Saturday, May 30, 2009


San Francisco Chronicle on End of the Century

The merely-amazing Michael Berry has reviewed End of the Century for the venerable San Francisco Chronicle, and has been very generous with his praise.

Texas writer, editor and publisher Chris Roberson pays home to at least three British masters of fantasy and science fiction in End of the Century (Pyr; 486 pages; $15; trade paperback). Set in a trio of timelines, this epic saga mixes Arthurian legend, Victorian sleuthing and the misadventures of an epileptic young woman in turn-of-the-millennium London.

In sixth century Britain, young Galaad comes to the court of King Artor with tales of a tower of glass and a woman in white who pleads for rescue. The other knights are dubious, but Artor, bored with the mundane details of administering a kingdom, agrees to set off on a quest. In the 1890s, as England prepares for Queen Victoria's Jubilee, consulting detective Sandford Bank and his lovely companion Roxanne Bonaventure investigate a series of gruesome murders in which the victims have been dismembered with an impossibly sharp blade. And in London of 2000, 18-year-old Alice Fell searches for the truth behind her visions of ravens, a glowing jewel and a stranger with ice-chip blue eyes.

Roberson, author of "Here, There & Everywhere" and "Paragaea: A Planetary Romance," coordinates the multiple plots with panache, keeping each interesting in itself while seeding them with clues that pay off up and down the timelines. The book is dedicated to Michael Moorcock, Alan Moore and Kim Newman, and it's not hard to discern their influences on the secret societies, mystical lore and pulpy derring-do featured in "End of the Century."

Roberson has his own unique strengths as a writer, however, and he is developing a literary cosmology well worth further exploration. If he sometimes resorts to bald explication of the scientific/philosophical underpinnings that govern his multiverse, its a forgivable lapse in the face of so much invention and clever storytelling.

Thanks, Michael!



Secret Saturdays console game

This may be the year Georgia and I convince Allison to revoke the "no video games in the house" rule (which admittedly was enacted years ago with my full agreement, but now of course we've got Georgia's hand-eye-coordination to consider and not just the risk of blown deadlines...).

Here's what may be the proverbial straw: Jay Stephens shares the details of the forthcoming Secret Saturdays console game, "Beasts Of The 5th Sun."
"... players will take control of multiple characters that include the entire Saturday family... and some select Cryptids to fly, swing, pole vault and battle enemies. Players will adventure through 10 action packed levels in amazing environments from dangerous jungles to lost undersea cities to collect and interact with more than 50 never-before-seen Cryptids. Along the way, players will record the details of each find in their very own Cryptipedia. Fun puzzle elements allow players to locate hidden Cryptids and discover new paths as they fight recognizable enemies from the show including Van Rook, Piecemeal, Munya and the evil V.V. Argost."

There's a preview clip of the game play over at, and it doesn't look bad at all.

Friday, May 29, 2009


Little, Golden, Better

(via) Georgia is going to love this. Brian Biggs is doing a Little Golden Book "about a cute baby dinosaur who talks about himself and his Cretaceous life" (I love that that's the description of The Work from the contract), and shares a rough cover and some interior sketches.

My kid, at 5 years old, looks askance at any book that doesn't have the gold-foil tape of a Little Golden Book over the spine. And she adores dinosaurs. Put those two great tastes together, and I think we're going to have a winner.

In tangentially related news, Sarah Albee, who's penned loads of Sesame Street kids books that are perennially favorites around our house, has a new Little Golden Book coming out in July illustrated by Julia Woolf, Halloween ABC.

Monsters and ghosts and witches? That's almost as good as dinosaurs, so far as Georgia is concerned. We're sold!


John Berlyne's Powers: Secret Histories

I've been meaning to rave about John Berlyne's staggering achievement, Powers: Secret Histories: A Bibliography, for a while now. My preordered copy arrived from PS Publishing a month or two ago, and I've only had a chance to dip into it so far, but what little I've read in it has just knocked my socks off.

Berlyne spent years putting this thing together, and it shows. A loving, exhaustive overview of the work of Tim Powers, complete with never-before-seen "behind the scenes" material.

