Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #167

Published On June 8, 2018 | By Richard Bruton | Books, Comics, Film TV & Theatre

It’s Friday, which means it’s time to have a whizz around the comic news, courtesy of Richard and Joe, and the weekly round up of news and links spotted over the last few days. Yes, time for more Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) …

Seth’s Clyde Fans – Complete and with us in 2019

So, it’s mid 2018 and there’s already a must buy book for 2019… Seth’s Clyde Fans. Sure, it took twenty years for the Canadian cartoonist to complete the work, but hey, some things are worth the wait. And anything with Seth’s name on it definitely comes under that category. The serial began in 1998 in Seth’s Palookaville comic and concluded in issue 23. Yes, there have already been collections of various parts of it, but not the complete work. Thankfully, the collected edition will be released by Drawn & Quarterly in Spring 2019, and it’s already on my shortlist for collection of the year.

Clyde Fans tells the tale, with all the beauty and bittersweet stylings of Seth’s artwork, of the Matchcard brothers. It’s a perfect piece detailing with heartbreaking subtlety, the inevitable decline of the fan salesmen and their industry.

From the D&Q PR:

Clyde Fans follows a small business doomed to failure in equal parts by progress and by the temperaments of two vastly different brothers, Abe and Simon Matchcard. Simon is an anxious shut-in: a dreamer who stumbles in his one attempt to become a salesman, while Abe is a philandering extrovert, brusque and determined. Neither has what it takes to keep their family business afloat, and over the course of the graphic novel they play and replay their failures.”

“For all its specificity in time and place, Clyde Fans reveals universal anxieties – What do our successes and failures mean or matter in the long run? How do we get out of our own heads? How do we find happiness?” said D+Q Executive Editor Tom Devlin. “Through the story of two brothers, Seth masterfully probes how our environment shapes who we are and what we allow ourselves to strive for.”

Analog heads to movie treatment already

Great news here. The new Image Comic from Gerry Duggan and David O’Sullivan, currently on the stands with issue #2, has a movie deal. The Hollywood Reporter had the reveal last week, telling us that Lionsgate have the movie rights and John Wick Director Chad Stahelski and Ryan Condal, the creator of USA’s alien invasion series Colony, are attached to the project.

Analog is a great comic with a very sweet hook; Imagine if, one day, you woke up and every last bit of your data, your digital information, every little secret you thought was secure in the cloud, suddenly was forever public. With nothing online safe ever again, those needing secrets contained and transported are forced to use the old methods. And those with the real secrets, the really dangerous info, they employ Ledger Men, the highly trained agents to take the most secret of those secrets from point A to point B, securely locked in a case and protected with a gun.

It’s a great series, one you should definitely check out, and from the moment I saw it, it screamed movie treatment, so the news, although welcome, is hardly a surprise.

Nostalgia & Comics shows off its rainbow for Birmingham Pride

Our Birmingham FPI store, the wonderful Nostalgia & Comics, celebrated the recent Birmingham Pride weekend with its full support. And that included a very creative window display:

Michael Carroll charts the “Eaglution of British Comics”

Michael Carroll, noted author of prose and comics, of which I particularly enjoy his work on Judge Dredd at 2000AD, has a new blog. And it’s a very good blog, the sort of thing blogs used to be all about, interesting people putting together interesting things. Go look.

One of his most recent posts was “The Eaglution of British Comics”. Now, I’m not entirely sure Eaglution is a word, but we’ll let that one pass, because the content is simply wonderful. It all starts off like this…

“In 1969 the legendary British comic Eagle ended its nineteen-year run when it was absorbed into Lion, which was then absorbed into Valiant in 1974, which was in turn gobbled up by Battle in 1976, and then in 1988 it all came full-circle when Battle was consumed by the ’80s incarnation of Eagle. On a chart, it looks like this:”

Except that’s far, far too simple. Luckily for us, Carroll’s not the sort of bloke to let this go without really devoting (his accountant might say wasting) a lot of time working up the more complete picture… which is magnificent. There’s more to come no doubt.

South London Comic and Zine Fair

The South London Comic and Zine fair returns soon, taking place on Saturday 14th July: “South London Comic and Zine Fair returns to Stanley Halls for a second year! We will once again host a cornucopia of London’s most talented zine and alternative comic creators and throw a spotlight the capital’s most exciting micro publishers.

There will be over 30 artists and independent publishers selling their comics, zines, prints and DIY art, including Avery Hill, Centrala Books, Kugali, Good Comics and many more. Plus we’ll have the return of our famous communal table, open to all budding creators, this year co-ordinated by top comics blog Broken Frontier!

The fair will be open from 12 noon to 6pm. There will be a kids drawing area and a bar open all day.”

Glasgow Comic Con

The Glasgow Comic Con returns to the city on Saturday 30th of June at the city’s rather fine Royal Concert Hall (just a stone’s throw from the Glasgow Forbidden Planet! Very handy for bus, underground and train links!), with guests including Annie Wu, Stephanie Has, Tom Foster, John Wagner, Tanya Roberts, Ian Kennedy and more, a kid’s zone, panels, the SICBA awards the night before and tons more going on!

Royal Society of Literature Fellowships add SF & comics creators

The prestigious Royal Society of Literature announced its new Fellowships this week, with a double-sized intake of new Fellows, among them some of our very favourite science fiction and comics scribes. The brilliant Bryan Talbot is among the new Fellows, as is Neil Gaiman and the excellent Adam Roberts (who may be responsible for Puns of Mass Destruction, but he is a remarkable SF writer, one of our best).

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 - Mary Talbot Bryan Talbot & Kate Charlesworth 04
(above, Bryan Talbot at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2014, below, Adam Roberts at the 2017 Edinburgh Book Festival, photos from Joe’s Flickr)
Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017 - Farah Mendlesohn Adam Roberts Jo Walton & Ken MacLeod 04

As the Bookseller puts it “Fellowship election is billed as a “uniquely prestigious literary honour, awarded by writers to writers”, with the current number of fellows totting up at 500. To be considered, a writer must have published at least two works of outstanding literary merit, or the equivalent material.” Authors traditionally sign their membership using T S Eliot or Lord Byron’s pen, and from this year they can also use George Eliot’s pen, the first time in two centuries of the society that a woman author’s pen can be so used.  (thanks to James at the Bryan Talbot site for the heads-up)

Cautionary Fables and Fairytales

Kel McDonald, Kate Ashwin and Sloane Leong are editing an anthology, Cautionary Fables and Fairytales: Oceania Edition, which features some terrific Indy comics creators. Their Kickstarter has passed the halfway mark and I am sure they would appreciate any support to get them the rest of the way to their target:

The science in Jurassic Park

The BBC site talks to special effects wizard Phil Tippett and Edinburgh University palaeontologist Steve Brusatte about the actual science and accuracy (or lack of!) in the Jurassic Park films. As Steve points out some of the less accurate depictions are due to newly gained knowledge, such as CAT scans of the brain cavity of T-Rexes which have shown their eyesight, smell and hearing where off the charts, so the classic, much parodied line of “don’t movie, his vision is based on movement” doesn’t hold water anymore, stand still and you’re just an easier snack for a Rex! On a related note, Steve recently published The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs, a new history of the real Lost World, very accessible and informative reading, highly recommended for those of you who love dinos (and isn’t that most of us? Dinos are always cool!)

World Press Cartoon Awards

Cartoon Movement reports that the World Press Cartoon awards were announced on June 2nd in Portugal, and a number of the international cadre of cartoonists from the Cartoon Movement site were among the winners. Italian cartoonist Marilena Nardi scooped the Grand Prize, the first woman to win it in the thirteen years the event has been running.

(above, Marilena Nardi’s Grand Prize winning cartoon)

Other Cartoon Movement contributors who won gongs included Luc Descheemaeker (first prize in Caricature), Cau Gomez (second prize in the Editorial Cartoon category), Mello won second prize and Fadi Abou Hassan won third prize in the Gag Cartoon category. Congratulations to all who won. Cartoon Movement is a regular read for me and we’ve featured a number of their works on here – always good to see what cartoonists outside the English-language world are doing and to get those different perspectives.

(Luc Descheemaeker’s Caricature category winning work)

Teen Titans Go! To the Movies!

The animated Teen Titans Go! movie hits cinemas in the UK from August 3rd, and to whet your appetite, here’s a wee behind-the-scenes featurette:

From the description: “It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies—everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!


Luca Guadagnino’s remake/re-interpretation (delete as you believe applicable) of one of the seminal European horror movies, Argento’s Suspsiria, gets a trailer, and to be fair, while I am not mad on remaking films (let alone iconic ones), the trailer at least seems to convey some of the style and bonkers disturbing imagery of early Argento, so perhaps it will be good. I will, as usual, reserve my judgement until I actually see it. It certainly boasts some quality cast members, including Chloe Grace Moretz, Dakota Johnson and the great queen Tilda Swinton (always happy to watch pretty much any movie with Queen Tilda in it!). (via Dark Horizons)

Publisher supports illustrator over Paddington movie claim

Walker Books are supporting one of their authors, Jennie Maizels, whose rather lovely Pop-Up London and Pop-Up Shakespeare books they published. Maizels met with Studio Canal who were interested in having her craft a new pop-up book of London for use in the film Paddington 2. Studio Canal later decided not to work with her, which she says she has no problem with – until she saw the film and noticed the pop-up book featured in the film has layouts which look very similar to her own designs:

The opening scene of the film featured a pop-up Tower Bridge that was very similar to the pop-up bridge in my Pop Up London book. I took that book to meetings with Studio Canal so they were definitely aware of it,” Maizels told The Bookseller.

Sadly the legal advice given to the author is not to pursue the matter further through the legal system, however Maizels still wishes to highlight this issue. As she points out most illustrators are freelance, this isn’t a hobby, it is their living, and any company (especially one with the pockets of an important film international film studio, I should think) need to recognise and compensate them for their works and their time. Studio Canal has made a lot of interesting UK and European films that I have enjoyed over the years, it’s rather disappointing to think they could treat a fellow creative talent in such a shabby manner.

Kelly Marie Tran

Absolutely disgusted with the racist and sexist abuse targetted at Star Wars actor Kelly Marie Tran, abuse which has lead to the actor leaving social media. Sadly this sort of abuse is horribly common, many are subjected to to it by spineless “keyboard warriors”, and women in the public eye, from actors to musicians to politicians to activists, bear the brunt of it (even more so if they are from different ethnic groups) for daring to simply be themselves. The fact that, as with the racist and sexist tirade some threw about over Star Trek Discovery last year, many of these creeps claim to be “fans” is laughable. You’re not Star Wars fans, if you did you would know to reject hate, to reject the easy allure of the Dark Side. Sending big virtual hugs in Kelly Marie’s direction. They can try to cut us down, but each time we will rise up more powerful than they can ever imagine. (via the BBC)

Comics Round Up

Josh Trujillo and Levi Hastings on US War of Independence hero Baron Von Steuben, gay and a great military commander who whipped the continental army into shape, here’s a panel, check The Nib for the full strip:

Pia Guerra on the “outrage” after Samantha Bee’s choice of words to describe Ivanka Trump, another one from The Nib:

Chris Riddell in the Guardian on the end of the “special relationship” in a post Brexit trading world:

Tom Gauld on lesser known literary awards for the Guardian:

And finally….

A big thanks to Feedspot for naming us among the top ten comics sites and blogs in the UK to follow, along with some other fab sites like Lew Stringer’s blog and Down the Tubes among others! That made us smile.

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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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