I’ve been a bit distracted of late.
Post Sheffield, I have been completely consumed with my latest unexpected project.
I’ve been editing a collection of Zombie comics.
No really! I have! It came as a surprise to me, too. I made an off the cuff comment about Zombie Anthologies to a good friend of mine who was in the process of starting up a publishing venture and he basically said “Great Idea! You’re editing it.”
And so I did.
Look, you can see it here –
and it’ll be back on Amazon as soon as Nielson get their shit together.
It’s not due out until 20th November and it’s currently at the printers, but I cannot adequately express my surprise that a) I was asked to do this, b) I pulled it off and c) it’s currently at the printers.
My bafflement is all encompassing.
What’s even more baffling is that I’m now working on a book called “Beasts” and have several other anthologies in the works.
Quite by accident, I appear to have found a career.
Borderline Press is a publisher specialising in Graphic Novels and Trade Collections of existing comic books. We have a very “european” approach to comics and think that things like superheroes and manga have their place, but there are plenty of other people doing that already. We want something “other”.
The first release, Dennis Wojda’s “566 Frames” . . .
. . . is pretty much that. It’s a family history that takes in life in Imperialist Russia, Nazi occupied Krakow and Jimi Hendrix. A truly fascinating read.
As well as 566 Frames and Zombre, we have a stunning book from Sweden called “The Hunger House”. A beautifully illustrated book and a truly haunting story. We also have a whole heap of other stuff (did I mention “566 Frames” and “The Hunger House” have won awards in their native countries? No? They only bloody have!) that I’m not currently at liberty to divulge, but Mainland Europe figures heavily. And we haven’t abandoned the UK. Oh no 🙂
The downside of all this is that I do have to spend a lot of time at conventions which, to understate the situation, are not my natural habitat (see the earlier post called “It’s getting worse” for the reasons why) but the positive side of this is that it’s where I get to meet some of the raft of contributors to the Anthology that I’ve so far only communicated with via the internet. I’m very excited about that as I’ve ‘met’ some fantastic people.
But yes. A job. I have a job. In publishing. I am an associate editor responsible for anthology titles at Borderline Press. ( http://www.borderline-press.co.uk)
How the fuck did that happen??