Tuesday, 31 July 2012
In September's Q Magazine
Just when I was beginning to believe that the greatest shock in a man's life really is growing old, I pick up another month's copy of Q and realise that I really do have a comics column in the back of it.The smallest of achievements in the grand scheme of things, I do understand, but that doesn't make it any less of a constant surprise. Nor does it mean that it ever feels like anything other than the expression of cosmic levels of good luck either. If asked for the definition of "privilege", I'd suggest "having had a shot of writing a column for Q" would just about nail it.
Why mention it here? Because I saw the new edition in our local supermarket this morning, took it from the shelf and, turning to the back, looked for whether my column was actually there. Having seen that the unlikely was indeed present and correct, I closed up the magazine and turned for the checkouts.
"Are you in it, then?" asked the woman who was putting out this week's mags and comics, laughing about the way I'd so purposefully rifled through Q's pages.
Did I know her? I did not. Did I smile at her friendly jest and modestly move on?
Did I heck. I couldn't help myself.
"It is." I told her, and - gawd help me - showed her the page.
I know that's shameful, but it made the moment feel real, and it made her laugh again too.
Q #314, September; I'm not suggesting you buy it because of my few hundred words. But I would suggest you buy it because it is, for my money, the best music/culture mag in Britain.
And in this month's comics column; Saga! Crossed: Wish You Were Here! The Graphic Canon Volume 1! Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred! Judge Dredd The Complete Case Files 05!