And yes, there it is, the time of week once more where Richard and Joe bung up some news and links spotted over the last few days for our weekly Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) round up:
Mary Shelley’s iconic Frankenstein novel was first published two hundred years ago on January 1st, and the two hundredth anniversary is being marked by the Royal Mint, who will, among several other celebratory coins, being striking a Frankenstein two pound coin (with “the Modern Promtheus” written around the edge. You can read our special post on the importance, influence and legacy of Shelley’s Frankenstein tale here on the blog. (via the Independent)
Mike Habjan posted the fourth part of his animated Superman Verus the Hulk over the recent hols, I only caught it myself this week. It takes him years to create, and you can see his skills (and the abilities of the tech available) evolving with each part. I also love that he uses Chris Reeve and Lou Ferrigno’s faces as the basis for his interpretations:
Lydia Wysocki’s Applied Comics Etc project continues apace. Dedicated to creating comics to inform and educate, as well as entertain, they’ve just published a 2017 summary of their work, done as comics, naturally. Art by the great Terry Wiley:
Amongst their highlights for 2017, they’ve created the Freedom City Festival anthology Freedom City Comics, created the DIY Comic gallery guide for Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books, organised the first ever kids’ comic making club postal Comic Swap (in partnership with Hannah Sackett), and much more. Future plans look rather exciting at this early stage with more comics swap, and the comic ‘What’s it like to have an MRI scan’ with Heather Wilson, Janice McLaughlin, and the Great North Children’s Hospital.
Andy Oliver and the Broken Frontier crew have a great post with 10 great comics you need to own. Featuring the work of B. Mure, Dan White, Sean Azzopardi, Rozi Hathaway,Olivia Sullivan, Katriona Chapman, Ellice Weaver, Simon Moreton, Jade Perkin, and the creators at Dirty Rotten Comics. It’s an excellent list, and we’d whole heartedly send you there and to each creator with credit card at the ready.
The Guardian reports that the latest famous male to be caught up in the ongoing tsunami of reports of sexual harassment is Stan Lee. Some reports suggest the 95-year old sexually harassed some of his home-care nursing staff, which Stan and his lawyers have vehemently denied. It all seems somewhat vague though, one un-named source claiming the healthcare firm involved had received several complaints, while another report says it talked to the firm and no such claims had been made.
(art from Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir by Stan Lee, Peter David and Colleen Doran, published Simon & Schuster)
One of our favourite artists, Jamie Smart, he of Bunny Vs Monkey, Looshkin, Chaffy, and Bear, posts a special Bear & Looshkin strip;
“… And why am I belted down? Oh God is it a Tuesday?!”
The always fab Simone Lia in the Observer on the post-festive blowout guilt and the need for encouragement:
Top Canadian Indy publisher Drawn & Quarterly has announced they will be publishing Aminder Dhaliwal’s debut graphic novel Woman World this summer, described as “an uproariously funny imagining of a world with no men, expanded from the wildly popular instagram comic of the same name.”
Our annual Best of the Year posts from the blog crew came to an end with Richard choosing his top ten comics reads from 2017 this week – you can check out the other Best of the Year posts here to see what the rest of us were enjoying, and hopefully pick up some good reading suggestions!
Chris Hemsworth’s contract with Marvel is up with the completion of the Avengers 4 (as are those of the other original movie Avengers team), but he’s already made it clear that he has enjoyed his time as Thor so much that he is more than open to future outings, should the Marvel movie team decide so, and he understandably credits Taika Waititi’s hugely enjoyable Ragnarok as part of keeping his interest and love for the character fresh. (via Newsarama)
SyFy Wire looks ahead to some of the more intriguing horror movies we can expect in 2018, among them the mighty John Carpenter returning to his genre-defining Halloween (complete with Jamie Lee Curtis), in a movie that is going to ignore the increasingly turgid sequels, and Ghost Stories, which sees Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson adapting their own successful theatre play for film, starring Martin Freeman.
New trailer for SyFy’s forthcoming pre-Superman series Krypton:
Also on the trailer front, Warners has a teaser for the upcoming Teen Titans Go! animated movie, due in UK cinemas at the start of August, so good for the younger fans during their school hols:
Chris Riddell in the Guardian on train fares, the NHS crisis, clearing the homeless and Toby Young – The Living Dead Conservative Party….
Syed Rashad on the plight of the Rohingya refugees Myanmar says it will now accept back via processing centres. Disturbing how easily a once much-lauded and respected world figure for freedom can become a symbol of a genocidal regime. Lord alone knows what awaits any who do return. (via Cartoon Movement):
Finally, sad news this week of the passing of Cinamon Hadley, who served as the original inspiration for Mike Dringenberg’s visualisation of Neil Gaiman’s Death, all the way back in Sandman issue 8 (1989). Following a long battle with colon cancer, she passed away on January 6th, just 48 years old.
Neil Gaiman had this to say of her passing:
Rest in Peace, or head off to your next adventure, Cinamon Hadley. You gave Death of the Endless her face and her smile. https://t.co/lsikh0BHCW
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) January 6, 2018
And here’s a quote from Neil on Mike Dringenberg and Hadley:
Death is the only major character whose visuals didn’t spring from me; that credit goes to Mike Dringenberg. In my original Sandman outline, I suggested Death look like rock star Nico in 1968, with the perfect cheekbones and perfect face she has on the cover of her Chelsea Girl album.
But Mike Dringenberg had his own ideas, so he sent me a drawing based on a woman he knew named Cinamon Hadley — the drawing that was later printed in Sandman 11 — and I looked at it and had the immediate reaction of, “Wow. That’s really cool.” Later that day, Dave McKean and I went to dinner in Chelsea at the My Old Dutch Pancake House and the waitress who served us was a kind of vision. She was American, had long black hair, was dressed entirely in black — black jeans, T-shirt, etc. — and wore a big silver ankh on a silver necklace. And she looked exactly like Mike Dringenberg’s drawing of Death.