So tomorrow night (Friday 22 July) there’s a panel on at San Diego Comic Con presented by some mates of mine from Australia.
It deals with the apparent renaissance right now in Australian independent comic books — and, as a bit of camaraderie, I took it upon myself to interview 18 creators inside a 3-day period (including editing and writing) for a lengthy piece over at Bleeding Cool.
I’d like to say a word of thanks to Rich at Bleeding Cool for running with the piece (honestly, you don’t find that support from most Australian media), along with the creators who participated: Gary Chaloner, Matt Kyme, Cristian Roux, Fil Barlow, Tim McEwen, Helen Maier, Stu Campbell, Skye Ogden, Darren Koziol, Nat Karmichael, Frantz Kantor, Antoinette Rydyr, Daniel Watts, Jason Franks, Mark Hobby, Chris Wahl, Graeme Jackson, and Steve Carter.
I also created a “repository” of all these people’s original feedback here, which is perhaps further enlightening still.
Just today it scored two luv’ly reviews.
The first, from Carol Days at Cultured Vultures, read this: “This is an adaption that not only extends on the characters’ depth but also gives the readers a more humane look into Heropa itself, and the ‘phonies’ living in it… If you’re a fan of the genre noir, superheroes and self-aware meta, then Bullet Gal must be on your next purchase list.”
Over on PopCultHQ, Amanda the Brainy Librarian wrote: “Andrez Bergen captures the film noir essence while keeping a steady flow of humor and intrigue. I was immersed into the world of Heropa and quickly found myself yearning to hear more from my new favorite anti-heroine, Bullet Gal!”
Earlier this week, Barry Huddleston of Attention Earthlings! finished the book and said: “Damn, that was a good read. It was as if Andrez Bergen wrote a book just to entertain me. Bullet Gal is a collection of everything I like wrapped up in a tortilla.”
Last week I got interviewed in the Melbourne Observer newspaper, thanks to Cheryl Threadgold, about the book. Cheryl knows her comics & noir — which helps!
I’ve also done a couple of silly op-ed pieces, which anyone who knows me would realize I have a blast writing.
Over on Dan Wright’s Pandragon blog I in compared Mitzi with a drink. Yes, she’s a Luis Buñuel surrealist martini. A martini, because of its attractions in hardboiled literature and cinema as well as James Bond. The surrealist thing thanks to that movement’s fixation on dreams, and its roots in the subversive putsch of dada beforehand…
On Fully Booked, I compare noir with tap water. Seriously.
There is now also a Bullet Gal novel specific website, jam-packed with loads of information tidbits, references, influences, old comics and films – blah, blah, blah.
Finally, my 2013 novel Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa? — which Bullet Gal is actually a prequel to — has an Amazon Kindle special right now.
For a short time it’s selling for just $0.99.