Are you going to be at this? Comic Con? *hopes* I didn't think you were going to be there this year.
Friday July 23: 3:30-5:00 MirrorMask: Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean-Renowned modern comic book writer and best-selling novelist Neil Gaiman and critically acclaimed multimedia artist Dave McKean join to create MirrorMask, their first feature together. Produced by Jim Henson Pictures, this story of an unforgettable journey through a world filled with magic, fantastic creatures and illusion follows the tradition of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Gaiman wrote the screenplay and McKean directed the film using a combination of live-action and CG animation. Room 20
Well, if they've announced it at the San Diego Comic Con site, then it looks pretty likely. I still haven't had final confirmation on it but had I had definitely heard that Hensons wanted to fly me and Dave McKean in to do a presentation on Mirrormask, and that it was looking likelier and likelier. This will probably be the only time we'll be there though. (There was also talk of a Mirrormask signing at the Dark Horse booth after the panel, which may well happen.)
I've finished the first draft of the Mr Punch Radio Play for BBC Radio 3, and e-mailed it off to the director.
I'm pretty sure that it's too long, but it's very odd, which makes me happy, and it can always be trimmed.
(Here's a review of the Mr Punch graphic novel, for those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about.)
I loved Penn Jillette's novel SOCK, which is a murder mystery narrated by a police diver's atheist sock monkey, and written in a flowing stream of consciousness style in which every paragraph ends in a song reference. It's remarkably readable, quite different from anything you've ever read with a messy but satisfying ending, and a point of view. I would have given it a blurb, too, but I read it the week after the blurbs were needed, so there you go.
There's a Penn interview here. I'd point you to the Pennandteller.com website, but I just realised that Penn was signing in New York, Boston and Philadelphia last week, and I'm mentioning this too late to send any of you to the signings.
Well, don't miss the Penn & Teller show if you get to Las Vegas.
And the book's called SOCK.
The latest Angryalien production is ALIEN in 30 seconds performed by bunnies.
And my favourite commercial is this Japanese ad for open source software. Once you've watched it you can read an explanation at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/07/06/sourcenext_horse/ (and I got that one from Shanmonster.)
Ursula LeGuin's breakfast speech at Book Expo America is up at the Harcourt site.
And there's a long, solid New York Times Magazine article on graphic-novels-or-whatever-they're-called which is, in the main, excellent (although I felt that the final paragraph seemed to be more about the limitations of the article's writer than the limitations of the medium). (I'll replace the current link with one from the NYT link generator when it's had time to get up there.)