Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #165

Published On May 25, 2018 | By Joe Gordon | Animation, Books, Comics, Film TV & Theatre

It’s Friday again and that means time for Richard and Joe to bring you more news and links spotted over the last few days in our regular Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense):

Stan Sakai Honoured

The great Stan Sakai has been honoured with the inaugral Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award at the Comic Con Revolution in Ontario.

Alongside industry award icons Eisner and Kurtzman, we now have the Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award brought to us by the team at Atomic Crush Events to honor my father and his legacy. Stan Sakai has brought his own ongoing legacy to our field that will be looked upon for generations to come. He is a perfect choice for the first Joe Kubert Distinguished Storyteller Award,” said Andy Kubert, while Adam Kubert added: “I couldn’t think of a better and more qualified artist to be the first recipient than Stan Sakai! Dad would be humbled and proud!”

MacDowell Medal for Art Spiegelman

Pulitzer-winning comicker Art Spiegelman is to be awarded the Edward MacDowell Medal, the 59th time the award has been given. The award has been given each year since 1960 to a creator who has made “an outstanding contribution to American culture”.

Seeking to encompass communities and practices that reflect the vibrant and restless diversity of MacDowell Fellows and the kinds of art they make, in recent years the MacDowell Medal has begun to extend the sweep of its gaze. The increased cultural prominence of Comic Art and its once-wayward practitioners can largely be laid at the feet of a single artist: Art Spiegelman, whose work, tragic and shticky, personal and world-historical, grand and intimate, sophisticated and deceptively crude, changed the world of Spiegelman’s beloved ‘comix’—simply changed the world—forever,” author and MacDowell Colony Chairman Michael Chabon. The award will be given at the art colony in August.

Nebula Award Winners

The Nebula Awards were announced last weekend at the annual SFWA (Science Fiction Writers of America) conference:

Novel: The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Novella: All Systems Red, Martha Wells ( Publishing)

Novelette: “A Human Stain”, Kelly Robson ( 1/4/17)

Short Story: “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM”, Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex 8/17)

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Get Out (Written by Jordan Peele)

The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book: The Art of Starving, Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen)

The brillian Peter Beagle was also announced as the SFWA’s newest Grand Master

From Hell in living colour

The great Eddie Campbell is working on colouring his and Alan Moore’s hugely acclaimed Jack the Ripper graphic novel From Hell. There’s been something of a penchant for doing coloured versions of older monochrome comics recently, and at the same time publishers also offering special black and white editions of comics which actually did come out in full colour (and then there are some that get a re-mastered or new colouring just to improve on the print quality changes from when the comic first appeared). I’ve no real problem with this, although admittedly I’m so used to the moody black and white of From Hell I’m not sure if I would want to read it in colour any more than I’d watch a “colourised” version of a classic B&W movie – but it is the original artist doing it, so in this case it may well yield more atmosphere and feeling that couldn’t be conveyed in the monochrome art. The first volume of the coloured version is expected this autumn from Top Shel. Interesting… (via The Alan Moore World blog)

Princess of Power!!!

Cult 80s animation She-Ra, Princess of Power is the latest classic series to get mined for a reboot, with Netflix and DreamWorks planning to air a new show later this year:

She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power is the story of an orphan named Adora, who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra. Along the way, she finds a new family in the Rebellion as she unites a group of magical princesses in the ultimate fight against evil.”  (via Den of Geek)

Cohen the Barbarian rides again!

Oh now this is just a total treat for the eyes: a trailer for the Terry Pratchett fan film Troll Bridge, based on Terry’s work and featuring his elderly hero Cohen the Barbarian, played by Don Bridges. It looks absolutely cracking! They’ve also added a prologue to show Cohen in his prime as a young barbarian to contrast with the elderly warrior we see in the movie, setting out on what is essentially a suicide mission, to find abd battle a troll at the infamous Death Bridge. (via Live For Film)

And the prologue in which young Cohen steams into fight an army single-handed (and then another army because, well, jsut because…):

Captioning the New Yorker

Comedian Jim Gaffigan has a crack at captioning some of the New Yorker’s famous cartoons (via BoingBoing):


These are fabulous – Mexican artist Monica Robles Corzo creates art of fictional entities and characters, from Star Wars to Paint Your Dragon to Alien, with more on her Instagram. I’m really taken with how well the Xenomorph from Aliens looks in this Mayan-influenced style (via BoingBoing):


The Nerdist has some images from the forthcoming new animated series from Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening, set in a crumbling medieval kingdom, Disenchantment, which is coming to Netflix this summer:

Cartoon round up

Tom Gauld with choose your own Jane Austen endings for the Guardian:

Pia Guerra for The Nib:

Another from The Nib, Matt Bors this time on the fact that after another awful shooting at a US school some still maintain it isn’t easy access to weapons but doors which are the problem, here’s a snippet, click here to see the full strip:

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