Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tony Solomun's Multiverse,printed and with a Cover by the Great Mike Allred

Hello all,I've been very busy writing and publishing books in the past few months,catching up now,
I'm proud to say that I finished printing
Tony Solomun's Multiverse,a book with prose and poetry,you name it with Public Domain characters coming in at 100 pages,

I've created so many characters in my own right over the years in series such as The Journey,that I wanted to try my hand at characters in the public domain,

in the past few weeks,printed by Clays Publishing,the same publisher which prints my favourite things in the world,Penguin Classics,I'm so happy I got to print with them,

The Cover is by Madman creator Mike Allred,one of my bestest friends,an inspiration and influence on my work and everyday life,
I was overjoyed when he agreed to do the cover commission for me,and even moreso when he agreed to include Madman on the cover,(Thanks Mike)

I would be happy to give out copies to anyone who wants this book,I'm only asking for a few dollars and will include extra books I've printed recently,I know selling books is getting tougher in the internet climate,though

I  will be gracious if those interested could contribute via paypal $2.50 or less to cover postage

,I'm not out there to make much of a profit,I am here to spread the printed word and get my work out into the world to read,so anyone interested,please contact me here or  on Facebook and Twitter where I'm on every day and I will be happy to send,

Thank you and here is the cover to the book by Mike Allred,looks super cool,beyond my dreams,
In the meantime I'm nearly finished writing for the year,a few more poems,and will be writing more articles of Tony Solomun's The Quarterly very soon,

Madman and the "exclamation bolt" is trade mark and 
copyright Michael Allred. 2014.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Journey and Tony Solomun's Multiverse

Hello all,my sincerest apologies for the lapse in blogposts,
I've been very busy writing and taking up art again,I promise not to let that much of a lapse again in blogs,

news on many fronts,

I printed 15 copies of
The Journey Corrected and Revised Edition,

They came out very well,this was my first main opus in writing,I started the anthology series in 2007 and finished the 159th short story in 2010,I am massively  proud of this work,it includes many
short stories and prose which I am glad to have written,and I even created 35 fully formed new characters.all up it is 170 pages,typeset in Adobe Garamond,the same font used for
 The Complete Pelican Shakespeare by Penguin Classics

I will post a story or two on the blog very soon,

a few of the copies I printed are already reserved,though I am very happy to give the rest of them for free,on the proviso if you can be generous enough to donate about $3 to cover postage,

In the meantime,I'm drawing again,still rusty,though am getting there,

and put into motion some exciting things for the other anthology I wrote called
 Tony Solomun's Multiverse,stil in the revising and correcting mode,though nearly done to send to the printers and typist,the cover artist is out of this world awesome,will post more when I can,

thank you for reading my blog,and will post again soon,


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tony Solomun's The Quarterly with Kennedy Professor of Latin, Stephen Oakley

Hello,and thank you for reading my article,
This time around I chose for the subject at hand,The Roman historian,
Titus Livy, (59BC-17AD)
A strange and yet peculiar individual,who devoted his whole creative life on  transcribing the history of the great
Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire, in his series 'The History of Rome'.
Such an in depth and insightful history of his nation,throughout the ages has,was and is still unparalleled in its vast scope,though even so many of the volumes are lost to history itself,and only about 35 remain out of more than a 100,
I first found out about Livy through my treasured many Penguin Classics,
Therein I read the contributors list and found the name of Professor Stephen Oakley,
Immediately I researched his work and bought numerous books of his,
including A Commentary on Livy in its many volumes and Archaeological monograph of the early Roman state,I was immediately enthralled,

I was able to contact the Professor directly and asked him,as he has devoted a lot of time on Livy,indeed,I asked him what led him to begin his study on the man's work,to which he graciously replied with  

"I was first attracted to Livy because I was both interested in the history of the Roman Republic and in his narrative style. The more of him that I read, the more I enjoyed him.

And Indeed if he will return to the subject matter,

"I do hope to get back to writing commentaries on Livy in about 3 years."

