Regular visitors to this site will know that I am currently rereading an old comic book from my childhood, a comic called Starlord. It is actually a pretty frightening span of years since the first time I read this comic, as this issue of Starlord came out way back in Aug 1978, about 40 years ago. By the way, you can read this vintage comic book too because scans of the entire run of the comic are available on a website called Starlordcomic.com.
I write eBooks and publish them through Draft2Digital, and a little bit on Smashwords. Draft2Digital has recently started distributing to Amazon, the market leader in eBook sales, and I distribute to Amazon through them. This is a relatively new situation, however. I used to distribute to Amazon through a book aggregator called Pronoun. I was with Pronoun right up until the end, when they closed down their book distribution business a couple of weeks ago.
This is the fifteenth post I’ve done about rereading an old comic book from my youth called Starlord. This whole thing was prompted by scans of the entire run of the comic turning up on a website called Starlordcomic.com, allowing me to experience them all over again. It is actually a pretty frightening span of years since the first time I read this comic, as this issue of Starlord came out way back on the 19 Aug 1978, about 40 years ago.
A new Star Wars movie is here, and that is always guaranteed to get my attention. The most recent trailer I have seen came to me via io9, and it is long, beautiful, and gives a flavor without, apparently revealing too much. There are porgs, and there is Finn, Phasma, Kylo, Leia, Snoke, and Luke. I haven’t seen this movie yet, but I undoubtedly will sometime in the next few days.
Just a few days ago I got an email from my eBook distributor - Draft2Digital - telling me that the book sellathon (apparently that’s not a word) called Christmas is approaching, and that if I want my latest book to be part of that particular maelstrom definitely a word, I would have to upload the text file and cover by 11th December. They are predicting that the flurry of pre-Christmas releases and the special holiday hours at online eBook stores will result in some delays.
I wasn’t super confident about the Runaways, probably for no better reason than because the Netflix superhero shows have been misfiring recently, including Iron Fist and The Defenders, which I enjoyed but which could both have been better. And a more direct rival, The Gifted, was also a little underwhelming. “What chance have HULU, of all people, got of getting this right, where others have failed?” I thought. There was never any question of my doubts actually preventing me from watching it though.
This post is the latest installment in my prog slog, which is where you read back issues of a comic book called 2000 AD. Often people start their prog slog with the first issue of 2000 AD, but that was not my experience of the comic. I’m starting my slog with the lesser-known and much more short-lived comic book called Starlord, which after a run of 22 comics was merged with 2000 AD at issue 86.
Happy Death Day is a slasher movie, but it’s not really a slasher movie. It is mostly a Groundhog Day Loop movie. A Groundhog Day Loop is where the main character is doomed to repeat a period of time over and over until something is corrected. This trope is named after the film Groundhog Day, which wasn’t the first to do this, but is the best known. It is this time loop element that makes this movie a slice of sci-fi rather than a horror movie, for the purposes of this review at least.
I have begun a prog slog, which is where some crazy person - in this case me - reads a swath of a comic book called 2000 AD. Often people start their prog slog at issue 1 of 2000 AD, but that was not my experience of the comic, so that is not how my prog slog is going to work. I’m starting my slog with the lesser-known and much more short-lived comic book called Starlord, which after a run of 22 comics was merged with the much better known 2000 AD at issue 86.
I have been hammering away at the keyboard for months, gradually grinding out Drifter Prime, the latest installment in my epic sci-fi series of novels. Just to give an idea of where I am, here are a few words that I have written today. This is a scene where one of the main characters, Altia, faces off with one of the antagonists, Admiral Haygon, with whom she has some history. This is a non-violent confrontation from just after half way through the book.