And once more it’s that time of week for our quick-hit round up of news and links spotted over the last few days:
Malta Comic-Con, which in just a few years has risen quickly to establish itself on the roster of European comics events, has announced dates for this year’s edition, running on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd of December, and creators and publishers can now book tables and space for the event (including packages that include accomodation). The Malta bash has proven very popular with a lot of UK creators (comics and a chance for winter sun!) and I’ve heard nothing but good things from creators from here who have attended Malta. From the description:
“Renowned for its good vibes and friendly atmosphere, the Malta Comic Con is a family oriented event that celebrates all pop culture and is best experienced over its two days. The intimate and friendly atmosphere prevalent at the Malta Comic Con ensures that visitors can spend quality time with their favourite creators who are always happy to chat, sign, sketch and create commissioned artwork for their fans. Once again Wicked Comics promises a varied guest roster of professional writers and artists who have worked on a number of popular characters for all the major comic publishers as well as others who have been publishing quality independent books. With virtually no queueing the Malta Comic Con provides the ideal platform for fan-creator interaction. Complementing our guests will be a number of up and coming creators from abroad as well as a plethora of talented local creators.”
Danile Dovi-Dotse alerts us to his and B B Manik’s new comic, Sink, which will give those of us of a certain age flashbacks, I think, as instead of drawn art panels it uses photography, with a cast of models and actors. I’m sure more than a few of us remember the photo-comics that were fairly common (at least in the UK), during the late 1970s and early 80s. Following a vigilante, the eponymous Sink, who is out to shake the London criminal underworld to its foundations, the comic uses photography and digital illustration. The first issue can be ordered here.
Cartoonist in exile Richard Cowdry posts another of his Letter From Albania strips based on his and his family’s experience living in this very peculiar wee European country. This one, What Do You Know About Albania? is a sequel to an earlier strip you can read here.
More from the seemingly endless well of despicable hatred that seems to be so brazenly unleashed in the public sphere these days in many countries: student cartoonist Jake Thrasher, staff cartoonist on the student paper the Daily Mississippian has been receiving abuse and death threats from right wing hate groups for drawing cartoons critical of symbols of racial divisions such as the Confederate flag. Sadly part and parcel of how some small-minded, hate-filled creatures operate, attempt to intimidate anyone who hold opinions contrary to their own odious views to shut them up, effectively the cowardly tactics of the bully. Quite horrible just how much of this kind of thing is happening in supposedly civil, democratic, peaceful societies. (via Cartoonist’s Rights Network International and Huffington Post)
Anyone who reads comics news sites or follows a number of creators on Twitter, Facebook etc can’t fail to be aware of a range of serious problems in the industry – rampant sexism, bigotry of all sorts and behaviour to others, especially women, which is totally unacceptable (and often downright illegal), in the actual pages of some comics themselves and also in publishers, at conventions and more. And it also seems that the comics biz is very reluctant to clean its own house in relation to many of these problems (and indeed often for some in the industry to even acknowledge they exist, much less combat them). And that is the subject of Colin Spacetwinks’ rather considerable essay “Comics and Cowardice” – a weighty 75,000 plus word essay on these and other problems in the comics biz and fandom – you can download it here, and if you find it useful and informative, there’s an option to pay doing a ‘name your own price’ system. (via BoingBoing)
The Nib asked six cartoonists to produce very short (only four panels) comics on the subject of their favourite banned or censored books, be they censored by schools, parents, religious instructors or whoever. I’m always thankful neither my parents or my schools when I was a kid tried to police or control or censor my reading…
(a panel from Dylan Edwards’ contribution to the censored books piece, he chose Alison Bechdel’s oft-challenged – and quite superb – Fun Home graphic memoir)
Three highly recommended women comickers, Nicola Streeten (Billy, Me & You), Paula Knight (The Facts of Life, reviewed here on the blog), and Hannah Berry (Livestock, reviewed here on the blog), will be on the bill at next month’s Cheltenham Literary Festival, on October 8th. Three excellent creators all with books that provoke thought and emotion, and very worthy of your time and support if you are in the area. (via Myriad)
(a page from The Facts of Life by Paula Knight, published Myriad Editions)
Some nice news from the Game of Thrones front – two of the stars, Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte), have formally announced their wedding plans in The Times, especially romantic given the couple met by playing lovers in the television series only to find themselves falling in love off the set too. (via the BBC)
The hit anime film, Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name, which tells the story of a teenage boy and teen girl who discover that they can swap bodies, eventually leading to them rushing to try and meet each other in person, is to be adapted to a live action movie by Paramount and Bad Robot. JJ Abrams is involved as producer for Bad Robot, while Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer is tapped to write it. (via Live For Film)
Coming this festive season, Mike Mignola teams up with superstar comics artist Adam Hughes for Hellboy: Krampusnacht! Oh yes!!! Should be coming from Dark Horse right before Christmas. DOn’t live near one of our stores? Our Comics Subscription site can deliver issues right to your home!
Tom Gauld riffs on psychogeography in Two Pigeons in London for the Guardian Review:
After a gap of too many years we have new Star Trek back on our main viewing screens once more (well, if you have the correct subscription service, sadly not on main broadcast channels yet), as Discovery launched into the Final Frontier. Loving Stephen Byrne‘s tribute art here, which he’s titled “Self Discovery”: