Yep, it’s that time of week for Joe and Richard to bring you our quick round-up of news and links we spotted over the last few days:
In one of the latest ridiculous crack-downs by the increasingly dictatorial Turkish leader Erdogan (a man who threatened, sued and tried to jail cartoonists who offended him repeatedly, even before his recent grab of more powers) has decreed that the theory of evolution will not be taught in Turkish schools. Presumably globes there will soon be replaced by models of a flat Earth as well… Gianluca Costantini responds with this cartoon, reminding Erdogan that no matter what he says, science and nature don’t care, they just are:
Even more alarming, if Gianluca drew this cartoon in Turkey, Erdogan would have him arrested for depicting him as a monkey. Yes, he is that thin-skinned. Fortunately Gianluca (and ourselves) are perfectly free to post such satirical cartoons because we enjoy freedom of press and speech. Which is another good reason to post a cartoon that will irritate a leader who has crushed those freedoms…
The Thing, one of the most influential and iconic horror films from that great master, John Carpenter, celebrates its thirty-fifth anniversary, and Chris Schweizer marked it by posting this fab artwork, “a favourite movie and the first poster I ever tackled.”
A group of authors have raised more than £150,000 in an auction drive to generate funds to help the victims of the awful Grenfell fire; Phillip Pullman raised more than £30k with the auction of naming a character in the second book of his new series, The Book of Dust. In a very touching move the name used will be that of one of the young victims, Nur Huda el-Wahabi, at the suggestion of one of Nur’s former teachers. (via the Guardian)
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing, at age 91, of Michael Bond, whose Paddington Bear tales have delighted so many generations of young readers and remained one of the warm glows of the childhood memories of many us even years later in adulthood.
An original map of the first Disneyland has sold at auction for a whopping $708, 000. The map, with personal annotation from Walt himself and created with artist Herb Ryman, was used in 1953 to help interest investors in creating what would become an iconic theme park. (via the BBC)
The recent teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is re-imagined here by , animated on an old Apple II computer from 1984, having to use 48 floppy disks (younger readers may need to ask their parents what those are) and totalling a staggering 6MB of data.Yeah, I know, that’s a single MP3 song these days, but believe me, to those of us who used those early home computers 6MB was staggeringly huge back then! (via BoingBoing)
Always good to hear Iz talking about comics and knowing how passionate she is about delivering a great show all we can say is hear hear, and go get your tickets. Cardiff is another one of those great small shows where it’s about comics first and foremost. In fact, Iz talks in the interview about being a 95% comics event, which is so much better than seeing all those massive conventions where it’s all about the TV and movie guests whilst the comic folks are hidden out the back.
Iz takes over as show runner for this sixth CICE after taking over from the retiring Mike Allward. Here’s a little of what she has to say:
The format is very similar to previous years, with a selection of UK-based guests and a whole host of brilliant small press and indie comic creators/publishers/traders. We’re the only show in Cardiff with at least a 90% Comic-specific content – something I’m very proud of. We also have a retro-gaming area hosted by Cardiff Geek Party, a panel programme and a kids activity area. Guests include Vertigo’s Jon Davis-Hunt, who has recently finished the first arc of Clean Room by Gail Simone and is now working on The Wild Storm with Warren Ellis… Jon also happens to be one of the nicest guys in comics 🙂 I’ve also got 2000AD favourites Ben Willsher, Henry Flint, Lee Carter, and more. Oni Press’ Sarah Graley is joining us, as is Marvel UKs Simon Williams. I’ve also got the brilliant illustrators Si Gurr and Godmachine, who’ve both worked in comics too, and kids favourites The Etherington Brothers
You can find out more and grab tickets at the CICE site. CICE takes place on Saturday 8th July 2017.
If you’d have asked me to name the absolute perfect comic for Garth Ennis last week, there’s no way in hell I’d have come back and said Dastardly And Muttley. Nope, no way, not ever. But now that I’ve seen the thing I can’t help but think this may be one of my fave comics of the year. ICv2 have the skinny.
The six issue mini series begins in September, written by Ennis and drawn by Mauricet, of Harley Quinn and her gang of Harleys. Over six issues, we should see pilot Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Atcherly and navigator Captain Dudley “Mutt” Muller have to deal with the aftermath of a spill of ultra-rare radioactive element unstabilium.
Sadly no mention of any pigeons needing stopping at all. But just that single image and the idea of Ennis working his passion for war comics into the Hanna-Barbera characters has me waiting with baited breath to see just how cool this one will be. So far, despite a lot of nay-saying (yes, some of it from me, I’ll admit it,) DC has been delivering the goods with it’s H-B line of books. They’re silly, surprising, and loads of fun. Dastardly & Muttley may just be the icing on the cake.
News from Neill Cameron: “Mega Robo Bros won the Excelsior Award Jr, voted on by kids across the country!”
(Photo courtesy of Carshalton High School for Girls Learning Resource Centre, from Neill’s FB)
The Excelsior Awards takes place annually, with children aged 11-16 and 8-11 deciding the year’s winner. It’s goal is twofold, to encourage reading and to raise the profile of comics with teachers and librarians. It does both extremely well. This year, the secondary school Excelsior Award went to Superman: Lois and Clark by Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks. And the junior school award went to Neill Cameron for his excellent Mega Robo Bros.
I’ve talked at length over the last couple of years about Cameron’s Robo sibling adventure and just what makes it so darned good, so it’s always great to see that it’s a book that’s getting children excited about both reading and comics.
For more details on the Excelsior Awards head to their site.