Friday, January 10, 2014
Comic Cuts - 10 January 2014
A problem with the third story, Lacey's adaptation of "Great Expectations", was that some of the pages needed to have the text reset and, rather than have some pages with original text and some pages with reset text, I've done the whole lot. I've had to take a little longer on the strip than I'd planned, but it looks 100% better. I still have three pages to do, which will probably have been done by the time you read this. That leaves some heading replacements to do, an introduction to write and a cover to prepare. Fingers crossed, I'll have some more news next week.
This new volume is a beautifully produced 40-page A4 magazine format in full colour. The originals were in black & white but these have now been gorgeously coloured by John Ridgway, whose airbrush-style computer colouring perfectly compliments Turner's style of chiaroscuro, where shape is created out of light and shadow. I can understand why some people would prefer to see the original b/w but the letters-page in this second volume proves that I'm not the only one who loves John's colour interpretation.
You can get hold of the latest collection for £8.95 (UK) or £14.00 (Overseas) including p&p — and that's pretty much at cost, I can assure you — with payments through Paypal via spaceace.54 AT virginmedia.com or by cheque or postal order to John Lawrence, 39 Carterweys, Dunstable, Beds. LU5 4RB.
It's well worth the price.
Although I'm more keen on paperbacks — space being at a premium on my shelves — I did pick up a hardback of John Le Carre's A Delicate Truth. He's one of the few authors I try to keep up with. I can always pick up the paperback and pass this copy on. I'm amazed (and pleased) to see that this is an 8th printing of the hardback, proving that there are people of both wealth and taste out there in reader-land.