Photo stolen from Darryl Cunningham
It’s Tuesday so those of you with proper jobs (hello, I have heard of you people) are probably already already looking at your plans for your regular falls-on-a-Saturday-and-Sunday weekend and thinking, “Where are they, these plans?” If you would like to attend a comic convention instead of whatever it is you thought you were going to do, you can do that this weekend at the London Super Comic Con. We’ll be there too, selling comics. Come say hi. There’s also the added benefit of people you don’t see on see on a weekly basis: Jamie McKelvie, Kieron Gillen, Lee Bermejo, Brian Bolland, Mark Buckingham, Mike Carey, Glenn Fabry, David Hine and more.
There’s also a bunch of science-and-comics based events happening in Shoreditch under the umbrella of SuperLAB. Starts on the 20th, ends a week later.
Thanks to everyone who came along to Will Morris’ Silver Darlings book launch. You didn’t eat enough Tunnock’s Caramel Logs and so Julia and I have been studiously working out way through the boxes. If we turn up on the BBC News as sad stock photos illustrating Britain as “Europe’s fat man” you will know where it all began. Meanwhile, we’ve got a pile of signed and sketched in copies of Silver Darlings so if you’d like one come and get one.
Photo stolen from Woodrow Phoenix
From out of the boxes this week come Tales From Beyond Science, the trade paperback collection of Rian Hughes’ early ’90s 2000AD strips. They never made it into the Yesterday’s Tomorrows collection because they were tied up in legal things at the time so they got their very own book (sometimes being slow and difficult gets you places, apparently). The strips are written by Mark Millar, Alan McKenzie and John Smith and Hughes says they’re “surreal post-modern mystery stories with a pop-culture British sensibility”. He had some more stuff to say about them over at Newsarama.
The Grammar of Rock Art And Artlessness Of 20th Century Pop Lyrics by Alexander Theroux goes deep into the clunky horrors of rock lyrics that you usually only notice when you accidentally walk into a karaoke bar and have to stay a polite pint. R. Crumb does the cover and you can read 20 whole pages thanks to Fantagraphics.
Canadian cartoonist Geneviève Castrée’s Susceptible is about a kid living in 80s/90s Quebec — she talks about it with CbR. Drawn & Quarterly have a preview and no one has a review because it’s far too new. Also French without actually being French (is this a terrible segue, I think this is a terrible segue) is An Enchantment by Belgian artist Christian Durieux, which is another of those books commissioned by the Louvre (like Nicholas de Crecy’s Glacial Period). A borderline-retired boss of the museum is locked in overnight with a muse and they drink booze and hide behind sculptures when the security guards pass. Publishers Weekly liked it a lot.
Two years ago when Joey Weiser’s Mermin comics were available only as wee self-published things, the Newsarama blog highly recommended tracking them down. Well I am here, two years late, to tell you that you don’t have to. They’re now being collected and the first hardcover volume is out on Wednesday. I’ll let Newsarama tell you why you should buy this thing about a Merman called Mermin.
Nick Cardy: The Artist At War is an unusual thing. Cardy began his career in comics working in Will Eisner’s studio in the 1940s, was begrudgingly drafted in ’43 and took his 3-by-5 sketchbooks with him — sketching everything from his training in Florida to post-war Paris. This hardcover collects all of his paintings and sketches from those books along with commentary by the dude himself who appears on the cover in his uniform holding a pipe. There’s a great interview with him over at Previews right now along with some paintings.
In collections this week there’s Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse’s Resident Alien Volume 1: Welcome To Earth in trade paperback, Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s Batman/Deathblow in hardcover, Uncanny X-Men Complete Collection By Matt Fraction TP Volume 1, and Wolverine and The X-Men by Jason Aaron TP Volume 2.
New #1s on the shelf include Geoff Johns’ Justice League of America #1 (of which he says “this series grew organically out of stories we were setting up in Justice League. This new book will be a real lightning rod throughout the DC Universe in 2013” — more and a preview at CbR), Alpha Big Time #1 (of 5) which is previewed here (although if I were you I’d skip the worst written blurb so far), Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness’ Nova #1 (previewed here), and Shadow Year One #1 (of 8) by Matt Wagner and Wilfredo Torres.
If you bought tickets to the Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins movie night then make sure you’re here next week on Tuesday night. To everyone else: we’re sold out. If we get any returns we’ll holler.
That’s about it. If you’re still looking for stuff to keep you occupied on the internet go listen to the South London Hardcore podcast (ie. our Steve and his pal Jack) interview South London comics illustrator Richy K. Chandler.