What you should do while you’re waiting for Bloomsday

Hello and welcome back!

If you’re a regular subscriber  on on our facebook or twitter feeds you may know that I and the original pages from the comic will be in Dublin for the first time this BloomsDay.

(Yes. I will be in Dublin for the first time. Yes. My wife as well. Anyone no where to buy a good seedcake?)

You may’ve therefore heard that there will be new pages of the coming “Nestor/Lotus Eaters” chapter going online for the holiday… but I’m not allowed to tell you where yet.

Today’s news isn’t about the comic, however. Today it’s about telling you all how I and my partners at Throwaway Horse are getting behind the folks at Boston College who are developing an smart-phone based walking tour of Dublin with ULYSSES as the key. It’s called JoyceWalk and it looks fantastic.

Professor Nugent and his students have created a tour of the town that accesses the paths of Stephen and Mr Bloom and gives you all of the relevant spots, the deeper histories, the most significant monuments and the truly outstanding pubs, complete with related images and quotes, all in time for my first-time visit to dirty, dirty Dublin. Now we need to help him out a bit so we can get it on our phones by Bloomsday.

The tech has been designed and the content work is done, but there hoping for a little kickstarter push to get code written and submitted in time. As someone who’s dealt with this before… I feel the worry.

So I’m sending out this call for help to all of you who have helped us so much before. Making this novel more accessible relies strongly on making people see how Mr Joyce’s love and humor is still part of our everyday experience and that his Dublin and our own modern cities are not so very far apart. Bringing that idea to a new audience means meeting them, intelligently and calmly, in the forum digital application, something I believe Joyce would’ve loved.

I’m committing new drawings and original art from the comic as rewards to this wonderful kickstarter drive and I’m hoping all of you who have supported us in the past will send the love to Professor Nugent and his students. You can receive original drawings from my Dubliners sketchbook there for a donation of just $35. There will also be pages of original art from our “Calypso” chapter offered there for a $300 dollar pledge of support.

I really, really would like to see this project make it. As a Joycehead like yourselves, I really want someone to just say, “hey, sure it’s hard to understand. But if you bring it up on your phone there then I think we can give you a little glimmer of just why you’ll want to read it.”

Thanks so much and standby for further updates as Bloomsday draws nearer,

-Rob

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