Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #91
Here we go again, another round-up of those little things you may just have missed this week…
It’s that most wonderful time of the year again… and by that I mean the end of the year and everyone’s producing Best Of Year lists. At the FPI Blog we have had our own guest series running earlier this month as usual (the blog crew will post their own choices a bit later in Dec), but always nice to see what other folks are talking about.
Rachel Cooke in The Guardian gives us her best of the year, including Isabel Greenberg’s The One Hundred Nights Of Hero, Riad Sattouf’s The Arab Of The Future, Sarah Lippett’s Stan And Nan, and many more in a 16 book list where 7 are Jonathan Cape titles.
Over on Good Reads, 150 thousand plus voted on the best graphic novel and here’s the top 4, and it’s a damn good top 4…
The Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer is out…. and everyone seems rather keen on it!!
The trailer for the next of the new Planet of the Apes films has been posted online, War for the Planet of the Apes:
And for the (much!) younger fans, animated fun as Peppa Pig is coming to the movies around the Easter holidays next year with Peppa Pig: My First Cinematic Experience –
And of course, there’s Doctor Who on the Beeb on Christmas Day, so there’s a new trailer for that as well…
Carl Waite has set up a Just Giving fundraiser page to help out excellent Brit comics artist Peter Doherty, best known for his substantial contributions to 2000 AD across a number of years (with many notable Dredd tales). Peter is recovering from a torn aorta and had to be kept in a medically-induced coma for a week after complications. The good news is he is on the mend, but it will be quite a while before he is able to consider getting back on the brushes and taking on work. And that means no money coming in while he can’t work, which is just another worry to add at an already stressful time, so Carl has set up this fundraiser and is also hoping to set up a website in the near future and to solicit some art donations from the comics community to auction on it to raise more funds. I’ve looked after a loved one after heart surgery (complete with some complications that lead to weeks in intensive care, a very harrowing time) and even once fit enough to leave hospital they were as weak as a kitten and needing constant help till they built their strength back up. Not to mention emotional support – being in that condition leaves you thinking you will never get any better. You do, with help, but it takes such a toll on your body you need all the help you get in the recovery phase as I know full well, so while he is undergoing all of that please consider helping Peter out, and if you can’t spare the cash please do share the link.
Faber & Faber and the Andlyn Literary Agency have launched a new prize to encourage Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers and illustrators for children. The prize includes a monetary award, but probably even more important it aims to nurture the new talent by including membership of the Association of Illustrators, private consultation with established industry professionals and a year of mentoring, which sounds terrific – details on the Faber & Faber site.
Awards season beckons early next year, but the nominees for the Golden Globes have just been announced this week, and among the fantastical genre works getting nomination nods this time round are Deadpool, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and Westworld, and in the Best Motion Picture Animated category Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, My Life as a Zucchini, Sing and Zootopia (or Zootropolis, depending which country you saw it in). Strong contenders but for my money that one should go to Kubo and the Two Strings. (via Games Radar)
It looks like Wonder Woman’s stint as an honorary United Nations ambassador for campaigning for gender equality has come to a halt already, with a number of people, among them quite a few from the UN itself, objected to using her because she was fictional and because they see her as too sexualised an image. Some of us, of course, will always look up to Diana as a great symbol of a powerful female hero who combines grace, strength, tenacity and the wonderful and much needed qualities of mercy and compassion to temper that great strength. Good qualities for anyone, of any gender; I’m sure despite this she will remain an inspiration to many girls and women (and an educator to men who need to learn a bit more on the gender front). (via the Guardian)
(art from DC’s Wonder Woman ’77 by Nicola Scott, based on the truly wonderful Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman)
Top Brit SF author Ken MacLeod has just had the second in his new Corporation Wars trilogy, Insurgence, published by Orbit. Over on the My Life My Books My Escape blog he talks to DJ about his latest work. You can read a review of the first book in that series and of Ken’s talk at this summer’s Edinburgh Book Festival here (Joe will have a review of the second volume in the near future)
Tony Millionaire announced on his Facebook page that he is ending his long-running (and often brilliant) Maakies series. From what he says on FB it looks like the ever-shrinking market for strips in newspapers, once such a huge staple for readers, is a major part in leading him to this decisions. Sad to see Drinky Crow et all go; we wish Tony all the best with whatever he decides to do next.
Aleppo – there just aren’t enough words to describe the horrors human beings can inflict on other human beings, most especially (as always in wars) the innocent civilians caught in the middle, homes shelled, barrel bombs dropped, bullet-ridden streets, even hospitals attacked by those who care little who is harmed, even if they are children. Damn every bastard with gun and bomb who thinks so little of human life… Cartoon Movement has been featuring cartoon commentary from round the globe – this simple but chillingly effective one comes from Latif Fityani:
The always brilliant Stephen Collins for the Guardian – “the gift of open-mindedness” (click the link for the full strip)