I was told I needed to sit in a corner and think about what I had done with that WIP, so I figure I should give you a (hella sketchy) follow up comic to make everybody happy again. I didn’t mean to drop concentrated feels in your tags. It wasn’t my intention. Subtitles included beneath in case you can’t read my chicken scratch.
Arthur: Mornin’ Lew… Breakfast smells good.
Lewis: Thank you.
Lewis: …Listen… If I went a little far with that arm thing, I’m sorry.
Lewis: I was hoping it would make you feel better.
Arthur: Seriously? You just ensured the last thing that hand felt wasn’t gonna be me murdering you. Trust me. I feel better.
Arthur: Besides, you’re not the only one with a new trick.
Thought this might be a fun way to begin introducing myself here, and also maybe get myself in order, as you’ll see…
In no particular order and ranging from just started to almost finished, the books I am reading are:
March by Geraldine Brooks
From the Forest: A Search for the Hidden Roots of our Fairytales by Sara Maitland
Sutton by J. R. Moehringer
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes by Adrian Conan Doyle
The Edogawa Rampo Reader by Rampo Edogawa
Stealing Mona Lisa by Carson Morton
The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries by W. Y. Evans-Wentz
An Instinct for Dragons by David E. Jones
The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle
Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction by Charles Baxter
Lines Scribbled On An Envelope by Madeleine L'Engle
Cheek by Jowl by Ursula K. Le Guin
Several of these are research books, poetry, and collections of short stories, easy to put down and pick up later, but in general I’ve always been bad at reading one book at a time.
One of the stories I’m working on involves Celtic mythology and American and Native American legends – I should add I’m reading another book on American mythology, but I’m not planning on reading the whole book, just the parts relevant to the area the story takes place in. I also can’t resist checking out what else my library’s mythology section has to offer while I’m there, hence a few of these other books.
Right now, the one I recommend most is The Edogawa Rampo Reader! Edogawa, born Tarō Hirai, is an author that I am rather passionate about. He played a major role in the development of Japanese mystery fiction. He was a big fan of Western detective writers - namely Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton, and especially Edgar Allen Poe, from whom Edogawa formed his pseudonym (try reading it out loud). If you’re a fan of manga, you might recognize his name from the series Detective Conan (called Case Closed in America), and he or his characters are referenced in many other works. He is most well-known for his detective character Kogoro Akechi who had a criminal nemesis in the Man With Twenty Faces similar to the world-famous Arsène Lupin. Sadly, not many of Edogawa’s works are translated into English, but if you like stories similar to Edgar Allen Poe’s macabre works that delve into the darkness of the human consciousness, this book is worth a read.