The Fictional Man
I started reading Al Ewing’s novel while waiting for the last train back from Gamecamp and immediately decided I had to devote a chunk of Sunday to consuming the whole thing.
Garth Marenghi dropped into a Phillip K Dick novel, this uses its science fiction conceit of cloned humans with programmed personalities of fictional characters to act in Hollywood movies as a device to illustrate its points as its lead goes down the rabbit-hole of where a story comes from. Smart, funny and wise, I recommend this highly.
“Cinematically, there were some really beautiful moments. And it didn't talk down to the audience -- Dredd has a character arc, but it's not thrust into the audience's face, you've got to be smart to pick it up. It's a real shame filmmaking like that wasn't rewarded. People who didn't go and see it, who are reading this, should feel ashamed. So ashamed. Go and look at yourself and think about what you did.”—Al Ewing on Dredd the film
New Psychedelic/Surrealist Comic By Brendan McCarthy and Al Ewing Out Now
Brendan McCarthy (known for Zenith, Rogan Gosh and more) and Al Ewing (writer of many a 2000 AD strip) have a new comic out called Zaucer Full of Zilk, which has been running in 2000 AD but is now available in the States from IDW: