Human Interest Stuff
From the story by Albert Payson Terhune
Adapted by Rodney Schroeter and William Messner-Loebs
32 pages plus covers, magazine size (8.25 x 10.5 inches)
Color covers, black & white interior
Author's note: The four balloons in the above panel were purposely positioned
to make their sequence ambiguous. There are three ways they could be read.
Do all three work?
Contents of this comic magazine:
-- 22-page graphic adaptation of “Human Interest Stuff,” a short story written by Albert Payson Terhune, adapted by Rodney Schroeter (writer) and William Messner-Loebs (artist).
-- Background page on Schroeter and Messner-Loebs, where the writer drew the artist and the artist drew the writer.
-- A portrait of Albert Payson Terhune, drawn by Messner-Loebs.
-- The original story, “Human Interests Stuff,” by Albert Payson Terhune.
-- Informational pages on the Terhune Sunnybank Memorial, and the Wisconsin Writers Association.
-- A listing of all of Terhune’s books.
-- Two photos of Terhune.
Here is a quote from the son of the late comic artist Basil Wolverton:
"Human Interest Stuff" engages me on a gut level with at least two of my favorite themes: Dogs and the questioning of authority. Beyond this, William Messner-Leob's elegant but vigorous artistic realization and Rodney Schroeter's adroit literary adaptation of Albert Payson Terhune's short story work together to make a robust graphic narrative. And it's refreshingly nonviolent and upbeat. Give it a read in the morning and you'll feel good all day. -- Monte Wolverton
And here is an endorsement from the greatest painter of the 20th Century (that's not just my opinion; it's a fact):
"Really enjoyed your comic book adaptation. It really took off. Very well done!" -- James Bama
Shipping options / rates:
(If you can think of a way to make the following more complicated, please let me know.) (Prices are for delivery to US addresses, except where noted.)
Cheapest, no-frills, unprotected:
Mailed in a large, flat envelope with no protective backing. The Postal Authorities will be able to bend the magazine as they find necessary. “Please do not bend” stickers attached, but who are we kidding?
1 copy: $5.50 total. ($4.00 + $1.50 shipping)
1 copy to Canada: $6.65 total. ($4.00 + $2.65 shipping)
2 copies: $9.87 total. ($7.75 + $2.12 shipping)
2 copies to Canada: $11.00 total. ($7.75 + $3.25 shipping)
Secured in a plastic comic-magazine bag; protected by one piece of new cardboard; mailed in a large, flat envelope. “Please do not bend” stickers attached, but they might just coax someone to try harder.
1 copy: $6.80 total. ($4.00 + $.39 protective materials + $2.41 shipping)
1 copy to Canada: $12.94 total. ($4.00 + $.39 protective materials + $8.55 shipping)
2 copies: $11.06 total. ($7.75 + $.39 protective materials + $2.92 shipping)
2 copies to Canada: $16.69 total. ($7.75 + $.39 protective materials + $8.55 shipping)
Nuclear blast-level protection:
Well, I’ll admit that’s a bit hyperbolic, but one of my eBay customers once said the same type of packaging I used for the comic book he’d purchased from me would survive such trauma. Needless to say, safe from any Postal Authority short of an extreme psychotic. Secured in a plastic comic-magazine bag; placed between two pieces of cardboard; mailed in a flat, fold-in cardboard box (all shipping materials are new). “Please do not bend” stickers attached, but they are almost certain not needed. Please note: With this cardboard box, one copy can be sent First Class; a 2nd copy tips the weight over the precipice into Priority Mail. See Flat-rate Priority Envelope options, below.
1 copy: $9.10 total. ($4.00 + $1.79 protective materials + $3.31 shipping)
2 copies: $14.88 total. ($7.75 + $1.79 protective materials + $5.34 shipping)
Priority Mail Flat-Rate Envelope:
Protected by two pieces of new, sturdy cardboard. Note the progressive discounts.
1 copy: $9.29 total. ($4.00 + $.39 protective materials + $4.90 shipping)
2 copies: $13.04 total. ($7.75 + $.39 protective materials + $4.90 shipping)
3 copies: $16.54 total. ($11.25 + $.39 protective materials + $4.90 shipping)
4 copies: $19.79 total. ($14.50 + $.39 protective materials + $4.90 shipping)
5 copies: $22.79 total. ($17.50 + $.39 protective materials + $4.90 shipping)
10 copies: $25.29 total. ($20.00 + $.39 protective materials + $4.90 shipping)
More than 10 copies: Contact me.
