Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #123

Published On August 4, 2017 | By Joe Gordon | Books, Comics

And once more it’s that time of week when Richard and Joe do a quick round up of news and links they’ve spotted during the last few days:

The City Lit courses in London includes one entitled “Drawing for comic books summer school” starting on August 7th. From the description: “Learn the process of writing and drawing comic books and develop skills in planning, creating and drawing effective comic book pages. On this practical course you’ll plan a graphic story and execute one finished page.” Full details and costs are on their website here.

The highlight of the literary science fiction awards season in the UK, the annual Arthur C Clarke Awards took place at the end of last week, and the winner of the thirty-first Clarke award went to Colson Whitehead for the fascinating-sounding The Underground Railroad, published by Fleet. Another one to add to my eternally growing list of books I must read…

Top SF&F publisher Tor announces that two of their recent shorter works, The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson and The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle, have been optioned for possible television or film productions. Tor have had a cracking run in the last few years with a series of excellent shorter novels and novellas, several of which we’re reviewed on here, including The Ballad of Black Tom (see here), which I thought was a brilliant read, nice to see some of those being optioned for adaptations (more good viewing for us, and some decent money for the authors, win-win).

Aubrey Hirsch in The Nib considers how often medical professional simply fail to listen to female patients, instead falling into easy but incorrect assumptions (oh, it must be depression/stress/eating disorder), with potentially dangerous consequences:

David Lloyd alerts us to the start of Volume 29 of the cracking digital-only anthology Aces Weekly, including part five of Jok and Santullo’s The Big Hit, Laura Scarpa’s Beauty, Lee Robson and Bryan Coyle’s superspy Velicity Jones in The devil’s Breath, David Brana and Olga Carmona’s Lady Enigma, and more, all for a bargain price!

(WWI strip beauty by Laura Scarpa)

The BBC news site profiles Holly Ringsell, owner of Dark Side Comics and talks about being a woman running a store in a traditionally very male-dominated sphere (although I’m glad to say our own stores boast some woman managers calling the shots, here’s to more of this sort of thing!).

Rob Jackson has the second issue of his new series Volunteers available to order online now

Dwight L McPherson has a Kickstarter running for the fun-sounding Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe #1

Zainab Akhtar and friends have a Kickstarter up for a second volume of the Eisner-nominated Critical Chips anthology of comics critcism, essays and new comics content to boot.

(cover artwork by Aleks Sennwald)

Gabrielle Bell has a good, long chat with the Comics Alternative gang:

Nerd OD was at the recent Manchester MCM expo and has uploaded a video, but taken a slightly different route from most covering the convention – they’ve gotten guests, stars and cosplayers to sing lines from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to the camera. I’m particularly taken with the sight of a posse of Judges air-guitaring away….

CBR reports on a rare crossover between Marvel and DC’s official social media streams following the utterly disgraceful reaction from a segment of so-called fans who ranted over Marvel editor Heather Antos tweeting a pic of her and some colleagues enjoying a milkshake together and reminiscing about Marvel veteran Flo Steinberg, who passed away just days before. I say so-called fans because if you don’t get that there is a proper way to behave and that you stand up for those who need it then how the heck can you be a superhero fan? People like that have clearly missed the point of our heroes and the sort of actions they are meant to inspire in us, and there’s no excuse for it other than being despicable. I did love Marvel’s use of this art from Gillen and McKelvie’s Young Avengers, along with the hashtag #MakeMineMilkShake:

Creators, the Guardian reminds us that the clock is ticking for entries for this year’s Jonathan Cape/Observer/Comica graphic short story prize, always something of a landmark on the Brit comics calendar – past years have brought new talent to our reading attention and also several times lead to publishing deals. As usual it is a four-page short graphic story, with a £1000 prize and publication in the Observer (and imagine how attractive that makes your work look to potential publishers!). The deadline is September 29th, so best of luck!

The always excellent Tom Gauld tries out some “experimental comics” for his latest New Scientist offering:

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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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