Thursday, 26 August 2010
The Daleks animated snowstorm 1965.
Not really anything to do with comics but I know a few of our regulars are fans of Doctor Who. And I love old memorabilia.
This 1965 snowglobe is pretty scarce and few collectors were not sure it even existed. But there it is. In all it's gaudy glory.
Bryan, one of our lovely regulars, mentioned he had one and I just had to see it for myself. It's in great condition. The Dalek at the front glides from side to side and the two little ones at the back still wobble about after all this time. I never would have picked up one of these but any toy surviving 45 years in this condition, it deserves another look. From our jolly old BBC TV a good old British artifact.
Saturday, 10 April 2010
If you haven't been in recently, you might not have seen our new first floor. Lots of room for the comics to breathe in all the lovely extra light they deserve.
Downstairs is the new family section with all the great fairy tales and adventure stories.
Please drop in and have a wander. We look forward to seeing you.
Friday, 5 March 2010
Monday, 28 December 2009
Happy days! Comics Journal have posted the lengthy interview between Dash Shaw and David Mazzucchelli as featured in the latest edition of the regular publication.
"I don’t see a lot of mainstream comics, except what my students are showing me, but it seems to me that in a lot of those comics, especially what’s been influenced by television and movie-writing, I see a lot of panels of people in costumes that look like they should be running and jumping and saving people from burning buildings actually standing around a lot, or sometimes the same image photocopied several times while they’re just talking"
"Working with Paul Karasik really helped too, because he thinks about comics as a combination of symbols, and about the ways that you can express abstractions on a page. Working with him and developing a course helped me rediscover the graphic things that comics can do really well. It doesn’t have to be just showing this illusion of time and movement from panel to panel to panel. Comics can do other kinds of very interesting things."
Indeed they can. The Comics Journal #300 is on sale now and features several star interviews including Frank Quitely & Dave Gibbons, Denny O'Neil & Matt Fraction, Jaime Hernandez & Zak Sally as well as Shaw/Mazzucchelli. £11
Saturday, 5 December 2009
How awesome is this? Greg Staples as Judge Dredd? He makes for a perfect young Joe dredd. These costume tests were made for a Judge Dredd Based fan film "Judge Minty" currently in production. Amazing costume props. I would wear that to work everyday.
Also check out the 'Minty' sketch by Mick McMahon back in February
It was 2000AD that originally got me into comics but it was Judge Dredd that made me a fan. I can't help but be excited to see this getting made. I think they have picked the perfect story to work on. 'Judge Minty' from 2000Ad 147 by John Wagner and Mick McMahon (Complete case files vol.3). Read more about it and follow the updates on the Judge Minty Blogspot and The official web page Judgeminty.com
Friday, 6 November 2009
Carol L. Tilley, a professor of Library & Information Science based in America has come to the conclusion that in terms of literacy, comics are as good for children as traditional reading books. It's worth taking a look at her summery which touches on the stigma attached to the word comics and (shock) criticism of publishers.
Image taken from Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith (Toon Books £10).
Monday, 31 August 2009
So we've been without the internet for a fraction over two weeks. Two weeks. It felt like being dropped in the middle of the middle of the ocean in a little wooden boat. Exactly like it probably.
But anyway we're back on now so what have we all missed talking about? August brought a couple of books worth mentioning. Essex County collected the brilliant Essex County trilogy (surprise) by rising star Jeff Lemire. It's a heart wrenching, beautifully observed nostalgia piece that burrowed into my soul and found a little home for itself. Lemire had another release entitled The Nobody - a modern take on HG Wells' Invisible Man and has a new series due to start this week called Sweet Tooth from Vertigo. It's really worth having a look at this creator who has a gift for capturing the stories of dislocated individuals.
Also worth looking for is author Ian Rankin's first graphic novel entitled Dark Entries which features one John Constantine. Very positive word in the shop about this. Already mentioned in the previous blog entry, The Gigantic Robot lived up to expectations proving to be surprising, beautifully drawn, simple but profound. Finally, James Jean's latest portfolio - Kindling - tiptoed bashfully into the shop. Fans of his work will not need another word said.
