We are pleased to announce that the next issue of West - Stray Bullets, due for publication in the Spring of 2011 - is currently being worked on by a veritable roster of UK indy comic talent.
In some tales, he’s a lawman who stands for what’s right and fair. In others, he’s a killer hell-bent on revenge…
Designed as a portmanteau anthology, the stories in Stray Bullets will link with and illuminate each other while also fitting into the overall tapestry for which West is known. Ranging from West’s childhood to his latter days, Stray Bullets will feature short tales of blood and romance, horror and vengeance - Jerusalem West, like you’ve never seen him before.
Told around campfires in the cold prairie night, in the candlelit backrooms of low-rent saloons…
Stray Bullets will be a Guest Artist issue featuring stories illustrated by West creators Tim Keable and Andrew Cheverton, as well as Jenika Ioffreda, Paul Rainey, Emma Price and Warwick Johnson Cadwell.
His name was Jerusalem West… and these are his stories.
Matilda told such Dreadful Lies, It made one Gasp and Stretch one’s Eyes; Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth, Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth, Attempted to Believe Matilda: The effort very nearly killed her, And would have done so, had not She Discovered this Infirmity. For once, towards the Close of Day, Matilda, growing tired of play, And finding she was left alone, Went tiptoe to the Telephone And summoned the Immediate Aid Of London’s Noble Fire-Brigade. Within an hour the Gallant Band Were pouring in on every hand, From Putney, Hackney Downs, and Bow. With Courage high and Hearts a-glow, They galloped, roaring through the Town, 'Matilda's House is Burning Down!' Inspired by British Cheers and Loud Proceeding from the Frenzied Crowd, They ran their ladders through a score Of windows on the Ball Room Floor; And took Peculiar Pains to Souse The Pictures up and down the House, Until Matilda’s Aunt succeeded In showing them they were not needed; And even then she had to pay To get the Men to go away, It happened that a few Weeks later Her Aunt was off to the Theatre To see that Interesting Play The Second Mrs. Tanqueray. She had refused to take her Niece To hear this Entertaining Piece: A Deprivation Just and Wise To Punish her for Telling Lies. That Night a Fire did break out— You should have heard Matilda Shout! You should have heard her Scream and Bawl, And throw the window up and call To People passing in the Street— (The rapidly increasing Heat Encouraging her to obtain Their confidance) — but all in vain! For every time she shouted ‘Fire!’ They only answered ‘Little Liar!’ And therefore when her Aunt returned, Matilda, and the House, were Burned.
"What’s the point of keeping most books once they’ve been read? …Do they speak to your visitors of your capacious literary appetite? Or do they just count as old friends, the rows of Nabokovs and Thomas Manns, standing protectively around you on permanent guard?"
Church of the SubGenius Hour of Slack #1284 - DEVOtional 2010 Pt. 1.
We set out to make a show from the 2010 DEVOtional, the annual Devo fan event held in
Cleveland — but there is easily enough for 3 shows, so just to make the selecting easier we decided to utilize mostly the DEVO covers done by bands that are also associated with Church of the SubGenius. That narrowed it down some. New songs, collages and DEVO covers by: The Mutant Mountin’ Boys, William Devo, The Doktormuzika Project, The Spudboys, Mutate Now, Occupant, Poopy Necroponde, The Amino Acids, Psycho Charger, The Arkhams, Rural War Room, PEVO, Gadgetto, The Large, LeMur, Phantom Burnout, Rev. Bleepo Abernathy and (on the X-Rated Internet version only) Kitty Sneezes. Thanks to Rev. Toth Wilder for producing the DEVO-covers compilation album, Not Necessarily Beautiful But Mutated (2010), from which many of the songs are taken.
"Realist fiction struggles to grasp a world increasingly ruled by unreality. We need science fiction and the strange inventions of fantasy to help us understand the modern world…
"For the last few centuries the realist novel has done little more than find ever more obsessive ways to reflect back at us the comforting fictions we accept as reality, making the contemporary literary novelist merely a second idiot, retelling the tale the first idiot already told."
Damien Walter’s column on The Guardian blog raises some interesting questions - and the comments are probably even more worth reading.
"The fix would distort the images captured on full-body scanners so they look like reflections in a fun-house mirror, but any potentially dangerous objects would be clearly revealed, said Willard "Bill" Wattenburg, a former nuclear weapons designer at the Livermore lab."
“We’re going to have a system where the middle classes are discouraged from breeding because it’s jolly expensive. But for those on benefits, there is every incentive. Well, that’s not very sensible.”—Former Conservative MP Howard Flight, recently appointed to the House of Lords.
"Happiness is statistically abnormal, consists of a discrete cluster of symptoms, is associated with a range of cognitive abnormalities, and probably reflects the abnormal functioning of the central nervous system."
“This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths - just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.”—Joss Whedon, on the news of the Buffy remake.