I’m trying to think of ways to promote my books, and at the moment I am flirting with YouTube. I’m spending time making animations to upload, just short simple ones for now, but maybe something more ambitious a little later. This post introduces my latest animation, a 3D spaceship video. First, just a short digression to mention that while I was writing the post, I suddenly started worrying about how long it should be.
I’m currently revisiting part of my childhood by rereading a comic I haven’t read since 1978. You can read along with me, thanks to the sterling efforts of the people behind Starlordcomic.com, which hosts scans of the comic book for browsing. I have already read issues one through six, and now it’s time for issue seven. Before I start, though, I must mention that 1978 was a very different time. The world has moved on in so many ways since then so I always wonder, when I start reading one of these issues, whether it will be hugely dated.
I’ve had a great idea for a new way to promote my books: I’m going get the word out via YouTube. As a man in his late 40s I’m not the most photogenic of people, so I’m not going to do any straight-to-camera work, but I do have some Blender skills. Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline, including modeling, animation, and even video editing.
I’m currently rereading a comic book that I loved from my childhood, and which I can once again read, all these years later, thanks to the power of the Internet. The comic was called Starlord and it was a great moment from British comic book history that burned briefly but brightly. Almost the complete run of Starlord can be found at Starlordcomic.com. Follow the link and read a few pages, it’s a great comic with real class.
I posted about Star Trek: Discovery episode 3, Context is for Kings, the other day, and one of the things I like is that the show continues to subvert the technobabble of Star Trek with a bit more of an infusion of magic and the uncanny. The science of the new invention they are working on in this episode, for example, is described as a mix or energy and organics, exploiting an invisible web that unites the galaxy.
I just watched Star Trek: Discovery episode 3, Context is for Kings, the other day, and the show is taking on the shape I assume it will have going forward. We now move to Discovery itself and Michael starts to interact with the rest of the crew, including some of her former crewmates from her previous ship. I like a lot of things about this episode, and about what I assume the show is going to be.
I can’t say how grateful I am to StarlordComic.com for collecting scans of my favorite comic book from my childhood in one place. As the site says: Starlord was a short-lived British Sci-fi comic published in 1978. It was much loved by the nerdy Star Wars obsessed 10 year old boy that I was at the time. I second that sentiment, except I was a nerdy 8 year old, though equally obsessed with Star Wars.
Facebook has 71 billion monthly active users and 1.13 billion of them are there every day. These numbers mean that it simply can not be ignored if you want to reach people. I have never exactly ignored Facebook, but I think I may not have been using it to its full potential. Until now, my usual way of promoting my books on Facebook was to write a blog post then post a link to it to Facebook, and lately I have begun to suspect there must be more to Facebook promotion than that.
I have been thinking about sci-fi lately, as usual, but this time specifically about the clothes. Yes, that’s right - Space Clothes, as they are called on the sci-fi fashion page of the TV Tropes website. The stereotype, of course, is that everyone wears silver with huge shoulder pads, and pocketless spandex, and I’m glad to say there is some truth to it. A lot of early, more optimistic science fiction had people in the most ridiculous sci-fi outfits.
This is my fourth post about rereading a sci-fi comic book from my youth. I still remember the experience of reading the sci-fi adventures it contained vividly today, which is why I decided to return and revisit them. According to Google Search Console nobody has read any of my other posts about this old comic book - they’re the least popular part of my site - but is that going to stop me?