How to Transfer an Epub Ebook to Your iPad, Kobo, or NookThe Love Bug Blog
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Sometimes we are given ebooks in the ePub format and therefore they don’t magically land on our ereader like when we buy them. Which means we have to transfer them ourselves. (I know I have books I didn’t read for years because it felt like magic mumbo-jumbo to try and transfer them onto my epub-ready ereader.)
Today I’m going to show you how to get an epub into iBooks, your Kobo, or NOOK. There are several different ways to transfer files and here are a few ways to get you started–one doesn’t work? Try another way! I’ve offered a few options.
How to Get an Epub off your Computer/Tablet and Into iBooks
First, find where you have saved your book file on your computer or tablet and make sure you have iBooks installed. (If the book is in your email instead of saved onto your computer or tablet, scroll down for those simple instructions.)
Next, right click on the book file.
You should see a dropdown menu with the option “Open With”. Click on “Open With.” From the offered list, choose “iBooks.” If you have iBooks and it doesn’t show in the menu, choose “Other…” and sift through your application list until you come across iBooks. Click.
(Yup, should be that easy.)
How to Get an Emailed Epub into iBooks
Want an emailed epub ebook on your iPad or iPhone? Here’s a very simple way. (If this doesn’t work for you, try saving the email attached file to your computer or tablet or phone–wherever you have iBooks installed–and try the steps in the instructions above instead.)
First, open the email with the attached epub file you want to read in iBooks.
You may need to give the emailed file a moment to download, or tap it to download it to your device. If you have iBooks on your computer, tablet, or phone, the epub in your email should have the iBooks icon as shown above.
Next, tap (or click) on the epub. Just once. You should have a box pop up like below with some open options. Choose iBooks.
Voila! There it is in iBooks–just that quick and easy. Happy reading!
How to Get an ePub Book onto Kobo
This can get sorta tricky in terms of giving advice because there are a lot of options available and it depends if you are using an ereader or the app.
If you are using the Kobo app, the above steps *should* work–simply choose the ‘Kobo’ app instead of ‘iBooks.’
If you are wanting to get that ePub onto your Kobo ereader, please check out Kobo’s help page. They do an excellent job of describing what steps you need to take no matter what device you are working with. Instructions on How to Get a Book on Your Kobo.
How to Transfer an Epub onto NOOK Via Drag and Drop
There are a zillion ways to transfer files onto your ereader and sometimes it is as easy as dragging and dropping like it can be with NOOK. (You can do this with Kobo–follow the link above as the drag-n-drop folders are different.)
Using your NOOK cord, plug it into your computer. You should ‘see’ the device (ereader) like it is a plugged in USB drive, etc. You should be able to see your NOOK’s folders. Look for the NOOK folder, “My Documents” and drag and drop the ePub file you want into that folder. Then, eject the NOOK and the book you dragged in should be now on your NOOK after it scans for new media. (Check the Library’s “My Documents” area.)
How to Transfer an Ebook onto Your NOOK Ereader Using Adobe Digital Editions
OverDrive has a fabulous tutorial with photos on how to get ePubs onto your NOOK–if you are using Adobe Digital Editions (free). How to Transfer an Ebook onto NOOK Using Adobe Digital Editions.
P.S. This should also work for Kobo (and the old Sony ereaders if you have one).
Any tips? Let me know in the comment section.
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A phenomenon I don't recall ever having been discussed in the writing community (and I'm privy to so much discussion in the writing community) is that of the writer's high. I'd never even thought of the possibility until yesterday. It was every teacher's dream--a Friday snow day. So I did what I like to do when I have a bonus free day, which is take my laptop to my local Panera Bread, drink about eleventy billion cups of coffee (alas, decaf since I was hoping to sleep sometime in the next week) and get some writing done.
