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There are fans, and there are fans. We think that Cam Mezé from London (England) deserves the italics – perhaps with an “uber-” added to the front. Why? Because Cam is such a fan of Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black (from Blackbirds, Mockingbird and The Cormorant) that she commissioned this rather brilliant tattoo:
We asked her: why?
Cam: This tattoo was going to be my great dedication to my love of books, so it took a lot of research and a long time to plan. It was a toss up between something from American Gods by Neil Gaiman or something from the Miriam Black novels. In the end I decided that I wanted it to be a complex and strong female character, and Miriam Black is just that. Plus she’s pretty kickass! She’s not afraid to be dark or grim, she’s funny, swears like a trooper, has parental issues and complicated relationships, and wants to defy fate and be better. These novels encompass many of the things that I enjoy reading about. When it came to deciding, Miriam Black was just a character I loved that stood out. I am in awe of all of Joey HiFi’s covers, they’re absolutely stunning, and it gave us (myself and Jordan Teear, the tattooist) a lot to work with.
Surprisingly, for the amount of detail, the tattoo took around 2 1/2 hours to complete. When I first discussed the design with Jordan he thought it was going to be a pretty awesome. He really loved the palm trees and how amazing her lips are, so he had real fun with it. There was also a lot we had to cut back on, because there’s so much detail. I knew I wanted a large skull in there somewhere, so Jordan suggested blending and fading it in with the T-shirt. I enjoy the fact that it’s on the back of her T-shirt because as much as her ‘curse’ has to do with her dealing with death and having that foresight (skulls are great on the sunglasses for that), it also follows her. But at the same time, she is slightly tilted around and is ready to face it and beat it. Of all the covers, this was the one that worked best and included the things I wanted to convey. Plus she has that devilish grin, which is perfect!
I love her flaws and the fact that she’s not perfect. And so she would be my ode in ink form to my love of books. She was my cover lady!
I am so in awe of Jordan’s talent and absolutely love the final piece. His work is amazing, so I knew he would do a fantastic job when I chose him; there was just something that clicked when I looked through his work. And I am stoked that both Chuck Wendig and Joey HiFi love it too, because we wanted to do their hard work justice.
The tattooist (as mentioned, above) is Jordan Teear at Frith Street Tattoo. You can find more of his work, here.
An Angry Robot box of goodies will wing its way to Cam after the Easter break – we think you’ll agree she deserves it!
Amanda, Vicky and I have just decorated the office, and as the silly season hits the AR HQ, we’d like to offer you the change to share in our festive excitement. We’ve got a great competition for you…and the prizes are here, in our tree:
About 4 weeks ago we ran a competition to recreate one of our book covers using toys, people, posts of custard – whatever.
The reason we’ve waited until now to publish the winners is not because we forgot to check the email account that the entries were sent into, oh no! The reason is far more interesting than that, we’re sure – and when we’ve worked out what the reason actually is, we might post it here. Read More→
A friend shared this rant by Ben Babcock, and I have to say that if we got hate mail like this every week, our digital morale would never waver, even amidst minefields of super-magnets and EMP grenades.
I despise Angry Robot. Because of them, I have a massive backlog of DRM-free ebooks in my Dropbox, which I can read anywhere from my phone or tablet. Because of their stupid subscription model, where I can pay in advance and download their new titles every month, I have reliable, consistent exposure to new voices in SF/fantasy and fascinating new novels. Because of their terrible habit of actually responding me to me as a person, not just a consumer, their customer support has always been responsive and satisfactory—they always seem to reply to me on Twitter, and in emails they are courteous and helpful. I seldom have this experience with any other company, and so, naturally, this made me angry.
Also, they lie. Never once have I interacted with a robot instead of a real person, and even if I did, it certainly wasn’t very angry. This is false advertising in the worst possible way.
That’s why when they started their Strange Chemistry imprint, I immediately bought a subscription for that as well. I hate them that much, that I needed to use my wallet to make sure they heard my vocal displeasure with their business model.
In short, Angry Robot is doing an awful job emulating the bigger publishing houses. They have ruined my life by making available more books than I can possibly read in any reasonable amount of time. I’m sure that my eyesight will eventually go from staring at my tablet screen for so long, and when it does, I will blame them.
Don’t make the same mistake I did, people. Don’t fall into the Angry Robot’s trap. If you buy from them, you will soon drown in books, go blind, and be immensely satisfied.
So thank you, Ben. Your hate makes us strong. We hope to enrage you with our business practices for many years to come.
Two of the publicists at Little, Brown are running a marathon to fund a new grant that will support diversity in science fiction and fantasy literature.
Ellen B Wright and Faye Bi are aiming to raise $5,000 between them, but come on – I think we can help them do much better than that, don’t you? Their total currently stands (at the time of writing this blog) at $1,380.
You can find the full details (and donate) here, but in their own words:
We’ve created this marathon fundraiser on Crowdrise to support the Speculative Literature Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes science fiction and fantasy and encourages new writers of both adult and children’s genre literature. They’ve agreed to use the funds we raise to create a new grant called the Diverse Worlds grant, which will help writers from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the genre to start and continue publishing. As good science fiction and fantasy worlds should, this grant will welcome all kinds of diversity: gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability level, religion, etc.
Let’s show everyone what we already know – that SF and F fans are the most supportive fans in the world!
On our bi-weekly stalk of our authors’ Facebook pages, blogs and Twitter streams, we came across this little gem – a fan-made trailer for Tim Waggoner‘s brilliant urban fantasy Nekropolis. A lot of thought and care went into making this, and we’re duly impressed. It’s quite short, so click on PLAY and have a look.
And for those of you aching for more words from that nice Mr Waggoner, well, we just might have some news for you, soon…