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Tagged: Comics

US Comic-book limited series (2004), published in three issues by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, later collected as a Graphic Novel (2005). Written by Grant {MORRISON} and illustrated by Frank Quitely, the story follows three weaponized Cyborg animals – a dog, cat and rabbit – as they escape from the military that experimented upon them and attempt to return to their former lives. Inspired in many ways by the classic novel The Incredible Journey (1961) by Sheila Burnford, Morrison's story pulls at the heartstrings while also providing thought-provoking action. The three animals – named 1, 2, and 3 (collectively "We3") – communicate through broken, computer-enhanced English, but their mech...

Ōtomo Katsuhiro

Tagged: Film | Comics | Art | Author

(1954-    ) Japanese Manga creator and film-maker, who became the most famous Anime director abroad in the early 1990s, largely on the basis of a single film. Like Hayao Miyazaki in the following decade, he occupied an iconic position as the face of the medium, despite conceiving much of his output in reaction to it. His comics debut, not sf, was with "Jūsei" ["Gun Report"] (August 1973 Manga Action), based on the novella "Mateo Falcone" (1833) by Prosper Mérimée (1803-1870). For the next ten years, he juggled manga short stories in several genres, including Bible pastiches and mundane drama, as a weekly contributor to Manga Action throughout the 1970s, and then increasingly for its rival Yo...

Rousseau, Yvonne

Tagged: Author | Editor | Critic

(1945-    ) Australian author, editor and critic whose first published fiction of genre interest was "The Truth About Oscar" (22 December 1981 The Bulletin; in Matilda at the Speed of Light, anth 1988, ed Damien Broderick). Her The Murders at Hanging Rock (1980; exp 1988) is a remarkable jeux-d'esprit study of Picnic at Hanging Rock (1967) by Joan Lindsay, whose four mutually incompatible approaches to the novel's central mystery include analyses in terms of classical detective fiction and of Australian Dreamtime Fantastika; when the cut final chapter of Picnic at Hanging Rock was published as The Secret of Hanging Rock (1987 chap) with a commentary by Rousseau, the enigmatic "solution" did...

Back Brain Recluse

Tagged: Publication | Fan

UK Semiprozine, from June 1984 to October 2002; edited by Chris Reed initially at Smallfield, Surrey, then (from issue #9) from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and from #16 from Sheffield, South Yorkshire; 24 issues, published at irregular intervals but usually twice a year, but after issue #21 (November 1992) there was only one issue each in 1994, 1997 and 2002. It began as a slim-but-ambitious A5 format xeroxed Fanzine but switched to A4 from Spring 1990 (#15), professionally printed, with bold design. Its penultimate issue, #23 (Spring 1997) shrank to standard size (see Magazines) whilst its final issue (#24) was published as a trade paperback anthology, Angel Body and Other Magic for the Soul...

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