Alternate cover version!
Yes, we’re playing that marketing game so beloved to comics collectors. 300 copies (10% of the print run) has an alternate back cover, and three alternate interior pages. Whereas most publishers charge more for an alternate version, we’re not, because the differences between the regular and alternate version are rather trivial. So, if you want just an alternate version (1 copy), the price is the same as 1 copy anywhere above. If you want two copies, and you want an “original” version plus an alternate, that’s the same as two copies, any shipping option you choose above. (While they last, folks!)
But.... ah ha!!! --if you want the special, 2-pack, limited-to-100 copies, signed-and-numbered-by-Rodney Schroeter edition of the original / alternate pack, that’s where we’ll get your extra money. That will be $15.00 post-paid (Priority). That includes one copy of the regular version (signed by RS), and one copy of the alternate version (signed by RS).
At this time, #4 of 100 has been sold, leaving 96 copies of this edition available.
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Listed here are all the options / prices. When you go to PayPal to make a payment, just copy and paste what you want and what you’re paying:
$5.50 No frills, 1 copy
$6.65 No frills, 1 copy, to Canada
$10.38 No frills, 2 copies
$11.00 No frills, 2 copies to Canada
$10.38 No frills, 2 copies (regular and alternate)
$11.00 No frills, 2 copies to Canada (regular and alternate)
$7.02 1 piece cardboard, 1 copy
$12.94 1 piece cardboard, 1 copy to Canada
$11.28 1 piece cardboard, 2 copies
$16.69 1 piece cardboard, 2 copies to Canada
$11.28 1 piece cardboard, 2 copies (regular and alternate)
$16.69 1 piece cardboard, 2 copies to Canada (regular and alternate)
$9.10 1 copy, nuclear blast level protection
$14.88 2 copies, nuclear blast level protection
$14.88 2 copies, nuclear blast level protection (regular and alternate)
$9.29 1 copy Priority Mail Flat-Rate Envelope
$13.04 2 copies Priority Mail Flat-Rate Envelope
$13.04 2 copies Priority Mail Flat-Rate Envelope (regular and alternate)
$16.54 3 copies Priority Mail Flat-Rate Envelope
$19.79 4 copies Priority Mail Flat-Rate Envelope
$22.79 5 copies Priority Mail Flat-Rate Envelope
$25.29 10 copies Priority Mail Flat-Rate Envelope
$15.00 2 copies Priority Mail Flat-Rate Envelope (regular and alternate pack; signed & numbered, limited to 100 copies)
Payment through US Mail:
Don’t have a PayPal account? Make payment to, and send to:
PO Box 334
Random Lake WI 53075-0334
Or keep it simple: Order through eBay:
If it’s more convenient, and you like racking up eBay bucks, buy a copy through eBay, where my ID is silent-reels. However, I’m charging a little more there: $5.00 per copy (still reasonable), and am not offering all the various options above.
Buy it through eBay web site.
Comics artist and writer Bill Messner-Loebs (left) and Rodney Schroeter (right) hold a copy of Human Interest Stuff, the comic magazine they created together. The two visited Burmesch Variety Store in Random Lake, where Human Interest Stuff is available for sale. John Burmesch looks on from behind the soda fountain counter. Messner-Loebs, who lives in Michigan, and Schroeter were on their way to the Lakefly Literary Conference in Oshkosh, where they gave presentations on how they collaborated to create the comic book. They also appeared at a comic book shop in Appleton, where Messner-Loebs signed comics he'd written, including The Flash and Wonder Woman. Photo taken May 8, 2013. It appeared in the May 16, 2013 Random Lake Sounder.
Major recovery of original art by Bill Messner-Loebs!
In October, 2013, Rodney went exploring in Bill's storage lockers, with Bill's full cooperation and support. A very heavy suitcase was found to contain the original art from several issues of Journey (including all pages for #1), covers (including #1), and specialty drawings. These will be put on eBay a few pieces at a time, with Rodney getting a commission, and the rest going to Bill. Watch Rodney's eBay ID: silent-reels
The stack of art recovered on October 11, 2013.
This page last updated: June 12, 2015