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May 19, 2009

PSA Time

Attention: Norse Code, the first masterpiece of the novel form by the illustrious Greg Van Eekhout, has now been released to you, the general public:

Please leave your homes and places of work to visit your nearest bookseller to purchase a copy. Inspection teams will be by in the next week to insure your household has complied. If you have purchased a copy to give as a gift, your household will still need to have a copy of its own. There is no need to keep your receipt. Thank you, and have a pleasant day.

May 14, 2009

Check Your Empathy Levels

Now here's a cheerful website: FMyLife. It's like a twitterfeed in desperate need of anti-depressants and/or whiskey.

Reading: The Magic Thief: Lost, by Sarah Prineas, book two of her adventures of Conn. Yay, Sarah!

May 08, 2009

I Curse My Defectiveness

About three days I managed to abuse my left knee in some new and exciting way. Whilst preparing the lad for bed, I managed to a) keep my left foot planted on the floor as I b) twisted the rest of me to lie down myself. I felt something go 'sproing' inside, and it's been bugging me ever since.

Really, it's not that bad. Walking is fine, altho' I do limp from time to time if I'm feeling dramatic. Which, admittedly, is often. Even if I'm the only one in the room. Stairs, however, are a new and exciting frontier in irritation. It goes roughly like this:

Step.
"Ow."
Step.
"Ouch."
Step.
"Dammit!"
(etc.)
So if you see me muttering to myself, that's why.

In happier news, might I recommend to you Dresden Codak? Start at the beginning and go from there; it's not unlike The Exploits of Engelbrecht mangafied. Also, you might enjoy Rice-Boy, which is long but complete and has some very trippy art. It's also for sale in a dead tree edition, which I think I need to work on getting sometime.

May 07, 2009

Stop That Right Now

Just sent an email to Marvel's editors, expressing my disapproval of the, er, lightening? paling? bleaching of the color of Sunspot's skin (for the curious, Greg has shots of the (updated:) original and now.) If it was an accident on the part of the colorist or the printer, then they should fix it. If it was a conscious decision, then they should really rethink it.

If you'd like to express an opinion about this, you can fill out Marvel's Feedback Page (pick Editorial); alternatively, you can send email to the X-titles office at officex@marvel.com.

Grumble.

May 06, 2009

Corruption Of The Innocent Continues


For those of you who care about such things:


  • The first issue of the latest volume of Atomic Robo, America's favorite wisecracking monster-fighting robot is out! I think he fights Cthulhu in this one.
  • The first issue of the latest volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Alan Moore's illustrated fan-fiction series is finally out!
  • The first issue of the new volume of the revival of the original New Mutants is out! Yay nostalgia!

For those of you who do not care about such things, well, hmm.

While in the process of updating my records yesterday, I discovered that another market I submitted to went belly-up without my even noticing. And a third one isn't technically dead, but that appears to be a formality, as it hasn't released a issue in quite a while.

I am in a race to get ready for Starry Heaven, which means reading the 50s of my fellows and finishing the revised ending of my own. This would be fine, except for the fact that Natural Law has been tampered with and as a result, I only have 21 hours in a day. This appears to be an effect local to me, but I would advise you all to still keep your distance. There's probably some kind of aura effect within my personal space.

May 04, 2009

Keeps On Slippin'

A 291 day rejection from Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. I don't know what depresses me more:

1) I had forgotten I'd submitted it
2) I hadn't realized I hadn't updated my sub stats since last October
3) I hadn't realized either of the previous two until just now.

Sigh.

May 01, 2009

Friday Nightly And Sprightly

Am at work this Friday evening. Verily, this doth suck.

On the bright side, it's now finals, which means it's pretty quiet. On the dark side, the computer labs are closed and I'm left explaining to the few people who are here that our computers don't have Word on them.

So, random amusements:

Reading: The Beats: A Graphic History, edited by Paul Buhle. The history of jazzy hipsters and groovy beaniks in comic book form, brought about Harvey Pekar & others. Can you dig it, daddy-o?