Understand that I’m trying to get to the point that I can do a review that’s worth something before I get on a plane on Thursday and fly to Las Vegas for the NCS weekend o’
debauchery entirely wholesome fun. It’s stressful trying to get all my work done prior, but on the flipside, how many opportunities will I ever have to wear a tuxedo in Vegas? I’m considering realxing my long-held policy of being good at math long enough to sit down at a blackjack or baccarat table for one hand¹ because I will never come closer to being James Bond in my life.
In the meantime, here are two things that may be of interest to you.
- On the one hand, it’s likely that World+Dog has already told you that John Allison will be taking Bad Machinëry to Oni Press:
Starting in early 2013, Oni Press will begin collecting John Allison’s popular webcomic Bad Machinery into a series of books. Allison began Bad Machinery in 2009 as an extension of his online strip Scary Go Round. This will be the first time any of the material has seen print.
Which isn’t quite true, as I have here in front of me a copy of A Feral Flag Will Fly, which is a “limited edition sampler” collecting The Case of the Team Spirit and The Case of The Good Boy². However, AFFWF does not resemble Allison’s previous books (cf: here and other offerings in the Scary Go Round oeuvre), which are digest sized objects of solidity and glorious color.
It’s good to know that Lottie (my fav’rite character from Tackleford since Dark Esther stole my heart and my goodness has it really been five and a half years since the trip to Wales?), Shauna, Sonny, Linton, Jack, and Mildred will be seen as they were meant to be seen (not to mention that punchlines like this will make much more sense). Everybody feel good for a) John Allison, b) Oni Press, and c) me, because I will get to give money to a) and b).
- I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Dante Shepherd has given over Surviving the World to one of his favorite bands this week, in honor of their new album dropping today. That band would be Hallelujah the Hills, the album would be No One Knows What Happens Next, and they’ve announced an experiment in participatory art-making today that sounds terrific.
It works like this: make up any rhythm and melody you like for the phrase — You can escape your fate but it’s not considered polite — in any form you like. Do it a cappella, get together some friends and get all barbershop on it, whip up an orchestral arrangement complete with theremin and expladophone, get a friend to beatbox behind you, anything.
Now record it, and send it to Ryan from HTH, who will take all the submissions and make it into a song. Furthermore, everybody that gets a song snippet in by 1 June will be entered in a drawing for the complete HTH catalog on CD. Personally, I can’t wait to see what kind of music will result from the pieces that Ryan (it looks like Ryan’s family name is Walsh, but like all good collections of artistic types, HTH has more than one Ryan.
¹ Which will most likely be lost to the house. See? Good at math.
² Along with the aptly-named The Short Preamble.