Been a couple weeks, so let's get right to it!
• The Fade Out Finale, Scheduled for December.
When we noted the latest releases
of The Fade Out
-- the ninth monthly issue and the second trade paperback collection -- we missed the other big news for the noir series: Image's December solicitations
have been released, and they include the series finale, The Fade Out
THE FADE OUT #12 (OF 12)
STORY: ED BRUBAKER
ART / COVER: SEAN PHILLIPS & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
DECEMBER 16 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
It all ends here! The dramatic wrap-up to the mystery and to Brubaker and Phillips’ bestselling and most ambitious project yet!
We previously speculated
that the series would run 12 issues, but we believe that this is the first time the series has been presented as a 12-issue mini-series: this solicitation is the first to list a release as issue X "(of 12),"and it does so with the 12th and final issue.
The finale is scheduled to be released on December 16th, and projections at ComicList do point to the series' home stretch arriving on time. The site doesn't offer permalinks for its lists of weekly arrivals, but as of right now, the site's list for next week
includes The Fade Out
#10 -- copies of which Sean Phillips just received
, confirming next week's arrival -- and its more persistent link for a recent extended forecast
for Image Comics has all of the remaining issues coming out on their original solicitation dates.
10/21/15 The Fade Out #10
11/18/15 The Fade Out #11
12/16/15 The Fade Out #12
We've thoroughly enjoyed the series, with its sprawling cast being contained to a quite specific setting and the story being driven by the first issue's murder and cover-up. We're considering doing what we did with the conclusion of Fatale
: after the release of the series' penultimate issue, we may look back with thirty days
of short blog posts.
And we'll be sure to keep an eye out for what's coming next from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips.
• Sean Phillips at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival.
We've noted Phillips' prior appearances at the prominant festival hosted annually in Kendal, England: he appeared with Ed Brubaker
in 2013, and then he created artwork with Rian Hughes in a burlesque-inspired event
in 2014. We've also already noted that, this year, Phillips is curating the PHONO+GRAPHIC exhibition
of record covers created by comic artists.
The arts festival
is this weekend, and Sean Phillips has announced that his only signing session
will be this Saturday, from 11 am to 1 pm local time. He also posted some striking images of the exhibit, which now features 61 record covers
; the exhibit opened earlier this month and runs for another week, closing on October 20th.
Sean Phillips also recently blogged that some of his original art is being included in an auction organized by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival
, to be held on November 24th at Orbital Comics in London.
The auction includes a "one-off digital print"
titled "Bring Me Sunshine," part a series of postcards commissioned by the festival. Created by "seven leading illustrators," the series is titled "Wish You Were Here – Postcards from the Edge of Reality."
...and fans of Fatale should note that Phillips' other contribution to the auction is the original cover art for the third trade paperback collection, West of Hell
The auction also includes work by Frank Quitely, Jeff Smith, Dave Gibbons, Charlie Adlard, and Ed Brubaker's Deadenders collaborator Warren Pleece -- and Sean Phillips reminds fans that, if you can't attend in person, you can bid online
• ...and Darwyn Cooke at Lakes International.
Sean Phillips isn't the only famous colleague of Ed Brubaker's who's making an appearance in Kendal. Darwyn Cooke
will be there, in what is evidently his first UK appearance
and hot on the heels of this week's debut of The Twilight Children
, his four-part Vertigo mini-series written by Gilbert Hernandez. He'll introduce the New Frontier animated film adaptation and be the featured guest at an event focusing on his artwork, and Sean Phillips tweeted that Cooke has produced an "exclusive gorgeous, giclee"
of Sean Connery's James Bond.
The limited-edition artwork
is available from the festival's online store, along with two prints by Sean Phillips, the cover art
to The Fade Out
#8 and a monochrome "Hollywoodland"
giclee featuring three of the main characters from The Fade Out
• Other Work by Sean Phillips for the BBC.
Last year, we reported that Sean Phillips had produced artwork advertising BBC Radio 4's adaptation of Good Omens
, a humorous 1990 novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, and Phillips has recently announced that a tee-shirt
featuring his art of Neil Gaiman is still available online, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. The shirt is available at TeeFury
, in multiple sizes and colors.
More recently, Phillips created artwork for BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour
, featuring portraits of the five women who were guest editors during the program's Takeover Week
in September. He's posted the final digital images and a few of the original hand-drawn pieces.
• Recommended Reading.
Finally, there are a few pieces we've stumbled across online that our readers might find interesting. First, Michael Mann recently spoke at the Toronto International Film Festival on the 20th(!) anniversary of what is one of our all-time favorite films, Heat. Uproxx has posted a nice, meaty retrospective on the epic crime story
, reporting on Mann's appearance and elaborating on the enduring appeal of "A movie that was made by thinking hard about who the characters were and what they should do, shot in as straightforward a manner as possible."
And, The Weekly Standard has an essay on Dashiell Hammett
, the mystery writer who has a (fictionalized) cameo in The Fade Out
#6. In reviewing the new book The Lost Detective, by Nathan Ward, the essay recounts the writer's life and politics, concluding that Hammett was a complicated man and most prominently a "genius writer who created an entirely new way of talking about urban America."
I wonder what writers like Hammett would say if they knew that the torch of noir and crime fiction is being carried with aplomb by comic-book creators like Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Darwyn Cooke.
Labels: appearances, bullets, Deadenders, Fatale, solicitations, The Fade Out, thirty days