So I’ve noticed the lack of comics posts on here recently. This is mostly because most recent comics have been uninspiring.
But werdsmiffery on Twitter, yesterday, asked me why I don’t do a book on a Grant Morrison series, and a lot of people who read my stuff seem to like my writing about Morrison. Were I to do a book on a Morrison series, it would have to be Seven Soldiers, because that series gives more to talk about than any other five comic series I’ve read.
But I can’t really justify the huge amounts of time I’ve spent on my other books, in the knowledge that few people would buy or read such a thing.
So I’m going to set myself a challenge – to write a book on Seven Soldiers in a fortnight. I will either succeed or fail – almost certainly the latter – but you’ll be able to play along.
Here are the parameters I’ve set myself. Every day for the next two weeks, I will post a minimum-5,000-word essay on an aspect of Seven Soldiers, linked to one of the 7 series involved (plus the two bookends and the JLA: Classified prequel). I will allow myself four days off (a reasonable number, given that I’m working full-time, that we’ve got a visitor from the US for a few days, and two of my siblings have birthdays in that time period). By the 26th of April, then, I should have written a 50,000 word book on Seven Soldiers. Unless I die of exhaustion.
I’ll post each essay here as it’s done, and at the end of it, if people *want* it published as a book I will do so – probably on the same day as the first volume of the Beach Boys book. If not, I won’t have wasted much time.
Wish me luck.
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