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23 posts from February 2006

February 16, 2006

Guest Blogger: EDDIE CAMPBELL

Diary of an author, waiting. part 5

While waiting for my book, the Fate of the Artist, to come out, I often find myself wondering: what is the business of the artist anyway? I mean what is he supposed to be about? When he has not had a new book on the market for some time, it's easy to start thinking it's all got a bit abstract, like saying a word over and over until it becomes absurd. I  just came across a quote which fits the bill:

The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep. 

-- Marc Chagall

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February 15, 2006

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Another bit from my journals. At the time I was asking myself what I would say to the young kids who want to become suicide bombers. As with most of these excerpts, they're just that -- pieces lifted out of longer rambles, presented here without beginning or end.

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February 14, 2006

NEWS! YESTERDAY'S NEWS! AND TODAY'S!

GOOD THING FOR GUEST BLOGGERS! I've been away, and just returned, but thanks to our ongoing contributors, traffic here doesn't go down -- the blog is hopping with good stuff! I should stay away more often.

So what's news?

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If you haven't heard already, LEWIS TRONDHEIM won the Grand Prize at this year's Angoulême Comics Festival . Congratulations, Lewis!

And FIRST SECOND is in the news, in today's Publisher's Weekly, COMICS WEEK, with glimpses of what went into the making of :01.

Guest Blogger: SARA VARON

(another stolen glimpse of Sara's exquisite ROBOT DREAMS!)

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February 13, 2006

Project LAIKA -- Nick ABADZIS's secret works

Can't wait! And neither can Abadzis fans, who are about to be knocked sideways by this extraordinary new project of his, a true labor of love. Sorry: I meant to say a labour of love. More to come, more to come!

Here's Nick, whose massive research for LAIKA took him -- surprise! -- to Moscow.

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Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS

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I saw this bloke sitting in the lobby of the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski in Moscow, just across the river from Saint Basils. He wore a high-collared suit and had a whopping great grey moustache (mustache for those of you in the US) and looked, for all the world, just like Stalin. Well, maybe his hair was a bit long.

February 10, 2006

From the sketchbooks of DANICA NOVGORODOFF

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February 09, 2006

Journal Excerpt

another excerpt from my shadowland journals without any context...

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February 08, 2006

Journal Excerpt

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February 07, 2006

Journal Excerpt

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