Monday, 20 July 2009
Page 6, Panel 1. This is Asterios Polyp. The name, Asterios, is probably derivative of the word “asterism.” An asterism is a pattern of stars seen in Earth's sky that is not a constellation (such as Ursa Major). Their mostly simple shapes and few stars make these patterns easy to identify (which Asterios Polyp likes), and thus particularly useful to those just learning to orient themselves when viewing the night sky. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asterism_(astronomy))
Hat's off sir.
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Get in the know...
Monday, 22 June 2009
Most thought-provoking is the Heer interview who suggests that though there has always storytelling in picture form, it wasn't until time was measured with clocks and watches that people became interested in breaking down moments of time in panels.
Most arresting is Eddie Campbell's which cuts down the whole intellectual debate with a big bloody knife.
Q: What do you think is the purpose of modern comics?
A: To feed baloney to Hollywood.
A highly recommended listen.
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
Posh frocks ready for THE awards ceremony of the year dahhhling. The Will Eisner Award nominations for 2009 have been announced (full list here) and the titles judged to be most laudable were Skim, Alan's War, Umbrella Academy, Fables and Madame Xanadu which all recieved nominations in four different catagories.
Best Continuing Series threw up nominations for Fables, Thor, All-Star Superman, Naoki Urasawa's Monster and Usagi Yojimbo. And for Best New Series we hope you're all familiar with Air, Echo, Invincible Iron Man, Unknown Soldier and Madame Xanadu. Come to the shop for your prize of a sloppy golden kiss if you've been buying all these (otherwise hedge your bets and add them all to your standing order before they announce the winners).
Best Graphic Album (that's "graphic novel" to me) nominations for the year are Alan's War, Paul Goes Fishing, Skim, Swallow Me Whole and Three Shadows. All of which have been on our centre table at some point so no excuses for missing them.
We'd love to hear from you about the titles - comics or books - you felt should be winning best of for last year. Personally, I was surprised Bottomless Belly Button didn't get a mention... SLS
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
Monday, 15 September 2008
The Gilbert Shelton signing of his new Freak Brothers Omnibus was an all-round success which even drew the interest of The Argus so watch out for a photo. Mr Shelton was genial, patiently signing and drawing pictures for all-comers.
Gilbert Shelton signed a lot of books. Everyone got their very own sketch, and seem to walk out the store with a great big smile on their face. And even after all that he was kind enough to sign the remaining books in the store for us. So, we have a limited stock of signed copies of the Omnibus available. Pop in or give us a call for a copy.
On the monitor we ran the trailer for the Freak Brothers animation which you can see at Grass Roots The Movie web page. And again a huge thank you to Gilbert Sheldon for a great day. -JM
Friday, 8 August 2008
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
Well all be back for issue 2 because what else ya gonna do? But after a lack-lustre Countdown I felt I needed a Big Moment for DCs Big Event comic. If Martian Manhunters death was supposed to be it, there seemed to be almost zero effort put in to making it so.
A little more sizzle with the steak please guys.
Issue 2 available 26th June UK
Tuesday, 1 April 2008
Ms. Marvel #25
Okay, I read Ms. Marvel and New Avengers and both have a skrull reveal in it, BUT rather than replacing the characters (Daredevil & Ms. Marvel) the skrull imitators have been running around AS WELL AS the originals. Wo, wo, wo. That’s not what BMB promised us!!
We were promised deep undercover skrulls with shocking reveals that send us flicking through our back issues. Not mistaken identities and “which one of you is the real Spider-Man?!” nightmares!
Tune in this Thursday for the answers. Don’t let us down, Brian ….
Friday, 21 March 2008
Weekly, black & white comics that are then colored for the graphic novel thus the production process is quicker (& maybe cheaper) and the collection becomes a more desirable product.
And we could have fun coloring it in ourselves!