Margaret Atwood is working on her first graphic novel, Angel Catbird, for Dark Horse comics.

“I have concocted a superhero who is part cat, part bird. Due to some spilled genetic Super-Splicer, our hero got tangled up with both a cat and an owl; hence his fur and feathers, and his identity problems.” – M Atwood

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/dec/09/margaret-atwood-creates-superhero-angel-catbird-comic

angel catbird

iZombie Season 2 trailer

I accidentally stumbled upon iZombie knowing nothing of it, and gotta admit, I’ve enjoyed what I’ve caught so far. It’s fun and funny, relatively smart and hip, without being overly so, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Rose McIvor is engaging as the show’s protagonist (although her name, Liv Moore, did make me cringe), and the camaraderie with her work partner Rahul Kohli is highly entertaining. The fact that Liv takes on the habits of those whose brains she ingests, is a nice twist on the zombie thing, which has led to her to temporarily becoming a stoner, a sorority girl and a sniper, to amusing ends. As someone with no particular love of the recent zombie onslaught, and being entirely averse to the current crop of TV series adapted from comics (exception: Daredevil!), I was pleasantly surprised that iZombie won me over and has me looking forward to Season 2.

Happy birthday, R Crumb

Being a massive Philip K Dick fan, I’m partial to Crumb’s take on Dick’s spiritual revelation of Feb-March 1974, as far as favorites go.

http://www.philipkdickfans.com/resources/miscellaneous/the-religious-experience-of-philip-k-dick-by-r-crumb-from-weirdo-17/

And, of course, his voluminous knowledge of Pre-War music produced a fantastic series of images…

http://glennhabel.com/photos?gallery_photos=3561

including an array of album covers, several for compilations of rare recordings from his personal 78 RPM archive.

http://rateyourmusic.com/list/darb321/album_covers_by_r__crumb/1/

Here’s a recent interview with Crumb about his days with the legendary bastion of 60’s counterculture comics, Zap Comix.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-r-crumb-complete-zap-comics-20141114-column.html

Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby, the largest gallery collection of original Jack Kirby art, is on display at CSU in Los Angeles

If you happen to be in the LA area between now and October 10th, I would consider this an essential destination. Pay your tribute to The King!

http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/cr_sunday_interview_charles_hatfield1/

Jack Kirby comic book apocalypse

Happy 60th birthday to comic artist/writer, Eddie Campbell

For some reason, in the mid-nineties, I stopped collecting comics. I don’t know why. It was no adult stigma or anything like that, I just stopped. Thankfully, before doing so I amassed a sizable collection of the works of Eddie Campbell including such titles as Alec, The Eyeball Kid, Bacchus, Deadface, and his collaboration with Alan Moore about the Jack The Ripper murders, From Hell (yeah, the one on which they based that horrible movie. Heather Graham as a late 1800’s, East End prostitute? Um, yeah…right.). Campbell’s art was different than the majority of comic illustration of the period; a scratchy, black and white, pen and ink style that I found viscerally appealing (and only more so as that style developed, his colored covers being exceptionally notable).. As a writer he had the ability to turn the mundane, fascinating, and the mythological, all too human. His Bacchus/Deadface story line is one of my favorite serializations ever, following the exploits of the aging God of wine and revelry through the millennia to the modern world. As Neil Gaiman praised: ” Bacchus mixes air hijacks and ancient gods, gangland drama and legends, police procedural and mythic fantasy, swimming pool cleaners and classics. It shouldn’t work, of course, and it works like a charm. … Eddie Campbell is the unsung King of comic books. … The man’s a genius, and that’s an end to it.”

http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog/eddie-campbell

http://www.tabula-rasa.info/AusComics/EddieCampbell.html

http://www.tcj.com/the-only-thing-that-matters-is-the-work-on-the-page-an-interview-with-eddie-campbell/

It appears that the David Fincher adaptation of BBC series Utopia, is no more

As much as I enjoyed the original series, and as cautious as I tend to be about remakes, this one had me excited, particularly as the British series was only twelve episodes. I guess now’s as good a time as any to revisit the show.
http://deadline.com/2015/07/david-fincher-pilot-utopia-jeopardy-hbo-1201488110/