September 23rd, 2009 | music
The new collaborative project by Broadcast and The Focus Group.
September 22nd, 2009 | people I know
Which means you can advertise your stuff in my favourite magazine for as little as 99 US dollars.
September 22nd, 2009 | brainjuice
I wonder why I never saw this before. Just turned it up on the end of a chain of search links. An unaired ad for Playstation. Apparently it was very expensive. Pulled for fairly obvious reasons. The music is an Alphaville song, "Forever Young," remixed by V/Vm. Interesting. Must find out more about it sometime.
September 22nd, 2009 | Work
A thousand words sketching connections between two dozen people, and half a dozen different terms for "comic," and probably only this bit makes sense:
(1976 soundtrack: “Anarchy In The UK”; “The Boys Are Back In Town”; “Oxygene”: Bowie’s STATION TO STATION. Joy Division have formed. Black Flag have formed. Throbbing Gristle have formed. Brian Eno’s all over the place, recording, producing, collaborating. Eno on his art education in Ipswich, sixty miles northeast of me: “Everybody thought they could do anything.” Things are in the saddle.)
September 22nd, 2009 | researchmaterial
I would like to spend more money buying magazines at MagCloud, but, even with previews, I often feel like I’m buying blind. If you’re publishing a magazine at MagCloud (like my friend Kat Foisy and her CONSTELLATION), maybe you could mention it in the comments?
September 21st, 2009 | researchmaterial
Sir Norman Foster — whom I believe is technically Baron Foster of Thames Bank? — is reportedly having his architectural firm pitch to ESA’s Aurora programme, to "investigate adapting materials found in space for building purposes, using data from the original Apollo moon landing, and new information gathered by robot vehicles on Mars. Among the objectives would be building permanent structures on the moon."
A spokesman at the London headquarters of Foster and Partners confirmed "there is a tender" but refused to elaborate on Foster’s plans to conquer outer space, possibly by adding a nice glass dome.
There will be many "space Gherkin" jokes. I find this peculiarly fascinating, on an order with Raymond Loewy having been involved with the design of the Skylab interior. It comes close to the space dreams of Sixties radical architectural theorists, Archigram being the obvious reference. Sir Peter Cook of that storied group once wrote:
Can the near-reality of the rocket-object and the hovercraft-object…. carry the dynamic building with them into life?
September 21st, 2009 | music
I saw The Imagined Village do this on Saturday night. Here’s a take of them doing it in ’08. And that is indeed Billy Bragg, who showed up on Saturday night wearing a Pearly suit — or, as he put it, his ancestral garb. We have similar backgrounds. I kind of want one.
It’s an old song, retooled and made contemporary. Which is, after all, the folk tradition. These are living songs.
This is Warren Ellis dot com. Good afternoon.
September 18th, 2009 | brainjuice
September 18th, 2009 | comics talk
Once every week or so on my message board, I run a game for the artists. I name some ancient comics or pulp character, and tell them to reinvent it for the 21st Century. This week, I called out Black Orchid (the original character from 1944 rather than the semi-recent DC character), which has the following entry on a public-domain characters website:
Glamorous Diana Dawn, district attorney Richard Day’s secretary, is – unbeknownst to him – masquerading as the mysterious female sleuth the Black Orchid. She solves crimes with the aid of a magic ring which contains "black gas" that knocks out her opponents. In her first adventure, Black Orchid takes on Doctor Arso to regain some stolen surgical papers, and she fights zombies, too.
When we’re lucky, comics artists come and play. This week so far, we’ve been very lucky. Take a look.
Y THE LAST MAN artist Pia Guerra:
My old mate Ben Templesmith:
LOCAL artist Ryan Kelly:
September 18th, 2009 | brainjuice
Totally missed this: the writer Troy Kennedy Martin died yesterday. Today, he’s probably best remembered by most as writer of THE ITALIAN JOB and KELLY’S HEROES. To me, he’ll always be the man who wrote EDGE OF DARKNESS.
He was one of the great writers of British television, an innovator as well as an author of great skill. I imagine he was well forgotten long ago by those currently working in British television.