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When a runner steps to the line they are never alone. The racers next to you all have goals of their own; some of the goals may be the same as your own…you both will be fighting for that same finishing place. Some of those racers may be your own teammates, your friends, your training partners.
But in the end, when the gun goes off you all become one and the same: racers. All other titles momentarily erased.
Of course if you know some of those racers you may devise a race plan where you work together for some portion of the race, helping each of you through the early stages and setting you BOTH up for a better finish. There can be a team component to track, more-so in cross-country, but there inevitable comes a certain point in the race where anyone running next to you is nothing but your competition.
Embrace your competition because they are what will make you faster, and one of the strongest tools you have to utilize in the quest for your best. They will push you to your limits…or rather they will push you to the point where you will have to decide whether you are willing to go to those limits.
This opportunity isn’t solely in races, and with the London Olympics fast approaching, there are some really great articles highlighting Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher not just as two of the USA’s top chances for medaling in the Olympic Marathon, but also the fact that they are indeed training partners.
Both are excellent reads, and some things you can gather from both are:
* Train For Your Best: Both women have run nearly every workout together; similar to a race situation when you workout with someone who can push you, both of you end up the winners.
* Race Day Confidence: Of course when the gun goes off, both women rightfully acknowledge friendships and training partner labels are completely taken off the table. In the article featuring Goucher they touch on what it means to have Flanagan around her the longer the race drags on. On the one hand, because they have trained together both can get a bit of a confidence boost having the other around with the thinking, “Look, if Shalane/Kara is still here and handling this and we’ve trained together, I KNOW I belong here and can handle it.” The whole, “This hurts, but she’s doing it, so can I” line of thought.
* In The End You’re Running For One: On the flip side, there is the point where you need to drop your competition. There’s nothing more to be said on that one except that rather than ever fear them, be thankfu
Given the briefness of these opportunities I usually observe for as long as I can first, trying to draw in my mind before putting pen to paper. Usually once people notice they have become a subject I am done with the observation part, so I don't think it's too uncomfortable for anyone involved. It's much easier to look without being noticed, than to look-and-draw without being noticed, and I think it's good practice for the visual memory to divide drawing and observing in this way. In fact drawing in-your-mind only is something you can do anytime you want to make visual notes. Just look as if you really were drawing, following the contours and the forms. People get less mad this way, and it's amazing how much looking you can get away with!
This is the first time Tad Hills’ Rocket, pictured above, has visited 7-Imp, and it’s long overdue.
So, when I write weekly columns for Kirkus, I always follow up one week later here at 7-Imp with art from the book. (To not post as much art as I’m allowed makes me twitch a little.) In early May, I did a short Q & A over at Kirkus with author/illustrator Tad Hills. He has created many picture books over the years that my children and I have enjoyed, including the Duck & Goose books, one of which I covered here at 7-Imp in 2007 (back when, shudder, I only included book covers).
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Darlene Beck-Jacobson debut middle grade book contract was listed this past week in Publisher’s Marketplace. Congratulations Darlene! Here is the announcement:
Darlene Beck-Jacobson’s THE CARRIAGE MAKER’S DAUGHTER, set in the early 1900s in Washington, DC, racial intolerance, social change and sweeping progress create a turbulent stage for a twelve-year old, who prefers Papa’s carriage barn and the symphony of the blacksmith’s hammer to the proper expectations of females, and finds the strength to defend what she believes in when her comfortable way of life is threatened by racist neighbors, pitched as reminiscent of Little House on the Prairie, the girl to Marissa Moss at Creston Books, in a nice deal, for publication in Fall 2014, by Liza Fleissig at Liza Royce Agency (World English).
Gayle Krause’s YA Historical Romance, “The Storyteller’s Daughter” is the lead story in the Timeless Anthology, released this month from Pugalicious Press. It’s a mash-up of Scherazade, Aladdin and the real ancient Iranian Queen Homay. Love stories that transcend time. From a thousand years ago to the unknown future, Timeless will show how love is timeless. This anthology of love stories contains “The Storyteller’s Daughter” by Gayle C. Krause, “And The Nightingale Sang” by Kip Wilson, “A Light Of Victory” by Jennifer Carson, “The Angel Of The Bastille” by J.R. Sparlin, “Stella’s Hero” by Kristine Carlson Asselin & Ansha Kotyk, “In This Moment” by D. E. Atwood, and “It Lies Beneath” by Magda Knight. Congratulations, Gayle!
