12.13.06

MISCELLANY:

* Apparently, ComicSpace has been busy lately. If you haven't been there yet, it's essentially a streamlined MySpace with a focus on the comic book community. When I signed up, I mistyped my e-mail address, reversing two of the letters. Now, I can't get the activation e-mail. I sent a help request, but it might be awhile before I'm set up. I'd like to keep my "davidhopkins" username. Help me Josh.

* Some great photos of the Art Conspiracy by Allison V. Smith.

* I've been following Kazu Kibuishi's progress on Amulet (with a scheduled release for Spring 2008 from Scholastic). Here's an interesting blog entry on the demands of creating a graphic novel: The Slowest Typewriter.

"I've already drawn well over 300 pages (penciled, some inked) to produce a book that will be about 200 pages in length, and I'm about to draw at least 70 more. One thing that I am realizing is that I am not naturally a good writer. I have to work hard at it. But I do know good writing when I see it, so I just have to keep throwing stuff at the wall and hope I see something that sticks."

* Last night, I watched a fascinating documentary In The Realms of the Unreal: The Mystery of Henry Darger. Henry Darger is a disturbing and uncomfortably appealing individual -- a reclusive writer who left behind an unpublished 15,143 page fantasy manuscript. Looking at his Wikipedia entry you can't help but laugh at lines like this: "It was in this year that he wrote The History of My Life, a book that spends 206 pages detailing his early life before veering off into 4,672 pages of fiction about a huge twister called Sweetie Pie." His mental state is disputed, but undeniably, he was a writer. So I feel a bit of sympathy for his obsessive need to tell a story. The documentary is sympathetic too, and offers excerpts of the more exciting moments in Darger's narrative with dramatic readings from Larry Pine and Dakota Fanning. Personally, I'd like to look at the boring parts, the space filler and redundancies. That's where we'd get the best insight into his writing disorder.