News, Views and Oddities, where we link to various bits and bobs which have grabbed our attention, encompassing comics, books, illustration, design and film. Clicking fingers at the ready.
Isabel Greenberg shares a preview of 'Tall Tales and Outrageous Adventures', her upcoming comic with Great Beast which will debut at the Thought Bubble festival in Leeds next month. In less positive Isabel Greenberg-related news, the Metro newspaper did a lengthy interview with the artist on her newly released Jonathan Cape graphic novel (good), and then proceeded to highlight her gender and other horrible stereotypical associated rubbish. Sarah Horrocks writes about the whole mess, along with some thoughts on being a woman in any artistic field.
Jeff Lemire signs with Simon and Schuster for the publication of his next graphic novel, Roughneck, due in 2015. You can read a synopsis here. Ice hockey is involved.
The majority of these alternate posters for Ridley Scott's Blade Runner are actually very good.
I LOVE Steven Weismann: here's a really nice quick interview.
Free comics on the inter-webs you should read:
- Just sneaking this update in, but check out Jared Cullum's gorgeous anthropomorphic comic about his SPX experience- you won't regret it
- Frog and Fly by Polly Gou, coloured by Zephyr Armsworthy (some body horror if you're squeamish)
- Dan Berry does a Halloween comic: The Devil's Steps, click if you dare...
- Kate Craig's Catch and Release is pretty cute and a bit icky at the same time
Andy sicced me onto this video he came across and I thought I'd share it here, because it makes for perfect Friday viewing: a lovely 8 minute animation from Nate Milton about a young amateur naturalist who discovers a rare giant salamander. The guitar music gets a bit discordant, but it's great otherwise.
Cool comics and related things you should look into buying:
- Dustin Harbin has put together a second volume of Small Drawings. He released the last one around this time last year, and I'll say what I said then: it makes for a great little Christmas extra (it's coming, you may as well get used to it), 52 pages for $5 and Harbin's illustrations are top-notch: witty and beautiful.
- The first 100 people to pre-order Thomas Wellman's Pimo and Rex from the Rotopol website in either English or German will get a signed print free (it's a lovely print)
- Koyama Press publish Ryan Cecil Smith's SF #3 this month, and he's designed a gorgeous blue and gold SF pin which comes wrapped in screenprinted packaging and with a bonus supplematary file with extra comic material. Limited edition of 100, so move quickly if you want one.
- I'll buy any comic Issac Lenkiewicz puts out sight unseen, and The Dead Cats of Plum Street is no different.
Margaux Motin uses her considerable talents to illustrate a journey through breast cancer. Would love to get another book from her; check out But I Really Wanted to be an Anthropologist if you haven't already, it's witty, smart and bloody gorgeous.