So there I was, earbuds in place, instrumental music playing, and my rough draft in front of me. I was at a pivotal spot--the climax of the first major crisis. This was the one where Harry and Dee's relationship hangs in the balance. A thoughtless thing is done; a hurtful thing is said, setting off a chain of potentially disastrous events. That was the plan for the day. So I started writing. It was a little before 2pm.
Four and a half hours (and I know this only because the clock on my laptop said so--I was genuinely shocked to look outside and see that it was dark and had to look at the clock twice because it didn't seem real) and more than 4000 words later, the chapter--the longest chapter I've ever written-- was complete. I know it's going to need lots of editing and proofreading, but it's mostly there.
The point, though, is that I experienced something I didn't know was possible. I had a writer's high. I was so zoned in on the writing that I seriously think that Kate Upton could have sat down beside me in the buff and I might not have noticed. Time went by, people passed all around me, and coffee went in (and then back out) by the gallon, and I paid it all no attention. I was so completely immersed in this event I was writing down that it was all that mattered. I say writing down because it almost felt more like I was taking dictation than I was making this stuff up myself. Like I was the conduit for the story more than the creator of it.
When I was finished, I felt kind of punch drunk. I ordered dinner, ate it, went to the bathroom, packed up, and went to the car still feeling the remnants of elation and in a nearly trancelike state. I started coming out of it as I pulled out of the parking lot and realized I hadn't looked for oncoming traffic. I'm happy to report there was none. You may have figured that out since I'm writing this blog entry.
But this brings up an important and frightening question. How many writers have experienced what I did and have tragically not lived to tell the story because they stepped in front of a bus or driven around a barrier and gotten obliterated by an oncoming train? We may never know. But it's probably some. Possibly even more.
We all know the first line of a query is your "hook." I call the last line the "sinker." You want it to punch them in the face, in a nice, friendly kind of way that makes them unable to forget you after having read the 300 other queries in their inbox.
If you're looking for query advice, but are slightly intimidated by my claws, blade, or just my rolling googly-eyes, check out the query critique boards over at AgentQueryConnect. This is where I got my start, with advice from people smarter than me. Don't be afraid to ask for help with the most critical first step of your writing journey - the query. My comments appear in green.
Sixteen-year-olds Faerydae and Altair have spent their lives training to serve their kingdom, only to discover that their final and most important task will be to kill each other. OOoooo.... color me intrigued.
Faerydae the daughter of Tauren Lyon and Altair the son of Sabina Thren this is getting lengthy and I'm untangling things, I don't know that you need to name their parents. A family feud mention with just their family names is sufficient will be used to settle their powerful families’ long-standing feud. They will battle in the dangerous and enchanted lands of the Torrential Ruins. Stakes are high; the winner keeps their life and their family will control the throne.
The impending battle pushes the people of Aria to their breaking point. They are enraged that the two elite families' bickering continues to shape their government’s policies. As protests protests against what? The government in general or the deathmatch? begin to spark across the kingdom need some punctuation here Faerydae and Altair realize the dissidence will elicit a violent retaliation from the government. Despite their wishes, they comply with their families’ orders to go to the Ruins, hoping to calm the uprising.
Only one will be able to survive the ruins – unless they join together and spark a rebellion. Hmm.... but they're going there in order to avoid protests that could end in violent government retaliation... so how would sparking a rebellion be any different?
I like the idea and I think your hook is solid, however I think the world building and motivation could stand clarification. So the families are all part of the same world / government? And the general people are protesting against something... but I don't know what. I think I also need to know if the general public is aware of this deatchmatch, and how they are reacting to it. You're also going to need to make clear how this is different and distinct from the Hunger Games, in my opinion.
It was sunny outside today, which is rare in Chicagoland for this time of year, so I let my kids play outside for a little while after school. Four little kids stuck inside for weeks on end is not always a recipe for happiness in the home so it was a much needed break to breath some fresh air and run around.
