Bill is a man with a lot of friends, which is what you get when you’re such a nice fellow as himself. And that’s how WORKING FOR THE MAN got rolling.
So the more than 25 folks below kindly nocked out some of their best work for this book, none of which has been published previously:
William Messner-Loebs (cover)
Gary Groth (introduction)
John Linton Roberson
Stephen R. Bissette
P. Craig Russell
Alan David Doane
The book is a mix of color, black & white and what have you. We have three or four purely text pieces as well, including a brand new short story titled ‘GOING’ by the legendary Steve Bissette. All profits are going to Bill & Nadine directly, period.
A nice thing about this project is that you get some pairings of talent that might not have happened otherwise. For instance, Charles Alverson, who wrote Gilliam’s ‘JABBERWOCKY’ and the 1st draft of ‘BRAZIL’, contributed two scripts, one drawn by John Roberson and one by Sam Henderson.
There’s A.J. Duric & Salgood Sam’s ‘Helpless,’ about the old man downstairs.
‘Glass House’ by Janet Harvey, drawn by John Roberson, is an account of when Janet was homeless & squatting and the cops actually threw folks out of the squat with a tank, subsequently burning the place to the ground.
Another by John Roberson and ‘MAJESTIC SQUADRON’ collaborator Joe Blackmon is a tribute to Bill’s ‘FLASH’ work using our their more dishevelled speedster character Pace.
There are also some tributes to Bill’s ‘JOURNEY’ work, like John Garcia’s beautiful sepia-painted ‘MacAlistaire’s Daughter’, Barr’s ‘The Loan Prairie’ or Sam Kieth’s contribution.
There’s just plain excellent artwork to be had, like P. Craig Russell’s beautiful sketchbook excerpts & Peter Kuper’s gentle and lyrical page “Birds.”
And then there’s Bill’s own beautiful and sweet cover.