Wednesday, November 23, 2005

More Beautiful Stories, More Ugly Children

I didn't anticipate posting again until returning from Pennsylvania but I've found both opportunity and compelling motive. I've been getting in the past few weeks a decent number of hits from searches for "beautiful stories for ugly children," so it seems that a. there's definitely a fan base out there for the Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children series and b. to at least some of those people, I'm a conduit for information about it.

So I'm making this both a new post and an update to the earlier one. I had previously celebrated the availability online of the scanned versions of the issues. Not long after that those scans became unavailable (though the covers are still available online). Series author Dave Louapre explained it this way:
We posted the book scans in an attempt to placate all you little BSFUCers who couldn't find some of the books, but have been informed that it may be hurting our chances of getting them republished in a collected works form, which is one of the main goals of this site....
And added this on the "Talk to Dan and Dave" bulletin board:
Publishers, we've learned, just seem to have a problemo with putting money into work that is readily available online. Sorry. When we can, we'll put them back up, but probably not anytime soon.
Naturally, I am once again aggrieved by the lack of either online scans or conveniently bought published form of the series. I expressed this to Dave on the message board:
After I noticed the site back in June, I was thrilled to have the scans available but then promptly and stupidly took them for granted. Read a couple of issues and then figured I'd get to the others eventually. Inexcusably, "eventually" never arrived for me, as I failed to return to the site until Dave left a comment on my blog. Now that I see the scans have been removed in order to further the effort to have the works published in a collected form, I'm left with the all-too-familiar sting of regret. Now, after I've still only read three or four issues altogether when I could have read them all for free, I'm eagerly awaiting the opportunity to shell out the cash for the published collection.

Dave, how long am I going to have to wait? What's the progress look like here? Can you give us a timeframe? Should I even hold out hope?
To which he replied,
I'll let you now the second Dan and I know anything. There are several things brewing, and hopefully all of them will see the light of day. The "collected works" idea is among them. Please be patient. And thanks again for your support and loyalty.
He later added, in response to another fan,
BSFUC may well be reappearing in a collected works form very soon. Don't want to jinx anything, but we are in negotiations. Thanks for the interest and support.
So I have two points here. 1. There's the updated situation. No scans available online, sorry, but there is the prospect of the series being republished soon in collected form. So we're all clear on that. 2. There is now, unlike, I believe, in June, when I first posted on BSFUC, a message board, whereupon all of you who are interested can express to Dave your eagerness to buy the republished collection. I think he likes to know, and it could only encourage the publisher. 3. Damn, I'll use commas every chance I get, won't I? [See first sentence of point 2.] 4. No one expects the Spanish inquisition.

Happy Update (5 Jan 06): The anthology is scheduled for publication this spring. See Dave's comment below and details here and here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

BSFUC will live hin the Spring.


8:13 PM  
Blogger Steve Ely said...

Details, man. I'm withholding my excitement until I hear a few details.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve, the new animation is up on the link below. We're still re-designing the main BSFUC site, but I'll let you know when it's done.

Feel free to post this link on as many sites as you think will help spread the word. Thanks.


9:36 PM  

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