The Camel’s Backstory

The Camel’s Backstory

So I was thinking… Writing the original Human Torch forces you to think about backstory, and how far you should acknowledge it in a modern story based on pre-existing characters. In the case of the Torch, “pre-existing” barely covers the half of it. The Torch’s first appearance (in Marvel Comics#1, published by Timely Comics) was all the way back in October of 1939, and actually pre-dates Marvel as a publisher. So that’s 70 years of backstory,...

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A Whole Lot of Marvel Stuff…

A Whole Lot of Marvel Stuff…

…has dominated my thoughts this week. The X-office hooked all the creators up for a conference call to talk about something pretty amazing that’s about to spin out of X-Force, with Craig and Chris laying down the architecture and the rest of us brainstorming about how we could tie into or mirror the core events if we chose to do so. I don’t mind admitting that I went into that call with very little idea of what I wanted to do, beyond knowing...

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Nazi Romantics

Nazi Romantics

Never let it be said that I don’t make sacrifices for my art. Right now I’m wading through a LOT of factual accounts of the Nazis’ coming to power: Grunberger’s social history of the Reich, the Toland biography of Hitler (thanks, Matt), the Reuth biography of Goebbels, Shirer, Goebbels’ journals, stuff like that. I’m doing this mainly because of the arc that follows “Inside Man,” starting with The Unwritten#10. Okay, “wading...

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That Was the Week, That Was…

That Was the Week, That Was…

And man, what a week. Monday and Tuesday were relatively sane, but Wednesday really wasn’t. I had to drive up to Leicester for an event called Teen Read Expo, organised by the estimable Ian Burley on behalf of the Leicester Library Service. It was a very cool one-day event, designed to bring kids from school-based reading groups into contact with books and authors – with workshops, readings and competitions throughout the day. I did two...

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Twice Upon a Time…

Twice Upon a Time…

So, as you’ve probably just realised (and if not, check the URL bar at the top of your screen) Mikecarey.net has just mutated. We both felt that in the light of our past and current collaborations, there was a solid logic to combining our internet presence and find out if – as legend has it – two can live as cheaply as one. More to the point, this way we can both blog about The Unwritten in the same place, while each of us separately blogs...

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