And once more it’s that time of the week for Richard and Joe to bring you our regular quick-hit round up of news and links spotted over the last few days with the weekly Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense):
Check out this video by Colin Furze documenting his ongoing build process designing and putting together a homemade, lifesized Hulkbuster replica from bits and pieces picked up here and there (even on eBay). Colin has built some other amazing geek replicas, but describes this as his most ambitious project so far. I’m handless, I’m afraid, I need to take a day off just to assemble an Ikea bookcase, so I’m always very much in awe of crafters who can work on something like this (via IO9):
Draw the Line at Unbound
Last year we posted on the Draw the Line Project, which launched with “more than 100 comics artists and illustrators from around the world launch Draw the Line, a lively, visual guide to positive political action that anyone can take”. Now Myfanwy Tristram drops us a line to alert us to a new project collecting material and aiming to publish through the crowd-funded Unbound publishing system:
“Have you been feeling powerless in the current political climate? With issues like the migrant crisis, Brexit, and Trump in the White House causing ever more division and fear, it’s easy to feel like you can’t do anything. Now Draw The Line shows you that anyone can make a difference, with small, easy to achieve actions that anyone can take, each beautifully illustrated by one of 114 comic artists.
While the world’s leaders and mainstream media talk of what divides us, Draw The Line sees artists from many different countries coming together with a single aim: to give you the information you need to make the world a better place. Illustrators from the US, Australia, Finland, every corner of the UK, Canada and Argentina provided images which are backed up with resources and data to help you explore more.”
Contributing comickers include Dave McKean, Al Davison, David Baillie, Hannah Berry, Fumio Obata, Kate Charlesworth, Karrie Fransman, Joe Decie, Katriona Chapman, Sally-Anne Hickman, Sean Azzopardi, Wallis Eates, Woodrow Phoenix and more. You can learn more here and on Myfanwy’s blog here.
N.S. Kane has a Kickstarter running for Devil X 3 issue #1: “Devil x 3 is a horror crime comic series that’s set in the middle of a gritty city with a sickening string of crimes called the “SKINS” cases. With no one else wanting to touch the cases with a 10-foot-pole, Maggie Maine is begrudgingly handed the work.
The story starts in the bottom room of a police station where Maggie is handed the case for the first time by her assistant Kat. Unfortunately unable to work alone, Maggie must play nice with the first detective on the case, the ice queen of the station Cornelia Abaddon, but she’s not going in without backup as she drags long-time friend and senior detective Jarrod Rothchild into the bizarre events that follow. ”
Nerdemic has a short video interview with Terry English, recorded at the Oxford Comic Con. As many movie fans of you will be aware Terry is an absolute legend, a leading armourer who has worked in the industry for half a century on film and television work from Boorman’s Excalibur to Highlander and Harry Potter and countless others:
Portsmouth Comic Con
The very first Portsmouth Comic Con hits this bank holiday weekend, with a cracking array of guests, exhibitions, events and more to enjoy, and natually our con team will be manning their stall there too, so do swing by our table and say hi! If you’re in the south coast area this weekend do give them some support, be great if this became a regular, annual addition to the UK comics calendar!
Spring releases from FutureQuake Press
(Dogbreath #34 cover art by by Mike Collins)
Stalwart stable of the UK Indy press scene FutureQuake Press has two new releases this month, with their Strontium Dog fanzine Dogbreath hitting issue 34, with work by Alexi Conman, David Parson, RoboMonkey147, Mark Howard, Brian Rankin and more. Also out in May FQP’s flagship anthology FutureQuake, with tales by Dick Jillings, David Parsons, Jonathan Stevens, Luke Kemp-James and more. Check the FQP site for more details and to get hold of the latest issues.
(FutureQuake 2018 cover art by Gibson Quarter and Steven Denton)
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Head still reeling from Avengers: Infinity War and also eager to dive into the madness of Deadpool 2? Well there’s more, as our “not actual size” heroes Ant-Man and the Wasp get a new trailer. The first Ant-Man film was such a surprise to me, I didn’t have much expectation for that one and it ended up being not just a good superhero movie, it had a quality some modern superhero flicks can lack – it had heart, and a good sense of fun. And this new one looks like it is continuing that:
I somehow missed seeing this on Vimeo until Phil at Live For Film tweeted about it, and I am delighted he drew my attention to it: Bernhard Pucher’s Black Sand, which adapts story elements from the Preludes and Noctures early Sandman story arc, where the Dream King’s bag of endless dream-sand is in the hands of a drug-user who is taking it as a narcotic. Sandman is my favourite comics work of all time, so when I say I thought this was a beautiful film adaptation, showing again that imagination and innovation trumps having a huge budget. And I loved seeing Michelle Ryan as Dream’s big sister, Death (her sly wink and smile was very in keeping with the charming comic character):
Each year when I take my annual sojourn to the Edinburgh International Film Festival (the world’s oldest continually running film fest) I make a point of going to the McLaren Animation strands, which celebrate new talent, screening a number of animated shorts and usually bringing many of the young animators along to talk about their work (in a nice touch the audience vote for the winner of the award). And sometimes, after their run on the international festival circuit, some of those works get uploaded to the web by their creators, and here’s one added recently – Life Cycles by Ross Hogg:
Babs on Dredd
As we’ve previously mentioned, this summer’s annual 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special (out in June), will, unusually, be an all-female creator publication, which is great news. Recently the SF journal Shoreline of Infinity made one of their volumes all-woman (writers, artists and editors), and in their monthly Event Horizon night that I attend, it was given over entirely to those female SF creators. As with that, 2000 AD having an all-female creator special doesn’t, of course, eliminate the gender imbalance in publishing in comics and science fiction, but it does highlight both the problem and at the same time some of the superb female creators working in the field, and shows that it is a problem publishers are aware of and willing and able to work on. Also, it is just a damned good thing to do to let different creators shine. And it’s a good thing for readers, a chance to encounter creators they may not yet know of.
(Dredd work in progress from Babs Tarr)
Emma Beeby, the first female author to write a Dredd script, has teamed up with the fab Babs Tarr (Batgirl and many others) for the Dredd tale in the Sci-Fi Special. 2000 AD has launched a lot of top writers and artists onto the larger US comics stage, so it is satisfying to see a major artist from that market working for The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic. The Sci-Fi special will also include artists Tula Lotay and Emily Zeinner on covers, with scripts by Alex De Campi, Laura Bailey, Katy Rex, Leah Moore, Olivia Hicks, and Maura McHugh, and art from Xulia Vicente, Sam Beck, Abigail Bulmer, Emma Vieceli and Dani. It will also include a Future Shock by award-winning graphic novelist Tillie Walden and a stunning Judge Anderson poster by artist Marguerite Sauvage. Very much looking forward to seeing this!
Tom Gauld on living with a difficult literary genius, in the Guardian:
And oh, look, more Tom Gauld (never a bad thing!), this time for New Scientist:
Matt Bors in The Nib on a North Korean political show debating if “glorious leader” should talk to Trump; here’s a taster, click here for the full strip:
Pedro X Molina on the world media and political leadership’s seeming indifference to events in Nicaragua (compared to the 80s when superpowers were content to spend vast sums interfering in the country), on Cartoon Movement: