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andyluke
Hi Livejournal,

I couldn't post on the novel a few weeks ago and that ended up on my websiteblog. The big news is Ignacz the Watch Thief running on Patreon. I began researching this way, way back and quickly realised I'd struck a sort of golden fault line. It became a script for a graphic novel: some interest from Insomnia and Blank Slate but publication funding was non-existent. Four artists backed away from it, despite condensing a total monomyth into forty eight pages. The film treatment is out there in a slush pile somewhere. This year I decided to write it up as prose and that's out new life into it. Here's the pitch:

It's a globe-trotting time-crossing tragicomedy of adventure and escape which traverses the Edwardian age to World War Two. The story of the most famous person you've never heard of.

One US dollar a month buys four chapters (plus the three already written), and $2 (£1.60) gets you a weekly commentary. I've thrown in We Shall Not Be Stapled as a PDF for all subscribers. More info at http://patreon.com/andyluke

In two weeks it'll start running for free at andy-luke.com. I understand if people wait for the free version though I'd be grateful if you spread the word. This is unique. It's in the vein of my Horatio Bottomley story for To End All Wars, yet Unlike Anything.
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Ow comics my hand
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Well, that's the new Livejournal Agreement with the Russian Federation ticked. Not sure how long I'll be around. I've some extensive work plans for andy-luke.com over the next year possibly beyond.

Simon Amstell's Carnage on iPlayer is my marked fave this week: a psuedo-docu in a Time Trumpetesque future of a world without meat, best not viewed over dinner. Imaginative, surreal and very funny. Running time: 65 minutes.

I've nearly completed 'What we too were once about', a black comedy comic strip written by Richard Barr. A few hours left to delete all the pencil smudge and it's ready for the anthology. Current page count is 32, with six to draw and as many as twelve to come in from other writers. Here's two clips from the thing with Barr, yes, that's a Sons and Daughters reference. The second needs a clean up.



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andyluke
All done with The Shield season 3. Find it goes down a little too easy that Dirty Harry aspect. Of course loving the casting, great ensemble. Finickety deleted scene menu on Se3, but bonus features on The Shield are generally great: a professional insight into TV production. The commentaries are well structured too. Yes, full marks. Their subtitles have Dutch in Dutch.

Got around to 2000AD/Megazines from about ten years ago. A lot of Missionary Man in there, mixed feels. Wagner and MacNeill's sequel to America couldn't match the original but enjoyable enough with a few jaw-dropping pages and classic twists. I do love MacNeill. Other highlights: Steve Sampson's work on Harmony, Frazer Irving with Dredd in the wilderness, Siku's Fetish, where Africa comes to MC1. I'd an excerpt of XTNCT, beautiful batshit bonkers monosyllabic dinosaurs by Cornell & D'Israeli, putting me in mind of Jim Woodring.

And my brain has been buzzing this last week.
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andyluke
February was a bit of a blur. Sloth mixed with mental illness. Still not sure if I'm suited for 'self employed author', hanging on in case I am. I've been seeing Sam and Helen, lovely indy arty types in the comics-zine crossover and enlisting them in a Caption-like event in Belfast next year and an MCR-like event for later this year. I fancy doing the latter in a lighthouse.

Last week I decided to take a week off to focus on really cleaning the flat. That's only half done. OTOH, I've gotten a writer's unblock, writing poetry form for character POV prose. I hope I didn't peak yesterday laying down three strong pieces and one fifty percenter. And my brain has been buzzing this last week. Wondering if I work better under imagined public pressure. Perhaps I could publish 300 words a day for a year on that real history evil Quantum Leap story. And I want to do a comic again, for the Enniskillen festival in May, scripts to draw from Richard Barr and John Robbins.

Recently finished Christine Dwyer Hickey's Cold Eye of Heaven, very digestible literature, a life story of a Dubliner told in reverse and with great colour.

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Wow, all these MCR Easter eggs. I'm currently at Motos, this week being the coolest livejournal crossover ever!


Warsaw III
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On leaving the museum, cut by cheap heels and under the weather, I didn't get far. The first opportunity for a stop was a delightful nerd cafe.


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Warsaw II
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Post pub crawl breakfast at Spinki i Szpilki for 17z, or they have delicious scrambled eggs for 9z.

Spinki i Szpilki is in Muranow district, right below the apartment, and, five minutes walk from the Polish Museum of Jewish History. Read moreCollapse )

Happy Christmas everyone.

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Warsaw
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We got into Warsaw half-way through Wednesday. 3pm darkness with snow thick on the ground and hot breath. An hour twenty for 17 zloty (£3.40) from Moldin Airport to the city, where I expected Belfast: small roads, the occasional skyscraper, but no. Mostly skyscrapers: how I think of Japan.
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Gods. Writing a book is hard.
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Because I don't stop when it's done, to answer definitively. It's been about six weeks of promotional work there, bringing us to now, six weeks before the U.S. election. Yes the last two weeks have been easier. Drinking, a massage, a snazzy new jacket from a second hand store; mochachinos and cupcakes and fricking yes, starting writing the next books. Everybody wants to read my second novel. It's the literary work, literary literature literary literature. Except it's not going to be released for five years, so people will have to make do with Axel America and the U.S. Election Race, a piece of disposable entertainment which is great, says my publisher, and he says that full on, like it is essential, like you must go and buy a copy right now, because my publisher is probably Kilraven.



So I haven't stopped writing Axel America and the reason is because it's still being written in the promotion. I've done four/five TV spots, three radio/podcasts and a half dozen interviews for blogs. (There's a near-complete listing at http://andy-luke.com/axel-america) Over the six weeks ahead we're trying to make the podcasts number a dozen, run advertising campaigns, discounts (On Smashwords, end of the month, no, why wait? Code CA65D, only you have that Livejournal), there's two more video-casts to come, and two more competitions to set up.

Link is http://tinyurl.com/axelsmashwords

I'm making all this sound pretty terrible and it is stressful in this heat and I've been absencing a little more than usual and like everyone else, taking un-scheduled 6pm sleeps. It's a learning curve. I can fit in walks in the park again, maybe some exercise, more holidays. I'm already examining options for the Nov-Dec England holiday, hopefully a fortnight across Oxford, London, Brighton Cambridge when I'll have print copies along with me. I've so much work to do my days are becoming better structured to cope. It ain't easy but it's good.

You can also buy Axel at http://tinyurl.com/axelkindle


Too much happening (cross posted from andy-luke.com)
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Since last post here, the world lost John Grandidge, a dear friend off exploring the flora and fauna of the after-life, looking out posthumously from future poetry collections of those he influenced; he peeks out from between the panels of my last few years of comics, of which he was an audible fan and supporter. He was my favourite drinking buddy; he warmed my soul when it was cold and weeping. He touched a multitude of people in the same way and he did it with style and love. He told us he'd cancer a few months ago, thinking it was an upset stomach. When it claimed him, it was years ahead of what many of us thought. He was at home with friends and a cat.
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