Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #108

Published On April 21, 2017 | By Richard Bruton | Animation, Comics, Film TV & Theatre

Back again? Must be Friday, time for a little round up of news bits….

Because you demanded it. Did you? Did you really? Well someone did. Or at least someone figured it was just what the world needed right now. Yes, there’s plans for an ‘R’ rated Watchmen animated film.

Seems Warner Bros. ‘A-List Community’ program had a little survey or something that identified the desire (or the market niche perhaps?) for seeing the classic Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons graphic novel turn into a made for DVD animation. Yep, expect Watchmen to have the same feel as the recent animated adaptations of Miller’s Dark Knight Returns and Moore and Bolland’s The Killing Joke. No news of a release date yet.

(Via CBR)

Be nice if they did it in the Saturday Morning style we showed you back in 2009 though!


DACS have a new short interview with Jamie Smart, that stalwart of children’s comics, creator of the brilliant Bunny Vs Monkey and insane Looshkin regularly featuring in The Phoenix Comic.

(Image via DACS)


Loving this science fiction map that grew out of a discussion on RPG Net’s forums, charting out a map of many of the most commonly used tropes in space opera, including Space Vampires, Space Vikings, Diverse Alliance of Nice Guys, Space Faring Rome, Retro Space Feudalism and more (via BoingBoing)


Bryan Talbot alerts us to the return of the Wonderlands Graphic Novel Expo this summer at the Cityspace Building, Chester Road, Sunderland, on Saturday June 3rd (entry is free), with guests including John Wagner, John Higgins, the Guardian’s Martin Rowson, Hannah Berry, Jade Sarsen,Tim Perkins, Geoff Anderson and Bryan and Mary Talbot.

And on other Talbot-related news, Mary Talbot has posted up a report on their trip to the 35th International Comics Fair in Barcelona, which included signing Spanish language editions of their recent works and getting to meet some other top-notch creators like Matt Kindt, Juan Diaz Canales and Jose Munoz.


One of our favourite creative duos, Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers, better known as Metaphrog, are interviewed by Teddy Jamieson in the Sunday Herald. Snip: “We realised that comics were quite complicated and we really enjoyed playing with that. It was great fun. When people said:Why aren’t you using your PhD?’ Or, ‘You’re wrecking your life,’ we just thought we had purpose. And there’s nothing better in life than being with somebody you love and having a purpose. You can’t believe how happy that makes you.”

Metaphrog’s The Little Mermaid has just been released by Papercutz (and is absolutely wonderful – you can read our recent review here), and they will be embarking on a US tour with it in May.


The public ballot for the Inkwell Awards – celebrating and often under-appreciated but vital part of the comics industry, the inkers – is up on their site and open to readers and professionals alike to cast their votes until April 30th.


We’re still mourning the loss of the great Carrie Fisher, but there’s no chance she’ll be forgotten. Case in point, the recent Star Wars Celebration event in Orlando ran a tear-inducing tribute video at the end of their 40th anniversary celebration panel. Not a dry eye in the house. The tribute was accompanied by messages from from George Lucas, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, and Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd. And if that wasn’t enough to get the tears going it all ended with a live performance of John Williams’ “Leia’s Theme.”


And on a lighter note… the new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok dropped last week. And promptly smashed records for Marvel viewing figures, 136 million views in just 24 hours.

The Taiki Waititi directed third Thor film had the Internet a-flutter, with everyone loving the lightness of touch for this one. Who knew Chris Hemsworth was such a comedic talent?

“YES! I know him. He’s a friend from work.”


Sticking with the movie front, the trailer and poster for The Red Turtle, Michael Dudok de Wit’s forthcoming film, produced by legendary animation outfit (and global treasure) Studio Ghibli, has been posted online, and it looks gorgeous.


Over on The Nib Matt Bors takes a swipe at Alabama, whose senate has allowed a mega-church to have its very own police force (click the link to see the full strip):

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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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