May 31st, 2009 | brainjuice
May 31st, 2009 | brainjuice
May 30th, 2009 | brainjuice
Had an incredibly good day at the THRILLING WONDER STORIES symposium at the Architectural Association. You have no idea. Just a wonderful time. Thanks again to Geoff and Liam for bringing me in, and thanks to the audience for not walking out the minute I said "It’s time for a big sweaty Englishman to drone at you about history for half an hour." Also, for not throwing me out when I got to the bit about science fiction’s subversion of context and the horrifying potentials of sf porn.
Also thanks to the guys from ICON magazine for making the interview painless. Looking forward to seeing how that turns out: me yelling about archaeoacoustics and dead bodies in the walls, Francois Roche just being a freaky genius, and Geoff Manaugh trying to find a point of sanity in the middle.
Normal service probably won’t resume here until Monday, as I think my brain is just about tapped out.
(Photo by Jones The Engineer)
May 28th, 2009 | brainjuice
May 28th, 2009 | researchmaterial
When I first saw this, in the opening few seconds, I thought it was another comedy cut of an old Nic Cage film, like the funny edits of his WICKER MAN remake. And then I thought, no, I don’t recognise these bits from anywhere… and then I thought, no, this can’t possibly be a real film…
Will this actually be the best cop film ever made?
Reserve judgement until the very end.
…no, obviously it’s not going to be the best anything. But I bet you I watch it anyway.
A new website from Rich Johnston, who ran the insanely popular Lying In The Gutters column at CBR for years. He’d argue the toss up and down, but he’s still probably the only real comics journalist the internet has yet produced. He says over on Whitechapel today:
Yesterday was the last Lying In The Gutters. But a good gossipmonger never dies. He just goes from a weekly column to a daily blogsite.
Bleeding Cool will feature everything you love and hate about Lying In The Gutters, but every day, reacting to topical news and featuring a host of columns, features, interviews, reviews, previews and…. let’s go with familiar names. Expect real innovation.
It’s funded by Avatar Press, who have promised a hands-off editorial process, but whom I’ll give an Avatar Plug Of The Week to to keep them happy.
1 June 2009.
At which point, I may as well confess that I’ll be returning to writing weekly about comics and things at bleedingcool.com.
May 27th, 2009 | brainjuice
I have read this. It is incredibly good. It’s a self-contained single issue, and is sort of Bri’s take on my CRECY book in terms of approach. You can even read some of it here at this link. It’s out in comics stores from Thursday. You should really buy a copy.
May 27th, 2009 | comics talk
Comics creators: got a book on release this week? Go to Whitechapel and tell us about it.
(DON’T post it in comments here. Someone does, every week. And I delete it. Ha ha.)
Everyone else: also at that link, a list of what’s in comics stores from this Thursday.
May 27th, 2009 | about warren ellis/contact
Okay, so, I’m in London on Friday speaking at the AA as part of their symposium THRILLING WONDER STORIES, an all-day event around the theme of science fiction and cities. Co-organiser Geoff Manaugh has all the details at this link here. Notables: it’s free entry, and if you keep checking back at that link, Geoff will eventually update it with details of the planned live stream.
I don’t know what time I’m on.
It’s Wednesday, I’m backed up with work, and I still have no idea what I’m going to talk about because bloody editors won’t leave me alone.
Check out that line-up, though.
Just barely starting the week at my internet hovel:
* Post-London MCM Comics Expo Thing – portmortem of this past weekend’s event.
* REMAKE/REMODEL: The Gadget Man – this week’s art challenge. A terrific piece already in from Annie Wu, among others…
* The Self Portrait Imagethread (May09) – the male nudity had to be stopped before we started to feel the clammy horror of one of the participants draping his testicles on our foreheads. Sorry, Suraya.
* Comics Shipping This Week (28may09) — the list, with a few indications from me as to what’s worth looking for.
May 26th, 2009 | comics talk
It’s Tuesday. You’re all back at work. And you want something to read, don’t you? DON’T YOU? Course you bloody do.
