It’s that time of the week once more for our quick-hit roundup of news and links spotted over the last few days:
The awards no-one really wants to win, the Golden Raspberry Awards, have a shortlist up and, oh dear, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is dominating it so far, with nominations in every category except Worst Actress and Worst Supporting Actress. Compounding possible Razzies gloom for DC’s film ambitions, Suicide Squad has several noms as well. The final shortlist will be announced on January 23rd, just before the Oscars. The Razzies highlight what film goers thought were particularly bad movies and sad to say comics-based flicks are no strangers at the Razzies… (via CBR)
The BBC highlights the Women Who Draw website, which was created to draw attention to female illustrators and also to promote diversity of nationality, ethnicity and orientation. A soft launch in December was apparently so successful with applications the site overloaded, with the full launch happening now. Some seven hundred new members have their details and work collated on the site, with hundreds more pending, and rather pleasingly there has already been some success with clients spotting artists and their work via the site and engaging them on paying illustration work. Nice. Anything that helps get artists paying gigs, plus helping widen the diversity of artists working has to be a good thing.
Sad to hear there will be no Moose Kid Comics this year – that grew out of Jamie Smart and friends and their drive to bring quality comics to kids, the sorts of things that will engage and excite children, and they’ve been very successful in that, plus the fundraiser to get a printed version to give out free to children’s hospitals (what a wonderful idea). Quite understand why Jamie can’t take so much time from his paying work to organise a new issue, it’s a huge ask for a professional to sink that much unpaid time into a project, heartened to hear that it’s still likely we will see more in the future though. Huge congrats to all who worked on those issues, you did something splendid and you made kids happy, what a wonderful thing. (Jamie’s full text is here)
The Huddersfield Comic Con returns! If you’re in the area make sure to save May the 6th in your diary!
The London School of Economics (usually known simply by its initial, the LSE), has a new arts exhibition on at the Atrium Gallery, Old Building; from the description: “An exhibition of infographic comics visualising research on South Sudan undertaken by the Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP). The comics represent a collaboration between the JSRP and Kenyan cartoonist Victor Ndula, facilitated by JSRP partner The Cartoon Movement. The graphics explore political, social and economic developments since 2011 in the world’s newest country.” The exhibition is open to all, no tickets required, and runs until January 27th.
Muties & Perps – as the (now sold out) fortieth anniversary 2000 AD bash approaches next month, Rebellion have plans for some other events to mark this four decades of Thrill Power, starting with Muties & Perps, a life drawing special event. From the description: “Budding artists should prepare to head into the dystopian futurescape of Mega-City One, the home of Judge Dredd, with the first part of 2000 AD’s 40th anniversary celebrations! Muties & Perps is a unique life drawing session organised by the Art Model Collective and 2000 AD. Hosted by acclaimed multimedia artist, festival curator, and subculture denizen Jason Atomic, citizens will have the chance to draw life-models Manko and Carla, who will be styled to resemble the denizens of the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the Cursed Earth and futuropolis Mega-City One.”
“Open to amateur and professional artists alike, the session will take place on Sunday 5th February from 2pm to 5pm at Resistance Gallery, 265 Poyser Street, London E2 9RF. The three-hour drawing session will feature Manko and Carla in a series of dynamic poses ranging from ten to 30 minutes in length. Drawing boards and some basic materials will be provided but it is recommended artists bring their favourite tools.” Tickets can be booked here.
Sticking with 2000 AD anniversary news, the splendid Cartoon Museum in London’s Little Russell Street has an exhibition of original art from across all four decades of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic from January 25th to April the 23rd. Given that 2000 AD has been home to some of the top artists in the comics medium (many going on to make an impact on the wider, global comics scene after their 2000 AD work), that’s bound to be some exhibition…
Neill Cameron has impressed with his own comics tales and as a champion of quality comics for kids. Neill is a strong believer in how the medium can excite children, stimulate their interest in reading and also their own creativity. As part of his work with the Story Museum in Oxford Neill runs a monthly Comic Club which encourages kids to think about how to make their own comics, and now he’s started a blog to share some of his ideas and suggestions for anyone running a similar club, or thinking on starting one. Ideal information for librarians, teachers, parents and more for how to get your kids reading, writing and drawing. A wonderful idea!
Woody Harrelson has been cast in the forthcoming Han Solo spin-off movie, reports the BBC.
Chris Riddell in the Guardian on President Elect Trump, tweets and that Russian hacking controversy