Humble Bundle, Six-Gun Gorilla, God Is Dead And ALL THE THINGS.
Quite a lot of Big Comicky stuff happening in the Spursphere today. There’s one thing in particular I want to say something about – the Last Ever Episode of Crossed: Wish You Were Here – so I’ll probably do that in a separate post in a moment. Let’s rattle through the other bits and pieces first:
1. The splendid (human) people at Boom! Studios have conspired with Delightful-Phenomenon-Enablers “Humble Bundle” to create the Humble Boom Bundle.
In which you basically get to choose how much money you want to pay for… well… a massive crapload of really really really good comics. And then half of the money you spend goes to a worthy charity (in this case the CBLDF).
I’d be shouting about this even if I weren’t personally involved. The entire run of (*cough* Harvey Award Nominated) Six-Gun Gorilla is included in the bundle. Go. Go go go go go!
2. This week also saw the release of “God Is Dead: Book Of Acts Alpha”. There are two ways of describing this. The first way – the long way – is that Jonathan Hickman wrote a fantastic six-part miniseries a few years ago about a world in which all the old, forgotten, no-longer-worshipped deities suddenly came back to Earth. Mike Costa then continued the series in a hugely successfully way. And now the publisher, Avatar, has invited a bunch of other writers – m’self included – to tell creator-owned oneshots of our own.
Abstractly these are set in the same world, but really the only connective tissue you need to know about is “the gods have come back.” Our stories, which cover as wide a breadth of genre as you’d expect from such a wide-open starting point, are collected in two volumes: Alpha (out this week) and Omega (out next month).
The second, shorter way of explaining this is that Alan-Actual-Moore wrote a short story about his famed Personal Snake-God Glycon in the same collection, and I’m a bit squeexhausted from seeing my name next to his. I wrote about this a while back right here.
BTW, my story’s about anthropomorphic expectations, the binary nature of fame and the fecklessness of cultural approbation, all cunningly disguised as 12 pages of a foul-mouthed cherub smoking and drinking whiskey. Oh comics.
3. NINE WORLDS GEEKFEST! Which, AS I JUST BLOGGED, I’ll be at. And, um, Talking At. About comics’n’shit.