Saturday, May 30, 2009

A CRAZY WEEK
The problem with being a freelancer is that you go from sitting twiddling your thumbs to not knowing how you're going to fit everything in. This past week, I have landed a couple of new writing gigs, while trying to get closer to finishing TRIPWIRE Annual. The Adventure Special is now coming out in December because we thought it would be too tight if we published it so close to the Annual and the Annual would suffer. But we are folding in some of what was in the original version of the Adventure Special, so that the Annual now contains the Joe Kubert Tor feature, a profile of Flesk Publications and our history of Tintin. The Annual is still available to order and with our exclusive Guillermo Del Toro interview and a first-look at the sleeper hit of the year, low budget British sci-fi movie Moon, everyone should order a copy. Item code is MAY091149…
I went to the Saturday of Londonexpo on 23rd May, which was held as ever at Excel in Docklands. The selection of comic people was greater than it has been and even Warren Ellis was there, looking like he was auditioning for Mad Max IV. The only film thing I did was an interview with Duncan Jones and effects guy Gavin Rothery about Moon which went very well. So here's a few pics from that…

Last Sunday I walked from Hammersmith to Kew to write my sample chapter for the river and canals book and the weather was fantastic: sunny and felt like that it was mid-summer. Here's a few photos from my walk…

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Sunday, May 24, 2009






















A PAGAN PLACE
In my final post about the day after Bristol, after we left Jaspre at Bradford-on-Avon, we headed south a little bit towards Westbury in Wiltshire. Now Wilts has tons of White Horses carved into its hillside but Westbury looked impressive as I saw it from the train a little while ago and we actually drove near it on our way to Longleat the Friday before. So I was curious to see if close-up. And I admit that it is amazing when you get closer to it. However, unlike the horse in the Vale of The White Horse in Oxfordshire, it's not that old. Probably dates from the 18th century because the white horse was the family animal of the Hanoverians, so to commemorate George III, lots of them were carved. But you do get a great view looing across the county from the top so it's well worth a look. The other place I took Andy too was Avebury, which is a little further east of Westbury. He had never seen the stones and the weather was perfect, so I took him there. It's the third time I've visited it and it still looks amazing. Julian Cope lives in the village and there are lots of modern-day 'witches' who are located there too. Apparently a friend of mine in the States, Mark Berry, tells me that the pub there the Red Lion is supposed to be haunted. I'll have to check it out the next time I am there. After Avebury, we picked up the M4 at Swindon and we were hoeme by about 8ish in the evening. Wiltshire is a fantastic, beauty, spellbinding county. So here are a few photos at Westbury and Avebury…

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Saturday, May 23, 2009
















A NICE KNIGHT FOR IT
When I have a busy week, or a busy couple of weeks, then there are events I go to that I mean to blog about but they take longer than I'd hoped for. So, in the interests of trying to keep relatively up to date, I'm going to put a hold on the last post about my day home from Bristol and talk about a book launch I went to on Friday 15th May. Steve Colgan has a friend, Sarwat Chadda, who has worked as an engineer for years while trying to do something creative on the side. Well, it turns out that we discovered a few months back that he has a book out from Puffin, a children's horror title called Devil's Kiss. This book is one of Puffin's big titles for 2009 and it is out even as we speak. So Sarwat had a launch for the book which took place at the Dulwich Picture Gallery on Friday 15th May. Now, people who read this blog and don't live in London or England may not know about this but there is a divide in London between North and South Londoners. In fact, Time Out ran two covers addressing this very recently. So, Dulwich is in South London and, while I have lived in London all my life, I have never been in Dulwich before. But it was a very nice venue and Dulwich is a beautiful, green area. I may even go back there at some point. But returning to the launch, Steve came to it as did our mutual mate James Murphy and his pregnant missus Lisa. Steve had published Sarwat in his independent comic endeavour Bigger Betty back in the 1990s and so it was a proud moment to see his friend have the luxury of packing in his job and write full-time. The book is tied in with the Templars so there were people in knight costume wandering around the event. I am very chuffed for Sarwat and I hope it does incredibly well for him. So here are a few photos from the event, which unfortunately was a little bit showery…

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