It’s been too long since the last issue. How ya been?
January was interrupted, pleasantly, by a long vacation—ten whole days!, the longest I’ve taken since joining the workforce 30+ years ago. We attended ConFusion, a Detroit suburban regional convention, which was extremely pleasant. The high point, of course, was Bernadette’s sixtieth birthday party, a full-on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic extravaganza. We then spent several days with family in Ann Arbor. So that was good. I came home fired up with enthusiasm for the field and for the magazine ... wait, what’s that ominous music?
As I write this, we are two weeks past the US presidential election and three weeks away from the Electoral College, that unloved relic of America’s colonial past, meeting to elect Donald Trump as the next president. In the two weeks since the election, Trump has: appointed an openly anti-Semitic far-right propagandist as his Chief Strategist; picked fights with the crew of Hamilton and Saturday Night Live, demanding apologies and “equal time”; mooted as National Security Advisor a man who calls Islam “a vicious cancer”; nominated as attorney general a man who helped gut public education funding in Alabama; and just in the last day as I write has declared “the president can’t have a conflict of interest” while his children, who will be managing his businesses, sit in on his meetings with foreign heads of state.
Scheduling note: This is the August issue, which wraps up volume 38. Our hope was to get this issue and the following one out this month, which would leave us only a month behind schedule, but circumstances have conspired against us. The next issue should come out in early November, and the October issue in late November. The November issue will slither forth sometime between the Snozzberry Harvest Moon and Tredecimber. Keep watching the skies!
Si Spurrier is a comics writer I’ve been following for a few years now; in my year-end roundup for 2014, I praised his web comic, Crossed: Wish You Were Here (illustrated by Javier Barreno) and he’s done excellent work on various titles both super-hero-y and otherwise. (He also writes novels, but I alas haven’t read them.)
Once again we’ve slipped back in the schedule a bit, which is down on me—I’ve had the issue 90 percent finished since before the latest Work Weekend but I just couldn’t get it together to pull it across the finish line. Part of that delay was due to being blocked on this editorial, ironically.
We’re running low on material for upcoming issues. Part of this is that I’ve found it very difficult to send out review copies. Over the last few years, assigning books to reviewers was one of the few things David Hartwell regularly took a hand in, and I’m sure that on some barely conscious level I was flinching away from working on it. But we’ve got a big batch of books heading out the door now—good books! Books that should be reviewed!—and I have faith that they’ll come back as happy insightful reviews.