My little people like to play in front of our house in the middle of the cul-de-sac with their friends and the traffic is just sparse enough to make it fairly safe. Today, while the kids played and I took in deep breaths of chilly but blissfully fresh air, the UPS truck came rumbling down the street. It is a familiar sound that usually causes the kids to run to a curb and the moms to shout out warnings but today when I heard that truck, my heart kept. I knew something inside that truck was for me.
The UPS guy handed me the package and as soon as I read “Author Copies, Print Books” my heart started to flutter. My kids were COVERED in snow and they all wanted to help me open the box so I had to do a little crowd control before yanking off the tape. When I finally got the box open, I just stared at the books for a few seconds before touching them. As I flipped through the pages and familiar words and phrases stared back at me, I could feel the tears building in my eyes. Yes folks, that’s right, I cried. They were definitely happy tears but for a second I just stood there staring at the book in awe.
By this point my kids were done waiting. I let them pass one around and (gently) look through the pages. I said “be careful” so many times that my 10 year old said, “Who did you think we are, the Hulk?”
Since the book is not really appropriate for children, but my kids were desperate to hear some of it, I let them flip through and pick one page (per kid) for me to read out loud. What a fun way to become reacquainted with a story I’ve spent so much time with.
Sunday marks one month till WRECKAGE officially meets the world. I can’t wait until all of you have the opportunity to hold this little beauty in your hands. Let the countdown begin!!
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Today, they ask us to name our five favorite authors.
Mine tend to change depending on whom I discover, but a few have stuck around in my heart to be able for me to declare them favorites! In no particular order, here are my Fast Five Faves.
1. Robert Olen Butler
2. Octavia Butler (m.s.r.i.p.)
3. N.K. Jemisin
4. George R.R. Martin
5. Terri Bruce
Aaron Bradford Starr has published short stories in paintings, and interior art in Black Gate Magazine, Black Gate Online, Stupefying Stories, and Rampant Loon Press. He is a member of the writing group The Speculative Fiction Forum on Agent Query Connect. Find more about him on his blog, Imaginary Friend.
Everyone loves free stuff. I mean, really, why wouldn't you?
I read a lot of books for free. Just for fun, I looked over the list of books that I read in 2012 (find them here), just to see how many I paid for (or borrowed from a friend) and how many were free. Of the 70 books I read, 39 were free.
And I don't just get to read old books for free. Nope. New ones. Popular ones. I read Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane right after it came out. Lots of new books are available. For free!
Want to know my secret?
I GO TO THE LIBRARY!!
What did you think I was going to say? I pirate it? Pffhh. I'm only a pirate on September 19.
It seems obvious, but you'd be amazed at how many people--readers, even--don't have a library card and have never stepped foot inside their local library. This, to me, seems plain ole crazy.
Or maybe, you just don't know what the library has to offer. Let me brag a little because I love my library. Actually, I frequent two. One near work, one near home. Because I can't get enough!
Here are 16 reasons to go to the library:
- Books! Books!
More books over here! Look! There's more aisles there! I'll use as many exclamation points as I can to show you all the BOOKS!!! Oh, and they will let you take them home for a while. For free.
- Not only books
Want to read the New York Times, without springing for a subscription? The library has you covered! They keep a bunch of magazines around, too.
If you have not discovered audiobooks yet, you are missing out. Perfect for your morning commute, road trip, or even to keep you entertained while doing housework. I love audiobooks, and I listen to them all the time. But, they're pricey. Even with sites like Audible.com (You even get a book FREE when you sign up!) making them affordable, why buy it when you can get it for free at the library!
Oh, you didn't know that, did you? You can actually borrow an eBook from the library. Some libraries will lend you the eReader, too.
I don't know how widely available this program is, but oh. My. Goodness. It is awesome! If audiobooks and eBooks weren't enough, how about an app that puts them right on your phone and lets you download them to your computer? This is my most favorite thing right now. I can download a new book in a matter of minutes without even leaving home or work. If your library participates, you get access thousands of eBooks and audiobooks. For free.
