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I don't seem to have been around much this month - no particular reason, apart from a lack of tuits. I've been... I've been mostly watching Battlestar Galactica, actually, and reading the recaps and the forums on Television Without Pity. Jacob's recaps are an integral part of the viewing experience for me now, and the episode threads on the forums are only slightly less essential. And considering the threads are an average of 30 pages long, yeah, that's a lot of reading. I finished the first half of the fourth season last night, so only have the last ten eps to go. (I've been spoiled on the final Cylon, though - bloody Twitter.) Seriously fantastic programme.

What else? I've been to see two (TWO!) Neil Gaiman talks this week, and met him after the second one. w00t! Wednesday was Neil on his own, reading from the Graveyard Book and taking questions, then reading Blueberry Girl. Thursday was Denise Mina chairing a conversation between Gaiman and Ian Rankin, which, awesome. They've all done novel-writing and comic-writing, so there was a lot of talk about different mediums and how storytelling works in them, etc. Gaiman (I think) said that comics are a medium that gets confused with a genre, which is true enough. Rankin has just written a Constantine comic, and was talking about how much hard work comics are, heheh. Also there was a signer-for-the-deaf, so they spent half the discussion dropping in phrases like "balls-to-the-wall" and pausing to see how she signed them - mean, but very funny!

I was with a friend from work, and we decided to skip the enormous signing queue on Wednesday, and wait on Thursday night instead. We ended up almost at the end of the queue (sigh) but it was shorter than Wednesday's 3.5-hour effort, and we got chatting to the lady on her own standing behind us, and geeked out about Gaiman, Doctor Who, Buffy, and many other things for the hour or so we queued. And it turned out that she used to be a subtitler too, in Newcastle, one of our satellite offices. That's some freaky coincidence there, considering there's only a couple of hundred subtitlers in the UK, probably. (Also we only discovered this because she told us something I'd just read on a Twitter search for @neilhimself, and I realised she was that tweeter, and we read each other's profiles. Yay for internet phones.)

So yeah, Ian Rankin is lovely, and so's Neil, of course, and we chatted and got things signed and then trundled back home to Glasgow. I've still got Mieville and Coupland and the Richards Dawkins and Holloway to see. Horrifically, I managed to lose my photos from the signing, because it was the first time I'd connected my new phone to the PC and I hadn't installed the software and it all went nuts. Gutted. I'd twitpicced one of them, though, and I think our new friend is going to send me some others. They pretty much looked like this, though, with me instead of a random person...


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Aug. 22nd, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
Ah! Glad you're still around. I was just wondering where you were the other day. :-)
Aug. 22nd, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
I met Neil (I'll call him that since he thrust his hand at me and said "Hi, I'm Neil") a couple years ago at the Tramway, he is a lovely guy. :-)
Aug. 22nd, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
I have bought but not yet read the Rankin John Constantine graphic novel. However, not in any way criticising the book, but it seems to me to be a bad marketing move for one of the first books in Vertigo's new "crime" series to both feature an existing comic character and have so much supernatural and so little criminal genre content.
Aug. 23rd, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
I saw Neil Gaiman the other night! Just in passing, as Amanda Palmer came to a steampunk night I was at and he was there. I think he spent most of the night hiding in the Green Room though.
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