Saturday, March 31, 2007

Kirsten Dunst and The Spiders From Mars

Y'wanna see that track-listing for the soundtrack to SPIDERMAN 3? Yeah? Okay.

Snow Patrol — “Signal Fire”
The Killers — “Move Away”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs — “Sealings”
Wolfmother — “Pleased To Meet You”
The Walkmen — “Red River”
Black Mountain — “Stay Free" (hopefully not some indie fuck up of a much loved Clash classic)
The Flaming Lips — “The Supreme Being Teaches Spider-Man How To Be In Love” (as song titles go, that's fucking fantastic)
Simon Dawes — “Scared Of Myself”
Chubby Checker — “The Twist”
Rogue Wave — “Sight Lines”
Jason Schwartzman (featuring Kirsten Dunst - fucka-lucka ding dong) — “Summer Day”
Jet — “Falling Star”
Sounds Under Radio — “Portrait of A Summer Thief”
Wyos (Wasted Youth Orchestra) — “A Letter To St. Jude”
The Oohlas — “Small Parts”

Worra load of shite, right? With the honourable exceptions highlighted, of course.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Tequila slammers with Carlos Ezquerra, sir?

On sale now. Each ticket costs £10 and on presentation at the club you will receive a Tom Frame commemorative 500mm x 700mm poster. All profits will be donated to the Marie Curie Cancer Care in honour of Tom and additional posters will be available for £5 each. Guest creators include Carlos Ezquerra, Greg Staples, Clint Langley, Robbie Morrison, Colin MacNeil and "many more" (i.e. the usual suspects, but no-one's bothered to send in their RSVPs yet).

Madhouse

A tour of Mike "Doc" Allred's house. Is naiice. Who sez drawing comics doesn't pay (though it probably helps when Robert Rodriguez options your book)?

Vote with your hearts, not your lower intestines.

Its The Eagle Awards time proper, and remember - vote early and vote often!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

this momentum cannot be stopped!

That rotter, the topper of all we Harry Potter news-spotters, Brendon Connelly, has gone one better and posted the entirety of the UK cover. Here's hoping I get a sexy cease-and-desist letter from Joanne Rowling for this. Growwrr!

All aboard the Hogwarts Hype Express!

A clip from the cover of the American edition of the last Larry Trotter book has hit the internebby. Oooh, look! Larry and Valdoonigan both seem to be reaching for something! Whatever can it be?

Are you watching, are you watching? Are you watching, Dennis Wise?

Another great night to be a Northern Ireland supporter. Mr Sanchez, you are spoiling us. And tonight, as always when he pulls on that green shirt, David Healy was practically pissing genius.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Pissing genius.

My fellow Ulsterman Gavin Martin has a great review of Neil Young's latest archive release, LIVE AT MASSEY HALL, up at UNCUT's website. How's this to describe the fecundity of Young's output at the time? "Despite often wayward ill health, it was his season of intense creativity. Reminiscent of Dylan in his mid-‘60s heat, Young was practically pissing genius"

What a charming turn of phrase. Must introduce it more widely into the vernacular.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

hats off for Ronno

I working away here on't computer, printing off shots of the grandkids for Bob and Glenda, and I'm listening to disc two of BOWIE AT THE BEEB. Y'know what? Mick Ronson was the f#cken bomb. Gawd bless ya, Ronno.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

two Doctor Who stories

1. A one-day Doctor Who convention is to take place in Northern Ireland in May.Organiser UT Events says Genesis will see Colin Baker, Louise Jameson and Annette Badland among the guests.It will be held at the Park Avenue Hotel in Belfast on Sunday, May 27 from 9am until midnight.The convention will also see guest Q and A sessions, autograph sessions, photograph sessions and prize giveaways, say the organisers. (via Outpost Gallifrey)

2. Lots of spoilers and leaks are hitting the internet after last week's press junket/star spangled premier/celeb piss-up for series three. My favourite? "The third series beings (sic - great subbing assholes) on BBC1 on March 31 with the Doctor battling to get over losing Rose, played by Billie Piper. He and medical student Martha flirt heavily, and he travels across the universe for a date as she coyly tells him: "I only go for humans." But viewers will see the Doctor fall in love with ANOTHER earthling, played by Royle Family favourite Jessica Stevenson. Poor Martha is gutted as he becomes so smitten he almost gives up time travel to get married - until everything goes wrong." (via The Daily Mirror) Yay! I love Jessica Stevenson, too!

Dambusters

It's official! All five home nations played competitive internationals today, and Northern Ireland are easily the most entertaining!

