Introducing a new, (hopefully) regular feature on the blog: News, Views and Oddities, where we link to various bits and bobs which have grabbed our attention, encompassing comics, books, illustration, design and film. Clicking fingers at the ready. . .
Random House Canada have an interview with Bryan Lee O’Malley, discussing life post-Pilgrim, where he reveals some tiny details of his new venture, Seconds, about a group of people working in a restaurant, headed by a female protagonist.
One of the announced projects at San Diego Comic Con that mad me sit up and take notice- Greg Rucka and Michale Lark’s collaboration on a new sci-fi series, Lazarus (Rucka and Lark previously worked together on Gotham Central). Comic Book Resources have an interview with Greg and Michael where they explain the set-up:
“‘Lazarus’ is the story of a woman who discovers nothing is what she’s been led to believe it is, and her attempts to overcome it and perhaps try to make things right,” Rucka told CBR.
“[The series] takes place in a near-future where the economic collapse we all fear happened,” Lark added. “Endeavor is a sort of high security for part of the One Percent, who are literally at this point the one percent who have everything.”
“It came out of the Occupy Movement and the economics of it and positing, ‘What happens if it goes horribly wrong?’” continued Rucka. “If there is no return from the brink, where are we in 50 or 100 years?”
Meanwhile, Rob Liefield and Scott Snyder make a compelling argument against the prevalent use of social media sites for creators, particularly those working for big companies.
I don’t think we’ve linked to this before: the out of print Blade Runner sketchbook which has been online in full since last year, is a must-see if you’re a fan or interested in design and illustration.
You can never have too much Shaun Tan: The Guardian has a quickfire interview with particular emphasis on Shaun’s favourite books, authors and characters, but for a great, thorough, in-depth piece, head over to Paul Gravett’s site.
I really like the look of this book that Rob Peters is trying to get Kickstarted. His art and the general feel of it reminds me of tbe Usborne Puzzle Adventures books I used to read when I was a kid- they were part comic, part story, part choose-your-own-adventure, really fantastic. I hope he makes his goal, purely because I wan a copy of this book. It weighs in at 180 full colour pages and includes, amongst others, a story about a crocodile PI. For more art and details, check out Rob’s Kickstarter page.
iCV2 have an interesting 2-part talk with editorial director of publishers First Second, Mark Siegel, covering what the success of Feynman, Zahra’s Paradise and Anya’s Ghost has meant for them and other issues.
Epigram Books will be publishing 5 graphic novels over the end of 2012 and into 2013 with contributions from Sonny Liew, Andrew Tan Tsun Wen, Dengcoy Miel, Joyce Sim, Adan Jimenez, Koh Hong Teng, Xiao Yan and Dave Chua in an effort to highlight Singapore comics talent. This great-looking picture on their facebook page has really whetted my appetite.
Illustration Friday have a ncie little chat with Jillian Tamamki.
The mercurial Kate Beaton has more wonderful comics for you, this time on the difficulties of historical accuracy in film making.
And I loved this: Zac Gorman finally figures out the moral to Super Mario-