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.



Best Book Designers

1. Chip Kidd
2. Chris Ware
3. Seth
4. Coralie Bickford-Smith
5. Leanne Shapton
6. Jillian Tamaki
7. Jessica Hische

1000 Poems and Short Stories-I've done it,and achieved my grand goal.

Hello all,and thank you for reading my blog,

As of last week,I reached my grand goal of writing 1000 poems and short stories,I placed this goal on myself in 2009 to hopefully reach in 10 years or less,
well,4 years later I've done it,the clear majority of the writing has been done since 2009,and 500 since August 2011,
I would like to thank my mentor first and foremost,David Mack,for helping and inspiring and influencing me along the way,as well as Mike Allred,Chris Ware,Seth,Gary Panter and so many more,my many thanks,

I will not rest on my laurels,In the meantime I finished the 6th volume of The Quarterly tonight,and will post that right away,

Thank you again my friends.

Tony Solomun

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Quarterly w/ New Yorker Cartoonist Shannon Wheeler,

Tony Solomun's The Quarterly Volume V
This Book is typeset in Janson SSK, the same font used for Herman Melville's Moby Dick,and published as a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition,

Thank you for reading this,my fifth volume of The Quarterly,a Literary anthology I started a few years ago,
each volume is a nod to McSweeney's Quarterly,and to one of my artistic heroes who are profiled forthwith,

volume 1 was dedicated and approved by Chris Ware,whilst the next volumes were respectfully dedicated to and had contributions such as essays,interviews,art by Gary Panter,John Porcellino, Alan Moore's daughter Leah Moore and son in law John Reppion,this volume is of course dedicated to Shannon Wheeler who is a good friend for a number of years now and who I had the opportunity to meet in 2011,
I will do to the best of my ability to describe the absolute treasure Mr Wheeler is to the comic book and Illustration worlds,

Shannon Wheeler is not one to rest on his laurels, Indeed he has shown prowess in more than one
artistic field,and was always destined to be awarded as such,
If you grew up in the 1990s as I did,you would've heard of the now famous character with the memorable name, Too Much Coffee Man,which he began incidentally enough in 1990,I was only about 5 years old at that time, though when I began reading comics at 1998 I was soon to discover Shannon's comic,
Born and growing up in Berkeley, California and studying at UC Berkeley, he started to hone his skills as a cartoonist early on in University, and published various comic strips,when he moved to Texas,is when he would begin to write and draw a satirical comic character that still brings laughter on a weekly basis to this day,Too Much Coffee Man is a versatile,many faceted comic strip, and its longevity and success is that it has kept up to pace with modern times and adjusted when needed,

Too Much Coffee Man has as I mentioned tread waters not only on one format or genre,but on many,Indeed,with an Opera based on the character and with much input by Shannon Wheeler himself,writing the libretto,which was so successful that it garnered critical acclaim and which therefore translated into a sequel,
Shannon's character also had incarnations as a comic book by Dark Horse Comics as well as a tabloid magazine self published by Mr Wheeler under his Adhesive Comics banner,which ran for more than 20 issues and had numerous contributors within,as well as contributed to the funniest news known to man,The Onion Newspaper and website for a number of years,

He is without a doubt one of the truly funniest and humorous cartoonists going around,
Not to be considered a one off creator,whereas today many creators try to carry the weight of their career and any given success off of one creation,Shannon has branched out and done personal and autobiographic works such as Oil and Water,which he illustrated about the US Gulf BP Oil spill which affected many denizens and caused irreparable damage to the coastline and sea life,Shannon Wheeler gave a moving and insightful look at the aftermath of an unfortunate event,with a sombre yet electric new art style,
Not only that, Mr Wheeler has for the past few years reinvented himself as a New Yorker cartoonist, a tough if not nearly impossible undertaking for nearly any cartoonist to succeed in,because of the competition and wide range of talent needed to garner any success, Shannon has sold many cartoons to the New Yorker magazine,which is one might argue, is the pinnacle of American Literary magazines and journalism along with humour,

He is also an Eisner Award winner for his humour cartoons, in a number of books both released and forthcoming from Top Shelf Productions,The Eisner Award,indeed is the highest award any
comic book creator can aspire to win,

Shannon Wheeler has left an indelible mark on American Comic Book Culture with many creations behind him and beyond,He is still young and has many more years left in him for his audience to enjoy.

I contacted him for a short interview and I'm grateful he was more than happy to contribute to, The questions asked were regarding the successful Opera and Too Much Coffee Man himself,
Here is Shannon's answers: On the TMCM Opera-

"The opera came together slowly. Daniel Stephen Crafts wrote the music and I worked on the libretto. I pulled in Damian Wilcox - a friend who's really good at rhymes. At first we had an option to do it in Austin but the venue burned down. Later I met the director of the Portland Center of the Performing Arts at a friend's art opening. I got her card and started sending her music samples, set designs, costume ideas. About 6 months later we had an opera. "

On Too Much Coffee Man and it's endurance as a pop culture phenomenon,
"I started TMCM because I wanted something that would be remembered. He's become a convenient place for me to hang my ideas about relationships, life, and politics."
Thank you Shannon,and thank you for reading this volume of The Quarterly,

Books by Shannon Wheeler
TMCM Omnibus - Dark Horse Comics,
a terrific primer and as the title professes,
contains all TMCM comics and various books released over the years by Shannon,

TMCM : Cutie Island-Boom Studios,
The latest book by Shannon,a superlative stream of consciousness graphic novel and full of laugh out

loud moments of humour
Oil and Water- Top Shelf,
a touching graphic novel and a moral question on the practises of giant corporations, Written by Steve Duin and Illustrated by Shannon Wheeler,

I Thought You Would Be Funnier- Top Shelf,
The collection of cartoons submitted to The New Yorker which unfortunately were not bought,though on the other hand ,fortunately won the Eisner award.

Postage Stamp Funnies- Dark Horse
A hilarious collection of one page cartoons with so much humour you will find it hard not to laugh,miniaturely sized yet funny in every way.

Tony Solomun's The Quarterly Lists Best Publishers
1. Penguin
2. McSweeney's
3. Folio Society
4. Cambridge University Press 5. Random House

6. Oxford University Press
7. Writers Workshop Kolkata 

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Quarterly Volume IV, with essays by Leah Moore and John Reppion, daughter and son in law of Alan Moore

Here is the latest volume of my book The Quarterly,
this one has contributions by Alan Moore's daughter and son in law,Leah Moore and John Reppion,
The first volume was personally approved by Chris Ware,the second had an interview and essay by Gary Panter,whilst volume three had a cover by John Porcellino,
my many thanks to both Leah and John for contributing,
I hope you enjoy.

Volume 4
Leah Moore and John Reppion
Hello and thank you for reading volume IV of The Quarterly,I have very much tried to improve upon my writing every year,and become more prolific, which I feel I have succeeded in many aspects,though there is always room for massive improvement,
This book of mine is what I would loosely call an anthology,I reached out to my friends in the literary and art community to see if they would like to contribute in any way,
I have been more than glad that they accepted , and feel very humble that I have worked and collaborated with me in any way whatsoever,For the first volume, Longtime correspondent and friend, cartoonist and illustrator Chris Ware gave me his blessing to dedicate the first volume,which I m still coming to terms with,
Whilst the second volume had an essay and interview with 3 time Emmy Award Winner and well known artist
Gary Panter,
The third volume had a cover by Independent comic book pioneer
And King Cat creator,John Porcellino
The fourth volume you now hold in your hands has a contribution by husband/wife writing team and daughter and son in law of the legendary writer Alan Moore,

Leah Moore and husband
John Reppion are making quite the name for themselves as co writers,
They have written quite a number of prose stories which have been enjoyed by a wide audience, though their main avenue of interest is of the comic book and
graphic novel kind,
Leah first started writing comic books at age 24 years of age,firstly in a short story in her father s series Tom Strong s Terrific Tales,which was illustrated by the great and legendary prolific creator Sergio Aragones, this was only the beginning and Leah has certainly made out on her own path,
Following in the this is one of those kinds of books, nuanced storytelling is seen throughout, and plain fun to read, Leah and John tell the tale of little known heroes for a new generation, character motivated plot and intelligent dialogue, the hallmarks of a terrific graphic novel,

Alan Moore who is without a doubt the finest and best comic book
writer ever,to follow in the family footsteps of such a legendary figure in comic book and literary history of the 20th and 21st centuries is daunting to say the least,most would not even attempt to do so,trying to carve a niche and always to be compared to the best,
Leah and her husband John have since the mid 2000s co-written most if not all their work together,
At various companies, DC, Dynamite and Image Comics, Dark Horse, among others,

Each year this pair have continued to add to their own mythology,created their own reputation.
Leah has even been commissioned to write a short story for Britain' s
Royal Mail.
And John with Fortean Times,a famous and quite different type of magazine,
What I myself have enjoyed is their take on the eternal  fictional detective mcharacter
Sherlock Holmes, be it in
graphic novels, two volumes which have thus far been released,and even an upcoming game based on the character coming out soon from Frogwares company,
They too have done their take on Dracula,Alice in Wonderland as well, and currently Damsels,which is sort of a Wold Newton and League of Extraordinary Gentleman type of series which one would compare from the outset though after the first issue Leah and John make new territory in which I hope is only the beginning of more volumes, famous and timeless
public domain fiction.

