Monthly Archives: August 2008

Slash Fiction, CryptoZooey #1, and Fun with Microfiche


Oh-gosh. Where-oh-where have I been!? Tropical Storm Fay is where I’ve been (not literally), laptopless, and randomly working on Doranchorn. I’ve a little something-something to say on the structure of the scratch-draft, but less and less time to say it. A couple things:

CryptoZooey #1
CryptoZooey #1

My review of CrpytoZooey #1 appeared Thursday on The Graphic Classroom. Here’s a teaser:

Steve Troop’s art is, IMHO, reminiscent of newspaper strips like Calvin & Hobbes. I say this because Zooey looks, well, like a transgendered Calvin. But the degree of detail he inks into the background, into newspaper clippings and wide-panel haunted scenery, is just great. The expressions are hilarious and the bubble-logue ingenious (or, at least, super cute [refer: Jackalope]). As an author and illustrator he obviously enjoys his craft, and the paneling — albeit busy — never seems like it were tediously done: it doesn’t take itself too seriously, which means that there is abundant tomfoolery and good stuff – like the sound of thunder! KRAKATOOOOOM!
I threw together a blog for the Bradford Library Teen Program, which I post to every day (and I have a huge amount of readers … – because, well, I set it as the homepage on all of the Teen computers). The other day, I found an old newspaper article titled “Man Dumped Into Sugar Kettle.” Check it out.

And finally, on Neil Gaiman’s Journal, the WebGoblin wrote/quoted something laugh-out-loud worthy about Slash Fiction:

“Lastly, for those who wrote to ask what the “slash” in yesterday’s entry meant — and, honestly, I suspect that questions like that are just trying to egg me on — I give you Mr. G writing on April 10, 2002:

…..slash fiction is basically erotic fan fiction, normally TV series based, pairing off two (er or more I suppose) members of the same sex who don’t normally couple for the cameras. From the “/” mark in the middle of “Kirk/Spock” or “K/S” fiction, which is where it all started. (“But Spock,” said Kirk, huskily, realising, finally, irrevocably, what his true self had been trying to tell him ever since the beginning of season one, “it’s so huge. And it’s green.” “And it would be logical for you to… touch it, Captain,” said Spock. And so on. It’s normally written by extremely nice ladies. I have several very sane, respected, and respectable friends who write slash fiction, and do not try to make me read it.)”


Blahggery and the Laptopless Me [sigh]


Yikes! My laptop'[wa]s MIA for both this past and coming week (with most lofty regards to yon gods of technology; [spit in my palm and lick saltrock – *rain dance*]). My weekend wasn’t very productive. I read and began my review of Kaoru Mori’s Emma (1) for The Graphic Classroom, and – well – I frankly did a lot of yardwork. I was taken with the opening ceremony at Beijing and I have been halfheartedly watching the Olympics, although I am most proud of completing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s ‘All Ghillied Up / One Shot, One Kill’ segment on veteran difficulty – finally.

I am working not-so-diligently on my graduate portfolio; rather, I have been painstakingly second-drafting (“black-drafting” because it is written in a black moleskine notebook, as opposed to the initial scrawl in the brown) “The Hangman.” Some of the science behind late nineteenth-century capital punishment is mesmerizing. I hope to ship it off to Space and Time and others by the end of the month; my stuff for Ploughshares et al. is ready to be mailed, but I wait for submissions to open-up.

I picked up Doggerel again. Sometime this week is its Yearlong and I’ve still so much to go. The rough storyline is seeded in the depths of me but I’m still a tad too sore over my Dog who inspired it. Oy.

Remember [sigh]:

  • Submit Emma review to TGC.
  • Begin The Dream Hunters for TGC.
  • Pick up Harry Potter 6.
  • Pick up The Explosionist.
  • Contact my letter-writers with a [crossyourfingers!] complete portfio.
  • Work on “The Hangman”.
  • Get ahold of Mega Comics re: Free Comic Book Day.
  • Brainstorm with some of the local JASNA for a 2009 AGM Panel

Which reminds me. Vic (Ms. Place) from Jane Austen’s World / Today & Laurel Ann from Austenprose (and Jane Austen Today) were plugged in the most recent JASNA Newsletter. Go JASNA. I knew Jane was a 21st Century girl.

And elsewhere –

Comics & the ‘Young Adult’ Misnomer

Legends in Exile
Fables: Legends in Exile

I opted against a secondary-education degree because I chose not to suffer the politicking of a school-board or the – in my opinion – backward mores of parents-with-their-child’s-interests-at-heart. I thought it a crime to put highschoolers through what we humored by teaching an abridged Huck Finn that omitted whole chapters and “niggers”. While I would probably think thrice about putting Vampire Porn (Laurell K. Hamilton!?) on the shelves in the Young Adult section, I don’t suppose I’m going to scar anyone if there is a non-explicit sex scene or the wonderfully expressive “oh, – shit.”

So, my first batch of graphic novels for the library arrived the other day. This sub-section was previously reserved for Manga – which I don’t really object to – but I reckoned I’d populate it with some of the Westernmost GN best-reads – Neil Gaimans and Alan Moores; Batmans and Marvels and Fables.

Earlier this morning I caught a tad bit of flack because Fables: Legends in Exile has the nude upperback of a woman and some foul language. My argument is that this section is reserved to young adults, complete with the unabridged Twains and Melvilles and the Ellen Hopkins books (which are great, but certainly not childish!) – let alone non-fiction sexual education stuff and, worse yet, Britney Spears biographies! To reshelve Fables in the hallowed aisles of Adults 741.5 means, not so much a hypocrisy, but just a general ignorance and archaic stigmatization of books with pictures. Agh.

I ought to point them to Chris Wilson’s The Graphic Classroom and reestablish the tired case that Comics have literary merit