Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Lancelot of the Lake (and other writing updates)
Arthurian peoples by Frank Godwin.
If you blinked you missed it, but I said something earlier about an essay on Lancelot that I was working on. It's done now and I hope I can tell you what it's about, because I'm going to.
My sometimes co-writer Alex Ness has written a series of poems about Arthur's right-hand man Lancelot that will be published alongside a French fellow's Lancelot poetry with lots of illustrations by both US and French visual artists. It's going to be very classy and cool, but for some reason they asked me to contribute an essay anyway.
They wanted a piece about the historical Lancelot to accompany their artistic impressions of him and I said, "Sure." To be absolutely candid, I wasn't sure how it was going to come out because I sort of have some problems with Arthur's traitorous friend. But the research helped me appreciate Lancelot in a new way and I'm really happy with how the article turned out.
The publisher is too, which is nice. Her exact words were, "Oh my, this is wonderful." And she's going to make it the foreword.
So, yay, Lancelot. I'll give you more details about the book when they're available.
I've also got a little news from the Jesse James vs. Machine Gun Kelly beat. I mentioned before that low preorder numbers killed the one-shot before it had a chance to reach stores, but that my co-writer Alex and I were trying to figure out what we wanted to do with it. Well, we've got a plan.
It's too early to go into a lot of detail, but we've got a new artist who's excited about the project. He's on for at least the Jesse vs. Kelly story, but we'll see if we can't keep him around for longer because we have a lot we want to do. A series of graphic novels, probably, based on the further adventures of one of the characters. That's all I'll say for now, but I'm way excited about the ideas Alex and I have been tossing back and forth.
I'll share more when I can about that too.