Friday, 5 February 2016

Friday Comic Tease

Early Coloured and Lettered Panels
Night Witch Issue #1

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Another glorious day - for SCIENCE!

Monday, 1 February 2016

Some Useful Sites For Writers - Ngram

Google Ngram Viewer

Unbelievably useful tool for checking whether certain words are anachronistic when writing historical sequences. Seriously between this site and Wikipedia no script writer has any excuse for peppering their dialogue with words and concepts that belong to the modern age. I'm looking at you Sleepy Hollow!

Essentially it's a tool for discovering word frequency amongst a corpus of 5 million books, searches can be differentiated by language and time period. If you need to know whether your 18th Century British emigre uses the word phrase 'learning curve' in casual conversation than this is the tool for you.

Google have wasted no money on making this site user friendly but once you've mastered the joys of late 80s Boolean search commands you'll never look back. 

An important caveat is that words can change their meaning over time - thus in the early 18th Century the word 'projector' referred to people that promoted financial or industrial schemes. It's technological meaning doesn't arrive until later.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Friday Comic Tease

Early Inked Page
Night Witch Issue #1

Friday, 22 January 2016

Friday Comic Tease

Early Inked Page
Night Witch Issue #1

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Books! Gentleman Jole And The Red Queen

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
By Lois McMaster Bujold

I love the books of Lois McMaster Bujold, especially Vorkosigan saga, which I usually end up buying as a hardback, an eBook and an audible. 

I already have the eARC downloaded, which I paid for I might add, so I doubt this one will be any different.

This one is out officially in February 2016 - now if you don't mind I've got a bit of reading to do.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Friday Comic Tease

Early Inked Page
Night Witch Issue #1


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Books! In The Cold Dark Ground

Books! Is a new posting series in which I periodically draw attention to a book that's about to be released(1) that I'm really excited about. These are books I'm planning to spend my own cash on but I haven't read so they're not reviews.

In The Cold Dark Ground
By Stuart MacBride

Stuart MacBride stands above all other tartan  noir writers for me because while his thrillers are as gripping, gruesome and terrifying as his compatriots they're also laugh out loud funny. Frequently all of the above at the same time.

According to amazon it's out on January 14th - I've got my pre-order in.

(1) Or books that I missed the release of and are only just catching up on.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Friday Comic Tease

Early Inked Page
Night Witch Issue #1

Monday, 4 January 2016

Radio Three

Teenaged Life on Radio Three

Teenaged life is not something I routinely associated with BBC Radio Three (the BBCs classical and jazz channel) and so it is fitting they have called in to ancient brothers to discuss the subject. True this may have something to do with my brothers new book about our family's early years.

Called Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists available from all good bookshops and on Amazon etc. I enjoyed it particularly because it filled in a lot of gaps in my family knowledge. 

Here is an uncharacteristically pompous review by Alexei Sayle who I remember watching (before he was famous) at Party socials doing a hilarious routine about growing up communist.

Anyway David shall be plugging his book I shall be plugging David and the other guests will probably be wondering why we were invited.

When: Tuesday 5th January at 22:00
Where: BBC Radio Three

Plus, Matthew Sweet considers the social history of those difficult years talking to the neuroscientist Iroise Dumontheil of UCL and musician Viv Albertine and comparing different decades of teenage life. And Simon Stephens talks about the revival of his play Herons which explores the impact of gang bullying on a 14 year old boy.

Will be available on the iPlayer just as soon as they trim out all my swearing.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Christmas Tease

The Anna Dittmann Cover for Issue 2 of Night Witch

Monday, 14 September 2015

Body Work Issue #3 - Out This Wednesday

Inside This Month's Super Soaraway Issue!

 22 Pages of Rip Roaring Magical Crime Fighting Action

plus 5 Pages of Special Features

Interactive Fingermatic Page Turning System

Due to distribution problems there may be a delay in delivery of some copies of Issue #3. Fear not they are on their to your local friendly comic book shop even as speak, although possibly some of them are parked outside a truck stop near Millwakee.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Body Work Issue #3 Out September 16th

Issue #3
"Patient Zero"
Available 16th September

Monday, 24 August 2015

Czech Covers

The Czech Cover.... I think.

I think it's fair to say that this is the most batshit insane covers so far, good, but totally batshit insane.