Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) # 163

Published On May 11, 2018 | By Richard Bruton | Comics, Film TV & Theatre, General

It’s Friday, which means it’s a fine time to settle down and let Richard and Joe to give you the rundown on the whole comics news from last week…

The Comics Summit – coming July 2018

As part of Shane Chebsey’s Comics Uncovered, there’s a brand new event designed to help you is all the aspects of making comics: Comics Summit.

“You hear a lot about breaking into comics… but what about the reality of making them? How do you balance the demands of life and art? What do we mean by ‘success’ outside of the bigger publishers? And how can we address the challenges we face as a community?

The Comics Summit is an event for creators, by creators, that looks at the joys and pitfalls of making comics on an indie level, whether for fun or as a living.”

Lucy Knisley – Kid Gloves

Over in ELLE, they’ve a massive plug (and excerpt) for Lucy Knisley’s latest graphic novel, Kid Gloves. Now, that’s incredible coverage for both Knisley and First Second.

Knisley’s new book, published in winter 2019, follows her experiences with finally becoming a mother. It’s something she’d always wanted, but once she was finally in position to start trying for a family, she realised, as so many do, that conceiving is a far harder thing than we often think. There were fertility issues, the heartbreak of miscarriage, and a truly awful pregnancy, all the way up to a life-threatening delivery.

Lucy Knisley‘s previous works include Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, and Something New with First Second. This latest may well be her masterpiece.

Celine Dion teams up with Deadpool… and it’s magnificent…

Congratulations once more to the team behind the marketing on Deadpool 2. The film is released later this month (May 18th USA) and the promotional push for it has been nothing short of spectacular. And perhaps, jsy perhaps, it’s finally reached its peak. With this…

Yes, Canadian songstress Celine Dion features on the Deadpool 2 soundtrack and Deadpool pays it back with an appearance in the video. Ok, so it might not be Ryan Reynolds in the red suit, busting the moves in high heels, but it’s still a riot.

The return of Frank Miller: “I wasn’t thinking clearly when I said those things.”

The legendary comic creator is interviewed in this Guardian interview, photograph above from Tim Knox.

Miller’s increasingly a difficult one, another creative of such raw power, such genius that we’re having to do that difficult thing of attempting to separate the brilliance of the art from the unsavoury words of the creator. Over the last few years, Miller’s worldview seemed increasingly right wing, his ideas on religion, society, all seeming more and more reactionary, belligerent, and frankly, veering towards the unhinged. To hear him now talking in (slightly) more reasonable tone is a welcome thing, and in his battles against whatever particular troubles he’s had over the past decade or so we can only hope he’s come out at least  slightly better, physically and mentally.

Novelisations? Huh? What are they good for?

I truly don’t understand book novelisations of comics, I really don’t. Although I can get transforming a book or a comic into a film, I’ve always been a little hmmm on the idea of the novelisations of movies, and definitely meh on the whole first it was a comic, now it’s a book thing. So… this didn’t exactly fill me with joy…

Yep, as Entertainment Weekly reports, along with those exclusive cover reveals (you can see them bigger at EW), there’s now going to be a line of DC Comics novelisations. Starting off with The Court of Owls, Mad Love, and The Killing Joke.

The accompanying article starts off with this…

“Comic fans have long argued that the genre is capable of producing literature, and now, Titan Books is turning several iconic DC comics into novels.”

Yeah, ok. Now, is it just me, or does anyone else read that as ‘you know, comics might be better and more grown up respectable if we got rid of half of what makes them wonderful and just gave you a novel instead.’

Here’s an idea instead. Go buy The Killing Joke graphic novel, Alan Moore’s incredible tale of Batman and his arch-nemesis the Joker as they dance what might be a final dance of all-time. And while you’re at it, try to wonder just how less a work this would be if the incredible artwork of Brian Bolland would be completely stripped away and tossed aside? Or maybe go buy what I’ve always said is THE greatest Batman comic of all time, Paul Dini and Bruce Timm’s Mad Love. Or buy the more recent Batman Court of Owls and enjoy the great work of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo. Or hey, you could just take the novel option.

Ok, moan over.

Most Triumphant!

The long rumoured third Bill and Ted movie has finally been confirmed, with pre-production already underway and talks with industry figures behind the scenes at Cannes this week. Entitled Bill and Ted Face the music, it will see Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves return as the most exellent dudes, now middle-aged, with family responsibilities, and still to pen the greatest song ever, when a time traveller (of course) arrives to tell them they absolutely have to pen this song as much depends on it. Party on! (via Den of Geek)


Mike Lynch and friends have a Kickstarter in its last third of its run at the moment, to raise funds for their Lobster Therapy collection of works by cartoonists in Maine. The book is actually done, but the fundraiser is for help in getting it out there (which as anyone who has worked in publishing knows is a whole other battle):

“Now, the bad news — and this is something you already know — publishing does not pay a lot. Additional funds raised here would help us with travel expenses with promoting the book. This is also a once-in-lifetime opportunity for you to buy something special — a signed book, an original piece of cartoon art, etc. — and support the cartoonists directly. ”

Colin Mathieson, Dave West and more have a Kickstarter running for their Enter the Asylum project inspired by characters they’ve met at the Asylum Steampunk Festival. Colin and Dave have brought out some cracking Indy comics over the years so this should be one to check out and support if you can:

Fraser Campbell, Iain Laurie, David B Cooper and Colin Bell’s The Edge Off is heading towards its final week on Kickstarter, and has already soared past its initial goal, I am pleased to see, but I bet any more backers would be warmly welcomed:


Gena-mour Barrett discusses the increased mainstream awareness of and interest in Afrofuturism on the BBC site, which the enormous critical and popular success of the recent Black Panther movie has done much to promote to the mainstream media. It’s a very interesting time in science fiction, there is still an awful lot of change needed but we’ve seen more inclusion of works based more on China or India or Africa in recent years rather than the usual shiny US-Western European sci-fi future, and more writers from those places breaking into the wider global readership, use of these elements in film, music and more. This is A Good Thing, especially to those of us who admire the old Vulcan philosophy of IDIC, Infinite Diversity through Infinite Combinations.

The Predator

The first trailer for the new Predator movie has been unveiled. Hard to know what to make of this really, the original movie is a classic, the various follow-ups all have their moments but never seem to gel into more than by the numbers SF/action flicks (when the concept of these characters deserves much more). But still interested in seeing it! (via Den of Geek)

Cartoon roundup:

Tom Gauld in The Guardian: On Karl Marx’s 200th birthday, Tom Gauld imagines him at work on his essay The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon:

Stephen Collins in The Guardian’s gardening special:

Jen Sorensen on victim mentality for The Nib:

Peter Kreiner won Cartoon Movement’s Art of Resistance international cartoon competition with this work on the attempt by some to change the position of women in Saudi Arabia:

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About The Author

Richard Bruton
- Started in comics retail aged 16 at Nostalgia & Comics, Birmingham. Now located in Yorkshire, he's written for the Forbidden Planet International Blog since 2007. Specialising in UK Comics and All-Ages comics, Richard's day job in a primary school allowed him to build the best children's graphic novel library in the country.

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