One of the things I have always loved about sci-fi is the futurology. I love all kinds of sci-fi, even silly old movies like Nightflyers, but I particularly like sci-fi that tries to extrapolate some part of human nature, or some part of the world we know, and take it into the future to see how it might change and mutate. A lot of sci-fi looks at how society might change, and often exaggerates the predictions in order to make a point.
Here we go with yet another post where I return to a comic book of yesteryear. I’m reading 2000 AD all over again, and I have reached issue 123 in the process. If you don’t happen to have a copy of issue 123 of 2000 AD, don’t worry, you can download some scans from the massive archive of classic old British comic books at Britishcomics.Wordpress.com. This issue was published on the 28 July 1979, and I have started suggesting music of the era to listen to as you read this ancient comic book.
I posted about working on the cover of Cosmic Girl a couple of days ago, and I’m coming back to the subject again, because I left off when the cover was far from finished. The cover is probably one of the most important factors in getting people interested in a book, so it is worth investing time. The amount of time I would need to invest in this cover, however, was significantly more than I had anticipated.
I’m reading a comic book this post that was published way back on July 21, 1979, which is the same day that the famous Amandla world music festival was held at Harvard Stadium in Boston. The headline performance was Bob Marley, and other performers included soul legend Patti LaBelle and jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri. So feel free to listen to Bob Marley while reading the comic book, to get that authentic 1979 feeling.
My latest book, Cosmic Girl, is nearing completion, and that means it is time to think about the thousand and one side tasks you have to do when you are self-publishing and you have to do… well… everything. By the time the text is ready, which is as I said very soon now, I want the cover to be ready, and I want to have a nice compelling blurb for the back cover of the book, and some kind of marketing strategy, and a good idea of the price point I want to sell it at… and a thousand other things.
I’m reading issue 121 of 2000 AD courtesy of a bunch of scans I found at BritishComics on Wordpress. It is full of information about British comics along with the comics themselves, as scans for download. They have all been collected from various sites, internet archives, Usenet Newsgroups and torrents to be preserved and to be enjoyed. This particular comic book came out 14 July 1979, so if you want a soundtrack to listen to while reading it, then try Jean-Michel Jarre, the French pioneer of electronic, ambient and new-age music, who is also known for organizing outdoor spectacles featuring his music, vast laser displays and fireworks.
There is a new(ish) podcast called Unspooled, hosted by Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholson, that has caught my attention. The concept of the podcast is that Scheer and Nicholson are watching the AFI’s top 100 movies of all time (specifically the 2007 update), a list of the 100 best American movies, as determined by the American Film Institute from a poll of more than 1,500 artists and leaders in the film industry who chose from a list of 400 nominated movies.