Wherein Joe and Richard take a spin through the week’s comic related newsy stuff…..
Lenny Henry talks comics and graphic novels at the Beeb:
During the recording of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys for BBC Radio star Lenny Henry talked of comics and graphic novels. Lenny’s long been a fan of comics, and it was always a pleasure having him come into Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham to pick up the latest recommendations and his standing order whenever he came home to Dudley. The article is here at the BBC site. Picks include Gaiman’s Sandman, Black Panther by Reginald Hudlin, Warren Ellis’ Injection & The Authority, Watchmen & Miracleman by Alan Moore. Here’s the complete list:
Luke Pearson’s Hilda… animation premiere in February
The acclaimed Hilda series by artist Luke Pearson is due to get its Netflix animated series sometime later in the year. But the world premiere takes place in February at the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF). Screenings take place on Feb 25th, March 4th, March 17th. Hopefully, for those of us who can’t make it to New York, we’ll see previews of this long-awaited and much-anticipated animation before long.
You can follow the progress of the series via the Hilda The Series Twitter.
Rachael Smith at Empathize This:
Over at her Facebook page, the wonderful Rachael Smith (whose latest book, Wired Up Wrong, is a spectacular, powerful thing) shares her work for a strip at Empathize This: Bullied For Being Asexual.
“This story was written by an anonymous person (as they all are) who identifies as asexual. I know I have a few asexual friends on here, and this story made me realise just how difficult growing up as asexual must be. Please do read the comic, and then read the full story beneath it.”
It’s definitely worth heading over to Empathize This to read the whole thing, and the story behind it, as Rachael says, is definitely worth your time.
Alan Moore pays tribute to Jim Baikie
It was with much sadness that the comics world heard the news of the death of artist Jim Baikie on 29th December 2017. Over at Down The Tubes, John Freeman has posted a tribute to this great Scottish artist by Alan Moore:
On 2000AD’s Skizz:
“Developing that strip with Jim was an education into his meticulously thought-through processes: the work that went into the look – and to a great degree the basic conception of the character – was all Jim’s. It was him that decided to depict Earth’s first contacted extra-terrestrial species as a kind of highly-evolved marsupial, reasoning that this would make the entity look alien enough while still allowing it to appear biologically feasible. And then he placed that fantastical creature into a sharply-realised contemporary Birmingham, where even the background faces are full of human character, and somehow made it work.”
And on Baikie:
“Jim Baikie was a wonderful artist, his talents forged during a wonderful period, and throughout his long career his work sang with the zealous energy and unrestrained inventiveness of those times. He was a great talent, a great collaborator and a great friend. I’d like to send all my love to Wendy and to Jim’s family. He was a dear, astonishing man, and I’ll remember him always.”
(Pic via Down The Tubes)
The return of Promethea?
More Moore news, although many fans won’t exactly be cheering this one we think…
DC solicits for Justice League #24, out on Valentine’s Day, written by Steve Orlando, art by Neil Edwards and Daniel Henriques, with cover art (below) by Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson:
“QUEEN OF FABLES” finale! This is the League’s last stand against the Queen of Fables, if they fail all of existence will be under the permanent control of the Queen. But in their darkest hour an unexpected character will arrive to help them!”
Well, there’s no prizes for guessing the unexpected character arriving to help them out is Promethea. Created by Alan Moore and JH Williams III for Jim Lee’s America’s Best Comics line at Wildstorm before there was any inkling of Wildstorm and Lee heading to a new home at DC. Promethea was a spectacular, mind-bending series back in the day, artistically involving and superbly creative. And now the character is a guest star in the Justice League. Happy Valentine’s Day eh?
And finally with the Alan Moore links… Inside The Rift interview.
(Photo credit: Mitch Jenkins)
Moore is interviewed at Inside the Rift on “Anarchy, Psychedelics, and the Art of Storytelling.” Including this that relates to the Promethea news above…
“Well, with the considerable volume of my work that is now owned by emotionally, intellectually, aesthetically and ethically handicapped comics publishers – including things like Watchmen, V for Vendetta and the whole of the ABC line except for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – I have disowned it. The practical advantage of this is that if the American entertainment industry assigns the very best American writers it can scrape together to create a comic book, cinematic, or televisual version of, say, Watchmen, so that modern middle-aged American superhero fans will finally have a chance of understanding it, then I don’t have to suffer any of the inevitable subsequent embarrassment and humiliation. Other than the satisfaction of knowing that I was the one person who didn’t sell these once-important works down the river at the first opportunity, the main result of this disowning is that I don’t keep copies of any of this material around the house and will hopefully never have to look at it or think about it again, which of course means that there’s nothing I’d like to correct about any of these books, except in some instances my well-intentioned impulse to write them in the first place.”
