You don’t know The Man? Well, he’s everywhere. In the White House, down the hall. Miss Mullins, she’s The Man. And The Man ruined the ozone, and he’s burning down the Amazon, and he kidnapped Shamu and put her in a chlorine tank.
When my friend pulled this book off of a shelf in a book store for me (the cover is totally my aesthetic–look at the cute octopus!) I didn’t suspect I’d find a romance between two men within the pages.
While reading and spotting what I considered hints at a budding romance (and a crush to end all crushes) I kept reminding myself
not get my hopes up because this book was found under fiction (not LGBT fiction as a red flag to the type of people who tore the book down on Amazon).
At one point I was texting my friend, screaming about how much I needed the two main characters to kiss! AND THEN THEY DID.
since school ended in May I’ve been reading a lot (my preference is historical mystery) and I picked up this book again and remembered how much I enjoyed it. so for the first time on my tumblr I’m recommending a book.
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street isn’t MM romance (I read a lot of that as well). It’s a regular ol’ historical mystery with magical elements that just so happens to have two men who fall in love. It’s low key compared to mm romance (or hetero romance in this genre) but it is there and it is wonderful.
News I like to see. Shop independent bookstores! In New York City and Brooklyn, consider patronizing Three Lives & Co., Idlewild, Greenlight, Word, Spoonbill & Sugartown, Corner Books, Book Thug Nation, Housing Works, McNally Jackson, The Strand, Bluestockings, Posman’s, Shakespeare & Co., Unnameable Books, and Partners & Crime.
Since finding these in high quality was somewhat difficult from my experience, here’s a collection of them for your easy viewing now that I’ve tracked them all down! (Kuro’s bonus cover for Vol 3 is missing, but I’ve seen it floating around before, so I’ll update this post with it when I find it.)
A lot of emotion is packed into this story about mail. It makes me want to go hug Mulder forever. Scully too.
Title:Return to Sender Author: leiascully (@leiascully)
Summary: When he gets home, there’s a box on the porch.
Length: 767 words
Classification: Break up, angst
Rating: Teen and up
Spoilers: Season 10
Favorite line: Once upon a time, he might have been able to narrow down the possibilities, but Amazon, like black oil and rebel aliens and government conspirators, has diversified, spreading into all possible niches.
I’m an advocate for hand-lettering. I think some comics suffer when the text doesn’t come from the same hand as the line art. That inconsistency can be jarring—and usually ruins my immersion in a story. I letter everything in my books, from the dialogue to the page numbers and front matter. I generally use my own handwriting or imitate old alphabets (like in that first picture), but when I was workin’ on Bow White for my last book, Black Rat, I wanted the lettering to look like the story had been translated from another language. I wanted it more mechanical. I wanted Leroy lettering—the lettering system seen in EC comics and various Golden Age comics where a proper letterer may not have been efficient, affordable, or available. There are a few computer fonts that make use of the Leroy letter forms, but I couldn’t use any of them, due to the number of passages where I repeat the same words over and over again (like “NOW, NOW, NOW, NOW, NOW…”). I needed every N, O, or W to be just a little different from the one that came before it.
Long story still long, I jumped on Ebay and grabbed me a lettering set from 1950, broke out my Rapidographs, and set to work. A 34-page story wouldn’t usually take too much time to letter, but (because I had no idea what I was doin’) it took me over 40 hours to letter Bow White with the set. I made plenty of mistakes and spilled plenty of ink, but I’m happy with it—and I never woulda been happy with a font. I got what I wanted—mechanical letters done in th’ same hand that did th’ line art.