Tuesday, 20 November 2007

the playwright

I'm busy completing The Playwright in a colour edition perhaps for release in 2009. That's the story written by Daren White of which four chapters have already appeared in DeeVee. It will finish at double that length. I'm reformatting it into a small narrow book of single tier strips. I'm enjoying making something special of the colours, since I can apply all my attention to them as all matters of formal construction have already been dealt with. Here are a couple of details:

Joe McCulloch reviews Betsy and Me- This can be a sad, sad book, if you want it to be.
This was a beautiful happy little strip from 1958 whose author, the great Jack Cole, shot himself two months into it.

The Guardian- Interview -
Crime of passion
- Sunday November 18- As Britain's bestselling crime writer lays Inspector Rebus to rest after 20 years, the Scottish grocer's son talks about sex, death and binge-drinking, and tells how his son's condition spurred him on to literary stardom. (The last sentence below amused me.):

Anyway, he is not planning to write any more crime fiction for a couple of years because he has other things to do - first, the publicity tour for Exit Music. He is currently doing Australia and New Zealand, followed by Austria and Germany in December. Then he is writing a libretto for Scottish Opera - 'It starts with a bloodbath and ends with a bloodbath, very traditional' - and also a graphic novel, for DC Comics in America. After that, he has promised to expand a serial he wrote for the New York Times about an art heist into a full-length novel, which he reckons will take him well into next year.
He does drink, then? I was worried that maybe, like the smoking, it was exclusive to Rebus. 'Oh, I like a drink! You can see from here,' he says, pointing to a bookshelf entirely given over to bottles of malt whisky, including one his agent gave him dating from the year of his birth. Does he drink every day? 'No. I probably do what is now called binge drinking, which used to be called drinking.

Moore, Clowes, Spiegelmaus on Simpsons. Catch it before they remove it. thanks, mr j.

"Maus is in the House!!"

Labels: ,


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The colors are exquisite, Mr. Campbell, particularly in the case of the second pic. The textures remind me of Alberto Breccia.

Something to look forward to in 2009, then. Thanks for the heads up.


20 November 2007 at 19:02:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Adam! said...

ah, fanboy gush, sorry if a bit off-topic (but not really): bought a few old deevees (nos 1, 3, 4 and 12, i think) from a local comicon and was really very impressed with the montague bits, and also the daren white scribbles were pretty good, too, and i was wondering if they were available in a collected edition, or if maybe there are plans to collect them.

again, sorry if the comment's a bit off-topic. at any rate, thanks. back to your regular campbell programming.

20 November 2007 at 22:47:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for your interest (although personally I can't look at the early issues of DeeVee anymore). We have collected the first three annuals (2001, Molotov and Flange) which represent a massive leap in quality over those earlier issues.

I don't plan a collection of the early issues, but do occassionally bind complete sets as nice quality hard covers (Blokes, DeeVee #s 1-14 plus Life is Cheap). Where are you based? I'm probably attending the 2008 San Diego con and will probabaly have a few of each. If you only need a few individual issues, I can probablt sort you out those as well. Drop me an email at

dwhite@carternewell.com if you're interested.

Back to the Playwright, I can confrim that the first 70 or so painted and re-formated pages look fantastic. But then I would, I suppose...


21 November 2007 at 04:19:00 GMT-5  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home