Monday, June 15, 2009

A Quick One While He's Away

Hey, Kate Anderson now has a Facebook group! This is still our main haunt, but if you want to drop a note down thataway, it's more likely to get a quick response.

Oh yeah, buy the first issue too. Hit the button just to your right there.

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Thank you.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Kate Anderson and the Dark Backward and Abysm of Time-Part Four

After Book of the Dead was well received, I immediately threw myself into doing more Kate. There are more than a few notebooks with abandoned Kate stories in them, mostly written in-between class notes for subjects I could care less about. We were going to do a sequel and then Lexi decided she wasn't going to do Chautauqua. I toyed with the idea of writing one anyway, but convinced myself that it would be a very bad idea. And it would have been. And then we were going to do a short film or two for the Chautauqua film festival and that didn't happen for various reasons. Although I don't remember precisely why, I think we probably just ran out of time.

Meanwhile, the play I *did* write for Chautauqua was being performed. The Magnificent Adventures of Mothman and Chrysalis featured Drake Anderson as the title character. Drake Anderson is Kate's cousin, but this was not made particularly clear in the script. Drake and his youthful ward Julie Adams will be showing up at some point in one of the backup stories once I can come up with a story that isn't obvious. Ha!

Now playing: Dave Matthews Band - Stay (Wasting Time)
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Kate Anderson and the Dark Backward and Abysm of Time-Part Three

Just a quick note before diving in, we are currently #2 on Google if you type in Kate Anderson Adventures behind some travel agency. That's pretty cool, but I think we can do better. I mean, we're not even on the first couple of pages for Kate Anderson. Spread the word!

Back to the Book of the Dead.

KAatBotD was written, as the little story said, out of despair. After having the play I wrote taken out of my hands and utterly utterly mangled into unrecognizably, I needed to do something for me. In parts it's a little clunky, I'll not deny it. There are a few things that I never quite figured out out to make them work, like the sword fighting zombies. But it is absolute joy bursting out onto every page. And to this day, I am surprised it was performed. It was rejected the year before, but that was before I started having friends on the selection committee. Thanks Shay!

The name Timothy Eccles is slightly strange. In KAatBotD he is introduced as 'Timothy, never Tim' mostly because I hate it when people call me Steve. My name isn't Steve, it's Steven. Yes, it's one letter, but it's my name! And sure enough, he's never been called Tim. Eccles came from The Goon Show, many episodes of which I was listening to while writing. KAatBotD isn't really informed by The Goon Show, but some of the other things I wrote at the time were. I don't know why Eccles got the nod, he's not my favourite character, I guess it just worked.

And of course, Opal Forrester was introduced. She's probably going to come into the comic at some point. Must give her a proper story...

Now playing: Keller Williams - Vabeeotchay
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