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Eddie Campbell

One of the things that I've been enjoying lately is Eddie Campbell's blog.

Campbell is probably most well known, at least recently, as the artist for From Hell, which was written by Alan Moore. However. Campbell is also quite accomplished as a writer and artist in his own right, having produced a number of semi-autobiographical pieces, and the series Bacchus, to name a few. I always liked his stories of Bacchus, the God of Revelry, who, with his craggy, dead like face, and general run down demeanor, says, in the opening collection Immortality Isn't Forever, that too much wine, women, and song has worn him down. Recently, Campbell went and got himself a blog, and has maintained a fairly solid blogging routine in which he discusses pages out of From Hell, giving you samples of Moore's script and his own illustrations, while also discussing graphic novels, where he reveals himself to be an interesting and intelligent guy (the whole blog does this, actually).

No doubt Campbell's decision to get a blog was aided by the fact that his new graphic novel, Black Diamond Detective Agency, is going to be released soon, and usually that kind of thing turns me off a little with blogs, but I've enjoyed Campbell's so much that I'm going to link the excerpt:

Helps that it's pretty fucking cool, too.


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Feb. 1st, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
His daughter used to be on my friends list, as _candypants, but it looks like she's now godcreature. Thanks for the reminder, I'm glad I looked her up again because she was always fun to read.

Her dad apparently lives just a few streets away from me. My suburb is full of weird trivia like that (eg. my house was on a biscuit tin in the mid-1900's, and Ann Geddes had an affair with the man who lived in the house next door).

I never said it was newsworthy trivia...
Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
gotta love little trivia like that. i checked out the blogs and saw a bunch of familiar people on her friendslist. small world.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
She's been to a couple of SF cons (Continuum 2 and 3) where a bunch of local SF people met her.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, Eddie has done lots of great stuff. I was wondering if The Fate of the Artist was a bit of a swan song, since there hadn't been much for a while previous to it, but with the blog and Black Diamond, he's obviously just been quietly working on various big projects.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
i never read fate of the artist. i kept meaning too, but i kept just... not. totally worth me doing so?

(i am pleased to see campbell back is such a way, too)
Feb. 2nd, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
It's good, but I don't think it was his best work. I suspect I like a bit more doing than reflecting.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:37 am (UTC)
Actually, I thought Fate Of The Artist was terrific, and one of the best things he's done. I said nice things about it in the past. But it was very reflective, and perhaps I was biased in its favour due to circumstances.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
As I guess should be obvious if you read the link in my comment below, I'm a big Campbell fan and I like the guy personally a lot as well.

I don't think the release of the Black Diamond had much to do with his decision to start blogging. He's always liked to have a chatty public relationship with his hard core fans and peers, and a forum for talking about the medium, and I don't think he really does it for sales. I think he just likes to blather on (at one stage he did a self-published 'comic' title that was just a collection of essays and chat called EGOMANIA!, which title probably gives you some of his motivation). I've happily paid to read him blather on in the past (I have an issue of aforesaid title), so I'm very pleased about the blog - plus, the Moore script fragments are great.
Feb. 2nd, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)

well, if his decision to start blogging was motivated by black diamond or not, i'm really not fussed at this point in time, since the blog is quite cool, and campbell has shown himself to be really quite entertaining in his chatty fashion.
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