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Button Man DreamWorks dream is over.
DreamWorks has decided not to go ahead with the Button Man film, seeing "such an inherently violent movie . ." unsuitable for the DreamWorks brand " . . in the wake of . . public shootings which have become a far too common occurrence."
Disappointed of course and a little puzzled since this is the company that asked Nicholas Refn to direct. (Nicholas left some time ago. My understanding is that having said yes Nicholas changed his mind, preferring to work on his own projects.)
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Fact File No 4
An occasional series
The first graphic novel to receive a major literary prize was 'Jimmy Corrigan; The Smartest Kid on Earth' by Chris Ware in 2001 when it was awarded both The Guardians First Book Award and the American Book Award
Paul Klee Exhibition
The EY Exhibition - Paul Klee: Making visible. Tate Modern
16th October 2013 - 9th March 2014
"Klee has an irreducible centre, and though he changed his style and approach many times over in . . his career there is something there that makes you say 'Klee' without hesitation."
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Saving the world.
In the dream I was with some comic book artists discussing climate change. In the way of dreams it turned out the answer was a drawing pin or, as the US call it, thumb tack.( Both have possibilities for a surrealist take but you know what I mean.)
Having a long time attachment to Carl Jung's writings, dreams do sometimes prompt real life engagement on my part and on this occasion it led me to trawling the internet under the banner of 'comic-books - global warming'.
Comic Collecting in New Zealand
By Benedict Quilter. When I was around 7 my mother came home from the comic shop with a bag full of New Zealand made comics. I’d seen comics before, but it had never occurred to me that there might be comics made in New Zealand. The only comic I cared about in that pile was one with a bright green cover called Fetus Boy (number four). It stood out to me, the cover was bold and full of black lines. I fell in love. I read that comic again and again until the back cover came off.
Art in the Asylum
'Art in the Asylum: Creativity and the Evolution of Psychiatry'
The Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, University Park, Nottingham 7 September - 3 November.
The exhibition curated by psychiatrists Esra Plomer and Victoria Tischler looks at the evolution of artistic activity in British asylums from the early 1800s to 1970 with work selected from national and international exhibitions.
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Comic Collecting In South Africa
Comic Collecting In South Africa - My Experience by Bheki Latha
There really aren't that many South African comics.With the exception of a few talented cartoonists . .
You and comics - by you
Here's a wheeze.
Curious about other people's comics I have put up blogs about, or relating to, comics in Indonesia, India, Japan, Russia and Serbia. Now it seems a better idea (duh!) if such pieces were written by those with local knowledge and personal involvement.
So I, ever the optimist, am inviting comic readers from wherever to send me an account of their experience. What is available where you are, what if anything is produced there? Interested in what you read, what you see that others may not, what is comics culture like in your part of the world?
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Witches and Wicked Bodies
Witchcraft and Magic in art. July 27th - November 3rd
Modern Two (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art)
Drawings, paintings, film stills and prints. Including 16th and 17th century prints, Albrecht Durer, William Blake, Francisco de Goya, 20th century artists such as Paula Rego and Kiki Smith, and Wizard of Oz.
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'.