It’s Friday, so it must be time for Richard and Joe to round up the comic news from the week;
Preacher Series 3
Preacher Season 3 hits your small screens at the end of June. Season 2 was, to be honest, a little bit hmmm. But I know I’ll be sitting down once more for the new season of the show, featuring characters created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon:
The television spun out of the Lucifer character from Gaiman et al’s Sandman (and later star of his own quite excellent series penned by the brilliant Mike Carey), was cancelled at the end of the recent third season, sparking quite an outcry from fans online (including some backing from a number of writers). The series varies rather markedly from the Sandman and Lucifer comics and essentially developed into a classic mis-matched buddies cop procedural, with Lucifer, retired from Hell (as in the Sandman) and running an LA nightclub (fallen angel in the City of Angels), mixing in fantasy elements now and then, while other episodes are pretty much straight detective tales.
That should have annoyed the hell out of me – I was hoping for a story based around the Mike Carey comics, not another cop show with a supernatural twist. And yet I have grown to love the TV show, and I think much of it is down to Tom Ellis, who plays Lucifer with such verve, joy and style that I just can’t help but like it. And then it did add more fantastical elements into the crime of the week scenarios, which added to the draw, but mostly it’s the characters – even in the weaker episodes they make it watchable. So I am rather happy to hear that after Fox cancelling it (after a cliffhanger season finale) Netflix has picked it up for a fourth season. Yay for fan campaigns! (via Collider)
Stephen Collins on tour
To celebrate the launch of his new book, Baby’s Bank Heist, as written by Jim Whalley, the author and artist are doing a proper tour…
The Comics Journal sharpens the knives for Doomsday Clock
Well, I read the first issue and that was quite enough for me. I do know folks who are enjoying it, although even they tend to think it’s hugely baggy and losing the plot midway through, more concerned with introducing the next mega-epic thing after the series finishes than actually telling its own tale.
But the Comics Journal has a beautifully done review up at their site, by Ken Parille, from which this:
At times, it appears as if Johns is trying to one-up Moore, confronting the elder’s status as arguably the best writer in mainstream comic’s history; Johns plays usurper by rewriting (unsuccessfully) several parts of the original, such as the famous opening monologue of Moore’s anti-hero Rorschach. The art also reads like a hostile parody, an over-rendered version of Dave Gibbons’ attractive, clear take on a 1970s DC house style. Making things even less legible, Doomsday re-imagines John Higgins’s peculiar and unexpectedly bright original coloring as a slog of dense and muddy shades.
Though I’m not one of the many who venerate Watchmen as a “sequential art” masterpiece, if one wanted to demonstrate its greatness, a comparison with Doomsday Clock might offer compelling proof.
That there World Cup of the footballs
Now… you might have noticed it’s a World Cup year? Over in Russia right now the greatest footballing nations in the world are busy running around pitches after a ball.
From Richard Sheaf’s Boys Adventure Comics blog…. art from the Alan Moore & Barrie Mitchell footie strip with a difference from the 1982 Not The World Cup Comic:
And via Comicflix UK, classic 2000AD football style in Sam Slade, Robo-Hunter. Written by Grant Grover with art from Ian Gibson:
Leah Moore fundraiser
This is just horrific – Leah Moore has sustained a serious head injury at a concert and had to undergo surgery to remove a dangerous blood clot. This leaves her unable to do any of her writing at the moment, and her hubby and regular writing partner John Reppion is spending much of his time looking after her, so he isn’t getting much writing work done either. As comics writers they are basically self-employed so no writing means no income – the comics community is already rallying around with a fundraiser to help tide them over for now, it’s already way over the humble target, which is great, but I am sure any more donations and of course sharing the link, would be most welcome.
Steaurt from the South East Scotland Wargames Club alerts is to the return of their popular Claymore gathering, which this year takes place on Saturday 4th of August, at Edinburgh College’s Granton Campus, with gaming, demonstrations, dealers, a bring and buy sale and more. As before the guys will also be raising money for charity (they have raised thousands over the last few years, very impressive), so you can have a fun day out and help others at the same time. Check their website for more details.
Glasgow Comic Con (which boasts one of our former reviewers, the fab Nicola, as one of the organisers) is nearly here, taking place in the city’s Royal Concert Hall on June 30th, check the site for full details.
And happening this very weekend at the other end of the UK, ELCAF, the East London Comic Art Festival celebrates some fab Indy comics an creators, running from the 22nd to the 24th of June – again check the site for full details.
Jeeves and Wooster
The fab Roger Langridge is adapting some of the immortal Jeeves and Wooster into comics, although at the moment is seems to be a pet project but let’s hope some publisher picks up on it! (via Comics Reporter)
Stranger Things comes to comics
Dark Horse and Netflix are collaborating on a comics version of the cult TV series Stranger Things, with a four issue miniseries, written by Jody Houser, with art by Stefano Martino, Keith Champagne, and Lauren Affe, and will be based around Will Byer’s take on the events of season one. The first issue is expected in September. (via The Beat)
Sword of the Dead
Here’s a rather cool short film putting a Samurai against zombies, written and directed by Stephen Vitale, and seems to be a “proof of concept” short, standing on its own as a short work but also a calling card – a portfolio, of sorts, really – for what could be a full film with the right backing. (via Live for Film):
Cartoon Round Up
US cartoonist Rob Rogers was let go from his gig at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where he has worked for twenty five years (via the Guardian). They claim it is due to him not accepting changes to his contract but he and his supporters claim it is because the editorship is moving away from editorials and cartoons critical of President Trump. Given they have spiked several of his cartoons recently before laying him off, the consensus seems to be that Rogers claims of partisan censorship are indeed true. So much for the Fourth Estate holding authority to account… (below a recent cartoon by Rogers on the horrible stories of children being taken from their immigrant parents):
Chris Riddell on the Trump-Kim talks in the Guardian:
Tom Gauld for New Scientist (the life of an Igor is not an easy one…):