Trista & Holt reviews, novel progress, & new comic/muzak projects

10869724_10153592153651183_559782894920002879_oI’ve been working with veteran (and awesome) Aussie artist Frantz Kantor on a new, continuing “superhero” strip for Comicoz‘s Oi Oi Oi! ‘zine, with the remit being that it should be something related to Australia.

To my mind, very little reminds me more of my home country than magpies — and childhood memories of Jana Wendt interviewing people on the telly. The first 8-page story has just been sketched-out by Frantz; this is not the finished product, but a sneak preview since I’m rather bloody excited. Shhh!

Otherwise, I just tipped the 12,000-word mark on novel #6, currently titled Black Sails, Disco Inferno – which is actually an adaptation of the 15-issue comic book run I did this year on Trista & Holt, itself a noir/crime reboot of the medieval tale of Tristan and Iseult – set in the mid 1970s.

Trista-Holt-double-pageSpeaking of Trista & Holt, we just scored an almighty critique and analysis of #1~6 by BD (Ben) Kooyman for the Australian Comics Journal.

Not only does he get 99% of the references, but suggests additional possibilities I hadn’t cottoned onto — like Angela Lansbury’s villainous matriarchal turn in The Manchurian Candidate… ye gods, how did I forget that?

THANK YOU, mate.

jhp55b8fc5a17393And, on top of that, there’s a very, very cool review of Trista & Holt #8 thanks to Paul Bowler @ Sci-Fi Jubilee – ta, laddie – in which he says that “This innovative pulp-noir-of-yesteryear mash-up with the crime-laced saga of Tristan and Iseult blends noir, brutality, and disco with stylish aplomb.”

Wow.

Oh, and I almost forgot – next novel Small Change, out through Roundfire Fiction on December 11th, made the cut for Chicago Newsmost anticipated books for the remainder of 2015…

Finally, music.

We can now pretty much announce the upcoming Little Nobody double-vinyl LP that’s coming out soon via Nicolas Lutz‘s label My Own Jupiter… as I just received the masters.

Hilariously, I can’t remember the name I gave the LP (stay tuned!), but it brings together a cross section of tracks I’ve made under different aliases over the past 15 years — including ‘Suicidio’, perhaps my own fave track (shhh); here’s an unmastered version from 7 years back, when it was “crafted” under the silly nom de plume of Conversational Dentures:

(At the time, in 2008, I nicked the visuals from some obscure Soviet sci-fi film, then cut ’em up, looped and spliced ’em. Don’t tell anyone!)

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