LYING IN THE GUTTERS VOLUME 2 COLUMN 146
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Okay. The missus was away this weekend, leaving me solo with Eve. Expect a shorter, less researched, less interesting column and you won’t be disappointed. You may even be pleasantly surprised. But I doubt it.
The story appeared in “Saturday Live” on BBC Radio 4 where Muriel enthuses at length about the character and the comics, then picked up by the Scottish Sun newspaper, which is why everyone missed it. Naturally Craig McGill has further details.
What with Ian Rankin doing “Hellblazer,” is there a better time for a Scottish author to break into comics?
At The V> Margaret from the Cerebus Fan Girl site comments, “He’ll be showing 30 pages of original art from it at the upcoming Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (aka SPACE) in Columbus, Ohio next weekend. Supposedly the art will be facing away from the main aisle / doors so people just walking by won’t be able to see it as it is not appropriate for kids (from what I’ve heard).”
UPDATE: From the upcoming Previews:
MAR083367 – JUDENHASS GN (MR) (RT)
by Dave Sim
An examination of the historical roots of the Holocaust through quotes from historical personage drawn in a photorealism style from period photographs.
Bongo Comics also publish comics based upon the fictional fictional character from The Simpsons, “Fallout Boy.”
I wonder if anyone has called their lawyers?
BOOK EM DANNO
What, this information?
It has been repeatedly alleged by sources that it was the Dabel’s not paying on time that triggered a buyout clause in their contract with Marvel.
HIS DFC MATERIALS
Philip Pullman, writer of the acclaimed “His Dark Materials” series, with acres of books adapted for TV and radio by the BBC, has long expressed his love for comics as a child, especially Batman. Yet no major publisher seems to have taken advantage of this until now.
His strip, “The Adventures Of John Blake” with art by John Aggs will sit alongside already seen strips such as “Good Dog, Bad Dog” by Dave Shelton and Mobot High by Neill Cameron.
“The DFC” is published weekly from the David Fickling imprint, part of Random House. The holding website can be found here.
FISHING FOR COMPLIMENTS
Enjoy Hart Fisher on how he made “My Chemical Romance” and “Umbrella Academy’s” Gerard Way. How he first published Way. And how Way is denying his work on Fisher’s books and will be punished by embarrassing exposures as a result!
I read those comics. You know, if I was Way, I’d deny it, too.
You know, no one remembers his work for the DC Paradox Press “Big Book Of…” series.
Anyway, it involves taking existing Marvel print comics and turning them into digital comics. You know, couldn’t they just go to Pirate Bay like everyone else?
I would always see Steve at Caption, the Oxford-based small press comic convention. I’m told this year’s is on the 9th and 10th of August, and the theme is “Time Warp.”
It’s just a jump to the left, Steve.
He may not have reckoned on Panini in the UK, which published all sorts of books well ahead of the US schedule, leading to considerable leakage via the grey market.
Such as “World War Hulk,” out since January.
One person who bought said commissions and posted them on his sites, had three artists contact him to claim the work as their own. Josh stopped returning emails to this individual.
One artist was commissioned to ink 24 pages at $50 a page, was not
paid for the work and was not even told who the penciller was.
If you are or know the original penciller of these works, please get in touch, I’d like to hear your story.
It does make me want to write a parody called “Kiss Ass” though.
“Locke & Key,” tipped by LITG and sold out from a large overprint on its first day, is starting to move. IDW have announced a second print – and the UK have to wait till this week to get copies.
THREE OF A KIND
A trinity of trinities.
IS THIS A GRAPHIC NOVEL I SEE BEFORE ME?
SWIPE FILE: MACK SPECIAL
Echo by Mack… Rainmaker by Adam Hughes…
And Mack jumps in…
NON-DAVID MACK SWIPE FILE
As to the Wizard Trinity cover’s Wonder Woman swipe, most people seem to agree its Amy Dumas who wrestles as Lita – but no one can find the exact pose.
JOHN BYRNE SWIPE FILE
He then gets John Byrne-inspired artist and Byrne Board member Anthony Castrillo to trace a new version with minor modifications.
Caught by Byrne, lambasted by the Byrne Board. And then both commissioner and tracer show up.
And hope no one from Marvel or DC legal decide that now is the time to make a test case on any kind of original commissions.
BITS AND PIECES
There are certainly a lot of SHIELD logos on the Hulk Movie toy packaging. Expect those Nick Fury rumours to come true.
And finally… 2Boys1Cup.co.uk
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