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Brian Fies

Thanks for the Johanna Draper Carlson article, it's well done and I'll share it myself. I have countless friends in comics who've been on the short end of that stick: they did all the writing and drawing, and someone else got all the money. (I do have some sympathy for small publishers as well; it's a game of pennies and dimes, and they're not getting rich either.) Creators losing their rights to predators is another common story. I know people who can't tell stories with characters they created because they signed a contract five years ago with a publisher who's most likely defunct. "Well then, don't sign contracts like that" is easy advice to give but hard to take when you're thinking it may be your only shot at being published.

(Emphasizing that I'm not talking about me. My personal experience with publishers has been ethical and occasionally profitable.)


I cringed reading Luann not only from remembering your "peeve" regarding Patty vs. Paddy, but also due to the placement of "A.D." It seems a large majority, including a lot of religious organizations that should know better, are unaware of what the abbreviation stands for and that its proper placement is before the number.

Mike Peterson

You sent me back to Caesar to check that it was "partes tres" and not "tres partes." But they had no sense of AD and BC, so I don't know how they parsed that.

I've certainly seen it both ways, most often Year/Era in common usage and Era/Year in scholarly usage. Given the more serious intent of the "Dad side" today, I'll accept your peeve -- Era/Year would have made the point of his scholarly interest more plain.

Now ask me about people who say "Lima BEANS" instead of "LIMA beans."

Mark Jackson

Anything other than "the legume that shall not be named" is an abomination.

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