I wholeheartedly thank the dear Professor for collaborating on this article,Mr Oakley is currently in the Cambridge University Faculty of Classics and the current Kennedy Professor of Latin,

you can find his books on amazon in its various iterations and directly from Oxford University Press,

Thank you and I will be writing more The Quarterly when time allows,

Tony Solomun

Friday, January 10, 2014

Tony Solomun's The Quarterly with Scott Mignola

Hello all,
My latest article of The Quarterly is with trailblazing new boutique publisher, Scott Mignola,
for the uninitiated, Scott is a brother of Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola,
Scott is charting new territory as a digital only small boutique publisher,
which is named 'Dog Boy Productions'. started in 2013,
To date he has published 3 books,including 'Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio',
along with his own effort
'Pinocchio's Forgotten Land'. which he has superbly written.
The latest he has released is a reprint of 'Ghosts I Have Met and Some Others'
by John Kendrick Bangs.
I was instantly impressed by Scott Mignola's  foray into digital publishing,and having at first been very apprehensive about the digital evolution of e-books,I was won over gradually by quality books in the digital format,and now simply cannot get enough of them,
I will always love print,though I understand and applaud the ongoing evolution of literature in whatever forms it may take,

I asked Scott Mignola if he would be willing to answer a few questions I had
about Dog Boy Productions and he was happy to, here is the interview,

1. Scott, you've done something different in not going for print publishing and heading straight to digital publishing. What are the pros, in your opinion, of doing that, and do you think the future is indeed digital?

The decision to go digital was purely financial. Dog Boy Productions started up as a means of publishing deserving work that traditional publishers won't touch because they don't smell a profit in it. By doing away with traditional publishing costs like paper and bookbinding and distribution, we can take chances on books we feel strongly about that might only sell a limited number of copies. A lot of exceptional work falls through the cracks that way. There needs to be a place for the square pegs, so we made a place. Maybe we should have called ourselves Square Holes Publishing.

Same goes for older works that were maybe popular a hundred years ago but have lapsed into relative obscurity, like John Kendrick Bangs' Ghosts I Have Met, which we put out in October with illustrations scanned from a 1898 first edition we were lucky enough to get our hands on.  We want to dust that stuff off and make it available to a new audience, inexpensively, packaged as nicely as the digital format allows with fun extras.

As for digital being the future of publishing, I think in a lot of ways it is. You could read a great book off a roll of toilet paper and it would still be great because, ultimately, it's just words. Your mind is the theater. Kids who are born into this technology, with smartphones and Kindles and iPads, they aren't going to have the same biases about reading on a screen as opposed to paper; it's second nature to them. And digital technology is evolving, it'll become more elegant and will continue to attract converts. So I'd say that digital wins, at least for convenience—I've got a dozen novels in my pocket right now—but there will always be a place for printed books. They have a soul to them and a history.

2. I read and quite enjoyed your first two publications, The Adventures of Pinocchio, and even moreso your own take on the classic character in Pinocchio's Forgotten Land, a truly distinct breath of fresh air. What are your plans for future publications? And do you envision writing more public domain characters in the future yourself?

Thanks. I love Pinocchio. The Carlo Collodi book has been bastardized and screwed with in so many different ways in movies and literature, I just wanted to do something that honored the original, and follows Pinocchio through the trials of being a real boy. I've toyed with the idea of writing another in the series, because the family dynamic you're left with at the end of Pinocchio's Forgotten Land is a really strange one and begs a lot of questions, but I can't say yet whether or not that'll ever happen.

There's another classic I'd like to expand on, but that's also on a back burner right now. I have the essence of it down, but it's missing something, that spark that'll make me need to write it and justify tampering with a literary masterpiece.

Right now we're just looking for more peculiar stuff to publish, new and old. Late winter or early spring we'll have another of our Digital Paperback Classics coming out, a truly bizarre children's book I didn't know existed until recently. The more books like that we can find, the better, so send us your ideas.