Friday, March 23, 2007

loose fit

I keep plugging this guy as the next big thing, his input on EVENT HORIZON rocked, he contributed the best page of art in Rich Johnston's CIVIL WARDROBE, and his recent work for 2000AD keeps rocking the house. All it takes is one forward thinking editor in Yankee Doodle Land to give him a decent assignment and his career will shoot through the stratosphere, ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in space with Edmund Bagwell.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

from the big diseased brain of WARREN ELLIS

Via the evergreen RANDOM PANELS.

Ladronn gives you the horn

Solicitations week ends with Image, who, as I keep saying to blank looks, have gone from being the tasteless harbinger of the mid-nineties comics bust to being the groovy co-op behind a rather great range of diverse material. Of course, tell this to someone who hasn't been in a comic shop since 1994, and they'll look at you as if your head is on backwards. Of Ladronn's two flip covers for ELEPHANTMEN #10, here's my personal favourite. Woah, nelly!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

"For I'm drunk today, and I'm seldom sober, a handsome rover, from town to town"

Never did understand that song... "I wish I was in Carrickfergus". The town is a freezing dump full of kerr-azy people, and I should know, I lived there for three years. So congratulations must go to Jacko, who's actually managed to make the place look pretty damned good. Wee-ird!

the Top 15 Unintentionally Funny Comic-Book Panels Of All-Time

This is probably stepping into Chris Sims or Brandon Bragg territory, but I laughed like a drain when Jacko sent me this link, so why not?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

slipping off the face of the Earth

Groovy Mike Mignola interview hereabouts. He doesn't say that much new, but does give a sense of just how much the Hellboyverse is ramping up this year. Looking forward to all these books.

It's Credit Card Clobberin' Time!

Marvel's June solicitations came out today, and there's not much there that's caught my fancy. Except this beast:

"FANTASTIC FOUR OMNIBUS VOL. 2 HC. Written by STAN LEE, Penciled by JACK KIRBY, Cover by JACK KIRBY. Variant Painted Cover by LADRĂ–NN.

With all that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby accomplished in their first 30 issues of FANTASTIC FOUR, who would have thought they were just warming up? Well, True Believers, now it's time to jump into the fire because the second 30 are where they really start to turn up the heat! Their achievements reflect the boundless energy of two creators at the top of their game with each issue, character and creation building upon and exceeding the scope of the last.

It's a list of accomplishments unparalleled in the history of comics: the origin of Dr. Doom; the Frightful Four; the Wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm; the Inhumans; the first appearance of the Silver Surfer; the Galactus Saga; the debut of the world's first black super hero, the Black Panther; the cosmic clash between the FF, the Surfer and Dr. Doom; and, of course, “This Man, This Monster!” - the story widely regarded as the greatest FF tale of all! Collecting the greatest stories from the World's Greatest Comics Magazine in one, massive collector's edition that has been painstakingly restored and recolored from the sharpest material in the Marvel Archives. With critical essays on the Lee/Kirby collaboration and bonus features a-plenty, this book is nothing short of a cornerstone to the Marvel Universe! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR #31-60 and ANNUAL #2-4."


Yup: Marvel have found a way to make me buy this stuff all over again. Still, it's cheaper (and reproduced at a larger size) than buying the three Masterworks editions that cover this material.

tattooed MILF news

Looks like, today, everyone is using the news that Angelina Jolie has signed on to play The Fox in the adaptation of WANTED, presumably instead of signing to play Ava Lord in SIN CITY II, as an excuse to run completely gratuitous shots of Ms Jolie looking sexy. But I'm better than that. *cough*

Monday, March 19, 2007

Night Of The Living Solicitations

DC SOLICITATIONS hit the into-yer-net mainstreet tonight. BATMAN #667 sounds like a lot of fun, and reunites the team behind two of my favourite mainstream comics of recent times, SEVEN SOLDIERS #0&1. So I think I'll buy it. "Written by Grant Morrison, Art and cover by J.H. Williams III . The Batmen of All Nations reunite for a weekend of fine food and nostalgia, but an unexpected visitor has other plans for the gathering. Batman, Robin, and the rest of the Club of Heroes find themselves trapped and at the mercy of a dangerous madman on the Island of Mister Mayhew!" Sounds silver age as all-bedamned, something Morrison's proved a past master at.I've complained elsewhere about the dismal attempts at rendered colour Marvel have stuck on Jack Kirby's artwork on some recent TPB covers. So how come I like this?
Plus a new, mystery, cover artist takes over from James Jean on the JACK OF FABLES ongoing? Not ready to announce it yet? After all this cloak and dagger from Vertigo, it'd need to be someone pretty special.

R2D2 postboxes to hit streets in the U.S.

Frankly, I'd nick one if I was you.

All the fun, without splashing emulsion over your trainers.

