Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #104

Published On March 24, 2017 | By Richard Bruton | Books, Comics, Film TV & Theatre, General

Here we go, it’s comics news round-up time….

Over at Slate, the Cartoonist Studio Prize shortlists have been announced. These are selected by Slate Book Review and the Center For Cartoon Studies and it’s a really impressive list in two categories with the winners announced April 10th. Last year’s winners were Carol Tyler for Soldier’s Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father and Boulet for “I Want to Believe.”

The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Print Comic of the Year: 2016 Shortlist

Burt’s Way Home by John Martz. Koyama Press.
Canopy by Karine Bernadou. Retrofit and Big Planet Comics.
Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson. Flying Eye Books.
Libby’s Dad by Eleanor Davis. Retrofit and Big Planet Comics.
March: Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. Top Shelf.
Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden. Drawn and Quarterly.
Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart. St. Martin’s Press.
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew. Pantheon.
The Longest Day of the Future by Lucas Varela. Fantagraphics.
We All Wish for Deadly Force by Leela Corman. Retrofit and Big Planet Comics.


The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year: 2016 Shortlist

Greek Diary by Glynnis Fawkes
I Trained to Fight the Enemy” by Jess Ruliffson
Normel Person by Lauren Weinstein
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden
On Beauty” by Christina Tran
Rejected Anthology Submission” by Meghan Lands
Riverbound by Päivi Niinikangas
The Secrets in My Mother’s Nightstand” by Sophia Wiedeman
The Unofficial Cuckoo’s Nest by Luke Healy
Wonderlust by Diana Nock

The great Neill Cameron might be busy with Mega Robo Bros over in the Phoenix Comic, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t got time for the occasional side project, especially when it gives him a chance to work with his boy, Logan.

Our Daily Breath, an autobiographical comic with monsters and Zelda, is over on Neill’s Comic Facebook page.

Comic artist Richard Piers Raynor has a fascinating series of posts up on his Facebook pages showing us the illustrations he did for many years for his beloved Middlesborough FC.

The finale to Owen Michael Johnson and John Pearson’s insanely brilliant Beast Wagon drops in April, but just for you, there’s the chance to see what all the fuss is about with a free download of the first two issues here.

It’s well worth a look.

US comics writer Tony Isabella recently signed up for a Beano subscription and reviews the long-running comic here. (Thanks to Lew Stringer for the link)

The latest book from Sean Azzopardi is progressing nicely. Called The Voice Of The Hall, it’s going to be published by Soaring Penguin, thanks to funding through Arts Council England. The book’s all about Hornsey Town Hall, North London, with the building itself narrating its 80 year history. Azzapardi will will be illustrating the book in a variety of styles to take us through the years.

Sean’s also got a new book out, entitled 50, it’s an exploration of his life on turning the big 5-0 this year. More on that (hopefully) later this week.

The Guardian posts a piece of short original science fiction drama, The Intelligence Explosion, ruminating on how to prevent an artificial intelligence from becoming evil and deciding it is better than those pesky humans? (thanks for the link, Matt!)

Manga Entertainment is bringing award-winning anime film In This Corner of the World to UK cinemas from June 28th. From the description: “From the Sunao Katabuchi, director of Mai Mai Miracle, and the producers of Millennium Actress & Tokyo Godfathers. The award-winning story of In This Corner of the World follows a young lady named Suzu Urano, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband’s family. Suzu’s life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Her perseverance and courage underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country. This beautiful yet poignant tale shows that even in the face of adversity and loss, people can come together and rebuild their lives.”

Matt Haig’s next novel, How To Stop Time, is due to be published this summer by Edinburgh’s Canongate Books, but it has already seen the film rights snapped up by StudioCanal, with Benedict Cumberbatch (swoon) attached to play the lead and also executive produce through his SunnyMarch production company. From the description of the novel: “How to Stop Time is the first adult novel in four years by Matt Haig, the number one bestselling author whose books have been translated into over thirty languages. It tells the story of Tom Hazard (Cumberbatch), a man who may look like an ordinary 41-year-old but, owing to an extremely rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. How to Stop Time is a wildly imagined love story that spans centuries and continents and cements Haig’s reputation as one of the most original and exciting novelists of his generation.”

Also on the animated movie news front, national treasure Aardman Animation has released the first teaser trailer for the next film by the wonderful Nick Park, Early Man. The film, starring the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddlestone, Maisie Williams, Richard Ayoade and more, is not due in cinemas till early 2018, but we can enjoy this brief teaser trailer for now!

Ste Sharp has a fundraiser at Unbound for a new science fiction book, Darwin’s Soldiers.

Writer and director Dan Freeman is bringing his play A Joke to the Edinburgh Festival this summer, and with it two much-loved actors from the world of science fiction (in fact two actors well known for playing doctors of one type or another!), former Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy and Voyager’s Robert Picardo. Bringing a show to the Festival may put you in the largest arts festival on planet Earth, but it is also very expensive, so the guys are running a fundraiser to crowd-fund the production’s festival run, with a lot of perks and goodies available for backers – check out the site for more details.

Richard Cowdry has his latest in his Letters From Albania series detailing his family’s experiences living in that country:

Nigel Auchterlounie has a few ideas on George Osbourne getting yet another job (because yes, being an MP is definitely something you can do part-time George.)

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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.

3 Responses to Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #104

  1. Alfred (not my real name) says:

    Hey. Whatever happend to the ‘This Month/Next Month’ comics – blogposts? I liked those 🙂

    • Joe Gordon Joe Gordon says:

      Hi, Alfred, basically time happened to it, they took quite a bit of time to set up every month and we just didn’t always have time to keep doing it

    • Short answer Alfred… life happened.
      Long answer… well, I’m afraid I don’t know you well enough for that! 🙂

      In the future… yep, would love to see it happen again. It all came from my desire to make a note for myself about the books I wanted to look for, and after that it was great to have other people’s choices in there as well.