I have just realized that I have been remiss in not mentioning that I just discovered and have been quite taken with The Dreamer, a webcomic which puts a high school girl from the present day smack in the middle of the events of the American Revolutionary War. It's painstakingly researched, beautifully drawn and colored, and has plenty of adventure, danger and romance as well as a healthy dash of humor. My only complaint now that I've caught up on all the archives is that I have to wait a week at a time to get the next two pages of the story!

However, it seems there is now a print version, for those who prefer a richer comic-book reading experience. Or you can read your way through the online archives, as I did.

Did I mention that Sarah Ellerton's currently running fantasy webcomic The Phoenix Requiem is brilliant and gorgeous as well? And that her previous comic opus Inverloch is now complete, all 764 pages of it? Yes. That.
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ShadowcatLeila over at Bookshelves of Doom is talking about embarrassing Hallowe'en costumes today -- [livejournal.com profile] lizbee, you really need to go and check out her post if you haven't seen it already.

Here's my contribution to the discussion:

I dressed up once in high school as Shadowcat from The X-Men. It was an excellent costume, right down to the boots (well, legwarmers over boots but we won't count that). Except that all day long people asked me if I was Batgirl, and my English teacher (female) threatened to pinch my bottom.

My only consolation was that my best friend dressed up as Illyana from New Mutants and my other best friend went as Mirth from Mage and no one had any idea who THEY were. Well, except me.

The guy at the local comic book shop was pretty excited when we came into his store in full costume, though...



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[livejournal.com profile] cesario shared this synesthesia-themed Dinosaur Comic with me a few days ago and I got a huge kick out of it.

Also, I just watched the two-hour due South pilot (yeah, I know, I'm a little behind) and I very much fear that I may be falling in love with this show. Which is kind of ludicrous seeing how snootily I disdained it when it was actually on my television, because, y'know, Canadian TV = teh suck in 99% of all cases, and the descriptions I'd read of the show just didn't grab me. But the sheer quirky insanity of the thing, plus a kind of warped Canadian patriotism, has won me over. Also, dead Gordon Pinsent = win.

My seven-year-old is an even more ardent fan, however, and having now seen a couple of S3 episodes he adamantly insists that Ray V. is superior to Ray K. In fact, any time I start a new episode, he demands to know whether it's "the proper Ray" or not.
For the first time in I can't even remember how long, today's Sluggy Freelance strip made me laugh out loud. Possibly this is because I have spent way too much time Geocaching with [livejournal.com profile] avarill, but...

Nah, I think it really is funny.

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I finished revising Chapter 13 of Knife today! I'm nearly 2/3rds done! And I've knocked off 10,000 words from the ms. so far, none of which were doing any good whatsoever (people eat sandwiches, they take baths, they hang about waiting for other things to happen, they have long conversations about paintings the reader can't see and artists the reader probably doesn't know, etc.).

Meanwhile, I've streamlined the plot -- oh, there are still red herrings and unanswered questions and (I hope) plenty of other things to keep the reader guessing, but there aren't so many tangents. I've also eliminated a number of unnecessary characters (does the Queen really need three attendants, when there are only forty-seven faeries in the Oak? I think not) and given a minor antagonist (Mallow, for those of you who read the last draft) a more substantial and ongoing role.

Still, by far the biggest changes will be coming in this last section, where I finally say goodbye to an element that people have been questioning from the beginning and replace it with a much more action-oriented scene that I'm quite excited about. Until now the last few chapters of the book have been very talky, with all the big revelations coming out in a single conversation; in this draft I plan to spread that information out a bit, and give Knife a more dynamic role in bringing it to light.

I have great hopes that my editor will be pleased with this revision, and I think it will definitely help the book's saleability to foreign markets -- but we'll see. In any case I'm still on track to turn in the revised draft by the end of February, which makes it very likely indeed that Knife will hit the shelves in the summer of 2009, rather than 2010 as originally scheduled. Yay!
It took me a couple of seconds to get the joke (which shows how slow I am), but this crossover in comic form is genius.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] zakhad for the link.
I'm really not a Michael Buble fan, but I have to say that his cover version of a certain classic television theme is, indisputably, MADE OF WIN.



No need to thank me, really. I do these things as a public service.
I blame [livejournal.com profile] lizbee for this. Well, that and the fact that I finally have a scanner.

You wouldn't know it from my artistic output now (she said, looking ruefully at her neglected deviantART gallery), but I used to draw at least one picture every day. In fact, back in my teens I couldn't imagine giving up drawing any more than I could imagine not writing. I seriously thought about taking a double major in university, with the eventual hope of writing and illustrating my own books. As time wore on, however, the writing kind of pushed the drawing out of my mental spotlight, and here I am twenty years later, still working away at the writing, but only dabbling now and then on the artistic side.

