December 5th, 2012 | three panels
December 5th, 2012 | daybook
|This came yesterday and I haven’t had a chance to unbox it yet. But thank you, BERG! (It’s a Little Printer. Make clicky to learn.)
My head’s mostly in writing and scheduling right now. Trying to tree a new idea, trying to wade deeper into New Book, writing a couple of other things, trying to get together with friends, arranging interviews… everything always seems to crash together at this time of year.
People keep asking if I have “thoughts” about Karen Berger leaving DC Vertigo Comics. I’ve spoken to Karen personally. I don’t think anything else was required. She is, of course, a giant.
December 4th, 2012 | FAQ
How did the idea for Nextwave (Or is it NEXTWAVE?) come about? I’m just getting into the series and it’s pretty much one of the most amazing comics I’ve ever read.
Oh, god, that was a few years ago. Nick Lowe at Marvel wanted me to do a book in his office. I know I’d been thinking about something Brian Bendis said, about hoping his work on the AVENGERS comic would start a conversation about that kind of superhero-team comic. This was, what, seven years after THE AUTHORITY and Grant’s JLA and all, at this point, so it was a fair conversation to have. And Brian was presenting his take on that. Brian’s very interested in David Mamet, and Mamet’s often used as a stick to beat him with, but his approach in AVENGERS is probably easier to understand as being like Tarantino going to crime fiction in RESERVOIR DOGS — turning a greying “action genre” formula thing into a hyper-verbal ensemble piece.
So, well, I obviously couldn’t do that. I wanted to engage that work in conversation, but I had to come in from another angle. And since this was to be a company-owned book, and my job at Marvel was really to service their extant creative library, coming up with something brand new would have been counterproductive.
Which brought me to this: taking just a ton of those old characters and ideas that were currently useless to Marvel, throwing them in a pot like thepotboiler catmeat they were, and just driving them down over high heat until you had something pure. Or at least concentrated. While watching FLCL on repeat. Just boiling and mixing and throwing more old Marvel ideas in there and remixing and sampling and remixing some more. Taking out all the sticky tendon and unmelted bone of, you know, plot, and character, and continuity, and anything else that people think should belong in superhero comics.
And that would be my contribution to the conversation. There’s a quote that’s stuck with me for, oh, 25 years, that I’ve used a few times to describe a certain kind of work, and it was probably never more fitting than used for NEXTWAVE. It was my motto for the job as I was writing it. Nik Cohn describing “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard:
“A glorious burst of incoherent noise.”
I doubt I ever lived up to it, but that was the target.
i have no idea if i’ve answered the question NEXTWAVE IS LOVE send
Also Stuart Immonen is a genius.
December 3rd, 2012 | mobilesignals
Mulholland Books have launched a website for the book, updating daily with bits and pieces until the launch of the book in January. There are posts up already. It’s built on Tumblr, so you can add it on your dashboard there too. thisisgunmachine.com.
December 3rd, 2012 | daybook
So this got read, in order to review it for NEW HUMANIST. Haven’t read anything by Seth Grahame-Smith before, and was pleasantly surprised.
I am pausing New Book for a couple of days because I have to do some other things, not least of which is stay on top of the PR effort for GUN MACHINE. Interviews, creative development and management, schedules, that kind of thing. Weirdly hard to put in sustained novel-writing hours and do that stuff at the same time: it seems to steal from the same pool of energy, and I’m not sure why.
Also I’ve had a headache for a couple of days now, which either means blood pressure or maggots are hatching in my brain. Your call.
I have a piece in VICE MAGAZINE UK’s tenth anniversary issue. Not sure when that’s out. And for those of you who weren’t around at the weekend, I pushed a new podcast live.
They knocked this up during the creation of GUN MACHINE Trailer 1, about which more soon.
December 2nd, 2012 | spektrmodule
32 minutes and 29 seconds
Sorry for the long hiatus. Hopefully back on a regular basis. Now I need to remember how to do this all over again! If you don’t know what you’re looking at: SPEKTRMODULE is a podcast of haunted, ambient and sleepy music I compile for my own amusement.
Hello new listeners. Feel free to tell other people about this podcast for sleepy people if you like it.
2. “Triple Concerto” – William Orbit (album: Pieces In A Modern Style)
3. “The Ocean After a Storm” – Ken Seeno (album: Invisible Surfer On An Invisible Wave)
4. “Lateral Thought” – M. Sage (album: Chautauqua (loops))
5. “Meeting of the Three Seas” – High Wolf (album: Ascension)
6. “On Ships Of Gold” – The Black Heart Procession (Album: 3 )
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