And once more it is that time of week when Richard and Joe round up some news and links spotted over the last few days for the weekly Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense):
This summer’s ELCAF – the East London Comic Art Festival – has announced this year’s comics artist in residence: Belgian comicker Charlotte Dumortier. The Antwerp-based creator has produced comics, illsutration, animation and other works “characterised by bright colours and bold shapes.” Other international creators invited to this year’s ELCAF include Patrick Kyle, Nina Cosco, Conor Stechschulte, Tor Brandt, Sammy Stein, Aisha Franz, Akvile Magicdust, and Dawid Ryski. The festival takes place from the 22nd to the 24th of June; tickets go on sale from April 20th.
Glenn Fleming has a fundraiser for his new work, Hatch: the Next day on Indie Go Go. From the description: “Hatch is unique; simply a visual experience. Hatch lives alone on his little asteroid, far out in space, and has been around for years, waiting for his opportunity to shine. Now he’s here and we can enjoy his limitless adventures in this 32 page colour comic. You can be the difference; you can bring him to life. Let’s make him work. Together!”
And another fundraiser that we noticed this week, Risen is a story about superheroes, but also about adolescence and trying to figure out who you are, what you want to be, hard enough at the best of times without adding superpowers on top of that mix… From the description:
“Each of the five books in the mini series follows one of the main characters; Ricochet, Influencer, Surge, Neuron and Essence. As their stories criss-cross they learn invaluable lessons about themselves that just might alter the world as they know it.”
The forthcoming new UK cmoics journal ComicScene has a new site where you can find out more details and set up a subscription.
Meltdown to shutter
Sad to hear LA comics institution Meltdown Comics is to close its doors after a quarter of a century:
“No business is easy, least of all one rooted in paper surrounded by brick and mortar, yet against all odds we survived just long enough to host, share and celebrate some of the most creative and imaginative artists in the world. It has been my personal privilege to welcome so many incredibly talented minds through our doors, giving them and their work a home in this great city of ours,” Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, co-owner and founder. (via Hollywood Reporter)
Netflix has their first short teaser trailer for Nightflyers, based on a science fiction novella by Game of Thrones creator George R R Martin. As Live For Film notes it looks more than a bit Event Horizon in this short trailer (even down to a walking, burning figure):
Neil in Finland
Good chum of the blog and one of our fave Indy comickers, Neil Slorance has announced that he has been selected for a month as an artist in residence during April in the Arteles Creative Centre in Hämeenkyrö, Finland, a great opportunity. Neil adds that although he has paid for his accommodation and flights, he isn’t getting any funding from Creative Scotland, and so he needs to try and raise some more funds for his day to day expenses. He’s not keen on a fundraiser, saying he would rather be giving folks something for their money, which is admirable, and so he is going to be pushing his works on his Etsy store, the more sales he can manage the better.
(art from Neil’s The Berlin Issue)
I’ve bought a bunch of absolutely fab comics from Neil over the years (and reviewed them on here, the most recent just last week with Pirate Fun), and highly recommend them, so if you fancy some cool comics or prints from Neil, now is an especially good time to buy some from him. Neil has a number of terrific travel lit comics and I’m hoping his Finland trip will become one in due course too.
The Smoky Man shares this cracking portrait of the great bearded magus of Albion, Alan Moore, by Italian comicker Ausonia (who is currently working on a new Dylan Dog book). The speech bubble is translated as “what if it’s just a sort of neurosis?”
Alexa Ruins Lives
Cartoonist Lauren eLL took some video footage of a family footering around with their new device and turned it into a funny animated cartoon, Alexa Ruins Families (via BoingBoing)
Deadpool 2 trailer
Deapool 2 gets a new and bloody funny trailer (literally, it is funny and of course there’s blood). Warning, may contain some naughty words, and by “may” of course I mean it totally does):
Edinburgh Horror Con
The Edinburgh Horror Con is coming over May 12th and 13th at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (same venue location as April’s comic con in Edinburgh!), and includes authors and guests from television and film horror, screenings, panels and more – as ever check the site for more details.
