And we’re back. The first break in transmission for 16 months. Life finally, delightfully, got in the way of our business. Hope you didn’t all find the abrupt swerve towards slightly soulful introspection too much of a neck-breaker. Anyway, we’re back to it, even if we are still finding sand in our socks and shells in our pockets.
This week: haptic cartooning, some Monster Fun and yes, ok, something about James Bond.
Now is the time. Here is the place. This is The Cut.
There are some genres of music which seem impenetrable to the outsider. Free jazz. Gamelan. Polka. Christian music—not, we hasten to add, gospel—is a wild sideswerve to all that. Ostensibly mainstream, any Christian music album offers something a little… off. In many cases, downright surreal.
A chunk of content from the Ninth Art Desk today, you lucky punters. First up, NeoTextCorp offer a humdinger of an interview with the most metal of British comics artists, Simon Bisley. His work is insanely detailed, massively violent and utterly gorgeous. We’ve been fans since his breakout work for The ABC Warriors in 2000AD. He polarises a lot of people, but his art is never boring to look at…
There’s an element of haptic cartooning in some of his work, too. A free, wild line which, though spontaneous, does exactly what’s needed on the page. Sometimes, you need less idea of what’s going into your art (in whatever form it takes) and more of a feel that the line is taking you for a walk.
Oxford-based publisher Rebellion are going full-on with their reboots and reimaginings of classic IPC titles from arguably the golden age of Brit comics—the 1970s. (Are we biased? Well, yes, of course!) Latest on the list of special editions is a real favourite—Monster Fun! Creepy, spooky and altogether kooky, this bumper issue would make a great gift for the Halloween-loving kids in your life, however old they might be hint hint.
Film School Rejects are great at teasing out the secrets behind some of cinema’s most extraordinary sequences. We’ve marvelled along with them before on The Cut, but particularly enjoyed this breakdown of how Terence Malick pulled off the locust scene from Days Of Heaven. No CGI, of course, but tons of imagination and lateral thinking.
You may have seen images doing the social media rounds of a pudgy guy in alien makeup (actor Paul Winfield, fact fans) describing classic memes in slightly convoluted language. For example—
This is a prime example of the internet eating it’s own tail. The stills are from a Star Trek: TNG episode called ‘Darmok’ in which the crew of the Enterprise meet a race of aliens who communicate… oh look, jump into the article. There’s a lot there about language, metaphor and how we make ourselves understood. It’s a deep dive but very rewarding.
If that’s inspired you but you’re not sure where to start, we offer up this clarion call to creativity. It’s hard to get going, but once you have the habit it’s harder to stop. We should know, after over seventy weeks of this ongoing foolishness of a newsletter. Just, as the plimsoll advertisement and the Shia Labouef meme says, do it.
In a similar vein, this manifesto from games developers superbrothers makes a case case for a wild belly flop when it comes to diving into the creative act. Planning is good and useful, but sometimes it’s worth taking the plunge just to see how warm the water is.
And finally. With No Time To Die finally hitting screens across the planet, we thought we’d take a look at that Bond chap through the rheumy gaze of writer and hedge wizard Alan Moore. He took a crack at the character as part of his League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen fiction-verse and well, let’s just say he didn’t view the Martini-swilling super spy as much of a hero…
We could never be accused of having our thumb on the pulse when it comes to new music, although we try to poke our noses outside the comfort zone on occasion. We have, like many of you better-connected groovers, fallen for the dry humour and sharp tunesmith of Isle of Wight duo Wet Leg. Chaise Longue was the sound of our summer and the new track, Wet Dream, lollops along in much the same pleasing fashion. This pair are going to be huge.
See you next Saturday, dreamers.