Stuff (& Probably Nonsense) #137

Published On November 10, 2017 | By Joe Gordon | Books, Comics, Film TV & Theatre

And once more it’s that time of week for Joe and Richard to have a quick look through some news and links we spotted over the last few days:

Tor Freeman has won the 2017 Observer/Cape/Comic graphic fiction prize, something of a landmark on the UK comics scene for quite a number of years now. Tor won for “How Come You’re Dead?” – here’s a snip, and you can read the full thing on the Guardian site:

Actually last weekend’s edition celebrated the prize by making the newspaper a special graphic novel edition (which is nice but I assume they avoided using the “comics” word instead in case it scared any of the muggles!). There are several extra pieces, all comics-themed, including talking to Chris Ware, Alison Bechdel and Syrian comicker Hamid Sulaiman to interviews with the prize winner and runners-up, and several celebrities explaining how they got into reading comics and what their favourites are – please, do check it all out.

Related to the Observer/Cape prize, here’s one of Richard’s favourites from this year. Andi Watson is still one of the country’s finest cartoonists. This year his entry to the competition made it to the finals. Entitled Haunted, here are the first four panels….

In disturbing news the BBC reports that an armed Islamist group in Libya forced the shutdown of a comics convention in Tripoli, despite the convention having official permission. The group attempted to claim the moral high ground claiming the gathering offended the country’s “morals and modesty” but the truth is that like most tyrants and bullies they simply want to control what people can do, say, wear and read.

Paula Knight will be exhibiting artwork from her excellent (and very emotional and honest) graphic novel The Facts of Life (reviewed here and much recommended) at the Knowle Constitutional Club in Bristol from November 18th as part of the Totterdown Arts Trail – check her publisher Myriad’s site for more details.

Heat Vision reports that acclaimed crime novelist Lawrence Block’s work will be adapted into comics, with John K Snyder III writing and illustrating Eight Million Ways to Die, to be published by IDW next summer.

My goal in adapting this was to create a book that would utilize the comic book medium to tell a story combing prose and pictures, to be entertaining, but at the same time addressing the human condition as well. The work of Lawrence Block, with its crime noir settings and lively, realistic dialogue and characters, poised a perfect subject to meet this challenge of creating something different for the ever-growing graphic novel audience,” Snyder III on adapting Lawrence Block’s bestselling prose.

The brilliant Brian Michael Bendis is moving from long-time home at Marvel to work with their long-time rivals at DC Comics – now word yet on what titles he will work on, but I would expect a fair mix given Bendis is one of those creators who seems to be able to tackle all sorts of stories, so I’d imagine some well-known DC characters but perhaps also some original creations too. No doubt we will find out in coming months. (via Tom at Comics Reporter)

(A scene from the 2016 Marvel Jessica Jones series by Bendis and Michael Gaydos, reviewed here on the blog)

Nigerian-American writer Nnedi Okorafor is one of the freshest voices in contemporary science fiction. I had the fortune to hear her speak at a Scottish PEN event a couple of years ago, she’s a fascinating writer, drawing on her African cultural heritage to imbue the genre with different styles and ways of looking at things (never a bad thing for any genre). Now there is a whole TED talk by Nnedi about her writing and her cultural inspirations to check out (thanks to Okay Africa for the link)

This made me laugh – the cast from Thor Ragnarok appeared at a screening in LA where they performed a special “4D” condensed performance of the film in a few moments wearing cheap wigs and costumes (caution, contains possible spoilers if you haven’t seen the film; double caution: contains some James Corden…)

(link via BoingBoing)

Inktober, the annual draw everyday online event, first masterminded by Jake Parker, is over for another year, and there’s plenty of great art out there to view. But of those I’ve seen, none impressed me more than the diary comics of John Welding. For many, many years I’ve been longing to see Welding’s beautiful artwork and comics collected. Maybe one day, eh? But until then, enjoy this fabulous Inktober offering:


