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  • 26 2017 September

    Learn how to read with Donald Duck

    A school in Rotterdam has decided to give their younger pupils a free subscription to the Dutch weekly Donald Duck to help them with their reading and with expanding their vocabulary. The idea for this...

  • 25 2017 September

    In memoriam Bert Bus

    The history of comics is made by a few great cartoonist, but also (and maybe even more so) by countless realtively unknown artists, plodding away in the shadows, making the artform into what it is....

  • 22 2017 September

    Fate of the Rotterdam Strip Museum Sealed

    After Strips, the comics museum in Rotterdam, filed for bankruptcy in June (as we reported earlier), there was still hope for a possible restart. That hope, in the mean time, has proven to be wishful...

  • 22 2017 September

    Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #130

    Yep, it’s that time of week again when we post up some news and links we spotted over the last few days: Lovely portrait of the late, great Harry Dean Stanon by the excellent Bill...

  • 21 2017 September

    Historical Tintin album at auction

    Dutch online auction house Catawiki is currently offering a Tintin album that may very well be one of the rarest ever, at least from a historical perspective. Record-breaking Tintin auctions are nothing special anymore these...

It, Directed by Andy Muschietti, Starring Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis The Stephen King book which terrified fifteen-year old me is moved to 1989, with a group of bullied kids being terrorised both in school and by the paranormal clown Pennywise. Unlike the previous small screen version of It,...

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Nick Cave – Mercy on Me, Reinhard Kleist, SelfMadeHero “I’ve been contemplating suicide, but it really doesn’t suit my style…” I’ve been a huge admirer of Reinhard Kleist’s work going right back the best part of a decade, before it was even translated into English, impressed with a German journal’s spread on his Johnny Cash...

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Loving Vincent hits the screens

September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

About a year and a half ago, we wrote about the amazing Loving Vincent project, an animated film aimed at celebrating the life and work of Vincent van Gogh. The wonderful aspect of the film is that each frame has been lovingly created in oil paint by trained fine artists, bringing to life Van Gogh’s world...

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Merveille does Hitchcock

September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

On his Facebook page, Belgian illustrator David Merveille recently announced a series of splendid new posters that he did for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic The Trouble With Harry. The poster is published by Mad Duck Posters, and will join their Hitchcock line that already contains equally amazing work by fellow Belgian illustrator Jack Durieux (of Nautilus Art...

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Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #127

September 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Yep, it’s that time of the week for Richard and Joe to post up some of the links and news spotted over the last few days: How about some nice news to start us off? One of our favourite creative teams, Glasgow-based Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers – aka Metaphrog – have secured a very...

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Parenthood uncensored

September 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Liesbeth Ton is a Dutch illustrator working in Los Angeles. Using the monicker Betje she has created a series of web cartoons called, Parenting Is, highlighting the joys and “joys” of having children. On her Tapas site and on Instagram, she provides satirical tips for parents, chronicles typical situations in a mom’s life or gives...

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Moneypenny, Jody Houser, Jacob Edgar, Dearbhla Kelly, Simon Bowland Dynamite Entertainment (cover artwork by Tula Lotay) Regular readers of the blog and our Twitter will no doubt have noticed that I have really been enjoying Dynamite’s resurgent James Bond comics. Bond, of course, has a long history in comics form, as well as in prose...

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The Vault, Directed by Dan Bush, Starring Francesca Eastwood, Taryn Manning, Scott Haze, Q’Orianka Kilcher, Clifton Collins Jr., James Franco The classic bank heist going wrong film meets horror flick. Two sisters join their deadbeat brother on a bank robbery. He’s deep in with a gang and owes them a lot of cash. In order to...

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Over the last week and a bit I’ve been enjoying some time off and my annual sojourn at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the largest public literary event on the planet – this year boasting an incredible thousand events. Of course I wasn’t at even a fraction of that number, but I did manage to...

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Paulo Patrício on Anima Mundi

August 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Earlier this year, Portuguese illustrator and designer Paulo Patrício completed his first animated short, Surpresa (Surprise). This is an experimental animation based on the (unscripted) dialogue between a young girl recovering from cancer, and her mother. Judging from the artwork, it is a lovely and inspiring piece of work. It’s also caught the eye of animation...

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