No, I have no idea what happened to the John Byrne Forum.

§ June 26th, 2012 § Filed under elfquest, message boards, pal plugging § 21 Comments

According to my referral logs, my site is getting swamped with people searching for “john byrne forum closed” and variations thereof. And sure enough, at least when I go the site, I get an “access denied” page. So, from all appearances, it looks like the forum is shut off to the casual drive-by fan looking for some cheap, inadvertently-humorous entertainment. Probably for the best, frankly. At least you can still check out the commissions page, which features some nice work.

So anyway, to all you folks Googling me up looking for answers to that forum’s closure…sorry, can’t help you. But if you wanna talk about Swamp Thing, then I’m your guy, mostly. Unless you’re annoying about it.

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In nearly completely-unrelated news, we turned up a copy of this at the shop the other day:

A Wolfrider’s Reflections – Songs of Elfquest softcover book from 1987, featuring lyrics and sheet music for songs inspired by Richard and Wendy Pini’s legendary fantasy comic franchise. You can see the lyrics in full here (including some by fantasy author Mercedes Lackey…I’m assuming that’s the same person, anyway). Anyway, I only bring it up mostly because the name of the publisher is “Off-Centaur Publications,” which is both terrible and fantastic.

My brief mention of this book on the Twitter did inspire pal Andrew to reminisce about his past fascination with a certain series of fantasy novels.

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Ladies, gentlemen, and otherwise: Laugh-Out-Loud Cats #2000. …You’re welcome.

21 Responses to “No, I have no idea what happened to the John Byrne Forum.”

  • Todd Gray says:

    I would be interested to see if you can turn up a copy of the Elfquest CD of those songs. At one time I owned it on cassette, but I have neither the cassette or a cassette player even if I did still have it. What? Don’t judge me!

  • Monty says:

    Mercedes Lackey has several cds for sale on her website:

    One of them has a song about Roger Zelazny’s Amber series!

  • Suckmaster Burstingfoam says:

    So what *did* happen to the John Byrne Forum?

  • kate says:

    SB: “The forum is temporarily closed while we make some adjustments. Please try back. Thanks!”

    (There’s an archive, though! Let me rush out and not read that.)

  • Felicity says:

    It seems to be back up now. At least, I can see it while logged in.

  • BBayliss says:

    Back in the 90’s at my very first comic book convention (MidOhio Con) I saw John Byrne was signing autographs. Being an X-men fan at the time, I was excited so I waited patiently in line with my Classic X-Men #1. After handing it to him, he sneers and says “I don’t SIGN reprints” and pulls out an inkpad and a rubber stamp of his signature. I wish I would have had the balls to throw that book back at him and say “I don’t support asshole artists” and walk away.

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  • Robert in New Orleans says:

    I think it’s about time someone spoke of the hallowed art of Filk Singing…

    What’s that? Did someone mention Filk Singing?

    Why thanks for asking! I know many songs about wee folk, sleeping princesses, soaring dragons, and ruined castle spires lost in the mist. And I’d love to sing them for you!

    Just let me grab my acoustic guitar from my car in the parking lot.

    Be right back!

  • Donald G says:

    BBayliss: Even better – John Byrne didn’t even have any artwork reprinted in Classic X-Men #1. It merely reprinted a handful of pages from Giant-Size X-Men #1 by Dave Cockrum of Xavier recruiting the New X-Men, with all the rest of the artwork in the issue provided by John Bolton.

  • Snark Shark says:

    ” what happened to the John Byrne Forum”

    like his fan base and talent, it just DISSAPEARED!

    “he sneers and says “I don’t SIGN reprints””

    what a dickasarus!

  • BBayliss says:

    OK… now I have to go look and make sure it was Classic X-Men #1 I asked him to sign… DAMN YOU, Donald G. :-)

  • BBayliss says:

    So, it appears 2 problems:
    1) I’ve had a nearly 20 year beef with John Byrne over MY mistake

    2) it appears that a large chunk of my Classic X-Men books have gone missing since that time.


  • Donald G says:

    Maybe it was Classic X-Men #15 you asked him to sign? That issue reprinted Uncanny #108, which was Byrne’s first X-Men issue.

  • BBayliss says:

    Well, I went looking for the issue, I found that at some point in time my run of Classic X-Men 1-28 or so went missing… no idea where they went.

    So, let’s go with YOUR theory that it wasn’t Classic X-Men #1, rather Classic X-Men #15, since there’s no proof to the contrary that I asked an artist to sign a book in which he had no art published. ;-)

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  • Suckmaster Burstingfoam says:

    No one?

  • Suckmaster Burstingfoam says:

    NO ONE?????!?!?!??!?!??!??!??!??????!??!?!!!!!

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  • Suckmaster Burstingfoam says:

    i mean, come on. someone must know.

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