Sunday, 20 October 2013
Some people I was with at the Festival discussed which Doctor Who they preferred so I said that I preferred the original, HG Wells' Time Traveler. A young guy then surprised me by saying that he had enjoyed reading, on someone else's recommendation, Olaf Stapledon's Last And First Men. I took the opportunity to recommend Poul Anderson's Time Patrol series and future histories and also referred him to this blog so my time was not wasted from the point of view of blogging. (Guy, if you read this, please comment and tell us what you think?)
My time was not wasted in any case because, of all the events and activities at the Festival, the ones that I attended yesterday were:
four talented, well-informed writers and artists that I had never heard of before talking about how they had adapted Cervantes, Victor Hugo, HP Lovecraft, Conan Doyle and Shakespeare into comic strips;
the creators of Judge Dredd introducing, in a cinema patrolled by two Judges, a high quality short fan film followed by the second feature film which authentically transfers Dredd, Anderson and Megacity One onto the screen;
a stage adaptation of Alan Moore's V for Vendetta;
chance conversations with known writers and artists in the display rooms or on the streets.
And there is more today. Yesterday involved three kinds of adaptations:
from prose to comic strip;
from comic strip to screen;
from comic strip to stage.
Finally, Poul Anderson's prose would adapt very well to both comic strip and screen.