March 1st, 2010 | brainjuice
February 27th, 2010 | brainjuice
February 27th, 2010 | daybook
It just feels like it should be, having lost a couple of days to admin and a couple of days to being in and out of London for a Project Drill meeting (which I sort of want to describe as "meating" because we broke for dinner at an Argentinian steakhouse that has stretched cowhide on its walls instead of, you know, wallpaper). More phone conferences next week, rescheduling a meeting, doing a first pass on Project V when they send me the notes I need… this cloud of potentiality and unannounced work seems to extend and extend. And, of course, even though it’s all necessary business and nothing happens without admin and meetings and all… none of it ever feels like writing. I’m still old-fashioned about writing. Talking project on the phone, spitballing in email, beating down a fourth act face-to-face… to me, it’s never writing. Writing is what happens when I’m alone in a small room with a keyboard, caffeine and a bottle. There was a writer who once said that his job was to punch out typewriters until they spat out the story he wanted, and I’m kind of in that camp.
Pretty picture of a sea monster by Cassandra Melena.
Templesmith is on the road, touring CHOKER #1, but he has FELL #10 pages in hand. He is enjoying snow.
And now I have caffeine and a bottle, and am going to punch out a laptop until it spits out the story I want.
February 26th, 2010 | brainjuice
February 26th, 2010 | music
I actually thought this was a joke when I saw Kristen Merveilleuse link to it. But no. This is actually Shane MacGowan, Nick Cave, Johnny Depp, Chrissie Hynde, Glen Matlock and a shitload of others covering "I Put A Spell On You" as a benefit record to aid Haiti reconstruction. Pre-order it here.
February 26th, 2010 | daybook
Back at work today, mostly. Wednesday was one long meeting in London in re Project Drill, which will be going to contract soon: we’ve nailed down all five acts and will spend most of March writing it. Thursday was wandering Spitalfields in a state of sleeplessness, dealing with shitloads of admin all night (including stuff on Project Vend, which has snuck up on me) and then bailing out early. Today is writing the end of FREAKANGELS vol 4 and some X-men pages.
Soon I will be able to rest. Hopefully, by the time I can,it will be warm here again. The wind chill is trapping me inside the pub today.
(excuse shit typing, I banged the above out on the phone)
February 25th, 2010 | people I know
In the internet broadcasting system, art-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In the SWEATSHOP, the dedicated artists who perpetuate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the SWEATY VICTIMS UNIT.
February 23rd, 2010 | researchmaterial
The new US embassy to the Court of St James’s has been designed, says the US state department, to "reflect the values of the American people".
As reported by the Guardian, the new US Embassy in London is intended to be "a 12-storey cube clad in a blastproof glass and plastic façade" surrounded by a 30-metre blast zone. In the proof image above, it looks not unlike a high-end bunker has been simply dropped from space on London, an impregnable and isolated chunk of America. And while security is an obvious and present concern, I think perhaps this building says a little more than it was intended to.
In fact, let’s admit it. IT’S A FORTRESS WITH A FUCKING MOAT. It doesn’t say "welcome to a little piece of America, one of the best ideas the world ever had and a country that welcomes the tired and poor and afraid." It says "if you even look at us funny we’ll pour boiling oil on you from the roof. Raise the drawbridge! Release the Mongolian Terror Trout!"
It’s pretty funny, really.
February 23rd, 2010 | brainjuice
February 23rd, 2010 | comics talk
Steve Bunche was shown the following by another editor, back when he was on staff at DC Comics. Mildly worried to see myself namechecked…
Bleeding Cool reports that Grant Morrison is writing a tv series for BBC Scotland to star Stephen Fry and presumably being produced/directed by Paul McGuigan.
It’s seven episodes. It takes place over seven days around an event that happens in Scotland. It’s a modern take on an old fable or fairy story. If you know Grant’s work you might have an idea of what it will be like. It’s like Twin Peaks meets Brigadoon! It’s off the wall and smart but in a watchable commercial way. It’s still in the early stages but I’m very excited about it.
That’s the kind of news I like to get on a cold and rainy day. Go get ’em, Grant.