Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #115

Published On June 9, 2017 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, Film TV & Theatre

Yep, that time of week again for our quick-hit, handy-sized, cut out and keep round up of news and links we spotted over the last few days:

The Herne Bay Cartoon Festival will have a bunch of cartoonists live drawing at the end of town’s pier on Sunday 6th of August. Please do not prod the cartoonists with sticks of seaside rock, it makes them agitated and cranky.

Hannah Berry is a graphic novellist we’ve featured here on the FPI Blog since her first published work. Her 2010 Britten and Brülightly was nominated for an Angoulême prize and her latest, Livestock, a satirical take of celebrity and politics in the modern world is out right now from Jonathan Cape. So, she’s a successful comic maker with two Jonathan Cape graphic novels, surely this is some measure of success and should see Berry supported well in her comic making endeavors?

Well, sadly it seems not. As sadly, Berry is giving up on comics, as revealed in an interview with the Ink comics newsletter and covered here by Heidi at The Beat. Berry’s tale of living a totally isolated, badly paid life is something we’ve heard from various cartoonists, but what shocks here is how difficult someone as high profile as Berry has found life making comics. To put it in stark numbers, Livestock took Berry three years to complete, during which she relied on a £10,000 Cape advance, a £10,000 Arts Council grant, and roughly £9000 in other freelance work. That’s horribly meagre reward for three years of hard work.

Here’s a few frankly rather upsetting quotes from Berry’s Ink interview, taken from Heidi’s post:

“Now, I’m a simple girl with simple needs, and part of my puritanical mania manifests itself in living as cheaply as possible: I’ll wear clothes until they literally fall apart; I brought a hip flask to my BFF’s wedding; my wildest extravagance is being alive in Brighton. But despite all of my best efforts, £8,000 a year is not enough to live on.”

“The only way I’ve been able to survive as a graphic novelist is by being supported by my wonderful, long-suffering, devilishly handsome partner. As a fine, upstanding feminist, this does not make me feel good about myself. It’s actually pretty embarrassing to admit, in fact, but here we are.”

“To make a graphic novel takes me three years of blinkered, fanatical dedication, and I realised while working on Livestock that I just can’t do it again. I’m done. I’m out. And from quiet talks with many other graphic novelists, ones whose books you know and love, I can tell you that I’m far from being the only one.”

We wish Hannah the very best for wherever she takes her talent next.

Paste Magazine shines much deserved light on colorists, celebrating the work of Jordie Bellaire, Tamra Bonvillain, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Matt Hollingsworth, and Matt Wilson, all of whom are doing incredible things to make your favourite comics look the very best they can be.

Yep, it’s summertime, and that means just one thing… a return to that wonderful feeling of being a child again and getting hold of the Beano and Dandy Summer Specials. You can just feel the smile spreading across your face as the sun comes out.

Lew Stringer has the details

Jamie Smart’s Looshkin…. the epitome of cat-ness, featuring every week in The Phoenix Comic

By the time you read this on Friday morning, the general election will be over and done with and we’ll know just who our rulers will be for the next few years. But here’s Steve Bell on Theresa May’s lack of debating…

And Will Dawbarn on the whole wacky race element of it all…

Warner Bros has posted several short video interviews with the stars of the magnificent Wonder Woman movie (still on a high from seeing it), including Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and director Patty Jenkins:

And on a different but still Wonder Woman related theme, there’s a brief teaser trailer for the forthcoming biopic on Diana’s creator, William Moulton Martston:

A reminder that the Glenrothes Comic Con takes place in Fife this Saturday (10th June), if you’re in the area give them some support with this new outing!

And more event goodness to circle in your diary – the South London Comics and Zine Fair is set for Saturday July 15th at Stanley Halls, South Norwood Hill, London, check their Facebook page for details.

Pia Guerra posts this (almost Thomas Ott-like) cartoon commenting on Theresa May’s stance that more control and censorship of the internet will protect the UK from terrorism better than more and better resourced police officers…

Tom Humberstone muses on the latest terrorist horror to be inflicted in recent weeks on the people of the UK and on the often less than enlightened response by some political leaders (click here to read the whole thing on The Nib)

And sad news this week – the passing at the ripe, old age of 96, of the actor Peter Sallis, who had many roles, but was best known for his very long-running role in Last of the Summer Wine and of course in one of the most wonderful institutions British movie-making has produced, Nick Park’s Oscar-winning animation Wallace and Gromit, a series that has brought laughter and joy to huge numbers of children and those of us who are much older but find our inner child still there and nourished by such works. The voice of Wallace stilled now. I hope you have gone beyond to the great land where the cheese is always cracking and there are always loyal doggy friends to share it with. (via the BBC)

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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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