Saturday, 27 June 2015
LIFE DOES NOT HAVE TO STOP BECAUSE YOU HAVE CANCER.
They are Andrew's own words and he lived by them to the very end. It is not to say that everyday he was able to bounce back with that indefatigable personality that even those who never met him but read his story have come to think about him. The only person able to do this is off course Old Man Logan himself Wolverine( And even that is down to his utterly fictional healing factor.). Andrew had his down and dispirited days and nights of struggle and pain with that insidious presence lurking just below the skin constantly attacking. Anyway, Andrew always believed that Batman would always take Wolverine in a fight, he had stated as much suggesting that Batman always came prepared. In that sense Andrew shared the Batman actor Christian Bale's opinion that in the super hero fraternity Batman kicked ass not because of some alien origin story or scientifically enhanced super powers; he was just a brave man who could take the blows and did a lot of press ups.
Simon of Clic Sargent said that having your family, your friends and professional helpers around you will help with the impact cancer has upon you. It does not even diminish with the loss of a loved one as I saw that situation continue for the family and friends of Andrew as they celebrated together the blessing of having known him. It was deeply moving to hear first Simon speak and then his brother Craig of the life and times of the bother and friend they had lost. They spoke from a small stage in the Black Box to an appreciative audience huddled together about a stage where a photograph of the young Fitzsimmons brothers struck a pose in their Batman and Robin costumes.
THE ONLY TIME I EVER GOT TO BE BATMAN Craig remarked as their wee faces beamed heroically from that happy day captured forever.
This is a wonderful piece of work put together with consumate professionalism by the people at Uproar Comics in collaboration with Andrew's own scripting. With fore wards and afterwards by those who were closest to Andrew during his life and struggles. They bookend a small body of work that will remain writ large in the heart and mind of anyone who ever reads it.
It might be Andrew's Comic but he wrote it for you.
Saturday, 20 June 2015
The above artwork by Mark Mc Keown (Belfast based animator and artist.)was actually also inspired by his reading this wonderful new book by the great man himself and it really is as if he is turning the pages of the opening chapters for us. Once you begin to read them you will feel like you must continue. You must go on. You must step through.
It said on the cover of this book that it is his first book in ten years. For some reason not counting his majestic Coming Of The Terraphiles. The Doctor and Amy book he wrote which stands up to rereading time and again. So many have missed a lovable treat when they passed on this book because it might appear to be part of a larger franchise. It is, it is part of a universal mind and all the better for it.As much as I enjoyed that book this one had the edge on it. It engaged me on a level that felt truly fantastical.
Like that gated and timeless community of Alsacia there is a magical relic at the heart if it which defies time and cultural change.; the memory and mind of Michael Moorcock.