Tuesday, October 21, 2014

12 year old me also possessed a terrible jealousy of class L5B at my school. There was a tiny glass window in the door to their classroom, and I’d always peek through when I walked past it at lunch. These stolen glances never disappointed. You could always, always see people playing Magic: The Gathering. In a school of fifty classrooms, only here had interest in the game reached a critical mass where you could play this - a geeky card game! - in public.

Man. In hindsight, kids are shit, aren’t they?

This wouldn’t have been so bad if class L5B had been in the same year as me. No, they were in the year above. The room might as well have been radioactive. I could never, ever enter this room where I belonged. But somehow, I decided it was still worth a shot.

So I packed up what I thought was a good deck (exhaustively tested in games against myself), hid it in my bag where nobody in my class would see it, and during lunch I crept off to this forbidden door with the tiny glass window…

Wherein Quinns tells a story about his worst gaming moment and (among other things) ensures he will NEVER BE INVITED TO MY HOUSE EVER AGAIN. 

macpye said: Maybe people think of Gaiman as an influence on WicDiv in particular because of his nonemoregoth creds, while (sadly) Sir PTerry's amazing observations on life, the universe, and everything tend to be overlooked?

That’s probably in the mix. That Gaiman’s original work was in comics is probably the bigger thing though.

thematthewcraig said: Chap, you've probably already seen this, but the first ish of your Iron Man run with Greg Land has been reprinted in the latest ish of Panini UK's MARVEL LEGENDS (which all in the know call "The Ledj"), along with the first two issues of Rick Remender & John Romita's Millertastic Cap'n America and ish 1 of Jason Aaron & Esad Ribic's Mjolnificent Thor (Dean White on all the colours). Hunnerd pages for £3.50. Not bad!

I didn’t see it. TO THE SHOPS, BRITISH FOLKS.

thematthewcraig said: PS: every time I read the bloody Wic and the bloody Div, I start obsessively clicking my fingers to see if I can do it gunslinger-style. Like an earworm of the thumbs. 'Sake!

MY WORK HERE IS DONE.

jaketheoliveira said: I know the original plan was Jamie would begin work on The Immaterial Girl after the first WicDiv arc and someone else would do WicDiv while he was away. Given WicDiv's success (congrats again on that, it's brilliant) is that still the plan? If so, when will we know who is covering for him?

Jamie’s also doing the 2nd arc now, and then doing the Immaterial Girl. The plan remains the same, but pushed back six months.

Artists will be announced when we’ve got them 100% nailed down.

Anonymous said: What is Laura's relationship with music in phonogram: the singles club?

Identity-change, really. She’s trying to use music as a stepping stone to becoming a new her. 

nocturnal-knight said: "Luci had been walking. Not quickly. Strolling." reminds me so strongly of Good Omens' "He did not so much fall as so much saunter downwards" and so many other such sentences in the book I have to ask if that was an influence.

It’s probably in the mix. There’s an irony that Gaiman is brought up as an influence on me quite a lot (which is far less true than people suspect) and Pratchett never is (Whose best metaphorical humanist satires really are.)

Anonymous said: You'd mentioned Black Swan from Hickman's New Avengers was one of his best characters. What's the reason? (I like the book character too)

Hickmanian sense of scale married to Wagnerian doom-priestess. Love that stuff. No-one working today does straight-faced END OF EVERYTHING like Jonathan does.

bitterbrokenbones:

Please, like you wouldn’t lie down and let her walk all over you. I would. I would so hard.
So I fell in love with Luci from The Wicked + The Divine, and I also really like Paul Fryer’s Morning Star installation. I thought I’d combine the two.

I also love Morning Star.

bitterbrokenbones:

Please, like you wouldn’t lie down and let her walk all over you. I would. I would so hard.

So I fell in love with Luci from The Wicked + The Divine, and I also really like Paul Fryer’s Morning Star installation. I thought I’d combine the two.

I also love Morning Star.