Book Review: How Comics Work

How Comics Work

By Dave Gibbons and Tim Pilcher Comic books are sufficiently large and popular that there are many books about making comic books. Therefore, to stand out from this crowd, a new book needs something different and this one has that: Dave Gibbons has worked successfully in comic books for over 40 years, is the first UK Comics Laureate, and, oh yeah, illustrated Watchmen, The Greatest Superhero Comic Book Ever™. If he’s got something to say about the making of comic books, it’s worth listening to. The first thing to mention is that this isn’t strictly a book about making comic […]

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Comic Book Shop: Dave’s Comics

Dave's Comics Interior

I have confessed previously of my belief that Gosh! is the greatest comic book shop in the world. However, on a recent visit to Brighton, I finally visited a comic book shop that is a close second. And not just because it has my name in the title. Dave’s Comics is a shop so good it needs two separate shops, even if they are only separated by a small shop in between. According to the website, they are technically two separate shops: Dave’s Comics and Dave’s Books, although I will consider them one shop separated by a location. The shop(s) […]

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Contemplating My Comic Book Collection

Comic Book Box With Comics

I’ve been contemplating my comic book collection, and the reason for collecting and having a collection and what it means to have approximately 9,000 comic books and trade paperbacks in a small house when the future is here and cloud-based comic books are the thing (the recent massive Marvel sale of Kindle editions of collections is surely an indicator of legitimacy). There’s nothing like considering the merit of one’s comic book collection to make you think about life as well, so it seemed something worth writing about. I’m a reader and collector of comic books – I always make the […]

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Notes On A Film: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

If you ever need a sure-fire test to work out if a film is truly enjoyable, I have it for you: watch it the first time with the audio description/subtitles in your own language on-screen. Because, based on watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in the cinema where that actually happened, I still enjoyed the hell out of this film despite the distraction. You would think that the opportunity to report the problem to the cinema would arise early on, perhaps the credits, but this film doesn’t allow for that – the opening sequence with Baby Groot dancing to […]

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Free Comic Book Day 2017 In London

I’m very lucky to live in London in general, but particularly on Free Comic Book Day: in the centre of town, three shops in very close proximity were all participating. What’s interesting to me is that I think that each shop represents different aspects of the comic book audience, so I thought I’d share my experience of the day and describe my thoughts on the different shops and the different audiences to which they cater. My day started with Gosh!, the shop where I have my subscription list and from which I have purchased comic books pretty much since they […]

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Why I Migrated From Blogger To WordPress

Despite the fact that I haven’t posted to this site since November of last year, I do actually maintain this blog. It’s part of who I am, it is a collection of my thoughts and reactions at the time, and it’s a record of me on the internet, even though I am a completely insignificant speck on the massive blogosphere. I want to keep posting here, and have been meaning to do so for a while, but there has been a reason for this delay: I’ve migrated the blog from Blogger to WordPress, which took longer than I’d anticipated and […]

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Notes On A Film: Doctor Strange

Despite all the horrible things that are happening in the real world at the moment, there are some things that help – the fact that we live in a world where a Doctor Strange film is in cinemas and is an anticipated event is one of the nice things. The fact that it’s an entertaining and enjoyable film makes it even better. Although this is the Doctor Strange origin film according the formula laid down in the MCU (setting up the character, introducing the superhero element, fighting a done-in-one villain, links to the MCU and teases for future films), it’s […]

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Notes On A Film – X-Men: Apocalypse

I meant to write about X-Men: Apocalypse when I saw it the week it came out, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I think it was mostly because I didn’t have anything to say about it – the film was the cinematic equivalent of the ‘meh’ shrug, just existing as a thing that wasn’t truly awful but wasn’t very good either. The fact that it was the follow-up to X-Men: Days of Future Past, a really good film (which I really enjoyed) that was entertaining and had a point for its 1970s setting and had something to say […]

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Notes On A Film: Suicide Squad

The US critics seem to have been particularly harsh towards Suicide Squad – I’m not sure what they were expecting, but it could have been anticipation that has built up over what seems like ages in a very clever marketing campaign to introduce mostly unknown comic book characters to the wider public. (And when writer/director David Ayer talks about making the film ‘for the fans’, exactly how many fans does he think the comic book has? Comics do not have a very large audience, and Suicide Squad is not a popular book, so unless they’ve been a big hit on […]

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Book Review – Warlock Holmes: A Study In Brimstone

Written by GS Denning Published by Titan Books The extent to which you will enjoy this book depends on how much you smile when you read the title. I’m amazed nobody has come up with that play on words before – I’m genuinely jealous. The opening lines of the book set the tone: “The dominion of man is drawing to a close. The age of demons is upon us. This, I recognize, is largely my fault and let me take just a moment to apologize for my part in it. I am very sorry I doomed the world. Really, just […]

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