Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #110

Published On May 5, 2017 | By Joe Gordon | Books, Comics, Film TV & Theatre

Yep,  end of the week again and that means time for our quick-hit round up of news and links that we spotted over the last few days…


Greg Taylor on the Daily Grail has a good, long chat with the Great Bearded Magus of Albion, Mr Alan Moore. Snip:

TDG: Moving onto less complex issues, let’s talk scientific and philosophical theories of time and the cosmos. The theme of transcending time has recurred in your work over the years – I’m thinking things like Watchmen’s Doctor Manhattan (“There is no future. There is no past. Do you see? Time is simultaneous, an intricately structured jewel that humans insist on viewing one edge at a time, when the whole design is visible in every facet.”), a wonderful möbius strip time-loop full-page spread in Promethea, and it also seems to be one of the core themes in your recently released novel Jerusalem. Is time simply a fun concept to play with in story-telling, or is there a deeper fascination for you?”

“AM: Obviously, as a storyteller the element of time and the narrative uses to which you can put it are tremendous fun, but I think if I’ve been drawn to telling stories like this – and I certainly appear to have been – then that would be because time itself is a subject that has fascinated me since my early childhood, when studying framed photographs of deceased forebears it came to me that at some point in the future, after I was dead, people would be examining photographs of me, and that from a certain perspective this was already happening.

As I’ve grown and have come to understand more about the position that I have learned is called Eternalism, then I’ve come to feel that it offers a vivid alternative to both ridiculously optimistic religious belief and an atheistic pessimism that is probably psychologically unworkable. I recently received wonderful letter from someone who said that reading Jerusalem had helped resolve the terror of mortality that had dogged them since childhood, bringing with it debilitating anxiety and depression. This is all I ever wanted the book to achieve; the hope that it might offer a solidly rational new view of death that would provide an alternative to letting our life be morbidly overshadowed by our paralysed and fruitless fear of its end.” (link via BoingBoing)


In this short video essay KaptainKristian explores the iconic Wonder Woman in relation to her history as a progressive symbol for many individuals and groups (link via BoingBoing):


Live For Film reports on The Black Ghiandola, a zombie film that was the dream of 16-year-old Anthony Conti, who sadly suffered from stage four adrenal cortical cancer. The not-for-profit Make A Film Foundation works with youngsters with life-threatening conditions, and a number of movie industry professional from behind the scenes and film stars, give their time and experience to help make some projects into reality – this film included Johnny Depp, J.K. Simmons, Laura Dern, David Lynch, Chad L. Coleman, Richard Chamberlain, Penelope Ann Miller, Keith Allan, Jade Pettyjohn and Pritesh Shah, not to mention Sam Raimi and others behind the lens. You can find out more about the Make A Film Foundation, or make a donation to their work, here.


The Guardian has an interesting video article on Tyler Watts and Christopher Dennis, who don comics costumes – Superman and The Joker – and pose for pictures for a small fee among many other costumed characters on Hollywood Boulevard, but away from their superhero imagery both are also struggling with homelessness:


I had no idea that the brilliant Charles Vess was working on illustrations in collaboration with the wonderful Ursula Le Guin for a special one-volume edition of her Earthsea tales next year. Book View Cafe has an insight into this work in progress, with comments from Le Guin (one of our true Queens of Words and Worlds) and sketches by Vess. I’m sure this is going to be a gorgeous edition of a classic tale.


The mighty Bill Shatner is auctioning off a a Captain Kirk action figure that has actually been into space, with funds going towards his Hollywood Charity Horse Show, which supports therapeutic horse riding programmes for special needs children. Nice one, Bill.


Hamish Steele had me laughing out loud recently with his superbly funny Pantheon from Nobrow, exploring the story of the ancient Egyptian gods with delightfully cheeky irreverence (reviewed here). And now he’s had me chuckling again with Badly Drawn Animals, a short animated cartoon created for the Nickelodeon International Animated Shorts Program. (thanks to Jamie Smart for the link)


Netflix continues its Marvel TV universe with The Defenders this summer, bringing together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage into a small-screen superteam, and it does look pretty fun from this new Netflix UK trailer which dropped this week:


Tom Gauld‘s latest for New Scientist may refer to academic essays, but it sounds like it could apply equally well to many a political statement:

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Joe Gordon

Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk’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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