Yep, it’s that time of the week again where we round up some of the stories and links we noticed over the last few days:
We had sad news over last weekend with the passing at 88 years of age of Adam West, who will always, for many of us, be Batman. West’s 1960s television incarnation of Batman was insanely popular at the time and repeats across the years brought new generations to a wacky, Pop-art infused bright, inventive and above all, fun show that millions of us have very fond memories of. Indeed so beloved and iconic is that version of the Caped Crusader that DC has been running a series of comics, Batman ’66, based around the version seen in the show, which also sees the Dynamic Duo paired up with other iconic 60s fantasy characters, such as Steed and Mr Peel, the Man From UNCLE and the 70s TV Lynda Carter version of Wonder Woman. Thank you for being our superhero, Adam. A number of other actors who have played or voiced Batman have added their tributes to a man who became an absolute prop of modern pop culture.
(a detail from Batman ’66 Meets the Man From UNCLE, art by Mike Allred, published DC; below, just because it is such a wonderfully joyful image of comics embedding themselves into mainstream culture, Adam in his Batman costume on the March 1966 cover of Life magazine)
The great Frank Quitely, currently subject of a major exhibition at Glagow’s wonderful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, is to be awarded an honorary doctorate from Glasgow University, reports the Herald, making him a Doctor of Letters.
(an emotional page from All Star Superman by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, published DC)
The latest non-fiction comic from Nick Sousanis, created for Columbia Magazine, covers the work of Karen Green, a comics librarian at Columbia University. From his description:
“Ok, excited to share my new comic – profile of Columbia University’s comics librarian extraordinaire Karen Green – done in comics for Columbia Magazine! While only six pages long, this proved to be a huge undertaking – i was working on it December through March, and it was just published this week. When first approached to do this project, I was hesitant. Although I’m good friends with Karen and she was a great colleague while I was doing my doctoral work, biographies are not really the sort of comic I make. But then I got the idea to tell her story through homages to all the comics she read growing up and through adulthood – and that got me excited for the challenge (I did do one autobiographical piece a long time back that touched upon somewhat similar terrain). And it was a challenge – the amount of reference material for this short piece are kind of ridiculous but once you’ve committed to this path – can’t really stop walking. The comic draws on her lifelong fascination with Alice in Wonderland in a few places, the New Yorker, the Bayeux Tapestry, Archie, Little Nemo, Charles Burns, and the crowning achievement of the piece – a riff on Al Jaffee’s legendary Mad Fold-Ins!”
The Comic Art Festival Podcast posted up an hour long video of a panel at the recent Lancaster Comics Day, discussing the work of the god-like Jack Kirby in this, his centenary year:
Brick has a new 36-page comic, East of Aleppo: Bread, Bombs and Video Clips, which explores a real story not covered by the mainstream media, coming out of the horrific quagmire of violence and death in Syria, and has a trailer up for it:
James R. Tramontana has a new science fiction comedy podcast, Ace Tucker, Space Trucker, online now, with several episodes already on iTunes for your perusal.
Acclaimed comicker Dash Shaw has a movie, which rejoices in the fabulous title My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea, and it has its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (the world’s oldest continually running film fest) later this month. I usually take a few days off and do a pile of different types of movies at the festival, and yes, I have booked tix for this one already, so hopefully I’ll be able to post a bit more on it once festival time hits!
A museum in Tampere, Finland, dedicated to Tove Jansson’s wonderful Moomins opens on Saturday 17th. Now that would be a pleasure to visit – one to add to your Comics Atlas of the World, methinks!
The world’s largest public literary bash, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, launched its programme earlier this week, the largest ever at an incredible thousand events, with authors and artists from fifty countries. As usual we’ve been looking through the programme and picking out the comics and science fiction and fantasy related events (including a strand by the great Ken MacLeod who is a guest selector this year) – check them out here on the blog.
One of our favourite publishers of quality Indy comics, Canadian outfit Drawn & Quarterly announced a raft of publications for their Winter 2018 schedule, including a new edition of Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine, Red Winter by Anneli Furmark, From Lone Mountain by John Porcellino, Von Spatz by Anna Haifisch, Red Colored Elegy by Seiichi Hayashi, Kitaro the Vampire Slayer by Shigeru Mizuki and Moomin Winter by Tove Jansson.
And a reminder of a couple of events for your diaries, both in London, with ELCAF taking place today (yes, today!! Stop reading this and go there now!), and Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th. We’ve heard nothing but good things from this still-growing show, if you are in the area get yourselves down for fun and support some cool independent creators and publishers.
And the South London Comic & Zine Fair is free, suitable for all ages Gareth Brookes tells us, and is taking place on 15th July 2017 from 12-6pm at Stanley Halls, 12 S Norwood Hill (nearest station is Norwood Junction). Sounds like a great local event for Indy creators and readers.
With much talk in the media recently about how automation and robots will replace even more jobs in the coming decades, the always brilliant Tom Gauld brings us a fine selection of robots designed to interact with fleshy humes in his latest for New Scientist:
One of the best of our crop of very young cartoonists, Zoom Rockman, posts a comics interview with Nigel Farage, and a nice piece of satire on xenophobia it is too…