As long as we're on the subject of todays' column, I'd like to see Grant's collections in print form. Myself, I'd just as soon not pay more than $10-12 for each book, assuming they were done separately and didn't run too long... if they're more than a couple hundred pages then that raises the price a bit, but at the same time, average price for a new paperback book in trade size is generally $15-20 on the bookstore shelf, and I always thought that was a bit of a rip.
Have you got a printer in mind, Grant? You could go with a very small run to begin and see how it goes, avoiding too much in the way of potential overstock.
I've had these guys marked for a while, now. You could print 100 copies of a 200 page book for about $600. At $6 per copy you sell them for $12, and while there's certainly shipping and storage costs to be concerned with, I shouldn't think you'd have that much trouble moving 100 copies of your work between online and conventions.
"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read"- Groucho Marx
I've been really enjoying your column since I found it last year.
I wanted to respond to your request for an Intelligence DVD set. It will probably eventually be released but i don't believe it will be for a bit. One reason for that may be that the concept was apparently sold to US television. It's by the same producer, Chris Haddock, as DaVinci's City Hall. One of my favourite series up here in Canada, as well as a short-lived series called This Is Wonderland by playwright George F. Walker and his writing partner.
You might be interested to know that DaVinci's City Hall is essentially the eighth season of a series called DaVinci's Inquest. The title character is a troubled but dedicated coroner in Vancouver. His political drive to make changes cause him to run for Mayor in the seventh season. The show then morphed into DaVinci's City Hall. The good new is the first three seasons of DaVinci's Inquest are available on DVD. With many of the same characters and straight-ahead, brilliant pacing, writing and acting that put you right in the scene. Perhaps the most amazing thing about the show is some of the cases (even long running ones) aren't ever solved.
I have seen DaVinci's Inquest paired on weekday afternoons on some US network with Homicide: Life On the Streets. I think the two shows may be spiritual brothers. Basically, I 'm saying if you really like DaVinci's City Hall, you've got seven other 13-episode seasons of catching up to do on this intelligent show. I think some of the Americamn syndicator's actually air City Hall with the Inquest intro.
The show is based on Larry Campbell, Vancouver's former chief coroner who became the mayor of the city in 2002.
A very popular but short-lived series in Canada in the 60's that also explored a crusading coroner dealing with political and social issues was Wojeck, starring John Vernon (Dean Warmer himself!) the show ended when Warner left for Hollywood to pursue US film and television roles. He did reappear in Wojeck TV movie later. Wojeck inspired the US show Quincy, M.E.
Whoa... I was just going to say if you liked DaVinci's City Hall you'll also like DaVinci's Inquest but i guess I got carried away.
I'm told INTELLIGENCE Season 1 just got released on DVD.
Saw DA VINCI'S INQUEST; it's in syndication here, along with REGENESIS and a couple Canadian cop shows that I quickly gave up on. INQUEST was fine, but I think CITY HALL is much more interesting. Didn't know INTELLIGENCE was from the same producer. Too bad CITY HALL lost so much of INQUEST's audience, and I notice those threatened CITY HALL made-for-TV movies haven't materialized yet, at least as far as I've been able to tell...