A few months ago, I heard about a project after my own Smiths-hearting heart. It is an anthology of comics stories based on Smiths songs, called Unite and Take Over. Funded by Kickstarter, it has proven to be something people want — so much so that a second volume is being planned. I was very excited when the editor, Shawn Demumbrum, asked me to contribute a story volume two.
My song is “Reel Around the Fountain,” which I call an “erotic indolence” song. I’ve been wanting to write an essay about the conflation of sleep and sex in Swinburne’s poetry and Smiths lyrics, but without a real reason for doing so, I’ve been putting it off. So I put some of that energy into writing an eight-page script about desire and growing up (and not growing up). It’s going to be drawn by the talented Traci Hui, whom I’ve know for many a year now.
The book is scheduled to be released in Spring 2012.