I got my hands on 10 great comics from the True Life Library (from 1962 to 1965). They are quite interesting as they are full of the contradictions of the era. The heroines are "gutsy" young women ready for an adventure. BUT they ALL end like this (without exception):
So for example, Merion The Mod is a member of that dangerous teenage gang, the mods. A journalist tries to befriend the group to understand what exactly is a teenager and make a headline-grabbing TV documentary about that mysterious beast, the teenager...
Merion is the hard-as-nails, dancing, drinking, motorcycle-riding (well, riding pillion at least) female mod...
But she weakens on the way...
And the moralistic ending finally comes! The wild teenage girl agrees to be tamed! Eeek!
Of course, any adventurous girl out there knows that some essentials for a great adventures are:
Some weird ads are scattered around the place at odd places within the narrative:
And of course, some awesome pictures of the boybands of the time! My favourites are The Undertakers! Don't they look HOT?
These comics will be for sale on our stall at our autumn events!
The second proofs of The Book of Thoth have landed on Miss Gish's desk and will be checked in the forthcoming days. Things are looking really good!
We have added a cast of characters and a lovely map of Whitemoor Hall so readers can find their way around the estate. Also, in the story, Dimitri, one of the main characters, spends his time drawing maps of the house; we thought it would be a rather nice touch to add our own map to the book!
Here's the official poster for the next event Arcane Publishing will be attending: The Southend Book and Arts fair at the wonderful Forum, which is Southend award-winning shiny new library and art gallery.
Arcane Publishing will have a stall next to our designer Matt ArtPix, and we will be concentrating on entertainment, young readers, fantasy and sci-fi (more details about our stock will be revealed before the event!)
We will be selling copies of Carya Gish's first novel I Am a Muse at the special event price of £6 (instead of RRP of £7.99) and we will be promoting her next novel, The Book of Thoth, to be published later this autumn (unfortunately, it will be not printed on time for the fair!).
The Arcane Publishing team is looking forward to it!
Miss Gish is now starting work on Book 3, The Right Place, set in Dorset. Read her blog about it HERE!
We have a draft publishing schedule for the book, but lack of funds might mean that this will have to be amended. As it stands, we are aiming for a pub date of November 2017 (!).
This is the optimistic schedule, by the way. Lack of funds might force us to change this on the way.
On our short break over the weekend, we found the perfect display background for the promotion of The Book of Thoth.
Apparently, it does genuinely come from Egypt (i.e probably a tourist market around sharm el-sheikh)!
But we were on the lookout for something that would spice up our stall when we get the printed copies back from the printers, and this looked like the ticket. So it's coming to a stall near you this autumn!
A few posts back, we optimistically stated that The Book of Thoth was on track... Well, it's not anymore... Life's got in the way as it usually does.
Miss Gish is still doing some corrections and slight amendments to the first typeset proofs, and everything will have to be checked before it goes back to Matt ArtPix for the second round of proofs.
Everyone at Arcane Towers deserves a break, and that's just what we are going to do soon...
We were planning on getting everything ready to go to the printers before our fortnight in Dorset, and we can see now that this is not going to happen...
We do not want to rush things, because we want to put out the best book we can with our limited means.
We hope that we will have the hard copies of the book with us by early November, hopefully on time for the So Vintage London market at Old Spitalfields in November and the Alexandra Palace Antiques and collectors fair in December.
We are also thinking about increasing our presence at Old Spitalfields, perhaps with a monthly double stall at So Vintage London from next year and then from this autumn (on time to catch the Xmas shopping crowd!) maybe a weekly single stall on Wednesdays.
We might as well develop our online bookshop from early next year - We will keep you posted...
Arcane Publishing and Matt ArtPix are delighted to announce that they will be returning to the Alexandra Palace Antiques and collectors fair at the iconic London building on Sunday 7th December 2014! The fair has new organisers, International Antiques & Collectors Fairs Ltd who will be working on improving the event even further.
We had a great time last year at Ally Pally (read Miss Gish's blog about it HERE).
We hope to have our freshly printed copies of The Book of Thoth on sale there!
Yesterday, Matt ArtPix finished the typesetting of The Book of Thoth. Now it's Miss Gish's turn to read through and make a few corrections and adjustments. Matt ArtPix will now finish off the cover design and we hope to have everything ready to go to the printers around 25th September after our much deserved holiday! We are on schedule, and it is getting very exciting! The book looks terrific!
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