Soon after I seriously began writing Poisoned Chalice as an actual book, which was at some point in late 2009, I ended up with a diagnosis of Prostate Cancer. I had surgery in May 2010, and have been dealing with various problems and side-effects related to it since. I’ve had just loads of surgery for various things in the meantime – including three procedures in the course of putting this series up here on The Beat this year – and the cancer continues to be with me, despite the surgery and a course of radiation treatment a year ago. There was also a completely unrelated operation to removed a bit of a kidney, for what also turned out to be a cancerous growth on a cyst. But I’m not going to go into it all in detail, as that’s not what this is about. And, before you all go worrying about me, I want you all to know that at the moment, to the very best of my knowledge, I’m in no danger of imminent death, for quite some time yet. As I tell people, the cancer will eventually get me, unless something else does instead, but not for possibly decades to come. I am, except for all the things that are wrong with me, in excellent health. So, definitely no Curse of Marvelman, then…
On Thursday the 13th of June – four days hence – I’m once more in hospital for surgery (it’s to have one of these fitted, but only click the link if you’re prepared for what might be behind it, as it’s a bit, well, anatomical, shall we say…). What I had been doing up to now was trying to get a few weeks ahead on these posts, to allow me some down time after operations, but lately I’ve been getting these pieces filed only hours or less in advance of their Sunday noon EST scheduled time. So, although these are mostly written already as part of the as-yet unpublished book, I don’t want to simply stick them up unedited, as this isn’t fair on anyone, least of all me, who wants to do this right, or you lot, who deserve the best and most up-to-date version of this I can produce, rather than a ‘sure that’s fine’ version.
So, I’m taking a few weeks off. How many weeks exactly remains to be seen, but no more than a month, I’d hope. In the meantime, I’m, going to try to go back over everything here, especially the comments, which are genuinely helpful – well, most of the time! – and to try to write my final conclusion to this with what will hopefully be the most up-to-date information I can find. One of the most fascinating – and most challenging – parts of this series has been the fact that the situation is continuing to change. The story of Marvelman is absolutely not over, although we may be drawing to the end of another major chapter.
However, I don’t want to leave you all with nothing to read, so I want to direct you all to the comments on Poisoned Chalice parts 9, 10, and 11, which are the three parts dealing with Eclipse Comics, where previous Editor-in-Chief of Eclipse cat yronwode has recently commented on my pieces, and at some length. I have made contact with her, and it is possible that I may get to ask her some questions to clarify some of the issues raised here about, although this still remains to be fully negotiated.
Thanks to everyone who commented, as it would not have been half as much fun without you all. I shall be back, Poisoned Chalice will be back and, who knows, Marvelman may even be back!