty Cantsin around ’88, though he was created around ’77. Monty Cantsin is a Neoist construct: an open pop star. Because in ’77 they didn’t have the term “open source.” The idea being that artists could choose to record under the name Monty Cantsin, thereby generating a fake oeuvre for a fake pop star, confusing the fuck out of the uninitiated. (See also “Karen Eliot,” “Luther Blissett.”)

There’s no derogatory side to Monty Cantsin – he doesn’t do the work of, say, Alan Smithee, or Harlan Ellison’s damning Cordwainer Bird pseudonym (a name he applies to work that’s been fucked over, allowing him to retain rights and royalty payments regardless).

Monty Cantsin is an artistic joke. Anyone can be Monty Cantsin.

And while having a drink or two last night, the notion came to me: it’d be amusing if comics had one of those. If music has a Monty Cantsin, maybe comics should have a Nemo Woodbine. An open source comics creator. Sometimes she’s a cartoonist. Sometimes he’s a writer.

And the best thing about Nemo Woodbine might be that she’s granted her copyright and royalties in perpetuity to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund or something. Anything he earns beyond his page rate, and the rights to whatever she did, live with the Fund: her gift to the medium.

Just throwing the idea out there for someone to do something with, or not.

(Additional, 28 Dec 2007: yes, I mean an opensource creator, not an opensource character)

Workblogging: Or, Unconsciousness Is Underrated

I got hit by that “24-hour” puke-then-fall-over virus early Boxing Day morning, and have spent from then until now mostly unconscious. As I sit here, everything’s starting to go wobbly again, and so, before I submit to Brain-Go-Away once more, some work links:

Interview with me about the GRAVEL series by Newsarama:

It was actually Garth Ennis’ idea. William Christensen at Avatar went to New York to get smashed with him over the summer, and at some point during the binge Garth said to William, “Why doesn’t Warren write an ongoing series with William Gravel? I’d read that.” And, you know, it’s nice to give your mates something to read…

ANNA MERCURY: new miniseries announced, details and more art etc buried somewhere in this column:

And now I’m going back to bed.