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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Some Times someone NEEDS To Tell You....

I can't help but think lulu.com is being sarcastically rude when I check my online sales....


AQUAMAN: The Cast Of The Angler

Affordable Amazement Catalogue





Affordable Amazement Catalogue #1
Fancy Butcher Press
A5
40pp
£4.00
http://fancybutcher.com/Affordable-Amazement-Catalogue-1
Also available at Gosh! store London

Well, the contributors include -Tobias Tak, Paul O’Connell, the sensationally gifted slow hand of Bristol's top cred artist Paul Ashley Brown also Tanya Meditzk, Chanic, Lord Hurk (editor)

"Rather than building a comic anthology around a theme, this one is built around imaginary products. The concept is simple: contributors were asked to choose one ad from ‘the catalogue’ and feature the product in their story. Six ads were selected for the stories in issue 1: MASONIC BUFFOON RING, ROYAL WORSHIPPING FIGURINE, FREE LIFE-DRAWING CLASS, REALISTIC TOFF MASK, WORMS KIT, ONYX ROACH REPLICA."

"New stories! More characters! Bigger speech balloons! Get yours while supplies last!"

You see, what REALLY feck's me off as a reviewer are things like having a web site and even Face Book page where there is no more detail than I've quoted above.  Doesn't tell you how to order so good luck with " Get yours while supplies last!" and the cost?  Well, "£4.00" is what I'm told but, feck, they can't even put that on the web page so I'll go by what I hear.

Tobias Tak leads off the comic and you cannot really go wrong with Tobias Tak.   The rest of the contents are basic "zine fayre" and "Scams" by "Chanic"? also caught my eye.  Apart from Tak the high point has to be Paul Ashley Brown's "Life Drawing Class" a 9 page epic -well, for PAB it is.  I think if I had to recommend this book it would be for the Tak and PAB combo but there was nothing really awful in the comic.  I just find I'm getting harder to impress.

Also, don't be surprised if people do not buy because it says "catalogue" on the cover.  Bad move.


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

DR LEUNG'S COMICS [HONG KONG]





I came across a copy of 4D MONKEY quite by accident while browsing through boxes of old comics in Bristol's AREA 51 shop. It was in a sealed bag for the meagre price of 25p so I grabbed it!

Sadly,some moron had clipped out various bits from the interior,ruining the comic.

However,it is a very nice, futuristic, space version of Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy that many of us will be familiar with via the TV series and tales. 





Yin Fei -The Chinese Ninja gets involved in the mystery of the "Ghost Village"!  Another accidental find in AREA 51 but I'd love to know how it got there;I don't recall ever seeing Dr Leung Comics during the late 1980s Jademan inspired explosion....someone's comic picked up on holiday?

Addenda

I thought that I would like  to get the rest of the issues in this series.  The only online source -the USA. To get five different issues would cost me $7.00 not bad.  It's the $50 total postage that makes me scream NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Any sellers in the UK -I'll pay £3.00 per issue?

"1987"






"1987"

That's how, if I ever find anyone even remotely interested in Chinese comics to talk to, I refer to this title.

Its full of different art styles but no word balloons, just text -rather like the early British comics.
I picked this, and other examples, up when visiting China Town in London to replenish my supply of ink and Chinese brushes in the 1980s.  I have other samples "somewhere" but its finding them!

I'm assuming that this is from the Peoples Republic of China (someone will now tell me its from Hong Kong); I also assume that 11 and 1987 refer to issue number and year.  But what is the title -Fu Chun Jiang Hua Bao?

Can anyone identify?



STYLISH! 



Without a doubt a very stylish page of artwork; quite advertising originated in style. 

Certainly would like to know more about this!



EVEN MORE STYLISH! 


Stylish but in a different way. This looks very much like a series of panels produced not using ink and brush but more like charcoal. Look at the smudging effects, etc..


We really do need to find out more about these comics and the creators!

CAPTAIN V –Singapore’s “Robin Hood” Crime-Fighter.





