Best of 2007, you say, and here it is, only mid-September?
I am reminded of the best first line in any fiction, just barely edging out "Call me Ishmael" and "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel" for the Number One spot: "It was half-past September when the red phone rang." That's from Harlan Ellison's Kris Kringle/James Bond mash-up "Santa Claus versus S.P.I.D.E.R." in The Beast that Shouted Love at the Heart of the World
and it has urgency and poetry and rhythm and mystery and makes you want to read the next sentence.
Oh, half-past September. Urgency and poetry and rhythm and mystery.
Scott Cederlund, back up at that link I posted before I got all lost in reverie and whatnot, nominates Matt Silady for Favorite New Creator and his The Homeless Channel
for Favorite One Shot, Special or Annual.
AiT heartily endorses this product and/or service: Google Moon.
...and celebrating "Talk Like a Pirate Day" by reading Scurvy Dogs:
The New York Times
gives The Homeless Channel
a shout-out in a story about reality television. It got blogged all over the place, of course, because the Times
really is the paper of record for the whole country, but I particularly liked Heidi MacDonald's take over at The Beat:
"Perhaps the ultimate sign of the acceptance of graphic novels as a form of literature is when they are not spotlighted in a dog-on-legs way but merely as another example of the treatment of a theme as this NYT story on The Homeless Channel
does..." and JK Parkin's, at Blogarama:
"And maybe itís not an actual review, but in a story about reality TV in, yes, The New York Times
this weekend, The Homeless Channel
is front and center..."
This is what I love most about backlist publishing: you don't have seven days per issue for three issues to see if you've made your mark or not, and whether the corporate guys are going to keep funding you. Naw, just do the job and help us get the word out, and eventually...
know. Slow and steady wins the race.