Get ready for video love to stoke your appetite.
Holy Shit, Busta-Bus and Q-tip have turned out some gold. ‘Thank You’ indeed.
The trailer for Studio Ghibli’s The Tale of Princess Kaguya is so beautiful I didn’t even see what was happening the first time round. This is a Isao Takahata film – his first in 14 years – and it couldn;t be more different in style from Miyazaki.
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Blank on Blank took this ol Kurt Cobain cassette tape inteview and animated it for a new PBS series.
The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary trailer is here. Watch it! Then go read io9’s list of easter eggs.
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Shelf Porn #1
From left to right:
The Vertigo Section
- The Annotated Sandman, Volumes 1 and 2. The first 40 issues of Neil Gaiman's classic Sandman series, reprinted in art book sizes, in black and white, with margins full of annotations.
- Cages by Dave McKean. A beautiful work of art in a nice hardback from Titan Books in 2003. Dave stays away from his trademark photorealism for the most part, instead using pen and ink and a single colour for most of the book, since reprinted in paperback by Dark Horse.
- Mr. Punch and Violent Cases by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. A later collaboration next to their first collaboration, both ruminations on memory and childhood.
- Y: The Last Man. The entire run of Brian K. Vaughan's classic 'what-if?' story, in deluxe hardcovers.
- Death by Neil Gaiman. A deluxe edition containing both Death miniseries from the mid 1990s, and a whole bunch of other appearances. Lesser vintage Gaiman in this Sandman spin-off, but still worth a read.
- Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. Their breakthrough collaboration re-imagined the superhero book by removing the climactic showdown and resulting victory through violence from the story. I bought this trade collection i 1995, and it’s still one of my favourites.
- Hellblazer: Original Sins. The original first few issues of this Swamp Thing spin-off are surprisingly dated and not particularly gripping.
- The Mystery Play by Grant Morrison and John J. Muth. I love Muth’s painted art for this existential murder mystery, written by Grant Morrison in 1994, which is before he disappeared up his own arse.
- (Tucked away after that is a Sandman trade, rather yellowed, that was given to me for free. It’s handy to compare the coloured pages to those in The Annotated Sandman, Volume 2. Also they re-inked a chapter, and seeing the original in its shitty glory is a fine justification for the revisionism).
- Swamp Thing: Roots by John J. Muth. The only Swamp Thing follow-up to try to do something different with the concept, rather than live uncomfortably in the shadow of the Alan Moore years. It’s great.
- Swamp Thing: Bad Seed. The best I can say about this collection from the fourth run of Swamp Thing is that it isn’t as shit as the fifth run’s initial issues by Scott Snyder. I paid $5 for it used. That’s what it’s worth.
- Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis. A collection of the first four issues, picked up cheap. I will have to go back and read the entire run.
- Uncle Sam with art by Alex Ross. I’m a sucker for the painted art of Alex Ross, and this retelling of American history (with the blood and violence, massacres and injustices put back in) is a good showpiece.
The Image Comics Section
- Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! Volumes one and two. The classic satire from the early 80’s that expanded the vocabulary of comic storytelling just as much as The Dark Knight Returns or Watchmen did. A subversive classic with signature Chaykin art from his peak early/mid 80’s period.
- Gen 13 Bootleg: Grunge - The Movie A fun, anime and kung-fu inspired, one-shot romp from the late 90’s.
- Morning Glories Volumes one to five. This ongoing series sits somewhere between Lost and the 60’s classic TV show The Prisoner, but it’s set in a boarding school and the protagonists are teenagers. I buy these trades as soon as they come out.
- Saga Volumes one and two. The best comic being published in the world right now. Vaughan's script makes me wish they'd tapped him for Star Wars Episode 7 and Fiona Staples' art is some of the best in production.
- The Surrogates volumes one and two. These two cost me $6 in the Top Shelf sale. They’re worth full price at least. Volume one was made into the Bruce Willis movie, Surrogates. The book is better.
- Black Kiss by Howard Chaykin. The infamous late 80’s pornographic horror series, collected in a tasteless hardback from Dynamite. Which is how it should be.
- Yesterday’s Tomorrows by Rian Hughes. Illustrator, typographer and designer Hughes made his mark initially in British comics in the late 80’s / early 90’s. You can buy this book in paperback in the US now, and you should. It was first published in a gorgeous hardback in the UK a few years back, on heavy matte paper. Forbidden Planet went one further and made 300 copies of the HB in a slipcase with a numbered certificate signed by Hughes and four limited art postcards. That would be this version you see here.
- Alec: The Years Have Pants by Eddie Campbell. He’s best known for Illustrating From Hell by Alan Moore. This huge, 600+ page HB collects almost all of his autobiographical Alec books. Even better, it was only $8 in the Top Shelf sale!
Flick through the gorgeous hardback ‘Soho Dives, Soho Divas’ art book by @Rian Hughes in this video from Image Comics.
Pixar’s first TV show is a Toy Story Halloween Special. Here’s the trailer. Looks like fun.
Kirk Degiorgio (As One) presents a six hour mix in tribute to Talkin’ Loud and Saying Something club night (Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge). From Acid House to Free Jazz.
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor promotional poster. Smith, Tennant, Hurt. Exploding Daleks. Looks fun.