Author Archives: loustow
Painting from wikipedia, here.
The new Man of Steel trailer is interesting. I do enjoy a good origin story – endless reboots are no problem for me, as long as each one is fresh. But Jor-El’s instructions to his son to go out and be Jesus to the poor benighted heathens who aren’t as awesome as he is…
Well, I’m reminded of this.
Image from here)
The trailer made me sympathetic with Lex Luthor’s point of view that Superman is a dangerous alien invader who wants to impose his terrible will on the people of Earth. Mind you, I’m already fairly sympathetic to Lex. He’s a great character.
I have just read “Days of Bagnold Summer” by Joff Winterheart. A beautiful book – beautiful in the creeps-into-your-soul-and-squats-there-til-you-give-it-a-lease sort of a way. It’s dank and depressing. But, in all the greyness (literal and the other thing), there is warmth. It’s not much warmth, but this book explores the world of parents and teenagers, where any warmth at all is a gift you can’t ignore.
A few days ago I went to Oxford to discuss a new project with David Fickling. David has been a phenomenal driving force in British children's books for many a year, publishing Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, Horrible Histories, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and much more. Back in the early nineties, he kick-started my career in book illustration, so when David calls, I come a-running.