Associate editor at Simon & Schuster Michael Szczerban has won the Ashmead Award, designed to nurture the career of a promising young editor in the field of book publishing. In receiving the award, Szczerban will attend the Yale Publishing Course: Book Publishing: Print and Digital.
Kristin Ostby has joined Simon & Schuster for Young Readers as editor. She was most recently a senior editor for Albert Whitman.
Longtime president and publisher of Viking Children’s Books Regina Hayes will relinquish that position and serve as editor-at-large, just as she celebrates her thirtieth anniversary at Penguin. Writers House agent Ken Wright will take over as vp and publisher of Viking Children’s on August 27, reporting to Penguin Children’s president Don Weisberg.
Keating Literary and Brick House are “formalizing what has been organically emerging over the past few years as a strong alliance” between the two and joining together to form Union Literary. Trena Keating and Sally Wofford-Girand are joined by Brick House senior agent Jenni Ferrari-Adler and newly promoted agent Kezia Toth under the new banner.
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Alan Ayckbourn's latest play, Surprises, has now opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre; see also the Faber publicity page, or pre-order your copy at Amazon.co.uk.
Early reviews include those by:
Lots of Ayckbourn plays are under review at the complete review
-- see, for example, Henceforward ...
-- and I hope to get to this one, too.
Global Times looks at the Uncertain future of literary magazines in China, as:
It's not the worst of times, but it's not the best of times either.
The Master scandal has ignited concern for the financial situation of other literary magazines. Lack of money is a common thread.
scandal involved: "a bi-monthly literary magazine published by Yunnan People's Publishing House since 1994, was forced to suspend its operation for illegally running its magazine for commercial interests."
For commercial interests !)
And, of course:
The emergence of multi-media channels exacerbates their situation.
"The publishing aspect of literary magazines is weakening," said Qiu.
"Writers now have other ways to publish their work, and readers have a plethora of reading options."
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Padgett Powell's You & Me, just out in the US, but published in the UK last year as ... You & I.
A novel entirely in dialogue(s), it's hardly the only fictional dialogue under review at the complete review.
Many libraries have taken advantage of hosting teen advisory groups at their libraries, but what about the children’s library? Tween patrons offer remarkable insight into making your library the place to be. Many of them are also encouraged by becoming active participants within their community. With the recent push among libraries to increase appeal to tweens, why not implement a Kids Advisory Board for this upcoming school year?
Calling All Kids
Upon moving into our new children’s space in 2009, we decided to recruit a number of savvy young superusers to help establish a tween-friendly environment. We came to the conclusion that the best way to achieve this goal would be to set up a Kids Advisory Board (KAB). The target age group for KAB was 9 to 12, and we made it a priority to recruit up to twelve students from each of the local schools. Since KAB wasn’t going to be a book discussion group, there was also a concerted effort to ask members who were not voracious readers, but who did use the library in other ways. Broadening the scope of what we deemed a superuser allowed us to better reach out and serve a variety of kids.
Meetings and Structure
In the first KAB meeting the participants were asked for their input in setting up the group guidelines. Depending on the library, the librarian facilitating may want to make these structural decisions ahead of time, such as how frequently the group will meet or whether officers will be appointed.
Our members voted on having monthly meetings, and that there would be no officers elected for the first year. The host librarian was given the responsibility of emailing agenda items and notes for each meeting. In recent years as the group has gone more virtual, the meetings have lessened and communication is accomplished via email. Some advisory groups might also choose to create a wiki, blog, or Google Docs account for more efficient communication. Our library has also discussed setting up a KAB Tumblr account this upcoming September.
At each KAB meeting the group is given an agenda which includes updates on ongoing discussions and future projects. We always open with a time of socializing and pizza, which is a perfect opportunity to find out what’s going on at school, and what books, music, and movies the kids are excited about. When it comes time to focus there are usually between two to three topics up for discussion. Agenda items may include collection assistance with ordering Wii games, program ideas, or special projects like choosing furniture for the children’s library. The meeting traditionally ends with the distribution of ARCs, advanced readers copies, to KAB members who write reviews for the library’s website. This has been a perk that the kids look forward to each month.
KAB Programs and Projects
Over the past three years the Kids Advisory Board has been a huge asset to the library and has greatly influenced our service to the kids in the community. The group has planned and executed programs including a Harry Potter marathon and a winter craft fair. Their assistance is also greatly appreciated when it comes time to plan Summer Reading. Since we do not participate in the national program, KAB has offered guidance in developing programs
A contemporary librarian noir starring folks I know? Don’t mind if I do! I had no idea that Sarah Murphy was such a fine actress but it surprises me not at all. Written and co-directed by Joy Tomasko with co-direction, photography and post-production by Jon Dieringer and starring librarians and friends thereof, this film premiered at The Bell House in December 2011 during the Desk Set’s Biblio Noir, a fundraiser for Literacy for Incarcerated Teens (which I missed thanks to my new baby state). Screened at Spectacle Theater in June 2012 it’s now available online. Many thanks to Maria Falgoust for the link.
After that, let’s start the day off right with a book that is completely and utterly unavailable to us here in America. Basically, this all boils down to a children’s graphic novel, blurbed by Shaun Tan himself, that we have not yet seen. Tan says of it, “Reading this book is like being quietly ushered into another dimension by winged strangers, a place beyond the tread of normal earth-bound language. Ephemeral as a feather, timeless as a rock, and as true as both, Unforgotten is a magical experience.” That would be Unforgotten by Tohby Riddle. Here’s the trailer:
Thanks to Andrew Joyner for the link!
So this is fun. The Digital Shift recently came up with the Seven Top Trailers to Hook Kids on Books. Picking and choosing amongst them there’s a lot to enjoy here, but I’m particularly taken with this 60th Anniversary trailer for good old Charlotte’s Web (#1 on my Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll, doncha know). Observe:
Speaking of pigs, in comes the rather timely (how many Olympic-related fictional picture books are there this season?) Olympig via author Victoria Jamieson. Much with the fun.
Finally, for our off-topicness, I think I’m going to go nerd on you and whip out a bit of Star Wars meets Goyte stuff. I know you’ve probably already seen it, but it makes me happy. See if you can hear the hidden Wookie howl.
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Artie’s children’s book Living Green: A Turtle’s Quest for a Cleaner Planet is now available as a free video for kids through StoryCub. A shortlist finalist for the national 2012 Green Earth Book Award, Thurman the turtle is tired of seeing the land he loves cluttered with trash and decides to take action.
To watch the Living Green video and many other books on StoryCub.org, please click on the cover below. StoryCub videos are one of the most watched programs on Apple’s iTunes Kids & Family section.
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Ptch is a new iPad/iPhone app that allows users to remix photos, videos, songs and text into 60-second music video-style shorts called Ptches. Sort of like an Instagram for videos (with “styles” instead of filters), Ptch aims to make video editing as intuitive and reflexive for the masses as taking a photograph with a smartphone. The app also allows users to remix ptches made by their friends so that each person can share their own version of an event. The software is available on Apple’s iTunes Store for free, though add-on songs and film “styles” will cost money in the future.
Here’s where it gets interesting. Ptch is headed by Ed Leonard, the Chief Technology Officer of DreamWorks Animation and the former director of R&D at Disney Animation. He convinced DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg to launch a new company called DWA Investments. The company, which is funded entirely by its parent DreamWorks Animation, has 15 employees, a third of whom are former DreamWorks staffers who took paycuts (in exchange for stock) to join Ptch.
Sites like Fast Company and BetaBeat have been debating what Ptch means for the future of DreamWorks. For example, does it signal the company’s transition from being a content producer into a technology company? Ptch helmer Ed Leonard hinted at that possibility while speaking with BetaBeat:
“There’s a lot of ambition at DreamWorks, they’re thinking about how to leverage ambition on the film side and how to reinvent themselves as more of a technology company than a movie company and really leverage all that value. If you get close to what Jeffrey is thinking about in terms of the DreamWorks brand … Jeffrey really believes in the intersection that’s happening between technology and entertainment.”
It’s hard to know what to make of all this just yet, but Leonard’s quote reveals that DreamWorks Animation is evolving in different and unexpected directions.
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Driving through rural Alabama, I noticed the quaint little doctors’ offices tucked away in historic buildings and the pint-sized medical centers built to serve a variety of small communities. In essence, residents don’t have many choices when it comes to finding a doctor or health facility in these remote areas; they just appreciate that there’s a doctor in their small town.
It made me grateful too, for all the choices I have in healthcare at home in bustling South Florida. This includes the fact that I live 3 blocks from Memorial Regional Hospital, one of the best hospitals in the country. I guess I have to give up the quiet, wide open spaces for the modern conveniences (and myriad of choices) of living in a very populated area. But I’m fine with that.
