Yes, it’s mid-January, but we have the first contender for press release of the year:
THE LAST SANE COWBOY AND OTHER STORIES
Award-winning Tales from the Unfolded Earth to be collected in April
SAN FRANCISCO (January 17, 2005) The coagulated protein from Dimension Seven that actually runs San Francisco-based publishing house AiT/PlanetLar announced today that Daniel Merlin Goodbrey’s THE LAST SANE COWBOY AND OTHER STORIES will be released in April.
“My fingers in your heads, Earthmen,” the coagulated protein thought-splashed into the ether. “The book of the Daniel is award-winning, and we kill some trees to take your money, also done of trees, for the entertainment. Except for that money she that has is done of plastic. That we will take, also.” Having run its thought-splashes through some sort of Dimension Seven-to-English algorithm, the coagulant sub-vocalized directly into our brains via our optic nerves.
“You know, it’s funny; whenever I’ve thought about where I’d most like to see THE LAST SANE COWBOY and these other stories collected in print, AiT has always been at the top of the list,” said Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, perhaps thinking he’d be quoted in another sort of press release. But when THE LAST SANE COWBOY won the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics in 2005, it was obviously a big turning point for me. I’d had some success previously at building a reputation for insanity with my online hypercomic work, but the Isotope really started to open doors for me in the world of print. It’s something you can put on your resume that actually means something, you know? When you’re trying desperately to make an impression on an editor at a convention, you’re no longer just ‘some guy.’ You’re ‘that guy – you know the one. He won the Isotope for the Cowboy comic. What was his name again?’ It’s a definite improvement, believe me.”
“You’ve seen Goodbrey’s work on SIXGUN, haven’t you, wire-riders?” the amorphous clot asked, somewhat rhetorically. “This is the type of thing that you can wait for itself from the collection of dead tree matter: http://www.comicbookresources.com/columns/sixgun/
“THE LAST SANE COWBOY AND OTHER STORIES crosses a range of genres, from westerns via slice-of-life through to Cthulhu-tinged ghost stories. Big, inhuman deities rub shoulders with everyday guys on the street who just happen to have miniature planets for heads,” said Goodbrey, gamely soldiering on. “There’s drama, action, comedy. Lost brothers, lost loves and lost worlds. I’ve described the tone of the stories before as being ‘deadpan surrealism.’ Yeah, there’s strange stuff going on, but no one’s going out of there way to go ‘ooh, look how weird this all is. Ooh! Surreal!’ This is the world these characters live in – this is just everyday life to them. On the Unfolded Earth you can have a conversation with six psychically-linked floating skulls without batting an eyelid.”
LAST SANE COWBOY AND OTHER STORIES will be available in April. Daniel Merlin Goodbrey’s work can be sampled at www.e-merl.com.
Courtesy of our friends at AiT/Planet Lar.