GT Labs News

While at SPX, I had the chance to talk for a bit with the talented Jim Ottaviani. He didn’t have a new book this year (his most recent is Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards), but he had small posters promoting the next one, Levitation (with a gorgeous cover by Michael Kaluta).

It’s going to be a novella, about 50 pages of story plus the usual background material and endnotes. It explores stage magic, that blend of psychics and psychology, and will be illustrated by Janine Johnston, who did some of the art for Jim’s earlier book Fallout.

This is only one of four books he’s working on for next year. The second is part of a series with Levitation dealing with the science of the unscientific. It’s going to tackle love, revolving around a series of experiments Harry Harlow did about the need for affection. Both are planned to be out in April.

The other two he’s writing will be published by noted young publisher First Second. One is about Feynman, and the other deals with the three primate researchers who worked with Louis Leakey: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas (part of whose story was previously included in Dignifying Science).

I also found out the secret origin of the GT Labs name. It turns out that General Tektronics was where, according to an early volume of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, a certain spider bit a certain teenager.


3 Responses to “GT Labs News”

  1. Rob Staeger Says:

    I really enjoyed Bone Sharps and I love stage magic, so I’m definitely signing on for Levitation!

  2. Graeme McMillan Says:

    Meeting Jim was one of my highlights of San Diego this year – He’s a great guy to talk to, and I adored Bone Sharps. The somewhat nerdy origin of the GT Labs name just makes me love him more.

  3. Comics Worth Reading Says:

    […] Earlier this week, I told you about Jim Ottaviani’s upcoming Levitation. Now I have a picture of the promotional poster for you. Click on the small version to get a better view. […]




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