Again,I thank you for participating in this article,Scott,all the best,and I look forward to all future releases of Dog Boy Productions,

And I thank you,the reader for reading this article,

Tony Solomun

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fare Thee Well 2013,and Hello to 2014,

Hello all,sorry about the delay in posting a new blog,I've had a well earned break since Sept,since I wrote more than 1000 poems and prose,but in the meantime my mind has been buzzing with new ideas for new books and prose and art,

I've also lined up 3 new issues and articles of The Quarterly which you will see starting from January,I'm very blessed and proud of the creators I've gotten to collaborate for them,and of course there is no better compliment than to have collaborated with 3 Penguin Classics writers and contributors for The Quarterly,

My creative life goal was always to have done something for or with  Penguin Classics related in any way whatsoever,and I have done so 3 times over,There is no better feeling than that for me anyway,I 'm  in the meantime taking down notes for my 2nd novel,will be set in times of Antiquity which will require much research though I'm game for that,

Thank you for following my work,

see you all in 2014,

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Quarterly featuring Professor of Linguistics David Crystal OBE

Hello all,my latest article is a collaboration with Professor of Linguistics David Crystal OBE,
A master of the English Language, Mr Crystal has published over 100 books on various subjects, a lot of them on the english language,its origins and lexicon,
David Crystal has also published a number of books on William Shakespeare and has edited
Penguin Classics recent Dictionary of the English Language which was composed by the legendary writer and lexicographer Samuel Johnson,as well as host shows on BBC radio and tv,and so many other achievements I think it is worthwhile to visit his website to learn even more,at

I asked Mr Crystal him to do an interview with me and he gladly obliged,

 What first drew you to the work of Samuel Johnson and what effect has it had on your career?

I remember being fascinated by Johnson as a conversationalist long before I began to take a serious interest in his lexicography. But as I developed my interests in the history of English it became apparent that here we have a major figure, not only for his dictionary, but for his views on language, some of which were surprisingly modern, such as his expressed sorrow about dying languages because languages are 'the pedigree of nations'. The dictionary, of course, is extraordinary by any standards. For a book coming out later this month ('Wordsmiths and Warriors: the English Language Tourist's Guide to Britain') Hilary and I visited the garret in London where Johnson compiled the dictionary, and photographed it. Amazing that such a vast work could have come from such a small space! As for the effect on my career? Well, he has provided me with content for several publications. And he's enabled me to meet some wonderful enthusiasts. I was President of the Johnson Society a few years ago, and laid the wreath on his tomb in Westminster Abbey last year. Splendid occasions.

 and William Shakespeare has contributed countless words to the English lexicon and language,which word(s) do you find the most endearing?  

As for the Shakespeare question, well, I don't do 'endearing'. As a linguist, I find all words equally fascinating, in that each has an individual history and a unique range of usage, so I haven't got a 'favourite'. On the other hand, I do find certain aspects of Shakespeare's use of langauge especially apperaling, such as his readiness to engage in functional shift - the use of a noun as a verb, and auchlike. When York says 'Grace me no grace, nor uncle me no uncle', I see a linguistic creativity which is at the heart of English, and which acts as a role model for contemporary users. 

Thank you very much Sir,I really appreciate that,David, many good wishes to you,

Tony Solomun

Monday, September 9, 2013

Tony Solomun's The Quarterly featuring Jeffrey Brown,

Tony Solomun's
The Quarterly

typeset in Sabon,the main font used in many Penguin Classics books,

Hello and thank you for reading my book,I have been writing The Quarterly for a number of years now,
This series of books is dedicated to various writers and artists,of any format,
In most cases the creator who the issue is dedicated to collaborates in a way with myself for the book,
In the first volume,Chris Ware,personally approved and gave me the go ahead to publish the book,
the second volume included an interview with 3 time Emmy Award winner Gary Panter,
whilst following volumes had a cover by King-Cat creator, John Porcellino,essays by Alan Moore's
daughter and son-in-law Leah Moore and John Reppion,as well as interviews with Shannon Wheeler, who is the creator of Too Much Coffee Man and a New Yorker cartoonist.

For this volume I contacted good friend and versatile creator Jeffrey Brown,the writer and artist of
Clumsy,Unlikely and AEIOU as well as many many other graphic novels,Mr Brown was very gracious and kind enough to collaborate on an interview and open to any questions I had for before I proceed,I would like to say a massive thank you to Jeffrey Brown.