- Geographical reach
Besides the plethora of books available in the library, you can also have books sent to the library from other libraries. It's like going to a whole bunch of libraries at once. Plus, in PA, if you have a library card from an Access PA participant, you can get a library card at any other Access PA library. To get a library card in the first place, you only need to live or work in the area. And they're FREE. (Or you can pay a small fee if you're out of the area, but like I said, if you have a card from an Access PA library, you're good anywhere.)
- Book clubs
What's better than sitting around with a bunch of people who share your love for books and who have just finished reading the same book you did? I look forward to my book club all month. I love my book club! We have some brilliant, engaging discussions about books. Plus, it exposes me to awesome books I might never have read otherwise. If you are a writer, join a book club IMMEDIATELY! You need to be able to talk about books and hear what others say about them. You will learn much and have a blast while doing it.
- DVDs and CDs
When it's out of the theaters, not yet on Netflix, and left RedBox long ago, chances are, you can find that DVD at the library. Some libraries have a tiny fee, but some, like the Cranberry Library, let you borrow for free and keep it 3 nights! CDs are usually available, too. Seriously. Where else can you go to borrow a CD?
- Computers and the internet
If you don't have a computer, they do! If you don't have internet access, they do! And while you can't watch porn there, you can do pretty much whatever you need to do online. For free. At the library. You can even connect your laptop or mobile device to the wi-fi. Oh, and you can print. Not for free. But cheap.
- Stuff for kids and families
Everything from toddler story time to teen reading groups. Want your kid to read more? Sign them up for something at the library. It's not only about books, either. Sure, Dr. Seuss Day is an awesomely fun time, but there are also movie nights, art clubs, princess parties, etc.
- Other random, fun events!
Halloween Pet Parade. Need I say more? It's a real thing. And the library has it. Every year. And other things like Dinosaur and Fossil Day or the Oscar Party. There is always something.
- Learn stuff
If it's not an event, it's a class! Learn about Native Americans, the new healthcare act, what your handwriting says about you, learn about computers, knitting, photography, eReaders, and just about anything people can get together to do. Somewhere, there is a library teaching about it. You can even learn a new language.
- Author readings/signings
I hope, if you are a writer, you know this. Libraries are great places for readings and to meet authors.
- Used books
Most libraries have a section or, in New Castle, an ENTIRE BASEMENT, of used books for sale for very cheap. If that alone wasn't awesome enough, the money all goes to the library and helps them keep the lights on and new books coming in.
- Your ancestors
No, not dead bodies. But the records of them! If you're a genealogy fan, you have likely spent time in the library's research section looking up things like death records and birth records. Hey. Guess what. They'll even help you do it!
- A place to go
Got an hour to kill? Want a quiet, cozy place to sit and read? What not go to the library? Most even have a kid's spot with some toys and things to entertain. Let your kid play while you sit and read. What more could you ask for?
I could go on and on. The library is so much more than books. It's a community treasure.
Go to your library. Go there so often that the librarians know you by name. And while you're there, leave a few bucks behind to keep the library going. With so much FREE stuff, they need support from all of us who take full advantage of what the library offers.
You never know what you'll see when you're there. The Cranberry Library actually has a real, live Abe Lincoln impersonator who has been known to come in wearing full costume and sit and read the paper with his black hat popping out the top. The New Castle Library has a bone fide library cat, Stacks, who is great entertainment and quite lovable.
Rainy day? Go to the library. Bored at home? Go to the library. Kids driving you crazy? Take them to the library. Want to people watch for a while? Go to the library. Want to discover and learn and laugh? GO TO THE LIBRARY!
And if you do, tell me your best library moment in the comments.