So. All that being said, I've unearthed some of my old sketches and drawings, and now I shall inflict them on you share them with you, for whatever it's worth:

Knife (1986) )

Portraits of Steerpike and Fuchsia (1987) )

Perryn A'Tavis and Rissian Isolar (1990) )

I have one more piece of old art to share, but this one was drawn by a real master -- Bill Sienkiewicz. My brother Pete commissioned it from Bill when he was visiting the Silver Snail comic shop in Toronto, and I have no idea what happened to the original, but since I still have a photocopy, I've scanned it for the amusement of my fellow 80's comic geeks. [livejournal.com profile] kateorman at least should get a kick out of this one, since I know she likes Warlock at least:

Legion and Warlock, by Bill Sienkiewicz )

I scanned a few more pieces last night for [livejournal.com profile] lizbee, but they're the kind of thing best saved for a "Humiliate Yourself in Public" meme (i.e. illos and fashion designs for my pernicious and now mercifully defunct sword-swinging Time Lady princess Mary Sue, who scored a smashing 102 when I ran her through the Litmus Test), so I'll spare us both the embarrassment.

Hee!

Aug. 30th, 2005 08:20 am
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Some of my favorite newspaper comics are on a roll. Yesterday's Dilbert was sheer brilliance:

See? )

And then today's Get Fuzzy made me laugh out loud:

Told you... )

I laughed out loud on both counts, and I almost never do that.

ETA: Okay, and now I've just laughed aloud for a third time, thanks to this little comment at the end of today's Josh Reads Comics entry:
Apropos of nothing, a few months ago the future Mrs. C. and I were cooling off in a wading pool at Paramount's Great America when we saw someone walk by with a giant inflatable chunk of Spider-Man merchandising. She pointed out that it's pretty hilarious to pronounce "Spider-Man" like it's a Jewish last name, with the last syllable de-emphasized. As in, "Oy, why do we have to have Passover at the Spidermans every year? There's always this weird webbing stuff in the haroset."
*dies*

Wah!

May. 17th, 2003 10:12 am
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The only thing I have to blog or journal about, I can't blog or journal about. And I just combed my friendsfriends list (which is a strange and disturbing thing, rather like a Michael Card concert with Marilyn Manson as the opening act) and I still don't have any ideas.

Obviously, Jemima needs to say something controversial again. Or maybe I just need to get out more.

Um, how about... I went to see X2 last week? And having spent my teen years in the thick of the Claremont era, I was vastly amused by the cameos from Hank, Kitty, Siryn, and Peter. (Jubilee whatever. She just annoys me.) Anyway, was I the only one who goggled at the Native American girl who was one of the captured kids, and immediately started looking for Cannonball, Wolfsbane and (especially) Magik? Since I didn't find them, however, I guess I'm going to have to assume that girl wasn't supposed to be Danielle Moonstar.

I also think they've limited Rogue's mutant ability too much. They used her well in the first movie, but if it takes her that long to absorb somebody's powers and if the victim stays fully conscious while she's doing it, she's really not that useful. Plus she doesn't have any of the Ms. Marvel-related powers like flying*. What fun is that?

On the other hand, the next movie looks very promising. *rubs handses*
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*Which reminds me, even Storm doesn't fly in these movies. Will we never see a flying mutant?
Ooh, an update on the Mage: The Hero Discovered movie! I really, really hope this one gets into production soon, because if they get the script and the casting right, it could be amazing.

GIP? Why, no, not at all...
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And, since I've been talking comics the last couple of days, might as well mention my other favourite comic of the 80's: Scott McCloud's Zot!. An exuberant, witty, occasionally deeply moving series, at least until the wheels came off the cart (IMO) around Issue 22 or so and the storyline bogged down in self-important liberal rhetoric before coming to an end that I didn't even stick around to see. But to my great delight, Scott returned the comic to its full-colour, pop-art roots in "Hearts and Minds" (2000), an online graphic novel that takes full advantage of the paperless medium, and tells a whacking good story to boot. Even new readers can follow this one -- read it here.
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Headline: Disney Touchstone Greenlights Live-Action Movie Adaptation of Matt Wagner's Mage.

Excuse me while I scream in fangirl delight: squeeeeeeeee!!! Mage: The Hero Discovered was only, like, my favorite comic ever. And Mirth was only one of my favorite characters ever. And Matt Wagner is actually in on this project, they're consulting him all the time, so there's actually a chance that they might get this thing right...
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Jul. 19th, 2002 05:51 pm
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Holmes/Russell (or just Holmes) fans, and/or comic book lovers in general, may want to have a peek at the free issue of RUSE by CrossGen, published at Free Comics on the Web. A story set in a quasi-Victorian world, featuring a rather Holmeslike detective named Simon Archard and his somewhat Russellian assistant Emma Bishop, RUSE is well-written, beautifully drawn, and I'd be sorely tempted to start collecting it, if I had any time for such things these days. Thanks to Carole on the RUSS-L mailing list for the heads-up.
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