Spiegelman essay 'The Outsiders'
Art Spiegelman, comic historian. Pulitzer Prize winner and creator of ‘Maus’, wrote an essay for inclusion in the Folio Society’s proposed compilation of golden age Marvel comics. The essay gives a succinct history of the American comics industries birth and early development. While America was debating whether to join in the war against Hitler’s Germany some comic creators, many of whom were Jews, had their characters fighting fascism - most famously Captain America punching Herr Hitler.
Smile, it's Chris Weston
Seen a few comics this week.
Only one made me smile. That was 2000AD.
It was the Judge Dredd strip, ‘Control’ that did it. Not for the humour of the story ( which featured un-chuckle-worthy piles of dead bodies, an insane murderer in law-enforccr uniform, and the titular hero blinded and buried up to his neck) but for the sheer pleasure of looking at Chris Weston’s artwork.
He does so much and with such authority it is a joy to see him at work.
I picture Chris in the purpose built Norwegian-pine shed he uses as a studio, on his ergonomic stool.more...
Una edición en español de 'The Beatles Story ha estado disponible desde diciembre de 2018. publicada por Norma Editorial
Disculpas - debería haberlo mencionado en el momento ..
Ahora también hay una edición alemana publicada por Dark Dragon Books.
Seit Dezember 2018 ist eine spanische Ausgabe von 'The Beatles Story' bei Norma Editorial erhältlich
Entschuldigung - sollte es zu der Zeit erwähnt haben ..
Es gibt jetzt auch eine deutsche Ausgabe von Dark Dragon Books
A Spanish edition of 'The Beatles Story has been available since December 2018.more...
Yossel: April 19, 1943’ by Joe Kubert
This is not your regular comic book.
First because technically it is not a sequential pictorial narrative with the story told in pictures with added words. Rather it is illustrated text. Great illustrations, moody and emotional, but it is the text that tells the story.
And then there is it’s subject
It is a first person narrative, initially from teenager Yossel, living in the Warsaw ghetto created by the Nazis to contain Jews. The conceit is that Yossel has been a reader of American super-hero comics.
Email at the website contact address. is presently not available to me. Some technical thing. Been this way for a week or so. Apologies should anyone be awaiting a reply.
Normal service will be restored as soon as possible.
Above: Charles Sellon and W.C. Fields in ‘It’s a Gift’)more...
Update May 18th.
Martin Shaw can cease resting assured.
Agreements have been reached, contracts have been signed, forms filled in to allow payment free from USA income tax.
The latter significant since I believe John and I getting part payment ( we haven't yet) signals that Brian Helgeland has begun, or is beginning, to write the screen play,
Trying not to be too optimistic - years ago Dreamworks had also had scripts written but that didn't stop them from later dropping their plan to make the movie..
If you are wondering - and why wouldn't you be?more...
Manga at The British Museum
The British Museum is presenting the largest exhibition dedicated to manga ever held outside Japan.
May 23rd - August 26th.
Room 30, British Museum,
Great Russell Street, London,
Under 16 free Accompanied by a paying adult
Groups £16 per person. Monday – Friday only (10 or more people, phone booking only, group organiser goes free)
Senior £16. £9.75 after 12.00 on Mondays (phone booking and walk-up only)
Student and 16–18 years £16. 2-for-1 tickets on Fridays
Unemployed person £16.
Climate change and comics
I\ am not so good with Reality. Comics served this discomfort with actuality by being largely fantasy and escapism of one sort or another. “Based on real life” as the intro to TV or film is always a good reason not to watch it.
One piece of reality is bothering me though – what is happening to our climate.
Comics have dealt with real life concerns - questions of racism, sexism, fascism, gender issues and homophobia - even in the outlandish setting of Superhero worlds. There are documentary and autobiographical comics.
Review. sort of.
It is no secret that I have a bit of a thing about Captain Marvel, the 1940’s version.
In that piece I suggested I might well go to see the film ‘Shazam’. In the event, encouraged by all the positive headlines, I have just seen the “Captain Marvel’ movie. The positive headlines seem to have been largely due to this film being seen as a ‘good thing’ because it is that rare thing, a female-led superhero film. The female hero is front and centre, the independently driving force of the story.more...
Button Man Movie
A possibility I was aware of but now publicly announced in the show biz mag Variety', Netflix intend to make a Button Man movie.
Having only myself heard this confirmation an hour or so I am still a little shell-shocked.
Here is a link to the announcement -
I am going to make myself a cup of teamore...
Sabrina and Logicomix
Recently reported that my local library had closed its graphic novels section. http://www.arthurranson.com/blog/stolen-comics
Seems I was misinformed or they have had a change of heart since on my last visit there it was in all its glory with a wide variety of great books.
Since I am presently reading – ahem- a Dostoyevsky novel and feeling reading time constrained I restricted my self to taking two. But two fat ones.
“Sabrina’ written and drawn by Nick Ornaso
and . .
