A personal diary keeping people abreast of what I am working on writing-wise.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


Apparently, there is a fake band modeled after my most memorable feature having a fake existence in Vermont.

These two *ahem* ladies may have something to do with it. The one with the colorful hair of her own is also responsible for this comic. Both of them attend here.

I offer no further comment or explanation.

Current Soundrack: Belle & Sebastian, Write About Love

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Is everybody getting ready for their Halloween? I'm practicing some Mr. Mister and Whitesnake songs for Scaraoke tonight. Does that frighten you?

I've been posting real scary songs--or at least ghoulish ones--to SwiftFm. Here is my account. The last five songs, from Warlocks back to Gorillaz, are for Halloween. I post stuff there whenever something gets stuck in my head, or on special occasions like this.

* Robot 6 has dubbed themselves Robot 666 for the week, and they have done a survey of comics pros to ask what comics scare them. In part 2, I am amongst the esteemed company of Ross Campbell and Becky Cloonan, and Ross and I pick the exact same scene from Becky's part of Pixu. Read the whole article here, but this is my blurb:

"The first thing to pop into mind when this subject came up was a fairly recent example. I am a big fan of Pixu by Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, Vasilis Lolos, and Becky Cloonan, and I was particularly taken aback when I first read the self-published issues by one of Becky’s sequences. In chapter two, Omar returns home and something feels weird. Claire is acting strange. She made him some soup, and when he sits down to eat it, he notices something gross–a fingernail–in the broth. Then there is another, and another, and one in his mouth. It’s such a simple thing but the way Becky shows it, first by letting us see some nails on his spoon, then one between his fingers, and then finally spitting it out–it’s so visceral, I feel a tickle at the back of my throat just thinking about it. Over a few panels, she effectively creates an unforgettable moment, one that extends beyond the page and causes an honest-to-goodness physical reaction. It creeped me out so much, I had to send Ms. Cloonan an e-mail to thank her for disturbing me. The whole of Pixu is fantastic, but that’s the moment that really nailed it for me–no pun intended!"

* Oh, and hey, Tally has been updating "Between Gears"! And I make an inebriated appearance. Click on the panel of me and Emi (I know, Emi and I) being drunk at Powell's to read the whole entry, and then start catching up on the rest:

Current Soundtrack: Trash Can Sinatras, "I See the Moon" (youtube rip); The Cure, "Scared as You;" Duffy, "Scared"

Friday, October 29, 2010



* The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, the Swedish crime trilogy yawns and stretches to completion.


* Kuroneko, brilliant, vintage Japanese horror currently doing the repertory rounds. It hits Portland at Cinema 21 on November 5.


* Agora, a thought-provoking historical epic about the Christian takeover of Alexandria in 4 AD. Starring Rachel Weisz.

* Kisses, an excellent Irish drama about two kids on the run from the abusive lives. A fairy tale, both light and dark.

* The Pacific, the television miniseries about the campaign against Japan in WWII. The follow-up to Band of Brothers.

Current Soundtrack: James, "Sometimes;" Robbie Williams, In And Out Of Consciousness (Greatest Hits 1990-2010) disc 3

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Gana is a fifteen-year-old artist who is currently taking an art class taught by Nicolas Hitori de. This is her interpretation of Jesse from Spell Checkers, and it's pretty fantastic.

Current Soundtrack: The House of Love, "Who By Fire?" (Leonard Cohen cover)


Monday, October 25, 2010


The excellent Readergirlz blog picked 12 Reasons Why I Love Her as one of their books for October, and so I provided them with a special thank you/intro piece, discussing the rarely disclosed secret origin of the book.

Here is the lead paragraph:

"It all seems so simple now, I can barely believe it. It was a Saturday night, I think in 2003, and I was bored and trying to think of a side project to write during breaks from my second novel, The Everlasting. I am a big fan of good romantic movies, particularly Hollywood classics with Cary Grant or the Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy pairings, and I started to think about the modern equivalent. If it were possible to write a movie like The Apartment or Two for the Road now, how would I do it? I don’t know if I was conscious of the Two for the Road connection at that very moment, but Stanley Donen’s 1966 masterpiece would end up being a real inspiration for what I was about to cook up. In it, Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney play a married couple who are heading for the rocks, and by criss-crossing several narrative timelines at once, Donen lets us compare and contrast and see how they got from very young love to very old love by drawing ingenious parallels between the jumbled stages of their life together."

Read the rest in the link.

Thanks to Little Willow for including us!

