Talbot's latest endeavour, Grandville,
is now upon us, and it looks
like a doozy. It's an anthropomorphic Victorian
steampunk adventure starring
Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard,
and as you'd expect of Mr T, it's
stuffed to the gills with wry historical and comic
references and side-glances
as the rollicking mystery unspools. The book even
derives its own name and
a major part of its inspiration from the anthropomorphic
drawings of the 19th
century French artist J J Grandville. But all cleverness
aside, The Hound reckons
the presentation alone makes this volume well
worth a purchase, with that
glorious logo, and the textured red dustjacket inviting you
in to the adventure...
If you know your comics, you know that Bryan Talbot
is something of a
legend on these fair shores. In recent years,
Tale of One Bad Rat
have catapaulted his name into High Street bookstores
up and down the country, and there's a filmed
adaptation of Alice on its way
any moment. But right here and now, we have Grandville,
which was launched
at the Cartoon
Museum last night. And
Mr Talbot's soon to embark on a signing
This is fab. It's a UK advert produced by Passion
Pictures, for Specsavers,
starring Postman Pat and all his pals from Greendale.
Poor old Pat is
staggering all over the place, 'cos he should
have gone to a that well-known
High Street opticians. What's particularly great
is that this is Old School Pat,
not the new SDS (Special Delivery Service) version.
Anyways, take a look
And if you want to see who made it and how,
here's a handy "making of"
to view too:
Got that, then?- A three week shoot,
utilising two sets, and the same
cameras used for the orginal series, all shot
on "doubles" (twelve moves
per second) at half a day per 70 frame shot.
And the end result is
terrfic, right up there with Tandem
Films' wonderful Paddington Marmite
commercials, wouldn't you say?
Of course, this is Specavers' second brush
with nostalgia. Not too long
ago, they put together a rather popular
ad based on Thunderbirds.
And prior to that, we've had other folks'
ads starring Brains,
Snowman and more. Which only leaves one question. Who's next
for an advertising makeover?
Here's some cracking news from Aardman Animation
and the BBC.
The Bristol studio is beginning production of
a brand new tv series
starring Wallace and Gromit!
& Gromit Present: A World of Invention", will take us on a
jolly tour around the world to look at real-life
contraptions, gadgets and
inventions which have influenced our inventive
inventor pals, the aim being
to inspire a new generation of innovative minds. Each
episode will adopt a
theme, and the whole thing will be mocked up to
make it look like it's being
broadcast direct from a
special studio in the basement of our duo's
West Wallaby Street home. Our dynamic duo will be be
filmed in new
animated intros and segues to be dropped in between
those live action
compilations, and - well - is sounds like a winner,
Look out for much more on this one as the production
develops. And the
show itself should reach our tv screens late in
The Guardian newspaper is running a first class
giveaway, starting this
Saturday, 12th September. For seven days, they'll
be presenting readers
with reprinted editions of a selection of old
school British weekly comics
of the past. That's one free comic reprint a day, for
seven days, being given
away in The
Guardian and The Observer (its Sunday companion title).
The selection includes both DC Thomson and Egmont/Fleetway
and it kicks off with a reprinted 1975 Valentine's
Day edition of Jackie,
(*sigh * swoon*). Here's the full rundown:
Sat 12th - Jackie
(1975, Valentine's Day edition)
Sun 13th - The Beano
(1980, 2000th edition)
Mon 14th - Roy of the Rovers
(an edition from 1981 where Roy Race gets shot)
Tues 15th - Bunty
(1972 Summer Special)
Wed 16th - The Dandy
(an edition from 1984 featuring the last app. of Korky
Thurs 17th - Tammy
(a reprint of the very first issue from 1971)
Fri 18th - Whizzer and Chips
(issue not identified in The Guardian press release)
Should be fun, eh? - Of course, Comic Converts
like us don't need reminding
of these titles, but the giveaway might just
get a few lapsed fans reminiscing
and reviving their interest in the genre. And
no doubt, there'll be the same old
discussions breaking out, about how we don't make
'em like we used to,
blah, blah, blah...
Well put away those frowns, as far as this reader
is concerned, ANY debate
however ill-informed, is a good thing. The Guardian
must be applauded for
their efforts here, especially as they're backing
up the promotion with
this and this,
to get us all Talking Comics again...
If you're a regular visitor here (and I think
there might still be at least one),
you'll probably have noticed a slowing down of additions
and updates on
the site, over the Summer and into Autumn, for
which I must apologise.
But you see, I've been indulging in a little "me"
time of late, and it's
distracted me somewhat from the day-to-day business
So what have I been up to? Well, it's my very
own, very small, comic project.
Smaller than Small Press, I'd say. If you've found
me on Facebook, or
stopped by my
blog, you'll have already caught up with its development.
It's called BLIP, and I've set myself a
goal of getting the first 48-page tale
drawn, inked, and coloured, ready for self-publication
by the end of the year.
I'm using it to scratch an ever-growing itch to
be creative, and to prove to
myself that I have the ability to see a comic project
through to completion.
You see, I've been far too distracted in the past,
and there are umpteen
half-finished endeavours scattered around my old
attic. There's also been
the little matter of Toonhound and its neverending
need to be fed new toons
and news. This place has been online ten whole
years now. That's a long
time, in web terms, and it feels a whole lot longer
to me. I seem to have
been chained to my PC for an eternity, and whilst
I've been tapping away
on my keyboard, my old drawing pad has been left
to gather dust.
Oh, but look, there's no need to panic. You might
think I'm about to abandon
Toonhound to the four winds. No, no, no. And once
more, no. I've no such
intentions. I'm just saying that I am a tad distracted
right now and there may
be a period between here and the end of the year
in which the updates and
the news stories don't get online quite as quickly,
or with quite as much
regularity. But these are "mights" and
nothing more. I've broken the back
of my comic tale as you read this, so I should
be able to divide my time
a bit more evenly between pad and keyboard.
Which all means that,
with luck, you won't even see the join and this editorial
I've keeping a running commentary on my progress
with BLIP, over on my
blog, if anyone's interested. And if you're not, well, yah-boo to
'cos I'm continuing with it regardless!