If the bare description alone isn't enough to sell you on it, the good people at PS are prepared to help. They've posted a free 24-page PDF sampler of the contents, and here's how they introduce it: "It includes a chunk of the bibliography section that lists every edition of Powers’ seminal The Anubis Gates, as well as China Mieville’s tribute to the novel, examples of Dick Berger’s exclusive artwork, excerpts and notes and doodles by Powers himself, and much more - and it still represents just a fraction of what the book itself contains."

So if "exhaustive overview of the work of Tim Powers" isn't enough to get you to order a copy (now shipping!), check out the PDF and join us here on the side of the angels. As for me, I'm looking forward to finishing up the World Fantasy Award judging so I'll have a chance to sit down and give Powers: Secret Histories the attention it deserves!


Toy Story 3 teaser

(via) It looks like we may not be able to take Georgia to see Up until next weekend, but at least we don't have to wait to see the new Toy Story 3 teaser trailer that's running in front of it. For the moment, at least, it's available for viewing online. Who knows if it'll stay up there, though, so go watch it, already.

[UPDATE: That link is already dead, but the official site is now live. Enjoy.]

Toy Story 2 was the rare sequel that was better (much better, in fact) than the original. I have confidence that Pixar wouldn't have gone back to that well unless they thought they could it again. I look forward to seeing what they've come up with.


The Four-Toed Statue

In his latest column on Lost for, Jeff Jensen points out an interesting tidbit buried in ABC's episode summary for the season finale. Wagering which Egyptian diety is depicted in that four-toed statue on the island? If your money was on Anubis, Sobek, or Set, I'm afraid you won't be walking away a winner. (Me, I was convinced it was Anubis.)

So who is it? To be honest, I don't think I ever would have guessed.


Starlog on End of the Century

Michael Wolff has reviewed End of the Century for the "Booklog" feature of the Starlog site, and seems to have liked it.
A Sixth Century knight... A Victorian Age pair of professional adventurers... A runaway American girl in 1999... In END OF THE CENTURY, three apparently disparate elements are linked in a series of exploits involving a search for the Holy Grail. Their destinies weave in and out of different London eras as each of them are, in turn, threatened by an enemy that seems far more than human.

Roberson does a nice job of tap dancing here, deftly moving the narrative throughout various time periods without allowing any of them to become stale. And the three sets of "heroes" are well balanced: the classic knight Galaad, the cosmopolitan team of Blank and Bonaventure and the resourceful teenager Alice Fell. Rather than stereotypes, the author offers up archetypes. Roberson understands that a genuine villain calls for genuine heroes to meet in combat, and in END OF THE CENTURY, he gives readers a memorable cast of characters.


Thursday, May 28, 2009


Hal Duncan Interview

Jeff Ford helpfully points out that Bob Millington has interviewed Hal Duncan for the site aflightandacrash, about Escape From Hell!, structure, humor, and sundry. Check it out.


Buckaroo Banzai in “Supersize Those Fries!”

Bless the good folks at SFSignal. Without them, I'd never have known that (a) Star Trek production designer Doug Drexler had a blog, (b) there was a proposed Buckaroo Banzai TV show in development a few years back (the pilot was apparently titled "Supersize Those Fries!"), or that (c) Drexler and the rest of the Trek design team did some development work on it. Put those three great tastes together and you get a whole mess of Buckaroo Banzai development images.

Here's the design for the Banzai Institute West, built into an abandoned missile silo, and designed by Doug Drexler. (Drexler talks about the concept in a bit more detail here.)

Here, have some mockup album covers by Jimmy Vanover Sr. for “The Hong Kong Cavaliers”.

How about a Drexler sketch of Emilio Lizardo in his new "potato tech"?

There's more in the link. And when you get done with that, read more about the Trek-Banzai connections. (Did you know that Denise Okuda did publicitity for the original film, including answering fan mail, representing BB at SF conventions, and working on the Banzai newsletter? Neither did I until just now.)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Star Wars: How It Should Have Ended

(via) Do you remember "How the Lord of the Rings Should Have Ended"?

Well, here for your delectation is "How Star Wars Episode IV Should Have Ended":


Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7

Long, long time readers of the Ramble may recall me raving about Fleet Street Scandal a few years back. A collaborative art project by Kevin Dart and Chris Turnham, the outfit has produced movie posters for films that never existed, illustrations that classic works have always deserved, and in general art that seems to harken back to a bygone time.

