A Waste of Time

Towers Open Fire. William Burroughs.


William Burroughs portrait.

William Burroughs portrait.

This is a brief sequence from issue one that I’m going to post as a preview.

The new issues that are coming out are mostly things that haven’t been on this website. That’s not necessarily because I’m abandoning the idea of posting things online, but because they’re not strips anymore- each issue is a chapter, or around 25 or 30 pages that are meant to be in order- it’s a graphic novel, not a collection of strips. So, I don’t feel like it would make sense posted one page at a time. I suppose I should post more things to this website, though, as I’m aware sometimes it probably seems like I’ve abandoned it, and people might have the idea that a new issue is coming out but not have much of an idea of what’s in it.

Issue one is mostly setup… It establishes the characters and their basic dilemmas that will fuel the rest of the series. I’m curious to see the reception that it will receive, because it’s the first installment of something longer and not complete on its own. I think people are getting used to that with serialized storytelling now, though. With a lot of the great cable series like The Wire, people understand now that each episode isn’t a complete thing, but a chapter.

Issue one does have a lot of good stuff, though, including the story of the creation of Persimmon the octopus, which there was a version of on this website a while back, but in the book it’s much expanded. There’s also a character guide section, and new drawings for that. A lot of good stuff. And it’s out now, by the way, so you should buy one! You can get it at the Northwest Press website, if your local comic shop doesn’t have them yet. There are digital and print versions available, depending on your reading preference.

Also, a couple other things are coming up… I will be doing a release party and signing this coming Wednesday, July 9th,  at the great Mission Comics and Art store in San Francisco, so if you’re in the area come out to that!

And then next weekend, I will be at the GaymerX convention in San Francisco at the Northwest Press table, and I will also be on a panel discussion Saturday morning, July 12th, at 11 am, and that should be a lot of fun. I haven’t done a panel discussion in a long time, and the last time I did one I had a cold and was losing my voice, so I’m looking forward to this, since you know how I love to hear myself talk.

I made your life extraordinary

Hey everybody! Gonna be doing a release party/signing for issue one of my comic at Mission Comics and Art on July 9th, so stop on by! And if you’re not in the area, you should be able to get the comic soon from fine comics establishments near you!

When I was all set to go, when I had my bags and all, I stood for a while next to the stairs and took a last look down the goddam corridor. I was sort of crying. I don’t know why. I put my red hunting hat on, and turned the peak around to the back, the way I liked it, and then I yelled at the top of my goddam voice, “Sleep tight, ya morons!” I’ll bet I woke up every bastard on the whole floor. Then I got the hell out. Some stupid guy had thrown peanut shells all over the stairs, and I damn near broke my crazy neck.

Andrew Bird- Cataracts live.