Completely self-indulgent news to report?
Planet Goth, or Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth, or whatever we bloody well end up calling novel #4, has been accepted by Perfect Edge Books in the UK and should be out about midway through the year. We got a wunderbar pre-publication review thanks to the very cool Lori Alden Holuta (thanks, mate!).
Also comic book Tales to Admonish #2 (the series I do with artist Matt Kyme) will be launched in Melbourne on January 26th — Australia Day, no less. Sad to say I won’t be there. Again. Ahhh, the tyranny o’ distance.
And I have a new story coming out through one of my favourite online noir/hardboiled sites, Shotgun Honey, on February 21st.
We had a chilled New Year’s Eve here in Tokyo — watching enka (演歌) standards by elderly types, silly Guinness Book of Records attempts, and Kōhaku Uta Gassen (紅白歌合戦). The best part? The 70-year-old lady ripping into Harry Belafonte’s ‘Banana Boat’.
Over the past 3 weeks I’ve had my head buried over the past few weeks in a range of comic books… everything from re-reading Savage Tales #1 (May 1971), with art by Barry Smith, Gray Morrow, Gene Colan, John Buscema & John Romita, and yarns by Stan Lee, Gerry Conway, Denny O’Neil & Roy Thomas — something that helped defined my childhood — to the entire Ed Brubaker/Steve Epting run on Captain America (vol. 5, #1-50). Plus Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (風の谷のナウシカ), Matt Fraction, David Aja & Annie Wu’s recent brilliance with Hawkeye, and also some Eisner, Steranko and Masamune thrown into the sides.
In between I’ve been squeezing in a real novel (Jedediah Berry’s The Manual of Detection, which I’m also really digging), a bunch of Roy & Suzie short stories, and contemplating ideas for novel #5 of my own.
Big thanks as always to all the support out there for the various projects — to people who read this stuff as much as ones who critique it.
The Tobacco-Stained Sky: An Anthology of Post-Apocalyptic Noir received a great end-of-year blurb from Gordon Highland, along with Junkie Love by Joe Clifford and Angel Falls by Michael Gonzalez.
Ta, mates! 😉