To say Jeffrey Brown is a diverse and versatile creator is a large understatement,Mr Brown has proven himself in so many mediums its difficult to list them all,Though he has done it all,and continues to do so at a prolific rate,
Jeffrey Brown is a fairly young creator who has published quite an in depth and large body of work,moreso than the majority of creators have done who are 20-30 years older than him, with this behind him he surely has an even more fruitful career ahead of him,
He has written on many subjects,ranging from love,relationships,toys,autobiographical,antedates,even cats and as of recent times Star Wars books,
His work transcends all mediums,genres and norms,when one is truly enmeshed and into his work,one fully understands the breadth and versatility of one Jeffrey Brown,
I only found out about his work in 2010,with Clumsy,at first I wasn't fully into his artwork style to be honest,though after time it grew on me,and ever since I have liked its evolution,now I cannot imagine Mr Brown having any other art style,though he mixes it up very well and when a project calls for a change,Jeffrey moves with the flow,
He can do black and white, as he has done with a majority of his autobiographical books with top shelf productions,
yet he can also illustrate in colour very fluidly as well,with his Incredible Change-Bots series of books along with his recent Star Wars books and most recent release of 'A Matter of Life'.
Simply put, Jeffrey Brown is in a league of his own truly,he constantly entertains and provokes thought,
I look forward to what he does next.

Brief Book Review

Darth Vader and Son

Darth Vader and Son is the first of a series of all-ages Star Wars books published by Chronicle Books that Jeffrey Brown has done,
Within this book are an array of jokes,gags,one-liners of a young jedi Luke Skywalker and his interactions with his
father,Anakin Skywalker or in other words…Darth Vader,set somewhere in between Star Wars Episode III and IV,
I found myself laughing out loud on countless occasions with the humour presented,in a professional and hilarious way,
the art style fits in perfectly with the scripting,and the jokes are not crass,obscene in any way,and any Star Wars fan would find quite a number of the in-jokes and references very humorous.
All in all,an enjoyable book,I can see myself coming back to it when in need of a laugh,


A run down of many of the books Jeffrey Brown has written and illustrated and where you can find them,

Clumsy-Top Shelf Productions
Unlikely-Top Shelf Productions
AEIOU or Any Easy Intimacy-Top Shelf Productions
Sulk Vol 1,2 and 3- Top Shelf Productions
Funny Misshapen Body - Top Shelf Productions
Feeble Attempts- Top Shelf Productions
I am going to be small- Top Shelf Productions
Incredible Change Bots Vol 1,2, - Top Shelf Productions
Undeleted Scenes - Top Shelf Productions
Every Girl is the end of world for me- Top Shelf Productions
Little Things-A Memoir in Slices- Simon and Schuster
A Matter of Life - Top Shelf Productions
Star Wars:Darth Vader and Son- Chronicle Books
Star Wars:Darth Vader's Little Princess- Chronicle Books
Star Wars:Jedi Academy-Scholastic

As you can see there are a sizeable amount of books that Mr Brown has completed,and many entries in countless anthologies as well,
Jeffrey Brown has also wrote the 2012 film starring Allison Brie,Save The Date,which was nominated for the
Grand Jury Prize at  The Sundance Film Festival,and illustrated various music albums,even contributing art to a music video as well as being the illustrator of the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Edith Wharton's 'Ethan Frome'.

I asked Jeffrey Brown the following questions about his work and he was happy enough to collaborate,here are his answers,

Tony Solomun:

You've proven yourself adept at many genres of creativity,doing deeply personal graphic novels(Clumsy,Unlikely)etc.
which are insightful to the human condition,as well as books about cats,and gaming culture,(Incredible Change Bots,)
to doing Star Wars related books, do you find the transition seamless or hard to change genres with such ease?

Jeffrey Brown:

I find the transition to be pretty seamless, actually. I tend to just follow my interests, and growing up as a sci-fi and superhero fan, that's always been something I wanted to do - draw X-Men and Star Wars and whatnot. I feel like even when I am drawing those more fantastical bits, I'm still putting a lot of my own emotional self into it. So whatever I'm working on still ends up reflecting my own personality and feelings, even when it's widely different genres or subjects. I also actually enjoy switching genres - when I'm getting too bogged down drawing a mopey autobiographical story, I can spend some time writing some Incredible Change-Bots stories, and when I feel like I've spent too much time drawing nonsense, I can go back to more serious or meaningful work with the autobiographical material.

Thank you very much Jeffrey Brown for participating and thank you dear reader,for reading The Quarterly.



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