Current Soundtrack: Taylor Swift, new singles: "Back to December/Mean/Speak Now"

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Especially if there is a grammar portion to this test.


* Hereafter, Clint Eastwood's meditation on the afterlife fails on nearly every level. A serious contender for worst movie of the year--or at least the most boring.


* House, Obayashi's crazy 1977 horror freak-out is on DVD in time for Halloween.

* Paths of Glory, Stanley Kubrick's original masterpiece is restored for a new age of technology. A fantastic WWI drama starring Kirk Douglas (Also at DVD Talk).


* Eccentricitie's of a Blonde-Haired Girl, Manoel de Oliveira's not-so-eccentric literary adaptation.

* I Am Love, melodrama as a sumptuous feast. Starring Tilda Swinton.

* Richard III, Ian McKellan's inspired take on the Shakespeare classic, reset in fascist pre-War Britain.

Current Soundtrack: Gorillaz, various live sessions

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Sunday, October 17, 2010


Tonight I am attending a party for the season finale of Mad Men, and I was tasked with making a music mix to keep the shindig hoppin'.

I took a two-part approach, as we'll be listening to music before and after the show. The beginning of the mix is made up of songs we heard on the series this season, and the second half is a selection of hits from 1965, the year of season 4. Many were picked for their lyrical relevance to the story, some just because they were cool. I was struck by how many old-style crooners and the like were still landing on the charts back then. We tend to think of the '60s as being all about the classic rock, but forget that not everyone was on board. With bands like the Animals, Zombies, and Kinks, however, we can start to see the shift toward harder-edged music coming.

Most of these songs are available for download from Amazon or iTunes.

Part I

1. RJD2 - "A Beautiful Mine (Theme Music from 'Mad Men')"
2. Nashville Teens - "Tobacco Road"
3. Jan & Dean - "Sidewalk Surfin'"
4. Patti Page - "Old Cape Cod"
5. "Theme from the Man from U.N.C.L.E."
6. Peggy Lee - "I Enjoy Being a Girl"*
7. Skeeter Davis - "Ladder of Success"
8. Simon & Garfunkel - "Bleecker Street"
9. Otis Redding - "Satisfaction"**
10. Petula Clark - "I Know a Place"***
11. The Beatles - "Do You Want to Know a Secret?"****
12. Jim Reeves - "Welcome to My World"
13. Etta James - "Trust in Me"

Part II

14. Jack Jones - "The Race Is On"
15. Ramsey Lewis Trio - "The In Crowd"
16. The Byrds - "Mr. Tambourine Man"
17. The Diamonds - "Silhouettes"*****
18. Herman's Hermits - "(What A) Wonderful World"
19. The Searchers - "Love Potion No. 9"
20. Peter & Gordon - "I Go to Pieces"
21. The Yardbirds - "For Your Love"
22. The Kinks - "Tired of Waiting for You"
23. The Zombies - "Tell Her No"
24. Jackie Deshannon - "Love Will Find a Way"
25. Marvin Gaye - "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)"
26. The Supremes - "Back in My Arms Again"
27. The Chiffons - "Nobody Knows What's Goin' On"
28. The Beatles - "Eight Days a Week"
29. The Animals - "We Gotta Get Out of this Place [single version]"
30. Gerry & the Pacemakers - "Ferry Cross the Mersey"
31. Tom Jones - "It's Not Unusual"
32. Freddie & the Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now"
33. Dickey Lee - "Laurie (Strange Things Happen)"
34. Sam Cooke - "Shake"
35. The Toys - "Attack"
36. Unit 4 Plus 2 - "Concrete & Clay"
37. Lesley Gore - "Look of Love"
38. Bobby Vinton - "Mr. Lonely"
39. The Righteous Brothers - "Ebb Tide"
40. Simon & Garfunkel - "The Sound of Silence"
41. The Beach Boys - "Help Me, Rhonda"
42. Len Barry - "One Two Three"
43. Gary Lewis & the Playboys - "Everybody Loves a Clown"
44. The Vogues - "You're the One"
45. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass - "A Taste of Honey"
46. Brenda Lee - "Too Many Rivers"
47. Roy Orbison - "Claudette"
48. Sounds Orchestral = "Cast Your Fate to the Wind"
49. The Crickets - "Now Hear This"
50. The Ivy League - "Tossing and Turning"
51. The Lettermen - "Sincerely"
52. The Ronettes - "He Did It"
53. The Ventures - "Diamond Head"
54. Frank Sinatra - "It Was a Very Good Year"