Cartoon Museum celebrates fifty shows
Our chums at the Cartoon Museum in London are celebrating – February marked twelve years of being in their Little Russell Street location and their fiftieth exhibition celebrating British comics and cartooning. To mark these milestones their fifty first exhibition will be Fifty Glorious Shows; from the description:
“50 Glorious Shows! celebrates the world of British cartoons and comics with over 170 original works, many by the past masters of the British tradition of cartooning such as Hogarth, Gillray, Tenniel, Heath Robinson, Pont, H .M. Bateman, E. H. Shepard and Ronald Searle. Top comic artists and graphic novelists such as Dudley D. Watkins, Ken Reid, Hunt Emerson, Dave Gibbons, David Lloyd, Posy Simmonds and Bryan Talbot have featured in several exhibitions, and are now part of the collection. For those who love a laugh there are treats by Sally Artz, Larry, Frank Dickens, Mike Williams, Michael Heath, Kipper Williams, Peattie and Taylor, and many great joke cartoonists both past and present.
Britain has a great tradition of political satire, and the show will include selections from our Spitting Image, €urobollocks! Bell Époque, Maggie! Maggie! Maggie!, Punch, Private Eye and Steadman@77 exhibitions, as well as some recent donations by the rising generation of political cartoonists.
At the heart of political and social satire is great caricature, and the exhibition includes brilliant exponents of the art such as Max Beerbohm, Mark Boxer, Robert Sherriffs and Trog.
Other exhibitions have looked at how cartoons and comics have reflected social, cultural and political changes, including two world wars, the changing face of marriage, the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and our relationship with the demon drink. One of the most vibrant areas of cartooning and comics is the world of graphic novels, which is represented by a selection of work produced by British graphic novelists over the last twenty-five years.”
The Returners in the Dredd Megazine
Si Spencer and Nicolo Assirelli talk to the 2000 AD blog about a new strip starting in the Dredd Megazine #394, The Returners: Irmazhina, which sees us back in a part of the Dreddverse we’ve not seen for a while, the banana republic-like mega city of Ciudad Barranquilla, where the Judges are as corrupt and dangerous as the local gangs and drug traffickers. Our own Richard Bruton spoke to Si and Nicolo, here’s a quick snippet, click here for the full interview:
“Richard Bruton: Your new strip, The Returners begins this month in the Megazine #394. Can you give us a quick idea of what we have to look forward to?
Si Spencer: It’s set in Ciudad Barranquilla (CB), basically four very different criminals suffer a near-death experience at exactly the same moment that an entire Justice Department Block disappears. When they come round from their flatlines, it seems they’re the only ones able to penetrate the force-field surrounding the wreckage. And they’re the only ones who can see the giant Mayan pyramid that stands in its place. The four perps – a dirty Judge, a streetgang boss, a polygender hooker and a murdering occultist – are offered an amnesty if they go inside the pyramid to find out what’s going on. It’s kinda Dirty Dozen meets Indiana Jones… but with a vengeful, murdering pre-Columbian goddess. This story’s a six parter but I think I’ve been pretty blatant with the title when it comes to looking for a second series.
Over the years, we’ve seen an awful lot of the Mega-Cities of the USA and the Sov Block, a fair bit of Brit-Cit and Sino-Cit. But Banana City hasn’t exactly featured much in Dredd history. At most it’s a corrupt Mega-City full of stereotypes and a mass of corruption. What was it that led you to Banana City for this tale?
SS: Basically it was ‘hey, who doesn’t like a spooky pyramid filled with traps and bloodthirsty goddesses? Where in the Megaverse would have such a thing?’”
Cartoon round up
Chris Riddell pounced on a minister’s “Tigger” remark to portray recent political events as re-imagined children’s classics in the Guardian:
Tom Tomorrow’s Star Wreck on The Nib had me giggling, here’s a taster, click here for the full strip:
Tom Gauld on the properties of newly discovered numbers for New Scientist:
Miguel Villaba Sanchez (aka) Elchicotriste on Putin’s Russian election win, nicely also riffing on the Olympics which the Russian teams were largely banned from for doping (makes a change from poisoning folks, I suppose) with Surprise Outcome (not) on Cartoon Movement: