It’s Friday and that means it’s time for our regular round up of news and links spotted over the last few days and brought to you by Richard and Joe, yes, it’s time for Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense):
Eunice Gayson, RIP
Eunice Gayson, credited as the very first “Bond girl”, passed away at the age of 90. Eunice was there right at the start of what would become one of the largest and most long-lived film franchises of all time, in the now iconic scene opposite Sean Connery in Dr No, where she asks him his name at the casino table and he looks up and answers “Bond, James Bond”. It’s a scene and a line which has entered cinematic history, although in 2012 Eunice revealed the young Connery struggled with the line, getting it wrong repeatedly, mixing up his own and his character’s name. She took him for a drink to lesson the tension and when they returned cinematic history was made. Eunice would also appear in numerous genre favourite over the years, including The Saint and The Avengers. (via the BBC)
Potter play wins at Tony Awards
The Harry Potter theatrical play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, picked up no less than six Tony Awards in New York last weekend, including the categories for Best Play and Best Direction (via the BBC)
Draw the Line
A reminder that there is an Unbound fundraiser running for the fine Draw the Line project, which is very much worthy of your support: “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.”
(art by Karrie Fransman)
The summer edition of online comics anthology curated by the great David Lloyd, Aces Weekly is out, and boasts strips such as Ikiryu: the Man Called Ghost by Anthony Zicari and Sam Massey, Estenab Hernandez’s Fight!, Merlin and Hector: Excalibur by Jok and Santullo, Paul Rainey’s Why Don’t You Love Me?Booda take us into the Bootes Void, and Chris Geary’s 21-page pilot for a series, Yeoman. Check out the site for more details and to subscribe.
DC Comics announced that they are relaunching their acclaimed Vertigo imprint: “DC Entertainment is celebrating 25 years of graphic storytelling with a line-wide relaunch and rebranding, returning to where it all began with DC Vertigo. Following the news of a Neil Gaiman-curated Sandman Universe imprint, DC Vertigo will continue to expand its slate with seven new series from bold voices across various entertainment backgrounds including novels, games, television, comics and more.
The relaunch is helmed by Mark Doyle, who returned to DC Vertigo last year after oversight of the Batman group of titles for DC. Under his leadership, DC Vertigo editorial is rededicating its focus to creating modern, socially relevant, high-concept, inventive stories appealing to readers of all genres.”
The new Vertigo series include Border Town by Eric M. Esquivel and Ramon Villalobos, Hex Wives by Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo, American Carnage by Bryan Hill and Leandro Fernandez, Goddess Mode by Zoë Quinn and Robbi Rodrqiguez, High Level by Rob Sheridan and Barnaby Bagenda, Safe Sex by Tina Horn and Mike Dowling, and Second Coming by Mark Russell and Richard Pace. (via Comics Reporter)
2000 AD Sci-Fi Special
The awesomeness that is the annual 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special (always a sign summer is here) is out on the 20th of June – as we’ve already blogged, it is an all-female creator special issue. As with our chums at Edinburgh based science fiction journal Shoreline of Infinity who recently did an all-female volume, this may not change the gender imbalance in the business, but it does make it more visible, calls attention to it and highlights top female creators at the same time, so it is a damned good thing to do. And ohhhh, just look at that fabulous Tula Lotay cover artwork…
The Great Ken Reid
There’s an Indie Go Go fundraiser running right now for a collection from Wham! SMash! and Pow! comics of the work of the great Ken Reid. Ken is one of the most astonishing comics artist the UK has produced, he is up there with the likes of Leo Baxendale as an incredible creator and inventive visualist that many of the present day giants of the comics biz pay homage to as inspiration. The collection will include strips such as Frankie Stein (pictured below, Jasper the Grasper, Queen of the Seas and more.
Geek Tyrant reports that MTV is planning to reboot their cult 90s sci-fi animation Aeon Flux as a live action series. There was a live action film back in the early 2000s, which, despite boasting the brilliant Charlize Theron, was not terribly impressive. Could be interesting
New Luke Cage Trailer
The upcoming second season of Marvel’s Luke Cage TV series, which starts on Netflix on June 22nd, gets a second trailer (via Live for Film):
Comics at the Edinburgh Book Festival
The world’s largest literary festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, launched the 2018 programme last weekend, and, as is traditional on here, we’ve gone through the hundreds of events and authors (over two weeks of events for adults and kids) and picked out the geek-friendly comics and science fiction themed events (cory Doctorow, Philip Pullman, Reinhard Kleist, Darryl Cunningham, Frank Quietely, an Indy comics fair and many more) – check this post earlier in the week for more details.
Wonder Woman 1984
The follow up to the remarkable, all-conquering Wonder Woman movie looks like it is going to be called Wonder Woman 1984, and presumably set then too, especially judging by this image director Patty Jenks and star Gal Gadot shared online:
It looks like Diana will be going up again the Cheetah, played by Kristen Wiig. And in a VERY SPOILERY ALERT move they also revealed another image which showed Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor in 1984. Given his character died decades before this I have no idea how they will work this, but I’m sure it will be interesting, and Patty has my trust as a storyteller. Wonder Woman 1984 is due to hit cinemas in November 2019.
You’ll believe an elephant can fly…
Disney released the first teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s live action reimagining of the classic tale of Dumbo, and it is rather sweet and quite emotional. The film is due in 2019 and I predict will have a huge amount of children asking their parents if they can please adopt a baby elephant…
New Inductees to Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame
The Seattle Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) has announced four new names being inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of fame, with the legendary Stan Lee, Harry Potter creator J K Rowling, beloved video game series Legend of Zelda and Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire series all being added. (via GeekWire)
Chris Riddell in the Guardian on blundering buffoon Boris Johnstone, who actually seems more real as a cartoon than he does in person…
Tom Gauld (who returns to the Edinburgh International Book Festival this August) on the Turing Test for New Scientist:
Eleri Harris and Mariah-Rose Marie M in The Nib on a piece of history I first read about years ago and which often gets overlooked by mainstream commentators, the time a group of Native American protestors and activists swam to the infamous Alcatraz island prison in San Francisco Bay to claim it and raise the profile of Native claims and problems with the horrible way they had been treated by the US government. It’s a part of that whole 60s and 70s counter culture that gave us groups fighting for gay rights, women’s rights, equality for all ethnic groups, but it often gets sidelined, so I am really pleased to see it highlighted on The Nib. Here’s a snippet, click the link for the whole strip: