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Update – January 2010

January 21, 2010 1 comment

Winter’s bony finger of ice seems to be restraining us still, as far as any progress in Omni goes.  Pramada did turn up again though.  Ironically, he wasn’t on some cosmic walkabout but had been lain flat out with back problems.  By the time I got to speak to him on Skype he was looking fine but with no reports of success with publishers yet.  My own plan is still to meet up with him in April for the San Fran Comic Con.  I’ve been working so hard recently on a community project, I may well be able to afford a trip to the States by Spring.

The community project’s in Wales, but I’m currently in London, so am still quite nomadic at least in bursts.  I’ve taken the opportunity whilst here to meet with my collaborator in movie and television – another story – to see some of the most incredible art in the world such as the Manets in the Courtauld Gallery, and to visit some comic shops.

Of what I’ve been reading, Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert’s take on the Batman legend ‘Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?’ has impressed me the most.  Gaiman hijacks the Rashomon approach to the death of Batman, using it to explore the nature of the myth itself:  its cyclical qualities, why the story never seems to grow old. why it endures when so many others have perished.  This is paralleled by the main character himself who appears to be witnessing his own funeral.

‘Am I dead?’ he asks the mysterious woman by his side.  ‘Not yet,’ she replies.  ‘Are you Death?’ he then asks.  The reply, ‘I don’t think Death is a person, Bruce,’ is a sort of in-joke as everyone who’s read Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’ knows Death is in fact a person, a very affable Gothette who makes dying worthwhile, death something worth living for.

But there’s something else going on here, no less remarkable and with a jaw-dropping finale, showing that Gaiman and Kubert remain ahead of the game despite being in it for so long now.

It brings back my faith in comics.

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