Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #31

Published On October 2, 2015 | By | Comics, News

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Soaring Penguin Press tell us that Canadian creator Estelle Bachelard – aka Bach – is coming over to the UK in October to support the English language translation of her graphic novel It’s Hard to be a Girl, a semi-autobiographical work about Estelle, a Quebec-based games designer who lives for shopping and clothes; and whose partner, Charles, finds her ever more bewildering. The official launch for the book will be at Quebec Government House in London on October 20th, and she will also be taking part in the popular Laydeez Do Comics at Gosh comics in London on the 19th, and preceding this she will be at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival from the 15th to the 18th. We recently ran a preview of It’s Hard to be a Girl, which you can still take a peek at here, and the book can be pre-ordered from our webstore now.


In what will become a regular feature… Nigel Auchterlounie (Spleenal) casts an eye over Doctor Who from last Saturday….

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A reminder that the Dirty Rotten Comics crew are still taking submissions for their winter anthology. From the official description: “We’re looking for comics from UK creators. Unhinged tales of modern life, observations from the stray to the profound and everything in between. Stuff that’s weird, funny, satirical or surreal is all welcome. Stories should be between one and four pages long and produced in black and white/greyscale at A3 or A4 size. Final pages should be sent as a high resolution JPEG or PDF, at no less than 300dpi resolution. If you can write well, draw passably and are from the UK, please get in touch. First-timers are actively encouraged to contribute – your work will be considered on merit, not on your status or experience within the comics scene.” The deadline is looming – October 31st – so get cracking if you want to try out!

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Chip Zdarsky, artist on one of my favourite current comic series, the superb, funny, moving, naughty and clever Sex Criminals, has turned down a Harvey Award, reports Comic Book Resources, because the award recognised only his contribution to the series, not that of writer Matt Fraction:

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It’s nice having people realize how special I am and how humor I am, and I truly appreciate everyone who voted for me, but the award, as it stands, doesn’t make a lot of sense. The fact that I was nominated for a humor award for ‘Sex Criminals’ without the writer of said series, my beloved chum, Matt Fraction, is wrong. On every level. I pointed this out to the Harvey Awards and told them I wished to have Matt on the ballot with me, or to remove me completely, and they declined to do either.”


Jim Alexander reminds us that there is a Comic Mart in Glasgow this weekend, and he will be one of the creators behind the tables. The venue is a very special place – the wonderful Britannia Panopticon Music Hall on the Trongate, the venue where the great Stan Laurel made his first professional stage appearance, years before teaming up with Oliver Hardy. The comic mart runs from 12 noon till 5pm on Saturday 3rd October. No news yet regarding Jim being inspired by the venue to perform some of his old vaudeveille routines…

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Tom Humberstone announces he is going to allow himself some artistic fun on the side of his daily freelance workload – appropriately as we move into October and approach the Witching Season, Tom is planning to watch a horror movie each day of the month and produce a sketch from it. Rather touchingly his very first piece of art from his horror month is a portrait of a man who revamped the horror film genre, then years later reinvented it all over again, the great Wes Craven, who we lost just recently, far, far too early. Follow Tombstone Tom as he rises from the crypt of Damned Illustrators each night to sketch his month of horror on his site.

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Panel Borders maestro of the microphone, Alex Fitch, reminds us that the annual Caption comics festival is coming very soon, and this year it has moved from its traditional home in Oxford (not enough comickers with free time to run it this year – a reminder that many of the comics events we enjoy rely on volunteers who give up free time after their day job to make these events what they are; a big thank you to all those volunteers at every comics event). This year Caption will be in Coventry, in the same FarGo Village that the excellent Al Davison has his studio and shop in.

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From the description:  “As ever the event welcomes comic book fans, self published creators and comic book professionals to mix and discuss their work together, with panels, workshops, small press table, a quiz and film screening. Guests include Leah Moore, Ian Edginton, Hunt Emerson, Laura Howell, Paul Duffield, Paul Rainey, Asia Alfasi and Steve Tanner, plus Charlotte Bailey (Laydeez do Comics, Birmingham) will be convening a special LDC meeting with Sarah Milman, Dori Kirchmair and Robert Brown. Tickets £3/day or £5 for both days and 10% off for concessions.” Caption runs on October 10th and 11th.

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