Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Steel Claw Competition Result

And the winner is...


Congratulations! The book is on it's way.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Images Of Liberation: Comics, Cartoons & Graphics

Last Friday we received an email from Mr. Richard De Angelis informing us of an article which he has produced based on a presentation he gave in New York City last year at the Grassroots Animal Rights Conference.

The article is about the use of art, particularly comic strips and comic books, to convey animal liberation philosophy. Comic series mentioned in the piece include Animalman, WE3, Bloom County and our very own Wild Girl.
We are very proud indeed to have been cited in such a fascinating and thought provoking article and Mr. De Angelis has very kindly granted us permission to link to a dowloadable PDF of the piece:

The piece totally blew us away so we emailed back to let Richard know and ask him more about how he got into doing all of this.

"I was asked to give the presentation in the first place because of my work for the Doris Day Animal Foundation as director of its Comics for Compassion program, which produces superhero comics that promote the humane treatment of animals in the hopes of inspiring young readers to adopt an ethic of compassion toward all beings.
We produced Superman for the Animals through DC Comics in 2000 and worked with Marvel Comics on the story "Can They Suffer?" in 2003, which appeared in X-Men Unlimited #44. If you would like to learn more about this program, please visit www.ddaf.org/comicsforcompassion

While "Images of Liberation" was my attempt to educate animal rights activists about the artistic merits of comic books, I had previously tried to educate comic book scholars about the merits of animal rights philosophy through a paper I wrote for the Spring 2005 issue of the International Journal of Comic Art (IJOCA) entitled "Of Mice and Vermin: Animals as Absent Referent in Art Spiegelman's Maus." If you are interested, you can read it at http://homepage.mac.com/vicnrich/FileSharing2.html"

Who would have thunk it eh? Intelligent people reading comics, What's the world coming to?

Thank you very, very much for all of your work Richard and we'll definitley be looking into the whole comics for compassion thing ourselves.


Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Dublin - And finally...

Right, here's the final pic from the emerald isle: Pádraig standing infront of just part of his massive graphic novel collection.

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Also, we forgot to mention the two trades and couple of issues of Freak Show that we picked up from Rob Curley while we were there. Good stuff.

That's the end (phew, only took one week to post it all!).


Monday, March 20, 2006

P-Con III - Tales Of A Long Weekend In Dublin: Monday

On Monday Pádraig and Deirdre were kind enough to take us on a walking tour of Dublin despite being knackered from the con and an early awakening by cats.

The statue of the late great Phil Lynott on Harry Street.

Bloody tourists.

"I don't care how full of Hare Krishna food you are. Walk faster you English eejit!"

The amazing statue of Oscar Wilde in Archbishop Ryan Park.

After wandering around, discovering that most Museums in Dublin are closed on a Monday (who knew?) and eating cake we met up with Brian and a lovely lady called Bob. After eating a lovely Korean meal (yes, lots of eating; mine was a big bamboo thing full of seafood) we all headed of to the preview screening of V For Vendetta but, that's another story.

Back at Pádraig & Deirdre's house later that night...

"Just take the bloody photo will ya?"

"Arrgh! The flash!"

All in all we had an absolutley wonderful time in Dublin; everyone made us feel very welcome and looked after us brilliantly. P-Con was fantastic (and will be again next year) and we'll be heading back over to Ireland as soon as we have an excuse.
Hugest possible thanks to everyone and especially to Pádraig, Deirdre, Ian and Nicola.

(Note: Blogger has been behaving weirdly for the last couple of days and won't let me upload our final picture from Dublin at the moment so I'll sneak that last little gem in at a later date.)


Saturday, March 18, 2006

P-Con III - Tales Of A Long Weekend In Dublin: Sunday

12:00: Is It About a Bicycle? Flann O’Brien: Ireland’s Master Storyteller
With Leah, Pádraig and Nicholas Whyte. Which went very, very well despite Leah's having only re-read half of The Third Policeman in preperation.

