Comics, Censorship & Condiments

The Comics Code Authority was the one-time de facto censor for the U.S. comic book industry, its logo conjured up by Ira R. Schnapp — a designer and letterer who defined the DC Comics house style for 30 years, designed the world-famous Action Comics logo, and refined and perfected the Superman logo in 1940. But the key word here is “censor”, something that gets a shoo-in via my new novel, especially the censorship of comic book superheroes.

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That next novel, Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?, my 473-page shameless homage to 1940s noir and ’60s Marvel comic books, is locked in for publication on 27 September, but already online and available to pre-order @ Amazon USA and Amazon UK.

Definitely this is the weightiest bugger I’ve written, and I’m looking forward to its effectiveness as a paperweight.

I also have a collection of comics, stories & articles (mostly noir but also some sci-fi/pulp/fantasy/glitch) coming out on paperback on 22 July via Perfect Edge Books—and this week I got the digital versions. The book is called The Condimental Op and I’ve recently got a couple of really very cool reviews courtesy of Chris Irvin @ House League Fiction and Steven Alloway @ Fanboy Comics. The book is actually discounted before publication now @ Amazon (31% off) but I think this offer finishes shortly.

Speaking of discounts, my previous novel One Hundred Years of Vicissitude now has 60% off the paperback @ Amazon, cut from $18.95… to $7.58. Not sure how long the sale will last, but check it out HERE if you’re vaguely interested.

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When I got home on Saturday there was a nice package in the mail: the sequential art/comic book tome Cocoa’s scouring here (Uncanny Adventures) from 8th Wonder Press, which contains some way cool gems… along with the ‘Zig Zag’ strip that Drezz Rodriguez and I put together. Smitten by these guys.

Other people I unashamedly love (call me loose!) include the people @ Nerd Culture Podcast back in my hometown Melbourne, who were recently nice enough to interview me for my baptismal, wayward yack via Skype (for episode #53, up now), alongside an interview with Gail Simone (Batgirl)—plus reviews of Oblivion, Masters of the Universe, Eagle vs. Shark, and Wreck It Ralph. Ta, mates! Was a lot of fun. Cocoa even makes a one-word cameo.

Regarding the somewhat overdue anthology The Tobacco-Stained Sky, we’ve now closed the editing cycle on the manuscript — thanks to all the writers/artists who got back with their respective thumbs-up or prudent advice re: changes/tweaks/typos — and we have also pretty much finished the cover artwork.

Next up? Laying out the final draft before printing… yum.

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