Friday, February 04, 2011
Comic Cuts - 4 February 2011
So... apart from the aching limbs and back pains—I haven't moved this many boxes since before Christmas!—the week has been a mad dash. I've started laying out the first volume of the new indexes and there's been some frantic mailing of scans out to friends to confirm artists' work and fill in the final few gaps. Also seen two interesting books by other people in rough that I'll be able to talk about at some point (one I mentioned as an exciting—if unnamed—project months ago, the other I only heard about recently as I've been hired as a 'reader' by the British Library, who are the potential publishers). And later today I'm talking to Radio 4 about something they've got coming up. I may be broke, but at least my life's not dull!
Bit of a Short Cuts column this week (geddit?) as I need to catch up on a few things. There are a couple of newsy bits that I'll try to write up later.
Today's random scans... a trio of covers by an artist called Jeff Cook. I know nothing about him and he seems to have been limited to a little publisher who popped up during the war called Everybody's Books. These slim pamphlets are incredibly scarce, so a tip of the hat to Morgan Wallace who sent me the original scans of books from his collection, which I've tried to clean up the best I can. Cook seems to have worked for them for a very short period, 1943-44, and may well have been called up