Denise Drespling is the author of short story, “Reflections,” in the Tales of Mystery, Suspense & Terror anthology (October 2014) and “10 Items or Less,” in 10: Carlow’s MFA Anniversary Anthology (April 2014). You can also find her work in these anthologies: The Dragon's Rocketship Presents: The Scribe's Journal and Winter Wishes.
Hang out with Denise at her blog, The Land of What Ifs, her BookTube channel on YouTube, or on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, or Instagram.
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- only a few of my first lines really stink
- some of them are even pretty good
- my last lines are often very short - 1-3 words
- my characters are pretty sarcastic
- putting the 1st and last lines together gives a great summary of the chapter's emotion
- reading the list through gives a great sense of the story - and of the pace (which I always need help with). Much more helpful for editing than I expected
They wrote lots of smug dialog: I know writing dialog where everything clicks is addicting. But if every time you write any dialog, you think, “Wow, people are going to think I’m so smart!” know you’re wrong. Especially if one of your characters comments on how clever the speaker is, you’ve crossed the line into annoying. Good dialog needs to show tension and have a point that advances the plot. It can’t just be there to show off. (A book isn’t Seinfeld, which mind you, lasted just half an hour.) If you get clever, keep it short. Trust me. That (deleted expletive) gets old fast.
They delayed gratification for too long: There’s that sweet spot by when your readers need to get some payoff from hanging in there through the “will they or won’t they.” If you promise violence, at least a little blood needs to spill before the last page. Basically, if I’ve hit the seventy-five-percent mark and I’m still waiting, I feel like I’m being toyed with, not entertained. If your point is to delay, you need to find small ways to provide readers some kind of satisfaction throughout.
They wrote perfect characters: I don’t want to read about the girl who every guy falls in love with, who’s going to be the next leader and knows medical skills and can fight like a master even though she’s barely been trained. She always makes the right decision, she always gets the funny line, and yeah, her best friend’s gay and she’s the only one who will accept it. (Which I have no problem with, but cliché much?) Please, please, please, for the love of your readers, give her a drug addiction or something. Otherwise, there’s no struggle to make her feel real. Good example: Clarke from The Hundred could be so annoying in her bravery, medical training and all these guys who fall for her, BUT she’s balanced by the fact that she’s so angry, especially at herself, and that other girls’ disdain hurts her. Perfect is only OK in small doses.
They didn’t plot smart: I have little patience for a book that seems like two short works sandwiched together. In Part A, the guy and girl get together. In Part B, a bad guy appears and they beat him. The bad guy needs to show up in Chapter One to loom doom over your main characters’ heads—or at least hint at it. The problem if there’s nothing at stake from the start? You lose opportunity to build tension that keeps readers flipping pages.
They got boring: The greatest start in the world won’t keep readers going if you trail off into mediocrity. Sure, you need a good start to get people to buy your book, but if you want them to buy your next one, you need a great middle and a great ending too. If you get tired of writing your book in the middle, it’s going to show.
The best way to avoid all of these problems is to find honest beta readers or editors and pay attention to their feedback before you hit the “publish” button. If your early readers tell you every single thing you write is great, perfect, the next best seller—they care more about your feelings than your actual work. And that’s not to ding them. It’s hard to point out deficiencies. But trust me, you’ll be a better writer for working to improve your weaknesses. Be brave and unflinching in confronting your deficiencies, and your readers will benefit.
If you just want to get started without knowing the why, start on Part III for what you need to download in order to make this work. I used Notepad++ and will be using Calibre to finish it out. Both free. But he has other ideas also to look into. Then go to Part VI to start the formatting process.
Good Luck everyone!
EDIT: I was able to provide the step by step Formatting Process (according to Henkel) below in the posts! ^_^
So, this professor was walking down a street.
You know, one of those streets that has stores a bit off the sidewalk.
It was a little town. I probably should have said that first.
Anyway, I was walking along (or down) a street when I ran into a fellow and a lady. They were around the same age, I think. And much younger than the professor.
(But everyone is younger than the professor. I’ll soon be…I forget. But it’s up there.)