Should you ever need a list of the Broward and South Palm Beach hospitals, their specialties and contact info – and I hope you never do – here’s my article on About.com. I’ve done a lot of the homework to make it easy for you to find the hospital that best suits your healthcare needs.
By: Sue Bursztynski,
Wolfborn will be released in the US on October 1.I'm celebrating in two ways. The first is that I'm taking out my family for High Tea at the Windsor Hotel in Melbourne. That's where we went to celebrate when I sold it and once more when Edwina Harvey, who had helped me sell it via an interview, was in Melbourne for the Worldcon.
The other way is by a giveaway of a signed copy of the Australian edition, and you can enter wherever you are. All you have to do is click Comment.
The giveaway ends on July 31. Just over a week to enter! If you missed out on the last Wolfborn Giveaway, here's your chance to try again.
We drove several hours down to Cedar City for the Shakespeare Festival - but found things of interest on the way -
At a gas station/rest stop in the middle of no-where, we were surprised by a peacock in the parking lot.. What? Why...?
Turns out there was a petting zoo on the property (who knew?) - full of a nice selection of animals from the exotic -
- to the domestic (baby sheeps and pygmy goats :-)
The peacock was pecking at car tires and even stalking my son. Keeps life interesting. :-)
A rocky out-cropping in the middle of endless looking flat lands...
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What better day for book trailers than a Saturday?
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My daughter and granddaughter came for breakfast, so I cooked their favorite dishes. My daughter loves kiszka, so I got one for her. (Kiszka is a sort of Polish sausage made from barley and beef blood) My granddaughter loves scrambled eggs and Polish sausage. I cooked that along with tomatoes, various cheeses, and pretzel rolls. She loves pretzel rolls. It was a feast, and I might add the coffee was sublime.
They came over to pick up a bed I no longer wanted. We disassembled the bed, packed it in the truck and went shopping for a little chair I wanted to put in the spare bedroom. There is a queen size bed there already, a sleeper couch in my office. I have enough sleeping accommodations. The additional trundle bed took up too much room. A small chair is all I wanted.
Back to my shopping for the little chair. I love Dania, they have lovely contemporary pieces that do not cost an arm and a leg. Maybe a couple of fingers at most.
My daughter and I found a lovely small, comfy chair. My granddaughter found a semi circular, orange couch. It was love at first site. We tried to talk her out of it. She was willing to look around, but always came back to that orange couch.
I am now the proud owner of a round, orange couch. The room is painted a light green. It is a good thing that other than the dining room furniture, nothing matches in my house. I buy pieces I like and it always seems to work out. Maybe it is an inherited trait.
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Goldie and the Three Penguins by Chris Gurney, illus. Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson, Scholastic NZ
One of the latest titles in the popular Kiwi Corkers series, this hardback book presents an amusing and ultra-modern take on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldie sets off to buy a jelly-tip ice-cream but is lured by the smell of fish and chips to the house of the three Penguins. When she eats the meal of Chick Penguin, she says, “My oh my, that was really kapai!” This mantra is repeated throughout the story as Goldie tries out the chairs and the beds. Everyone can guess the ending – Goldie runs back to the loving arms of her mother. Children who know the original story (and are favourably inclined towards movie-style penguins) will enjoy the inter-textual links. The rhyming text is fairly demanding to read aloud but should be entertaining if read with panache. The illustrations are lively, intriguing and very modern – using a style that combines a semi-comic-book format with digital painting and digital collage. Goldie’s snarls of blonde wool hair provide an interesting motif (and of course her mum has the same). Best for primary-aged children.
ISBN 978 1 77543 043 8 $18.50 Hb
The Frog Footie Player by Chris Gurney, illus. John Bennett, Scholastic NZ Another Kiwi Corkers title, this is a very New Zealand version of The Frog Prince. Youngsters might not know the original story as well as they know the Goldilocks one, but it’s still an entertaining read. Kiri’s lost rugby ball is returned to her by a frog called Archie. All he wants in return is to watch rugby on TV with a pillow and some chocolate fish. Kiri isn’t keen, but her dad says she must keep her promise. In the excitement of watching the game, Kiri gives Archie a kiss – and he turns into an All Black!!! The cartoon-style pictures are suitably bright and friendly, done using Corel Painter. Primary-aged boys will enjoy the rugby theme – and girls are likely to enjoy the rugby-mad heroine.