14:00: Comics Are the New Black,Graphic Novels Are the New Rock’n’Roll
With Leah and myself and Bob Neilson. Very interesting and much less pessimistic than Saturday's comics panel.

15:00: The Other Inkling: C S Lewis
With Susanna Clarke, Caroline Symcox and Colin Smythe. Proved very fascinating indeed.

16:00 SF & F Pictionary
The boy's team won (thanks largely to my expert rendering of "Wind In The Willows" I think).

After the raffle came the closing ceremony which was very moving as Mr. Pádraig Ó Méaloid announced his retirement from con running and handed the reigns of P-Con over to Mr. Frank Darcy. A few tears were shed but it was genrally a fittingly happy end to a fantastic convention.

Deirdre, Fluffcthulhu and Leah after the ceremony.

Fluffcthulhu, Leah and Juliet.

Leah, Susanna, Pádraig and Brian in the lobby before we left for an Indian meal.


Friday, March 17, 2006

Fake Autographs On V Posters...again!!

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Yup. Once again there are posters on Ebay which have apparently been signed by Alan Moore. If someone got him to sign a V poster i'd be more than surprised...I'd give them the £50 myself!! Watch out merchandise hunters, all is not what it seems....

Edit: 01:05 AM:

Curiously, the images seem to have been removed from the auction. However, the following text is still there:
A genuine, movie poster of "V FOR VENDETTA" signed by Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, John Hurt, Sinéad Cusack, Stephen Fry, Rupert Graves, Roger Allam, Tim Pigott-Smith, John Standing, set decorator Peter Walpole, production designer Owen Paterson, writer Alan Moore, illustrator David Lloyd, the screenwriting team of Andy Wachowski & Larry Wachowski, producer Joel Silver, and director James Teigue. These are actual, handwritten, AUTHENTIC signatures obtained in person at Saks Fifth Avenue's Unforgettable Evening Benefit for the Entertainment Industry Foundation Women's Cancer Research Fundraiser held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, and at other venues which are intentionally omitted here for security reasons.
So there was Alan, in California (without having held a valid passport since the 1980's) having a right good laugh with Joel Silver and the Wachowski's. Yeah right.


P-Con III - Tales Of A Long Weekend In Dublin: Saturday

Saturday morning: We missed the opening ceremony and arrived too late for Leah to take part in the "Just A Minute" quiz because of heavy traffic on the way to the con.
We basically hung about for a couple of hours chatting to various people, reading comics and buying books.

From the 20,000 Leagues stand we picked up:

A grand little tale of revenge accross the generations produced in partnership with Rad Comics.


Issue 2 of Sancho, which is even better than #1 (of you can believe that).

The back of the issue bears the above quote from some pair of little known comics folk. Some people will endorse anything I suppose.

At 13:00 I was lucky enough to attend a screening of "Loving The Alien" a short film about UFOs and UFO culture by Ronan Gallagher.
They even stuck me on the panel afterwards with Ronan and Frank Darcy which was loads of fun and very interesting.
Ronan is a fantastic film maker with a really down to earth and honest approach to even the most weird and wonderful of subjects. I am reliably informed that his new website should be up an running soon so keep an e-eye out for it.

14:00: Susanna Clarke's big interview, which was fascinating enough to make us buy "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell" as soon as we got home.

16:00: Charity auction, which went fantastically well thanks to John W. Sexton's unparalleled compering skills.

17:00: How To Break Into the American Comics Market panel, with us, Bob Byrne, Paul Cornell and John Hendrick. I believe the conclusion was "don't bother".

19:00: Nice meal in the hotel restaurant.

(Clockwise round the table: Pádraig, Michael aka captainlucy, Deirdre, Paul, Juliette, Colin, Susanna, Caroline, Leah and some big fat bloke)

20:30: Table quiz. On our team were Paul Cornell, Caroline Symcox and Colin Greenland.

We won!


Thursday, March 16, 2006

P-Con III - Tales Of A Long Weekend In Dublin: Friday.

Right, I suppose we'd better start at the beginning.

