For a while now I’ve been tossing around an idea to do a series of blog posts about why I love comic books, and how they apply to life.
I say “tossing around an idea” because the more I think about it, the more psyched I get, and thus the more complex it seems and bigger it becomes…and I never finish…
In the mean time, in accordance with my on-going minimalist slant, I’ve wondered how to get my love of books & comics to match my love of not having a lot of stuff. So I sent a question to twitter superstar, and current holder of every nerd’s dreamjob @agent_M:
Now, comparing that to my one-and-only bookshelf:
(Yes, that IS a live shot I took just for you)
I started out going for hard-back books that would look good on display, though clearly I ended up filling the space with various other things. Suppose it’s time I allocated more resources towards more/bigger shelves.
I have been one-up’ed yet again. Here I was yesterday pricing bicycles, and this guy has found an even cooler way to get around. Now I have to figure out where to buy one of these things. Thanks a lot, Guy!
So damn true. I just finished “Brave New World” a few months ago and it does seem very much like the world we’re in. When I went to see Avatar 3D I swore I was 1 step away from a “feelie”.
“Android Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy and Ben H. Winters, coming soon. In the vein of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.”
Bye-Bye, Jane. Hello, Leo: Quirk Books Takes on Anna Karenina in Next Quirk Classic!
Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters coauthor Ben H. Winters is back with an all-new collaborator, legendary Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, and the result is Android Karenina (Quirk Books, $12.95, June 8, 2010)—an enhanced edition of the classic love story, now set in a dystopian world of robots, cyborgs, and interstellar space travel.
As in the original novel, our story follows two relationships: The tragic adulterous love affair of Anna Karenina and Count Alexei Vronsky, and the more hopeful marriage of Nikolai Levin and Princess Kitty Shcherbatskaya. These characters live in a steampunk-inspired world of robotic butlers, clumsy automatons, and rudimentary mechanical devices. But when these copper-plated machines begin to revolt against their human masters, our characters must fight back using state-of-the-art 19th-century technology—and a sleek new model of ultra-human cyborgs like nothing the world has ever seen.
Filled with the same blend of romance, drama, and fantasy that made the first two Quirk Classics New York Times best sellers, Android Karenina brings this celebrated series into the exciting world of science fiction.
LEO TOLSTOY wrote two of the greatest novels in world literature: War and Peace and Anna Karenina. BEN H. WINTERS is coauthor of the New York Times best seller Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, which was hailed by The Onion A.V. Club as a “sheer delight” and by Library Journal as “strangely entertaining, like a Weird Al version of an opera aria.” Mr. Winters lives in Brooklyn.
a tattoo from my favorite Children’s book of all time.
I also credit this book with some of my “problems with authority” as I learned at a very young age that respect should be earned and not immediately given to adults just because of their age.
Also, when I was young, I really sucked at drawing and thought that it was also just because the audience couldn’t see what I saw. Not sure how I became better 20 years later.
Zombie-ification of Literature Shambles Onward
Following the monstrous trend brought to life by bestseller success of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” Del Rey Books just bought Porter Grand‘s “Little Women and Werewolves”–remixing the classic novel with a wolfish twist.
Editor-in-chief Betsy Mitchell acquired the title through Adam Chromy of Artists and Artisans. Ever since Quirk Books combined zombies and Jane Austen, we’ve seen more monster mash-up deals: “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” If you want to read the good-old-fashioned “Little Women,” Project Gutenberg has a free eBook version.
Here’s a description of the forthcoming werewolf version: “In this retelling of Louisa May Alcott‘s classic, the beloved little women must keep not just the wolf, but the werewolves, from the door…and the kindly old gentlemen next door and his grandson may have some secrets to hide–or share with the March girls.”