Thursday, June 19, 2014

Comic Cuts - 20 June 2014

This has been a long time coming, but... I'm pleased to say that the latest book from Bear Alley Books is due shortly. I finally finished laying out the pages for Countdown to TV Action on Thursday and by the time you read this the book should be at the printers, who will be supplying me with a proof copy in the not-too-distant future.

The next job is to get the order form up on the Bear Alley Books site, which will probably appear within the next day or so. It would have been up by now had I not spent most of Monday writing up an obituary for Daniel Keyes, who died on Sunday at the age of 86. Keyes wrote the wonderful Flowers for Algernon, filmed as Charly. I have put together a small, incomplete cover gallery of his UK paperbacks for tomorrow. I hope you'll call back to take a look, and maybe someone will be able to supply some better scans.

What's next for Bear Alley Books? To be frank, I'm not sure. There are a couple of projects I'd love to get going on, but some depend on other people, some depend on companies and their willingness to license material for short print-run books, and some depend on whether I want to dive straight back into writing the history of another comic. And at the back of it is always the need to pay the rent. Unless sales pick up, I may have to get myself a real job and turn Bear Alley back into a part-time hobby. There are already projects that I can't afford to do because they would take too long to write and earn too little money. I need a sugar mummy or daddy!

Our random scans are truly random this week... a selection of books I've picked up over the last couple of weeks that don't fit into any other gallery, although that isn't to say that the author's don't deserve (and won't receive at some point) a gallery of their own.

The last book is The Mighty Book of Boosh (2008) which contains an inlaid 16-page comic book entitled The Mighty Boosh in Bongo Nihongo, co-written by Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding and artist Jake Steel (whose website is here... not to be mistaken for the identically-named gay porn star!).

Next week. I have nothing planned as yet.

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