Friday, 16 May 2014

News, Views, and Oddities #33

News, Views and Oddities, a fortnightly feature 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.

Fridays- I like to keep things simple- easy reading, gorgeous art- and along with Chris Ware's ELCAF poster, this Luke Pearson piece, commissioned by Nobrow illustrating their New York offices is the most beautiful thing I've seen all week- just look at those colours and the detail- almost every character from each of Nobrow's publications is in there somewhere.

Stan Sakai's much-loved Usagi Yojimbo will be back for a new 6 issue mini-series, to celebrate 30 years since its inception. That's a pretty staggering achievement. 

Box Brown's Andre the Giant biography has been receiving an enormous amount of press, which has been lovely to see- I hope that translates into sales. Tom Spurgeon has a really thorough, far reaching interview with him here, about that book, charting Brown's career, and discussing Retrofit, his comics publishing outfit.

This photo of Christophe Blain at TCAF reading one of my favourite books, the fantastic all-ages Giants Beware! by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre, is all kinds of awesome, and made me very happy. 

Philippa Rice unveils the cover of her upcoming book, Soppy, along with details on how to pre-order. Rice signed Korean, North American and UK rights deals for a collection of her hugely popular black and red comics in March, depicting little instances in a couple's relationship. 

Art inspires art- this artist and fan of Julia Wertz's work made her into a figurine, incorporating Wertz's exploration of abandoned buildings.

This year's Eisner judges discuss their experiences of sifting through hundreds of comics and drawing up a shirt-list for the awards- it's good to see that there's an awareness at least around the problem of bunching the web-comics and digital comics together in one category- hopefully something that will be addressed next year. I'm all for the introduction of a mini-comics category too, although it's always difficult to set boundaries for those kind of definitions. 

Tickets for ELCAF, the East London Comics Art Festival, are now available for purchase, for the princely sum of £3 each. I don't go to many cons or festivals, but I make an effort to go to London to attend ELCAF, simply because it's pretty great. Highly recommended if you're thinking of going at all.

Not comics, but a fun break-down of why Godzilla could never exist- his bones and heart and lungs wouldn't be able to support him. Boo!

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Garrett Young