If you live in the future and have an iPad, today is a good day for you. Twenty volumes of Judge Dredd – The Complete Case Files have now been made available to electrically read. We’re talking years and years of reading material here – like GTA V-plus amounts of entertainment. There’s a free PDF preview downloadable here, and then everything’s gettable through 2000AD’s app. Do this. Going outside’s for weirdos.
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If none of those words mean anything to you, don’t worry. Likewise, if you’re now thinking it’s going to be Desperate Dan washing the hair of the sunglasses-wearing pig from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, no worries. This is the teaser for new series Space Dandy, from Shinichirō Watanabe, the mastermind behind Samurai Champloo and Cowboy Bebop, two of the baddest-assest anime series ever. It looks like loads of fun (if you like that sort of thing), and will be on Japanese telly in January.
The answer is yes. It’s the one above. It’s only five minutes so drop whatever important things you have to do right now, and give it a go. Bonus points if you guess who the superhero is…
Actually, fuck the bonus points, it’s pretty obvious.
“PEOPLE FOCUS ON THE VIOLENCE, BUT IT’S A LOVE STORY” – AN INTERVIEW WITH JAMES O’BARR, CREATOR OF THE CROW
A few months ago, in issue 182 (available in print and digital from our store), we did a feature on comics featuring thoughts and advice from everyone from Warren Ellis to Mark Hoppus. One guy who we wanted in that feature was James O’Barr, creator of The Crow, but at the time he was super busy. He’s just got back to us with his thoughts, so we figured we’d share them. O’Barr’s current series is The Crow: Curare, issue #2 of which comes out this Thursday from IDW Publishing.
When did you decide you wanted to work in the field of comics?
I never got into the business of comics through a childhood desire or anything like that, The Crow for me was a cathartic release that saved my life. I grew up across numerous foster care homes and, most of the time, was left to fend for myself. When you’re living in a house with little money, no electricity and only a smattering of parental attention, playing with a toy was a far-flung luxury I never really had. I wasn’t a very social child, and instead learned how to keep myself occupied without calling attention to myself. I would usually carry around crayons so I could draw whatever I wanted, whenever I felt like it. Drawing became a lifelong escape and remains a heartfelt passion to this day.
After the accident, [Note: O'Barr's fiancee was killed by a drunk driver in 1978] my life had been forever altered in a single moment. I didn’t find the justice I wanted in real life, so I didn’t want to feel anything anymore, my perfect world had been completely shattered. At the time I didn’t understand that I was experiencing some kind of survivor’s guilt. Nothing made sense. To deal with things, I felt that I needed to purge, to get all of my negative feelings out, all these forceful emotions that had swamped me for so many years. In doing so, The Crow came about. It wasn’t predestined, or neatly designed to be a comic book that was sold in stores. It just became a way of dealing with the hand I’d been dealt, so I could handle what was haunting me.
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Shawn “Clown” Crahan is set to step behind the camera to make Officer Downe, based on a one-shot comic by Joe Casey (of Butcher Baker fame). Here’s the man himself, maskless, explaining it all. Clown’s no stranger to directing – he’s done a whole buncha music videos – but this’ll be his first feature film. It’s safe to say we will watch the ABSOLUTE SHIT out of this.
We loved Calvin and Hobbes when we first read it and we love Calvin and Hobbes when we read it now. It never, ever gets old and even though there are never going to be any new strips, it doesn’t matter because there’s such a wealth of gold already out there.
It looks like it’s coming out in the US in november but there’s no UK release date yet unfortunately.
Via Empire Online.
Fox have announced they’re developing a “put pilot” for a TV show based on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s amazing comic series The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
- What’s a “put pilot”? It’s an episode they’re contractually obliged to broadcast at some point, or else they face fines.
- What’s The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen? It’s an all-star team of Victorian ass-kickers, kind of like a literary Avengers. The universe the comic is set in is comprised entirely of fictional characters from books, comics and films, and the League is an ongoing multi-generational secret organisation of people with special powers. It’s fucking GREAT. The first two volumes are, anyway – the Black Dossier gets a bit fucking bonkstown, and Century wasn’t amazing, but the Victorian-set stuff is mag-fucking-nificent.
- Who are Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill? Two of the most awesome dudes to ever work in comics. Alan Moore is the giant-bearded, weed-smoking, snake-worshipping writing genius behind The Ballad Of Halo Jones, Watchmen, V For Vendetta, From Hell, Top Ten, Promethea and much more. Kevin O’Neill is best known for his work on League, as well as Marsla Law, Nemesis The Warlock, some really fun Lobo stuff and an awesome Elseworlds one-shot about Bat-Mite that if anyone has we’d like to borrow please because we lost ours years ago.
- Why will this end in tears? It’s a very very well-loved comic, so there’s a lot of pressure on it from the get-go. Alan Moore is very anti-adaptation due to some bad experiences, so he’s very unlikely to be behind it. League was adapted once before, into a truly stinking shitty shit-mess of a piss-film with Sean Connery in it, which’ll help nothing. Kevin O’Neill’s scratchy art style is a really huge part of the comic, which will be absent on telly. Backgrounds are full of jokes, which works beautifully when reading at your own pace, but rarely works on TV (Arrested Development did it, but got diabolical ratings). Adapting it well will cost an absolute fortune, as it will need to be very SFX-heavy and explodey and stuff. Also, we can’t help but feel like Fox will lessen the violence, sweariness and sexual dodginess of the whole thing, in which case, why fucking bother?