Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) # 147
It’s Friday, that means it’s time for Joe and Richard to take a little spin around whatever comics related news they’ve seen in the past week.
Saga the musical?
That’s more likely than a movie, at least according to this interview at Vulture with Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples at least. It all stems from a New York Times mention of the comic from Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of Hamilton:
BKV: Yeah, I love that column about creators and books in the Times, so I was reading it myself when I saw that epic Saga shout-out. We’ve never spoken with Mr. Miranda, but seeing Hamilton on stage was one of the greatest experiences of my artistic life, and it’s a ridiculous honor to know he reads our work. I know I said we’re not pursuing adaptations, but if Lin-Manuel ever wants to mount a Saga musical, it’s all his, wouldn’t you say, Fiona?
FS: Absolutely! I bet Fard has great pipes.
After the news that Dennis the Menace would be dropping the menace part of his name in the Beano, the usual cries of political correctness gone mad reverberated around the Internet. It is, of course, rubbish. Dennis is Dennis and always shall be.
More modern politically correct lefty anti brexit non-sense from this weeks Beano. (Side note. Only four words are spoken in this weeks Dennis strip.)
Boulet and the perils of US service…
The ever wonderful and ridiculously prolific Boulet recounts a somewhat unusual problem with eating out in the USA; it’s all about pacing yourself…
Cartoonists really are prone to doing the strangest things. Neill Cameron is no exception. Why else would you decide set yourself the task of drawing 100 Goblins, one a day to improve your creativity. Except then he found out someone already did the hashtag #100Goblins, and 101, and 99. So it became #102Goblins. A few days after this, as best we can work out, Neill went slightly mad and decided 102 simply wasn’t enough…
Here’s Princess Spumkles and Mr Strings….
Cosmos gets a second series.
Good news for fellow science geeks (and let’s face it, a great many of us science fiction fans are also very interested in actual science too, goes with the territory): After a too-long gap it appears Neil deGrasse Tyson’s reworking of Carl Sagan’s iconic Cosmos series will finally get a second series. I’m delighted to hear this, I (Joe) grew up with the original Cosmos – Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, Jacques Cousteau’s Undersea World and the Beeb’s Attenborough documentaries fired not just a fascination for science and exploration as a kid, they also gifted me something I get from the best SF too – the sheer sense of wonder. I also liked how in the new series back on 2014 Tyson made sure to pay tribute to Sagan, who he met as a young student and who took the time to talk to him and encourage him; it gave the series a nice, personal connection to the original and a feeling that deGrasse Tyson was trying to pass on some of what his mentor had given him, to encourage others to think about science. (via IO9)
The BBC site has a short video on one of my great heroes of film, animation pioneer Lotte Reiniger – sorry, it didn’t give an embed option, so you’ll need to follow the link to check it out. Occasionally some of the arthouse cinemas will do a screening of Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed, the oldest surviving feature length animated film in the world, dating from 1926. If a cinema near you ever screens it, I really recommend going to see it.
Shoreline of Infinity Event Horizon returns.
Our chums at the Scottish SF journal Shoreline of Infinity re-start their monthly science fiction (free) Event Horizon evenings for 2018 after the New Year break (SF people have big hangovers, it’s the Romulan Ale), meeting in Frankstein’s on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh’s Old Town (about 5 mins from our Edinburgh FP store) on Thursday 8th of February from 7.30pn onwards. Guests will include some of the acclaimed Glasgow SF writers group such as Hal Duncan, Ruth EJ Booth and Neil Williamson. I go along to these regularly and they are always terrific evenings, if you are in Edinburgh you should get them on your calendar.
PEN America honours Stephen King.
The mighty Stephen King, one of the most-read authors in the world (read by the thousands even among those who claim they don’t really read SF&F or Horror), is to be honoured by PEN America with their Literary Service Award in May at a gala in the American Museum of Natural History in New York. “The award is presented annually to a critically-acclaimed author whose work embodies PEN America’s mission to oppose repression in any form and to champion the best of humanity.”
It’s richly deserved – in addition to encouraging so many people to pick up a book (always a good thing), King has been a champion of free speech, of access to libraries, of not censoring what people can read from their libraries or schools (and we all know there are legions who want to control what we can read – for our own good, of course), and encouraged new writers. His publisher Scribner will publish his latest novel, The Outsider, on May 22nd, the same day as the PEN award. Congratulations, Mr King. (via Locus)
CECAF 2018 is on.
CECAF – the Crouch End Comic Art Festival – returns for 2018, taking place in the Earl Haig Hall in London on Saturday 9th June.
Peter Wyngarde R.I.P.
Sad news towards the end of this week as we learned of the passing of Peter Wyngarde, aged 90. Peter had a long stage, television and film career, and for fans of the fantastic genres he was a regular guest in some of those oh-so-stylish sleuth/superspy series that the 60s produced in such numbers, such as the Persuaders and the Avengers, as well as Doctor WHo. He was a lead in Department S, playing the incredibly suave (not to mention groovy!) Jason King, and the character would later have his own spin-off series simply titled Jason King, series which are remembered with much fondness by many of us. Even when hidden beneath a golden mask playing the villain Klytus in Flash Gordon, Peter’s distinctively velvet voice was unmistakable. RIP, Peter. And broadcasters, please, do consider airing some classic Department S and Jason King, a lot of us would love to see these again. (via the Guardian)
The Stephen Collins corner.
The always brilliant Stephen Collins on modern Luddites for the Guardian:
Kendra Williams on riding the bandwagon.
Kendra Williams in The Nib on those who ride a bandwagon but use it only to appear good, not actually bothering to help in any meaningful manner. here’s a taster, click the link for the rest:
The Heavy Greatcoat review of 2017.
An old favourite of mine returns – John Freeman (from splendid Brit Comics site Down The Tubes) and Nick Miller’s Really Heavy Greatcoat is sadly no longer a regularly running strip, but the guys do make some time annually to do a special review of the year Greatcoat strip. A computer fire delayed the 2017 one, but this week it went live on DTT: