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Friday, October 31, 2003

If they don't understand, don't explain
- Joel Biroco


Finished Primary Bibliography for the book. Started compiling Secondary Bibliography.
Read Aethyrs 30-28 in The Vision and the Voice. Think I'll just read the whole thing straight through then go back and re-read it making notes.
Re-reading Alan's articles in Arthur Magazine Issues #4 and #5.

The other day someone was coming in to the library where I work to look at some old home movies shot by a famous Australian still photographer called Sam Hood (not to be confused with an American Civil War photographer with the same name) in 1952. This was the first time someone had actually asked to look at them since they were deposited n the library. It was a bit strange watching a few minutes of some old color film of 2 little kittens playing in a garden that must have been dead for more than 30 years now.

Have to rush off and put my tax form in now as today is the last day to get it done without being fined.

Thursday, October 30, 2003

"Anger is an energy"
- John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten

Listening to Public Image Ltd. The Greatest Hits, so Far.
I can still remember the first time I saw the video for Rise and how much I liked it.

Finished reading the Lesser Clavicle of Solomon the King also known as the Goetia. Basically a list of the 72 major demons with their sigils and attibutes. After that it's on to Crowley's The Vision and the Voice.

Found a copy of Bring on the Girls by PG Wodehouse and Guy Bolton. Can't remember if I've ever read this before as I must have read more than 80 of the 90 plus books that Wodehouse published in his lifetime. This one has some nice pictures of the likes of Florenz Ziegfeld, Marion Davies, Charlie Chaplin, Fred and Adele Astaire, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Noel Coward, Gertrude Lawrence, Douglas Fairbanks and WC Fields.
I especially like the caption accompanying Wodehouse's picture

Critics have often commented on the sombre gloom which permeates all Wodehouse novels, like the smell of muddy shoes in a locker room

I'm on holiday the last week of November so I'll probably try to read it then.

Picked up a copy of the penultimate Terra Obscura #5

Started compiling a primary bibliography for my Promethea book which isn't too hard as it just consists of all the Promethea issues and Books, plus two Tom Strong issues and Little Margie in Misty Magic Land. The hardest part is making sure I get all the credits right. For instance Jeromy Cox only started coloring it from Issue #4 onwards and he had some help on Issue #5 too.


Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Mortality


"It is a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age he had been dead for two years" - Tom Lehrer

Bothered by insomnia so I ended up finishing Sex and Rockets sometime between midnight and dawn.
Picked out one obvious mistake on pg. 169:
"On May 8, 1949, some months after the Abyss working - and possibly because of it, in Parsons' mind - he was hired by the Hughes Aircraft Company. At that time, he wrote Crowley..."
For one thing the Abyss working occured in 1946 and for another Aleister Crowley died in 1947 so I think the year meant is actually 1946. Hopefully this will be fixed in the new revised edition due out this month.
I've already outlived Jack Parsons, I've also outlived John Lennon and next year I will have outlived Elvis Presley.

I remember when I found out Douglas Adams had died how sad I felt especially as he left behind a very small daughter but then I thought of:
Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
and the contrast between the last few years of each of their lives. At least Mr. Adams got to enjoy his last few years even if he did have writers block whilst poor Oscar suffered in jail and poverty dying in exile.

I met Mr. Adams in the flesh twice. Once when he was here for a Sydney Writers Festival and was up on stage talking and taking questions from the audience and also when I got him to sign my copy of the Starship Titanic CD-Rom game. I asked him if John Cleese was the uncredited voice of the bomb and he told me that no it was actually Jeremy Brett. In reality it was John Cleese

John Coulthart has now put up a larger sized image of the film poster for The Mindscape of Alan Moore on his website.

Thanks to this Alan Moore Fan Community Journal I just discovered I've just learnt that it looks like a new Harback edition of From Hell is going to be published by Top Shelf on the actual day that is my 42nd birthday. I suppose this is appropriate as From Hell was the first Alan Moore book I ever read.

Listening to Elvis Costello's Armed Forces

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

A 3 Day Birthday Party and a new Film

Last Friday was my oldest daughter Amelia's third birthday so I had the day off work and took my two girls and someone else's little boy to a place called Mousetraps which is an indoor childrens play area while my wife got the house ready for the parties. Amelia asked me why it wasn't called Micetraps. Good question.
Saturday was the children's birthday party and Sunday a much smaller and quieter party for the older relatives. All in all it went quite well although it was a bit tiring.
She seemed quite happy with her major present (A trampoline)

I'm just up to the chapter on the Babalon working in the Jack Parsons biography. Probably would have finished it by now except that I've been reading Sandman Volume VIII Worlds End.

