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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The Comic Book Industry Eats Itself

With the news of DC Comics Rebirth (they are keen to state that it’s NOT a reboot, but c’mon …) relaunching the DC universe of titles with new #1 issues after 52 issues of the DC New 52 reboot of the entire DC universe (which happened only back in September 2011), readers of comic books must be wondering: what the hell is going on with mainstream comic book universes? What is the point of reading these books when everything is going to change and nothing matters? Rebooting/relaunching comic book universes is not a new phenomenon – the Silver Age of […]

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Actors Gotta Act, Haters Gonna Hate

I’m a big fan of Simon Pegg: Spaced is one of my favourite sitcoms of all time, the ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ is fantastic, he’s a geek like us, I enjoyed his autobiography; we were at the same university at the same time. This means that I will watch most things he is in, which is why watched Hector and the Search for Happiness. As my reactionary tweets show, I didn’t enjoy it. Pegg stars as Hector, a successful psychologist in London, where he lives with his adoring long-term girlfriend, played by Rosamund Pike. For various plot reasons, he decides that he […]

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Comic Book Review – Heroes: Vengeance #1

Written by Seamus Kevin Fahey and Zach Craley Art by Rubine Letterer Jim Campbell Published by Titan Comics This is an unusual comic book in that it’s not the start of a mini-series – the cover calls it a ‘prelude’ to the new TV series, Heroes Reborn; the accompanying text for the preview copy talks about it ‘revealing secrets about key characters in the show’; the inside front cover explicitly states the identity of the central character: Oscar Gutierrez, a mechanic who lives in downtown LA troubled by gangsters, is secretly El Vengador. This issue, despite reading as if there […]

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This Town Needs An Editor

An explanation: by day, I’m a freelance medical editor; by night, I’m a geeky blogger with a silly sense of humour. When they combine, you get this. In 1989, Tim Burton’s Batman was released and became a sensation, and Jack Nicholson’s Joker was a sensation as well. Dialogue from the film was included in Prince’s Batdance song, which was everywhere that year as well, and the line spoken by Nicholson’s Joker, ‘This town needs an enema’, entered pop culture. Fast-forward to now: the other day, I tweeted a line about a company needing an editor, and echoes of the past came […]

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Are comic books better with a single writer or a writing team?

I recently read the collected Captain America and Bucky: The Life Story of Bucky Barnes, which was written by Ed Brubaker and Marc Andreyko. Comprising Captain America and Bucky #620–624, it was a perfectly fine story – a well-told tale of how Bucky came to be Cap’s sidekick – but it seemed to lack the spark I got from reading Brubaker’s solo work on Captain America (although, saying that, I didn’t enjoy his Captain America stuff after the Reborn storyline, which I felt was a bit disappointing after his great run on the series – the introduction of the traditional […]

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RIP Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett (photo copyright Rob Wilkins) It was a genuine shock when I turned on my phone to check the news and saw that Sir Terry Pratchett had passed away. Even though the diagnosis of a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease was widely known, his passing was completely unexpected and he was taken from us too soon. It’s taken me a few days to absorb the knowledge and to contemplate these words, but I knew I had to write something about the man and his work. I have written about his books only once – a review of The Unseen […]

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Being An Empire Magazine Workie

Last year was the 25th anniversary of Empire magazine, which is an impressive achievement for a print magazine these days. I picked up issue 301 (not the 300th; that would have been too obvious) to take a stroll down memory lane, because I haven’t subscribed to the magazine in many years, despite the fact that I think that Empire is the greatest film magazine. The item that stood out was The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time (or, more accurately, The 301 Greatest Movies Up Until Now, unless Empire knows something about an impending apocalypse that’s not being shared), as […]

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My comics pull list as of March 2015

I’ve been blogging (sporadically at times) about comics for over 10 years now. A lot has changed in that time, such as the proliferation of the comic book movie, and so have my comic book habits. As I discussed when I praised libraries, I get a large part of my comic-book fix from borrowing collected editions, mainly due to the increase in the price of comic books (grumpy old man alert: when I started reading and collecting, comic books cost 30 pence). However, I still buy comic books on a weekly basis, as well as certain trade collections, but with […]

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