The Crop Duster returns to business today after a working vacation. Speaking of which, thanks to Celebrity Cruises and Smithsonian Journeys for inviting me to speak aboard the Celebrity Silhouette, a brand-new vessel that took its inaugural transatlantic voyage (from Rome to Bayonne, New Jersey) with yours truly on board. We met some nice people, had good crowds for the talks, and ate a lot. This was my third such cruise and I hope it isn’t the last.
There’s news on the Rotten front: Vol 2. of the horrifying graphic novel I write with Mark Rahner is now available. That’s issues #7-11 of the zombie western USA Today called “more than just a blood-and-guts affair,” collected in book form from Moonstone. You can order copies from the publisher, or another online publisher of your choosing, or your local bookstore or comic shop. And if your local bookstore doesn’t stock Rotten, Vol. 2: Revival of the Fittest, please demand it.
And yeah, while I was away that Today Show piece was broadcast , in which you can see glimpses of me moving around town with roving reporter Sara Haines to some Seattle film sites. Check it here. I ended up with a short haircut by accident, but that will never happen again.
The only reviewed published in the Herald while I was gone was this piece on Martha Marcy May Marlene, a movie I found pretty effectively unnerving.
What a Feeling! was also on hiatus during the cruise, but we left off with a review of David Cronenberg’s revamp of The Fly. More Eighties reviews roll out next week.
I will be roving around again next week: Wednesday night, Nov. 9, I’ll be in Bellingham, WA, delivering “Alien Encounters: Sci-Fi Movies and the Cold War Culture of the 1950s,” at the Pickford Film Center at 7 p.m.; the following night I’ll give the same talk at the Camano Island Library, on Camano Island, also at 7. Thanks to Humanities Washington and the host organizations, these events are free.