Go, comics, go!: This week’s Entertainment Weekly, which sports a Hayden Panettiere cheerleading cover, contains their ultimate “must” list, as their staff highlight stars, movies, books and a whole lot of other stuff that they dig. Comics and sf were well-represented …
–No. 1 on the list was cover girl/Heroes star Panettiere. Her co-star, Masi Oka, and his on-screen dad, George Takei, appear later in the list at No. 44.
–No. 2 is Shia LaBeouf, star of Transformers.
–Angelina Jolie, star of the comic adaptation Wanted and one of the voices for Beowulf, comes in at No. 3.
–The cast of Iron Man makes the list at 11.
–No. 22 is the script for Zack and Miri Make a Porno, written by Kevin Smith.
–No. 24 is Emile Hirsch, the kid from The Girl Next Door and the upcoming Speed Racer.
–300′s Gerard Butler hits No. 28.
–Ventures Brothers — wohoo! — comes in at No. 38.
–Battlestar Galactica’s Colonel Tigh and Starbuck make it in at No. 39.
–49 and 50 are two stars of upcoming sf TV shows, Lena Headey of Sarah Connor Chronicles (as well as 300) and Michelle Ryan, the Bionic Woman.
–No. 62 is Wilco … ok, so they don’t really have a comic book tie, but any chance to plug Wilco I’ll take …
–No. 85 is Warren Ellis’ upcoming novel Crooked Little Vein, which they list as a book they’re “dying for.”
–No. 90-91 are the “Wonder Twins,” Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon, the awesome duo whose work appears in books like Casanova and Umbrella Academy. They have a nice almost full-page drawing of themselves in the issue as well.
And in their much shorter “Things We Hate” list, they give a shout out to “Peter Parker’s emo haircut,” a reference to the absurd and awkward “evil Spider-Man” moments of Spider-Man 3. You can check out more info on some of the selections over at EW.com.
That same issue also has reviews of Peter Kuper’s Stop Forgetting to Remember, Paul Madonna’s All Over Coffee, Scott Chantler’s awesome Annotated Northwest Passage and Matt Silady’s The Homeless Channel, which earns the highest grade with an A-.
UKSFBN: Judging by your blog, and the Simon Fraser cover for Lonely Werewolf Girl, you seem to be a bit of a comics fan. Is this a medium that you’d be interested in writing for?
Martin Millar: “I was a really big comic fan as a youth. While I’ve never stopped liking them, I’m not really in touch with the modern comic world. I did do a short series of comics – 9 issues – some years ago, with Simon Fraser – Lux and Alby Sign On and Save the Universe. That was collected into a graphic novel. I still get positive feedback about that, and so does Simon. We have continual plans to bring it back into print, and also to do something else together, but we both seem too pre-occupied with other thins to actually bring it about.
“Really, I’d like to write another comic, and I will do it some time, either with Simon or somewhere else.”
And if you’re ever looking for a book to read, his Good Fairies of New York is excellent.
Comic book roadtrip: The Hampton Inn has a promotion going this summer based on Roadside Attractions-style landmarks around the country. Two of the landmarks on their list areHaverhill High School in Haverhill, Mass., where Archie creator Bob Montana attended and, according to the site, is the basis for Riverdale High, and Jerry Siegel’s house, the birthplace of Superman.
We walk from here: Per Action Figure Insider, Indiana Jones will join the likes of Spider-Man, Batman and Harry Potter in LEGOland.
The power of “free”: SLG is offering Annabelle dolls for the cost of shipping at their website.