Thursday, October 26, 2006

Book 'em!

It's a bit of thrill to unpack a book you're part of, that's what happened to me today. The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga turned up today and I have to say it's a nice package. I'll be honest, my own contribution is a bit disappointing, seeing it in print all I can see are the flaws, and the whole strip looks rushed, which it was. Fortunately it's still not bad and I'm happy to keep trying to get better, and that's a never ending process. The really good news is that the other strips look great with an excellent Andi Watson strip amongst the other nice stuff - Craig Conlan's strip looks great too.
So, er, please buy a copy, I want a chance to do a better job next time!

12 comments:

I. N. J. Culbard said...

congrats on the book. Look forward to picking it up.

Trump said...

Yeay, nice one phd. You're my second friend to be published in a month. I'm feeling liek I should be more creative!

Nimiwey said...

can they be ordered online? or am i going to have to make danny smuggle a copy into the country again...

Danny said...

Always up for smuggling - although you'll probly have to come out to Boston to pick it up as that is where I'll be if I get t go to the US next...

Amazon said they've posted mine...

yay!

paulhd said...

Thanks for the support folks.
You can probably get it on Amazon Nimiwey, there's a US edition coming out in a month anyway, so you can save Danny smuggling (anyone seen Before Night Falls? Ouch)

paul said...

great stuff, i'll be searching it out in page 45 as soon as i can get my lazy arse to town.

Peter Bangs said...

Are there going to be signed copies available in Waterstones? Or will you be offering signed bookplates in exchange for packets of pampers?

Seriously, congratulations Paul, Knew you'd get there one day. Now just keep up the momentum.

Katy said...

Congrats, mr published author!

Will you sign my copy?

paulhd said...

I believe Page45 will be stocking the book, y' lazy arse!
Gulp, momentum?!
You visit and I'll scibble on your book Katy.

Peter Bangs said...

Hey Paul Just picked up my copy from October Books (Southampton's left wing bookstore co-operative)and I gotta say you more than hold your own against the rest of the work in there. I can see the manga influence in the pacing but your art style is becoming incredibly European in it's sensibilities. It made for a very nice synthesis. Nice the way you've stripped out everything except the essential details as well. What I liked best was it struck me as a story that was written purely for the purpose of writing a good story rahter than trying to fit some sort of market niche.

I hope this success has got you enthusiatic again and you'll be doing more stuff soon.

Just out of interest can you submit this same work to other anthologies or is it tied in for a length of time?

paulhd said...

Thank you kindly Peter - I'm just gonna axcept the compliment and resist running my strip down!
Manga wise you're right, I just went with the pacing and did a few 'McCloud' type action runs off the page panels.
Always enthusiastic, but not always able to translate that into actual work! I do hope to do some more comics, certainly I'd like to have a strip in the possible 2nd BNM book.
Pretty sure I can submit the strip to other places, creators retain all rights and all that and some of the strips have appeared elsewhere.

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Got it, loved it. Picked my copy up in Waterstones. Excellent work.