I am launching my own publishing operation, where I can publish my own books and maybe, in the future, even books by other authors, too. I’m also toying with the idea of releasing books with my illustrations in. Anyway, for the new publishing operation, one of the first things I will need is a new logo. Step one was to draw the logo in my sketchbook. I did this the old-school way with a pencil and a sheet of paper, so the first step to turning my idea into a logo was to get the logo into my computer so I could I work on it and make it look beautiful.
My latest book, Cosmic Girl, has just been published. Cosmic girl is on Amazon and many other platforms. I had a lot of fun writing it, and I’m quite pleased with the results. Cosmic Girl is a mix of young adult, sci-fi, and horror. I love sci-fi and fantasy, and I’m a child of the 1970s and so Star Wars type space opera will always find a warm welcome in my reading stack.
Let’s go back in time and take a look at another issue of a comic book from 1979. This issue of 2000 AD gets rid of the red border that the last few issues have been rocking, and it is good to see the back of that border. It was hideous and I have no idea what they were thinking. Without a red border, the image gets pretty much the entire cover, an it is a doozy.
I write sci-fi books like Galaxy Dog and there are lots of options for selling them as ebooks, such as Kobo and Amazon. But then I started thinking that there was no reason why I couldn’t have my own platform, and sell my books through it. A platform that I create myself will likely never get the number of visitors of an Amazon or a Kobo, but it will be mine, and I will have complete control over it.
Here we go again with an issue of 2000 AD from many years ago. I read it as a kid and I’m reading it all over again now. My original copy was most likely given away to a charity shop, with bits cut out and encrusted in peanut butter, so I am actually reading a scan I found on the Internet at a wonderful Wordpress blog that is a repository of old British comic books.
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.