* The show actually used Doris Day, I believe, but I could not find her version on MP3. Lee's is more jazzy, anyway.
** I substituted Otis for the Rolling Stones because my hostess doesn't care for the Stones. Their original version of this song was one of the top 3 hits of 1965.
*** I am missing a song here. In the same bar where Petula Clark plays, some kind of surf rock tune follows, but I could not identify it or find any place telling me what it was.
**** I could not find an instrumental version to match the one on the credits (there were plenty, none were right), so I went with the vocal version.
***** "Silhouettes" was a charter for Herman's Hermits in 1965, but rather than use two Hermits numbers, I went with an older doo-wop version of the same song.

Current Soundtrack: Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans

Friday, October 15, 2010


A NYCC cartoon drawn by Nico with text written by me...

(left to write: Nico, Tally, Jamie, Joëlle)

See more of Nico's sketches and impressions of the show, plus this cartoon in French, over at his blog...

Current Soundtrack: Duran Duran, Notorious 2010 remaster


This arrived in my inbox under the title, "Evil."

Current Soundtrack: Antony & the Johnsons, Swanlights

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


A few items today.

* I love this review of Koko Be Good from Johnny Bacardi, a well-respected comics critic if ever there was one, because I couldn't be more flattered by his unprompted, public voicing of a probably not-so-secret wish of mine:

"I think this is one stepping stone towards bigger and better things for Miss Wang. Maybe she should collaborate with Jamie S. Rich (who wrote the forward here) one of these days. (A copy of this book was provided for review purposes by the publisher)"

I include the last line since I am wondering if maybe First:Second sent a copy of my review as part of a press packet, since I never wrote a forward. Anyway, whatever led to this misunderstanding, I appreciate being paired with one of my favorite artists and, you know, being thought of at all. (I am ashamed to admit I drunk e-mailed Jen once telling her I'd kill to write a script for her, though I knew she had no need to sully her talent with my lack thereof...sigh.) [Edit: Aw, poop, he deleted the mention.]

* I also absolutely love Sara Pichelli's art, and this piece on her joining Ultimate Spider-Man also includes I think the first public mention of Joëlle Jones as part of the anniversary issue #150. I have seen Joëlle's pencils for this, and oh, man, talk about knocking off the proverbial socks. My lid flipped, too. She got me on both ends.

* Maybe the best fanmail I've gotten in a while, from some dude named Victor whose e-mail address begins with "audiomixer."

"I read your review of 'Never Let Me Go' and...every film you don't like, I like. And every film you praise, I hate. Easy peasy..."

What I particularly like about this is I am pretty sure it's intended to be a burn, as if some random e-mail like this would really make me crumble and die. In reality, I think it should have been a "thank you" note. If I find a reviewer whose opinions are so consistently opposite my own, it's as valuable as finding one I agree with regularly. You can trust me to always tell you which way to go, Victor!

Current Soundtrack: The Joy Formidable, "I Don't Want to See You Like This" single; Gorillaz, "On Melancholy Hill (Feed Me Remix)"

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Monday, October 11, 2010


I am back from New York. I had a great time at Comic Con. Much of the show was a social fail, I went to absolutely no comic book events after the con and there are many people I didn't even see once, but that's okay. On the social win, I hung with many friends in and out of comics alike.

Thanks to Sonja, Ethan, and Benrus for hosting Joëlle and I. Also to Sonja for taking us to a fashion event at Bloomingdale's where I got to be in the same room as Christina Hendricks. Score! Also to Joe Nozemack for setting it up for us to go see Gorillaz and N.E.R.D. at Madison Square Garden. It was a tremendous show!

Nico drew this image of Cynthia from Spell Checkers for me while we were hanging out:

I was tweeting all weekend, and rather than try to cobble together a con report, I'll reprint those here. They include links to photos.