Now, half of Fleet Street Scandal, Kevin Dart, is about to release a book that encompasses all of that, Seductive Espionage: The World of Yuki 7.

Seductive Espionage is an overview of the "Yuki 7" spy films of the 1960s, including movie posters, lobby cards, film stills, the whole shebang. Of course, there never was such a thing as a "Yuki 7" film, but that's not stopping Dart.

With the help of Stephane Coedel, Dart has put together a "trailer" for the book, disguised as a trailer for "A Kiss from Tokyo," a Yuki 7 adventure. Behold:

The book is available for preorder from the Fleet Street Scandal site, in both regular and limited editions. I've placed my order. Why haven't you?

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


The Cherokee-Godzilla Treaty of 1827

Dan Piraro posts another terrific strip to the BizarroBlog.

Monday, May 25, 2009


Rocket Launch

Oh, Japan. Don't ever change.

Friday, May 22, 2009


Official Secrets

Though I won't be able to talk about the details for another couple of months, I've just signed the contracts for the creator-owned ongoing comic book series I've hinted at a time or two. So it's still secret, but it's official. More on this as I'm able.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


SFFWorld on End of the Century

Rob H. Bedford has reviewed End of the Century for SFFWorld, and given it high marks.
An important element that comes across in End of the Century is the sense of adventure and larger things at play. I got the sense that Roberson had a lot of fun writing this novel. While it is a rollicking tale (or trio of them), things like the power of memory and story, and a cosmology we only see hints of are both hinted at and embedded like Easter Eggs within the novel. In other words, he adds these details as great parts of the story but these details also work as a wink to readers who are familiar with Roberson’s writing.

All told, Roberson manages to interlink the three story strands in a satisfying manner and kept me hooked until the very end of the novel. Another terrific novel from Roberson and the fine folks at Pyr.

Thanks, Rob!



Cookie Monster Interviewed

(via) Cookie Monster appeared on NPR's "In Character" a little while back, and here's a video clip.


I'm Back

Sorry for the silent running, everybody. I've been at Bill Willingham's place in the wilds of Minnesota since last week at the annual Clockwork Storybook writing retreat. More retreating than writing this year, but still a grand time. We got to hear some dandy folk music, eat some terrific food, set ablaze one of the largest bonfires I've seen in recent years, bark leaden justice from twin .45s at a shooting range (result=it's impossible to hit anything firing a gun in either hand), and flew dogfights in professional-grade flight simulators. The rest of the gang is still out there in the wilderness, writing away, but I had to come home a couple of days early for family stuff. I'm hard at work finishing the story I started out there, though, "A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows" (for which the twin .45s business was invaluable).

Friday, May 15, 2009


Adam Berg's "Carousel"

(via) Swedish music-video director Adam Berg has made a short film that runs just over two minutes long, but all takes place in a single frozen instant.

Here's how Slash Film described the project last month.

Directed by Adam Berg, Carousel is a 2 minute 19 second short film sponsored by Philips. The film offers an exploration into one single frozen moment of time in a robbery gone wrong in one Hard Boiled-inspired continuous tracking shot. The story line is obviously taking a cue from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, featuring a swat team who has moved in to a decimated hospital, entering into a shootout with a bunch of robbers wearing sinister clown masks. Around 90 per cent of the footage and stunts were captured in camera.

Created entirely by Stink Digital, this new interactive campaign promotes Philips’ latest entrant into the television market, the CINEMA 21:9. Berg conceived it to work as an endless loop. Visitors to the microsite therefore have the option to ‘spin’ through the film’s single take shot repeatedly, to stop on a specific frame, or to watch it at the preordained speed. The film also contains embedded hotspots, which, when triggered, transport the viewer seamlessly from the heavily posted film to a behind-the-scenes version of the same shot.
Check it out.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Alternate Realities

(via) By the time I finished watching this, I thought it was a meta thing, a mocked up "summary" of a nonexistent Alternate Reality Game commenting on how ridiculously complex ARGs have become.

After doing a little digging, however, it looks like there might actually have been a Star Trek ARG, and that if so this summary is very likely for real.

In which case I can only say, WTF? I mean, seriously?


Star Trek Movie Annotations

The good people at ComicMix have done some detailed annotations of the new Star Trek flick, and caught several things I completely missed in my two viewings. Kudos to the annotators, and to the screenwriters for clearly doing their homework.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


John "Theodore" Locke

With only a little more than an hour left to go, here's a little Lost related humor to tide you over. From the good people at Let's Be Friends Again...


House of Mystery #13 - out now!

In case it didn't make the television news where you live, today marks my professional debut in the world of comics.

House of Mystery #13, which contains my short story "13th Time's the Charm," illustrated by the legendary Neal Adams, is in comic shops now.

Here's the full listing from the May 2009 solicitations for DC Comics, in case you need a refresher...
Written by Matthew Sturges, Bill Willingham and Chris Roberson
Art by Neal Adams, Ralph Reese, Sergio Aragones and Eric Powell
Cover by Esao Andrews
Variant cover by Neal Adams
For its landmark 13th issue, HOUSE OF MYSTERY presents a special anthology featuring four separate stories written by Matthew Sturges, Bill Willingham and novelist Chris Roberson. This issue features the unique visuals of four artists including Neal Adams, Ralph Reese and Sergio Aragones, as well as a painted tale by Eric Powell (The Goon). Each story pays homage to that unluckiest of numbers.
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (with a cover by Esao Andrews), retailers may order one copy of the Variant Edition (with a cover by Neal Adams). Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale May 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

There's a preview of the issue, including a few pages of the story by Willingham and Powell, online at Myspace.

I picked up a copy of the variant cover by Neal Adams, myself, which is tangentially related to my story.

But whichever cover you get, you're looking at quality stories from Sturges and Willingham, and art by Neal Adams, Ralph Reese, Sergio Aragones, and Eric Powell. What more could you ask for? Run out and buy a copy now! And remember, they make great stocking stuffers!

And when you get done reading it, head over to the Clockwork Storybook forums and let us know what you thought!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Even More Trek

Did you know that you can watch the original series of Star Trek in its entirety on YouTube? (Not the "enhanced" versions of recent years, either, but the real deal.) Well, you can.

I'm doing loads of OCR scanning this week, getting the next MonkeyBrain title ready for print, and I've been watching lots of TOS while the scanner does its business. Currently playing is Journey to Babel.

Monday, May 11, 2009


Trek Linkage

In honor of the new Star Trek, here's some Trek-flavored Monday linkage:


Star Fleet's Newest Recruit

Yesterday, Allison and I took Georgia to see the new Star Trek flick. I'd seen it on Friday, as I believe I've mentioned, and couldn't imagine why it had been slapped with a PG-13 rating. It was, at most, a PG, no more challenging to young viewers than the original Star Wars had been, or any of the other movies all of us grew up watching. I prepped her a bit about some of the more "intense" scenes before hand, just so she'd have a context for what was going on, but as it happened I probably needn't have worried. Aside from a busted nose and bloody lip in a barroom fight, the only real visceral violence happens off-camera, as Abrams cuts away from the actual moment of violence in virtually every case. (When we got to the SPOILER "interrogation" scene, for example, Georgia wasn't quite sure what was happening as the camera panned away from Pike. I explained that the bad guy had just made the captain eat that bug, which is essentially what's happening, and she squealed, "Gross!")

Georgia sat riveted through the whole thing, and when it was over her favorite bits were the time when the captain had to eat a bug, and Scotty's little alien friend who keeps climbing on things. We stopped at Target on the way home, to get her a treat for being such a good moviegoer, and that's when we discovered the Star Trek toys that had arrived since the last time we went shopping.

Needless to say, as a dad who has seen all of Star Trek to date and a mom who has seen most of TNG and all of DS9 and Enterprise (and though she denies it now, at one point she seriously suggested, for all of a minute, that we have a Klingon wedding ceremony when we got married), we were pretty jazzed that our five year old was getting excited about Trek. And so we may have gone a little overboard in buying her Star Trek toys.

Here she is, phasers blasting. She's got them set on "Stun" (you can tell by the blue light), and is "freezing" me as I take her picture.

Then once she got done shooting me she busted out the tricoder and started scanning for signs of life.

That's the Enterprise Bridge playset she's got, augmented with a few editions. These toys are actually quite clever, with each of the small-scale action figures coming in a package with their chair and duty station from the bridge. The Bridge playset comes with Kirk, the conn (complete with helm and navigation), a few computer terminals, the forward viewscreen, and the matt itself, on which is printed the location of each of the other stations. As you get additional action figures (we got Simon Pegg... erm, I mean, "Mr. Scott.") you just plop them with their chair and station on the appropriate spot. Also included with the action figures is a little clip-on Starfleet emblem that can double as a figure stand.

Of course, we weren't going to get her all of them (well, not yet at least), so Georgia has had to pad out the crew of the Enterprise with stand-ins.

That's a couple of dollar-bin bendie aliens at the helm and navigation, and Kirk's pet cat beside the Captain's chair. What, you don't remember Jim Kirk's pet cat from the movie? Well, according to Georgia if he didn't have one, he should have...


Georgia Discovers the iPod

I meant to post these last week but couldn't find the USB cable to my camera. Then I discovered this morning that it was on my desk the whole time. A while back Georgia found my iPod nano sitting out, and wanted to know what it was. I showed her how the earbuds fit into her ears, and then played her a bit of Regina Spektor, which she already knew from the car CD player. Georgia freaked out that so much sound could be coming out of something so small.

But the earbuds kept falling out of her ears, so the iPod went back onto the table pretty quick, a minor curiosity.

Then last week she picked it up again, wanting to hear more music, and I remembered a pair of clunky noise-cancelling headphones I had in a drawer. I swapped them out for the earbuds and showed Georgia how to put them on, and then...

She figured out the (admittedly very simple) controls on the nano pretty quickly, and started scanning through to find songs she might like.

Then, whenever she found something she really dug, she would dance around the living room, having a grand time.

I suspect those clunky old cans are going to get hooked up to the iPod with increasing frequency, from now on.

Friday, May 08, 2009


I have seen Star Trek

I just got back from seeing the new Star Trek, and it was freaking awesome. A near-perfect movie (with only one wobbly scene that existed solely to advance the plot, which I can forgive because they did it with panache), and perfectly cued for neophytes and lifelong fans alike. I can't wait to go see it again.

If you love Trek, go see it. If you've always hated Trek before now, go see it--you won't hate it anymore...


The Shatner Menagerie

(via) Check out Ward Sutton's "The Shatner Menagerie" on the Village Voice site.

Thursday, May 07, 2009


For Your Consideration: "Slaughter Shack"

Don't ask. Just watch.


2008 Sidewise Awards Nominees

I've just received this bit of good news in my inbox:
Press Release: 2008 Sidewise Awards Nominees

The 2008 Sidewise Awards will be presented at Anticipation, the 67th Worldcon, to be held in Montreal, Canada from August 6-10, 2009. The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were established in 1995 to recognize excellence in alternate history fiction. The winners are selected from a panel of judges that currently includes Stephen Baxter, Evelyn Leeper, Jim Rittenhouse, Stuart Shiffman, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.
For more information about the Sidewise Award, visit, or contact Steven H Silver, the Award Administrator, at

Short Form:
"A Brief Guide to Other Histories," by Paul J. McAuley (Postscripts #15)
"G-Men," by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Sideways in Crime, edited by Lou Anders, Solaris)
"Night Bird Soaring," by T.L. Morganfield (Greatest Uncommon Denominator, Autumn/08)
"The People's Machine," by Tobias Buckell (Sideways in Crime, edited by Lou Anders, Solaris)
"Poison Victory," by Albert E. Cowdrey (F&SF, 07/08)
"Sacrifice," by Mary Rosenblum (Sideways in Crime, edited by Lou Anders, Solaris)

Long Form:
The Affinity Bridge, by George Mann (Snowbooks/Tor, 2009)
The Dragon's Nine Sons, by Chris Roberson (Solaris)
Half a Crown, by Jo Walton (Tor)
Nation, by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins/Doubleday UK)
Swiftly, by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)

Allow me to be the first to congratulate Terry Pratchett on winning the 2008 Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History - Long Form. Nation is one hell of a novel, and deserves any awards a grateful reading public wants to bestow on it.

And big congratulations to my pall George Mann for the nomination garnered by his freshman debut. Nicely done, George! And to Lou Anders for clearly picking a good crop of alt-history stories for Sideways in Crime!

This is my fourth time on the Sidewise ballot, but my first in the Long Form category, and I couldn't be more honored to be included in such company.


Secret Saturdays chapter books

Jay Stephens shares some more good news about The Secret Saturdays publishing plans:

The Secret Saturdays Film Manga books aren't the only serialized publications by Del Rey/Random House to launch this summer. We're also going to get cool little chapter books, like the one shown above (Vol. 3, The Call Of Kur), featuring art by the likes of series director Scott Jeralds and the ever-wicked Ethan Beavers. The first two in the series will be adaptations of the Hibagon and Kumari Kandam episodes. Add the Field Guide into the mix, and you've got yourself quite a Secret Saturdays Library!
At night Georgia and I have been working our way through the Jaffe/Caldwell Wonder Woman books, Scott Morse's Magic Pickle chapter books and comics, and now Eric Wight's new Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom. These Secret Saturdays books should hit the shelves right on time, looks like.


Masked Avenger Studios' The Rocketeer

I've raved about the work of Ruben Procopio's Masked Avenger Studio a few times before, but check out their latest creation, a statue of Dave Stevens's The Rocketeer.

It's available from Electric Tiki, the latest in their "Classic Heroes" line.


Wednesday, May 06, 2009


Muppets Rawk and Cheap Thrills

From Drawn comes this bit of awesomeness, Marc Palm's contribution to the upcoming Muppet Rawk group show, in which he redrew R. Crumb’s famous Cheap Thrills cover as a Muppets album.

If you're not familiar with the original, here it is:

And just to make matters more confusing, in 1994 there was a real Sesame Street album called Cheep Thrills, that featured a parody of Crumb's cover.

And so it goes...


Kasou Taisho

(via) I just can't get enough of this kind of thing. If I'm understanding it correctly, this skit was the winning entry from last week's Kasou Taisho, "a semi-annual competition with skits that frequently involve Bunraku-style puppetry." So, running that all together, the winning entry in the most recent Kasou Taisho was a Manzai comedy routine with Bunraku-style "special effects." Did I get that right?

In any event, here it is. The level of invention is just dazzling.


Graff Publishing edition of Dragon's Nine Sons

And since I'm posting covers, here's another. I am assured that this is the cover to the Hebrew-language edition of The Dragon's Nine Sons that is forthcoming from Graff Publishing, but honestly, I'm having to take the publisher's word for it.


Book of Secrets

This is not the final cover, and is just being used for solicitation purposes, but there's a chance that when Book of Secrets comes out from Angry Robot later this year it might look something like this.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


District 9

(via) I know I've posted a lot today, but this is probably it for the day. Probably.

But look, how could I pass this one up? Peter Jackson produces a film by Neil Blomkamp that mines some of the same ground that gave us Alien Nation, reimagining refugee immigrants as crash-landed aliens, but this time in a faux-documentary style. Definitely looks interesting.


The Mercury Men

Holy cats, look at what Lou Anders has just posted to the Pyr blog.

More info on the forthcoming serial can be had at And just check out the Saul Bass-inspired "teaser poster."

The serial begins this fall, it seems. Rss feeds are available for the video podcast and for the news feed, if you're interested. (Me, I've already added them both to Google Reader...)


Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film as "Fun, Watchable"

I've not yet seen the flick, so this is offered without comment. Still, some stinging barbs in there...


Dan Meth's "Trek Yourself!"

Can't wait for Friday? I've got your solution right here. Here's how Dan Meth introduces the clip...
I made a brand-new cartoon for Comedy Central spoofing that new Star Trek movie coming out Friday. My version imagines what it would have been like if this prequel was made in the 80’s/90’s heyday of teen comedies. Kirk, Spock, and the gang in high school… hmmmm.

Starring: Drew Nelson, Nick Ross, Mark Vitelli, Joanna Brown, Tom Forget, and Mark Spano. Featuring some sweet backgrounds by Joshua Weisbrod.


