Ten Things for January

Phew, it feels a long time since I've done one of these. I'm on a punishing yet rewarding regime right now, a lot of word count, a lot of exercise, and fitting in anything else of an afternoon is tough. But some of this stuff will go off if I don't do it now, and just for once I have exactly ten things to talk about, so...

1: Hydrocephalus, otherwise known as Dandy-Walker Syndrome, is Una Nemo's condition in my Batman and Robin run. I became fascinated, years ago, by those like Una who remain unaware of having it, but for the vast mainstream of sufferers, it's much more serious. Having created, in the spirit of Batman villains past, an extreme, pop culture depiction, I thought it was only fair to direct people to the reality. Please check out the website of the Dandy-Walker Alliance, where you'll find information about the condition, and an insight into the lives of (particularly the children) that suffer from it. (Thanks to the family members of sufferers who've pointed me towards that.) I feel, in retrospect, that I walked a fine line in using a genuine medical condition as the inspiration for a Batman villain, and hope to make slight amends by increasing awareness. So that's not the last you'll hear of that one.

2: The latest issue of Salon Futura, the new online SF magazine, has, amongst many delights, an interview with me (looking like a tramp) conducted by Cheryl Morgan on the night before BristolCon, and a very interesting podcast about the Graphic Story category in the Hugo Awards, with Cheryl talking to Maura McHugh, the aforementioned Joe Gordon and Geek Syndicate'sDavid Monteith. The links to and info about the titles they cover is a very nice touch.

3: The Art of Pete Woods is always worth a visit, but his latest post is a step by step rendering of how Pete drew a particular panel of Action Comics #898, from script to finished product. It's particularly interesting in that the issue isn't out yet. Do check it out.

4: The Forbidden Planet International Blog is a long-established thing of beauty that has lately been experiencing a drop off in linkage and comments. I should think this is part of the more general problem that blogs face these days, of Twitter being where the comments have gone. (John Scalzi, during the Just A Minute game at the Melbourne Worldcon, memorably heard 'Twitter is killing blogs' as 'Twitter is killing dogs' and went on for about thirty seconds before anyone could correct him.) But still, it's worth popping in and reminding FPI's Joe Gordon of the great service he provides to many different fan communities.

5: Ian Cullen, of this parish, has relaunched his Sci Fi Pulse podcast as SFP-Now. I've always been impressed by the range of interviews he and his comrades source, and they continue to be available as part of the podcast's archives series, as well as new episodes.

6: And speaking of Geek Syndicate, Barry, the other half of that partnership, will be launching the comic adaptation of his novel Fallen Heroes at the Cardiff International Comic Expo...

7: Schizopolitan is a good-looking new review blog covering comics, movies and TV, edited by my old friend and SFX Magazine contributor Saxon Bullock.

8: Lee Sullivan, my artist collaborator on several Doctor Who Magazine comic strips back in the day has a major new project out in February. He's the artist on the comic adaptation of Jonathan Stroud's first Bartimaeus novel, The Amulet of Samarkand. You can see designs, sketches and finished pages from the book on his website. May I suggest that said book would make a good gift for any youngster who you might want to get hooked on comics?

9: As mentioned in a previous post, I'll be signing at Orbital Comics in London on Saturday 19th February, and my fellow guest on the panel that evening will be Paul Rainey, writer and artist of the science fiction/slice of geek life indie comic No Time Like The Present. You can read the first 39 pages of it for free on his site.

10: And finally, from the House of Toast party room at Convergence (the best convention in the world) 2010, it's:

Paul Cornell Explains Cheesy Toast from E Sophia on Vimeo.

I wonder how many such gems are still to be unearthed in their archives? Let's hope for the best, eh? Until next time, Cheerio!

8 Response to "Ten Things for January"

  • Ian Cullen Says:

    Paul: Thanks for the mention. As you can tell am on a bit of a night binge. Just heading to the pit for a few hours sleep before I start again.

    Anyway, Myself, wayne and my friend Marx will continue to try and get a good mix of interviews for the show to do your recomendation justice.

    We have a good one this weekend with Keith David, who am sure you know of for his role in They Live!, Gorgoyles and numerious animated series, films and other stuff. He'll be chatting with me about the new NBC show 'The Cape'

    Thanks again.


  • Teresa Says:

    What a great interview! (the video one w/Cheryl Morgan)I really loved the tidbits you gave on working with your artists and the actual nuts and bolts of stuff. Found it really interesting.

    Also the stuff about England and class. I remember being in central London as a broke college student, and wanting to go walk around Notting Hill. Apparently the Tube system is divided into zones, and I couldn't afford the extra fare to GET to Notting Hill! My first thought was "God, it's like they priced this so that poor people can't go there!" :) I proceeded to harumph about it, and was very proud to be an American just then.

    The United States: Where (We Pretend) Class Doesn't Matter.

    But seriously, what of the "middle class?" Where do they fit in in the UK? Is it pretty much upper class and then...everybody else, or what?

    Also, congrats on this new regimen you seem to be doing very well with. Both you and John Scalzi have posted things lately about buckling down and accomplishing the things you want, and it's sort of lighting a fire under me, so thanks for that. :)

  • Ian Cullen Says:

    Paul: Adding to the thanks of earlier this morning. Want to add having just this minute finished watching. Nice interview. Found your views on British Humour to be good fun.

    As to class. Have mixed with the different classes. Met Winston Churchil once. Not THE Winston, but his grandson. Spent best part of a day with him. Which was interesting...


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Ian: thanks very much. Ter: the middle classes are the dominant factor in British society, really, the people all politics reaches out to. The running kind of refreshes me for the work, it's surprising how well they fit together.

  • Saxon Bullock Says:

    Thank you so much for the mention sir! Very much appreciated. I especially loved it being described as 'Edited by Saxon Bullock'... I feel like I can officially indulge my J. Jonah Jameson/Cary Grant in His Girl Friday fantasies of being a fast-talking shouty editor - even if, being the writer as well, I'm technically the only person I'd be allowed to shout at...

  • Paul Cornell Says:

    No problem!

  • loveable_homebody Says:

    Hi Paul,

    Dandy Walker (cerebellum malformation) and hydrocephalus(accumulation of fluid in the brain) are two different conditions, but the former can cause the latter. I'm going to check this out, though. I was born with both and it's exciting the rare times they are mentioned in media! Thanks for the exposure. Congrats on your accomplishments!


  • Paul Cornell Says:

    Well, given the caveats I've mentioned, I hope you like it when you see it. And thanks for helping with my continuing education on the subject. Cheers.