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    Jason, Thanks for the update. If any one is interested the exchange Jason refers to is accessible at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alter-ego-fans/message/1963.
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      Jason,

      Thanks for the update.

      If any one is interested the exchange Jason refers to is accessible at
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alter-ego-fans/message/1963.

      Michael


      On Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 11:33 AM, Jason Tondro <jason.tondro@...>wrote:

      > **
      >
      >
      > So, in the last 24 hours, I have found out more about this "shadowy
      > listserv" and who I offended, and I thought you all might find it
      > interesting.
      >
      > Roy Thomas puts out a magazine called Alter Ego; it's a wonderful
      > publication focusing on Golden and Silver Age characters and creators. Last
      > month Thomas picked up my book. He went to the index me found out he was
      > mentioned only once, in a less than glamorous way when I have to briefly
      > unpack Kirby's character "Houseroy." Thomas went looking in the index for
      > other characters that he thought would be in any book about medieval themes
      > and superheroes. He looked for Conan. Nothing. He looked for the Shining
      > Knight and saw that I had nothing to say about the character's early years
      > or the years Thomas was writing him in All Star Squadron. He looked up
      > Black Knight and found only a passing reference.
      >
      > So he went onto the Alter Ego Yahoo group and said the book did not look
      > like it would be very useful. And after a medium-length discussion about
      > how no one knows how to respect their elders any more, the owner of the
      > group went onto Amazon and wrote his "review".
      >
      > As far as I can tell, no one involved actually read anything.
      >
      > I have enormous respect for Thomas and have enjoyed countless comics with
      > his name, so naturally I was disappointed to hear he hadn't liked it. I
      > wrote to him and tried to explain that the reason my book was not a
      > comprehensive, encyclopedic guide to all medieval or Arthurian characters
      > is because people like you, Mike, and Alan, and others, had already done
      > that so well. Instead, I only wrote about a specific subset of characters
      > about whom I had something worthwhile to say.
      >
      > He wrote me back and promised to read the book soon, since he does have it
      > on his shelf. Perhaps, if I am lucky, his thoughts will change and he will
      > post anew on his Yahoo group.
      >
      > Jason
      >
      > Assistant Professor of English
      > College of Coastal Georgia
      > doctorcomics.blogspot.com
      >
      > On Jun 24, 2013, at 3:51 PM, Jason Tondro <jason.tondro@...> wrote:
      >
      > > Hey Michael!
      > >
      > > Thanks for pointing this out. Well, it looks like a very embarrassing
      > typo got into the book where I typed "Shuster" when I should have typed
      > "Simon."
      > >
      > > Otherwise, one of these two reviewers found the book boring and too
      > scholarly. Well, my book will not be the first scholarly monograph to be
      > thought so. The other reviewer seems to be very angry about my
      > Shuster/Simon mistake and does not seem to have read the rest.
      > >
      > > An interesting phenomenon. I suppose I can take comfort in the fact that
      > academics don't get their reviews from Amazon most of the time. I've had
      > better reviews elsewhere; I believe A. David Lewis did one for IJOCA.
      > >
      > > Thanks again,
      > > Jason
      > >
      > > Assistant Professor of English
      > > College of Coastal Georgia
      > > doctorcomics.blogspot.com
      > >
      > > On Jun 24, 2013, at 3:24 PM, "Blog Editor, The Society for the Study of
      > Popular Culture and the Middle Ages" <
      > popcultandmiddleages.moderator@...> wrote:
      > >
      > >> List members,
      > >>
      > >> There seems to be some heated debate online over Jason's book
      > Superheroes
      > >> of the Round Table (at least if the reviews on Amazon are any
      > indication).
      > >> Has anyone found any useful reviews of the book yet?
      > >>
      > >> Michael
      > >>
      > >> --
      > >> Michael A. Torregrossa, Listserv Moderator/ Blog Editor
      > >> The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
      > >> Michael A Torregrossa and Carl James Grindley, Co-Founders
      > >> http://PopularCultureandtheMiddleAges.org
      > >>
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      Michael A. Torregrossa, Listserv Moderator/ Blog Editor
      The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
      Michael A Torregrossa and Carl James Grindley, Co-Founders
      http://PopularCultureandtheMiddleAges.org


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