Friday, March 07, 2014
Comic Cuts - 7 March 2014
But I still have to drag myself out of bed in the morning and psyche myself up for a day's work, same as everyone else. The difference is that I've got no guarantee that I'll have earned a penny by the end of the day, which can be a bit nerve wracking. Couple that with a family history of high blood pressure—I'm only exaggerating slightly when I say my mum rattles when you hug her thanks to the combinations of pills she's on—and I sometimes wonder if freelancing is really the job for me!
But enough of this medical malarkey... how's the book going, I hear you cry. We're up to 11,500 words on the introduction but took a nice little step forward when I heard from one of the early sub-editors who has promised to answer a few questions. Researching comics isn't only about reading strips eight hours a day... there are the hours of frustration trying to track down information on the creators of the strips. And the number of creators it took to put together some comics is amazing: the Boys' World index listed 265 people who contributed to the paper and its annuals. If you spend a couple of hours on every name... well, you can do the math.
Countdown had a smaller pool of talent from which it drew, but trying to find out something about some of the lesser-known names takes time... which explains why the word-count has only jumped by about 5,000 words these past two weeks. At least you can be assured that they're well-researched words.
And on the same-ish subject, does anyone have a copy of the Countdown font that I can have? [Update: ditto the above.]
I've only managed to clean up a couple of covers for our random scans this week. Both are by the queen of gangster crime, Dail Ambler, who was the subject of one of my Kindle features, The Lady Holds a Gun! The Story of Dail Ambler, which covers her fascinating career from journalist to author to screenwriter.