I was horrified to learn that some of the bodies at the Aurora shooting stayed in place for what sounded like overnight. Why didn't they bring them out and let their loved ones have them?
Then I read this post from a crime scene investigator who worked the Columbine shooting. The post seems to have been taken down now. Maybe it was too sensitive, even years later, to talk about that day.
But he said:
"One of the only criticisms from processing Columbine was that we left the victim's bodies in the school overnight. It wasn't an easy decision I can assure you. But we believed strongly that the case would eventually go to court (either civil or criminal) despite the fact that the killers were deceased. Truthfully, you can't afford to think otherwise. So it's not as simple as just walking in a putting the victims in body bags. We can't levitate them out of the scene. People have to walk in there to get them and those people could possibly damage or destroy evidence if they aren't careful. The bodies have to be carefully photographed, videotaped, and measured with precision. The CSIs may have to collect trace evidence from their bodies or clothing. Adjacent objects that may be disturbed also have to be fully documented before a path can be cleared. You can't just kick a piece of evidence out of the way. So all of this process takes time. We don't like it either but we have to do everything we can to make sure the evidence can be presented in court."
Thanks to Joanne Fritz for being our hostess with the mostest this afternoon at your beautiful, please-tell-us-it-will-be there-forever store. Where else can we sit like we did and laugh long and hard, long after we stopped talking about Small Damages
? And how lucky am I that A.S. King (we'll call her Amy) and K.M. Walton (we'll call her Kate) spent this afternoon with me?
Right answer: Extremely lucky.
And what about Julia—our teen reader? She's something else.
I wore orange pants, just so none of us could forget this afternoon. I know that I never will.
Please talk to someone. Call a crisis line. Call someone who loves you. Get support. And consider this:
Please Do Not To Kill Yourself:
Because things will get better, and when they do, you will want to be here to enjoy them;
Because if you kill yourself it will deeply hurt the people who love you and care about you;
Because there will never be another person like you, bringing your unique perspective into the world. It’s only by staying alive that you can have a voice, and help to make things better in the world–for you, and for others;
Because if you kill yourself, you will let all the people who hurt you so horribly win. And they should not win. We need good people in this world;
Because your pain will pass, and get lighter, and you will find beauty again in the things around you, and love, and laughter;
Because you matter. Even if you think you don’t, you do. You touch other people. Your life has an impact. People care about you;
Because if you kill yourself, you can never undo that act. It is final and forever. You can never again see love and compassion in the eyes of the people who love you, feel the touch of someone’s hand on yours, hug your dog or cat, listen to the rain on a roof, taste ice cream melting on your tongue. You can never have a chance to be happy again;
Because death is not relief or release; it is an end. You don’t feel anything after you die. But you can feel relief and release if you stay alive, and find a way to release your pain safely. Find a way to take in the love of the people who care about you;
Because even the deepest pain can lessen. Talk to someone you love. Write out your pain. Cry it out. Scream into a pillow. Break something. Do what you need to to get out your pain safely;
Because you are not alone. There are so many people who have felt the way you feel, experienced the things you have experienced. Reach out. Talk to others. You are not alone;
Because the desire to kill yourself will pass, if you can just wait it out long enough. Distract yourself. Call a friend. Call a crisis line. Do something you enjoy, even if you think you won’t enjoy it;
Because if you stick around, you will find one day that you are glad you did. You will find more good people who care about you. You will find your voice. You will do things that you love and that make you happy;
Because I have been there, too. I know how bad it is. And I know it can get better. It did for me. It will for you. And I hope for good things for you. Please choose to live.
- Because you deserve to live, and to find happiness and joy and love and laughter. It may not seem like you can find those things right now, but they will come. You have had them once, and they will come again;
Please reach out to someone if you’re feeling suicidal. Don’t stay silent. Choose life and hope.
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Reasons Not To Kill Yourself
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Some time back I wondered whether offering non-form replies to queriers would be a good idea. You said yes, and very enthusiastically.
I've decided to give it a whirl on a trial basis for the next few weeks.
On Saturday night (oh man, this is just proof positive I have no life!) if you query between 7pm and 8pm Eastern Daylight Time I will reply to you individually. I may not reply during that exact time window, but your query has to arrive in that window.
You have to put "New Wrinkle" in the subject line so I know you WANT to participate.