‘Logicomix – An Epic Search for Truth’ written by Arostolos Doxiadis and Christos H.
Been a while.
Been busy making drawings in a sketch book and digitally with Paint. My fantasy is to share them one day in a nice glossy-page book. No one has asked for these, it is a vanity project all of my very own. After a long fallow period I am keen to draw again, so at least for the present the doing is more important to me than thoughts of public presentation.
There is once more talk of a Button Man movie. It is early stages so details can't be shared but if and when it actualises you shall be told.
June Mills, ( 25.02. 1918 – 12. 12 1988) was a comic book artist. She worked under the name Tarpé Mills in order to disguise her gender from a reading public not ready to accept a woman writing and drawing adventure strips. June was one of the first major female comics artists. The strip she created was 'Miss Fury'. 'Miss Fury' was the first female action hero.
It was a Sunday paper strip, first printed early 1941. In 1942 some of the work was reprinted in comic book form.
RIP Mike Noble
Mike Noble, 17th September 1930 - 15th November 2018
Mike and I shared some time working for Look-in. I was a big admirer of his work and, seeing his ability at drawing the horses he was doing for ‘Follyfoot’, thought him the best drawer in the comic. For a short time I was privileged to be entrusted with colouring his ‘Robin of Sherwood’ strip.
Mike was a very nice and very modest man. A great loss.
In memory of Mike donations can be made to the Sussex Heart Charity
More stuff and pictures at -
Looking at this web site recently it struck me that it's in danger of looking a little nostalgic - lots of Beano, Dandy, and the original Captain Marvel. I had so resolved to read more contemporary publications. I was relying on the local library to supply the raw material. That plan now shot.
Unlike many we still have a local library but it has ceased to have a Graphic Novels section. The reason being, I was told, is that too many of the comic books went missing. Pinched, purloined, nicked, nabbed, - stolen. Personal acquisitiveness over-ruling public good.
Make money from Art!
Remember those ads once seen in comics? 'Make money from art. Learn to draw! Take our training course.' ?
Well to cash in you don't have to make art, trouble yourself to draw or paint or be creative. Let others will do that, then just buy some and wait a little.
Saw on the internet that the 'Bad' Anderson print that was on sale at Orbital for £50 is being offered at £100.
Could make one sorry you signed stuff.
Orbital comics still have copies of the print for £50. Probably signed copies but if not signed so what?
RIP Stan Lee
Stan Lee 28/12/1922 - 12/11/ 2018
Polskie wydanie zbioru ośmiu opowiadań Sędziego Andersona jest dostępne w Studia Lain. Historie to "Szambala", "Powody do bycia czcigodnymi", "Raport czarownic", "Syndrom Jezusa" Szatana, R'evolution "i" Protest ".
Komiks zostanie wydany ze standardową i limitowaną okładką.
Pojawi się na tegorocznym Festiwalu Komiksu w Łodzi.
Mam okładkę "Bad" Andersona. Jest duży, piękny i błyszczący.
Do osób odpowiedzialnych za to produkowanie dziękuję za tak wspaniałą prezentację.
A Polish edition of a collection of eight Judge Anderson stories is available from Studia Lain.more...
s'all art in'it?
This was an idea I woke up with.
The two artists featured, Damien Hirst and Brian Bolland, were in my mind at that waking moment but most any other two with equivalent backgrounds could have served.
The idea was that the prestige of an artist can be based on their field of presentation rather than on their individual qualities and ability.
Good Grief, Charlie Brown.
Celebrating Snoopy and the Enduring Power of Peanuts
25 October 2018 – 3 March 2019
Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, London
Exhibition of comic strips and personal artefacts from the Schulz Museum plus contemporary works from contributors with a passion for Peanuts.
Peanuts was a syndicated daily and Sunday American comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz .It ran from October 2, 1950, to February 13, 2000. It was a comic strip about funny kids if you like.
RIP Carlos Ezquerra.
November 12th 1947 - October 1st 2018
One of 2000AD's most regular and popular artists.
He is credited with the original visuals for Judge Dredd and was also co-creator of Strontium Dog.
The evening at Orbital, with the opening of an exhibition of my art work and book (and other stuff) signing, went, I think it is fair to say, well.
RIP Norman Breyfogle
Norman Keith Breyfogle. February 27, 1960 – September 24, 2018.
An American artist, best known for his comic book art on DC Comics' Batman, for which co-created the villains Ventriloquist and Ratcatcher with writers Alan Grant and John Wagner, and the characters Anarky, Jeremiah Arkham, Victor Zsasz, and Amygdala with Grant alone.
An exhibition of some bits of my original artwork will be on show at Orbital Comics from October 5th to November 4th.
Spellbound.Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft.
August 31st – January 6th
Beaumont Street, Oxford
Oxfordshire OX1 2PH
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Architecture currently has, along with other treasures, an exhibition of objects relating to superstition, magical beliefs, witchcraft and the like.