#inktober2017 Sketchbook flip through…

Posted by John Welding illustrator on Sunday, 5 November 2017

The next Nottingham Does Comics takes place on November 14th and features Jade Sarson, Sally Jane Thompson and one of the pillars of Brit comics and Grande Fromage at Myriad Editions, Corrine Pearlman, at the Nottingham Writer’s Studio

The lineup for the 2017 Caption programme has been announced:

Friday Dec 1st, The Phoenix Brighton

6pm doors open

6.30pm Intro to Caption – Alex Fitch & Jenni Scott

6.45pm ‘Music and Comics’ panel discussion with The Surreal McCoy and DJ Food

7.30pm ‘Pecha Kucha’ presentations by Rachel Ball, Tom Cleary, Ottilie Hainsworth, Jaime Huxtable, Daniel Locke, Michi Mathias and Myfanwy Tristram

8.30pm ‘Misty and the legacy of classic girls comics’ panel discussion with Hannah Berry, Hannah Eaton and Jenni Scott

10pm close

Related events:

Also on Dec 1st: Bozboz Gallery private view, 30 Richmond Place, BN2 9NA

7.45pm Exhibition launch for the ‘Art of Snub 23’, featuring a DJ set by DJ Food

Saturday Dec 2nd:

Mapping Your Own World @ Phoenix Brighton
11 am – 1 pm and 2 – 4 pm, free drop-in
Creative sessions for all the family with Phoenix artists including Ottilie Hainsworth. Enjoy exploring and making together. Children 3 – 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

Maps & Lives exhibition celebration day @ Phoenix Brighton
2 – 8 pm in the gallery and at Phoenix Community Centre
Join us for a celebration of the Maps & Lives exhibition, a ‘rear view’ instead of a ‘private view’ and a last chance to contribute artwork to the community project.

Rose Tinted Spectacular Zine Fair @ Rose Hill Tavern – meet artists and buy ‘zines and comics by local creators

3pm – 11pm The Rose Hill Tavern, Rose Hill Terrace, London Road, Brighton BN1 4JL

From top UK small press stable FutureQuake there’s a brand-new collection of their great 2000 AD themed fanzine comic: Zarjaz #29 is out this month, boasting a cover by Simon Fraser:

Martin Rowson’s cartooning and comics are always worth checking out. As is this interview podcast with Rowson at Chimera Obscura.

“I used to think my job as a satirist was corrective surgery, albeit with a cudgel rather than a scalpel, but it’s not about that at all. It’s not to make our subjects become better people by pointing out their idiocies. It’s to make us feel better about them. It’s to make us laugh, to empower us to have permission to laugh.”

Here’s Rowson’s Oct 31st Guardian cartoon on the Trump-Russia thing….

On 22nd October 2016, legendary artist Steve Dillon sadly passed away. There have been many tributes over the last year, including the naming of a couple of Luton streets in his honour. But if you want to explore the man’s legacy and enjoy comic tributes to his work, there’s no better way than to pick up the special Steve Dillon Memorial Charity Sketchbook. From the PR:

Friends and comrades of Steve Dillon came together on the anniversary of Steve’s parting to create amazing art in his honor. This 32-page book includes an intro from long-time friend and collaborator Garth Ennis, along with artwork by Duncan Fegredo, John McCrea, Cliff Chiang, Glenn Fabry, Jill Thompson and many more. The cover is by Bill Sienkiewicz. This edition also includes three prints by artists Sean Phillips, Jeff Lemire, and Russ Braun.

The sketchbook is available for £10 over at the 2000AD shop.

The BBC reveals the costume for Jodie Whittaker’s new Doctor. Is it just me or is there a slight Mork and Mindy vibe here?

And ye four colour gods but Francesco Francavilla is fast off the draw (literally), he posted a sketch of Jodie’s Doctor in her freshly-revealed costume just a few hours after the BBC announced it!

The always-excellent Tom Gauld on Plankton for New Scientist:

Stephen Collins on Guy Fawkes in the Guardian:

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Joe Gordon is'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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