* Oktoberfest at the Abbey http://flic.kr/p/8H6fez

* Pastrami, cheddar, and mustard on a garlic bagel http://flic.kr/p/8H9Kjm
* Standing on W 16th waiting for Christine Norrie. It is okay to be jealous. Nerd.
* Christina Hendricks at Bloomingdale's for Ports 1961 http://flic.kr/p/8HeDFo
* Christina Hendricks at Bloomingdale's II http://flic.kr/p/8Hbyi6
* Models blink in photos, too. Who knew? http://flic.kr/p/8HeUsA
* @BrianHuberd I was inches from getting a photo with her, but she was ushered off to look at clothes.
* It's a Huberd miracle! http://flic.kr/p/8HccMe
* Quality Meats http://flic.kr/p/8HgxTj
* QM: clam chowder http://flic.kr/p/8Hgzbd
* QM: hanger steak with brandied cherries http://flic.kr/p/8HgAeq
* QM: the Quality Potato http://flic.kr/p/8HgBmy
* This bar is playing Def Leppard. I love this bar. #nycc
* Spotted on the street: indie-type actor Josh Hamilton, of Baumbach's KICKING & SCREAMING and HOUSE OF YES-fame. #nycc

* Sentence you don't want to hear first day of a convention *before* you've showered: "We're here to replace the toilet." #nycc
* Our NYCC Artist Alley table (D9) http://flic.kr/p/8Ht5f3
* Kitty & Lockheed NYCC http://flic.kr/p/8Hq2NP
* My flask says it misses @andeparks. I forgot to tell it he wouldn't be here. #nycc
* The con is on. NYCC table D9 in Artist Alley with @Joelle_Jones #nycc
* Gorillaz at MSG http://flic.kr/p/8Hq5WD
* N.E.R.D. opening for Gorillaz http://flic.kr/p/8HrzAZ
* Nico & Joelle at MSG http://flic.kr/p/8HuJHQ
* Confirmed: Lou Reed and Mos Def are appearing tonight with Gorillaz #nycc
* Plastic Beach http://flic.kr/p/8HrCq6
* Also: Miho Hatori, De La Soul, Little Dragon, Bobby Womack, tons of musicians
* More Gorillaz http://flic.kr/p/8HuNtS
* Closing songs: Don't Get Lost in Heaven/Demon Days #gorrilaz #nycc
* At bar with @nicohitoride and they are playing Daft Punk #nicofail #nycc
* Big up to @JNoze, the tru playa who made Gorillaz possible
* @JannJones Irish pub across from Madison Square Garden, where Team Spell Checkers owns the jukebox.
* A male ginger holding a pumpkin falling asleep on the subway at 2:30 am = weirdest thing I've seen at #nycc
* Scratch that: guy with beer mug-shaped glasses at donut shop shouting "why you cut me with that blade?" at 3am for the win #nycc

* Saturday, it has been broughten. NYCC, Artist Alley table D9. #nycc
* Straight outta Denmark: a new book illustrated by Teddy Kristiansen http://flic.kr/p/8Hwfbz
* Bigfoot, caught on camera in the wild http://flic.kr/p/8HwzYp
* I do not know what you are but you're freaking me out. #nycc http://flic.kr/p/8HG5qE
* Portrait of a jerk #nycc http://flic.kr/p/8HGe65
* Wonder Woman is an X-Child http://flic.kr/p/8HD7Tk
* And she finds being a mutie tiring http://flic.kr/p/8HGhuA
* Female Mutant Ninja Turtles http://flic.kr/p/8HDasc
* Female Mutant Ninja Turtles, scurry away! http://flic.kr/p/8HGjTE
* "I don't have time to read comics anymore. I just look at the art...So what do you do on these?" "I'm the writer." "..." "So, yeah..." #nycc
* Wait, do you deliver to Artist Alley? #nycc http://flic.kr/p/8HDuZk

* Last day of NYCC. We fly out this evening, so come and see @Joelle_Jones and myself by 3:30 or you will miss us!
* Overheard at #nycc: "Yeah, it looks like me without the tits." #girlsarethebest
* Thank you New York City! You were a lovely audience. See you next year. Good night! #nycc
* Big thanks to @onipress for always being a class act and the best people to work with #nycc

Current Soundtrack: Taylor Swift, "Speak Now;" My Chemical Romance, "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na);" Mark Ronson and the Business Intl., "Bang Bang Bang (Featuring Q-Tip, MNDR);" Etta James, "Trust in Me;" Jack Jones, "The Race is On;" UNKLE, Lives Of The Artists: Follow Me Down - Soundtrack

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Thursday, October 07, 2010



* Never Let Me Go, an undercooked contender. I was really underwhelmed by this. Needed more of the story explained and more character material.


* The Darjeeling Limited, a pretty lengthy look at Wes Anderson's most mature movie.

* Seven Samurai, Akira Kurosawa's most famous film comes to Blu-Ray. (Also at DVD Talk).


* The Grapes of Wrath, John Ford's astonishing adaptation of John Steinbeck, with Henry Fonda in the lead. Repackaged, not reissued.

