I remember reading this comic book for the first time, way back in August 1979, and I remember very well how I felt about my purchase. I can almost see the expression on my young face, and I was not a happy camper. The reason I was so unhappy was that this is the issue where Starlord disappeared from the masthead of 2000 AD, for good. I remember the feeling of betrayal I felt when Starlord was officially no more, suddenly replaced in 2000 AD’s affections by the far inferior comic, Tornado.
I am a big fan of sci-fi, a fact anyone reading this blog will be left in no doubt about, but I also like economics. I had not really seen these two interests as being particularly closely related - until today, that is. What happened was that I was browsing io9, something I do pretty much every day, and my attention was caught by a news article reporting that:
I am continuing work on Dark Galaxy 5, Blood Star, but I haven’t written a single word yet. As I mentioned in a previous post, first I’m reading through the preceding four books in the series. I finished Galaxy Dog over a week ago, and I have now just finished reading Iron Dart. Interestingly, I just found out that my books are available on Walmart to buy as eBooks, including Galaxy Dog from Walmart, and Iron Dart at Walmart.
I just got back from the movies, where I watched Ant-Man and the Wasp, which I enjoyed immensely. In March 1979, I read one of my first superhero comic books. It was produced by Marvel UK, who packaged together a bunch of stories into one comic book. The main story in this comic book was The Hulk, riding a wave of popularity on the back of the smash-hit TV show of the same name, but there were other stories inside the comic book, too.
I have been selling my ebooks through sites such as Amazon and Smashwords for some time now, years even, but I have recently been thinking about selling them directly, on my own site. Instead of sending people to Amazon’s site, and risk them being distracted by all the other books that Amazon is going to show them, I can keep them on my site, Spiralcat Books. It took me a while to get my head round how to do this, but I figured the best way was one of the sites that takes care of all the technical stuff for you.
I have started work on Dark Galaxy 5, which I am giving the working title of Blood Star. The way I write a book tends to be slightly different every time, but the first step of the process is usually coming up with a title. The titles for this series are always the name of a space vehicle within the book: Galaxy Dog is the name of the game-changer spaceship the hero and heroin get their hands on in book one, Iron Dart is the name of the spaceship piloted by a bounty hunter who is a thorn in the sides of the two main characters, etc… on through the series.
As I wrote in a recent blog post, I am launching my own publishing operation, where I can publish my own books and have total control - bwahahaha. To do this well I will need a few things, including my own publisher’s website, the ability to build my own epub and mobi files without the interference of Draft2Digital or Kindle Direct Publishing. I want to do this as professionally as possible, which means each Mobi or epub file would have a logo in, just like a book released by Bantam or Penguin.