BOOM! announces the final Wilds End by Abnett and Culbard.
Advance notice to put on your must-buy lists for June: Dan Abnett and INJ Culbard’s Wild’s End has been a spectacularly good series thus far, with two volumes published to date. Wild’s End: Journey’s End is an original graphic novel that wraps up the first trilogy in the tale.
“Despite the military’s best efforts, the alien invaders have seized a firm grip on the world. Cities have been invaded and the countryside overrun, leaving little hope for humanity’s resistance. With few options left, the survivors will need to look to the very people they once feared to make a last ditch effort to turn the tide of the war.”
Abnett says that Journey’s End isn’t necessarily the last we’ll see of Wild’s End, but it does mark a point of closure for the story.
Fancy spending the night with Frank Quitely? Or at least his artwork.
The Radisson Red in Glasgow has a treat for comic fans, as Frank Quitely’s been commissioned to provide the art for the wallpaper adorning the public spaces and rooms. The hotel opens in April.
(Via Herald Scotland)
Nottingham Comic Con
The Nottingham Comic Convention crew announces the date for the 2018 edition 20th of October at the Nottingham Conference Centre – and a new banner with art by Gavin Mitchell:
Ready Player One
Warner Bros has this “See the Future” video of clips and interviews with Steven Spielberg and author Ernest Cline to promote the forthcoming (and much anticipated because, dammit, we loved the book) Ready Player One movie:
Funko Captain America short… how cute is this?
Marvel and Funko Pop have been putting a few of these little shorts up on You Tube recently, and this latest, featuring Cap, is so darned cute. Cap and The Red Skull in Submarine Showdown:
Date for your diary – The Three Rooms In Valerie’s Head Official Launch Party
Mark your diaries now, in little over a month – Gosh in London host writer David Gaffney and artist Dan Berry for the official launch of Top Shelf’s The Three Rooms In Valerie’s Head.
“Valerie has a rich interior life. She imagines her ex-boyfriends are dead and kept in her basement, but occasionally drags them out to discuss what went wrong. Acclaimed micro-fiction writer David Gaffney (Sawn-Off Tales) and Eisner-nominated cartoonist Dan Berry (24 by 7, Make It Then Tell Everybody) present a dark comedy about love, loneliness, accumulating baggage, and letting go.”
We’ve had a sneak peek at the book and it’s a corker (review to follow soon!), you can order it from our site here.
Zainab has a seventh iteration of the rather splendid Short Box offer kicking off this week – a box full of seriously good Indy comics from a wide variety of creators, all curated by Zainab, a pretty good way to dip your toe into some new reading and support independent creators at the same time.
Glasgow’s fine Aye Write literary festival returns to the city from the 15th to the 25th of March, boasting authors and talks on books on every subject, including comics. Comickers Darryl Cunningham, Grace Wilson, Hannah Berry and the team behind BHP’s Full Colour Comics will all be present, while the redoubtable Kate Charlesworth and Nicola Streeten will be discussing “history, cartooning, feminism, and the celebration of female artists.” Also present will be Nadja Spiegelman, daughter of Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly with her autobiography. On the SF front Chris Brookmyre will be talking about his recent foray from his normal crime (if you can call any of Chris’s books normal – I mean that in the good way) to crime in space with Places in the Darkness (reviewed here), and there’s a panel on science fiction in Gaelic too!
Ursula Le Guin
Extremely sad news this week as we learned we had lost the remarkable Ursula K Le Guin, one of the most wonderful authors I’ve ever read, and one who planted seeds in the readers minds which didn’t simply tell stories, but offered different perspectives on the world, on society, on gender and many other subjects important to us. One of those writers whose books left you with a life-long impression because they really did expand your mind to new viewpoints. Joe posted a personal piece on Ursula and her writing earlier this week on the blog.
(rather lovely Ursula Le Guin art by Michael Cho)
Angouleme Grand Prix
The winner of the Grand Prix at the Angoueleme comic art festival in France is Richard Corben. Traditionally the winner of this, one of the most prestigious comics awards on the planet, also serves as the festival president for the next year, giving them a chance to shape the themes and exhibits. (via Comics Reporter)
Cartoon roundup time:
Nigel Auchtelounie on the shambles that is the Carillion collapse:
Stephen Collins in The Guardian: Awards Season.
Chris Riddell on fat cats and MATs in The Observer.