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Behind The Scenes: The Krypton Companion

Michael Eury's Krypton Companion finally hit the stores here yesterday, so I instantly ran out and bought a copy. It's hard for me to review such a book, for obvious reasons. For those who don't know the Jim Mooney interview and the Mike Esposito pieces are mine, and I'm credited appropriately. That's not the problem though.

I like the book. The interviews and information contained within are great. Michael contacted me at the start of the year and asked if I had anything on Ross Andru and Mike Esposito relating to their Superman work and if I had any information to share about Jim Mooney. I provided him with a partial chapter from the Andru/Esposito book and an interview with Jim where we spoke about DC and Superman/Supergirl. All was good and I'll still be happy to assist Michael with anything he works on - and he knows it. He only has to ask and if I can then I deliver the goods. Michael is a class act, a great editor and a damn good writer and nope, I don…

Peter Brock: 1945 - 2006

They say these things come in threes. Well this week sees that particular truism proved right with the tragic passing of Australian racing legend Peter Brock.

Brock was more than just a driver. He transcended his sport and used the media to become larger than life. He started racing in a homemade Austin in 1967 and in 1969 began his highly successful relationship with the Holden Racing Team and there he remained until 1987. His partnership with Holden was so successful that they launched a racing package for their signature car, the Commodore, called the 'Brock Commodore'. No other Australian racer has had that honour and very few worldwide get it. But Brock did. His fame wasn't limited to Australia, he was recognised internationally with UK Motor Sport magazine who rated Peter Brock in the top twenty most exciting drivers of all time, a list which included the likes of Senna, Schumacher, Fangio and Nuvolari. Not too shabby.

Brock was known by several name, King Of The Mount…

Of Bitter Souls Trade Paperback: Signed & Sketched & For Sale

For those who like to collect nice, pretty signed things, Norm Breyfogle is offering up what must be the deal of the year. For a mere $25 - and that INCLUDES the postage (a little extra for overseas orders) Norm will send you a brand spanking' new trade paperback that includes the first six issues of the brilliant series Of Bitter Souls, signed on the front cover and complete with a sketch. I've included three examples of the sketches that Norm has done in books that have already gone out. Supplies are limited so get in fast.

You can order from this link.

Anarky. Created by Alan Grant and Norm. As you can see Norm isn't doing the standard trick of an 'included sketch' and just doodling a rough little head sketch - Norm is doing damn good full sized covention sketches. Norm usually sells such sketches at conventions for more than he's offering the entire package here for.

Batman. This is Norm's signature character and even his rough sketch shows that he'…

Steve Irwin: 1962 - 2006

Sadly the hits just keep on coming. Perhaps one of our highest profile exports in recent times, Steve Irwin died today after being speared through the chest by a stingray while diving off the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, while filming a segment for an upcoming series. As as been reported that this is only the third known fatality in Australian history from a stingray attack (the other two deaths being in 1938 and 1945), and as stingrays are better known as being defensive creatures, there's already speculation surrounding the circumstances of his death. As the attack was probably filmed we may discover if Irwin was attempting to interact with the ray in a manner it felt was hostile or threatening and it merely chose to defend itself in the only way it knows how. If that is the case, then it's a wasted death, a stupid death and one that an environmentalist such as Irwin should have easily avoided.

Typically John Howard got his oar in by making a public comment about Irwin a…

Colin Thiele: 1920 - 2006

The word icon is thrown around a bit too easily these days, but one person I met years ago actually lived up to the true definition of the word. Colin Thiele was responsible for one of my three favourite books as a child - February Dragon. The imagery that Thiele managed to get across on the page, via written word, did as much as anything I can recall in shaping me as an author of sorts. Thiele's books were always well written, they never spoke down to their audience and he managed to make children's books seem like adult reading.

Thiele was born in 1920 in Eudunda, South Australia and did his schooling around Eudunda and Kapunda - beautiful land and land I love to visit. From there he attended Adelaide Uni and served time with the RAAF during World War II. During his time as an author he also taught and retired from the education field in 1980. I remember meeting him in the early 1980s when he attended my school to give a speech on writing. Thankfully I was able to pass on my …

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