On Friday the 10th of March our plane touched down in Dublin airport at about 17:30. We were met at the arrivals gate by one Mr. Pádraig ÓMéalóid and a very nice man called Peter. The latter drove us to the Ashling hotel whilst the former pointed out landmarks and places of note and interest.

Arriving in the Ashling hotel (the venue for Phoenix Convention) we soon found ourselves sitting in the venue's very pleasant bar area. In between seemingly endless pints of Guinness we were introduced to myriads of fantastically nice and interesting people including (but by no means restricted to) Paul Cornell, Caroline Symcox, Susanna Clarke, Colin Greenland, Bob Byrne, Juliet E. McKenna, John W. Sexton and Bob Neilson.

Pádraig and his lovely wife Deirdre had to leave reasonably early as they (understandably) had a lot to sort out before the next day. However, before retiring to bed Mr. ÓMéalóid made this entry in his live journal.

It seems fair to say that we were slightly the worse for drink by the time Ian Whelan and Al Nolan arrived (both of whom stuck to diet coke). Ian and his bride to be Nicola had very kindly offered to put us up in their home so, after prising us away from the bar, he drove us off to Wicklow where we fell sound asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillows.

It may very well prove to be a blessing that we forgot to take any photographs on Friday night.


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

P-Con III Post Con Pre-report

Our plane landed in Liverpool at 18:25 so we've not been home long.

P-Con III was so fantastic and so much happened that I couldn't possibly hope to just sit down and sum it all up so quickly and easily. I do believe that Leah and myself will be attempting a reasonably detailed account of the whole event here on the news blog very soon.

In the meantime, all I can say is: "wow!" and "Thank you so very, very much Mr. Pádraig ÓMéalóid".

Thank you also to the entire fan community of Dublin who are without a doubt the most devoted and organised bunch of lovely folks we've ever met.


Sunday, March 05, 2006

WIN: The Steel Claw -The Vanishing Man

Win The Steel Claw - The Vanishing Man from Titan Books over on our message board.

"Now starring in Albion - a brand new US comics series plotted by the legendary Alan Moore - the Steel Claw joins the Spider as the next classic British comics character to receive the beautifully packaged hardcover archive treatment! When a lab experiment goes disastrously awry, Louis Crandell discovers that when his right hand - the eponymous steel claw - connects with electricity, he becomes invisible! But to what nefarious ends can he put this new power?

Never-before-collected, boasting a stunning new cover by comics legend Brian Bolland (Batman: The Killing Joke), and featuring exclusive new articles exploring the history of the Steel Claw, this collection is the perfect introduction!"

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controlarms.org: The Million Faces Petition @ Bristol Comic Expo

This May at the Bristol Comics Expo, Leah and I will be stationed in the main hall next to the Control Arms table offering our support to The Million Faces Petition.
About The Campaign
Lack of controls on the arms trade is fuelling conflict, poverty and human rights abuses worldwide. Every government is responsible. The Control Arms campaign is asking governments to toughen up controls on the arms trade.

Our Million Faces petition is collecting photos and self portraits from around the world to reach our goal of one million faces by June 2006. We will use these faces to send a powerful, global message of support to the world's governments for an International Arms Trade Treaty.
Basically, there are two ways you can get involved in The Million Faces Campaign:
  1. If you're going to be attending the Bristol Comics Expo then all you need to do is drop by our table or the Control Arms table and pick up a special Expo Action Card. Sketch yourself a quick self portrait (or take a little time and create a masterpiece) and hand the card in to the Control Arms people.
  2. If you're not going to be at Bristol in May then visit www.controlarms.org and upload your own self portrait to add your face to the petition.
All portraits will be uploaded and displayed on the Control Arms website in a fully searchable gallery. Who knows, you're picture might end up next to some of comics biggest names.


Thursday, March 02, 2006

David Lloyd Art Exhibition In London 7th - 17th March

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Interview With John Online

People just keep asking us questions and we keep answering them, so you need to keep reading them I suppose.