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All, still, sadly, true.
Yesterday I recorded vocals for the demos of the musical numbers of the Brunswick play. Did I mention it was a musical?
Extra namedropping: I helped Chris Knox carry his amp today.
Finn isn’t heartless, he just gets distracted easily. And the story to follow is completely true and happened to me on Thursday. How’s that for a teaser? My Marketing degree hasn’t gone to waste.
I have a reading of the Brunswick play on Wednesday. Capital Times mentioned it last week. The editor was in a hurry, so I’m changing my name to Brant to match the article, and Jitterati is now Jiterati. Does anyone actually know anyone called Brant? It sounds like an aftershave.
It’s like pulling teeth, isn’t it? And, of course, it’s going such interesting places.
Brunswick has been nominated for an Eric Award for Best Strip -New Zealand’s major comic awards… well, the only one that exists independently of a retail outlet or the Qantas Media Awards. Ironically the major competition I’m up against is… myself, for Jitterati. Let’s hope the plot’s gone somewhere by the time the judges (including Joe Sacco and Dylan Horrocks) take a look at it.
Mad Night by Richard Sala
Fantagraphics Books 2005
Collected from Richard Sala’s comic Evil Eye, where it was more logically titled ‘Reflection in a Glass Scorpion’. This is a long, noirish fable that could almost be cute enough to be an Archie comic if it weren’t for the large number of lovingly rendered stabbings. Girl detective Judy Drood investigates a series of grisly murders at Lone Mountain College, a gothic institution set in a strangely European-looking town. The male characters are grotesqueries and the women look vaguely alike, which is why their relentless extermination (studded throughout the complicated plot like raisins in a raisin biscuit) is so distressing. If you’d prefer Edward Gorey to have eyeball-eating rats and girl pirates instead of ennui, this is for you.
Punch and Judy: Twice Told Tales by Christopher P. Reilly and Darron Laessig
SLG Publishing 2005
An extremely curious book which retells the classic macabre puppet show. Mr Punch is a large-nosed sociopath who gleefully murders his family and numerous authority figures, and finally takes on the Devil. The book looks like a visual Goon Show, and although bloodless it is still extremely nasty, like most children’s entertainment since Charles II. The second half is an original story about Mr Punch trying to get off of Santa’s ‘Naughty’ list, and features some neat characters such as Polly Mannikin the stroppy elf, and the homicidal Palindrome Bears. The dialogue has an unusual syntax and is often excitingly chunky, like a witty Yoda: “God’s going to kill you? How?” “With strange voodoo God Magic”. If I wanted to show off my English degree I’d mention that it was ‘Joycean’, but isn’t everything in reviews? Suitable for JTHM fans and people who thought Shrek could have been a lot darker.