Yep, it’s that time of week again when we post up some news and links we spotted over the last few days:
Lovely portrait of the late, great Harry Dean Stanon by the excellent Bill Sienkiewicz. Originally drawn to celebrate Harry’s birthday the previous year, Bill reposted it on his Twitter to mark the passing of this iconic actor.
Alan Moore and Iain Sinclair chat about Sinclair’s The Last London, the influence of his books on Moore’s writing in works like From Hell and more. But basically just two very clever, literate mates having a good natter:
Amanda Conner sketching Harley Quinn:
The New Yorker has this cracker from Will McPhail on the increasing (and exasperating, not to mention depressing and remarkably stupid) rants against experts:
A reminder that cracking Indy comics bash Thought Bubble has moved from its traditional November slot to September. In fact it’s taking place right now! Events have been running all week, with the main two days of the festival this weekend in Leeds.
Good friend of the blog Joel Meadows has been telling us about a new project – a comic con for Portsmouth for next year. The website just went live last weekend – looks like another good event to add to the comics calendar and must-see for comics fans along the south coast of England.
The BBC gives us our first glimpse from the forthcoming television adaptation of the superb Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and the late Sir Terry Pratchett, with former Doctor David Tennant as Crowley and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale.
Linda Hamilton is to reprise her iconic role as Sarah Conner for the sixth Termintator movie, alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, with James Cameron producing and Deadpool director Tim Miller set to helm it. Apparently the new film will be a direct sequel to the blockbusting Terminator 2: Judgement Day, which was recently re-released in cinemas in 3D, and is being seen in Hollywoodland as kickstarting a new series of Terminator movies. Goodness knows others have tried and we’ve had a whole, sorry string of pretty mediocre Terminator films since, and I would imagine if anyone can restore it to the quality of the first two films, it would be Cameron. But to be brutally honest, much as I love the first two flicks, I’m not champing at the bit for another one, especially one leading on from a film made decades before… As ever though, full judgement day (sorry) will be reserved until I see the actual film. (via the Guardian)
THE BFI (British Film Institute) has a very interesting Filmography, which takes in a huge amount of fascinating facts from across the history of British film, such as the fact that James Bond ties with Queen Victoria for the most featured character in British film, both with twenty five films (given Judi Dench has played Queen Victoria and also Bond’s boss M, this draw seems rather fitting), closely followed by Sherlock Holmes at twenty four. Meanwhile the most credited female actor of the current era is Kate Dickie, followed by none other than Jodie Whittaker, the new Doctor Who. Sadly among the many other facts in the Filmography is the glaring gender imbalance, not just historically but continuing to the present day. Go and have a browse on the BFI Filmography page here.
(Judi Dench as M with Dan Craig’s Bond in Skyfall)
HBO confirms they have green-lit a pilot for a potential Watchmen TV series based on the seminal graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. I suspect the serial format on TV will be much more conducive to the Watchmen tale than the Snyder film could be, although I can’t help but also have some cynical thoughts about this move too, especially in the light of a certain Smiley badge turning up in the mainstream DC Universe in recent comics. An attempt to do justice to the story in a different medium or just more exploiting of the creators’ characters? (via SyFy Wire)
Matt Furie is continuing the fightback against the black-shirted ranks of the far-right activists who basically hijacked his comics creation, Pepe the Frog, and started re-using it for extreme right-wing, racist purposes, effectively destroying the creator’s character for actual commercial use. Now the legal guns are being fired, Furie has already crushed one creep who blatantly helped himself to Furie’s character to use in his own Islamaphobic kid’s book, and now he is citing a bunch of others for infringing his legal rights over his intellectual property and creation. From Vice:
“Furie’s legal team makes clear that Furie plans to ask Spencer, Cernovich, and Baked Alaska for money in addition to demanding they stop using Pepe’s image: “After we have received confirmation that you have ceased infringement, we will contact you to discuss what additional information we need from you to calculate the appropriate amount of damages,” the letters read. Many, though not all, of the URLs referenced in the letters are now dead. Mike Cernovich and Baked Alaska in particular seem to have quickly complied. Cernovich, Spencer, and Alaska did not immediately respond to request for comment” (via BoingBoing)
Much loved children’s books character (and animated series and films, of course), Paddington Bear is to become a Champion for Children for UNICEF:
“In the UK, Paddington will support UNICEF UK’s campaign around refugee children and will be featured prominently in UNICEF UK’s OutRight campaign, in which millions of children around the UK, learn about their own rights and become empowered to speak out in support of the rights of all children. This year’s campaign will feature the story of the small bear, who has to leave his home in Darkest Peru, and is sent to London with a label around his neck politely asking whoever finds him to ’Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ Paddington finds a new family, home and community, with a little help from his friendly nature, politeness, and ability to stand up for himself when needed, by fixing people who have ’forgotten’ how to behave with a ’hard stare’. His story will help children in the UK learn, that the right to a home, to be cared for and to an education applies to all children.”
On Cartoon Movement Daniel Murphy comments on the ongoing, and increasingly bitter, struggle between the Spanish government and Catalonia, which wishes to hold a referendum on independence, while the national government is determined not to allow any vote:
Chris Riddell in the Guardian on the multiple woes assailing the UK government, multiple chickens coming him to roost:
Tom Gauld’s latest New Scientist cartoon gives us one of the great intellectual minds of the canine world with Dog Philosopher. I love this, I’d love it framed on my wall alongside Gary Larson’s Dog Scientist cartoon.