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Reptile volant et la Dame

Outside, where the sun has not yet touched, there's a thin frosting of snow. It'll be gone as soon as the cold sun finds it. Winter eats its own. Currently, 29˚F here in Providence, but the ever helpful windchill means it feels 18˚F. In the South, we'd call this goddamn cold.

Yesterday I intended to get Sirenia Digest #94 together and out to subscribers. But then Kathryn and I spent the afternoon on more edits to "Mote[L] 2032." It's one of those pieces I'll never truly believe is finished. It can always be made just a little bit better. sovay kindly read the story for me yesterday. The Drowning Girl: A Memoir was like that. Peter Straub finally had to tell me to stop working on it. Anyway, today I am going to put the issue together.

Yesterday was also spent removing more books from my office, and reorganizing what remains. I'm estimating that approximately five hundred books have left this room. I'm finally nearing the end of that whittling away, and now I just have to get all the books I'm discarding out of the house. There are still several boxes to be considered by Paper Nautilus, and the rest will likely go to local libraries to do with as they will. Just so long as the books are not here, I don't care. If I can get everything done today I mean to get done, tomorrow we'll be taking two empty bookcases to the storage place in Pawtucket, and we should be able to shelve most of the eBay stock (hundreds of authors copies of my books from both Subterranean Press and Penguin). Slowly, progress is being made, and it feels good to be lightening the load.

If you have not already, please have a look at the current eBay auctions. The BIG-ASS XMAS EBAY BLOWOUT, remember? In particular, I draw your attention to this auction: Letter O from the lettered edition of Tales from the Woeful Platypus, which comes with a handmade by Spooky beanie platypus. Well, actually, it's a ricey platypus, as it's filled with rice, not beans.

Last night we finally were able to see Luc Besson's Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec! I'd only been waiting since fucking 2010. It's a marvelous film. Besson and some of his longtime collaborators – Eric Serra, Thierry Arbogast, etc. – have surely done Jacques Tardi's comic justice. I'm a great fan of Besson's The Fifth Element (1997), and in many ways Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec feels like a companion piece to that film. It shares much the same style, and, of course, both have roots in French comics.* The cast is superb, especially Louise Bourgoin in the title role. So, yes. See this film if you possibly can. It's now out on DVD and Blu-ray, and it's worth owning. Do not watch it dubbed!

Okay. I just got an email from my editor reminding me that, this morning, I have to go over some layouts for the forthcoming Dark Horse reprint of the Alabaster prose collection. I truly do wonder how grand publishing must have been in the days before email...

Better Than Yesterday,
Aunt Beast

* As much as I loathe Japanese manga, I love la bande dessinée franco-belge.

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sovay
Dec. 11th, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
It's one of those pieces I'll never truly believe is finished. It can always be made just a little bit better.

It is pretty damn good, I should mention.

Last night we finally were able to see Luc Besson's Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec!

Lucky! I couldn't believe that never got a theatrical release here. I shall track down a DVD forthwith.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 11th, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)

It is pretty damn good, I should mention.

Gagh! I forgot to mention you read it for me yesterday. I'll add that.

I couldn't believe that never got a theatrical release here.

If it ever played anywhere in the US, that's news to me. I don't know what was up with this film's distribution.
sovay
Dec. 11th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
I forgot to mention you read it for me yesterday. I'll add that.

No worries! It was a very great pleasure to read.

I don't know what was up with this film's distribution.

I read UK reviews of it and was horribly jealous. Anything with a pterosaur as a major plot point needs to be seen on a big screen. It shouldn't have been the director—I thought The Fifth Element was a hit.
MarisaSandlin
Dec. 11th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
In his increasingly rare spare time, Matt runs a bande-desinee podcast because he loves the artform so much (and here in Quebec, as you can imagine, it is a very popular form of literature).
greygirlbeast
Dec. 11th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)

Yeah. I'd love to visit one of the French shops devoted to it. Do those exist in Montreal?
MarisaSandlin
Dec. 12th, 2013 06:32 pm (UTC)
Oui! We frequent Planete BD on the Plateau. They even have a loyalty card!
corucia
Dec. 11th, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)

Glad to hear that you got a chance to see Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec. We watched it a few weeks ago and greatly enjoyed it; I thought you would also. I loved the discreet nod to The Fifth Element in the pyramid scenes.

I trust the box arrived, and you've put its contents to use? If so, I can stop worrying about potential catastrophes....
greygirlbeast
Dec. 11th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)

I loved the discreet nod to The Fifth Element in the pyramid scenes.

Yes. There was even an Aziz.

I trust the box arrived, and you've put its contents to use?

I have not yet put it to use, but I have it. Thank you.
corucia
Dec. 11th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)

There was even an Aziz. Yes! Alia and I spent some time debating whether it was the same character or a relation, hindered in part because we couldn't remember the exact date for the opening of The Fifth Element.

Please set it up soon! Five minutes' time to prevent nightmares and catastrophes seems a reasonable exchange...
setsuled
Dec. 11th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
Last night we finally were able to see Luc Besson's Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec!

I loved Louise Bourgoin in the role. And the mummy physicist I thought was one of the best cgi characters I've seen. Not as complex as Gollum but the filmmakers seemed to know how to get character out of an appropriate stiffness.
greygirlbeast
Dec. 11th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)

And the mummy physicist I thought was one of the best cgi characters I've seen.

Yes.
docbrite
Dec. 11th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
I'm always reassured to hear that somebody else hates manga.
aarongp
Dec. 11th, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
Slowly, progress is being made, and it feels good to be lightening the load.
It's amazing how a book cull/rearrangement can do that. Especially reshelving previously boxed up books.
ulffriend
Dec. 12th, 2013 02:39 am (UTC)
I'm envious of your ability to let books go. I took a few boxes to my local used bookstore and was quite proud. I know that there are plenty that I should let go, that I won't re-read or use again, but it's a struggle with most of them.

The weather down here has been tres strange - on Friday I was running errands in shorts and flip-flops, yesterday the high barely got out of the 40s. But 29 with a wind chill of 18 is indeed damn cold.
mataar
Dec. 12th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
Just printed out the latest SD. Looking forward to curling up with "Mote(L) 2032" soon! I've been relishing Black Helicopters as slowly as possible, even backtracking to reread parts without having finished the whole. Thanks, Aunt Beast!
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