I thought it was lost forever. Then Hayley Campbell called to say she was rummaging around in my parents loft up in the north of England and she’d found this object (among many other wondrous objects) which she described to me. A Daily Mirror racing diary from 1979, with so many loose pages and napkins and beermats and tickets for this and that all inscribed with tiny narratives and stapled into it until the thing had taken on an almost cylindrical shape… This object, containing my daily ramblings and observations through ’79 and the beginning of ’80 was the source of my first actual book, Alec:The King Canute Crowd, which was published in three parts in ’84, ’85, ’86, and then collected with an unpublished fourth part in a big book from Acme/Eclipse in 1990. I put out a new edition on my own imprint in 2000, which is still available from Top Shelf.
This is, of course, the part where I tell you that The King Canute Crowd is one of the greatest comics ever made, and if you haven’t read it, then you really, really should. Because it is, and you should.