Friday, May 16, 2014
Comic Cuts - 16 May 2014
I received a copy of the recording on Wednesday and spent the whole day trying to clean up the sound with a sound editor that cost me $15 many years ago. And it actually worked pretty well. Dennis's very quiet voice was almost swamped by hiss and a regular knocking sound—which I believe was the microphone picking up the sound of the tape revolving!—but I've managed to pick it out of the background so that his words are mostly discernible.
So that has taken up a chunk of the week. I had intended to concentrate solely on layouts, but that didn't quite work out as I was doing little bits of rewriting on Monday. But I put together some pages that I was happy with on Tuesday, so we're about twenty pages in as of Thursday mid-day, which is when I'm writing this, taking a break from listening to the still hissy but slightly more listenable interview, looking for anything that will add value to the Countdown story.
Giger's death has rather overshadowed that of Patrick Woodroffe, who died in the early hours of Saturday, 10 May, following a brief illness. Woodroffe was a prolific artist around the time I started reading SF in a big way in the mid-1970s. He did some beautiful covers for Quartet, including novels by Michael Moorcock, Harry Harrison, Futura, notably their reprints of A. Merritt, Panther, Pan Books, Sphere and Corgi.
Being a long-time rock / prog rock fan, I also began seeing his covers on LPs by Pallas, Budgie, Judas Priest and Greenslade. He also did a cover for The Strawbs Burning For You which was also used on the Corgi paperback edition of Brian Aldiss's SF history, Billion Year Spree—and it took me only forty years to realise.