It's strange for me to think that I've now got an editor at Bloomsbury in New York. It's also very odd that I'm already taking the situation totally for granted. I think that this is due largely to the fact that it's taken me so long to get any success in publishing. People who know me well will be aware that I've been struggling for years (decades) to get to this point. As a result of this long, and often painful struggle, I've found that no matter what success I have, I'm still impatient for things to develop further. I don't know where this hunger has come from. I've never been particularly ambitious before. Perhaps it's always been there, waiting to be released?
My Bloomsbury editor rang me Thursday afternoon and we had a long chat about the US release of Psychiatric Tales (Feb 2011). She was extremely enthusiastic about my work. I was surprised to hear from her that she was a comic fan, having read and been addicted to Chris Claremont's X-Men comics when she was younger. Then moving on to Frank Miller, Alan Moore, and Vertigo stuff.
I was hoping that Blank Slate's edition of Psychiatric Tales would be out in time for The UK Web And Mini-Comix Thing this week in London (UKwebcomixThing), but it isn't. I'll be there at the event anyway. I hope to see some of you around.
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