Anyway for seconds, they stopped me. With words, of course.
“Where you going?” the lady asked.
I should stop calling her a lady about now.
The professor didn’t answer right away. And that’s the thing to do, when confronted.
This professor just stared at her (glancing at the fellow) and raised one eyebrow.
I’ve heard this subtle moment of mine inspires fear. I’m not sure if it’s true, but I think it is.
“I asked you a question!” she said.
“Yeah,” the fellow said, “answer her.”
“Well, to be honest,” this professor said, “I was actually not on my way to see either of you two.”
They seemed shocked, dismayed, and terribly angry.
The woman–who was smoking–threw her cigarette on the ground and stamped it angrily with her heel.
Once she was done, I repeated the motion (only I was more vicious, I think) just to prove to them that I could stamp harder.
After all, I’m a warrior.
They laughed at this.
“Your weird!” the woman said.
The fellow shook his head. “Definitely weird, dude.”
The professor moved on; I didn’t have time to keep on having speaks.
I looked back once, and saw that the duo had caught another fellow.
Maybe I should have been a bit fiercer, and messed up their operation for good.
And onto some stuff about me:
I'm a mother and a writer. I also am basically a personal assistant for my mom. Plus I run errands for my dad and I work at the gym (where my kids do dance and gymnastics) twice a week.
My kids are (recently) online homeschooled and both of them are in gymnastics and hip-hop. I don't really have a life outside of my kids and parents. Aside from when I stay up late and find time to do things I want to do (mostly online games, writing, and blogging).
This year is the first year that my youngest will be competing in gymnastics so I'll be adding gymnastics meets to my schedule which should be interesting. Most of them are going to be on Sundays though so that's not too bad.
I spent a lot of last year not blogging enough and my visiting was even worse, but I'm going to do better this year. I also tend to write too much on my blog posts and struggle to write enough in my books.
And that's about it, but if you're curious about anything else, feel free to ask. :)
by TerencePark on 12-20-2014 12:29
Influences. We all have them. I'm going to talk about comic books; American comic books, from the Silver Age. I was there when Jack Kirby's Fourth World came out and what an impact it had on me.
American comic books of the 60's sold in their millions. Well some of them did. The biggest in terms of circulation was Superman. The comic was widely distributed and could sell up to 1 million copies each issue. In practise it sold between 70% and 80% of that figure. A common theme that irritated more sophisticated comic book buyers was: DC would run a story with life-changing consequences that under the rules of continuity, ought to be evident in future issues. But this didn’t happen; characters were reset at the start of each new issue.
The main rival to DC was Marvel. it had a strong line of heroes. They sold well, each ranking up sales between 200k and 400k per month. Unlike DC, they were every month - many DC titles were bi-monthly, or came out, at best, 8 times per year. Supes was the big DC star. At that time he was in Superman, Action Comics, World's Finest Comics, Justice League of America, Superman's girlfriend - Lois Lane, Superman's pal - Jimmy Olsen.
Oh, bring those memories back. The big problem for the Superman family was that they fared less well, subsisting on circulations of 150k - which at that time was a trigger for cancellation. They were ripe for change. DC knew this but its culture was somnolent. It needed shock treatment to stay on terms with Marvel.
The star in Marvel's armoury was the late, great, Jack King Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg). He worked on titles like The Mighty Thor, The Fantastic Four, Captain America, Sgt Fury's Howling Commandos, and had been instrumental in bringing to life outstanding comic book characters such as Galactus and the Silver Surfer.
Kirby had great vision and was an absolute art monster. He regularly did 3 + comic books per month. that was 60 + pages of art work. Many struggled to put in a full shift of 20.