While on the new sadly defunct singaporecomicsonline site, a member ("poopoo") referred to a Singapore super hero comic of circa 1986 -this date may not be 100% confirmed.

The comic in question was CAPTAIN V!


CAPTAIN V was the "scientific experiment" of DR EVIL and at the time he was working for the Singapore Police Force. The good Captain was super fast (but not Flash standard fast?), very strong and bullet proof thanks to his costume.

As is always the case, Dr Evil had an hidden agenda and went into hiding with his "experimental formulas" (so we assume CAPTAIN V was the human result of scientific enhancement).  Obviously, this could not be allowed and so Captain V was assigned the task of stopping his mentor.   

  

CAPTAIN V #s 1 & 2

Thanks to "poopoo" I have two cover scans (very low res) of CAPTAIN V and a rough guide to the two stories.

ENTER THE CAT!

The Cat, alter ego unknown, was a poor man whose family and acquaintances looked down at him because of this.  His girlfriend's father also objected to him because he was poor; although facing many problems, his girlfriend loved him and financial difficulties meant nothing to her [aaaah,true love!].    

While taking his girlfriend home there was an accident and she died instantly.

From this moment on the poor man began to act eccentrically;he stole money from rich people while disguised as The Cat and handed it out to the good,poor people.

Obviously, the law was not going to  allow this! One day The Cat was confronted by Captain V but the pursuit was temporarily stopped when the Singaporean 'Robin Hood' threw his "Cat-o-nine tails" (a bolas type weapon) and Captain V got caught up in this....

But, as far as I am aware, the Cat was never caught -it was an on-off chase type scenario.  I suspect that, like Robin Hood, no one really wanted to see The Cat behind bars -a 'crook' but not a crook.

CAPTAIN V VS  CAPTAIN V!!!

Well,Dr Evil was bound to cause problems sooner or later and he created a very major problem for the good Captain in #3!

Dr Evil created a Captain V clone -but one much stronger! 

Imagine the shock of Singaporean citizens when,without warning,the upholder of justice is seen robbing a goldsmith and jeweller -and then escaping at incredible speed.

The national hero has betrayed justice:Captain V is a wanted man!

Don't panic! 

One day, while committing a robbery the double Captain V is confronted by the real hero! A battle ensues and, I assume, the villain is defeated!

Yes, I know the baddie Captain V has a different coloured costume....just go with the flow!

And when we read "clone" it does not necessarily mean Captain V was human as we hear a lot about "cloned devices and apps" these days.  Maybe one day I'll find out.
 
If anyone can provide more information,better scans or has copies for sale -get in touch!

 


Hamelin Newsletter 24/3/15

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NEWSLETTER del 24/3/2015
 
 
 


 
Torna la Bologna Children’s Book Fair, da lunedì 30 marzo a giovedì 2 aprile. Come ogni anno, Hamelin sarà al Padiglione 25, stand A3 e sarà protagonista di numerosi eventi e iniziative, in fiera e in città.

 


 
HAMELIN IN FIERA
 
PUBBLICAZIONI E NOVITA'
Allo stand di Hamelin troverete l’Annuario 2015 con i migliori titoli tra romanzi, albi illustrati, fumetti e saggi del 2014, il numero 38 della rivista "Hamelin" che raccoglie gli atti del convegno La sottile linea scura e tutti gli arretrati. Potrete inoltre avere informazioni sulla nuova edizione di Scelte di Classe, le guide bibliografiche e tutte le pubblicazioni Hamelin.

lunedì 30 marzo h 15 - Centro Servizi - Blocco B
PRESENTAZIONE DEL PROGETTO TI FACCIO IL FILO
Il progetto Ti faccio il filo, ideato da Biblioteca Comunale di Melegnano, Spazio Milk, Afol Sud Milano e Codici Ricerche, finanziato da Fondazione Cariplo e con la partecipazione di Hamelin, presenterà le attività sul tema biblioteche e coesione sociale in corso a Melegnano, San Zenone, Carpiano e San Colombano.

