News, views and oddities #1

Published On August 30, 2012 | By Zainab | Animation, Books, Comics, Interviews, News

Introducing a new, (hopefully) regular feature on the blog: News, Views and Oddities, where we link to various bits and bobs which have grabbed our attention, encompassing comics, books, illustration, design and film. Clicking fingers at the ready. . .

Bryan Lee O’Malley’s exclusive SDCC Seconds print

Random House Canada have an interview with Bryan Lee O’Malley, discussing life post-Pilgrim, where he reveals some tiny details of his new venture, Seconds, about a group of people working in a restaurant, headed by a female protagonist.

One of the announced projects at San Diego Comic Con that mad me sit up and take notice- Greg Rucka and Michale Lark’s collaboration on a new sci-fi series, Lazarus (Rucka and Lark previously worked together on Gotham Central). Comic Book Resources have an interview with Greg and Michael where they explain the set-up:

“‘Lazarus’ is the story of a woman who discovers nothing is what she’s been led to believe it is, and her attempts to overcome it and perhaps try to make things right,” Rucka told CBR.

“[The series] takes place in a near-future where the economic collapse we all fear happened,” Lark added. “Endeavor is a sort of high security for part of the One Percent, who are literally at this point the one percent who have everything.”

“It came out of the Occupy Movement and the economics of it and positing, ‘What happens if it goes horribly wrong?'” continued Rucka. “If there is no return from the brink, where are we in 50 or 100 years?”

You can read the full piece over at CBR. On an aside, Greg also now has a tumblr, where he answers a lot of questions submitted by people. You can find it here.

Meanwhile, Rob Liefield and Scott Snyder make a compelling argument against the prevalent use of social media sites for creators, particularly those working for big companies.

Blade Runner sketchbook

I don’t think we’ve linked to this before: the out of print Blade Runner sketchbook which has been online in full since last year, is a must-see if you’re a fan or interested in design and illustration.

You can never have too much Shaun Tan: The Guardian has a quickfire interview with particular emphasis on Shaun’s favourite books, authors and characters, but for a great, thorough, in-depth piece, head over to Paul Gravett’s site.

I really like the look of this book that Rob Peters is trying to get Kickstarted. His art and the general feel of it reminds me of tbe Usborne Puzzle Adventures books I used to read when I was a kid- they were part comic, part story, part choose-your-own-adventure, really fantastic. I hope he makes his goal, purely because I wan a copy of this book. It weighs in at 180 full colour pages and includes, amongst others, a story about a crocodile PI. For more art and details, check out Rob’s Kickstarter page.

Rob Peters’ Crazy Cal’s Tales of Mystery and Adventure

iCV2 have an interesting 2-part talk with editorial director of publishers First Second, Mark Siegel, covering what the success of Feynman, Zahra’s Paradise and Anya’s Ghost has meant for them and other issues.

Epigram Books will be publishing 5 graphic novels over the end of 2012 and into 2013 with contributions from  Sonny Liew, Andrew Tan Tsun Wen, Dengcoy Miel, Joyce Sim, Adan Jimenez, Koh Hong Teng, Xiao Yan and Dave Chua in an effort to highlight Singapore comics talent. This great-looking picture on their facebook page has really whetted my appetite.

Illustration Friday have a ncie little chat with Jillian Tamamki.

The mercurial Kate Beaton has more wonderful comics for you, this time on the difficulties of historical accuracy in film making.

And I loved this: Zac Gorman finally figures out the moral to Super Mario-

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Zainab Akhtar is a qualified librarian with a specialisation in building comics collections. She currently writes for Forbidden Planet and The Beat, and is a committee member for the British Comics Awards.'

10 Responses to News, views and oddities #1

  1. Matt Badham says:

    This new feature is a good idea, but I don’t think you should have published a link to the Scott Snyder/Rob Liefeld spat. It potentially helps to fan the flames of what is a very silly dispute that should never have gone public by giving it more ‘air-time’/publicity.

  2. Matt Badham says:

    That comment wasn’t very well written, was it?

    Let’s try again:

    This new feature is a good idea, but I don’t think you should have published a link to the Scott Snyder/Rob Liefeld spat. It potentially helps to fan the flames of what is a very silly dispute that should never have been made public. By linking to it, you’re giving it more ‘air-time’/publicity.

  3. Joe says:

    Hmm, would have to disagree there, Matt, Zainab is doing a round up aggregation of summaries of and links to various stories of interest in the comics medium for folks to have a look at if they are interested and perhaps haven’t come across it by themselves. And that certainly is a valid story of interest. Since she’s not commenting one way or the other on it I don’t think it’s doing anymore than pointing anyone interested in the direction of it where they then make up their own mind.

  4. Matt Badham says:

    I can see where you’re coming from, but ultimately stand by my original comment(s).

    It’s quite a negative, gossipy story, which I don’t think has to be linked to at all. It seems out of character for the FPI blog somehow, which has always had a very positive vibe.

    And if you are going to link to something like that (and I don’t think you have to), I think you should provide a bit of commentary and context.

    Having said all that, I think the idea of having a links round-up is a great one (that’s why I mentioned it on Twitter). But that link just doesn’t seem to fit for the reasons I’ve already mentioned.

    But I could easily be wrong. I’ve been wrong plenty of times before.

  5. David says:

    Joe and Matt. What a very silly dispute. It should never have been made public.
    But I hope you’ll be giving it more ‘air-time’/publicity.

  6. Matt Badham says:

    I don’t think I’ll be commenting on the FPI blog again.

    I’m being ridiculed for giving my opinion in what I hoped was a polite and respectful way.

    David and Zainab, your comments have made me feel very small and more than a little bit stupid, embarrassed and humiliated.

    • Zainab says:


      I’m sorry you feel you’re being ridiculed- that certainly wasn’t my intention and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t David’s either.

      As you say, people have different opinions: mine on the Snyder/Liefield spat is not to take too serious a view of it, I think it’s too silly to be negative and probably something that will be quickly forgotten by all involved.

  7. Matt Badham says:

    Sorry for my slight tantrum there, Zainab.

  8. Zainab says:

    No problem, Matt 🙂 It would be very boring if we all agreed on everything.

    I’m still feeling my way around, and like I said I really don’t want to upset or hurt anybody. Good to have you back!