I have been wavering over what to do for this, my 100th article. I had thought to do a cricket article as it would allow me to feature the art of Mike Dorey from Howzat? and Is It Cricket? and use a lot of 100 not out style comments. I had thought to continue my best of the rest article series about Commandos and list … Continue reading Oh Diana
With the breadth and range of conventions that line the horizon of British comic fandom, you need to pick and choose which events you are going to attend to get the best bang for your buck. But how do you measure that bang? Is it in the comics you can buy? Is it in the guests that you can meet? Or is it in some … Continue reading Take Me Home Country Roads
Sometimes, articles just create themselves and when I saw this story about Ben Hooper begin his record breaking attempt to swim across the Atlantic, all I could think of was this story that I first read in the Judge Dredd Daily Star Collection Volume 3 that I bought in the late 1980s. The good news is that you can see a top quality version of … Continue reading Try The Crawl
I have not been doing much comic orientated recently as we are in the throes of packing before what I hope is our final move. And as I pack as much as I can, I keep coming across comics and books that I have not read, put on my reading pile or just stuff that I have read before and want to read again. And … Continue reading Still Haven’t Found What I Am Looking For
It’s not often that the news of the sale of the rights to a back catalogue gets a lot of comic people excited, but the news coming out of Oxford is doing the business this finest August day. Rebellion, the company that currently own 2000AD have bought the rights to the Egmont UK archive. This includes all Fleetway characters created after 1970, so this includes … Continue reading The Kids Are Alright
I find it hard to believe that it’s been a whole year since I started this blog. In such a short time, I have learned so much and I have met some great people over the past year. I have had the good fortune to make friends with Stephen White aka Stref, visited Ian Kennedy at home, met Mark Millar and picked up some really … Continue reading What’s Another Year?
In this world of pervasive social media, we begin to forget that everything was not always available at the click of a mouse button. But when you read some comics, it can still remind a few of us over-30s that the best insider jokes or Easter Eggs if you prefer are the ones you discover for yourself. This can be anything from the mention of … Continue reading Do You See What I See?
One of my rules for creating this blog was to post nothing that would depress me whenever I revisited any post. And on the face of it, the death of David Bowie is a pretty big event that depresses the hell out of a lot of people. But for me, whenever I think of Bowie, I am strangely uplifted. I always liked his music, but … Continue reading Planet Earth Is Blue And There’s Nothing We Can Do
One of the comic covers that I truly enjoy is Brian Bolland’s cover to Prog 2000 of 2000AD. To me, it was a fresh take on the iconic Iwo Jiwa picture where the flag of the United States was raised to signify the end of the hard fought battle to capture that island as part of the Pacific campaign. I also liked the fact that … Continue reading Can you see what I see?
Not exactly Shakespeare is it? But when I read comics as a kid, I didn’t want classic literature, I wanted thrills and spills. I wanted something that felt edgy and put me in the zeitgist of the moment. And as much as I love D C Thomson’s comics, I cannot honestly say that they were as up to date as they could have been. So … Continue reading Laugh This Off Twinkletoes!