I'd really REALLy appreciate it if you didn't write back to tell me all the reasons I'm an idiot until at least a day has gone by and you might have cooled down.
I am NOT guaranteeing feedback or critiques on each letter, although that may happen. This is ONLY a personal, non-form reply guarantee.
The queries need to be for real. If I request something and you tell me it's not ready, or you were just kidding, I will come to your house and gnaw on you till you realize the error of your ways.
Shout out in the comment column and we'll develop an FAQ for our little experiment.
These last two days where life inside my home (as opposed to Work, and The Great Outdoors), have mostly been all about the dining room floor and the sun room floor, and the sanding and varnishing thereof. And a four D puzzle of New York taking up most of the living room, the dining room being (obviously) out of commission. So though I am in the middle of two good books (Advent and The Atomic Weight of Secrets) and several less good books, I turned during my breaks to a slim new arrival, a collection of autobiographical shared thoughts-- The Chairs are Where the People Go, by Misha Glouberman with Sheila Heti.
Misha Glouberman was a lovely person to have brief reading chats with. How could I not enjoy his words when he makes his living, among other things, as a professional Charades instructor? (On re-reading, it strikes me that this sounds ironic, but it wasn't meant to be). I find that such a pleasing idea--not just that he had the gumption and enjoyment of life to want to teach charades, but that random people would sign up, and do their charades homework, and have a ball with it. He is an organizer of unconferences and of public participation in music events, someone who isn't afraid to start a group he would like to join, and a player of a game that involves people moving rocks in a way at once utterly pointless and yet deeply invested with meaningful social bonding (if the players take it seriously). I would like to play it. Maybe.
His thoughts on sundry topics, mostly involving urban life as lived by himself, deal mainly about ways in which people engage with each other--not in the Big Issue sort of way, but how people might socially construct lives for themselves that have interest and interpersonal engagement. It is just a series of short monologues in which he shares what he thinks about this and that. He isn't pushing a big agenda, he isn't telling anecdotes, he's basically just talking about things he has thought about. It's not polished beautiful prose essays ala E.B. White or A.A. Milne (whose essays I enjoy lots), but there were thoughts that spoke to me.
Like--it's really easy to get caught up in a battle mentality, consumed with defeating your enemy. And he couches his response to this not as a Moral Dictum (because he's not trying to convert the reader) but as a statement--"You're just being angry in ways that don't make things better for anybody." (page 80).
Also useful--"If you're running a project and you want to get people involved, ask them to set up chairs. People like to set up chairs, and it's easy work to delegate." (page 16).
But seriously, how could I not like a book that includes an essay on "How to Teach Charades"?
Basically, the book reassured me that it is possible that other people are not, as a general rule of thumb, utterly foreign, but are in fact capable of playing nicely (by which I mean,
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The comment section seemed pretty happy with the announcement that Howard Chaykin was going to be doing Buck Rogers for Hermes Press, so I laid hands on Dan Herman (the Publisher at Hermes) and got a little more information for you.
Hermes has a five year license for Buck Rogers comics, which means the license for a new comic as well as reprint rights for the previous comic books, like the Gold Key series based on the television show and, yes, some Murphy Anderson work from the early ’50s. Part of their proposal was a “back to basics” new series. Herman, as a publisher who does a lot of archival/historical books, isn’t a big fan of changing the formula.
That’s where Howard comes in. Herman had originally commissioned Chaykin to do a cover for a collection of the old Flint Dille/David Marconi/Dan Speigel “Agent 13″ graphic novels that came out from TSR back in the mid-to-late 1980s. Herman knew Chaykin had a fondness for ’30s and ’40s material. He also knew Chaykin’s work with Ironwolf/Cody Starbuck/Star Wars. Chaykin liked the idea.
Herman described the series as a “riff” on the original series and tells me Chaykin went back and read the two original pulp prose stories and roughly the first 10 years of the strip to get ready. Look to the left and the promotional poster does look like the classic period of the strip.
This will come out in normal comic book format and Herman is thinking May 2013 is a likely target date. Herman says Chaykin is initially working on 4 issues and when those are completed they’ll have a look at it and see where to go from there. He wants to evaluate the work as a whole, not piecemeal. Also factoring into this approach is Herman’s philosophy that “you let Howard do his job.” He knows who he hired, so he’s getting out of the way.
Figure we’ll hear a little more about this around the beginning of next year.