Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #161

Published On April 27, 2018 | By Joe Gordon | Books, Comics

And once more it is Friday and that means time for Richard and Joe’s round up of links and news spotted over the last few days – yep, it’s time for Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense):

ECLAF 2018

We’ve already posted that this year’s ELCAF – the East London Comic Art Festival – will take place across the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of June this summer, but now Nobrow’s Angela has been in touch to fill us in on the details which were announced this week, and it looks like another cracking festival:

“As with every edition, ELCAF has the pleasure of inviting an internationally celebrated artist to create a unique identity for the year and we are extremely honoured to announce Charlotte Dumortier as this year’s artists-in- residence. Based in Antwerp, her work is characterised by bright colours and bold shapes. As well as being an illustrator, she also works as a motion graphics animator. Charlotte makes comics for zines and anthologies and her “first real comic book” is called Murphy’s Miserable Space Adventures and is published by Oogachtend.

She also makes mini comics and zines under the moniker yum yum zines with her friend Shamisa Debroey who will be joining ELCAF this year. Alongside Charlotte, ELCAF is inviting an exciting roster of international artists including Patrick Kyle, Nina Cosco, Conor Stechschulte, Tor Brandt, Sammy Stein, Aisha Franz, Akvile Magicdust, Dawid Ryski and many, many more.

In 2018 we are curating another extensive ELCAF season across London and beyond. Kicking off in May we’ll be bringing an exhibition by our European partners to the Discover Children’s Story Centre in Stratford. From 28 May — 1 June, The rule and the game: a sensory reading lab invites visitors to explore the relationship between word and image in children’s books. In addition, we are teaming up with our founders Nobrow to celebrate the 10th edition of the magazine that brought them to the fore. Studio Dreams: ELCAF x Nobrow 10 will highlight a number of the 70 artists featured in the magazine through a series of workshops, talks and an exhibition. It starts off on 27 May with a whole day of workshops and a panel at Hay Festival with Katie Harnett, Jim Stoten, Ben Newman and Joe Todd-Stanton, continues with an exhibition at SPACE, Hackney from 14 — 16 June that sees all 70 illustrations in one room plus 8 very special new commissions and culminates in a panel discussion at ELCAF itself.

We are again joining up with Hackney Council to do a free drop-in workshop with Sandra Dieckmann at Dalston library, this time during Dalston Children’s festival on 2 June. Our series of Masterclasses at the House of Illustration continue this year with Ben Newman and Bigu Maku. The ELCAF season will culminate in the festival itself, where on top of tons of workshops and talks, we’ll have springboard meetings for aspiring illustrators and comic artists, and, for the third year, the ELCAF Award. The ELCAF Award will recognise artists and publishers who are excelling in their fields by offering a selection of prizes that will support their work.”

Isabell and Blodwen

The excellent Rachael Smith has a new project, Isabella and Blodwen, running on Unbound. From the description: “Isabella and Blodwen is the latest book from Rachael Smith, creator of The Rabbit, Artificial Flowers, and the critically-acclaimed exploration of living with mental illness, Wired Up Wrong.

The story follows sixteen year-old Isabella who has been granted early admission to the prestigious University of Oxford. Academically gifted, but lacking in social skills, she finds navigating the hallowed halls a trial she can’t study her way out of. Mixing with older students, and struggling to find her place, she sets her heart on the coveted summer internship with her hero, Professor MacLeod. While wondering how to get the letter of recommendation she needs to be considered, she accidentally drops an exhibit from a museum she’s visiting in her bag… and Blodwen, the Witch from the Bottle enters her life!”

Roy of the Rovers

2000 AD publishers Rebellion have announced more non-2000 AD titles being added to their slate, this time a reboot of a much-loved classic British sporting comics character, Roy of the Rovers.

Internationally acclaimed comics writer Rob Williams (Amazing Spider-Man, Adventures of Superman) and artist Ben Willsher (2000 AD, Doctor Who Magazine) are the team behind the brand new Roy of the Rovers graphic novels, beginning with Roy of the Rovers: Kick-Off, to be released 6 September 2018. Best-selling children’s author Tom Palmer (Football Academy, Foul Play) takes the lead on Roy of the Rovers: Scouted, Rebellion’s first foray into middle grade fiction, to be released 4 October 2018.”

I must confess I was never that interested as a kid in the sports comics, they never really clicked for me, but they were very popular with many others and Roy became a massive pop culture institution, not just with the original young readers but adults too, so I imagine there will be a lot of interest in this return, and not just from the regular comics readers, this should have a wider appeal to a lot of folks who probably haven’t picked up a comic in years, which is no bad thing.

Richard butts in… I’m hugely excited for this one, not because I’m necessarily a footie fan (I stopped years ago, too much diving, too many pampered men-children in the game etc etc) but because I’m really hopeful that this new RotR comic will do a couple of things. Firtsly, I’m really hoping that it gets into schools and libraries and onto the all-ages racks at all good comic shops (and ALL good comic shops should have not just a rack for all-ages books, but a huge section!) and gets young kids into football reading comics. Secondly, I’m hoping for some of the magic I read in the short-lived Roy Of The Rovers monthly from the 90s. We shall see come September.

Charity Podcast Marathon

One of our chums, fellow geeks and all round good egg Barry Nugent from the Geek Syndicate tells us he is co-hosting a marathon, 24 hour podcast to raise funds for a charity near to his heart, please do support him if you can: “So next Saturday 28th April I will be podcasting for 24 hours straight with Stacey Taylor of the podcast Stacey’s Pod Culture Parlour to raise money for the British Heart Foundation

Six years ago this month my oldest brother died alone in the family home after having a massive heart attack,he was in his early fifties. Before that heart disease took my mum from me. They were both my big influences, the giants who shoulders I stand and I miss them every day. I’m doing this event to honour/remember them and to do my bit to help a charity that works tirelessly to combat heart disease.”

