Derek Kirk Kim has begun serializing his newest opus HEALING HANDS on his website.!
Is this a major news item ?
Is this the start of something amazing?
And who will publish the complete work?
That's right, you guessed it: First Second!
(From Nick Abadzis, in London, author of the upcoming :01 title LAIKA, about which we shall say nothing yet!)
Good Places to Draw People No.1
Many things in England are about waiting, putting up with stuff or queuing. British people love to wait in line. Is this stoicism, or a desire to allow valuable minutes of your life peel away; minutes that you'll never get back? This desire to wait - and, more importantly, be granted the opportunity to complain -- is exemplified on the London tube. For the privilege of paying nearly the most expensive rapid transit prices in the world, Londoners are granted a shambolic, gasping system that forever groans and strains at the edge of breaking point; always threatening to tip itself and its passengers completely into the abyss yet somehow always just hauling itself back from the brink.
The system itself is an awesome piece of Victorian engineering and was, I believe, the blueprint for a great many more Underground railways around the world, including those of New York and Paris. Both those cities' systems have their problems too, of course, but at least NYC's is 24-hour (sort of) and Paris' runs later and generally seems more reliable. And neither are as expensive.
But the Tube system, of course, is a great place to observe people, British people, in repose, doing what they do best. Waiting and complaining.
Diary of an author, waiting. Part 1
In the field of the graphic novel a new attitude has grown up over the last twenty-five years. We tend to think now in terms of comics for the bookshelf. At first the artist used the available machinery of the monthly periodicals, serializing his ambitious narrative in parts, with a view to collecting them between two covers later. There are even a few, that I would number among the great graphic novels, that never got assembled together for one reason or another. And due to the vicissitudes of the publishing business, there are even one or two that never got finished.
Eventually the successful author in this field finds himself (or herself of course, but I’m really talking about myself, Eddie Campbell, here) in the position, like successful authors in the realm of the literature generally, of being commissioned to create a work that is all of a piece, to deliver his so called graphic novel all at the same time, without serialisation in parts. Now he finds himself in the unexpected role of the recluse. It’s a new experience for him.
Removed from a regimen of monthly publication and the rigmarole of conducting a readers letters page and other sociable activities, he inhabits his own hollow head, with its reverberating echoes. The emails dry up: somebody offering him the jackrabbit vibrator… can he use more length… minimize his mortgage… somebody in Africa has got six million dollars for him...
The doubts start to arrive. What was he thinking, doing such a complicated book? Why did he go so far out on a limb? He has revealed to much of himself in this one. It’s too much of an open nerve, all this real pain and joy. The Fate of the Artist, indeed. Why didn’t he pick up another superhero job, like his quaint, odd little version of a Batman book of two years ago. That would have been much safer
His editor, Siegel tries to put him at ease by telling him the book looks splendid. What? Siegel has an advance copy? He cajoles and wheedles and coaxes Siegel into sending him the one advance airmail copy.
Now the author is the only person in the world who has one, as the rest will still be some time coming from Hong Kong and even then it won’t be released until April. What if they never arrive? What if they all go down to the bottom of the sea?.
The author gets his book out again. He admires it. Tears of happiness come to his eye. At last his eye falls upon the one typo. He convinces himself he is a crushed failure. This too passes.
Days go by. He admires his book again. The only copy in the world. The author begins to imagine that he has entered into some ‘vanity publishing’ arrangement.
(Continuing in our series of COLLECTIBLE BLOG ENTRIES!)
News flash! In the :01 Fall season this year, we're presenting Sfar's KLEZMER... More to come about that, but here's a graphic blog entry from the author of VAMPIRE LOVES -- due out this Spring -- and THE RABBI'S CAT, from the good folks at Pantheon.
Here's a glimpse from our Fall List, which I'm very proud to say includes KAMPUNG BOY, from Malaysia's most beloved cartoonist LAT.
His latest award, the prestigious Petronas Journalism Award, was recently reported in The Comics Reporter. Though he's not yet widely known in the States, he is a superstar in Indonesia. And ask any Malaysian: he's revered for his work of many years (he was first published when he was only 13).
Lat has received tons of awards, including, in 1994, the prestigious Malaysian honorific title "Datuk," which compares with Knighthood in England or being named Chevalier in France. I first came across the Kampung Boy series because Ferid Kaddour of Thé-Troc published a lovely French version of it. He's now releasing the second volume.
Our edition has new lettering and cover artwork from Lat.
It makes me really proud to count Lat's presence in the First Second list.
And a bonus: here is a snapshot of Lat with Matt Groening and an unidentified friend.
Happy New Year!
Welcome back to the blog that time forgot. You've been here a few times, O Visitor, and found empty hallways with only the echo of your own dragging footsteps . . . BUT NO MORE! It's about to get hopping around here again!
Prepare for lots of IMPOSSIBLY TALENTED GUEST BLOGGERS here, starting next week, and running up to our launch in the Spring!
That's right, you've guessed it: FIRST SECOND AUTHORS are posting here, unpublished, behind-the-scenes, sketches, doodles and what else I can't say! And if you know who some of the folks working hard on :01 Graphic Novels are, then you know your visits to this humble little blog shall be richly rewarded.
In the meantime, a few more doodles from yours truly, and juicy news items too.
And special thanks Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter for ending the year with this friendly note:
Make Five Comics-Related Wishes for 2006.
1. More boutique publishers releasing big, noteworthy projects like Peter Maresca and Dan Nadel did in 2004.
2. More comic shops.
3. More variety -- okay, any variety -- in the Diamond Top 100.
4. Less news about undercapitalized, disorganized publishers unable to publish their comics.
5. A successful launch for First Second.