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.



DBP LINKS
Website: www.dogboypro.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dogboyproductions
Twitter: www.twitter.com/dogboypro


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