The Rumbling of the Underground Book Train
Of course, of course. Mental powers. Some sort of telepathy, or mind control. Putting ideas into people's heads. Which is, after all, what writers do, no? And the concept that it might take a lot of energy to do it, particularly for these older characters, I love that. Okay. So we've got some sort of mental powers bubbling away.
The next thing is, setting. Incredibly fortuitously, I have a brother living in London. And he's very good about taking reference photographs - he took all the ones of Soho which I used to draw the panels that I have posted so far (more to come today). So Luke, what does the entrance to the British Library look like?
Okay, nice, they've got the words around the wrong way, but that's okay - and there's Newton, doing his measuring. This sculpture, subtitled 'After William Blake', is by Eduardo Paolozzi, from 1995. Great.
Here we are out on the forecourt - Luke, can you take us inside?
He sure can:
I had told Luke that I was keen to get the characters David and Clive into the 'back of house' of the library - the image in my mind was them meeting Myra, the 'fictional genealogist', then discovering secrets behind the scenes...
Nice info desk, eh? Look like some sort of sporting event is on, from those banners...Luke took a whole bunch of great photos in the library, but the ones that get me very excited are these:
Ooh yeah, a model. Or, come on, there ARE cars - let's call it a diorama!
WAITaminnit - what is that, stacked gold-bar Fort Knox-like, beneath the library? Could it be? Of COURSE it is!
Books, books, books. A foundation of books. Metaphor becomes masonry. Cement similies. Brilliant! Luke goes back to the information lady and asks about the underground books - I'll let him take up the story:
"...she says it stretches the entire block, 4 floors deep. Some parts are a few metres from the tube, so there is a frequent eerie rumble down there, she says..."
This is good, my friends, this is very, very good. There's even an overlay with the last time we saw these characters - I'll keep the story going from the last post:
(the above, from MONGREL 4)
Okay, so in MONGREL 7 so far, we've got some mental powers being revealed, probably at the conclusion of the issue down amongst the stacks of books underground at the British Library... is anyone else getting a feeling about a secret door allowing you past the books and onto the secret British Library Tube station? Or is it just me? Or is it too HP?