30 April. David Fickling is taking David Fickling Books solo after years under the wing of Random House. Where this leaves The Phoenix is uncertain. Presumably still with Fickling, although I was under the impression that Random House were financing it for two years. Can anyone confirm?
28 April. Glenn Fabry is returning to 2000AD to draw the next Slaine yarn, Slaine: The Book of Scars, later this year following an appearance on the cover of prog 1833. R. M. Guerra (of Scalped fame) is pencilling a Judge Dredd yarn for Megazine #338.
19 April. Neil Gaiman's keynote speech at the Digital Minds Conference on 14 April 2013. (video)
17 April. Sean Phillips has four nominations in the 2013 Eisner Awards. Fatale is nominated twice (Best Continuing Series, Best New Series) and Phillips is up twice himself (Best Penciller/Inker, Best Cover Artist). Other British nominees include Paul Grist (Best Lettering) and 2000AD (Best Anthology).
10 April. Future Shock! The story of 2000AD is the title of a documentary feature currently in production with Paul Goodwin directing. Goodwin plans to blog as during production ... just follow the link.
5 April. Tim Pilcher has a Kickstarter project that will offer an insider's memories of the UK Vertigo office in the 1990s. Expect plenty of drink and drugs.
Mezolith is a example of the unexpected breadth and variety of strips that appeared in The DFC comic. I can't think of anything to compare it to. It might not have been immediately appealing to many readers reading the short stories in installments as even intense little fragments of a story fade from the memory over a fortnight; in book form the richly complex story builds with each chapter allowing the reader to immerse themself in the world of Poika and the ancient tribe to which he belongs.
Set 10,000 years ago, the Kansa tribe live on the western shores of the North Sea Basin. The tribe faces daily dangers both natural and (stone-age) man-made as they hunt, face death and find love. On the verge of manhood, Poika is desperate to take that final step and his rashness may endanger the whole tribe; through a series of adventures, each in its way a rite of passage, he begins to learn the wisdom and maturity of his elders. As we learn more about Poika we also get to visit the myths and folklore of his tribe.
Beautifully illustrated by Adam Brockbank, Mezolith is not an adventure story, although there is action, nor a horror story, although there is fantasy and mysticism and the supernatural; it weaves genre together in a blend of the spiritual and magical to create a uniquely haunting story.
Mezolith by Ben Haggarty & Adam Brockbank. David Fickling Books ISBN 978-0385618267, 1 April 2010.
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