I recently wrote a blog post about redesigning the covers of my books to make them more uniform, to give them more of a brand. The next book in this process is the box set that combines the trilogy of books 1-3 of The Dragons of Westermere. The book currently has a cover that I actually quite like, but it has different looking text to the way I want my books to look, going forward.
I was getting my morning fix of news today, form a variety of outlets, when I saw on Vox that Janelle Monae’s movie, Dirty Computer, has finally been released. For her first couple of albums, she was inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1927 sci-fi film Metropolis to adopt an alternate “archandroid” persona named Cindi Mayweather. Now comes Dirty Computer and, as Vox says: Dirty Computer tells the story of Jane 57821, a defiant free spirit who lives in a near-future dystopia and takes joy in celebrating herself, her love for fellow rebel Zen (Tessa Thompson), and the queer black community that accepts them both.
I wrote a diet book back in 2013, and have gone up and down in weight a couple of times since then. I recently decided that I would go down in weight again, and this time work to maintain my new, skinny body. I started counting the calories in mid March, about a month and a half ago. I started my latest diet weighing almost 200 pounds, with my belly bulging over my jeans and pushing them down.
Judge Dredd is on the cover of issue 105 of 2000 AD. This comic book came out way, way back on 24 March 1979. The cover is a scene from this week’s story where a hideous and insane tyrant is manufacturing fake news. With Trump in the White House, it is so timely it is a little spooky. This cover is by Brian Bolland, even though the interior art on the story is by somebody else, which has become the standard way for Bolland to work.
I’m reading The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 12 at the moment, which is edited by Jonathan Strahan. I actually gravitated toward this book based mostly on the cover by a book-cover illustrator named Dominic Harman. It is an atmospheric image of a spaceship coming in to land on some high-tech installation, with a giant planet or moon in the background. I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I guess it’s okay to be swayed by nice art, now and again.
This time we are looking at issue 104 of 2000 AD, which came out way back on 17 Mar 1979. It has a great cover, of two men fighting on top of a speeding train, by Carlos Ezquerra. A fight on top of a train is an iconic image, and fairly screams action. Some would even say a train-top battle is a trope. The futuristic clothes and skillful posing of the figures is thrown into sharp relief by the simple, organic lines of the train.
I’m listening to podcasts again today, this time to The Canon, a podcast about movies. The Canon, with Amy Nicholson, asks what films should be included in the list of all-time greats. Amy Nicholson (a film critic with MTV News) and a guest debate and discuss whether a film should be Canon-ized. Listeners then cast their vote in the Earwolf forums, and decide if they agree, or not, and this fixes the legacy of each movie forevermore.