Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Don't know if it's the weather, or the medications I've been taking to deal with the headache caused by the weather, but I've been dazed and confused for pretty much the entire day.

Maybe it was because I got up an hour earlier than is my habit to have a phone conversation with Fred Van Lente and a public radio...I guess his title would be producer...? He contacted Fred and I because we're the credited writers for Cowboys & Aliens, which is something I can't honestly say I've got a lot of interest in discussing, but the subject of the proposed feature is about alien invasion movies as a metaphor for European imperialism in North America, which is a subject I can get enthused about (even if I think most alien invasion movies tend to use whatever threat's most contemporary for inspiration {Body Snatchers reflecting the Cold War, Star Wars: Revenge of The Sith's Bush imperialist parallels}, rather than Europe's takeover of America.)

If nothing else, I think Eric (the radio guy) learned a fair amount about how comics work (and sometimes don't work), and it was nice to be able to directly talk to Fred for the first time. Considering my job on C&A largely consisted of cutting out a lot of the humour he brought to the project and reformatting the script from an album-sized 62 page book to the 100 or so it eventually became, I was a little nervous talking to Fred, but he was very cool, and much better-spoken than I am. In my defense, a few years ago I couldn't have managed to do a phone interview at all, so I am getting better at dealing with the outside world via something other than a keyboard and monitor. Still prefer typing, though. I don't mumble as much when I'm typing.

Also, I completely forgot that Gary Groth called something with my name on it "undistinguished pap" (in the New York Times, no less). I swear I'm going to use that as a cover blurb for a book someday...



“You know back in 1980 Ronald Reagan asked the electorate whether you were better off than you were four years ago, at the pace things are going right now you’re going to have ask whether you’re better off than you were four weeks ago.” Barack H. Obama


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