Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense #83)
Yes, it has gotten around to Friday again (already, how the weeks zap past) and that means it is time for our weekly quick-hit news and links digest:
An interesting series of events for your diaries – “Small Press : Independent Comics and Self Publishing” is taking place over several days at the Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art, from the 24th to the 28th of October. From the schedule (see here) it looks to be a pretty diverse set of events – comic art exhibitions, talks, workshops, stalls from Alternative Press, Laydeez Do Comics, discussions by Samuel C Williams, Gareth Brookes and more – one to check out if you live in the area, give them some support.
(an image from The Land Of My Heart Chokes On Its Abundance by Gareth Brookes)
LudoSport are opening a lightsaber academy in San Francisco, with training, duels and ranked progressions as practisioners progress through their skill and experience levels. I trained for many years on actual sabre as well as foil, and it’s an extremely intense experience (in fencing with sabre, unlike foil, areas like the head are legitimate targets, if you let your guard slip), part highly athletic sport, part martial art, part almost Zen-like artform (as it becomes more instinctual you often feel yourself move almost into a different state during a bout on the piste), so I imagine this could be a lot of fun. (via Blastr)
Open Culture spotted this video, a revamped trailer from a film that never was, an attempt to bring a feature-length animated version of Jodorowsky and Moebius’ European classic of comics science fiction, The Incal to the big screen. The film never happened, sadly, but here’s a revamped version of the trailer from a while back, with work by a bunch of Heavy Metal artists working on the animation, so we can look and wonder at what may have been.
John Freeman on Down the Tubes reports from the weekend’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival where Charlie Adlard, best known for his artwork on the hugely popular The Walking Dead among many other projects, has been chosen to be the second Comics Laureate, following on from the great Dave Gibbons who was the first to hold the two-year post which sees the Laureate working with various groups to promote the medium. Big congrats to Charlie! (pic borrowed from DTT)
More news from the Lakes Festival, where it was announced that starting with next year’s edition there will be a new international award. Working in conjunction with the National Cartoonists Society the festival has created The NCS Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art, named for the famous MAD cartoonist and creator of Groo, and which “will be given annually to an exceptional comic artist, animator, or cartoonist at the Lakes Comic Art Festival beginning in 2017.” The NCS explained this was a way of expanding beyond their prestigious Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year given out in the US and Canada, to highlight more good cartooning work on an international level. A jury comprised of Sergio Aragonés, the sitting National Cartoonists Society president, the sitting NCS Foundation president, and two principals of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival will convene annually to select a recipient. The honouree will then be invited to attend the festival as a distinguished guest and receive the award.
With 2017 marking the fortieth anniversary of Tharg’s arrival on planet Earth, bringing forth the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic and introducing Earthlets to the raw energy of Thrill Power, the 2000 AD crew are holding a Forty Years of Thrill Power Festival. Saturday 11th of February from 10am to 7pm in the Novotel in London, with a huge cast of current and past 2000 AD alumni, including Pat Mills, John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Alan Grant, Garth Ennis, Dave Gibbons, Mike McMahon, Steve Yeowell, Rob Williams, Si Spurrier, Al Ewing, Sean Phillips, Duncan Fregredo, Simon Bisley and a great deal more.
Dark Horse has announced The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed, a five-issue mini series in the Hellboy continuity by Mike Mignola working with Chris Roberson (iZombie) and the brilliant Paul Grist (Jack Staff). Frankly they have me at that creator line-up, but if you want more – some of you fellow old Hellboy fans like myself will remember once glimpsing aliens in Seed of Destruction years back, monitoring events on Earth, and that later one was sent to 1944 to kill the infant Hellboy, but spared him. This mini-series will be filling in some of that missing element of the Hellboy universe’s history, with a teaser story in the Hellboy Winter Special 2017 in January then the first issue in February. Roberson seems like a good collaborator for Mignola and I think Grist’s artwork should suit that distinctive Hellboy style pretty darned well.
“I remember when I first read Hellboy: The Conqueror Worm. Halfway through Mike Mignola throws in this character who has been tracking Hellboy ever since he arrived on Earth, who then promptly dies and is dismissed by Hellboy in a single sentence. And I thought NO! You can’t do that! There has to be more to this guy’s life than that! And it turns out there was. And I’d like to thank Mike for asking me to help tell that story now,” Paul Grist.
Soaring Penguin Press is to publish the first volume of Emma Vieceli Malin Rydén’s popular web comic Breaks in the later part of 2017 in a trade paperback and also a limited edition. From the description: “On the eve of the boxing match that would confirm his place in the under-18s commonwealth boxing team, Cortland caused the death of another teenager in a street brawl. After escaping a murder conviction with the help of his brother Cortland is relocated to Queen Anne’s school and sixth form college with his best friend, Polish immigrant Irena Chrona. At times violent, Breaks is a story of two young adults discovering who they were, who they are, and who they will become. It’s a love story…but a little broken.”
The second Guardians of the Galaxy movie may not be till next summer, but the first teaser trailer has made its way online, complete with cool soundtrack (the first film soundtrack is still a regular on the speakers in the Blogcave) and BABY GROOT!!!!! Much OMGing and squeeness!
Comics Alternative has a good, long interview with Chris Miskiewicz and Palle Schmidt about their Thomas Alsop series for Boom Studios:
National treasure Aardman Animation revealed that Tom Hiddlestone (swooooon) will be voicing the villainous Lord Nooth, money loving tyrant of a small Bronze Age town and rival to the Stone Age hero Dug (voiced by Eddie Redmayne), in their Early Man animated movie, currently in production, the first feature length work by Academy Award winning Nick Park since Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Always good to have new Aardman work to look forward to!
“I’ve been a fan of Nick Park and Aardman for as long as I can remember, and am incredibly honoured to be working with Nick and the team on this adventure. I’m thrilled to be able to breathe some semblance of life into this hysterical villain and to work with Eddie for the first time. EARLY MAN made me laugh out loud when I read it. Lord Nooth is larger than life in every respect. I can’t wait for audiences to meet him,” commented Hiddlestone.
Douglas Noble has a new comic out in time for the upcoming Thought Bubble festival in November, Horrible Folk, which he describes as “a monologue for twenty-eight voices concerning devils, the landscape, old stones, older gods, ordinary murder and many of the other crimes of man. Built out of the faces in the backgrounds of British horror films, and sites sacred and profane from the British landscape, it’s a singular comic experience that demands to be read and savoured. What shadow stretches out behind the devil? Who was the stranger in the lane? Horrible Folk points the way.”
I like the old 17th century woodcut pamphlet style of the cover, and like to imagine if Douglas were around then he would doubtless be going from town to town with pamphlets and broadsides, to the ire of the authorities. For more info and links to buy Horrible Folk, check out Douglas’ site.