Stuff (& Possible Nonsense) #71

Published On July 29, 2016 | By Richard Bruton | Books, Comics, Film TV & Theatre

The latest in our little news roundup….

Alan Moore’s Jerusalem, so many years in the making, 600,000 words and 1200 pages, is finally being released in September and there are many, many pieces online right now that cover it.


There’s a piece in The Guardian concerning the inclusion of a 9 year-old’s fan letter to Moore that finally makes it as a pull quote, as promised many years ago by Moore. Very sweet, and a perfect antidote to all those stories that, completely wrongly, paint Moore as a curmudgeon.

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This from The Northampton News: “This is probably, almost certainly the biggest and most important work of my life, I can’t imagine myself doing anything bigger or more important in the time I have got left. It is a very unusual book by anybody’s standards,” said Alan, reflecting on the project in his Northampton home.

Heidi MacDonald reviews the book over at Publisher’s Weekly.


More publisher news now, as our own Kenny Penman has unveiled plans to bring back the much missed Blank Slate, and he’s after ideas for a themed anthology….

Finally Blank Slate is back on the publishing wheel (just beginning to turn). I’m starting to amass new projects for publishing late this year or early next. Some old faces, some new ones.

We also intend to do an anthology title which, with book store distribution, will hopefully bring some newer artists, from across Europe to the eyes of the book buying public.

It won’t have the majesty and ambition of Nelson, which was dynamically edited and stage managed by the great team of Woodrow Phoenix and Rob Davis, but we hope to produce something attractive and worthwhile.

In the early planning stages, and the people involved so far are likely to bring a sense of fun to the whole thing, however we are still in search of theme. We want something which a book store reader would recognise instantly and therefore give the book a look, The Mona Lisa Project, The European Project, The Stonehenge Project – do you have any ideas? Recognisable but where the artists can do absolutely what they like with the theme – doesn’t need to be serious or reverential. Anyone, any good ideas?

Jamie Smart reminds us that there’s a brand new Moose Kid Comics coming this weekend – we’ve loved the previous two, both doing something very close to Jamie’s heart (and ours), bringing quality comics to a young audience (and it’s free once more!) – check out the official site for details (and you can still contribute to the fundraiser for printed editions for the creators to give away to kids in hospitals and other places where they could do with some cheering distraction and fun).


Congratulations to Orbital Comics, London, who won the Eisner Awards’ Spirit Of Retail Award this year.

We’re absolutely thrilled & immeasurably happy to have won the Eisner Spirit of Retail Award. Massive thanks to all our supporters! Dreamy!


Among the other winners at the Eisners this year, the excellent team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips won Best Limited Series for The Fade Out, Jillian Tamaki’s SuperMutant Magic Academy won the Best Publication for Teens (13-17), veteran politician and Civil Rights activist John Lewis with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell won Best Reality-Based Work for March Book Two – check the Eisner site here for the full list of winners.

This is on my review shelf to have a gander at, and boy oh boy, it looks quite magnificent (as well as pretty steamy)… Jade Sarson’s Cafe Suada was/is a fabulous series, and this, her first major graphic novel, looks to be all that and much more. From her Facebook:

My new graphic novel For the Love of God, Marie! is out NOW!…/for-the-love-of-god-marie/# Available online and in bookshops. Careful reading it in this heatwave though, you might melt cause it’s uh, it’s pretty hot~


Jade was our most recent guest for our Director’s Commentary series (where we give the space over to the creator to talk us through a bit of their new work), you can read her talking about For the Love of God, Marie here.

The excellent Canadian Indy publisher Drawn & Quarterly has announced two new English-language translations for next year, Hostage by Guy Delisle and Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim, with Helge Dascher translating both books.



From the description on Hostage: “Delisle’s bestselling travelogues such as Pyongyang and Jerusalem are acclaimed for wryly recounting on-the-ground realities of life in distant countries. With Hostage, he uses these same gifts for making the incomprehensible understandable in an entirely different way. Delisle draws a solitary confinement that is intensely emotionally and physically demanding: the true experiences of a Doctors Without Borders administrator who was kidnapped in the Caucasus and held for over one hundred days. Fifteen years in the making, Hostage is a departure for Delisle as everything is seen and told only from the perspective of the titular captive. It will be published this Fall in France by Dargaud. ”


From the description on Poppies of Iraq: “Poppies of Iraq is Brigitte Findakly’s nuanced and loving account of her relationship with her homeland Iraq, detailing memories of her childhood and adolescence during Saddam Hussein’s regime, and even touching on the 2015 Paris attacks and the growth of Islamophobia around the world. The book takes a fascinating turn when the family flees to France during Findakly’s teen years, where she finds herself not quite belonging to either culture. Trondheim uses Findakly’s quirky anecdotes to sketch a poignant family portrait that covers loss, tragedy, love, and the loneliness of exile. Poppies of Iraq will be published in France by L’Association, coming August 2016.”

Two to look forward to – Delisle has never ceased to impress me with his very human observations of other lives and cultures, and it will be interesting to see what he does with this tale, while Trondheim is quite simply a cartooning god.


Wonder Woman Comic Con trailer…


io9 have more on the upcoming Valerian and Laureline movie from Luc Besson, which I’m very excited about, seeing as I’ve fallen in love with the comic series and am a big fan of Besson. And after reading io9’s article on the Comic Con footage, I’m REALLY looking forward to this one:

“Valerian opens in exactly one year, and if it lives up to the footage and scope of imagination shown in Hall H Thursday, we’re in for something special.”

The very fine Cartoon Museum in London has just opened a new exhibition, Heroes and Villains, featuring “art depicting real life, the cartoon and comic world that highlights those we love and those we love to hate. Featuring political cartoons, cartoon and comic strips, and caricatures, including some selected by celebrities and members of the public.” The exhibition runs until October the 30th:


Paul B Rainey has a new comic out, Tales to Diminish, collecting strips he’s drawn over the last couple of years, available now from his webstore:


New Stephen Collins in The Guardian:


Some sad news just broke last night – yes, this bloody awful year of 2016 has taken another one from us. Jerry Doyle, best known for playing security chief Garibaldi in JM Straczyksni’s groundbreaking SF series Babylon 5. I loved Babylon 5, a connected story arc running entire years in a way most in TV said was crazy in the 90s and which is pretty much the way all the exceptional new golden age of high quality TV dramas do it now (treating the audience as if they have brains and memory and can follow a long, immersive story, like a novel), Straczynski and his cast and crew were way ahead of the curve.


And Jerry as Garbialdi was, for me the beating heart of Babylon 5 – others got the the noble speeches, the grand, galaxy-changing heroics, but Garibaldi represented the ordinary blue collar guy trying to do his best and do the right thing, and he was a constant throughout the whole series. Given it was only back in the 90s it is awful how many of the Babylon 5 crew we’ve now lost – Jerry was preceded by Andreas Katsulas, Jeff Conway, Richard Biggs and Michael O’Hare, all way before their time. Joe Straczynski writes on Jerry here on Epic Times. RIP, Jerry, you were a major part of an innovative show many of us loved. And 2016, just stop it, right, just bloody well stop doing this to us.

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About The Author

Richard Bruton

– Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he’s written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard’s day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children’s graphic novel library in the country.

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