Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #100

Published On February 24, 2017 | By Joe Gordon | Books, Comics

It’s that time of week once more, and here’s our quick-hit round up of news and links we’ve spotted over the last few days:

Stephen Waller had me giggling away with his take on those infuriating clickbait articles “you’ll never guess what she did next!!!” with this quick three panel piece (see the rest here):

Fast Forward has a video interview up with the brilliant Kim Stanley Robinson, discussing his most recent books (our own Mal recently reviewed New York 2140 by Robinson, which you can read here) as well as talking about environmental challenges and the problems with humans trying to live off of the Earth:

Quex Park & Powell Cotton Museum has a cartoon workshop with Royston Robertson and the Guardian’s Martin Rowson coming up on Thursday March 2nd – details on their site.

(A recent cartoon by Martin Rowson for the Guardian, commenting on former PM Tony Blair’s comments on Brexit)

I’ve really been enjoying Dynamite’s run of James Bond comics in recent months, so I’m delighted to hear that the excellent Kieron Gillen is getting a crack at the British superspy. Gillen is teaming up with Antonio Fuso for a 48-page special in May, James Bond: Service. From the description: “James Bond: Service” is sent in the current, post-Brexit political environment, and pits 007 against an assassin who “plans to exterminate the ‘special relationship,’ and lead Britain and the United States into a very dark place.” Our review of the first issue of Diggle and Casalanguida’s Bond: Hammerhead is here, and Robinson and Campbell’s recent Bond spin-off Felix Leiter #1 here. (story via CBR)

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced the nominees for the 51st Annual Nebula Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. The awards are announced at the Nebula Conference over the weekend of May 18th to 21st.


All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
Borderline, Mishell Baker (Saga)
The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Ninefox Gambit,Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
Everfair, Nisi Shawl (Tor)


Runtime, S.B. Divya ( Publishing)
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, Kij Johnson ( Publishing)
The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle ( Publishing)
Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire ( Publishing)
“The Liar”, John P. Murphy (F&SF)
A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson ( Publishing)


“The Long Fall Up”, William Ledbetter (F&SF)
“Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea”, Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed)
“Blood Grains Speak Through Memories”, Jason Sanford (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
The Jewel and Her Lapidary, Fran Wilde ( Publishing)
“You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay”, Alyssa Wong (Uncanny)
“The Orangery”, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

Short Story

“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, Brooke Bolander (Uncanny)
“Seasons of Glass and Iron”, Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
“Sabbath Wine”, Barbara Krasnoff (Clockwork Phoenix 5)
“Things With Beards”, Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld)
“This Is Not a Wardrobe Door”, A. Merc Rustad (Fireside Magazine)
“A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers”, Alyssa Wong (
“Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0”, Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed)


Arrival, Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer, 21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films/Xenolinguistics
Doctor Strange, Directed by Scott Derrickson, Screenplay by Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill, Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures
Kubo and the Two Strings, Directed by Travis Knight, Screenplay by Mark Haimes & Chris Butler; Laika Entertainment
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Directed by Gareth Edwards, Written by Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy; Lucusfilm/ Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures
Westworld: ‘‘The Bicameral Mind’’, Directed by Jonathan Nolan, Written by Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan; HBO
Zootopia, Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, & Jared Bush, Screenplay by Jared Bush & Phil Johnston; Walt Disney Pictures/Walt Disney Animation Studios


The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers)
The Star-Touched Queen, Roshani Chokshi (St. Martin’s)
The Lie Tree, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK; Abrams)
Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor)
Railhead, Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press; Switch)
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies, Lindsay Ribar (Kathy Dawson Books)
The Evil Wizard Smallbone, Delia Sherman (Candlewick)

To a hugely popular response on Twitter it was announced that legendary editor/publisher Karen Berger was setting up her own imprint in partnership with Dark Horse, Berger Books. Karen, who nurtured DC’s now iconic Vertigo imprint, supporting works like Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and as was pivotal in seeking out new talent, notably with some of the UK creators who emerged from the early 2000 AD scene and would go on to change American comics, with an influence still carrying on across the medium. Too early for word yet on which authors and artists and title we can expect, but I think most of us have plenty of confidence that whichever creators Karen is choosing to work with are going to be ones we should be paying attention to. (via Publisher’s Weekly)

One of Turkey’s most prominent cartooning journals, Girgir, has closed its doors. According to the official reports it was due to offence they caused religious types with a cartoon featuring Moses. And it’s still sad if that is true, but given the clamp down the vile Erdogan (a politician with a long history of suing and threatening cartoonists and other satirists even before the attempted coup) has been leading in Turkey, firing and arresting thousands (to protect the country, of course), you have to wonder if there may well be more to this…

(Gianluca Costantini has comments and a cartoon to mark the passing of Girgir)

Jbunzie demonstrates a makeup tutorial to show you how to transform yourself into iconic cartoon character Betty Boop! Boop oop a doop! (via BoingBoing)

And hey, just for the heck of it, enjoy some classic Max Fleischer Betty Boop while we’re at it!

Ruben Bolling’s Tom the Dancing Bug strip on BoingBoing features “The Donald Trump Mysteries”! Here’s a taster, check BB for the full strip:

Liking the sound of the multi-creator Femme Magnifique anthology being put together by former Vertigo big cheese Shelly Bond, which has a Kickstarter running right now. From the description:

“If you’re frustrated by what’s happening in the world right now, from the sudden jeopardy of women’s rights to the overall global negativity, join us in creating FEMME MAGNIFIQUE, a book that dares to turn the tables. Let’s remind everyone how far we’ve come and exactly where we’re going by saluting 30 female trailblazers of yesterday and today.

From astronauts and abolitionists to computer coders and crack journalists, these fearless women have paved the way for equal rights in science, politics and the arts. What better way to celebrate their achievements than in FEMME MAGNIFIQUE, a book that can live on in teenage bedrooms, corporate boardrooms and libraries around the world?

We’ve reached out to an A-list of writers and artists who have been published by major comics and book publishers including Random House, Marvel, DC Comics, Image and IDW. From New York Times best-selling authors and Literature Prize Winners, to Eisner award-winners and TED speakers, this diverse group of women and men hail from the U.S. and Canada, England, Singapore, Greece, and India to name just a few unique locales. We’re united by a deep love and appreciation for the comics medium and its peerless power of graphic storytelling and we couldn’t think of a better time or format in which to bring FEMME MAGNIFIQUE to life.”

Chris Riddell in the Guardian on Trump and those Russian links…

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Joe Gordon

Joe Gordon is’s chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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