It’s Friday, time for Joe and Richard to round-up all the comic news fit to print in our regular Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) roundup. Well, some of it anyway…
Thought Bubble Charity Art Auction Underway
Happening right now over at Ebay, Thought Bubble are running their annual charity art auction, with all proceeds benefitting Barnardos. Each year at the Thought Bubble Festival, the sketching spotlight event brings together artists to live sketch whilst discussing their work and process. And these wonderful artists all agreed that their work could be auctioned off for Barnardos by Thought Bubble. The auction began on the 29th January, but there’s still time to join in – right here: http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/thoughtbubblefestival
Art below from Nick Derrington, Sara Pichelli, Joelle Jones, Gabriel Walta….and many more could be yours, and all for a good cause.
Scott McCloud Interview.
99PercentInvisible have an excellent audio interview with Scott McCloud discussing the theories and ideas of Understanding Comics, still one of the definitive works on the comics medium. Over half an hour, McCloud is a fascinating subject, illustrating his ideas with frequent reference to an array of comics, new and old. Definitely, one to take a listen to when you have half an hour. And it’s always worth heading to McCloud’s website for more fascinating ideas and conversations around the medium.
Rebellion, publisher of 2000 AD, are continuing their line reprinting classic British comics material from outside the 2000 AD ouevre (recent entries included the likes of Faceache by the great Ken Reid). Next in this very welcome run of vintage Brit comics material is an absolute classic, perhaps one of the most classic and well-respected series in Brit comics history, Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun’s Charley’s War. Titan have previously published a series of hardback volumes covering the series, this new take will give us paperbacks but with a much larger page count (over 300 pages in this first volume), so looks like an ideal way for those wanting to get into this important piece of Brit comics history to dip into it. Charley’s War the Definitive Collection Volume 1: Boy Soldier is expected this May and is available for pre-order.
Boulet on French Expressions…
The always brilliant Boulet has a set of Facebook pictures attempting to explain the wonderful world of French expressions….
Marvel Movie bonanza… Black Panther so close, Ant-Man so far (or maybe just very small?)
First up, out February 16th… it’s Black Panther. All the advance word is this is going to be another one to do incredibly well. Starring Chadwick Broseman as T’Challa it’s going to be a spectacular new Marvel movie.
There’s a long time to go yet before the second Ant-Man movie reaches cinemas on 6th July in the US and 3rd August in the UK, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to be seeing a lot of buzz (I’m sorry) about the movie. Ant-Man and the Wasp stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly as the title characters and is directed by Peyton Reed. The first movie was a lot of fun, high hopes for the second.
Here’s the first trailer….
And in between the two… some little movie about The Avengers… released in the US on May 4th…
Bad ideas in marketing department…. DC and the Doomsday Clock.
So… Doomsday Clock and The Doomsday Clock.
One is the new series from Geoff Johns and Gary Frank which brings the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons Watchmen characters into the DC Universe (which I’m really not going to get into right now.)
And the other is the ACTUAL Doomsday Clock. The clock used by actual scientists to represent just how close to the end of the world we’re currently at. It’s been maintained since 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board. It’s a proper clock, with the midnight point representing a theoretical global catastrophe, usually considered some sort of nuclear event. The closest it’s ever come to impeding armageddon is in 1953… after the USA and Russia both started testing Hydrogen bombs. And 2018. Last bloody week. When the scientists looked at the USA, Korea and figured what the hell, here we go again.
So, given that the actual Doomsday Clock is a very bad idea, the last thing you’d think the publicists at DC Comics would want to do would be to associate themselves with the whole terrible idea of the world getting a minute closer to Armageddon.
Yeah, you’d think so.
Ooops. Bad DC Comics.
Not surprisingly, DC issued a tweet rather quickly apologising for that previous tweet.
(Via i09, but it’s been all over the place.)
On a related piece of news, Damon Lindelof has tapped a previous collobrator, Nicole Kassell, to direct the pilot episode of the HBO television adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s seminal graphic novel Watchmen. I’m really not sure what to make of the idea of a TV Watchmen only a few years after a film adaptation, but as usual best to reserve any judgement until we actually see it. (via Hollywood Reporter)
I Kill Giants trailer.
