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Oof, a bit of a slow start this morning. Let's see, a diary event: make a note of the evening of Monday, 21 Sept: that's the next meeting of Laydeez Do Comics (open to blokes as well). The speaker will be Rosalind B Penfold, creator of Dragonslippers, and the book to read is Eddie Campbell's The Fate of the Artist. (Which I haven't read; do any of you people recommend it?)

That event's in London's east end and, speaking of that area, I just got a postcard from my favourite art supply shop, Atlantis, that they've just moved up Brick Lane to an even larger building, on Hanbury Street.
I liked their old place next to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry; I used to snoop around that building watching them making the enormous bells. (Americans, it's where the Liberty Bell was cast, and it cracked, but I hear they're still a pretty good foundry as bell foundries go.) So I'll have to make a special trip now to peek in.

Viviane gave me these amazing thumb wrestling hoods, so I had Gary and her try them out.
And guys, the battle was fierce, let me tell you.


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cleanskies
Aug. 27th, 2009 09:46 am (UTC)
Read "How to be an artist" instead. Actually, no -- the interesting thing is probably to read them both, together. I don't think Fate stands up so well on its own.

jabberworks
Aug. 27th, 2009 09:48 am (UTC)
Interesting, why is that? Is it sort of a sequel?
cleanskies
Aug. 27th, 2009 10:01 am (UTC)
It's a revisit to the same themes, from an older perspective -- and it suffers a bit from feeling like a sort of jaded commentary on his younger, more optimistic self sometimes, for me.

There's also the style -- the two works bracket his big collaboration with Alan Moore, From Hell, and the various following successes, and this has changed how he writes -- the clean, open simplicity is gone and some of that thick verbal/image density I associate with Moore's work has bled out into Campbell's, making the story less involving and sometimes more confusing. It's very personal, too -- and there's a sort of reticence, a sense of putting barriers between the writer and the audience, possibly because he's now famous enough to have real scary fans, of the sort you want to keep at arm's length.

Edited at 2009-08-27 10:02 am (UTC)
jabberworks
Aug. 27th, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)
Oh jeez, it's horrible to think someone's scary fans might be able to influence their work that much. Like, be such a big fan of someone that the person you're a fan of can't work properly. I remember Neil Gaiman telling off someone for thinking he could hold George R.R. Martin accountable to write anything.

Hmm, what you say makes me want to read some of Campbell's earlier work first. ellenlindner has more than once advised me to read From Hell; she thinks I'd really like the London setting. I must confess, when I picked it up, it doesn't immediately look like my sort of thing, but I really must try a bit harder.

Thanks for that!
cleanskies
Aug. 27th, 2009 10:23 am (UTC)
I'm afraid that I feel that From Hell -- although a very superior example of Jack the Ripper conspiracy theory bollocks -- is nevertheless Jack the Ripper conspiracy theory bollocks and therefore a bit of a waste of space IMO. It does have one of the funniest sex scenes ever in it, though, complete with hilarious period slang...
cleanskies
Aug. 27th, 2009 10:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link to "George R.R. Martin is not your bitch." by the way, that's brilliant!
rainboworchid
Aug. 27th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
From Hell is one of my favourite comics! I'm not sure it would be your thing, Sarah - but you may indeed enjoy some of the London stuff (more than some of the murder stuff). I think there's a new complete collection of Eddie Campbell's autobiog books coming out - yes, right here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/ALEC-Years-Pants-Life-Size-Omnibus/dp/1603090258/
cleanskies
Aug. 27th, 2009 12:23 pm (UTC)
!yay!
OK, straight on the wishlist! Maybe I'll even be able to get rid of a few of my old --- um --- Deevees? Or was is Dark Horse? It's all in the longboxes somewhere....
jabberworks
Aug. 27th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
Re: !yay!
Oops, deleted that last comment, probably not a very responsible thing to write if the guy has rabid fans.
crazycrone
Aug. 27th, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
Agree about reading HOW TO... first,and its being rather better.

Edited at 2009-08-27 11:36 am (UTC)
mr_hillmonster
Aug. 27th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah whatevah.... THUMB WRESTLING!!!!!!!!!!
ellenlindner
Aug. 27th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
I'm ignoring the whole From Hell debate...just wanted to post to say 'lovely pictures', pretty hilarious ones too. LOVE Gary's look of triumph. And if you don't bring the hoods on Sunday, I'll be WAY disappointed! :)
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