I know I’ve been sort of a non-presence here on the blog the last month or two, but I think as September rolls along, I might have a bit more to post.
Two items of note:
• Spike TV hosts a show, the annual Scream Awards (the Screamies?), to honor the best in horror, science fiction, fantasy, and geek-culture-at-large, and it turns out I’m nominated in the Best Comic Book Writer category. Oh hell yes I hope you’ll go over and vote for me. But look, I ain’t kidding myself I’m going to win. I’m not just up against five pretty talented guys… I’m up against five of the very best comic writers of the current century, guys who are working at the very peak of the craft, and who have been at that peak for several years: Brian Vaughan, Grant Morrison, Brian Bendis, Mark Millar, Geoff Johns. I’m tempted to try and come up with a couple catty lines to cut down my competition, but the truth is I love reading all these guys, and I’m blissed out to find myself listed among them. It’s an overused line, but in this case it’s very true and nothing else will do: it is a tremendous honor to be nominated. Getting on that list is my prize.
• The highlight of my trip to Comic Con was the chance to meet Ray Bradbury and shake his hand and pass a word. He’s a wonderful gentleman and one of the great imaginations of our time – a lot of the culture that productions like the Scream Awards celebrate can be traced back to the fevered, bounding imagination of a big-hearted, small town kid named Ray from Waukegan, Illinois.
PS Publishing and Subterreanean Press recently teamed up to do a limited of The Martian Chronicles, featuring the definitive edition of the novel, not one but two screenplay adaptations of the book, and a slew of outtakes… Mars stories that for one reason or another never made it into the final novel. I was asked if I would write an introduction for these “other Mars stories” and I did – with great pleasure (many of these “unseen” Mars stories are as startling and memorable as the ones in the original book). Sub Press just posted my intro on their Chronicles page. It’s a quick read, so if you like Ray, and you’re looking to kill five minutes, here’s the link. (It’s at the bottom of the page – scroll down to find it.)
Hope everyone is well. More soon.