Friday, 29 August 2014

News, Views, and Oddities #38

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.

Looks like James Stokoe is busy drawing Orc Stain again, which should please many a person. He also did this poster for the Norwesgian film Ragnarok.

NBM are publishing the final volume in Lewis Trondheim's epic fantasy series, Dungeon, this winter, but equally important, they're re-publishing sold-out volumes of previous books, and I can't stress enough how superb this series is, with a who's who of French artists having illustrated the comic at some point: Carlos Nine, Manu Larcenet, Frederic Bezian, Blutch, Christophe Blain, Joann Sfar, and more. The books are guaranteed to go out of print in a couple of years, so now is really your chance to get on board, or fill the gaps in your collection. NBM are also releasing the books in banded sets of 3, which works out a little cheaper, giving you more comic for your buck.

Raighne Hogan talks to Box Brown and Jared Smith about Retrofit Comics, publishing , distribution, the shifting comics landscape, and more.

Not quite the same as being cast as in the movie, but Donald Glover will be voicing the Miles Morales iteration of Spider-Man he inspired in an upcoming arc in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon.

You may remember I wrote about Youth in Decline's upcoming books with Mickey Z and Nick Sumida debuting at SPX, well they're also both now available  for pre-order to everyone. You can order Sumida's Snackies collection here, and Mickey Z's Rav collection here.  Preview pages on there for your perusal.

If you've missed them, you can catch all the articles I've written for Comics Alliance here- the most notable one in terms of news is probably that First Second are publishing 6 volumes of Last man- 3 to release next year, and 3 in 2016. Still finding a groove over there- I like having all my writing in one place so you get a concentrated effect of what this person's all about, but I do also like being paid! I hope you'll continue to follow my writing over there- it will get better- I promise!

I'm yet to get around to writing about Emily Carroll's Through the Woods, and I don't know what I could add to this brilliant essay by Sarah Horrocks

2 days left to nominate books for the British Comic Book Awards! That has come around very quick indeed.

A very fine copy of Action Comics #1 sells for $3.2 million, making it the most expensive comic sold at auction ever,which isn't really surprising- that's the most sought after, rare comic, and comic art prices have been rising and rising.

This little video report on Dubai Comic Con is noteworthy in that women attendees and artists outnumber men, and it's great to see these ladies simply doing their thing- I'm ignoring the leading questions and skewered generalisations, and you should, too.

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