I discovered something incredibly cool this afternoon — it turns out that the good people over at Dark Horse Comics quoted me in their 2019 promotion of Matt Wagner’s superb Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey. The eight-issue limited series marked the return of the iconic Grendel Prime, who I last followed as a zealous young fan in the pages Grendel Tales (1993-1997), Batman/Grendel II (1996) and Grendel: Past Prime (2000).
Dark Horse quoted a review I wrote of Wagner’s Grendel: Omnibus Volume 1 (2012), which was a compilation of the writer-artist’s brilliant early work on the title.
I’m thrilled. Wagner’s a genius — and while Grendel’s dark, violent content is not for everyone, it’s always been a seminal title for the medium of comics. I remember greedily snapping up back issues when I was a college student in 1992 — I never thought the day would arrive when a review of mine would be referenced to attract new fans.
I answered a question on Twitter — and my short thread of responses really took off, with a couple of tweets getting about 5,000 likes each. (That isn’t a lot by some standards, but it’s a lot for me; I typically don’t get a huge amount of attention on the platform.) Sharing here.
I just like how all those boxlike squares juxtapose themselves with one another.
So with a poem just published in Peeking Cat 40, that makes 10 anthologies where one of my poems or stories have appeared — plus two chapbooks on top of those. (The first anthology would have been Dagda Publishing’s Threads eight years ago.) When I received my copy of Peeking Cat 40 today, I promptly celebrated with MacDonald’s. (We eat healthy at my house.)
The book is superb. I’m thrilled to join so many talented writers from around the world in such an outstanding showcase of prose and poetry selected by Peeking Cat Literary over the past year. Thanks once again to Editor Sam Rose!
I believe I used the word “perch” here several times when I should have said “scaffolding.” What can I say? I’m not very good with words. [Update — a pal of mine just told me the preferred term is actually “cradle.” But she’s British, and they’ve got some funky linguistic differences with us — with their “flats” and their “chips” and their “bangers” and their consistently correct grammar and all that.]
The guys on the right said of the building (near the very top) are about 20 stories up.
I learned this morning that Dr. David W. Cain of Mary Washington College passed away on July 31 at the age of 79. Dr. Cain was my Christian theology professor at Mary Washington College when I was a freshman there in 1990.
Like so many other alumni, I remember him with great fondness. He was a truly outstanding teacher and a thoughtful, considerate man who was passionate about his work.
You can find a tribute to Dr. Cain here via the Covenant Funeral Service.
Pictured after the first photo are the rears of buildings that face Rorer Avenue to the north.
That building you see in the distance in the last photo before the video is the Wells Fargo Tower.
Regarding the black-and-white shots here — Roanoke is actually a very cheery place, and a clean and well kept city. I just like draining the light and color from photos and then boosting their clarity through the roof.