“We have a load of guests lined up including I Kill Giants creator Joe Kelly, Townsend Coleman the voice by behind The Tick Shaun Steven Struble (Lil Depressed Boy), Vince Hunt (Awesome Comics Podcast),Bevis Musson (The Dead Queen Detectives), Christian Wildgoose (Porcelain,Batgirl, Butterfly Gate) and Laura Wildgoose ( Night Post), Dani Abram (The Pirates!, Grand Theft Auto IV, Halo 4) and many more.”

Spanish Comics Awards

It was the Barcelona Comic Convention last week, and several awards were given out during the con, with the Garbuix Agency telling us that two of the titles they represent scooped gongs: Pinturas de guerra [War Paints], by Ángel de la Calle, won the Best Spanish Work published in 2017 and Estamos todas bien [All Of Us Are Fine], by Ana Penyas, has won the Best New Talent Award.

Max und Moritz Award

Still on the European comics awards theme, our own Kenny passed on details from this year’s prestigious German-language awards, the Max und Mortiz Prize:

“Jean-Claude Mézières, the draftsman of the science fiction series “Valerian and Veronique” has been awarded the Max and Moritz Prize for his outstanding life’s work. The jury honors the influential French comic artist, whose impact extends far beyond France and the boundaries of the classic comic audience.

The 25 titles nominated for the Max and Moritz Prize 2018 in alphabetic order:

– Ambient Comics by Nadine Redlich. Rotopol
– A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ōima (Translation: Christine Steinle). Egmont Manga (nominated by the audience)
– Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston (Translation: Katrin Aust). Splitter publishing house
– Brodeck’s report by Manu Larcenet (Translation: Ulrich Pröfrock). After the novel by Philippe Claudel. reprodukt
– Chiisakobee – The small neighborhood of Minetarō Mochizuki (Translation: Cordelia Suzuki). After the novel by Shūgorō Yamamoto. Carlsen manga
– Life is not a pony farm by Sarah Burrini. / Panini Books
– Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction by Inio Asano (Translation: Hana Rude). Tokyopop
– The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner (Translation: Benjamin Mildner). avant-verlag
– The Origin of the World by Liv Strömquist (Translation: Katharina Erben). avant-verlag
– The three ??? – The Village of the Devils by Ivar Leon Menger, John Beckmann and Christopher Tauber. Kosmos Verlag
– The World of the Sons of Gipi (Translation: Myriam Alfano). avant-verlag (release date: 7 May 2018)
– Esther’s Diaries by Riad Sattouf (Translation: Ulrich Pröfrock). reprodukt
– hostage by Guy Delisle (translation: Heike Drescher). reprodukt
– German Calendar No December by Birgit Weyhe and Sylvia Ofili. avant-verlag (release date: May 22, 2018)
– Gung Ho by Thomas von Kummant and Benjamin von Eckartsberg. Cross Cult
– Autumn in the pants of Ralf König. Rowohlt Verlag
– Maggy Garrisson by Lewis Trondheim and Stéphane Oiry (Translation: Resel Rebiersch). Publisher Schreiber & Leser”

The Erlangen International Comics Salon takes place from the 31st of May to 3rd of June 2018

FP Edinburgh talks Avengers

Several scenes from Avengers: Infinity War were filmed just moments from our Edinburgh store in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town. Earlier this week, ahead of the film opening, BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning, Scotland show sent a reporter along to interview several of our FP Edinburgh crew and some of the customers to get their take on the new movie and the film series in general – you can hear the FP Edinburgh gang around the 2 hours 46 minutes mark on the show link here. Going to be very interesting for those of us in Edinburgh to see our gorgeous, historic city featuring in a Marvel movie!

Sustaining Comics

Pretty interesting event just added to the roster at the Cartoon Museum (free but you need to book): “Join a host of comics professionals to explore the challenges of working in comics, the opportunities out there, and what the future might hold. Over the course of the afternoon, visitors can join discussions, talks and workshops led by key industry voices including Rachael Ball (Laydeez do Comics; Wolf Man), Hannah Berry (LIVESTOCK; Vox Pop), Karrie Fransman (The House that Groaned; Over, Under, Sidways, Down), Sha Nazir (BHP Comics; Laptop Guy), Andy Oliver (Broken Frontier) and Corinne Pearlman (Myriad Editions).”

A History of the Targaryens

George R R Martin confirmed that the long-awaited sixth novel, The Winds of Winter, will not be coming this year, but he did offer the eager fans something else, a history of the Targaryens, which will be coming later in 2018 (via the Guardian, cracking photo of Uncle George at the Edinburgh Book Festival by Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian)

Boulet and French translations:

“In French we don’t say ‘boogers’ but ‘nose poops’ and I think it’s beautiful” – The new #FrenchIsWeird (junior edition) is here!

Luke Pearson’s Google Doodle:

Luke Pearson’s Hilda comes to a screen near you in animated style later this year, but that doesn’t mean he’s not busy. This was his Google Doodle artwork for St. George’s Day on 23rd April:

Cartoon roundup

Morten Morland in The Times mashes up the Windrush immigration papers row with the sad passing of Verne Troyer:

In the Guardian Chris Riddell also takes aim at the debacle of the destroyed Windrush documents and the effect it has had on many lives (while all politicians play pass-the-parcel with the blame):

Also in The Guardian, Stephen Collins on the modern-day Trojan Horse:

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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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