CURRENT SOUNDTRACK: Jeff Buckley: Grace, "Mojo Pin"
Jesus, that went fast. Another year gone etc etc. A big one full of changes at the House of Baz.
The biggest and most obviously important, the birth of little Amy Louise.
(Insert obligatory cute picture here.)
We weren't expecting to have a baby anytime soon, not on the radar at all, then BOOM! Suddenly faced with having to think beyond what to add my STAR WARS collection and when the next issue of PLANETARY would be out.
Oddest thing was, despite all the horror stories and "how-to" books and seeing most of my mates already going through what I would soon be, despite the scares and the fear of not being, for whatever reason, a good dad, it all felt incredibly natural. And its amazing that despite all my missus went through, she still even wanted to speak to me at the end. Seriously: if you've got kids, stop and think what your girlfriend/wife went through to pop your sprogs. We blokes have it so easy. Especially if you have the kind of amazing support we have had from our respective families.
Second change, taking the production editor position at Comics International, the first job that allows me to work from home and (luckily) around the baby. I don't think I could have remained sane doing the old office day job and miss out on her development these last 8 months, something I'm immensely grateful for. As it is I'm also really enjoying the work, which the world will finally see in a short few weeks as CI is relaunched, and will hopefully silence the circling vultures.
Thirdly, the distinct decision to start developing my portfolio up to date to pitch to publishers. My first storyboarding gig to actually result in a finished product, Splintered, looked amazing at the recent cast and crew screening in Manchester, and that encouraged me to pull my finger out and put extra hours in at the drawing board. One such gig I'm currently working on is JUDGE MINTY, a fan film shooting next year based on a character from JUDGE DREDD, who took the Long Walk. Steven Sterlacchini and Daniel Carey-George are already making the project look awesome, and I can't wait to see my storyboards come to life.
Fourthly in the meantime I have a number of projects to finish before crossing the Atlantic with my mate Joel to the Colonies and Wondercon 2009 at San Francisco, namely Seven Sentinels. First time in America, first US convention, first time on a deliberate mission to pitch to editors for work. You'll probably find me with the rest of the rejects in the bar drowning my sorrows.
I don't have a fifth I don't think... oh- JUDGE DREDD remake! Can't wait.
Not that anyone probably cares but...
MY TOP FIVE FAVES:
4. THE KILLER
1. DARK KNIGHT
2. INCREDIBLE HULK
4. IRON MAN
5. HELLBOY 2
1. CHILDREN OF MEN
2. THE MIST
3. THIRTEEN DAYS
4. CASINO ROYALE
5. BOURNE ULTIMATUM
1. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
3. DOCTOR WHO
MUSIC: (I hardly bought anything new this year, but from what I remember buying...)
1. BEAR MCCREARY: BSG SOUNDTRACK SEASON 3
2. MURRAY GOLD: DOCTOR WHO SEASON 4
3. WILLIAM SHATNER: HAS BEEN
4. DIXIE CHICKS: TAKING THE LONG WAY
5. HANS ZIMMER: DARK KNIGHT SOUNDTRACK
1. RON D MOORES BSG
3. THE FORCE.NET
4. GEEK SYNDICATE
5. DR WHO
MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2009:
1. BSG SEASON 4
2. LOST SEASON 5
4. TERMINATOR: SALVATION
5. STAR TREK
For the one person who actually bothered to read this far down: I salute you sir, and wish you health and happiness in the year ahead.