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Hooray, “Dial H” Is Out in Paperback This Week!

18 Apr

China Mieville’s ultrawierd comic book “Dial H” is finally on the stands as of Wednesday in paperback form! You can read the first six issues, which I recommend. It is strange. It is cool. The art is not that great, but the writing is freaking spectacular. I wish to goodness Brian Bolland had done the interiors as well as the covers. Click through for the Powell’s Books link.

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Terry Moore’s “Rachel Rising” Will Become a TV show

18 Apr

The Hollywood Reporter is saying that the excellent Terry Moore’s great/weird/cool zombie comic “Rachel Rising” has been optioned by the Alcon Group’s TV division, which is kind of a new thing in and of itself.

Anyway, Moore, probably best known for his soap-opera series “Strangers in Paradise” (and not at all known for the it-ought-to-be-more-famous SF opus “Echo”), is going to exec produce. Here’s hoping this one makes it to a network.

Alcon is going out to showrunners now.

Ted’s Church of the Very Bright Lights

16 Apr

You see, I didn’t ask to be a prophet. Nope, you see one day I just heard a voice say, “Hey, Ted! Ted! No, over here, Ted!” And I turned and I saw the very bright lights. And I said, “Hi,” and God said. “Hi,” and I said, “So you’re God huh?” and God said, “Yup, how you doin’, Ted?” and I said, “Okay, how ’bout you lord?” “Pretty good what’s new Ted?” I said, “Oh, nothing much, what’s new with you?” And he said, “Well, you know, same old, same old. Well I guess I’d better be running along, you must be busy.” And I said, “No, God, I’m not doing anything.” And God said, “Well, I better be running anyway.” and I said, “Wait, God, is there anything you’d like me to tell the people?” And God said unto me, “Just tell ’em I said, ‘Hi.'”

–Dave Foley

CAT BREAK: Shower

16 Apr

This is the best possible way to take a shower.

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Batman: Li’l Gotham

16 Apr

Batman: Li'l Gotham

Dustin Nguyen is one of the most talented artists working in comics; when I was at Comicon two years ago he was selling sketchbooks full of chibi versions of the DC superheroes and I thought it was the greatest thing I’d ever seen. It still is. Now it’s available in comic book form. So hie thee to a retailer and buy one.

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GOOD SHOW, MR. PRESIDENT: Obama says he’ll veto CISPA, which is terrible

16 Apr

GOOD SHOW, MR. PRESIDENT: Obama says he'll veto CISPA, which is terrible

“The administration still seeks additional improvements and if the bill, as currently crafted, were presented to the president, his senior advisers would recommend that he veto the bill,” said a statement sent to reporters today.

Rock on, O. See? You can pull it out when you try!

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Alan Moore on His New Lovecraft Horror Comic, ‘Providence’

16 Apr

What Providence is, is an attempt to write – at least, my attempt to write what I would consider to be a piece of ultimate Lovecraft fiction, in that it will be fiction, it will be a continuation of Neonomicon, it will in a sense be a prequel to that book, but it will also – slightly – be a sequel as well. It will be dealing with the world of Lovecraft’s American-based fiction, which tends to sort of rule out stories like The Mountains of Madness which, although, yes, it does have a strong Miskatonic element in it, is largely based in Antarctica.
But we’re going more for Lovecraft’s New England fiction, and a couple of the New York stories. We are kind of connecting these up intro what I think is an ingenious whole, even though I say so myself as shouldn’t, and it’s – and what we’re also doing, as well as answering all the problems, all the questions raised by Neonomicon – even if the readers hadn’t noticed that those questions had been raised – we’re going to be detailing this hopefully fresh view of Lovecraft’s universe, or at least its American component, and we’re also going to be working not only from Lovecraft’s published fiction, and his poems, and his letters, but also from his biography. I think that there’s a way that there could be a sort of parallel world biographical strand in this, that is never the less researched so thoroughly that it could have happened. It could have happened. I mean, the research on this has been – this is the most demanding research I’ve done easily since From Hell.

Alan Moore, on his new series “Providence,” in this fantastic interview on The Beat.