Friday 11 September 2009

Amusing anecdote by Simpsons scriptwriter Matt Selman at
True Tales of Conversational Vengeance
Alright, I thought. A New Person. No problem. I'm no misanthrope. Just pretend to be a nomal person who's good at small talk: look people in the eye. Listen to what they have to say. Don't just talk about yourself. Ask questions that show you've been listening. Laugh even if they aren't funny. Don't be a misanthrope.
In my memory, my New Person looked like a blond version of the actor who played Young Sherlock Holmes in Young Sherlock Holmes. So Blond Young Sherlock Holmes and I attempted conversation.
ME: I'm a TV writer.
BYSH: (IMMEDIATELY) I don't watch TV. Really, I don't even own a TV...
(link thanks to Bob Morales)

Steven Grant on where ideas come from
"Ideas" seem to have a mystical quality for most people, but the only reason there's anything at all mystical about them is that people assume there must be something mystical about them. Every idea is a juxtaposition. That's it. A juxtaposition of existing concepts.
When you were a baby you were putting together huge ideas on a second-to-second basis, as you were absorbing and figuring out the world to the point of being able in some small measure to cope with it. Didn't matter that probably none of those ideas were new – the only time it didn't matter – it only matters that you had, have, it in you. That you're here now is proof of this.
Past infancy, your ability to concoct ideas is mostly connected to your upbringing...
I once heard an explanation of how jokes work, that they are a conundrum set up in one context and then resolved in another. It was a perfect description of something I already seemed to know but couldn't have explained. A brilliant flash of astonishing simplicity. On another occasion I was curious as to what 'lateral thinking' is. I picked up De Bono's book and tried to figure it out. It all seemed to be a complicated way of jumpstarting ideas. Useful to store away in case I ever need one. Going now to the Wikipedia page on the subject i find the text close to impenetrable:" Harvest tools that are designed to ensure more value is received from idea generating output." Sounds like battery eggs to me.



Blogger Diego said...

Dear Blogger:

Are you really Eddie Campbell or do you have Contact to him?
If that's true, I'm writing a Essay for School about "From Hell vs. Superman: The presentation of the city"
(It's mainly a practic Essay in Art, but I have to write some pages about the Tecniques and the intentions of the Artists, too)
I would like to ask you some few Questions, I would be grateful if you could anwer.
I want to apologize for my bad English, but I'm from Germany.

(1) What Technique had you used in "From Hell"? (for the Buildings/the city) Especially I mean Chapter 2-Page 13 and Chapter 4-Page 5 and the Page 9 of Chapter 5.

(2) Why had you used this Technnique? What feelings/atmosphere wanted you to create?

(3)How do you see the city of London in "From Hell"?

(4) How do you see the difference between your work in "From Hell" and the soon american Superhero Comic like "Superman" (in the first few comics)

I would be very very greatful if you could answer some of this questions.
If you want to I could send you the practical part of the Essay when I finished it (in December).
The theoretical Part is in german.

Regards from Germany
D. León

12 September 2009 at 07:06:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

D. Leon,
From Hell is all just pen, brush and ink on board, usually smooth but in a couple of chapters with a linen finish over which I also used assorted crayons including wax and oil pastel. One day Eddie Campbell hopes to be wealthy enough to hire a ghost to write his blog for him.

12 September 2009 at 19:16:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Matthew Adams said...

No, Im Eddie Campbell!

13 September 2009 at 03:34:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Johnny Walker said...

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13 September 2009 at 18:21:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Johnny Walker said...

I know why your RSS feed has been looking squonky, Eddie... You've been neglecting to give your posts titles. That means I see some weird URL that makes it look like it's broken (and also means it's difficult to distinguish one post from the next).

Here's a screenshot of what it looks like:

Would you be so kind as to start adding titles again?

13 September 2009 at 18:24:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

The last few days I've been on the verge of giving it up altogether.

13 September 2009 at 18:46:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Matthew Adams said...

You're hopefully not on the verge of giving up because of stupid comments (like mine tend to be) and the shortage of intelligent discussion.

I enjoy reading your blog and your insights into comics, art, movies etc.

13 September 2009 at 23:48:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Diego said...

Thank you very much! :)

14 September 2009 at 04:52:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Nino said...

Hola, Eddie:
As Peter Gabriel put it (more or less)
When times get rough, whatever may come and whatever may go, you can fall back on us.
Dont give up, please dont give up.

Un abrazo, amigo.

14 September 2009 at 10:16:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Hayley Campbell said...

Why don't you RSS lot quit whining and just go to the source?

14 September 2009 at 11:38:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Yasmin said...

Hi. Thought you might be interested in a blast from the past. Pepe Moreno (Heavy Metal, Metal Hurlant, Batman: Digital Justice) is re-releasing some of his old titles with new art. They look amazing. You can check his blog at pepe moreno blog at blogspot. He has more recently branched out into political cartoons. Super sharp stuff. That one is 'the angry gene at tumblr dot com'.


14 September 2009 at 13:30:00 GMT-5  
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16 September 2009 at 15:16:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Johnny Walker said...

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16 September 2009 at 15:21:00 GMT-5  
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16 September 2009 at 15:22:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jokes and ideas are the same? Yeah, I think so. I'm always laughing and I'm never short on ideas. Now, if I could just figure out how to manage them many ideas and so little time!

16 September 2009 at 18:53:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Johnny Walker said...

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17 September 2009 at 11:46:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Johnny Walker said...

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17 September 2009 at 11:47:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Johnny Walker said...

It was only a simple request :( I didn't think I'd inspire the blogger to stop blogging or be told to "stop whining" from his daughter *sniff* :'(

I love this blog! I was only disappointed when I realized I'd been missing out on it.

I assumed that there were probably other readers, like me, thought the site had been abandoned and RSS feed corrupted. So I offered a solution... just add titles to your blog posts. I wasn't complaining - honest!

Sorry :(

17 September 2009 at 11:51:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Jarett said...

Hi Eddie,

If you have the time and inclination, would you be kind enough to shoot me your mailing address at

I've just received contributor's copies of a short story I just had published and was hoping to send along a copy for your possible perusal.

(I promise it doesn't suck.)

Many thanks,


21 September 2009 at 05:16:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Allan said...

Hey, Eddie, don't get erased from existence and the memory of humankind by that dust storm!

24 September 2009 at 00:03:00 GMT-5  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

Getting a dusting? That sand looks like it might make great "sanguine" drawings material...

24 September 2009 at 07:18:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Johnny Walker said...

Loved that Simpsons anecdote! Also, that Steven Grant quote is very potent, too... Kind of puts the idea that you've got to be "recognized" for your work into perspective: In the grand scheme of things all that matters is your own personal progression - what *you've* managed to learn and/or create.

It matters not to the universe that you were the first to get there. As (I remember) Alfred Bester putting it: These things have already happened and they will happen again.

As for your quick deconstruction of jokes; I remember reading something along the lines of our minds being amused by the unexpected. Ie. Our brains go down one path, imagining a situation, and then suddenly finds itself somewhere else.

Eg. Why did the chicken cross the road?
To get to the other side.

(Possibly the worst joke ever conceived, I wonder why it's referred to so often.)

26 September 2009 at 19:57:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't help myself here, I have to repsond to Geri evn though you've disabled comments on the next post.

"One does not read a graphic novel to find great literature!" she said.

Bollocks to that. I do.

I'm looking forward to your ICA appearance Eddie.

Ben Smith

29 September 2009 at 10:43:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

ta. Walking out in huff and taking my ball with me was the only response I could think of at the time.

29 September 2009 at 15:48:00 GMT-5  

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