Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense #129)

Published On September 15, 2017 | By Richard Bruton | Books, Comics, Film TV & Theatre

Friday again? Must be time for Richard and Joe to take you through just a few of the comics related tales we’ve seen this past week…

Jamie Smart’s manic blue cat Looshkin finally gets a book release. Collecting the strips from The Phoenix Comic, and presumably from The Phoenix Presents and David Fickling Books, here’s the cover….

Back in 2014, I wrote about the Breaks webcomic, Written by Malin Rydén & Emma Vieceli, drawn by Emma Vieceli. It was rather good.

Viecelli and Rydén describe Breaks as… “a love story…but a bit broken”. It’s the tale of two boys, Cortland Hunt and Ian Tanner, with Vieceli and Rydén promising “a drama romance with some strong language, themes and grit thrown in“.

And now, too many years later, we have the print edition, published by Soaring Penguin.

The great Lynda Barry is making comics for her course at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Discovery. The handwritten homework assignments are posted to Barry’s Nearsighted Monkey tumblr account, here’s just one of those… what a great teacher!

(via Open Culture)

How cool is this? Preston Asevedo drops us a line to tell us that Devildriver, the car from the Rockabilly Road Trip comic he created the art for, has been built in real life and it looks totally awesome! Check out more on the Devildriver and the comics on the Stratum Comics site here.

Chris Mole, Melissa Trender and Chris Foxrobot had a successful Kickstarter for their comic Brigantia, which uses ancient British myth (as you may guess from the title) to tell a time-spanning tale that takes in betryal, heroism, action and issues such as equality. From the description:

Brigantia, a Romano-British goddess from the north of England, is betrayed by her brother Veteris and tricked into travelling through a one-way time portal to contemporary Britain. While on her quest to seek vengeance on Veteris, she befriends Pravin, a bookish historian who specialises in Celtic paganism. But how far will the sadistic Veteris go to preserve the dominion that he has spent centuries cultivating? Brigantia must adapt quickly to a time that has forgotten her and find a way to break Veteris’ control over the people of Britain, so that she can return to her own time.”

How can you not like a comic which includes a character called “Veteris ‘The Snake-Bitten'”?? Brigantia #1 launches this month at the Thought Bubble festival in Leeds, so swing by their stand and say hi if you are at TB; full details can be found on their site here.

Broken Frontier spotlights another comic you can pick up at Thought Bubble in a couple of weeks time, Rozi Hathaway’s Self-Care & Vegetables. Rather than paraphrase I’ll just point you to the informative write up on BF here.

I missed this the other week, but one of our fave creators, Neil Slorance, has one of his drawings in the People’s Palace in Glasgow. For those not familiar with the city, the People’s Palace is a lovely museum which, as the name suggests, celebrates the actual people and life of the city, and its history, especially its cultural and social history, from tenement life in the old days to costumes from Billy Connolly. Appropriately enough it is one of Neil’s drawings of Connolly, in his famous Big Banana Boots, that is now in the museum.

Laydeez Do Comics drew attention to the British Cartoonists’ Association and the Young Cartoonists of the Year competition, noting rather sadly that, not for the first time in a comics arena even in this day and age we somehow end up with a judging panel that was entirely male. Not exactly encouraging to women working in the business, it it?

Since then there have been encouraging responses via Twitter, “Female judge @procartoonists on panel last 2 yrs. Advert aimed at newspapers of cartoonists on lists to promote comp via free advertising” and “British Cartoonists Association @Adamstoon1 say they have invited other female judges on panel”. So hopefully this imbalance will be remedied, at least a bit. Does beg the question though, did nobody involved consider this in the first place? I don’t mean to imply that anyone designed it this way, more that it shows how sadly common such imbalance is in our society that another group had to point it out – ironically to a group who spend their professional lives observing and commenting on that society. Perhaps one of them will draw a cartoon about it…

A major blow this week as we lost another giant figure in comics – Len Wein passed away. Writer, editor and more, and a creator who loved the comics medium. He worked on everything, from DC and Marvel to writing for modern animated series like Ben 10, along the way editing Moore and Gibbons’ Watchmen, and co-creating (among others), Swamp Thing and Wolverine, and somehow also finding time to have friendly chats with fans at numerous conventions and gatherings. There have been many posting on Len over the last few days, but here’s a wee bit from Paul Levitz’s eulogy (read the full thing here on his Facebook Page):

Len was a relentlessly positive force in comics. As a fan, he was there from the beginning, coining the term ‘comicon’ the first time the tribe gathered in public. As a writer, he contributed new ideas to every project, even in an era when the deals for talent in the field gave no incentive to do so. As an editor, he guided work that has endured for decades. As an artist, he had a momentary career, but used his gifts for decades afterwards to design costumes, rough out logos, and guide new talents. And through it all, he took joy in the stories themselves, the artwork, even the nuance of a well-placed balloon, and shared both his pleasure and his knowledge generously. His characters will long survive him, children of a restless imagination who captured the attention of the world and made fortunes for others.” (via Comics Reporter)

Com vcs: Len Wein, o cara que criou o Wolverine
(photo of Len by Marcelo Braga, borrowed from his Flickr)

Great news as the top wife and husband creative team of Mary and Bryan Talbot announced a new project. Rain will be neither historical or biographical, unlike their previous and highly-regarded collaborations, it will follow the loving relationship unfolding between two women against matters sadly all-too pertinent to us all, pollution, the environment (and our frequent mismanagement of it) and climate change and the effects it has on us all (such as the hideous floods in the north of England). The book is expected to be around 150 pages, being completed with help from an Arts Council grant (nice to see, especially so soon after we saw Metaphrog getting similar help from Creative Scotland for their next graphic novel), and should be published by Jonathan Cape in 2019.

There’s also good news on the movie front – Patty Jenkins has officially been signed by to direct a sequel to her brilliant Wonder Woman movie. Frankly the studio would be bloody eejits had they not done so, given the fan reaction, the critical response and the stunning box office Wonder Woman has enjoyed – and DC, who once ruled the roost in movie adaptations of their characters, have been struggling badly in recent years compared to Marvel’s film, with WW bucking that trend with all the power of an Amazon. Gal Gadot, of course, returns as Diana, with the film slated for a December 2019 release. More power to them… Oh, and James Cameron, maybe you should keep your mouth closed this time… (via Vanity Fair)

This looks wonderful – the Salisbury Museum has recreated the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s study, using his actual desk and many of his personal items from his real study, on loan from Terry’s family. The exhibition opens this weekend and runs until January. (via the BBC)

Cool trailer launched online this week for Bryan Talbot’s forthcoming Grandville: Force Majeure, the last in the series. I have absolutely loved the Grandville books, every volume has made my annual Best of the Year list, and I am quite confident this will too. Stunning artwork and imagination, great characters and over the previous volumes a real sense of events building towards a climx – can’t wait to read this! And stay tuned to the blog as we have an interview with Bryan coming this way in the very near future!

First glimpses of David Harbour as Hellboy in the new HB movie (via CBR):

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Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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