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That song is the title of Moneen song that Alexisonfire is covering on an EP I picked up the other week. I quite like Alexisonfire. They have an album that has a cover where two schoolgirls are standing opposite each other with knives, ready to fuck it other up. I just love that cover (haven't heard the album).

Anyhow: things might be a bit quiet here on the blog. Work is picking up, I'm entering the final stages of the novel (thank fuck), and my attention is fixed on those.

Remember Anna Brown's art show:



If you have a blog that you can spare the promotional click on, I'd appreciate it. There should be copies of 26lies at the event that you can get her to sign as well.

I never thought Anna got the praise she deserved from 26lies, which was perhaps due to how much of it looked like me. But the book only ever worked because Anna's art was able to convey the multi-layered nature of the narrative--mixing not just one separate storyline, but thematics on identity, nationality, and so on and so forth, to carry all the different strands until the very end, where the final images in the book provide the resolution.

One of the cool things about Nowhere Near Savannah, however, is that I think it shows what Anna can do a lot more strongly and prominently. My favourite thing is watching Anna's use of facial expressions. A little twist of the lips, a shift in how the eyes are done, and it's so telling, so complimentary to what the panel wishes to convey, be it either humour, sadness, or anger. Really, it's pretty easy to write that someone's face changes, or that something should be funny, but it's a lot harder to draw it (which, I might add, is an interesting thing about comics: it's a lot easier to write them than it is to write a piece of prose, simply because the layering, the perfection, the attention to detail, the layout of your paragraphs and all, does not need to be so right in a script). I don't want to down play what I do in these things, but when I tell you that the success of them is due to Anna, I'm not selling myself short, I don't think. I can come up with any old shit, really, but to make it work?

Well, that's the trick.

I keep hassling Anna that I'm going to do an interview with her for this blog, and I reckon I got to get my act together and stop being a lazy cunt about it.

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elenuial
Feb. 28th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Well, I'll put a link up if you really want, but the only person who'll see it who is even in the right hemisphere is you, I think...

Though I recently got friended by this strange LJ from South Africa with no other friends. Maybe he can pony up the airfare to see the show.

I hear you on the comicry part, by the way, but I would argue that it's in some ways easier if you're just the writer. On a certain level, you only have to understand the mechanics of storytelling, rather than how prose writing itself works -- which is a harder beast for a lot of folks, I think.

Which isn't to say what you said is wrong. You really have to have a mind for nuance and detail and subtle visual things and direction and even (like you said) paragraph layout.

I can't draw for beans, which is why I don't complain that the comic I do with my inamorata only gets updated once in a blue moon. She does all the heavy lifting. :)
benpeek
Feb. 28th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
but if you link it, i'll go ;)

nah, it's cool.

i do agree with you that the script writer has it easier than the prose writer. perhaps a lot of script writers will disagree (and it's not as if i don't spent my time with prose more), but it really does feel like you can use all the shortcuts in a script that you couldn't get away with in prose. or shouldn't get away with, i suppose.

do you have a link for this comic you do?

lucius_t
Feb. 28th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
I'll do a link...if somebody will show me how..
benpeek
Feb. 28th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC)
sweet. i'll email you the link to it. if i show you here, likely it'll just link the image.
lucius_t
Feb. 28th, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
done.

Still waiting for that platypus. :)
benpeek
Feb. 28th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
thanks heaps, man. i'll work that platypus in just for you :)
girliejones
Feb. 28th, 2008 11:07 am (UTC)
plus . ew .. that scene in 26Lies! I'm *still* blind and will never recover.
shadowsandice
Feb. 29th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
My favourite thing is watching Anna's use of facial expressions.

I ditto this. Lots.
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