Iâ€™ve been thoroughly redesigning the Crucial Comics site to transition into animation. This is an ambitious project since a site about animated properties should really feature some animation, right? Iâ€™ll post the link just as soon as Iâ€™ve got a reasonable version of the site up and running in a week or so.
Speaking of animation, Iâ€™ve also become quite involved with ASIFA-East, the New York metro areaâ€™s animation association. Iâ€™ve been writing articles on Flash for their newsletter, crashing their board meetings, attending screenings, and meeting some great people.
I just finished Raymond Chandler’s “The Big Sleep” which I felt would help me with writing for Rat Bastard. The book is very similar to the Humphrey Bogart film, it just has a lot more details. It’s hard not to picture anyone but Bogart as the cool-as-a-cucumber private dick Phillip Marlowe. I love the language, the terminology, the smart talk. At one point, Marlowe is questioned by a local hood, who never uses Marlow’s name, he simply refers to him as “soldier” — a kind of a put down, implying he’s a just a grunt in a much bigger picture. “What’s your angle, soldier?” he asks Marlowe. A great tough-guy taunt.
Now Iâ€™m on to â€œStanleyâ€ a reconsideration of the life of Henry Thornton Stanley by Tim Jeel. According to Jeel, Stanley got a bum rap up until now. Heâ€™s been branded a racist, opportunist, exploiter, and henchman of King Leopold II. But Jeel got a rare look at the archives of Stanleyâ€™s diaries, and found a much different man — A man who cared deeply for the people of Africa and a true love of the continent. His bravery was unparallel, and may have been the greatest explorer in modern history. Iâ€™m just getting into the book, but itâ€™s a fantastic read so far.
Working For A Nuclear Free CityClocking in at 1.7 hours, Businessmen and Ghosts is all over the modern British music musical map. This Manchester band is one part Fluke, one part, Stone Roses, a touch of Ride, some Radiohead, a little ambient, a pinch of low-fi, groove, experimental, and a whole lot more â€“ hell, thereâ€™s 29 songs on this release. At times, Iâ€™m not sure itâ€™s the same band from one track to the next. Iâ€™m not even sure if I like the whole thing â€“ but thatâ€™s not the point of this entry â€“ itâ€™s just what Iâ€™m listening to this week. If I were to give them a grade, I would say A for Ambitious, but D for Donâ€™t Know Which Way To Go.