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  1.  (9421.1)
    Finally, one of my sekrit projects has poked its head into the light of day.  That which was Project Blacklight has been announced by BERG: it's called SVK.

    This is the announcement post on the BERGblog.

    SVK is a short graphic novella I'm writing, to be illustrated by my old mate Matt Brooker, the artist generally known as D'Israeli.  This'll be the first substantial work we've done together in... christ, nigh on 20 years, since LAZARUS CHURCHYARD.

    And it's to be published by BERG, the London design consultancy group.

    Regular readers of this site will know BERG well.  For the rest of you, check out their work -- you might well find you realise you already knew them.

    SVK is about... well, SVK stands for a few things, including "Surveillance, Very Kafka."  In one meeting I also described the book as "Franz Kafka's Bourne Identity," which seems to have stuck.

    The story, concerning a recovery agent and a thing lost that should probably never have been made, is set in London.  So it has to be about surveillance at some level, as London is probably the most surveilled city in the world, one estimate pegging the level at one CCTV camera to every eight people.  At any one time, in fact, a fifth of the world's  CCTV cameras are live in the UK.

    There is an interesting and possibly unique physical aspect to the book that we're not discussing right now.  But BERG are very good at making things that are about perception, like the (pre-INCEPTION!) Here And There map.  When Jack Schulze at BERG came to me with the core idea that SVK's built on, I knew I had to at least try this, just to see if it'd work...!  It's going to be a surprise, I think, and this sort of envelope-tampering is only going to happen somewhere like BERG.  Strange Vector of a Komik.

    Also, there are going to be strange and lovely opportunities for a few advertisers therein.  Not quite product placement.  Details at the BERG link.

    SVK will be with you next spring.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2011
    Ooo! Ooo! Ooo! Ooh! Thumpathumpathump!

    Downstairs they brush the plaster dust from their shoulders and reach for the broom handle again...
    • CommentAuthorMono
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2011
    I Am Happy Now. And drooling a bit.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2011
    yeah i seemed to collect a small pool of drool next to my PC when i first read this. Yes this is truly good...
  2.  (9421.5)
    good news - especially the matt brooker part. eye candy par excellence.
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2011
    I am very curious now. Will keep my eyes open.
  3.  (9421.7)
    This sounds very promising!
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2011
    Exciting stuff, particularly this 'unique physical aspect'. I'm a fan of D'Isreali's work to boot - my favourite comic panel is by him, and I did wonder why BERG logos kept cropping up in his recent episodes of Low Life.
  4.  (9421.9)
    Really excited to see the final product.

    Any idea what kind of distribution we're going to see? Comic store? Book store? Sold exclusively through BERG's website?

    I'm hoping it's not the latter because postage might prove expensive to the colonies, but I'll still be getting a copy regardless.
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2011 edited
    Update on Warren's website. I thought I'd mention it because we know no-one ever reads it: SVK
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeJun 8th 2011
    I like Wm. Gibson's tweet on SVK:
    "And it comes with a specially-designed device capable of revealing dubious stains on hotel room carpets. As so few comics do, today."
  5.  (9421.12)
    I'm going to have to remember to ask my Dealer about this next time I go in to get comics. I'm guessing he'll probably be cool enough to order this for me.
  6.  (9421.13)
    Remember folks, SVK isn't being sold through comic or book stores. Warren's stated repeatedly that it's going to be sold mail-order only.

    Thinking your retailer is going to order it for you, when it isn't available through a distributor or at a wholesale discount, isn't all that likely. Why would your retailer pay cover price + shipping for a book, just to resell it to you at-cost? I doubt many retailers are going to bother doing that.
  7.  (9421.14)
    I'm currently reading William Gibson's Spook Country. Just one sentence:"If Brown had declared the Queen of England to be a shape-shifting alien reptile, craving the flesh of humans infants, Milgrim would not have argued".
    Considering this is exactly what Warren depicted in Hellblazer, a few years earlier, my question: do you guys keep reading each others? I love this "cameo", but there's just so much interaction!
  8.  (9421.15)
    No, we both got it from the same place: the work of David Icke.
  9.  (9421.16)
    Ok! Now I'll go and dig about David Icke.

  10.  (9421.17)
    @Brian le Golem — In case you haven't seen it, there's a thread devoted to asking Warren questions.
  11.  (9421.18)
    @Brandon: oupsie-daisie, you're right. Cut and paste, then. Thanks
  12.  (9421.19)
    Oh, my bad. I haven't seen that information (that this won't be sold in shops).
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2011 edited
    I trust everyone is up to speed on the amazing Universe-Hole Punching powers of the SVK torch?