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Friday, 5 November 2010

Tube Surfing: Lunartik Toys, Lunatic Comiket and Divine Comedy!

• Matt JOnes has confirmed his new Lunartik Mini Teas figures will be Launching at the Forbidden Planet Mega Store on the 20th November (see news story). He'll be on hand to sign my new Lunartik Mini Teas and fill fans faces full of cake!

• A quick reminder that Frames of Mind: Comica Conversations with Brick and Darryl Cunningham takes place this Saturday (6th November) between 2.30-3.30pm in London. More info here.
Talking of ComICA, you may also be interested in Comics of the Living Dead: Comica Conversations with Charlie Adlard and Alex Fitch, later on Saturday (4.30-5.30pm). Tickets for both are £4 each bookable online - it's best to pre-book though, but some may also be available on the day on the door.

• Also this weekend is the Comica Comiket with the new Drawing Parade event featuring 10 artists drawing live before your very eyes on a giant plasma screen. Admission free, on Sunday 7th Novmber, 12-5.00pm at Royal National Hotel, Bloomsbury. Full details here on the ComICA site. Paul Gravett has posted a list of titles on sale at the event here on his web site

Bloomsbury have just sent us a copy of the recently-released Dante’s Divine Comedy by Seymour Chwast. His fab book, which we'll review soon, is a wonderful retelling of Dante’s work, infused with humour, irony and satire, depicting the journey through the 100 cantos in Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise. Each page includes startling noir-ish graphics, as the dark allegorical tale is combined with one of the most striking visual art mediums of the twenty first century.

Bloomsbury also published Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou – a very successful book based on the life and work of Bertrand Russell – and they tells us they're hoping Dante’s Divine Comedy will have similar broad appeal.

One of the most influential artists of contemporary times, Seymour Chwast’s work can be found in the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  He co-founded Push Pin studio in 1954, which became known for its playful representations of popular culture and which continues to flourish to this day. 

Chwast remains a hugely influential figure and a source of inspiration for many young artists. 

There's more information on the book on the Bloomsbury web site here and Push Pin’s website is found at www.pushpininc.com, which includes various details on the artist himself and his work.

Fossil Angels was written by Alan Moore in December 2002, and was to appear in KAOS #15. KAOS #15 never actually appeared, and the piece has been without a home since then. Pádraig Ó Méalóid was lucky enough to be given a number of  the scripts by Alan himself a few years ago, and this was amongst them. He asked if he could publish it and, when another publication which it was slated to appear in folded, Alan told me I was free to go ahead: so here's the story, published in two parts here and here on Padraig's Glycon site – the first time it's ever been seen  anywhere.

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