Saturday 27 June 2009

At last the big ALEC OMNIBUS, now titled "The Years have Pants", has gone off to the printer, and will return in all its glory in time for its September appearance in the stores. That title is a quotation of the title and first line of a poem by William Ernest Moenkhaus, a bright light of the 1920s who died much too young. The book has a striking cover designed by Eric Skillman who has been getting a lot of attention for his work on the Criterion Collection DVDs. Here's a recent interview with him.

Here are brief glimpses of one of the new stories that I've drawn specially:

This particular story is a five- pager and is a sampling of the 45 pages of new or previously unpublished material included in the book. If all you've seen previously are the four books I published myself between 2000 and 2002, then this volume has 90 pages altogether that you won't have seen before.

It's being solicited right now in the Diamond Previews catalogue. Make sure your local outlet knows about it!

In the meantime, I chipped my back tooth this morning on the wife's well-cooked bacon and no dentist is open till Monday. "Worries, worries, pile up in my head. Woe is me i should have stayed in bed," in the words of Problems by F and B Bryant , as sung by the Everly Brothers in 1958 (and heard here in rare demo).



Anonymous tita said...

oh joy - new drawings for the compendium! that completes my sunday :)

28 June 2009 at 00:29:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Jams_Runt said...

Here's hoping the "How Not To Have Sex" story becomes cannonical!

28 June 2009 at 00:49:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

Interesting you should pick that one, as at one point a number of the older short stories that remain outside of the collected editions were in, then they were all out and then two crept back in. that's The Crow and How to Avoid Sex

28 June 2009 at 01:11:00 GMT-5  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

Looking forward to the collection and the new unread story.

28 June 2009 at 06:35:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Kelly Kilmer said...

Really looking forward to the book and the new story!

Ouch-good luck with your tooth! Whoever thought bacon could be so dangerous?

28 June 2009 at 12:47:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Kitty Cat said...

och, Campbell. it;s Kitty, Neil's "LA" assistant, you are responsible for me using "darl" and i am your #7 fan.
brilliant, that doesn't cover it.
will be combing the nation for the new book, am out on Jonas Brothers tour so i can comb nations...
looking forward to reading it...xox Kitty

2 July 2009 at 01:56:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

'darl' is Australian. I must have picked it up from Anne.

This is from an online slang dictionary, with the words before and after included just for colour:

daks : (n) trousers (from tradename)
Darl : (n) term of endearment; contraction of "Darling"
deadset: (adj) absolute; certain; without doubt `He´s a deadset wanker´

#7? good lord, I didn't know I had that many.

2 July 2009 at 02:20:00 GMT-5  
Blogger killkillneil said...

oh, you have more than that for sure.
i for one have been reading you for years and will purchase this with a huge smile on my face.
Thank you sir for another edition of work.

2 July 2009 at 08:31:00 GMT-5  

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