Letters to the Editor

Week of Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Certainly, many of the young, self-published illustrators at APE '04 offered crude work -- but that's how artists of any medium start out. To conclude, as Zuercher does, that "'independent' usually translated to 'unreadable'" is a ridiculous overstatement about indie comics as a whole. There were plenty of independent artists and publishers at APE '04 offering sophisticated, involving comics. It's unfortunate that your media expert wasn't excited by the storytelling of artists like Adrian Tomine, Jessica Abel, Dave Cooper, Joe Sacco, Julie Doucet, Joe Matt, or Phoebe Gloeckner -- among many, many others published by such indie houses as Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, Top Shelf Productions, and Slave Labor Graphics. It's even more unfortunate that your readers won't discover these artists and publishers through your alleged "cover story." They could've used your support.

Coury Turczyn
Berkeley

Technical Difficulties

The Count had to deal with 'em, big time:OK, I'll humor Garrett Kamps and allow him to change the name and title so as not to come between an independent musician and his income [OK Then, Feb. 25]. But as an old sound guy/engineer, I just wish he had chosen a better substitute, time-line-wise.

By the time Weird Al's "I Lost on Jeopardy" was released in 1984 and even the Greg Kihn Band recording on which it was based came out in 1983, the three-track norm that the Count had to do his "name changed to protect the indie" remix from was ancient history.

The point of Kamps' article is well taken and I support the "fair use" of previously recorded material, as long as the original songwriters and such get paid. But I just wish Kamps hadn't picked a substitute song and recording that muddled the technical issue that the Count had to deal with. That's my two cents' worth, anyway.

Lee Brenkman
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