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Jonathan Morris
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A desperate ship in an unsteady sea of dread.
A desperate ship in an unsteady sea of dread.

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I swear, I’ll only do this once leading up to Christmas, and will restrict to flooding my social media with this today only, but ...

Hey, looking for the perfect gift for the superhero jones in your life? Intrigued your-own-self about the weirdest, most unusual corners of comic book creations? Curious about such straight-up nutcase whackadoo costumed crimefighters like Mother Hubbard, Doctor Hormone, Bozo the Iron Man, Fatman the Human Flying Saucer and many more? Well, have I got the book for you - The League of Regrettable Superheroes, published by Quirk Books and written by yours truly!

This lavishly illustrated, encyclopedia-style book covers one-hundred of the most bulldongle dingo nuthatches to ever grace the four-color medium. There’s Prez, America’s first teen president! Nightmare and Sleepy, the homeless wrestler superheroes! Brother Power the Geek, hippie frankenstein monster mannequin hero, sort-of! And many more...

The book is currently available on Amazon for a measly fourteen bucks, fourteen! That’s, like, three-and-a-half white chocolate mocha ventis at Starbucks, if that happens to be your primary form of currency. Which I believe it is, among the cargo cultists on the island of Vanuatu. 

Written in a lightly humorous style, I endeavored to not just describe the heroes featured in the book but to provide some interesting backstory about their creators and the time in which they thrived. Add to that dozens of pages of lovely color reproductions of the source material, and League of Regrettable Superheroes isn’t only a good read, but a good lookin’ book!

Don’t believe me? Why should you -- I lie constantly! But check out what these nice folks had to say!

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“Forgotten but not gone, cartoonist and graphic designer Jon Morris has lovingly resurrected, wittily chronicled, and copiously illustrated these idiosyncratic super-D-list-ers — more than a hundred — for our enlightenment and — mostly — amusement.”—Print magazine

“A volume rich with historical anecdotes and informed commentary on every era of comics history.”—A.V. Club

“This compendium of short-lived superheroes (from actual comics) will thrill and amaze.”—Mental Floss

“Jon Morris has compiled the histories and art of some of the strangest and most unusual superheroes that ever saw print and collected them here for you. Definitely check it out!”—Nerdist

“[Morris's] wealth of knowledge and whip-smart sense of humor add up to a book that’s both deeply informative and quite funny.”—Seattle Weekly 

“This excellent book would be a worthy addition to any comic fan’s collection, be they the hardcore enthusiast or the more casual fan of the superhero genre.”—ComicBook.com

“It's a great idea, executed with adroit prose, attractive design and painstaking production quality—full-page, full-color excerpts accompany each entry, turning what could have been a merely dutiful archive into a vibrant, living, expertly curated tour of a long-neglected and seriously goofy facet of American cultural history.”—Monkey See

“This compilation is essential reading both old and new fans who revel in the art of comic books...This is a wealth of comic art and undeniable fun.”—The New York Journal of Books 

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Dang, lookit all them nice folks saying nice things about this book! So, hey, what a great and relatively inexpensive holiday gift for your loved ones or, providing they’re really into Doll Man, your worst enemies! The League of Regrettable Superheroes also makes a great stocking stuffer provided that the person for whom you’re buying it has, like, acromegaly of the feet or something. I don’t know what that’s called. Elephant-Man-ism, I guess. Or if they’re Shaq. Anyway, what I’m saying is that it actually makes a pretty bad stocking stuffer because it’s too big for most stockings, which is actually a selling point, right?

The League of Regrettable Superheroes is available at all your favorite booksellers and, if it isn’t, they shouldn’t be your favorite booksellers anymore. Let them know as much in a strongly-worded letter. It’s also available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and a bunch of other online retailers. An enjoyable read for handsome, sophisticated people, buy as many copies as your postal carrier can drag around! And thanks!

The League of Regrettable Superheroes
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (June 2, 2015)
http://www.amazon.com/The-League-Regrettable-Superheroes-Half-Baked/dp/1594747636
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2015-12-01
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HAPPY DOOMCEMBER!

It’s that magical time of the year when we celebrate Arnold Drake’s, Bruno Premiani’s (and Bob Haney’s, more or less) Doom Patrol, one of the most entertaining and complex cast of characters of the Silver Age of comics and beyond. Above is Cliff Steele, a.k.a. Robotman, a former race car driver whose brain is salvaged from the burning wreckage of an otherwise-fatal accident and inserted into the powerful body of a golden automaton! He goes nuts for a bit, briefly becoming a menace to all mankind (all of which might have been inspired by a pair of old Otto Binder stories in Strange Adventures, featuring another golden robot named Tim Steele, and which I’ll write about on Gone&Forgotten in the new year). I think he’s the only member who’s been in every incarnation of the Doom Patrol, effectively being the heart-and-soul of the team!
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I just added the VILLAINS OF STEEL miniportfolio to my Gumroad store, where everything is pay-what-you-want.

Put together for the 75th Anniversary of Superman back in 2013, this booklet contains 75 original illustrations by me, featuring an assortment of Superman villains from comics, TV, film, radio and more! Each entry comes with a brief description of the villain in question, including their first appearance, so you can track down these slippery scoundrels!

Packet contains the booklet in both PDF and CBR format.

Visit the shop! https://gumroad.com/calamityjon
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I'd love to get this to its goal today. Four of the Aquaman Family postcards remain (Namor and BatB Aquaman have been sent out), so there's still time to get in on it!

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Hey there! The next six folks to donate at least $20 to the charity:water campaign I’m running in advance of my birthday gets one of these KINGS OF THE SEA postcards! 

They’re 4″x6″ on britsol board, original illustration in marker and pen, and they’re ready to send - they got a stamp on ‘em and everything! They’ll probably get a little wrecked in the mail, but that’ll just give ‘em STYLE.

All you need to do is donate at my charity:water campaign page, leave your name, and then drop me a line at calamityjon@gmail.com to let me know your mailing address. I’ll get ‘em addressed and sent off right away! 

Selections will be random and first-come first-served. You can ask for one specifically and I’ll try to accommodate, but once it’s gone, it’s gone, sorry! (If you want a specific one, please ask for: Hook Hand Aquaman, Brave and the Bold Aquaman, Classic Aquaman, Sword of Atlantis Aquaman, Aqualad or Namor)

All six are currently available! Get in on it!

Link: https://my.charitywater.org/here-come-the-waterworks
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2015-07-10
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I'll be appearing at Page 2 Books in Burien WA on the morning of July 11, and then at the Barnes&Noble in Seattle in the afternoon for their Get Pop Cultured event. I'll doodle you a Regrettable Superhero if you buy a book, woo!

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In advance of my birthday next week, I’m trying to raise at least $500 to help bring water to people who desperately need it. It would be wonderful if you could help, or even just spread the word - thanks!

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The Gallery of Regrettable Superheroes show and book release party is tonight! If you’re in Seattle near Greenwood-Phinney, please stop by UrbanLight Studios between 6 and 10 - copies of the book will be on sale, I’ll have some posters to give out, and I’ll be signing copies of the book (and drawing your favorite regrettable superhero inside, if you’d like!)
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