This time we are looking at issue 104 of 2000 AD, which came out way back on 17 Mar 1979. It has a great cover, of two men fighting on top of a speeding train, by Carlos Ezquerra. A fight on top of a train is an iconic image, and fairly screams action. Some would even say a train-top battle is a trope. The futuristic clothes and skillful posing of the figures is thrown into sharp relief by the simple, organic lines of the train.
I’m listening to podcasts again today, this time to The Canon, a podcast about movies. The Canon, with Amy Nicholson, asks what films should be included in the list of all-time greats. Amy Nicholson (a film critic with MTV News) and a guest debate and discuss whether a film should be Canon-ized. Listeners then cast their vote in the Earwolf forums, and decide if they agree, or not, and this fixes the legacy of each movie forevermore.
I’m listening again to a podcast about promoting sci-fi and fantasy books. The specific episode I’m listening to today is SFFMP 108 which is titled: Amazon Ads, Mastering Email Marketing, and Effective Social Media. In this episode, Jo and Lindsay chat with Tom Corson-Knowles, a non-fiction author and entrepreneur. He is all about branding and improving ebook sales, so the discussion covers things like Amazon advertising, email marketing, and social media.
This has a much better cover than some we have seen recently. It is drawn by the talented Kevin O’Neil, and actually features some action. There are a group of robots being tortured and killed by evil humans. One of the robots has “KILROY WAZ HERE” scratched into its chest, the way people scratch graffiti into train and bus windows with the point of a key. Kilroy was here is an expression that became popular during World War II, and is often seen in graffiti.
Today I started listening to a podcast about promoting sci-fi and fantasy books, and the very first episode I listened to had me making big changes to the way I distribute and promote my books. The podcast features Lindsay Buroker, who has been writing seriously since 2009 and stumbled across self-publishing in 2010, Joseph Lallo, who publishes via Smashwords.com, and Jeffrey M. Poole, who is a fantasy author. The podcast is specifically related to helping sci-fi and fantasy authors promote their stuff, it is an hour long, and it goes into great detail about what does and doesn’t work for specific authors in specific genres and sub-genres.
I have started watching the second season of Legion, and it is not as instantly arresting as season one, but I am enjoying it. The dialogue starts our making no sense at all, for example, with just vague hints of a maze and of the characters feeling like they are trapped. Then the dialogue goes all the way to the other extreme, Loudermilk comes right out and explains that it is possible David’s mind is locked in the astral plain.
I have written a few books now, and they are a little all over the dial when it comes to genre. I have written sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, and I’m working on another in a genre best described as Stranger Things-ish. The various series all have different looking covers, and my name is usually written quite small. Today I have been thinking that this might be a mistake. I have decided that I should make more of a “brand” for myself as an author, and that means that my books shouldn’t all look so different.
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