Wednesday, January 21, 2004

One picture is worth a thousand words

Today I received Steve Moore's script for Promethea in Little Margie in Misty Magic Land as drawn by Eric Shanower. That should give me something to think about when annotating it for the book
Am working up a script for a small 3 page or so comic myself entitled "Once upon a time..." to be included in the Promethea Guide Book. It's a lot harder than it looks to write a good comic book script. Just how much information do you give to the illustrator and how do you make sure what you visualize in your mind is what you're describing in words. Am finding it tough going as I've never written a script before. I have enough trouble trying to finish a short story.
Luckily the PGB isn't a work of fiction but a work of research so I really don't have to invent anything new myself.
The Joycean question mark aka Cesar Albin's caricature of Joyce drawn for his 50th birthday or Ineluctable modality of the visible
Q: What is life without Plumtree's Potted Meat?
A: Incomplete - James Joyce in Ulysses

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Saw Tom Stoppard doing a conversation on stage with NSW Premier of the Arts Bob Carr. At one point they read out a dialogue from Travesties and of course Mr. Carr had to take the part of Henry Carr in the play.
Despite his reputation for perfectionism when it comes to articulte English he said that his favourite bit of dialogue from films is the exchange between Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive that goes

HF: I didn't kill my wife
TLJ:I don't care.

which made it into an extistentialist film. Mr. Stoppard guoted a few famous writers and seemed to be extremely fond of Isiah Berlin. He gave extremely convoluted answers that were quite witty but at one point he even had to ask What was the original question again.

Also saw Bruce Beresford give a small lecture on Caravaggio and his influence upon film makers which he illustrated with scenes from two movies. The Road to Perdition showing Tom Hanks killing off all of Paul Newman's bodyguards and Orson Welles Othello
"Put out the light and then put out the light"

The lecture started off on a light note. "There's more people here than showed up to see my last film".
Also on TV saw documentaries on Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller and the HUAC blacklist plus quite a good one on Woody Allen done in 2002.

Finally finished freezing my annotations to the first 25 Promethea Issues.
Also sent in and index to the Alan Moore interview conducted by Jess Nevins in Heroes and Monsters for the Indexing Project.
Books bought but not yet read

Saturday, January 10, 2004

Entries for 2003 can be found here

"He's in love with rock'n'roll
He's in love with getting stoned
He's in love with Janie Jones
He don't like his boring job...."
- The Clash

Been meaning to post something for the last few days but for some strange reason I haven't got around to it till now.
First movie seen in the new year
Sergio Leone's The Good Bad and the Ugly
First comic books read this year
Gary Spencer Millidge's Strangehaven book 1 Arcadia and Book 2 Brotherhood
Dave Sim's Melmoth and Jaka's Story or Cerebus Books 6 and 5. Also Latter Days #33 or Cerebus #298.

Today is the 75th Anniversary of the first publication of Tintin

Also found out about a new Alan Moore display to occur at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Charleroi in Belgium of all places from Valentine's Day up until two days after my 42nd birthday. I wonder if Hercule Poirot will show up. If only I lived in Europe.

"Know your rights.
All three of 'em"
- The Clash

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