The Complete Pacific Comics Re-Reading Blog Series presents:
William Schanes Writes
William Schanes, one of the Schanes brothers, has been writing down anecdotes about his time with Schanes & Schanes, Pacific Comics and Diamond Distributors over at Face.
The majority of them are from the post-Pacific era (which isn’t that strange, because that’s a longer time period), but most of these stories are fascinating anyway. These are rare behind-the-scenes glimpses of what goes on in comics publishing and distribution, so I thought it might make sense to link to these posts and categorise them slightly.
So, most are about Diamond, but:
- (nothing): Diamond
- *: Pacific Comics
- **: Pacific Distributors
- +: Other
I’ll be quoting a bit from the * and ** posts in the blog posts about individual comics.
The good news is that Schanes is apparently writing a book about these things. That’s great, because I like the way he writes: He’s very matter of fact, and doesn’t beat about the bush. The bad news is that since he decided to write the book, he’s stopped posting these reminiscences on Facebook.
Interview with William Schanes.
How does a brand new publisher attempt to compete with DC and Marvel*
Build a better mouse trap
Entering the sports trading card market
NFL Super Pro
From our Pacific Comics mail order catalog dating back to 1977.**
Christmas presents +
14 conventions in 6-weeks**
Strange meetings with the Image Comics partners
The phone call that changed everything
Everything but the kitchen sink
April Campbell, Bruce Jones, David Scroggy and myself, in the way back machine from the early 1980’s.*
Swamp Thing 1982 Movie*
Visiting the enemy
Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter
Turner & Hooch
100 army solders+
10-4 big buddy
And the Gemmie goes to…
I’m a rock star – not!
Band on the run (loose in the front yard)
New York City Bagels
The great white north*
The tooth fairy (NOT!)+
Made in the U.S.A.
Chester, Illinois **
Giving up control
New York Toy Fair Showroom
The last day*
Phil Seuling’s New York Comic Con**
On the shoulders of a giant
My Little Pony
This is war!
T-Shirt Armageddon **
Mowing the grass**
Let them eat cake*
New Dynamics Tour
An offer to good to refuse, right out of The Godfather playbook**
The day Robert Crumb wrote me a hand written letter.**
Old Bay Seasoning
Crossing the picket line**
Bay Area Comic Retailers (BACR)
Sol Harrison **
Titan Distributors offices and warehouse in London*
2 Diamond executives injured in London within minutes of each other
The Schanes signed one dollar bill*
Buying new comics at whole sale prices **
Steak Knives and tanks (it’s a very long story)
Yoda Lamp (or was it)
From time to time, I’m going to start to post some true crazy and or amazing stories from the past which I was directly involved in.**