In 1970, Jack dropped a bombshell onto Stan (the Man) Lee. He was leaving. it wasn't as if Stan didn't know this was coming. Kirby had been taken for granted and Marvel weren't going to change. They had DC on its knees. Marvel comics had heroes with real life problems - a new thing at time, as under the Comics Code Authority, comics had reverted to simplistic pre-teen content, which defined DC. Marvel had found a formula that didn’t cross the Authority and yet appealed to older audiences. DC managed mouldering properties. Superman had a whole family to support - but suddenly, Jack Kirby was available. He had worked at DC in years past - on stuff such as Newsboy Legion, Manhunter, the Sandman.... There were no other real opportunities in the field for Jack - Charlton wouldn’t publish its one bi-monthly superhero title -E-Man - until 1973, Archie comics didn't do superheroes, Dark Horse, Image and other imprints were yet to be formed;Creepy and Eerie (the Horror market) wasn't where Jack was coming from and besides they were only b&w.
Jack went to DC. He was full of ideas.
The comics blazed out the news:
KIRBY IS HERE
Marvel ran a monthly Bullpen Bulletin Board in most of their comics. it was the biggest news in comics industry but they said nothing. Jack's output was prodigious and regular pencillers had to be found to replace him. There are various accounts of the inner workings of Marvel’s Bullpen - here isn’t the place for that.
Jack brought his Fourth World Saga with him. This was an interlinked tale ‘AN EPIC FOR OUR TIMES’ of good and evil. New Genesis v Apokolips. It ran in three comic books: The New Gods, The Forever People and Mister Miracle. These ran side by side, along with a re-envisioned pal of Supes - Jimmy Olsen, who got a bunch of side-kicks - the Newsboy Legion. Kirby (& Joe Simon) created the original Newsboy Legion which was based on the child-labour used by the respective newspapers of Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst at the start of the Twentieth Century. These weren’t employees but rather purchased the papers from the publishers and sold them as independent agents. Yep. Child-labour. New York then.
DC were protective of the Superman look. Change meant threat and DC baulked at Jack's envisioning of Superman. He drew Supes' face, they redrew it. Jack's art style was dynamic. House artists were static. Jack's Superman looked muscular. If DC's house artists were told to bring Jack's Superman into line - well that's what they did. Re-booting heroes was - well done with care. The debates surrounding owner-creator v hired-hand were still to come.
Change brought opportunities. The insignia; for a long time, a double circle enclosing the letters DC in the top left hand corner, was revamped. For Jack Kirby’s series, the circle grew and now contained a bullet image of the main character(s) in the comic.
Below are the covers from the respective first issues of his Fourth World. Beyond tweaking for ‘color-cast’ I have left them as they are. I could clean up these images - but why? They have character as they are...
The New Gods
Main character: Orion of the New Gods
Earth name: O’Ryan
New Gods #1
Read: Orion Fights for Earth
Main character: Scot Free of New Genesis. He decides to become an escape artist - this is both metaphor for his escape from Apokolips and for sublimation of hope into cynicism in attempts to revive an obsolete form of entertainment. In many ways he is diametrically opposed to Orion, who, when the chips are down, resorts to smashing his way out of traps.
Mister-Miracle #1 cover
No Trap can Hold Him
The Forever People
The genesis of this group is quite interesting. Jack was often disturbed by groups of motorbike enthusiasts, tearing up and down the road that his California hangout overlooked. Enthusiasts? Fiends? it depends on which side of the peace and quiet debate you lie. They irritated the life out of him- and became the inspiration for his Forever People
The-Forever-People #1 cover
Big Bonus Beautiful Dreamer
and from page 10 of The New Gods: Apokolips
Ruled by the enemy of life, Darkseid. Simple but great visuals.
(if you've lived in some neighborhoods, this might look pretty familiar!)
Was it good? How can you ask? Re-reading these is a visual feast.
Final thought. Just look at that blurb.
I like grand themes but I prefer them realistic. My work is probably closer to The Road than Kirby's Fourth World content-wise.
Originally published October 24, 2014 on my Daily Telegraph blog.
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