And once more it’s that time of week again where we round up various news items and interesting links we’ve spotted over the last few days into one handy digest:
Some great news from Bryan Talbot – his superb Grandville series has been optioned for a possible television series by Euston Films. From the official announcement: “The series would be a mixture of live action, with CGI for animal and other effects … Writer Julian Simpson is working on the development of a TV adaptation of Bryan Talbot’s ground breaking series of graphic novels with Euston Films (part of FremantleMedia UK), under the collective title Grandville. They are currently in the process of attaching a director.”
I must admit I’ve thought Grandville could make a pretty interesting series, given the run of high-quality mini-series we’ve been treated to on TV in recent years, and now that the technology to realise the look of that world is available and affordable, so I’m pretty keen to see this happen (plus each Grandville book has made my annual Best of the Year list). Bryan recently discussed Grandville with Pádraig Ó Méalóid, and you can read that interview here on the blog. The final Grandville album, Force Majeure, is published this winter by Cape in the UK and Dark Horse in the US, although I believe an earlier launch and copies will be available at the Lakes comic fest this month if you are in Kendal.
Sticking with the adaptation theme, the teaser trailer for Annihilation has appeared online recently. I’m really looking forward to this one as it is based on the bestselling novel by one of my favourite writers, the excellent Jeff VanderMeer. I’ve been reading Jeff’s work for years, he’s frequently compared to the likes of China Mieville for bringing a fresh, often unsettling perspective to fantasy, and Annihilation certainly fits that description. My long-running SF book group read it a couple of years ago and it impressed everyone with its pervasive atmosphere and creeping dread, with an interesting ecological theme. Very interested to see how the film approaches it.
The upcoming Justice League movie from DC gets a new trailer:
Star Wars: the Last Jedi also gets a new trailer, which just makes me even more eager to see the film…
New York’s well-known Midtown Comics was the scene of some drama this week as a suspected thief ran through the store in an attempt to evade security before jumping through a second storey window and falling. The injured suspect was taken away by the NYPD – fortunately Midtown Comics reports none of their staff were harmed during the incident. (via AP)
If you are on social media you’ve more than likely noticed that this week has been a rather horrible one on the British comics scene, just days before the major event of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. An observation by popular writer on comics Zainab Akhtar on diversity (or more specifically, a lack of diversity) at the festival blew up into what can only be described as a bloody awful mess, as the festival’s official twitter reacted defensively, rather than exploring the issues, leading to an escalation that was extremely unpleasant, and lead a number of exhibitors and others to announce they would withdraw from this week’s con. Apologies have been tendered and accepted, but the entire affair has left a sour taste for many, with a well-known comics champion besmirched and an important, European-style comic art festival left looking very unprofessional. Let’s hope that these events will, at least, hopefully lead to changes for the better. The An Englishman in San Diego site has some good summaries and commentary.
Your last reminder – tomorrow, Saturday 14th, is the 2017 Nottingham Comic Convention, so if you’re in the Notts area get down there, give them some support and have yourself some damned good fun!
And more events fun to pop onto your comics radar – Saturday 21st of October sees the Loogabarooga Comic Fair 2017 being held in Loughborough Town Hall. From the description:
“In association with Loogabarooga Book Festival and Loughborough Comic Con, LCF looks to showcase the talent and skills of the Uk’s Small Press and self publishing scene, with panels and workshops showing you how to make and get into comics as well as a big comics market this is the perfect way to find your new favourite creator and support some incredibly talented people. The event is FREE to attend with a nominal charge to attend workshops”
Doctor Who News reports that the actor Trevor Martin has passed away. Martin, who appeared as a Time Lord in the Troughton-era The War Games story, was the first actor to portray the Doctor in the theatre, appearing in Doctor Who and the Daleks in Seven Keys to Doomsday, scripted by the show’s script editor Terrance Dicks.
Inktober is in full swing over on Twitter, and every day so far we have been treated to a vast buffet of terrific art of every style and subject. I do love Inktober, it’s a good chance to see work, often from artists you haven’t been aware of before as well as favourite creators, and if you are on Twitter and enjoying some of the work, it gives you a chance to help by sharing that work with re-tweets and following the artist’s account. Here are just a few to be going on with…
(Salto Angel by DivLight)
(Crooked by Ari Vauclin)
(After a hard day fighting those damned Nazi Werewolves, by Staz Johnson)
(She’s made of moonlight by Vickisigh)
(The Sandman by Colleen Doran)
(Familiar by Andrew Mar)
(Cassidy from Preacher, by John McCrea)
(Bela Lugosi by Francesco Francavilla)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy returns to its home on Radio 4 with the Hexagonal Phase, based on bestselling author Eoin Colfer’s authorised sequel novel, And Another Thing, due to air next spring, and including many of the original surviving cast members reprising their roles.
“It seems extraordinary that it’s been 40 years since we recorded the first pilot episode for BBC radio – how modest were our expectations then, and how amazing a world-wide phenomenon it became, and continues to be.
“I never expected to still be searching for a decent cup of tea and some kind of answer to life, the universe and everything almost a lifetime later. Still, the dressing-gown and towel may be a little threadbare, like my hair, but my voice, much to my surprise, hasn’t changed a decibel, and despite years in America, I can still talk Arthur’s ‘indignant-posh’,” Simon Jones on returning to the role of “Dent, Arthur Dent” (“late as in the late Dent, Arthur Dent”). Insert fish in ear, check accessibility of the nearest towel… (via the BBC)
Absolutely delighted to learn that 2000 AD publishers Rebellion have a collection of classic work from one of the legendary Brit comics creators, Ken Reid, coming this winter, with the first volume of Faceache: the First Hundred Scrunges. Ken is up there with the likes of Leo Baxendale for inventiveness, subversive humour, astonishing artwork and creativity, and sheer vital force and fun, and like Baxendale he’s a talent who many of the giants of the modern comics industry such as Alan Moore tip their hats to as an influence.
We’ve seen some fabulous archive editions in the last decade or so, spearheaded by Fantagraphics with their superb Complete Peanuts series and now something many publishers do with classic material, but sadly we’ve been poorly served in the UK, where we have an enormous comics heritage sitting in publisher’s vaults and rarely getting that kind of archive edition treatment, so this Rebellion collection of Ken Reid’s work is very, very welcome. (Faceache can be pre-ordered from our site now)