Monday, June 22, 2015

The Beautiful Confluence, new book of poetry,

Hello all,
I have many things being written,still am in awe that I got to collaborate in anyway whatsoever with the terrific typographer and modern artist Jessica Hische in the previous article,I enjoy doing
 The Quarterly,this has been my most successful and biggest opus to date,

In the meantime I got copies of my book of poetry
The Beautiful Confluence,
84 pages of poetry and extras,the cover art is by the magnificent Canadian French Artist Julie Doucet,
I'm speechless at the cover,perfection,and indeed I am super happy because Julie did the cover to Louisa May Alcott's Little Women book for Penguin Classics,
It has been my dream to have an artist who is connected with Penguin Classics to do a cover for one of my books and another dream and goal of mine is achieved now,

here is the cover,thank you again Julie Doucet for the cover,
For my readers I have about 30 number of copies, the cost of the book is free tho if you can please consider donating $1.99 to cover postage I would be very grateful,through my paypal,

I'm very proud of this book,lots of my best poetry I've written is included within ,
This book is also printed  by the same printing house Penguin Classics use,Clays Ltd,

Thanks for reading my blog,and get in touch with me if you would like to get a copy of the book,

Tony Solomun

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Quarterly with an interview with Jessica Hische

Hello all,Here is a new volume of The Quarterly,
Thank you for reading,

Jessica Hische is one of the most outstanding artists to emerge recently,She has taken the art world
by storm and has become in demand from many clients including Penguin Classics,
New York Times(my fave two things in the world) along with,Tiffany and Co as well as Oxfam and American Express, and the list goes on accordingly,

Jessica Is my age as well,and she continues to inspire and influence me on so many artistic levels,She has also been listed and awarded Illustration awards for her lettering and designs to go along with being named as one of the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 list, (twice),

For a young artist she has achieved so much,and is the vanguard of the new generation of superstar artists,and certainly one of the best ( male or female) book designers in the world at the moment,
Her most significant  work to date was for the Penguin Classics Drop Cap Series,
For this she designed each letter of the alphabet for an Author's book from A to Z, 26 in all,

I wholeheartedly recommend you check them out and perhaps even purchasing some if not all of them,as I have,

I recently contacted Jessica for a 1 question interview and she gladly replied,here it is...

Jessica,You’ve achieved a vast amount of success as an artist in your work at such a relatively young age, and have some quite impressive clients you’ve worked with already 
and many well deserved accolades,the pinnacle to date is your outstanding Penguin Drop Caps series with Penguin Classics,My question to you is do you plan to expand into
other mediums of art such as drawing and Illustrating books in future or even writing a book in the near future ?’

to which she replied...

Hi Tony!

To answer your question: 

I work a lot on book covers, so while I haven't illustrated the interior of a book (usually authors work with more narrative illustrators for interior work), I'd happily do so for the right project. I've actually written a book about my process which is being released through Chronicle Books this year (first time as author!) but as I'm currently baking a small human, I foresee at least one children's book in my future once this small ball of inspiration and chaos is out and about. 

Thank you so much for participating,Jessica,all the very best,

for further information of Jessica's work check out

Thank you for reading,

Tony Solomun

A Great start to 2015,

Hello all,a Happy New Year to all my fellow writers and bloggers,
A Very busy start to 2015,I'm hoping this year goes even better for me,writing wise,
I've started on my Autobiography,
the first volume will cover my first 30 years,
Already I've written at least 7 pages this year,not sure how long it will pan out,though will be exhaustive and well  covered of my peculiar life in the making,

Also got to collaborate with one of my favourite artists this month,and we're only into the fifth day,

I will be posting a new volume of The Quarterly right after this,

Many plans and books to write,

Thank you for reading my work,

Tony Solomun

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tony Solomun's Multiverse,printed and with a Cover by the Great Mike Allred

Hello all,I've been very busy writing and publishing books in the past few months,catching up now,
I'm proud to say that I finished printing
Tony Solomun's Multiverse,a book with prose and poetry,you name it with Public Domain characters coming in at 100 pages,

I've created so many characters in my own right over the years in series such as The Journey,that I wanted to try my hand at characters in the public domain,

in the past few weeks,printed by Clays Publishing,the same publisher which prints my favourite things in the world,Penguin Classics,I'm so happy I got to print with them,

The Cover is by Madman creator Mike Allred,one of my bestest friends,an inspiration and influence on my work and everyday life,
I was overjoyed when he agreed to do the cover commission for me,and even moreso when he agreed to include Madman on the cover,(Thanks Mike)

I would be happy to give out copies to anyone who wants this book,I'm only asking for a few dollars and will include extra books I've printed recently,I know selling books is getting tougher in the internet climate,though

I  will be gracious if those interested could contribute via paypal $2.50 or less to cover postage

,I'm not out there to make much of a profit,I am here to spread the printed word and get my work out into the world to read,so anyone interested,please contact me here or  on Facebook and Twitter where I'm on every day and I will be happy to send,

Thank you and here is the cover to the book by Mike Allred,looks super cool,beyond my dreams,
In the meantime I'm nearly finished writing for the year,a few more poems,and will be writing more articles of Tony Solomun's The Quarterly very soon,

Madman and the "exclamation bolt" is trade mark and 
copyright Michael Allred. 2014.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Journey and Tony Solomun's Multiverse

Hello all,my sincerest apologies for the lapse in blogposts,
I've been very busy writing and taking up art again,I promise not to let that much of a lapse again in blogs,

news on many fronts,

I printed 15 copies of
The Journey Corrected and Revised Edition,

They came out very well,this was my first main opus in writing,I started the anthology series in 2007 and finished the 159th short story in 2010,I am massively  proud of this work,it includes many
short stories and prose which I am glad to have written,and I even created 35 fully formed new characters.all up it is 170 pages,typeset in Adobe Garamond,the same font used for
 The Complete Pelican Shakespeare by Penguin Classics

I will post a story or two on the blog very soon,

a few of the copies I printed are already reserved,though I am very happy to give the rest of them for free,on the proviso if you can be generous enough to donate about $3 to cover postage,

In the meantime,I'm drawing again,still rusty,though am getting there,

and put into motion some exciting things for the other anthology I wrote called
 Tony Solomun's Multiverse,stil in the revising and correcting mode,though nearly done to send to the printers and typist,the cover artist is out of this world awesome,will post more when I can,

thank you for reading my blog,and will post again soon,


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tony Solomun's The Quarterly with Kennedy Professor of Latin, Stephen Oakley

Hello,and thank you for reading my article,
This time around I chose for the subject at hand,The Roman historian,
Titus Livy, (59BC-17AD)
A strange and yet peculiar individual,who devoted his whole creative life on  transcribing the history of the great
Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire, in his series 'The History of Rome'.
Such an in depth and insightful history of his nation,throughout the ages has,was and is still unparalleled in its vast scope,though even so many of the volumes are lost to history itself,and only about 35 remain out of more than a 100,
I first found out about Livy through my treasured many Penguin Classics,
Therein I read the contributors list and found the name of Professor Stephen Oakley,
Immediately I researched his work and bought numerous books of his,
including A Commentary on Livy in its many volumes and Archaeological monograph of the early Roman state,I was immediately enthralled,

I was able to contact the Professor directly and asked him,as he has devoted a lot of time on Livy,indeed,I asked him what led him to begin his study on the man's work,to which he graciously replied with  

"I was first attracted to Livy because I was both interested in the history of the Roman Republic and in his narrative style. The more of him that I read, the more I enjoyed him.

And Indeed if he will return to the subject matter,

"I do hope to get back to writing commentaries on Livy in about 3 years."

