Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #109

Published On April 28, 2017 | By Joe Gordon | Animation, Comics, Film TV & Theatre

Time once more for our weekly news and links round up:

Thought Bubble has its annual comic art competition running (until Friday 28th July) with categories for adults and younger artists, so if you are planning to take part, you better get drawing!

Over on Comics Reporter Tom Spurgeon has a good, long chat with the excellent Joe Decie as his new graphic novel Collecting Sticks is published by Jonathan Cape. Snippet:

TOM SPURGEON: Joe, can I ask how a project like this comes together creatively? It reads like most of it was serialized. But beyond that, what factors play into your deciding that this series of instances would hold together as a story that you want published? Is there a crucial moment? Do you have to do any finessing to get there?

JOE DECIE: It wasn’t ever serialized. But, you’re right, I do think in short beats, I can’t help it, I can’t shake the single-page, or maybe the double-page beat. And, to be honest, I had no idea if this story held together as a story, beginning-middle-end, not until I’d shown it to a few people and they said it did. So we can blame them if it doesn’t. [Spurgeon laughs]

The way I worked on this, I had notes, small events that had taken place on various camping trips, they were written down in notebooks, scraps of paper. Being used to working on short form stuff, I had to fight the urge to immediately draw up each instance as a single strip and post it online. I find that instant online posting quite gratifying. But no, Joe, you’re doing a Big Book, getting paid to draw it, so I filed them away. I knew I was working on a story about a trip to the woods, so I saved every strip or idea that I thought could be used in this book.

Owen Michael Johnson – he of the rather excellent Beast Wagon and Raygun Roads fame – has a fundraiser over on Unbound for his graphic novel Reel Love, which sounds pretty interesting, musing on a subject close to my cinephile heart (in fact I’ve put my own money down for backing it), the power of the silver screen: “Following a traumatic first-visit to the local cinema with his father, a young boy returns to see a movie which will ignite his imagination, fill his head with fantasy, and change the course of his life. Now convinced it is his destiny to pursue his dream of becoming a famous film director, he ropes a street-smart classmate into producing their first stop-motion animation during the school holidays.

Told in three acts, each taking place over the course of a British summer at fateful points in his life, this bitter-sweet coming-of-age story chronicles the triumphs and heartbreaks of childhood friendship, first romance, and the realities of early adulthood set against the backdrop of rural Cumbria.”

After the short season of the new X-Files the other year Fox has confirmed they’ve commissioned a second season, which again will be ten episodes. I’ve mixed feelings about this – I did love seeing Mulder and Scully once more last year, and while there were a couple of really good episodes, most of it just didn’t gel terribly well for me. And yet I am still excited at the thought of new X-Files because, well, new X-Files! (via Live For Film)

Why are so many animated characters yellow? (via Boing Boing)

Just ahead of Ridley Scott’s eagerly anticipated Alien: Covenant hitting cinemas on May 12th, 20th Century Fox has released this short prologue, The Crossing, set on an abandoned Engineer vessel and showing Doctor Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and the android David (Michael Fassbender), linking from events between the end of Promtheus and leading towards the new film Covenant:

On a related note, don’t forget to enter our Alien: Covenant competition which we just launched this week, celebrating the forthcoming movie with a chance to win an amazing prize (including a top end PC and VR headset!)

David Ziggy Greene’s Scene & Heard (a regular slice of comics reportage in Private Eye, collected edition also available from David’s own webstore, highly recommended), posts up this details from a Disabled People Against Cuts protest:

The always-great Chris Riddell in the Guardian compares Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election in the UK to Smaug in the Hobbit, convinced he is invincible and unstoppable:

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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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