The Beano comic from D.C. Thomson made it's first appearance seventy-five years ago July 2oth 1938.
The Beano was an institution, an essential part of childhood - comics once as integral to being young as was tree climbing. ( Talking for myself there aren't I? I have met folk who never read comics. Always think of that as a deprived childhood, a situation where out of respect for their disadvantages one tries to hide ones natural sense of pity.)
Button Man flim . . . (a bit more)
That time of year again when nerves are stretched and fingernails shortened (mine anyway, it's not a universal requirement for some religious festival) while awaiting news of the future of a Button Man film and my financial hopes. The option DreamWorks held on Button Man is hanging on the possibilities of cancellation, renewal, or becoming a real working bit of movie making.
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Edinburgh International Book Festival goes comic
A demonstration of the march of comic-books to the high pastures of intellectual respectability is manifested in their appearance in the programmes of the cultural event and book love-in that is presenting its shiny well-read face to the world at the Edinburgh International Book Festival August 10th - 28th.
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Iain Banks RIP
Iain Banks. February 16th 1954 -June 9th 2013.
Iain Banks was a Scottish author writing mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks, and science fiction as Iain M. Banks. His death comes after his website announcement on April 3rd of his inoperable cancer.
His SF books created the thoughtful and intriguing 'The Culture', a far future society of intelligent machines with what Banks called ' a well armed liberal niceness'.
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Visions of the ( real) Universe
Visions of the Universe
An exhibition mixing science and art, with photographs by Wolfgang Tillmans alongside the most spectacular images captured by the Hubble telescope and interplanetary robot explorers . 'the aesthetic marvel that is the cosmos'.
The Alternative Guide to the Universe
The Alternative Guide to the Universe.
Exhibition at Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Tuesday June 11 - Monday August 26
Work by self-taught and individually minded artists, engineers and physicists. Wild science, art and eccentricity.
These images were scanned from the Guardian newspaper's 'Weekend' supplement. There are five pages of Matilda Tristram's comic. The accompanying article is concerned with Matilda's experience. It doesn't give any details of where, when or how the comic might be seen.
Matilda Tristram has a website where, in addition to other work, drawings for this story appear . . .
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Ray Harryhausen RIP
Ray Harryhausen. June 29th 1920 - May 7th 2013
Ray Harryhausen was the clay-model animator responsible for creating Dynamation, - the technique, not the word. This used Harryhausen designed models in stop-motion animation combined with live action footage.
He did make films that were all animation but what this escapist, fantasist, adventure story loving boy loved best were the live actor and animated model movies with heroes engaging with magic, mythology, monsters and the macabre.
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The market for comics in Serbia fell after the break-up of the old Yugoslavia and the ex-Yugoslavian republics. With a lowered standard of living people had less money for, or interest in, comics.
It's a lady
One of the pleasures of Rebellion, the UK publishers of comics 2000AD and The Judge Dredd Megazine, has been its willingness to break boundaries.
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Carmine Infantino RIP
Carmine Infantinio (May 24 1925 - April 4 2013 ) was an artist whose work encompassed both the Golden Age And Silver Age of comics
Get (more) Button Man
The three Button Man stories by John Wagner and myself have been collected into one book by Rebellion. Sub-titled 'Get Harry Ex' publication is planned to coincide with the Diego comicon in September and for New York in October.
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The past is not just for the aged reminiscing about the days (following references meaningful only to older British citizens) when a ha'penny* was a twenty-fourth part of a shilling and would buy one an OXO cube to lick on the way to school. The past is for all those with a curiosity about their roots. For those with an interest in the history of comics and illustration, where we came from and surprise!
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Bob Godfrey RIP
Bob Godfrey - Animator. 27 May 1921 - 21 February 2013
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