Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #134

Published On October 20, 2017 | By Joe Gordon | Books, Comics, Film TV & Theatre

And yes, it is again Friday and that means time for our weekly Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) round up of news and links we’ve spotted over the last few days:


It’s thirty years since Arnie’s special ops soldier Dutch battled the Predator, along the way launching a cult sci-fi franchise that has become hugely popular, spawning more movies, books, comics, games, action figures and cross-overs with the Alien franchise. To mark Predator’s thirtieth anniversary the film is getting a cinematic re-release in the UK and Ireland from November 9th, probably the first chance many younger fans will have had to see this on the big screen rather than home video (and it is always a different experience watching with an audience in a cinema). All together now: “GET TO DA CHOPPA!!!!!”


A slightly more unusual comics-to-film adaptation than perhaps we are used to – the first trailer has gone online for My Friend Dahmer, based on the graphic novel by Derf Backderf, which looks both interesting and (appropriately enough) quite disturbing (via Comics Beat):


David Ziggy-Greene has posted one of his quite excellent Scene & Heard reportage comics (regular fixtures in Private Eye), a timely one he asked others to re-Tweet on Twitter, as autumn starts to bite and winter hovers over its shoulder – how to survive the cold weather when you don’t have a roof over your head (it sometimes feels like we’re back in the 80s with the rising numbers of homeless on our city streets again, quite horrible).


Rich Tommaso is going through a lean time and is selling some of the artwork from his current series, the hugely enjoyable Spy Seal (which I have been loving – issue 3 is out just this week). So if you have some pocket money to spare and fancy treating yourself to some origina comics art (and helping out a damned good comicker as well), check out Rich’s Etsy page. (via Comics Reporter)


Congratulations to the most excellent Dave McKean on winning the inaugural Sergio Aragonés International Award for Excellence in Comic Art at the recent Lakes International Comic Art Festival.


DC’s upcoming Justice League film gets a new poster. I have to say the latest trailer made this look a lot more enticing, showcasing even some humour, which is an aspect that’s been sorely lacking for much of DC’s recent filmic output. The movie hits cinema screens on November 17th (and isn’t it scary that we are so close to November already, I mean where did the year go??)


The Wimbledon Comic Art Festival is coming up soon – Saturday 11th of November at the Merton Arts Space. Exhibitors include Matt Garvey, the very fine Avery Hill Indy publishing house (soo many cool comics from them), Gareth Brookes, Rebecca K Jones, Richy K Chandler, the Awesome Comics Podcast gang and more, with cosplay, workshops and more taking place. At this point in time there is no confirmation that Wimbledon’s most famous residents, the Wombles, will appear.


Joel Meadows has a pile of photographs on the Tripwire site (with larger versions on his Flickr) from the recent New York Comic Con – here’s a lovely one of Louise Simonson:

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The brilliant Chris Riddell gave the Siobhan Dowd Trust Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which they’ve since put up online:


The 2017 Man Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious literary awards in the UK, was won this year by George Saunders for Lincoln in the Bardo, which mixes historical events and characters – such as Abraham Lincoln and his son Willie – with supernatural and fantasy elements, including scenes set in the afterlife. The Booker is not known for being terrible favourable to genre fiction though, so I am guessing they didn’t classify it as SF&F somehow! Still sounds like a pretty interesting read though, and the book has attracted a lot of praise prior to the Booker win, including from this year’s Arthur C Clarke Award winner Colson Whitehead. (Via Locus)


From the brilliantly twisted minds of the Etherington Brothers comes Monkey Nuts 2, currently going great on Kickstarter, but I’m sure the guys would appreciate any further support (plus it’s a good chance for you to not only back great creators but to treat yourselves!). From the description:

Monkey Nuts 2 is the madcap sequel to The Etherington Brothers’ all-ages comedy adventure comic book Monkey Nuts. It is a 76 page full colour softcover book measuring 11.6 x 8.2 inches. The series follows Sid and Rivet, a Monkey/Robot crime fighting team doing their best to defeat a never-ending stream of crackpot weirdos on an island smack-bang in the centre of the Bermuda Triangle. It is the most ridiculous series we ever made. Both Monkey Nuts books were completed nearly a decade ago, but book 2 has NEVER been published … until NOW!


The always excellent Tom Gauld for New Scientist, on the plight of the hypothetical particle (won’t someone, please, think of the children!!!):

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Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk’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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