Friday, November 05, 2010
Comic Cuts - 5 November 2010
The big news for me this week is that the printer's proofs for Wells Fargo & Pony Express and The Thriller Index have been air-mailed from Hong Kong and are on their way to me as I write and should hopefully be in my sweaty little paws a few hours after this column appears. And I gather that the proof for Book Palace Books' third title in this batch, Wulf the Briton, will be touching down on Wednesday or thereabouts. So we're almost... almost there. Proofing should be a formality as any corrections needed were done a while back, with PDFs, CDs and notes flying around between me and Stuart, who does all the designs and page make-up. Hopefully this will just be a case of making sure all the pages are in the right order, which I'll do over the weekend.
Apart from that, it hasn't been a very exciting week. I have an article in with Dodgem Logic which may or may not be used in the next issue, a cut-down version of the Sci-Fi Art: A Graphic History under the title Sci-Fi Art: A Pocket History has just been announced by Ilex (I'll post full details when I get them), and... well, that's about it. If you're a regular reader you'll know that when we moved a while back we immediately had a friend move in while his house was being sorted out. Fast forward three months and he's just moved into his new home, so this week I've started to attack the mountain of boxes that has been cluttering up the living room. For a quarter of a year. Not good.
The problem with Box Mountain is that it contains a lot of goodies... also a lot of tat that I can't bring myself to throw away. And a lot of old memories. I found, for instance, a box full of copies of Comic World, the magazine I edited back in the early 1990s and a lot of folders full of odds and ends relating to it. It won't come as any surprise that I'll be putting the scanner to good use and turning Bear Alley into a digital scrapbook over the coming weeks.
So here are a couple of Oddments from Box Mountain... publicity flyers about the publication and promotion of the first edition of The Official Comic Book Price Guide For Great Britain, published way back in March 1989.