Random Update 7-4-11

It’s been a busy summer, though I doubt you’re interested in the yard work and general snoozing I’ve been doing, though I will share with you that I am rereading one of my favorite books of all time, The Great Bridge, by David McCullough. It’s a history of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and wowzer, what a story.

I finished the first draft of the script for Lovecraft is Missing 5 some time back and am pretty happy with it. I had intended to finish the rewrite by July 1, at which time I would start drawing, but I only got half-way with the rewrite. But I did start drawing on schedule. My plan is to get as many pages drawn and lettered by August 1, then start coloring and hopefully have 8 to 10 finished pages already loaded and ready to go before the official launch. If I can maintain that inventory, I won’t be scrambling like I was last year. However, issue 5 is again over 50 pages, so who knows what can happen in a year’s time.

Happy 4th of July!


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    Have embarked on reading poor Herr Speers autobio, myself-
    -mostly because all my Danish freinds have started studying the III Reich.
    Actually a bit ominous, that.
    Will remember to ask local US immigrants about Scandinavian fireworks-Middle Eastern Danish people tend to use every chance they get to make some noise, but not this one, it seems.

  2. Martin

    No, tell us about your yard work!

    Am currently reading “The Complete Jack the Ripper”. In the same sort of timeframe as your Brooklyn Bridge book but a very different story.

  3. lovecraf

    That’s one of the coolest things abut readinghistory, when the author points out, or you stop to think about, the other things that were going on at the same time. During the construction of the two towers, Custer made his last stand. As you say, Jack the Ripper was only a few years gone, as was the American Civil War. Van Gogh was working as a coal miner, just giving thought to becoming an artist; Charles Dickens had just died. Fun stuff.

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    Funny thing about history; theres always more of it.
    “Its a wonderful Life” shows up at 1:33.
    Find it slightly depressing that it is the most inventive movie one has seen this month.

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    Sorry, 2:42!

  6. Martin

    What I like about the Ripper book is that before the author gets down to the dirty deeds, he spends time to describe the living conditions in Whitechappel (Eastend of London) which was the poorest part of town. These people were literally living day to day and what money they could earn during the day defined where they could sleep that night. Very different from the “typical” late Victorian and the Lovecraftian, non-working antiquarian.

    What were the living conditions of a typical Brooklyn Bridge builder?

  7. lovecraf

    Probably a little better than what you describe, as they had fairly steady employment at $2 – $3 a day, which was good money back then. But the poor sections of New York were as bad as the East End. Interestingly, the worst slums of NYC were on the lower East Side. What is it about ‘East’? Anyway, there as many as a thousand people might inhabit the ruins of an old factory, with no light, no toilets no running water, open fire pits….and no walls. If you left your spot, it would be taken by the time you got back. There’s a great book on this subject, Low Life by Luc Sante, though there’s no Ripper-like mystery, just misery. Asbury’s The Gangs of New York, which inspired the movie but is a history, not a novel, is also a great read.

    Does your book have the police photos of the Ripper crime scenes? I remember how astounded I was when I first saw those. They took away some of the mystery, but exacerbated the true horror of the crimes. They’re brutal, even by today’s standards.

  8. Martin

    Yes it does. The picture of Mary Kelly (the last victim) is probably the worst.

    The book also rounds out by describing some more modern Ripper-like killers. One, Peter Kurten (The Dusseldorf Ripper) seems just nasty, another “Jack the Stripper” seems humorous in comparison (though his victims didn’t feel that way). The book was published in 1975 so no mention of others, such as the Yorkshire Ripper of the ’80s (Peter Sutcliff).

    The local library is having another book sale next week so who knows what I’ll be reading next!

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    Hope you excuse me, yet again, butting in-but the subject of serial murder has yet again become relevant:

    “The lunatic is easily recognised. Sooner or later he brings up the Templars.”
    -Umberto Eco, “Foucault’s Pendulum”

    Unfortunatly not so easily for those who prefer to read Dan Brown.