mercoledì 1 aprile h 14 - Caffè degli illustrtori
FATHERLAND
Steven Guarnaccia, illustratore e designer, presenta il progetto della mostra Fatherland che si terrà presso la sede di Hamelin.

mercoledì 1 aprile h 15-18 - Sala Notturno
SIMPOSIO TRANSBOOK
Nella cornice del progetto europeo Transbook - Children’s Literature on the move! il simposio riunisce vari professionisti internazionali della letteratura per ragazzi, attorno al tema Mediazione digitale e programmazione nella letteratura per l’infanzia, con interventi di Neal Hoskins, responsabile del Digital Cafè, Marlene Zöhrer, esperta di relazioni fra libro e supporti digitali, Christina Hasenau, Goethe-Institut di Roma, e Sam Arthur, managing director di Nobrow Edizioni e co-curatore dell’ELCAF festival di Londra.
Potete partecipare al simposio inviando la vostra iscrizione all’indirizzo mail: clementine.cahn@hamelin.net
 

 
HAMELIN IN CITTA'
 
lunedì 30 marzo h 19.30 - Spazio &
Inaugurazione di La pantera sotto il letto - Mostra di Mara
Cerri
Una mostra dedicata a La pantera sotto il letto, albo scritto da Andrea Bajani e illustrato Mara Cerri, in uscita per orecchio acerbo.
L’esposizione sarà aperta da una lettura di Andrea Bajani e dal sound design di Alessandro Guerri.
Spazio & - Via Guerrazzi 1

martedì 31 marzo h 17.30 - Spazio CUBO
Collezionare me stesso - Incontro con Steven Guarnaccia

Steven Guarnaccia racconta il rapporto fra il collezionare oggetti e la sua attività creativa.
CUBO - Centro Unipol BOlogna, Piazza Vieira de Mello 3/5 - nelle nuove strutture di Porta Europa

mercoledì 1 aprile h 19.30 - Hamelin
Inaugurazione di Fatherland - Mostra di Steven Guarnaccia

La sede di Hamelin si trasforma nella casa di Steven Guarnaccia. Un viaggio sul filo delle memorie famigliari attraverso il disegno e l’installazione di una collezione di oggetti trovati e reinterpretati dalla mano dell’artista.
Hamelin - via Zamboni 15

Segnaliamo inoltre:
martedì 31 marzo h 12 - Salaborsa
Tour di presentazione di Raccontami di un giorno perfetto

Grazie al supporto della biblioteca "Carlo Emilio Gadda" di Melegnano, della Biblioteca dei Ragazzi di Rozzano, e alla Biblioteca SalaBorsa, Jennifer Niven, presenterà il romanzo Raccontami di un giorno perfetto pubblicato da DeAgostini ad alcune classi di istituti secondari di secondo grado.
Salaborsa - piazza Nettuno 3

martedì 31 marzo h 19 - Alliance Française
Inaugurazione di Poetic science
Sei scuole di illustrazione presentano i loro giovani talenti: Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Ècole Nationale Supèrieure des Arts Dècoratifs (ENSAD) di Parigi, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW), Kyoto City University of Arts, Escola Massana Barcellona, University of the West of England Bristol.
Alliance Française - via De’ marchi 4
 
HAMELIN FA PARTE DI IBBY ITALIA
International Board on Books for Young People è una rete internazionale di persone, che provengono da 77 paesi e promuove la cooperazione internazionale attraverso i libri per bambini, creando ovunque per l'infanzia l'opportunità di avere accesso a libri di alto livello letterario e artistico e incoraggiando la pubblicazione e la distribuzione di libri di qualità per bambini specialmente nei Paesi in via di sviluppo.
www.bibliotecasalaborsa.it/ragazzi/ibby/
 

Monday, 23 March 2015

Superhero Strip Club | KnightHood and Decoy

Gregory Walcott, Reluctant Star of Plan 9 From Outer Space, Dies at 87

Gregory Walcott, Reluctant Star of Plan 9 From Outer Space, Dies at 87


By Mike Barnes

Gregory Walcott, an admired actor who appeared in such memorable films as Mister Roberts, The Eiger Sanction, Norma Rae and, unfortunately for him, Ed Wood’s lamentable Plan 9 From Outer Space, has died. He was 87.
Walcott, who starred as pilot Jeff Trent in Plan 9, considered one of the worst films ever made, died Friday at his home, his son, Men in Black puppeteer Todd Mattox, announced on Facebook.

