It’s the end of the working week and that means time for Richard and Joe’s quick-hit round up of news and links spotted over the last few days in the weekly Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense):
The Beano to Jacob Rees-Mogg – stop it!
Earlier this week, the Beano pulled off possibly the greatest bit of PR in recent years. They sent a cease and desist letter to Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg ordering him to stop impersonating Walter the Softy. Genius.
“It has been brought to our attention that you have been infringing the intellectual property rights of one of our cartoon characters and masquerading as Walter the Softy.”
“It is evident that there are numerous instances whereby you have adopted trademarked imagery and brand essences of the character to the benefit of enhancing your career and popularity.”
Walter the Softy artwork is by Nigel Parkinson. Who added this montage showing the extent of the coverage on his Facebook.
Pauld Duffield has a Kickstarter for a print edition of his Firelight Isle tale, which he first posted serialised as an online comic, with help from his Patreon supporters, and is now bringing to print. An ye four colour gods, it looks totally gorgeous… From the description:
“The Firelight Isle is a tale of cultural discovery and coming-of-age in a civilisation dedicated to a mysterious religion, watched over by masked priests known as Ara. Sen and Anlil are childhood friends about to be parted as Sen starts down the path of priesthood, and Anlil creates a sacred offering that could save her household’s reputation. Both risk their souls, and perhaps even their lives, in the process.”
One of our long-time favourite creators, Darryl Cunningham, is trying to improve his finances, always the bane of most creator’s lives, and has a sale running at his online store, so you can support a terrific creator and nab yourself a cool gift for someone (or treat yourself!). I must admit I am especially fond of Darryl’s landscapes and cityscapes…
DiamondSteel Comics has a Kickstarter running for a new 170 page collection of their popular Saltire character’s adventures. We’ve had previous Saltire comics in the small press section in our Scottish stores and they’ve been pretty popular. From the description:
“Legend Eternal is the second stand alone Saltire graphic novel after the critically acclaimed Saltire Immortal Guardian released in 2015, becoming one of Scotland’s best selling comic book titles and gaining multiple award nominations including Best British Comic and being named Illustrated Book of the Year. Saltire is the immortal protector of the clans. Manifested in prehistory during The Gathering, he is the embodiment of the greatest warriors from the twelve clans. He is aided by the clan guardians, each with unique warrior skills, uniting when their peaceful land is threatened.”
Retrofit crowdfunds twelve new works
Retrofit Comics has a Kickstarter running to fund a dozen new graphic novels from Summer Pierre, Yumi Sakugawa, Sara Lautman, Laura Lannes, Eric Kostiuk Williams, Liam Cobb, Pat Aulisio, Baron Yoshimoto, Becca Tobin and Karl Stevens:
“You can pick out your favorite ones to order using the “Your choice of books” reward level, but we are discounting the full set of all 12 graphic novels over 50% if you get all of them at once! We really hope you will consider getting the “2018 full year subscription” reward level, not only will it save you a lot of money, it will hopefully expose you to some great new artists you haven’t read before, and it will help us keep putting out exciting and challenging graphic novels. Thank you all so much for your support!”
Wonder Woman Lynda
The wonderful (no pun intended) Lynda Carter has been honoured with a star on the famous Walk of Fame in Hollywood, with Wonder Woman film director Patti Jenkins giving a speech celebrating Lynda’s iconic status: “It was Lynda’s portrayal of Wonder Woman that made me fall in love with her because her Wonder Woman made me believe that I could have whatever I wanted, and even more importantly, it made me unashamed to want it,” Jenkins shared. “She wasn’t afraid to be soft while tough, she wasn’t afraid to be as loving as she was strong, she wasn’t afraid to love being a woman and celebrate her femininity, all while kicking ass and changing the world.” (via CBR)
Nottingham Comic Con
The next Nottingham Comic Con isn’t until autumn (October 20th to be exact), but they have just opened bookings for exhibitor’s tables, so if you are planning to show off your wares there, time to check out their site!
At last… some good comic shop news!
Over in the States, we seem to have been seeing nothing but bad news when it comes to comic shops closing. Never a good thing. But it’s pleasing to be able to point out a bit of good news every so often. Over at The MNT, the talented crew have an interview with Ariell Johnson, founder and president of Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse. In the interview she talks about their first year in business in Philadelphia, representation, community, and what’s to come for the future.
On a related note… why aren’t there more comic and coffee shops? Always seemed the obvious thing to me.
Call us Legion, for we are many…
Some terrific artwork by Bill Sienkiewicz for season two of the acclaimed television take on the X-Men universe’s most troubled mind, Legion (back on UK screens this month).
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
The film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties, due out this summer, gets a trailer (via Live for Film):
Neil Gaiman again… he’s a busy, busy guy now doing Gormenghast!
Gaiman’s talked about his love of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast, and has previously mentioned a desire to bring the series to the screen. Well, according to Deadline, Gaiman’s about to realise his desire. FremantleMedia has secured TV series production rights, with Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman attached.
The last we saw of Gormenghast on screen was when the BBC in the UK adapted two books into a 4-part series in 2000. No dates for this new production yet, but always good to see Gaiman’s name attached. He has this to say in a statement:
“There is nothing in literature like Mervyn Peake’s remarkable Gormenghast novels… They were crafted by a master, who was also an artist, and they take us to an ancient castle as big as a city, with heroes and villains and people larger than life that are impossible to forget. There is a reason why there were two trilogies that lovers of the fantasy genre embraced in the Sixties: Lord of the Rings, and the Gormenghast books. It’s an honor to have been given the opportunity to help shepherd Peake’s brilliant and singular vision to the screen.”
(Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Steerpike in BBC Two’s adaptation of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast. Photograph: Jack English/PA, via The Guardian.)
I meant to include this last week, but in the better late than never tradition, the trailer for Westworld season two looks cracking. Loved the first series, some clever science fiction and drama, lot of moral grey areas, it will be interesting to see where it goes with the second season:
The shortlist for the major international science fiction awards, the Hugos, were announced a few days back – here’s a quick look at the Best Novels and some interesting SF comics in the best Graphic Story nominees:
The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor)
New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Provenance, by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Best Graphic Story
Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel)
Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
Paper Girls, Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics)
Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
There are many more categories, including, I must add on a personal note, the Best Fanzine, which includes one publication that has previously won a coveted Hugo, Journey Planet, which has a special place in our heart because among the contributors/editors to Journey Planet are Helen Montgomery, Michael Carrol, Mark meenan, Vincent Docherty, Jackie Kamlot, Steve Silver, Chuck Serface, Christopher J Garcia and two of the FP blog’s own shifty characters, Pádraig Ó Méalóid and James Bacon. Good luck to all nominees, and of course we’re not biased at all on the Fanzine category, no sirree! Check out the full range of categories and nominees on the Hugo site.
Stephen Collins in the Guardian on the irony of the return to the post-Brexit “British blue” passports seeing a French company win the contract to make them rather than the existing UK company that makes the EU-compatible current passports:
Tom Gauld for New Scientist:
Ben Passmore on The Nib marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of Doctor Martin Luther King with a comic on The Nib, exploring his more radical philosophy that is often overlooked as his legacy is simplified, here’s a snippet, click the link here for the rest:
Chris Riddell in the Guardian on the already controversial, politically-loaded Academy schools system and the very generous salaries some who run them are being awarded out of public education funds: