Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Teenagers From the Future--Available Now!

The book Teenagers From the Future, a collection of essays on the Legion of Super-Heroes, edited by the estimable Tim Callahan, is now readily available.

It can be ordered from these sites:


Barnes and Noble

Amazon.ca (listed, but not in stock as of right this second)

Lulu.com (which is some kind of print-on-demand deal; if you end up going this way let me know how it works out)

Now, there's some kind of deal going on about just how this book is being distributed. I don't have all the details yet. But the publishers want the book sold in comics shops, which means that it has to be distributed through Diamond. Diamond's deal is that they don't want to compete with other bookstores, so while it's being distributed by Diamond, it's *not* going to be available any other way. So my understanding is that it's going to be available through Amazon and the other companies *now*, and then once Diamond gets a hold of it, Amazon et al. *won't* have it, but the comics shops will. And that'll be the case for maybe three months. Then, if I'm getting this right, Amazon and the others will have it again after that. Obviously, I'm going to keep track of this, so watch this space for any updates.

Or, you know, just order a bunch of copies now and you won't have to worry about it later. They make great gifts!

About the book itself. I have two essays in it. The first essay is about the themes of diversity and evolution in the reboot Legion. The second essay is about generational cycles and the threeboot (a lot like this article, only completely different). I'm proud of both articles and think they're both worth your time. And then there are all the other articles! Some damn fine work has gone into this book, and no Legion fan should be without it. I'd be highly recommending it even if I had nothing to do with the thing.

Anybody who orders the book, or reads it over a friend's shoulder, and wants to kick it around with me, drop me a line. You may have guessed that I enjoy discussing the Legion.

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Blogger MaGnUs said...

Hey Matt, as a fellow author in the book, let's congratulate each other. Cheers!

11:28 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...


11:33 PM  
Blogger Craigopher said...

I received my copy from Lulu.com a few days ago and was very happy with the service. Shipped very promptly, the purchase process via their website was very easy.

Haven't had a chance to read much yet, but have enjoyed every word so far. Oh joy, a whole book about the Legion!

11:05 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

Okay, thanks. Is there anything about the physical book such that you can tell it's print-on-demand and not a conventionally published one?

11:16 PM  
Blogger MaGnUs said...

I don't know physically per se; but I believe the Lulu copy lacks the ISBN.

11:54 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

Well, that's all right; nobody really cares about the ISBN.

8:23 AM  
Blogger MaGnUs said...

Well, as a reader, no, of course; but the ISBN means it can be sold in brick-and-mortar stores.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

Sure, yes; I was just wondering about the Lulu experience from a reader's point of view.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Craigopher said...

My copy from Lulu.com has the ISBN. Not having a copy from Amazon or a brick and mortar store available for comparison, I can't tell if there are any differences. I'm guessing that it would actually be more costly to have different versions of the cover or any interior portions, so I don't think its likely.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...


I wish I had my copy.

10:28 PM  

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