Tony Solomun s Sunday Book Review


By Alan Moore,Leah Moore
and John Reppion.

One of the earliest works of Leah and John is the graphic novel, Albion,

This graphic novel has British superheroes galore, Indeed, many of whom hadn t been seen in any form or other for many many years, I quite enjoyed reading the book even If I didn t necessary know about the characters much,
One of the main goals of any book is to be accessible to any reader, and not feel encumbered by decades of needless backstory and continuity,in this book,Leah and John have done their best and succeeded to a high extent
the rich history of British Comic Book fiction,there are characters too numerous to mention,but you feel at home and instantly fall in love with the characters and enamoured and interested in what will happen to them,doing such a book is taking a risk,
there have been numerous takes on British fiction and trying to spin them or retcon them into the  21st century without any success, Albion goes wildly against the grain,and you can certainly feel that Leah and John have given their best in executing this book with such flair and no gimmicks as is often seen in current superhero storytelling,
A superb graphic novel,

Grade .A-,

Leah Moore and John Reppion are flying the Moore flag proudly without having to rely on name only,Leah has certainly proved that in the many years since she has started professionally writing,in her partner in life and in writing,
John Reppion,there is a co existent understanding and a marriage of words,the writing duo are inseparable, I have enjoyed their work for many years now and am constantly surprised by their output and
the quality is exceeding any expectation that can be held.following Alan Moore's footsteps is tough,but Leah and John are doing it well,and that 's what anyone can expect from these two writers,

Here are Leah Moore's and John Reppion's contributions especially for this book,my eternal thanks to the duo for their essays,

John Reppion’s essay:

Looking back I now see that I’d wanted to be a writer since I was a kid. My grandfather read to me each night from a very early age and we worked our way  through Enid Blyton’s, C. S. Lewis’, and J. R. R. Tolkien’s back catalogue (him doing the hard work, admittedly). I was so obsessed with the Hobbit that we got started on Lord of the Rings I insisted on writing  my own sequel. When I say writing; I actually dictated and  my granddad was good enough to write it down. Perhaps thankfully, the manuscript no longer exists but there was definitely a wizard called Fladnag in it.

Although I’d read UK humour comics like Beano and Dandy for many years was, it wasn’t until my uncle Martyn lent me The Killing Joke and The Dark Knight Returns sometime around 1989 that I was introduced to US comics properly. This was around the same time that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had become a global phenomenon and this was enough to get me interested in creating my own comics. Again, it is probably a good thing that none of these have survived but, by way of an example of the quality, I can remember that I had attempted to answer that age old question of what would happen if one of the walking dead bit a lycanthrope with my imaginatively titled story “Were-zombie” (tagline: “have the undead won this time?”) .

In my early teens I read a lot of Richard Laymon, James Herbert, a bit of Stephen King but – although I do remember writing a carnivorous giant rat story in an English exam sometime in the early 90s – I had largely become more interested in music and drawing rather than writing.

Having left school after my A-levels and not gone on to higher education I made a number of attempts to get into all of Liverpool’s three universities when I was in my late teens. I didn’t last long on any of the introductory courses but having (temporary) access to a university library, I checked out a complete works of Poe which really captivated me. After reading and re-reading the volume I started to go back to those novels I’d been reading five years or so earlier (which seemed like a long time then) and revaluate them, and then to start reading other stuff, discovering H. P. Lovecraft and M. R. James and really just being amazed at how wonderful and immersive some writers can make their prose.

Fast-forward to 2003 when Leah and I were living together and she had already written a couple of ABC stories. Bouncing the ideas round for the series that was to become Wild Girl just felt natural at the time but when it came to actually co-writing the book it was a bit of a jump in at the deep end. I was very conscious of not wanting to be “the fella going out with Alan Moore’s daughter who they let co-write something even though he’s never written anything in his life” and wanted to get something of my own in print  before the series came out. As well as reading me bedtime stories, my grandfather also used to regularly take me on little adventures to these weird and wonderful little sites – a fairy glen, a ruined monastery, a Victorian park – and it was once of these places that was the inspiration for my first piece of published work. The article concerned John Middleton, a 16th century giant whose grave in the nearby village of Hale my granddad and I often visited. The piece was accepted and  published by Fortean Times a few months before the first issue of Wild Girl arrived on the stands.

