November 2, 2016

Romero drawings for Anthony Nolan at Comic Con

Below is a photo of the Romero drawing that was created for the Anthony Nolan charity, and the booth where the drawing was displayed. (You can click the images to enlarge.)

October 27, 2016

Silver Mistress Radio Play

The BBC is producing another Modesty Blaise radio play! An adaptation of The Silver Mistress will air in February 2017. The play is being produced by the same team that created the previous BBC radio plays. The cast list is as follows:

October 24, 2016

Romero illustration at London Comic-Con

This news from the estate of Peter O'Donnell:

The London Comic Con takes place at the end of next week. The Anthony Nolan cancer charity has taken a stall at Comic Con, and are going to run an illustration competition for budding comic artists. The aim is to get youngsters to sign up to the stem cell register as potential donors - a worthy cause.
We commissioned Romero to create the image of a new superhero-type character and to do a picture of him with Modesty. We are donating a limited edition print of the picture as the prize.
We only found out about this a couple of weeks ago so it has been a bit of a rush to get everything in place. Romero was brilliant - we went from description to proof to final in three days.
We think Anthony Nolan are planning to display the framed print on their stall. The draft handouts and stall wording that they sent us mention Modesty.
Any Modesty fans going to the London Comic Con might be interested to see it.

Comic Con runs from Oct 28-30, 2016 at the London Royal Victoria dock

February 20, 2015

Modesty Anniversaries

This year is the 50th anniversary of the first Modesty Blaise novel! 

Published in 1965, the first in the series of Modesty novels and short story collections was a novelisation of a screenplay that Peter O'Donnell wrote based upon the character, and the novel ended up being published a year before the film was released. The filmed version of the screenplay bore little resemblance to O'Donnell's original; the one happy outcome of the 1966 Joseph Losey-directed (travesty of a) film was that it was the seed that germinated the novels! Previously ignored by those who did not read comics, Modesty became accessible to a wider audience.

There are some additional anniversaries this year, too:
April marks 11 years since Titan Books started their latest reprint series, with no signs of stopping. And January 2015 was the 30th anniversary of the start of Titan's first set of reprint volumes.
Next year will mark the 35th anniversary of the start of the Ken Pierce First American Series reprints.
Anniversaries galore!


Thanks to AF-H for the reminder!

October 27, 2014

Modesty Blaise in Tamil Comics

After a two-year hiatus, Modesty Blaise is coming back to Tamil Comics.

The publisher, Muthu Comics, has made an official announcement on their website (of course, you have to be fluent in Tamil to read it).

The title on the cover below (Maranathin Mutham) can be loosely translated as Kiss of Death.

thanks to King Viswa for the update!