It’s Friday and that means time for Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense), our weekly quick-hit round up of news and links spotted by Richard and Joe over the last few days:
Journey Planet Judge Dredd special
Chris Garcia, Michael Carroll and the blog’s own James Bacon have been in touch about a new issue of their Hugo Award-winning fanzine, Journey Planet, which this time is a Dredd special – here’s James to tell us about it:
We’ve been exceptionally lucky with this issue of Journey Planet on Judge Dredd, getting permission to publish a comic story, and also interview the creators of Judge Dredd, John Wagner and Pat Mills, who brought Judge Dredd to the comic book pages of 2000 AD forty one years ago. We felt we wanted to show readers some of Judge Dredd. All text about a comic is hard, we wanted fans to get the chance at experiencing the best that the comic has to offer currently.
(Dredd artwork by the unmistakable Carlos Ezquerra, copyright Rebellion)
Chris and James felt that the stand-alone story, ‘The Third Person’ was one of the best comic stories last year, and we are grateful to Mike Molcher and Rebellion for allowing us to reprint this Judge Dredd story in full. The story covers interesting elements such as neuro-diversity and a unique approach to pre-determinism, as well a cultural reference.
James and Chris want to do a feature on it, but reckoned that a diverse and varied set of views and reviews might be interesting our own thoughts potentially dangerously sycophantic. We got a range of voices to share their thoughts: professional games developer Helena Helena Nash, author Anton Marks, academic Jack Fennell, fan Kelly Beuhler, Irish Comic News Blog Editor David Ferguson and comics scholar Lisa Macklem among others to offer insight and comment on this fabulous ten-page story.
We introduce the art, character and historical elements to new readers, have features on related publications, as well as articles that are firmly tongue in cheek as well as serious pieces considering the character and stories.
We wanted something for the new reader as well as for the fans who know the lore of Dredd, but would like to read fresh angles and perspectives. We also take a look at other Judge Dredd fanzines, with special features on the long-running Zarjaz and the brand-new Belfast-based zine Sector 13. We are grateful to all our contributors, and Mike Molcher of Rebellion.
Journey Planet Judge Dredd is available (free) here as a PDF.
The International Rescue Committee is using comics with a mutiple choice story line to help Syrian refugee women in Lebanon, which is a nice idea to try and help them deal with some of the many problems they are likely to encounter (sadly though they don’t seem to credit the writer or artist).
This poster featuring Martin Freeman to promote the upcoming movie adaptation of Andy Nyman and League of Gentleman’s Jeremy Dyson’s stage production of Ghost Stories looks suitably creepy and disturbing! The movie hits UK cinemas on April 6th. (via Live for Film)
Very sad to hear of the passing of Stephen Hawking this week. A truly remarkable mind and life, astonishing simply for defying the odds and living decades after his initial diagnosis (the years of care made him a vocal champion of the NHS) let alone his groundbreaking insights into physics and the mysteries of the universe. And all of this accompanied by a cheeky sense of humour, and numerous cameos in the likes of Star Trek the Next Generation, the Simpsons, just in the last few days his voice could be heard in the new Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy on Radio 4. Gone, finally, beyond the event horizon, I hope wherever he is, he is enjoying sharing a dirty joke with Carl Sagan and Einstein. Here, by way of tribute, Melody Sheep’s remix of Sagan’s word into the song Glorious Dawn, featuring the voice of Stephen Hawking:
The first trailer for the forthcoming Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald appeared on the interwebs this week:
I Kill Giants
We’ve mentioned the upcoming movie adaptation of Joe Kelly and J M Ken Niimura’s graphic novel I Kill Giants a few times now in Stuff, but as the UK movie poster and date were just released it’s more than worth another mention! The UK cinemas get I Kill Giants on April 6th and then on digital on May 4th.
Paul Gravett talks Korean Comics
The good folks at the House of Illustration have that splendid Paul Gravett chap giving a talk on the Secrets of North and South Korean Comics on April 19th at 7pm, as ever check the site for full details.
The Beano goes Pop Art!
John Freeman on Down the Tubes reports that as part of the venerable stalwart of Brit comics, the Beano, approaching its eightieth anniversary (a pretty astonishing run for any comic), Horace Panter, bass player for the Specials, has been busy creating Pop Art renderings of the Beano’s long-lived characters, for paintings and prints, which will be sold in a number of UK art galleries, following an exhibition of the original artworks at the Beano Studios in London from April 19th.
(the Amazonian warrior that is Minnie the Minx, here rendered by Panter in a Warhol-esque style; Minnie the Minx created by the late Leo Baxendale, published by DC Thomson)
This weekend, 17th to 18th of March, is the big MCM Comic Con in Birmingham, and as usual some of the Forbidden Planet International team will be there manning their stall, joined by Brum’s own Nostalgia and Comics crew. If you’re at the con do come by and say hi, we’re at Stand 671!
Cartoon round up
Over on The Nib Joey Alison Sayers takes a potshot at the serious competition not just to get your kids into the best schools in your area, but now for pre-schooling (here’s a snippet, click the link for the full comic):
XKCD on smart home appliances:
Chris Riddell in the Guardian on the endless lies of Vladimir Putin: