So there is a question. Who, or what, is metabaronic? Why did I name my blog after it? Well, I’ve always been a fan of European fantasy, and one series just happened to catch my interest at the right time: The Incal. A sort of perfect storm bringing together the surreal fruitcakiness of El Topo star and Director Alejandro Jodorowski and the artistic genius of Moebius, aka the late Jean Giraud. The Incal introduced a dark future universe known colloquially as the ‘Jodoverse’, heavily influenced by Frank Herbert’s Dune with a dose of Larry Niven’s Known Space and E E Doc Smiths Lensmen universe but also strangely reminiscent of George Lucas’ Star Wars universe.JodorowskyJodorowsky's DuneThe Metabarons themselves spun out of The Incal as a dynasty of amoral bionic warrior aristocrats that reflected what I thought the Jedi and the Sith might turn out to be. Except the Metabarons were way cooler! When they finally got their own series in 1993 it was the Argentinian Juan Jiminez who took over the artistic chores, and the last instalment of their story ended a decade later. I live in hope that Jodorowski will return to the story, or even that they migrate into the movies – I know it’s cool to have a retrospective hankering to see Jodorowski’s legendary unmade version of Dune, but I would much rather see something based on The Incal and The Metabarons – a French language movie, maybe with Luc Besson thrown in for good measure (much of the imagery from The Fifth Element captured the spirit of The Incal).


So why metabaronic? Well, the name Metabaron was taken. After all, I doubt very much I’d want to be Metabaron-like though. Ruthless, soulless cyborg autocrats don’t really scream out as a role-model to me.


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Adrian’s life in publishing began as a prolific fanzine editor, producing some 300 issues in the early 1990s. His first book was Shelf Life, an anthology published in memory of his friend Craig Hinton. He then spent several years writing strategies and policy documents for the government before establishing an independent press, Fringeworks, which he tries so hard to keep going.

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