* Samurai Vendetta, a tepid swordplay story that is strangely light on the revenge. How unfortunate this was in the pool the same week as the Kurosawa.

Current Soundtrack: David Bowie, Station to Station reissue (live concert)

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010


One of my all-time favorite Oni Press books is coming back to print and goes on sale this Wednesday. Hopeless Savages: Greatest Hits is a collection of the three miniseries I edited back in the day, all written by Jen Van Meter and featuring art by people as swerval as Christine Norrie, Chynna Clugston, Andi Watson, Ross Campbell, and some kid named Bryan Lee O'Malley. The cover is by the amazing Terry Dodson, and I assume the book will also have the one-shot that came out after I went freelance--which had art by Vera Brosgol and Becky Cloonan!--and ephemera like the Alfred Hitchcock-aping frame I wrote for Christine Norrie to wrap around the third storyline.

This is just the harbinger of great things to come, too! Jen is writing series 4!

So, now is the best time to get caught up on this genius comic. Not familiar with it? Try this five-page teaser.

Then buy it in one of these ways:

* Get it from Jen herself at NYCC this weekend. She and Oni Press should have plenty. Here is her signing schedule.

* Buy it from you local comic book shop. Here is some ordering info that might help them:

Diamond Order Code: JUL101089
ISBN: 978-1-934964-48-4

* Order from Amazon

Current Soundtrack: Dusty Springfield, "Wishin' and Hopin';" Chad & Jeremy, "A Summer Song;" The Fortunes, "You've Got Your Troubles;" The Silkie, "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away;" The Mindbenders, "A Groovy Kind of Love;" The Merseys, "Sorrow"

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Monday, October 04, 2010


Today, the Online Film Critics Society posted the results of a members poll. We voted for the 100 Best First Films. You can read the full list here, including extra blurbs on the top 20 (I wrote the paragraph for Being John Malkovich).

Each writer was asked to contribute their top 25. If you're curious how I voted, here is my list. Linked titles go to my reviews of the films in question--I've written about a surprisingly low number!

1. The Maltese Falcon (director: John Huston)
2. Breathless [review 1] [review 2] (Jean-Luc Godard)
3. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
4. Badlands (Terrence Malick)
5. The Kid (Charles Chaplin)
6. Hiroshima mon amour (Alain Resnais)
7. Shadows (John Cassevetes)
8. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino)
9. Eraserhead (David Lynch)
10. Blood Simple (Joel and Ethan Coen)
11. On the Town (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly)
12. Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola)
13. Sixteen Candles (John Hughes)
14. The Iron Giant (Brad Bird)
15. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze)
16. The Great McGinty (Preston Sturges)
17. George Washington (David Gordon Green)
18. Ratcatcher (Lynne Ramsey)
19. Toy Story (John Lasseter)
20. Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton)
21. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (George Clooney)
22. Sex, Lies, and Videotape (Steven Soderbergh)
23. 40-Year-Old Virgin, The (Judd Apatow)
24. Brick (Rian Johnson)
25. Blood of a Poet (Jean Cocteau)

Current Soundtrack: Depeche Mode, "The Darkest Star (Digital Beat Mix);" Belle & Sebastian, Write About Love [NPR stream]

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Friday, October 01, 2010


(left to right: Joëlle Jones, Nicolas Hitori de, Jamie S. Rich)

Next weekend is the New York Comic Con, and they announced Artist Alley table assignments today.

Joëlle Jones and I will be at table D10, in the same island as David Mack, Yanick Paquette, Ken Steacy, Pete Woods, Jamal Igle, Chris Eliopoulos, Peter Kuper, Philip Tan, and a bunch of other great people.

Nicolas Hitori de
will be there, as well, but he'll be sitting with the Oni Press guys. Apparently, Joëlle and I get on his nerves. Whatever. We're fun.

We should have plenty of our joint comics there, as well as other random stuff. I will have a limited amount of my prose and Love the Way You Love, so if you really want something and want to make sure I bring it, please go ahead and drop me a line at golightly[a]gmail.com and you can preorder/reserve it.

Joëlle has also been taking a preorder for sketches and is already working on some. Her con prices are $20 for a pencil sketch or $30 inked for the first character, $10 for each additional character. I can set that up for you, as well.

Current Soundtrack: Wavves, "Idiot;" Saint Etienne, "London Belongs to Me;" La Roux, "Tigerlily"