I read a chunk of Jake Harold’s JUSTINE TYME at MCM in print form, but it’s all on the web too:
One day you’re with your friends at school, going about your normal life, then the next you wake up in a strange forest being chased by dinosaurs. Oh, and you have a robot arm for some reason. Isn’t that the lifestyle of every 15 year old girl? No? Justine didn‘t think so either…
Jon Scrivens’ LITTLE TERRORS is an oddly, blackly funny horror-action epic:
Fitsworth, England. A small commuter town just outside London, not exactly the first place you think of when you hear of epic battles again hordes of undead corpses, Trolls, zombie bears and evil monks…
Both highly entertaining ways to waste your employers’ time and money today. You’re welcome.
Crossposted from Bad Signal:
So the MCM Expo signing in Comics Village there ran a total of two and a half hours or so. I started before 1pm — after a comically nightmarish journey from Southend that involved a 40-quid cab ride in order to get there at all — and finished up a hair before 4pm, with a break in the middle because I hadn’t yet had time to eat that day.
Was NOT expecting that many people. Not far off the sort of crowd I draw in the States, in fact.
I note that already there’s one guy complaining on his blog that I was hardly there at all and all I did was, you know, sign people’s comics. But I was only going to be there for an afternoon, and I had no idea there’d already be a line camped out for me. Didn’t want people to have to wait any longer than was necessary.
Two FREAKANGELS KKs, and one FREAKANGELS Miki, complete with lab coat, showed up. No Spider Jerusalems, for the first time in years. I guess the old fuckhead’s finally retired.
Nice vibe to the place. Reminded strongly of the early UKCAC shows. Will write more on this later in the week.
Organised brilliantly by Emma Vieceli and Anna Petterson.
And, christ, I got to see Gary Erskine, Al Davison and Liam Sharp for the first time in fucking years, which was delightful. Met a load of the new minicomics/webcomics guys, like Jon Scrivens and Jake Harold (and yes many others but I’m not sitting here all day typing).
Also Jamie McKelvie was there. You can’t have everything, after all.
May 25th, 2009 | comics talk
I can’t get there, as I’m off to Dundee that day, but the indiecomics event LUC 176 should be on the calendar for anyone in reach of London. Obviously, many of you should go along just to pelt the ubiquitous Gillen &
McFamous McKelvie with stale food (which they will later pick up and eat anyway), but likely lads such as Ellerby, Scrivens and Harold are also on hand. And they’d probably not say no to a bit of stale food either.
May 22nd, 2009 | brainjuice
I’m at the London MCM Expo tomorrow, in the Comics Village area from about 1pm. I’m aiming for noon, but, you know, I work late and get up late, so let’s assume I’ll shamble in around one.
I will sign stuff, but two warnings:
1) If you turn up with a cart full of everything I’ve done (and this has happened before) waiting to be signed, I will laugh at you and then have you beaten up by security. Seriously. At one show, a guy conscripted his brother to pull the other cart. Pick five things you like and I’ll be delighted to sign them. Bring a hundred things and I will not be pleased to see you.
2) I’ll sign five items, at a go, but I’ve managed to bugger up my left wrist through (I don’t know how) sleeping on it, so if you’re one of the people who likes to drop a stack of wrapped, bagged, sealed, taped books on my table and then expect me to do all the unwrapping and rewrapping… well, that’s not going to happen, and if you give me shit about it I’m going to tell you to fuck off to Tesco’s if all you really wanted at my table was someone to do your packing for you. And then I’ll have you beaten up by security.
I am mostly just there to chat to people, have Swedish girls bring me whisky, and to fashion a new bionic arm for Emma Vieceli out of whatever’s laying around. And to throw shit at Gillen and Ellerby. [EDITED TO ADD: Gillen isn't there on the Sat, apparently. Will have to throw stuff at Gary Erskine instead. And someone asked: I imagine I'll be gone by 5.]
Check the travel advisories I left for you.
I am told that you can "alight at Canning Town to transfer to regular and direct shuttle bus services to the main west entrance of ExCeL. This journey will take approximately 4-5 minutes. Buses will depart from bays B and D of Canning Town bus station. This direct shuttle service will operate to and from ExCeL between 0700-1900."