Archive for February, 2013


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Are you telling me this ISN’T Science Fiction? Aliens, robots, weird things, futuristic cities…

It’s at times like this I had much deeper roots in the Comic industry than I do right now (Hey, Josh!), as the last few weeks have seen some interesting developments that made me jealous of whoever might step in to fill this role: DC Comics’ Geoff Johns is retiring from his position as chief writing peep on the Green Lantern comics, which may mean the titles associated with GL may be about to undergo a massive change in direction.

For the record I should state that I’ve never been big on superheroes, whether Marvel or DC. Growing up in the rural parts of the southwest UK meant that I had limited access to decent comics and I was weaned on a steady supply of Eagle and 2000AD – making me a staunch fan of Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Rogue Trooper, ABC Warriors, just to name a few. As a result, superheroes were always hokey to me. Sure, I read a few comics, watched some movies, but by the time I was out of young-adulthood, say 25-28, I could only say that a tiny handful of superhero oriented comics I had read were of any real value to me. Marvel’s Elektra: Assassin and DC Comic’s Marshal Law. It would be another five or six years until I read Watchmen and a few other guilty pleasures, such as League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. And of course, all these are largely critical of the superhero genre and its tropes. Yeah, me and Superheroes don’t get along much.

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Karyss, drawn in 2013

Karyss is the protagonist of “PSA”  the Science Fiction novel I’m currently writing for what seems like forever. Young and unassuming, she lives a life defined by the everyday, never questioning the world beyond that she sees, but a brave, yet foolish step toward her dreams casts her adrift amongst the stars, on a journey she could never imagine, let alone understand.

But my story of her is a little different than the novel’s.

Karyss entered my life back in 1997. She didn’t know it was going to happen and neither did I. I had logged onto an online text-based MUD (I was addicted to them at the time) and was spontaneously asked the odd question “Character Name?”   I knew this question was going to come up at some point while starting a new character on a new MUD, I just wasn’t ready for it then.  Really, without thinking, I typed the word “Caryss” and hit enter. I think I had thought of a strange version of “Chris,” then “future-ized” it. About 30 minutes later, I left that MUD never to return – but I took Caryss with me.

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Early version of Caryss from 1999.

Since then, she has bobbled to the surface of my imagination quite frequently. I found myself having to write glips and glops for this and that, and she kept stepping through the brain-idea barrier every time. Here, she is a bounty hunter, there an inadvertent terrorist, and over here, a co-pilot of a starship. These versions of Karyss were obvious nods to the pulpy SF I’ve absorbed and desired to write ever since I was six and seeing Star Wars that fateful summer. Then, she was lithe, sexy, full of attitude… In other words, a stereotype and not much else. She needed depth.

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Pulp-O-Mized!

Word’s going around of a new service that may be of interest to those with Pulpy and retrostyled taste in Science Fiction/Sci-Fi: the Pulp-0-Mizer.  Its a web-app that allows you to create a faux book cover with Golden Age stylings, with your choice of text, images, fonts, etc. It is a commercial service, so they only let you do a low-res image for shits and giggles, but it is kinda cool. As soon as a saw it, I knew I had to slap PS-Ana into it and this was the result:

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That is the maximum free resolution, but you can also get something framed for Facebook that is closer to 500×500.

If I can’t get my act together for a painting when the damn novel is done, I may have to end up using this – at this resolution too, since sales of my e-Book, The Unorthodox Eater, haven’t been enough to buy a poster res version of this cover. 😦 It might have something to do with my complete lack of marketing prowess and its godawful cover.

If you want to Pulp-O-Mize an image of your own, head over to Thrilling Tales Pulp-O-Mizer. Don’t tell them I sent you, because they don’t give a shug, chummer!

PS: Yeah, I’m putting this up because my main article was taking quite some time to put together, as its a bit of a trek through some of the archives. Hopefully that will be done in a day or so, if the Universe abides.

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