I'm going to jump about a bit...
I talked previously about wanting to produce an Italian edition of my Skylark Comic. Well, I only went ahead and did it! I was lucky enough to enlist the help of a very talented man by the name of +giacomo bencistà who expertly turned my rambling prose into something that hopefully makes sense to my Italian brothers and sisters. Thank you Giacomo! I really did write a lot of words in this comic. If this is a success then I may produce a Spanish edition too. Let me know if this is something that any of you would be interested in reading.
It was only when I came to publish the edizione italiana that I discovered that I can't get it into the usual channels. I've only ever published through Lulu and although they've listed it, none of the American-owned distribution channels will touch it. I'm guessing that it's because they like to check content and they obviously don't feel capable of checking non-english work. What a lot of rubbish!
If you're interested in reading the Italian edition then the only place you're going to find it is on Lulu.
I mention my Italian Edition of Skylark as a sort of segue into explaining that Snowpiercer was originally a French graphic novel and that I was reading the English version of it. I don't know about you, but I love the idea of reading books written in other tongues. The translations can be quite other-worldly and provocative. I remember being captivated when I first read Pierre Boulle's "Monkey Planet", as the title was first translated. Of course, I'm referring to Planet of the Apes, but there you can see my point: a clever translation can make or break a book.
Snowpiercer's script doesn't disappoint; Given it's age, the dialogue feels current and modern.
The artwork is right up my street. What you get in Snowpiercer is a largely black and white affair with minimal greyscale "colouring".
I'm reminded of a style along the lines of something that Massimo Belardinelli or Alberto Breccia might have produced. It's accomplished without being overly dramatic. There is a confident, understated feel to the book which I really like.
Guess what I experienced today?
I'm losing the plot here. I'll end with a picture from another book I read about a month ago about Johnny Cash. This picture grabbed me. It's from somewhere towards the end.
And this might in itself be the end...
There you have it. I see that there is a volume 2 in the Snowpiercer story. I should pick it up ;-)