Clishmaclaver – Brechin High Library Blog

April 24, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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If you love a thing…

Just had to do a big ‘shout out’ for one of our very talented 6th year pupil, Chloe D. As previously posted, Chloe created a wonderful piece of digital art for me based on Marvel’s Hawkeye – Because, Hawkeye! 😉 … Continue reading

April 20, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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6 Gateway Comics for Noobies!

Like the idea of trying a comic but don’t know where to start with this vast, sprawling medium; full of story-arcs and mini runs? 😮 This article from Book Riot’s Booknerdlandia opens a window into some top notch, well-written – … Continue reading

April 20, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Post-DeeCon PopDundee!

POPDUNDEE exists as a means for Dundee students & young artists to sell & promote their artwork! “We believe presenting these kind of opportunities not only allows the public the chance to purchase local and exclusive artwork, but also gives … Continue reading

April 20, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Rictus sardonicus..?

The Man Who Laughs , adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel and starring Conrad Veidt, is a horror tragedy released by Universal Studios in 1928. It marks a symbolic passing of the (horror genre) torch, as it incorporates the themes and tropes of German Expressionism and those of what would become the Universal Monster era. Continue reading

April 17, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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My Love/Hate Relationship with Marvel Comics

Another readable blog from Booknerdlandia, this time focusing on issues of ‘gender’ in Marvel Comics, but also contributing to the on-going ‘diversity’ stooshie ignited by a recent Marvel press conference; as per previously discussed by Clishmaclaver. 😉 “…top editors and … Continue reading

From Gotham to Glasgow…

April 17, 2017 by Miss Stewart | 2 Comments

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As previously posted, Clishmaclaver popped down to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum’s exhibition, Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics, this Easter weekend – and it was every bit as good as anticipated. 😀 More than just a breathtaking portfolio of Quitely’s amazing skill and range, and the seldom seen craft – scripts, proof sheets and original sketches – of comic-making, “The Art of Comics also shows influence and context for this genre from the historical, with the universal structure of the heroic myth and the Scottish tradition of storytelling, through to the modern, with current affairs and technological development.” – Kelvingrove AGandM.

“Frank Quitely is the alter ego of Glasgow born artist Vincent Deighan. Deighan took on the mantle of Frank Quitely in his early career to hide his identity while he drew for the Scottish publication Electric Soup. Now the name Frank Quitely is synonymous with iconic characters such as Superman, Batman and the X-Men. A world renowned artist in hot demand he’s currently finishing off the epic story Jupiter’s Legacy with fellow Scottish comic book legend, writer Mark Millar.

The exhibition at Kelvingrove will be the largest collection of his work ever displayed. You can get up close and personal with the painstaking detail in every iconic frame. There will also be original artwork from titans of the comic book industry such as Frank Millar and Neal Adams as well as an original Batman comic strip by Batman creator Bob Kane. And of course the exhibition wouldn’t be complete without including the strip that inspired it all, The Broons!” – Kelvingrove AGandM.

I just loved this exhibition! It is an absolutely mesmerising display of the development of Quitely’s unique style, curated across an array of the most famous comic book characters of all time: Batman and Robin, Superman, Judge Dredd, Wonder Woman, The X-Men, etc. It was a shock for me to discover that Quitely had even illustrated a ‘Destiny’ story for Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: Endless Nights graphic novel, back in 2003! 😮 I read – and loved – all the Sandman comics back in the day, but that Gaiman was included in Quitely’s body of work just hadn’t clicked with me!

And, I confess I made use of the gallery’s superhero props (!) to pose for photos, but I’m definitely not sharing any of those here! 😀

Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics is on until October. If you’ve got the time and means to go see it, I highly recommend it to you. You don’t have to be a comic book aficionado to get a lot of pleasure out of viewing this exhibition – or engaging with the interactive digital displays that accompany it –  you just have to be someone who appreciates art, and storytelling. Oh, and maybe The Broons too!

Art credit: The Daily Record; The Evening Express; a mate’s camera! 😉

@Kelvin.GlasgowMuseums  @KelvingroveArt

The Red Virgin…

April 7, 2017 by Miss Stewart | 0 comments

And the Vision of Utopia.

Click for a precis of the graphic novel, reviews, radio interviews and art!

Unfortunately the library doesn’t own a copy of The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia, but we do have a couple of cult Bryan Talbot – the grandfather of British graphic novels – tomes on the senior fiction shelves. Have you read Grandville or Alice in Sunderland? If you like thrillers and steampunk; genre-busting weirdness, history, myth and…uh, Lewis Carroll, then these are for you! 🙂 Talbot also collaborates with his wife, Mary M. Talbot, and they produced Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, which won the Costa Biography Award in 2012.

This, from Forbidden Planet International may also pique your interest –

Mary and Bryan Talbot were invited to a recent academic conference on Francospheres of Revolution and Resistance, discussing their graphic novel about French social revolutionary Louise Michel, The Red Virgin, and Bryan tells us there is now audio up of the discussion. I was lucky enough to chair a talk with them about the book at last year’s Edinburgh Book Festival & it’s a fascinating subject, so I think this should be well worth the attention of your ears!

April 7, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Star in a comic!

Check out The Phoenix comic‘s amazing new competition! 😮 Create/draw a new comic character and our favourite will become the star of a brand new four part story in The Phoenix and be illustrated by the brilliant Neill Cameron! To … Continue reading

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