Sunday, 23 December 2007
Friday, 21 December 2007
Thursday, 20 December 2007
Monday, 3 December 2007
Thursday, 29 November 2007
So be nice. If only because when you're giving your credit card details to someone on minimum wage you probably don't want to piss them off too much.
This has been a public service announcement.
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
It's the Birthday of the great English visionary William Blake. You could say that Blake's innovative juxtaposition of images and words and small scale self publishing eventually led to the development of comics, but that's probably a bit of a stretch.
The complete poetry and prose
Thursday, 1 November 2007
Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Monday, 29 October 2007
Friday, 26 October 2007
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Monday, 22 October 2007
Friday, 19 October 2007
Thursday, 18 October 2007
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Dancing Ryu is by the wonderlicious Emlan who always makes me smile.
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Monday, 15 October 2007
Thursday, 11 October 2007
The new Radiohead album, y'know that one, is pretty awesome. No real standout singles but that's a welcome change from Hail to the Thief's few good songs and annoying filler.
Also kinda upbeat in an Electioneering style way.
It's powering me through my drawing right now, woo.
Monday, 8 October 2007
Now I love me some Terry Gilliam, I even made a comic telling the story of the making of Adventures of Baron Munchausen for college once (if only so I could use a joke I stole from an issue of Promethea), so seeing Tideland for sale in my local HMV I thought 'sure probably going to want that'.
It's been about 24 hours now and it's still rolling around inside my head, whenever i try to think of words to describe it I realise that I'm using the wrong part of brain. It's not disturbing, or shocking, or freakishly twisted (well maybe a little twisted), but I feel that those terms are the ones most people would understand the film by.
I'd compare it to Pan's Labyrinth but it's the contrasts between the two that really make Tideland so potent. There's no shocking violence to show that the adult world is a horrible place, fantasy and reality have a very different relationship. Both are advertised as children's stories for adults but it's Tideland that is more accurately described.
As a viewing experience it felt so personal that I'm almost afraid to hear what other people think of it. I felt a very similar way after I read the novel of Peter Pan for the first time last year, it's primal, it sits in your mind like a stone. Like Gilliam says in his introduction, it's innocent and true, that's where the power comes from.
Perhaps it's just me.
Tomorrow I'll go back to my feeble attempts at humour, but for today you get the meditative Smithy thinking about doll heads and taxidermy.
Thursday, 4 October 2007
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
Monday, 1 October 2007
Friday, 28 September 2007
Thursday, 27 September 2007
Apparently you can briefly see one of Rei's nipples in the new film, many people seems inordinately excited about this, it's probably the main box office draw at the moment. Expect the film to be released as Evangelion: Rei's Nipple in the west
As a special cinema promotion you can pick up the Pole dancing Rei cup! On the outside I'm mocking but inside I really want one!
This teaser poster for the second film features the new character, well parts of her. Surely having a new female character to introduce will take some precious screen time away from Asuka, and thus induce mass rioting.
What could be more awesome than this? well these. But more awesome still are these
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
Hey, iv'e just gotten the first issue of The Umbrella Academy. I've never read a comic book in my life to be honest. I'm quite a big fan of my chemical romance it made me want to check it out just to see what it would be like. So i went in to forbidden planet and looked around for it. But wow, there was a LOT of cool stuff in there. i spent about half an hour looking around at other things and comics. i seen a lot of awsome stuff. My friend is always trying to get me to read comic's but i always said no, i was never intrested untill now. I went in and seen for myself how much cool stuff there was. So thanks to Umbrella Academy for bringing me into the world of comics.
It may just be that one lone person but it still gives me a warm tingly little feeling inside.
Also in attendence will be Zak, Chigs, and possibly The Rascal himself.
If you want copies of any of our mini-comics from last year, (The World that's coming by me, Spirit of The Sky by Zak and Eddy Reynolds, PAW by Chris, and Attack of the Zombie Ninja by Rob) let us know and we'll print up some more copies. Well I will at least.
But I'm fairly certain that everyone reading this blog already owns a copy, actually my entire readership might have been in that list just now.
See you there!
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Monday, 24 September 2007
The cover is damn f'ugly what ever way you look at it.
Blood, blood everywhere, the blood oh the blood!
Was Ginny's Birthday present to Harry just to let him feel her up?
Ravenclaw have the best common room, this is no great surprise as Ravenclaw is clearly the greatest house by far.
Did anyone else find the Goblins a little too close a particularly unpleasant real world stereotype (not that I'm accusing Rowling of anything, I'm thinking more along the lines of a Ragnell-esque analysis of familiar fantasy tropes that we take for granted type thing, but I can't find the post that best illustrates it, damn)?
Rowling managed to actually do some stuff with the characterisation that I had previously been very critical about her not doing, so good for her.
Never did find out if there's a Wizarding school in Japan, y'know some original Potter-verse manga would be pretty damn lucrative.
No I'm not going to draw any and pitch it to Bloomsbury. Not while I still have my dignity.
So check back in about a month...
Friday, 21 September 2007
Thursday, 20 September 2007
Sivana's super crazy awesome.
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
Monday, 17 September 2007
The Vision of Escaflowne - Fun enough if you've got a high tolerance for 90's cheese and decidedly funky (negative funk that is) character design.
Bleach - Seems to be generic pap, occasional comedy kicking isn't enough to keep me. It's not very pretty either, but it's got a nice logo, so there's that.
Fullmetal alchemist - I always wondered why this was so insanely popular, now I wonder why it's popular at all.
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Despite the soul crushing terror of the CGI cars, I'm quite enjoying it. The Cyberpunk swat team/police procedural sub genre makes for a fun little show. And of course Yoko Kanno.
Planetes - Is lovely, pretty much what I look for in anime. I wonder if it can live up to my platonic ideal for 26 episodes.
Transformers Headmasters - I'm going to bed.
Three out of six ain't bad. In three weeks or so we'll see some new shows (unless they just repeat the current ones that is) where upon you'll learn my ill informed opinions on some of the other shows they've got lined up including Hack/Sign, Gundam Seed, s-CRY-ed, and Witch Hunter Smithy.
Ross really put a lot of love into this as he repeatedly states, and while it's mostly talking heads (like Comics Britannia) they're some pretty good heads on display. Boy Wonder Neil Gaiman, John Romita, Jerry Robinson, Alan Moore reciting his Ditko tribute poetry as he stares into your soul. While the 'true face of Stan Lee' we were promised by Rich Johnson isn't as surprising as was hyped (but then if everything Rich Johnson said came to pass they'd be burning copies of Lost Girls in the streets) it's still a nice little candid moment with a man who became a parody of himself decades ago.
It's not told in exhaustive detail but then it is only an hour. There's such a sense of earnestness to the whole thing, it really won me over. I've never really read much Ditko before but now I feel like I'm missing out on something very special.
So that's how Jonathan Ross made me buy The Essential Dr Strange.
Saturday, 15 September 2007
Friday, 14 September 2007
Thursday, 13 September 2007
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
Her work rate would be higher but then who would valiantly fights the many giant monsters who wage war on Japan.
Friday, 7 September 2007
Thursday, 6 September 2007
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Tuesday, 4 September 2007
Monday, 3 September 2007
Friday, 31 August 2007
Thursday, 30 August 2007
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
Sign here - http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/camdenmarket/
You also get an email from 10 Downing street which is pretty awesome.
Tuesday, 28 August 2007
I am sending my pitch for a fourth Borne film, wherein Matt Damon fights a tripping war Elephant, to Universal.