I wholeheartedly thank the dear Professor for collaborating on this article,Mr Oakley is currently in the Cambridge University Faculty of Classics and the current Kennedy Professor of Latin,

you can find his books on amazon in its various iterations and directly from Oxford University Press,

Thank you and I will be writing more The Quarterly when time allows,

Tony Solomun

Friday, January 10, 2014

Tony Solomun's The Quarterly with Scott Mignola

Hello all,
My latest article of The Quarterly is with trailblazing new boutique publisher, Scott Mignola,
for the uninitiated, Scott is a brother of Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola,
Scott is charting new territory as a digital only small boutique publisher,
which is named 'Dog Boy Productions'. started in 2013,
To date he has published 3 books,including 'Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio',
along with his own effort
'Pinocchio's Forgotten Land'. which he has superbly written.
The latest he has released is a reprint of 'Ghosts I Have Met and Some Others'
by John Kendrick Bangs.
I was instantly impressed by Scott Mignola's  foray into digital publishing,and having at first been very apprehensive about the digital evolution of e-books,I was won over gradually by quality books in the digital format,and now simply cannot get enough of them,
I will always love print,though I understand and applaud the ongoing evolution of literature in whatever forms it may take,

I asked Scott Mignola if he would be willing to answer a few questions I had
about Dog Boy Productions and he was happy to, here is the interview,

1. Scott, you've done something different in not going for print publishing and heading straight to digital publishing. What are the pros, in your opinion, of doing that, and do you think the future is indeed digital?

The decision to go digital was purely financial. Dog Boy Productions started up as a means of publishing deserving work that traditional publishers won't touch because they don't smell a profit in it. By doing away with traditional publishing costs like paper and bookbinding and distribution, we can take chances on books we feel strongly about that might only sell a limited number of copies. A lot of exceptional work falls through the cracks that way. There needs to be a place for the square pegs, so we made a place. Maybe we should have called ourselves Square Holes Publishing.

Same goes for older works that were maybe popular a hundred years ago but have lapsed into relative obscurity, like John Kendrick Bangs' Ghosts I Have Met, which we put out in October with illustrations scanned from a 1898 first edition we were lucky enough to get our hands on.  We want to dust that stuff off and make it available to a new audience, inexpensively, packaged as nicely as the digital format allows with fun extras.

As for digital being the future of publishing, I think in a lot of ways it is. You could read a great book off a roll of toilet paper and it would still be great because, ultimately, it's just words. Your mind is the theater. Kids who are born into this technology, with smartphones and Kindles and iPads, they aren't going to have the same biases about reading on a screen as opposed to paper; it's second nature to them. And digital technology is evolving, it'll become more elegant and will continue to attract converts. So I'd say that digital wins, at least for convenience—I've got a dozen novels in my pocket right now—but there will always be a place for printed books. They have a soul to them and a history.

2. I read and quite enjoyed your first two publications, The Adventures of Pinocchio, and even moreso your own take on the classic character in Pinocchio's Forgotten Land, a truly distinct breath of fresh air. What are your plans for future publications? And do you envision writing more public domain characters in the future yourself?

Thanks. I love Pinocchio. The Carlo Collodi book has been bastardized and screwed with in so many different ways in movies and literature, I just wanted to do something that honored the original, and follows Pinocchio through the trials of being a real boy. I've toyed with the idea of writing another in the series, because the family dynamic you're left with at the end of Pinocchio's Forgotten Land is a really strange one and begs a lot of questions, but I can't say yet whether or not that'll ever happen.

There's another classic I'd like to expand on, but that's also on a back burner right now. I have the essence of it down, but it's missing something, that spark that'll make me need to write it and justify tampering with a literary masterpiece.

Right now we're just looking for more peculiar stuff to publish, new and old. Late winter or early spring we'll have another of our Digital Paperback Classics coming out, a truly bizarre children's book I didn't know existed until recently. The more books like that we can find, the better, so send us your ideas.


Again,I thank you for participating in this article,Scott,all the best,and I look forward to all future releases of Dog Boy Productions,

And I thank you,the reader for reading this article,

Tony Solomun