I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Niimura, is something of a modern classic. And this tale of Barbara Thorson, escaping her day to day teen life into a magical world of titans and giants, is due to get a film release this year. The first trailer is out now.
“Kill Giants tells the story of Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe), a teenage girl who chooses to escape the realities of school and a drab family life by retreating into her magical world of Titans and Giants. With the help of her new friend Sophia (Sydney Wade) and her school therapist (Zoe Saldana), Barbara will learn to battle her Giants and face her fears – tackling the mean bullies at school, her sister (Imogen Poots) and her difficult home life, and eventually her biggest dread of the unknown”
Strontium Dog Fan Film gets the Carlos Ezquerra treatment
Perhaps a little smaller in budget than the I Kill Giants film, Search/Destroy: A Strontium Dog Fan Film follows in the footsteps of the Judge Minty film, another nearly half hour of fan-made 2000AD film material.
And here’s a private commission from Carlos Ezquerra… “What if the fan film was taken directly from one story?” Lettered by Jim Campbell. Coloured by the SD Fan Film team.
Sweet and cute department: Mr and Mrs Jon and Lucy Lock.
Congratulations to Jon and Luck Lock, who were married a few weeks back. As befits a comics couple, there’s a very special wedding celebration comic, put together by Lock’s fellow artists Nich and Alice Angell, part of Big Punch Studios with Lock.
Peterloo graphic history
New Internationalist and top Indy publisher Myriad Editions are co-publishing Peterloo: Witnesses to a Massacre, by Polyp, Robert Poole and Eva Schlunke, a graphic novel history of the infamous slaughter where the authorities called out the milita who galloped into a peaceful crowd (containing families) in Manchester in 1819, slashing with their sabres at the unarmed civilians they were meant to protect. It was a shameful act in British history and a bloody example of the lengths Almighty Power will go to in order to hang on to that power. The graphic novel is due to be published in 2019 to mark the bicentenary of the original massacre, and draws on actual eyewitness testimony of the event. Mancunian actor Christopher Eccleston is writing a foreward based on a story about the massacre handed down through his own family. One to watch out for.
Major Marvel attraction coming to Blackpool
Madame Tussaud‘s in Blackpool has announced a large, new attraction themed around the world of Marvel Comics’ superheroes, arriving this Easter:
“The previously undeveloped space will add 5501 square feet to the existing public footprint within the attraction, so guests can experience something truly out of this world. As if something from a classic Marvel comic strip, visitors will step right in to the action and come face-to-face with their favourite comic book and film heroes. Incorporating four distinct zones, the new area will include a number of new figures as well as interactive experiences to truly excite and delight visitors. The attraction takes inspiration from the original comics as well as the blockbuster films that continue be a huge hit at the box office. We are working closely with Merlin Magic Making and Marvel on the design and build to ensure the new attraction is authentic to the comics and offers unique experiences. As many of the interactive elements have are bespoke to Madame Tussauds Blackpool – something UK visitors have never seen before”
Superheroes helping child cancer patients
In Leeds hospital staff have come up with a novel way to make the intimidating process of undergoing radiotherapy slightly less traumatic for young cancer patients – the masks which are laid over the patient’s face and shoulder can be claustrophobic for adults, let alone young children already scared by the machinery and knowing they are ill but not understanding it all. So medical staff have been decorating those masks to resemble superheroes and other characters the kids love, from Darth Vader to My Little Pony. It’s heartbreaking anyone has to go through this treatment (and I imagine we all know someone close to us who has had to endure it), but for a child it’s beyond heartbreaking, and if it was a fair world it would never happen. But we don’t live in that world, although at least we have good people trying their very best to think on ways to make a hard time that bit easier for these brave youngsters undergoing treatment. Best of luck to all undergoing this hard treatment, your superhero idols would be proud of the way you face this fight. (via the Guardian)
Simone Lia on veganuary:
The Fall’s Mark E. Smith RIP
Finally, not necessarily comics, but hey, Richard was a huge fan of Mark E. Smith, who essentially WAS The Fall. Another sad loss to the world of music, Mark E.Smith died aged 60, on January 24th 2018. If you don’t know who he is, there’s a world of staggeringly wonderful Fall music for you to explore.
Krent Able offers this to accompany a Quietus Obituary: