My latest book, Cosmic Girl, is nearing completion, and that means it is time to think about the thousand and one side tasks you have to do when you are self-publishing and you have to do… well… everything. By the time the text is ready, which is as I said very soon now, I want the cover to be ready, and I want to have a nice compelling blurb for the back cover of the book, and some kind of marketing strategy, and a good idea of the price point I want to sell it at… and a thousand other things.
I’m reading issue 121 of 2000 AD courtesy of a bunch of scans I found at BritishComics on Wordpress. It is full of information about British comics along with the comics themselves, as scans for download. They have all been collected from various sites, internet archives, Usenet Newsgroups and torrents to be preserved and to be enjoyed. This particular comic book came out 14 July 1979, so if you want a soundtrack to listen to while reading it, then try Jean-Michel Jarre, the French pioneer of electronic, ambient and new-age music, who is also known for organizing outdoor spectacles featuring his music, vast laser displays and fireworks.
There is a new(ish) podcast called Unspooled, hosted by Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholson, that has caught my attention. The concept of the podcast is that Scheer and Nicholson are watching the AFI’s top 100 movies of all time (specifically the 2007 update), a list of the 100 best American movies, as determined by the American Film Institute from a poll of more than 1,500 artists and leaders in the film industry who chose from a list of 400 nominated movies.
Issue 120 of 2000 AD has a beautiful cover, but it doesn’t have anything to do with any of the stories inside the comic. I hate it when 2000 AD does this, even if the art used is objectively very nice, like this colorful, giant robot about to crush, or maybe even eat, a platoon of US marines. I remember being disappointed, back when I bought this comic book on 7 July 1979, because I was expecting the giant robot to appear in ABC Warriors, but it did not.
I live in Italy and I have been noticing a new comic book called Orphans. It is everywhere, you see it for sale in newsagents, comic book shops, and book stores. I’ve been meaning to given it a try, but my Italian isn’t perfect, and that kept holding me back. I was afraid of missing the nuances of the story when reading in Italian. Now I have found a collection in English, so I had no excuse, I had to give it a try.
People have played and watched sports since the dawn of time, and there is no reason why that should change in the future. There is an ancient idea of Bread and Circuses that applies just as easily to the future, too. The phrase means to generate public approval, not by excellence in public service or public policy, but by satisfying the most immediate or base requirements of a populace: for example food (bread) or entertainment (circuses).
Paper Girls is a comic I have had my eye on for a while, simply because of the wonderful art by Cliff Chiang. The comic book combines this beautiful art with sci-fi elements and a retro setting, much like Stranger Things combines sci-fi elements with its beautifully filmed nostalgia. The colorist on the title is Matt Wilson, and the color flatter is Dee Cunniffe, and I think they probably play a huge role in how impactful the art is.
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