In a 1998 interview with Filmax magazine’s Dwayne Epstein, Walcott recalled being asked by a friend, fledgling producer J. Edwards Reynolds, about starring in a sci-fi film opposite Bela Lugosi. “But Ed, Bela Lugosi is dead,” he noted.
Indeed, the horror legend had died in 1956, but footage of him shot by writer-director Wood would be used in the 1959 ultra-low-budget movie.

“I refused at first,” Walcott said in the interview. “I read the script, and it was gibberish. It made no sense, but I saw Ed Reynolds as a naive, sweet man. I had done some pretty good things prior to that, so I thought I had a little credibility in Hollywood. I thought maybe my name would give the show some credibility. … The film was made surreptitiously. My agent didn’t even know I did it.”Plan 9 has become a cult classic, but Walcott for years wanted nothing to do with it.




“I refused at first,” Walcott said in the interview. “I read the script, and it was gibberish. It made no sense, but I saw Ed Reynolds as a naive, sweet man. I had done some pretty good things prior to that, so I thought I had a little credibility in Hollywood. I thought maybe my name would give the show some credibility. … The film was made surreptitiously. My agent didn’t even know I did it.”


Plan 9 has become a cult classic, but Walcott for years wanted nothing to do with it. 


“I had done so many great films and worked with so many great directors that I didn’t want to be identified with such a piece of trash,” he said. In his final onscreen role, however, Walcott appeared in a cameo as a potential film backer (much like Reynolds) in Tim Burton’s 1994 biopic Ed Wood. 

In films he was much more proud of, the burly 6-foot-4 Walcott played a shore patrolman in Mister Roberts (1955), romanced Claudette Colbert in Texas Lady (1955), portrayed merciless drill instructors in Battle Cry (1955) and Delbert Mann’s The Outsider (1960), and was Gene Hackman’s psychopathic brother in Prime Cut (1972). In Martin Ritt’s Norma Rae (1978), he played the police chief who hauls away Sally Field’s character during the film’s famous protest scene.  

Walcott also was a favorite of Clint Eastwood who worked with the actor-director on CBS’ Rawhide and in the features Joe Kidd (1971), Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1973), The Eiger Sanction (1975), and Every Which Way But Loose (1978).  
He also starred as Det. Roger Havilland on the 1961-62 NBC series 87th Precinct, based on the books by Ed McBain, and stood out as seven different characters on seven episodes of Bonanza — just one of the dozens of TV Westerns in which he appeared (Bat Masterson, Maverick, Laramie, Cheyenne, etc.). 

Born Bernard Mattox, Walcott was raised in Wilson, N.C., where his father sold furniture. He served in the U.S. Army, attended Furman University on a football scholarship and in 1949 hitchhiked with just $100 in his pocket all the way to Los Angeles, where he studied acting with Ben Bard.  

Legendary Western star Dale Evans introduced him to his future wife, Barbara, at a party.  

Walcott landed a bit part in Red Skies of Montana (1951), starring Richard Widmark, and then appeared in Raoul Walsh’s Battle Cry (1954), which got him a contract at Warner Bros.   Walcott starred as a medical missionary (as well as produced) the 1967 film Bill Wallace in China (1966) and had roles in such other films as Badman’s Country (1958), On the Double (1961), Captain Newman, M.D. (1963), Steven Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express (1974) and Midway (1976).   

He published a memoir, Hollywood Adventures: The Gregory Walcott Story, in 2003.   

In addition to Mattox, Walcott’s survivors include his   daughters Jina and Pam and several grandchildren.
Tempus fugit