A new Alan Moore film just premiered at the San Francisco Film Festival a few days ago called the Mindscape of Alan Moore. The production company is called Shadowsnake Films. John Coulthart who designed the films' poster writes that

Shadowsnake (as it says on the site page) is the company behind the Alan Moore doc., 'The Mindscape of Alan Moore'. I've done the poster for the film. Idon't think they've had much chance to develop their site, they've been too busy finishing the film and approaching festivals about a screening.
People are going to be knocked out by the documentary, as it's the best thing that's been done to date about Alan and his work/life. A lot of the TV stuff he's been involved with has been cheap and amateurish, this is leagues beyond them all, with great sensitivity and intelligence shown towards his comics and his philosophies. Good music as well. And you get to hear how Rorshach speaks when Alan reads the opening lines from Watchmen at one point.

and also
Dez tells me there'll be a cinema release if they get distribution then, eventually, it'll be out on DVD.
Really looking forward to seeing this now.
Listening to Revolver which I still think is one of the Beatles best albums, even better than Sgt. Pepper.





Thursday, October 23, 2003

An Early Birthday Present for Alan Moore



Someone called Jean Rogers has come up with a great idea for fans of Alan to help contribute to his 50th birthday.

A Long Awaited Party

Basically just take one panel from any one of his comics and write what you can about it. I'm going to choose a Promethea panel of course but the problem is to decide which one from the 27 issues available so far.

Also stay tuned for yet another competition I'm going to run with 3 Alan Moore Prizes to be won. Basically I''ll be asking people for help and ideas about what they would like to see included in my

From the Radiant Heavenly City to the End of the World

book.

Including maybe a better title. I don't know whether to go for the long title or try and come up with a shorter one. Anybody have any opinions about a good title for

a Guide to Alan Moore and JH Williams III's Promethea (1999-2004)

which is the subtitle I've picked for it.
I'm also planning on calling my publishing firm

Epimetheus Books


and putting the publication date on the title page in Roman numerals because I think

MMIV


looks kind of cool.
Any opinions?

PS the front cover image, synopsis and publication date of Promethea #29 have recently been revealed. See Alan Moore Fansite for details.

Finished reading Sandman Volume VII Brief Lives which I bought yesterday.
Sad to see Morpheus having to kill his own son. Killing your father is patricide but what is killing your son called?

also bought a copy of American Splendor Bedtime Stories

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

We don't live in a yellow submarine
We live in a purple aeroplane
-
Spike Milligan

The Beatles: Gynaecology


Another item to add to my list of
Things I wish I could get for Xmas this year and which I want someone to buy for me as they are a bit expensive list is
The Pythons: Autobiography of the Pythons which is already out in the States and the UK but which I have yet to see in any of my local bookshops. Some nice reviews of it at Amazon.com
Another website that I look forward to reading is the new John Cleese website which should be up and running any day now when he's had a chance to make a cup of tea and put out the cat

Finally a copy of Sex and Rockets by John Carter which I asked to borrow from Western Australia (the only library in this country that has a copy) has arrived. But it has to be returned by 7th of November which only gives me a couple of weeks to finish it. Guess what I'll be reading on the train over the next few days. It's only 198 pgs long, has a foreword by Robert Anton Wilson and the pages look almost like photocopies instead of a proper book but nice to put a picture to the man known as Jack Parsons who was actually christened Marvel Whiteside Parsons and thought of himself as the antiChrist.

Friday, October 17, 2003

Another Idea
for the book is a short essay about
Promethea outside the work of Alan Moore
All about other people who have used the word Promethea before, after or during the publication of Alan Moore's Promethea.
Listening to
Nick Drake's Bryter Layter
Remembering how much I enjoyed Michael Crichton when I first got into his books reading Sphere in bed late one night and not being able to put it down so that I ended up reading all night from midnight till dawn just to finish it. Also liked Jurassic Park (the book not the film), Eaters of the Dead and Rising Sun but whilst reading Timeline it felt a bit like the later James Bond films where you know that no matter how bad things look for him he's still gonna get out alive at the end of it all.
Suppose it's a bit like Stephen King. His early stuff like The Shining and The Stand is great but he started to repeat himself later on and I haven't read anything he's written in the last ten years or so now, although I might give his new Dark Tower novels a go when they finally get published.



Thursday, October 16, 2003


This entry has no title

Yes it has


Bought a copy of the film tie in collection of American Splendor which collects American Splendor and More Amercian Splendor in one volume

At the moment I've got two ideas to use as introductions to my Promethea book which I won't elaborate on here except to entitle them
1) "Once upon a time...."
and
2) Eroom Nala interviews eroomnala about Eroom Nala
I'm just putting it down here to remind myself of when I thought of them

My schedule at the moment (which I probably won't be able to stick to) is to go back and revise Issues #1- #25 by mid to late December and try and finish a preliminary rough draft version of the book in time for my 42nd birthday in early April.
I'm going to start on the book itself proper as well a little bit after next weekend as it's my oldest daughter's 3rd birthday on the 24th (Friday) and we'll be having the big party for kids and parents on the Saturday followed by a smaller party for grandparents and one close aunt of my wifes on the Sunday which won't give me much of a chance to work on it until after the weekend.

For background reading almost finished re-reading and taking notes for Joel Biroco's Kaos #14. Next up is Crowley's The Vision and the Voice

And it looks like Promethea #28 wont be out until November 5th now.


Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Wacky Races

Not just two but three Alan Moore titles picked up today.
Smax #3
Yuggoth Cultures #1
and the latest Tom Strong's Terrific Tales.
First story in Terrific Tales is Alan's take on the old Wacky Races cartoon TV series. One of my favourites when I was growing up. There's even an equivalent of Muttley as Saveen's sidekick. Also some great sendup of the typical Saturday morning TV ads that interrupt these sort of programs.


If you want the best seat in the house move the cat
- on a fridge magnet my wife bought.

and the T-shirt I wore to work today reads:

Thousands of years ago cats
were worshipped as gods

Cats have never forgotten this


Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Catching Up



Been meaning to write another entry in the last few days but somehow never got around to it.
Finally caught up with Ghost World (the comic) by Daniel Clowes and American Splendor (the film). Both slightly sad and wistful one about two teenage girls growing up and the other about a public servant coming up to retirement.
Harvey Pekar even has his own webpage where he keeps a blog.
I still have to see Ghost World the movie and read American Splendor the comic book. The only bit of American Splendor I've seen apart from what was shown in the movie was one page drawn by Alan Moore in 1990 and reproduced on pg. 161 in the Extraordinary Works of AM.
Also catching up with Neil Gaiman's Sandman. Just finished Book VI Fables and Reflections and found a copy of a CD I'd bought called the Marx Bros Sing & Play which has all the music and some dialogue from all but their last two films.
Also got a preview of the first four pages of Smax #3 at Milehigh Comics. Top panel on page 4 looks especially interesting. That and the first issue of Yuggoth Cultures should be out tomorrow.

Finally also helped to index pgs. 51-60 of Jess Nevins Heroes and Monsters in the H & M Index Project started by Damian Gordon.
Good practice for when I plan to index my Promethea book.

Also finally posted online my annotations to Gary Spencer Millidge's From Hell and Back parody that appeared in Bart Simpsons Treehouse of Horror #9. You can view them on my site or else at Jess Nevins Annotations Page where I'm sure a lot more people will see them.
Our library has the first of five books of the Viz Comics adaptation of Miyazaki's Spirited Away. It's strange to read a book from right to left.
On the first page you turn to is a note
This book is printed and should be read in its original Japanese right-to-left format. Please turn it around to begin!







Thursday, October 09, 2003

"...I know nobody can do me no harm"
- Happiness is a Warm Gun

Had things worked out differently today would have been John Lennon's 63rd birthday.
Happy Birthday John wherever you are.
At least George is there for company along with Julia, Stu Sutcliffe and Brian Epstein.
We'll all be joining you before too long in any case. Just a blink in the cosmic eye.

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Don't overtake the Undertaker

On the train to work this morning listening to the Beatles Past Masters Vol. 2 on my Walkman. As Hey Jude was playing I looked out the window to see the power lines of the next train track in the sky looking slightly like a musical stave some with birds for notes and the swelling hymnal bit of the Na-na-na-nas filling my ears. Later on as I walked from the station to work the sun shone through a cloudy sky as the Let it Be chorus welled up in volume.
Apparently all us Beatles fans can get milked by the man once more come this Xmas or so when the original version of the Let it Be music is finally released on CD minus all the extra orchestration or as Lennon put it so memorably The Beatles with their pants down. This version will be called Let it Be...Naked and is due for release on Nov. 17th.

Here's a nice link about
How to be an obsessive Beatles fan
Have been transferring all my old Promethea Issues 26-32 files from the old address over to a new web address. Managed to finish all the text copying but still have to transfer some images across. Takes quite a while to do.
Put in an application for 12 month IT Help Desk Support Officer Job. Let's hope I get through to an interview this time.

Thursday, October 02, 2003

Recent Deaths
Robert Palmer, musician 26 September
Donald O'Connor, actor 27 September
Elia Kazan, director 28 September

As Kurt Vonnegut so eloquently put it in Slaughterhouse Five
So it goes

My 13 year old nephew has been down in Sydney for about a week so I've been showing him the touristy sites like the Zoo, The National Maritime Musuem, the Imax theatre where we saw Ghosts of the Titanic in 3-D which for some unknown reason in the USA is entitled Ghosts of the Abyss when it's about the Titanic and not the Abyss, the Sydney Observatory where we got to see the craters of the moon through the oldest telescope in Australia [it used to be the 2nd olcest but the previous oldest one was burnt in recent bushfires in Canberra last year] and finally the Sydney Aquarium plus as a treat for him the new Lara Croft movie the Cradle of Life. I would have preferred to see Pirates of the Caribbean but unfortunately he's already seen it and LXG the movie didn't actually start in Sydney until today. One reviewer has described it as 7 Characters in search of a plot and only gave it 2 stars out of five so I'm not really expecting much from this atrocious adaptation.

I've just added a listing of this blog to
The Pepys Project and
Volume of Interactions. I wonder if anyone will be bothered to rate it?



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