Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #103

Published On March 17, 2017 | By Richard Bruton | Books, Comics, Film TV & Theatre

Another week, another weekly roundup of all the news that’s fit to print. Well, ok, maybe not ALL the news, but at least stuff that caught our eye this week.

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods novel comes to the small screen in May, but before then, there’s a new Folio Society edition with illustrations by Dave McKean. Oh yes please… (Via The Guardian)

Oh, and as for the TV series… it’s due out on 30th April, 8 episodes covering about a third of the book, on STARZ cable channel with Bryan Fuller taking the reins along with co-showrunner Michael Green.

Here’s STARZ blurb…

“The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.  Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities. “

The Scalped movie, based on the comic by Jason Aaron and RM Guera, is in production with WGN right now. Probably be autumn for the premiere I’d imagine. Scalped finished its 60 issue run back in 2012, topping off an excellent run of crime drama comics around the Native American community. A run which you can pick up here in the FPI store, aren’t we good to you?

Over in Variety there’s a cast run down for the pilot. Produced by Sterlin Harjo, the show (if it gets to a series) will be the first to have a predominantly Native American cast.

It’s another example of US TV cherry-picking the finest of DC/Vertigo comics, after Constantine, Lucifer, and Preacher. Next up? Transmetropolitan? Wouldn’t you love to see that one? Particularly aposite in current political climes.

Tharg’s PR droid Mike Molcher wrote a guest piece for on the politics of 2000 AD’s iron man of the law, Judge Dredd. Snip:

After all, what relevance could this throwback to the 1970s possibly have for us? What possible lessons could we draw from a city with 95% unemployment due to wholesale automation, harsh laws against outsiders, a giant wall built to keep people out, a slave labour class denied basic rights, brutal and unquestioning law enforcement which presumes guilt, a ‘future shocked’ population so overcome by the horrors of their world that they turn to anger if not continually distracted by fripperies and fads, a fractured opposition eternally prone to in-fighting, a disinterested electorate which has previously selected both an orangutan and a serial killer for the role of city mayor, and a ruling system so restrictive that it routinely and mercilessly destroys lives without any accountability?

(Dredd tramples democracy right in front of the Statue of Liberty in America, art by Colin MacNeil)

Chris Riddell in The Guardian: Theresa May and Phillip Hammond post budget…

Your regular Stephen Collins is ace thing….. and the ultimate in unboxing videos…

The always fabulous Boulet on overcoming that mortal enemy of all authors – writer’s block (here’s a quick excerpt, follow the link to see the full comic):

The sixth East London Comics & Art Festival (ELCAF) is taking place this year on the 16th, 17th and 18th of June; liking this cracking poster for this year by Icinori:

And on the related news front, top small press publishing house Avery Hill (a firm favourite round these parts) is debuting Ellice Weaver‘s Something City at this year’s ELCAF, and it looks utterly fabulous:

Congratulations to Anna-Marie McLemore, who has won the 2016 Tiptree Award for her novel When The Moon Was Ours, as well as announcing their honours list. The Tiptree Awards are named for James Tiptree Jr, actually a nom de plume used by Alice B Sheldon who found she could be published more easily and be taken more seriously, winning awards with a masculine moniker than with a woman’s name on the book. Since 1991 the Tiptree Award has celebrated science fiction and fantasy which explores aspects of gender, with previous winners including Ursula Le Guin, Maureen F McHugh, Geoff Ryman, Patrick Ness, Suzy McKee Charnas, John M Harrison and more.

It’s been confirmed that the popular, long-running geek sitcom The Big Bang Theory will indeed have a spin-off, Young Sheldon, starring Iain Armitage (pictured below) as the childhood version of dysfunctional genius Sheldon Cooper, with Jim Parsons, who totally inhabits his role as the adult version of Sheldon in the main series, narrating. I’m really not sure about this at all – loved TBBT, but already there are some who think it may be about time to end it’s hugely successful run rather than continue too much longer and perhaps risk diluting the series by running it past its time, while the network is keen for more, given the ratings.

Is this just a cynical ploy to milk those ratings a bit longer? Perhaps, but that doesn’t mean the creators and actors can’t use the chance to produce something good, of course. Spin-offs from long-running shows often crash and burn, unable to capture the same lightning in a bottle of their progenitors, but then every now and then you get something like Cheers giving birth to Frasier, which I’d argue was even better than the show it spun out of, so let’s give this the benefit of the doubt till we’ve seen a few episodes. (via the BBC)

Anthony Stewart Head writes in the Guardian about his time playing Giles in the now iconic Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, and notes especially the powerful pro-female message that the series put forward in a way that appealed to all ages, genders and orientations (no mean feat) and why it remains so hugely popular (with the comics by Dark Horse still continuing the stories from where the final TV episode left off). Ah, Buffy, how we loved you then and love you still…

The BBC has posted up a new trailer for the forthcoming season of Doctor Who, which starts its UK run next month (ohhh, original 1960s Mondas-style Cybermen! Is that an Ice Warrior?!?! Oh! Oh! Vworp!):

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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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