Friday, April 04, 2014
Comic Cuts - 4 April 2014
This is the first week I've managed to hit my target of 1,000 words a day in some time—at a cost of not answering e-mail but in part thanks to having the contents of Bear Alley sorted for the next couple of weeks. We launched the latest Paul Temple strip on Wednesday without much fanfare, and that's a habit I've unhappily gotten into. I managed to miss a couple of other causes for celebration recently, namely the 3,000th Bear Alley blog post and the 3rd birthday of Bear Alley Books. I haven't worked out which was our 3,000th post, but it appeared some time in March, probably around the same time as BAB entered its fourth year on 21 March. Happy Birthday me!
And I've got my own birthday coming up in just over a week . . . so if you're wondering why the latest book is taking so long to write, remember: I'm nearly 52 and not as quick as I was when I was 48, coming up 49, and had this barking mad idea to write, design and publish my own books. Ah, the follies of youth. Oh, to be 49 again.
I'm still hoping that I'll have the Countdown to TV Action book out by the end of the month. To be serious for a moment, the sales figures of Bear Alley Books have been steady. Unfortunately they're steady at a level that won't sustain me for much longer. You know you're not doing so well when HM Revenue & Customs send you sympathy cards. I'm either going to have to have a radical rethink or get a job. I don't foresee an end to Bear Alley or Bear Alley Books, but it may slow things down even further. These books take time: the last three—Lion, Ranger and Boys' World—totalled 131,000 words. Most of them in the right order.
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Random scans: only one today . . . I picked this up on Saturday. A bit of a surprise as you don't often find old SF novels in the charity shops of Colchester. So I grabbed it and two other late Dumarest titles that were with it, which I might clean up for next week. I think Arrow published 27 of the books but I think I only have 20 of them and probably I've only read the first dozen as a change of job in the early 1980s forced me to cut back on my reading and, when I had the opportunity to pick up the pace, I started reading thrillers and crime novels as well as SF, so a lot of authors fell by the wayside.
Anyway, here's Prison of Night (Arrow, 1980) with a cover by Fred Gambino. He has a book out in a couple of month's time: Dark Shepherd: The Art of Fred Gambino, which I'm looking forward very much to. It's preceded by a book of John Harris artwork, Beyond the Horizon, and precedes Hyperluminal by Jim Burns. So that's three of my favourite cover artists . . . maybe Titan could look at Chris Moore next?