Doc Shaner's Doc Savage

Seems like we're on a Doc Savage streak at the moment, with the third take on the character in a week and change.

I've raved (and raved) about Evan "Doc" Shaner's work before. He's one to watch, I think. If you're not convinced, just check out this latest piece he posted to his blog last night.

There's loads more terrificness in the link.


Well, he *is* a Doctor...

On his blog, Roger Langridge shares an illustration he did for the Heroes Con's convention booklet.

If you aren't reading Landridge's The Muppet Show Comic Book from Boom Studios, you are really missing out. The second issue went on sale this week, and if anything is even better than the first.


Greg Van Eekhout's "Last Son of Tomorrow"

Do yourself a favor, why don't you?

Go read Greg Van Eekhout's short-short-story "Last Son of Tomorrow" over on

John was born with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, and he often wondered why. But as a boy, it was simply wonderful to have those abilities. He could lift his father’s tractor overhead before he learned to read. He could outrace a galloping horse. He couldn’t be cut or bruised or burned. He could fly.

But his life was not a trading card with a heroic-looking photograph on one side and a convenient list of his abilities on the other. He had to discover himself for himself. It took him years to realize he could fire laser beams from his eyes. That he could force his lungs to expel nearly frozen carbon dioxide. And it wasn’t until his mid-thirties that he realized he’d probably stopped aging biologically somewhere around the age of twenty-two.

His parents weren’t perfect people. His mother drank, and when she did, she got mean. His father had affairs. But when they understood that the baby they’d found abandoned on the edge of their farm wasn’t like other children—was probably, in fact, unlike any other child who’d ever been born—they cleaned up their acts as best they could. They taught themselves to be better people, and then they conveyed those hard-won lessons to their son. They were as good as they could be. When they died while John was away at college, he decided if he could be half as wise, as kind, as generous as they were, then he could be proud of himself.


It starts good, and gets even better.

Monday, May 04, 2009


Creebobby's Bat-Fail

More awesomeness from Creebobby's Jason Borshard: Bat-Fail.


Monday Linkage

It's Monday, so that means it's linkage time...

Sunday, May 03, 2009


Bruce Ross's Doc Savage

Bruce Ross, whose amazing custom toys I've raved about before, has posted a series of images of his latest, yet another version of Doc Savage.

Awe. Some.


The Land of Ooo

I cannot wait for Adventure Time to premiere. Check out this map of the setting, the Land of Ooo, posted to the Frederator Studios blog.

A larger version is available here, and a truly enormous version is here.

Saturday, May 02, 2009


Auto-Tune the News: Obama Flashback

More Auto-Tuned news...


Jonathan Nix's The Missing Key

At World Fantasy Convention last fall, Garth Nix was generous enough to show me and Allison and a few of our friends a couple of trailers for an animated short he was executive producing, his brother Jonathan Nix's The Missing Key. I see on Cartoon Brew this morning that one of those trailers is now up on YouTube. So now I can share it with all of you lovely people.

From the little I've seen, The Missing Key will be one to seek out.

Friday, May 01, 2009


Paper Heart

Thanks to Derek Kirk Kim for pointing this one out (I'm two thirds of the way through his and Gene Yang's The Eternal Smile, btw, and loving it so far). This looks like one to check out.


Journey Planet

From Cheryl Morgan I learn about the existence of Journey Planet, a fanzine run by James Bacon, Claire Brialey, and Chris Garcia. The latest issue, #3, is guest-edited by Pete Young, and focuses on George Orwell in general and 1984 in particular. Included are the "Captain Airstrip One" strip that Alan Moore did with Chris Brasted & SMS back in the mid-80s (think Captain Britain's multiversal counterpart from the world of 1984) and an article by Pádraig Ó Méalóid on parallels between 1984 and The Black Dossier. The issue is available for download at (pdf link), and looks to be well-worth checking out.

(I've only had a chance to skim the contents so far, but it doesn't appear that my favorite bit of post-1984 fiction gets a mention, that being Charlie Stross's "Big Brother Iron." I believe it's only appeared in the Toast collection, but if you haven't read the story it is definitely worth seeking out.)

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