I think I’m paraphrasing the Grateful Dead. Not that I’m a fan or anything like that. Naw, I’ve always been a Monkee man myself. When my pals were into Kiss, I listened to the Monkees. Over the years I discovered that, though the group itself was a manufactured concept designed to reap profits from Beatlemania by using a home-grown Americanized version of the concept (http://youtube.com/watch?v=fCTni8Zpm34&feature=related), the toque-wearing guitar player Mike Nesmith is an incredible songwriter who had a number of great solo albums following his four years in the Monkees. Again, I encourage you to check out this clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydNvjQTRSlU) to hear a sweet Nesmith tune.
I bring up Nesmith within the words of a blog on the creation of the ReBoot comic because the similarities are becoming apparent. The Monkees were a pop group created as a TV show, yet from the commercial aspects of the venture emerged a truly great artist. A songwriter who, despite the falsely presumed phoniness of his beginnings, can be looked upon in hindsight as a gifted creator. In the year before Nesmith’s departure from the Monkees much of what the group produced was in reaction to the record industry’s lack of creative and artistic freedom. This was picked up ten years later when pioneer punks the Sex Pistols covered the Monkees song “Not Your Stepping Stone” in 1977.
With ReBoot, I work as editor maintaining a process in order to create a product. Yet through the capitalist subtext underwriting the fabrication of said product, works of creative art emerge through collaboration. Artists, writers, editors, producers, letterers, inkers, colourists, painters, located in all parts of the world work cooperatively to build a project together. With ReBoot there was the added input from the fans. Most of the suggestions were implemented into the final product (Bob wears a belt sometimes), but sometimes the book takes on a life of its own and chugs forward towards the finish line. But little does this champion steed know that there will be more races to run in the ReBoot Relay of Life.
The book is almost done. Feels kinda like the early morning hours of Christmas Day… y’know that time after all the hustle and bustle of panicked shopping has crescendoed, and there are just a couple more gifts to wrap and tuck under the tree before they will be shredded open by the gleeful giftees. And that would be you, dear reader.
The ball is in Rainmaker’s court. They will announce a release date for the ReBoot Comic soon. If you look on the right side of the screen you’ll see a link to the Rainmaker site. Why don’t you click there and ask our ol’ pals over at Rainmaker when the comic will be ready for reading? They’re swell folks and would love to hear from you all!
I’ll see you in the funny papers…