Instant Jackson Pollack-erizer. Found this via Stuart Immonen's website. Groovy - knock yerselves out.

it's Frank Miller, serial killer


Here's hard nut "graphic novelist" Frank Miller, pictured with all the people he's killed today before breakfast.

"Sirens be praised"?

St. Patrick's Day may be over, but St. Patrick's Long Weekend continues apace into the Bank Holiday. And, if I can direct your attention over here, Chris Sims is demonstrating that every facet of modern Irish life (wee folk, alcoholism, country music) has found expression through the medium of super-hero comics. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Two riders were approaching...

Absolutely mind-bending Battlestar Galactica spoilers up at A.I.C.N.

Argh! My fragile sanity!

Mike Blueberry's muffins

A funny thing happened to me tonight as I tried to upload a few more items to my current Ebay auctions. I physically couldn't force myself to sell some old Epic BLUEBERRY albums. I didn't realise that I had such a strong attachment to them. I sold (and made a killing on, frankly) the old Epic MOEBIUS albums a couple of years ago, safe in the knowledge that someone must eventually reprint that work in English. It'd be criminal not to, frankly. But BLUEBERRY? God knows. If it's hard enough selling SF in the direct market at the minute, it's even harder to sell westerns. So I'm keeping 'em.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

World Cup Willy

I can't remember: did I say there was going to be more cricket news on this blog, or did I say I'd burn in hell before posting more cricket news here? I really can't remember. The moral of this story? Come on Ireland.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Praise the Pope and pass the ammunition

When Paul Pope posts a great image like this on his blog, it makes me wish he'd turn the comments on so I could:

  • 1. Kiss his arse a bit, &
  • 2. Ask him whether his PULPHOPE art book is any nearer to completion.

Always bust out of the freak factory.

There's been quite a few obituaries on the web these last few days for Arnold Drake, but the most heartfelt (and funniest) may well have been Matt Fraction's, and his two "Everything I know About Comics I Learnt From Arnold Drake" pieces.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Joe Dredd's Burlesque

Tharg sez: "2000 AD celebrates 30 years of Thrill-power at Madame Jo Jo's in London's Soho on 25th April. Doors open at 7pm and the party will continue until 3am. Look for details on purchasing tickets for the event in 2000 AD and on 2000adonline.com".

Monday, March 12, 2007

The monthly solicitations rollercoaster...

...starts again, with Dark Horse up first. I see 2000AD leg-end Colin Wilson has some upcoming work in STAR WARS: LEGACY #13, and Sir Duncan Fegredo's first Hellboy mini, DARKNESS CALLS reaches its third issue. Mike Mignola's covers for this series have been uniformly spectacular - I wonder if he's over-compensating after giving up the interiors?My favourite cover this month may be this 'un, from STAR WARS: REBELLION #7. Not a comic I'm intending to buy, but this Ryan Sook piece hits all this old Star Wars nerd's buttons.

Anyone seen this?

A test shot for Rorschach that turned up in a YouTube trailer for Zach Snyder's 300. Looks pretty much spot on to me, but then, Walter Kovacs' costume was always the one that'd translate easiest. Whether they'll bother to give the pattern on the mask a sense of constant fluidity remains, as yet, uncertain. That may be a special effect too far for the budget.

2D or not 2D?

2D, the Northern Irish comics convention. April 19-21st, Stroke City.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Everybody and their dog...

...is linking to this website. But when it's so wonderfully realised, who can resist joining the throng?

SWALLOW 3 - easy, not hard.

My favourite (non-euphemistic) art-mag IDW's SWALLOW is about to have its third issue hit the stands, people. Do yourself a favour and buy/blag/steal a copy - as I've reported before, this issue has its best ever roster of contributors, and editor Ashley Wood has a sneak peek up over at his blog.


My favourite euphemistic art-mag remains RAZZLE. It's all about the pile-ups, baby!

Stooged

Finally getting around to ordering THE WEIRDNESS by The Stooges tonight on Amazon tonight, when I saw a review by a guy called "Gio" from Torino, Italy. Now, the Italians aren't really that famous for their contributions to rock history ("Shaddapp You Face" by Joe Dolce, anyone?), but this guy seems to have grabbed the wrong end of the stick about Iggy's output entirely, showing us that The Stooges still have the power to confound, nearly forty years since their inception. More power to their elbows.

I wasn't expecting a great Iggy album cause I see some recently Stooges shows and I also remember the 4 tracks on Skull Ring played by Asheton &c. Sure they are an historic name of the rock history but they're not good at playing anymore...out of time,out of tune,out of everything. I love Iggy Pop and I like a lot of Iggy's album of different periods,from New Values to Instinct, from Avenue B to Naughty Little Doggie, but this time He reach the worst than I can expect from him. In comparison to this album it seems fairly good also Beat'em up...and it's enough! No music, no grooves, nothing at all...a pile of childish noises for some nostalgic guy. Incredibly bad!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

For Geoff.

