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  • 18 2017 August

    Stuff ( & Possibly Nonsense) #125

    And once again it’s that time of the week for a quick round up of news and links that Richard and Joe spotted over the last few days: The annual Worldcon, science fiction’s biggest bash,...

  • 17 2017 August

    Le petit Nicolas in comics

    René Goscinny is without a doubt one of the absolute giants of Eurocomics. He was the writer of two of the best known series (Astérix and Lucky Luke), but also one of the founders of...

  • 16 2017 August

    Reviews: deep, mythological fantasy – A Gathering of Ravens

    A Gathering of Ravens, Scott Oden, Bantam Books “To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcneas; to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher, the Bringer of Night,...

  • 16 2017 August

    All hands on deck for Spirou

    In 2018 France and Belgium will celebrate a remarkable eighty years of Spirou. Spir-who? Spirou, created in 1938 by Rob-Vel for Dupuis, would become one of the two seminal characters of Franco- Belgian comics, and not...

  • 15 2017 August

    Reviews: Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell, Directed by Rupert Sanders, Starring Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche I have a confession to make right from the off. I could never get into the original Ghost...

Rotterdam comics museum closes its doors

August 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

A little while ago we reported on the Dutch election of their first Cartoonist Laureate, but the status of comics in the Netherlands is not all roses, sadly. Only last year, a new comics museum opened in Rotterdam, the famous port city, regularly quoted as the comics center of the Netherlands. Strips!, as it was...

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Strange Practice, Vivian Shaw, Orbit Books Oh now this was an absolute delight to read. There has been a large trend in the last couple of decades for  urban fantasies, depicting a world that is recognisably our own, everyday realm, but where, usually in the shadows, unsuspected by most people, fantastical elements secretly exist. Charlaine...

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Annabelle: Creation, Directed by David F. Sandberg, Starring Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman, Lulu Wilson, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia, Alicia Vela-Bailey The Prequel to the prequel of The Conjuring finds the original creepy toy being created by Anthony LaPaglia. He and his wife have to bear the loss of their beloved child Bea, and over a...

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Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #123

August 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

And once more it’s that time of week when Richard and Joe do a quick round up of news and links they’ve spotted during the last few days: The City Lit courses in London includes one entitled “Drawing for comic books summer school” starting on August 7th. From the description: “Learn the process of writing...

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Reviews: high-flying fantasy in Elsewhere

August 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Elsewhere #1, Jay Faerber, Sumeyy Kesgin, Ron Riley, Thomas Mauer, Image Comics Another New Comic Book Day and the start of another new Image series catching my attention as I peruse the racks of new releases. At first glance, and for the first few pages, Faerber and Kesgin’s Elsewhere looks like standard Other Magical World...

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, F.C. Yee, Amulet/Abrams Kids Genie Lo is a very driven, very organised fifteen year old Chinese-American high school student in the Bay Area. Like more than a few similar kids she’s ferociously organised and dedicated to her studies and coping with the pressure of exams, good grades and the...

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It’s not the breasts that offend

August 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Suske en Wiske is one of the longest-running comics in the Dutch language. It is mainly aimed at children, and as such feels ever growing competition of animation and games. Even though it is still the best-selling comic in Dutch (with 100,000 copies per new title), sales are continuously declining, prompting publisher De Standaard to try...

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A special Justice League

August 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

I was going to add this to the weekly Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) round up Richard and I post on Fridays, but really it was just so good and made me smile so much that I had to put it up now. The Magic Wheelchair organisation works with makers to create special costumes for children...

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Venice, Jiro Taniguchi, Fanfare/Ponent Mon A while back you may recall Wim in one of his Continental Correspondent columns discussing a series of travel comics commissioned by famous fashion house Louis Vuitton, each by a different and well-known creator and taking in a different global destination. One of those was by the late, great Jiro...

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Comics readers save book stores (in France)

July 31, 2017 | 1 Comments

A recent study by market researchers GFK has proven that, while most book stores still treat comics and graphic novels as something of a rarity, barely fit for a separate shelf, their buyers largely keep book stores alive, at least in France. This was reported by the French magazine Livres Hebdo on their Twitter feed....

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