Am I being cruel? Is this too sadistic? Too British?
Pilot of the Future Dan Dare is flying high with a Gold prize at the New York Festivals Radio Program and Promotions Awards. How’s that for a big finish?
Is it just me or does a classic sequence from The Avengers issue 4 have a resemblance to a scene in Avengers: Infinity War? Just swapping submarines for spaceships and floating frozen Cap for a floating frosty Thor and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for erotically sensitive Guardians.
Forty years and one week ago, an amazing science fiction themed comic landed on newsagent counters. It had some compelling features, some of which are still running today, crisp paper and jazzy painted artwork. This was Starlord.
Rebellion’s 2000ad have launched an ongoing art contest centered around their long running pin-up feature. They might need to replace the sub-circuits on the editorial droids, but in the meantime they want art full of Dredd.
Comics reaching their thousandth issue might be more common than you think. You just need to look around the globe.
Yesterday on iO9, young James W got the shock of his life from a realistic Popeye figurine, a 3D toy cast somewhere between Frank Miller’s Marv and Robin William’s turn in the Altman movie.
As I type there is a car crash circus debate show on the box, The Big Question, debating the UK ‘s departure from the European Union. It’s a bit of a mess. however, today’s Observer plugs something that might have a cheerier take on the subject.
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Over on io9 in today’s Morning Spoilers there is an item quoting Duncan Jones, the director of Moon, Source Code, and Warcraft about the possibility of making a superhero movie. The Bowie boy blazes his Beckenham roots by declaring that he would be interested in filming some characters from 2000AD. Not Judge Dredd,…
Time was it was Valentine’s Day every week. And would be suitors sent camels to win the heart of a young maiden. Amalgamated Press tugged at the heart strings with Valentine, a comic paper that mixed tales of young love with pop fandom for 17 years and 927 issues. It inspired DC Thomson to create a rival in the form…
HELP! I need to tap into the wider hive mind if it is still there.
A house in the Hebrides has an infestation of mice, but they seem rather grateful according to The Sunday Post and other papers. Around 200 vintage copies of Mickey Mouse Weekly have been found at the home of renowned Gaelic scholar Dr John Lorne Campbell on the island of Canna.
Most of the comics I grew up with were anthologies. The Beano, Dandy, Topper, Sparky, Victor, Lion, TV Comic, Valiant, Eagle, etc, all packed in a multitude of characters, laughs and adventures to entertain their audience. Having never grown up and trapped in nostalgia, I miss the days when it was possible to buy a…
The Eisner award winning Scottish artist who drew Skizz passed away on December 29, aged 77. If you haven’t read Alan Moore’s mash-up of Boys from the Blackstuff and ET, go and find a copy. The Birmingham based tale of an alien stranded on Earth is a special comic.
This is another one of those rain stories. Drenched! Soaked to the skin! Everything you might expect from a rain storm in England - but it was all indoors.
Tor Freeman has been named winner in the Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize 2017. If you can’t pick up a hard copy of The Observer, her entry can be read on The Guardian website along with interviews with previous winners.
Thinking of capitalism and culture reminded me of a couple of old comic strips that could probably stand a revival. None of yer billionaire Bruce Wayne nonsense though.
Here’s a tip for some Autumnal reading. Although artist John Stokes goes for some golden leafy hues on the cover to match his protagonists fur, you get all four seasons if you follow the scent of Marney the Fox. Just keep the tissues handy. Rebellion have published a comic collection to make the kids cry.
Somewhere out there in cyberspace is an interview with Peter Milligan where he debates the futility in trying to recreate the Eagle’s flagship comic strip, Dan Dare. Part of me wants to yatter on about the ambition of such a strip, part concedes the point that Frank Hampson’s Pilot of the Future was a product of a…