Unreleased Jimmy Page riff to be retrieved from secret vault to save rock'n'roll. Sounds like the plot of a possible Tenacious D sequel.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Signed, Sealed, Delivered - I'm Yours

It's the end of the financial year, and over the next couple of weeks I'll be selling off some stuff over at Ebay to bolster next year's ISA allowance. So bookmark this page, keep checking back to it, and anyone who wins an auction and mentions this blog when paying will find a little extra something or other packed alongside their goods.

For anyone who thinks Marvel really just killed off Captain America...

...yeah, right. You don't just throw out the family silver, y'know what I'm saying?

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

News just in: Comics retailers scared shitless by possibility of digital distribution

Loving this thread over at Newsarama. Here's the guts of two posts I added there. So late, so tired.

Digital comics are (just) potentially a third revenue stream for publishers, after monthly comics and trade paperbacks - and just as digital music won't remove the desire for CDs, vinyl, etc, digitally distributed comics will in no way kill the paper comic. All this means is folks like me who don't live near a comic shop can have the thrill of reading a comic on the day it's first published as well as when it physically finally slaps down on my doorstep from a mail-order retailer. Plus, as the success of iTunes attests to, if you give someone the chance to do something easily and legally, they'd rather pay for it and stay legit than go bootleg and risk the penalties (and the hackers, and the viruses, and the spyware, and all the rest of the crap that comes with Peer-to-Peer).

That said, a comic retailer discussion about the digital distribution of comics was always going to be like a bunch of turkeys discussing Christmas. "I really don't approve of this Christmas thing at all" "Me
neither".


Well, let's remember as fans and readers that sometimes, what's good for the artform isn't neccessarily what's good for the retailers. Yeah, I'm sure most of them are good, honorable guys, genuine fans who went into the trade with the best of intentions. That said, digital distribution widens potential readership to anyone on the internet anywhere, anytime, as opposed to anyone who knows where their nearest comic shop is, knows their opening hours, and is committed
enough to travel to it regularly.


Never underestimate the power of the impulse sale. Where I am, it's half one in the morning and maybe I've a sudden hankering to read some ALL-STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER. Perhaps I've just browsed some dude's blog and he said something about it that's totally piqued my interest about a title I've avoided so far, and will probably pick up in TPB form in a year or two (depending on whether this arc ever gets finished). Now, do I go to bed, get up tomorrow and drive for an hour to my nearest comic-book shop, and hope they have
the back issue? Nope, 'cus when I wake up tomorrow, I'll have forgotten about it and moved on to the next thing. However, if I could pop open a window right now at a website as easy to use as iTunes and download that issue, I'd do it. Hell - this is how I make half my purchases on iTunes anyway - come back half cut from the pub, get a hankering to hear Stevie Wonder's version of
We Can Work It Out and go buy it from Apple.
Comic book distribution is already too narrow as it is. Digital
distribution could prove a renaissance for the form.
The only problem I foresee - do all the major comicbook companies have the sense to go in together on this, form a united front, rather than try it on competing formats, competing sites, etc?


Friday, March 02, 2007

interesting WATCHMEN casting tidbit

Apparently, Tom Cruise had been actively pursuing the role of Ozymandias in Zack Snyder's WATCHMEN adaptation, but now isn't. Fandom collectively sighs with relief, I guess.

That said, despite being in no way a fan of the Tomkat, I would have accepted him in the role as a smug, manipulative, mass-murderer quite readily.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

more 2000AD nostalgia

Lew "Brickman" Stringer waxes all nostalgic for Prog 1 over at his blog. Also (in the great Bad Librarianship tradition of "I was going to link to this a few days ago but never got around to it"), the BBC cottons on rather slowly to the prescience of Mills, Wagner, Grant et al.

And some bloggers are just plain MENTAL

Ladies, and gentlemen - Your Face. If you're a blogger, he'll draw your picture. Only he'll do it and add some elaborate facial hair. Irrespective of gender.

Betcha I'd stump him - I've currently got the full Papa Hemingway.

Dum dum dum, dum-de-dum, dum-de-dum. Dum dum dum, dum-de-dum, dum-de-dum.

Last night, I was all on for a one entry-a-day average for February (my first ever, I think), but as I tried to upload my last post for the month, Blogger went a little bugfuck crazy, and I missed out. So here's that missing 28th post. Groovy Star Wars memory sticks by Mimoco. If anyone's feeling generous, I'll have a Stormtrooper in 2GB flavour.