Folklore and history are themes that crop up again and again in my comic work, my factual writing, and the few pieces of prose fiction I’ve written. I’m fascinated by the strange and ancient things we seem to take for granted in our day to day lives – be that the prehistoric past of the roads which link  our daily destinations, or the little rhyme we almost subconsciously recite when we see a group of magpies – and I am blown away by writers like Ramsey Campbell,  Arthur Machen, James, and of course Lovecraft, who manage to mix the cosmically weird with the wholly mundane so plausibly. I love the interweaving of  fact with fiction to create an eerie place where you’re left wondering whether more of what you’re reading might actually be true than you first imagined.

Leah Moore’s essay:

I think that most people who write started off with a love of reading. I devoured any book I could get my hands on, and had a long row of favourites even when I was only seven or eight. I read loads of classic children's books, but also just anything  I found laying about and could get into. I also had a very pro-book household, so we were read to lots, we got books as presents all the time, it was just normal.

I did want to be a writer when I was a kid, but I also wanted to be an artist, and save the planet, and write songs on my guitar, and about a million other things too. I used to write little stories, and especially dialogue, little conversations between characters. I used to draw little comics, lots of autobiographical stuff, where a funny thing would happen and I'd draw it up. I have lots of them still, and it’s fascinating the details that are there in the comic that you would otherwise forget and leave out if it was just an anecdote. Of course there are some which are completely not interesting now, because I am no longer ten, like the thrilling one page comic about a boy at school borrowing my friends pencil and then like, not returning it. If anyone out there doing online autobiographical comics ever feels like they might just be over-sharing, or boring the arse off everyone, then at least they did not do the Unreturned Pencil story. I did this right into secondary school and even Uni, making sense of things by putting them down as a comic. writing a story for my own entertainment and to turn it into a tangible thing. I think really that must be the thing that made me really want to be a writer, the idea that I would just make stuff up and mess about, but that at the end there would be a real object in people's hands, and on their shelves.

The thing that I love, and I think all comic writers love is getting pages through, where you see what the artist has done with your script, and how they have brought it all to life. So the coolness of having a real artist actually draw my story was a big motivation for me. I have had the pleasure of working with a lot of amazing artists over the years, and the shine never goes from that experience.

The things that keep me writing, and keep me inspired are reading other people's good stories, watching good films, good TV, enjoying beautiful artwork. I want to be a part of that, I want to show what I can do, and to play with those same toys. I am inspired by the people we meet who have enjoyed our work, there is nothing so nice as somebody just getting what you were trying to say. it’s a fantastic feeling knowing they have enjoyed it and all the things you tried to put in have worked properly. I am constantly inspired by the ways other writers and artists do things, even on similar subjects, they vary so much and there will often be times we will say "let’s do this bit the way X would" because they do it so well.
I would be remiss if I didn’t say that the other major inspiration is the same as for any writer which is the bills need paying and the money monster needs feeding. We suddenly have a large family, and the idea of our output not generating enough income is the biggest inspiration of all! Balancing the need to write anything at all in order to pay the bills, and writing things we really really care about and love as projects is one of the hard parts of the job. Luckily we are in a place where a lot of our output fulfils both at the same time, which has to be the aim for any writer.

Tony Solomun's The Quarterly Weekly List

Best British Writers in any Genre,

1. Alan Moore
2. Neil Gaiman
3. Clive Barker
4. Steve Moore
5. Michael Moorcock
6. Jasper Fforde
7. David Norton

Monday, February 4, 2013

2013 and a whole new year of writing,

Hello all ,and thank you for checking out my blog,
2013 has started and am already very busy with my writing and printing,I've upped my creative output from 2 days a week to about 5 to 7 days a week,
yesterday I finally printed The Quarterly volume 3 which was dedicated and has a cover by John Porcellino,
am also working on The Noble Law currently,nearly done with that,
and future issues of The Quarterly will have contributions by Shannon Wheeler and Jeffrey Brown,who are some of my most favourite artistic heroes and who have achieved a LOT in their craft,I feel honoured to be able to have worked them in one way or another,

will be publishing more poetry on the blog,as well as twitterature on twitter and facebook,do chime in with your thoughts when you can,I work harder each time when I compose a poem,and am hoping to improve upon them,one's work is never done,

thank you all,and will be posting more blogs soon,

2013 poetry output,

18 poems thus far,and two books,