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Monday, April 14th, 2008

Does it offend you – yeah?

2? references to new indie bands in one post – we spoil you. We are still in the process of making things look pretty so please stay with us while a new coat of electronic paint is applied then stripped off, then reapplied in a slightly different colour, then stripped off and so on and so on.

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We are awesome. This guy says so, so it must be true.

Friday, April 18th, 2008

Following our triumphant appearance at this year’s UK Web & Minicomix Thing (translation: we sold about four comics), some dude bought a copy of issue 7, and reviewed it in his blog, here.

Reviews in the musty, fetid?world of small press comics, or the relatively sexy and glamorous world of webcomics never really affect sales of course. All they do is enrage or?stroke the ego of the creator. This one is pretty good, although the notional link to our online shop actually points to Scary Go Round. Like that guy needs our traffic!

You can buy issue 7, and indeed all of our books, from our shop here. This one works.

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How’s My Driving?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

And now, some promotion. Leeds based indie electronica merchants Plastic Fuzz have just released a video for their first?single Amber. And jolly good it is too. In fact, if you watch closely, you will see your devoted author featured briefly, playing the?part of “chauffeur”. I had to go to a very dark place to inhabit that role, I can tell you.

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Close to the Mitchell Hedges

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Keen eyed viewers will notice that I have changed the header image at the top of the page. The new one features Hannah holding a crystal skull, which is, of course, an entirely cynical attempt to cash in on the inevitable onslaught of interest in all things crystal skullish, initiated by the imminent release of Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull.

Naturally the critical knives are already out, and the movie is being dismissed as a disappointment. Doubtless someone on the Aint It Cool News Talkbacks will bleat about having their childhood raped. Trouble is, just like The Phantom Menace, too much time has lead to too much anticipation, and anything less than a movie that’s three times better than the original will be viewed as a let down. Anything in the new film that’s a significant departure from the first three will mean it doesn’t “feel” like Indy, the makers have lost sight of what made the character and the franchise memorable. Anything that refers back to the originals will be seen as a cop out, the same ideas rehashed, an easy hackish retread of past (fortune and) glories.

However, I’m sure it will be at least entertaining, and I’m positive it will make a ton of money, so Senor Spielbergo and Randall Curtis are unlikely to lose any sleep.

If you would like to learn more about crystal skulls, click here. If that startling expose isn’t enough for you, try wikipedia.

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Kicking it with Ian McShane

Friday, May 30th, 2008

There is a guest strip by us on Scary Go Round today. Drawn by the keeper of the Flying Monkey Comics legacy, Andrew Livesey, and written by me, it features Antiques based rogue Lovejoy, sorry Lovelace getting into some time travel shenanigans.

“Guest strip” implies that we were specifically headhunted by SGR creator John Allison, his people spoke to our people, deals were brokered, and we completed the strip for an obscene amount of cash. And chicks. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course. As big fans of Scary Go Round, we entered the Feats of Strength competition, and were lucky enough to get picked for glory, adulation, and a freak spike in our page hits.

It wasn’t plain sailing though. This collaboration lark is a nightmare. These bloody artists can’t stick to the script to save their lives. The story was originally about the plight of impoverished French farmers in the nineteen twenties!

Anyway, be sure to check out Scary Go Round a week from now because that strip is so awesome it will make you shit out your spleen through your eyeballs.

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Every Time I See “Heavy Plant Crossing” I Think of Ents

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

So I saw that trailer for the new Narnia film. It looks okay, pretty much like any one of the other 5,700,391 fantasy epics that have been made since Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings movies were such a massive success. But something occurred to me between all those shots of griffins and pounding war drums. Why the fuck hasn’t anyone made a fantasy movie with Led Zeppelin on the soundtrack? That trailer would have been immeasurably superior if it had an ear shatteringly loud version of Kashmir instead of the cod John Williams shenanigans that these things invariably rattle to the sound of.

My theory is everyone likes rock, even if they say they don’t, and by extension everyone likes Led Zep. Pretty much every band ever (with the possible exception of Belle and Sebastian) has done a version of Kashmir. It’s so monolithically awesome that not even Puff Daddy/P. Diddy could fuck it up. Rage Against The Machine’s Wake Up (the defacto Nu Metal Kashmir) even made The Matrix seem good. Come on, this stuff’s not rocket science!

Of course Peter Jackson missed a trick with those Hobbit movies. He could’ve gone with the triple whammy of Battle of Evermore, Misty Mountain Hop and Ramble On. He could have even cheated a bit and used The Immigrant Song (for scenes of extreme goblin violence) and No Quarter (for creepy ghost shit ie. the bit with The Dead Men of Dunharrow). Apparently Jackson is making an adaptation of The Hobbit (along with The Hobbit 2: Tokyo Drift or something), so hopefully this situation can be rectified.

Anyway, screw Prince Caspian. The only thing I remember in that book was a good bit with a werewolf. I want to see The Voyage of The Dawn Treader. Suggested soundtrack A Salty Dog by Procol Harum.

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God’s Gift to Oxygen

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Well, my Scary Go Round competition entry is up on their site today. The last time SGR ran a competition, I entered like a good little fanboy, but didn’t make it to the runners up (and the main site). I quite liked it, but I have to admit, the actual artwork was rather tossed off.

So, this time I decided to spend a bit of time on it (not to mention throw in a lot of references to old characters and storylines from Scary Go Round’s past). And pictures of hot goth girls can’t have hurt, either.

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I Was Blind, Now I Can See

Friday, June 27th, 2008

So I bit the bullet, took the bull by the horns, struck while the iron was hot and cried havoc and let slip the dogs of war. By which I mean I went ahead and got laser eye surgery. I have worn glasses since I was the tender age of 11, and I somehow feel that I have sold out by turning my back on the myopic life. I am sorry my four eyed brothers. On the other hand, eat my better than 20/20 vision dust, you speccy twats.

I’m sure it will change my life but possibly not as much as when I first got glasses (cos I was suddenly able to, you know, see stuff), or when I first got contact lenses (cos, you know, girls started talking to me then. Yes, I know that was probably more to do with my newly found confidence than anything else but it makes a good anecdotal one liner).

To be honest I was rather hoping that something unexpected would happen during the surgery and I would inexplicably acquire x-ray vision, the ability to “do” optic blasts and solo vision. I don’t know what “solo vision” actually is but I bet it’s totally awesome.

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Everyone Loves a Blog

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

“Blog regularly, blog often”, is the mantra that web based diarists are (nonsensically) advised to adhere to, but what to blog about? Obviously the “Director’s Commentary” style has it’s limits (ie. “when I drew this page I was suffering from scrofula”). Likewise the snapshot of the creator’s life (“the council have just put new lamp posts up in my street”).

It’s hard to know whether the world needs to hear whatever flights of whimsy are on your mind or whether your self indulgent bullshit is better left unsaid. For instance, I had a really good point to make about how that Sex and the City movie was similar to Daredevil, and the whole thing was going to wind up with a really good joke about Mick McMahon. But on second thoughts it probably would have been funny to absolutely no one. However, I’m sure I will soon regale you with more inane and fatuous comments that I can’t keep to myself. Just like this one.

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Selling Alderaan By The Pound

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

My new favourite blog is, sadly, no longer being updated, but there is plenty of archived stuff there to dig into. Going back to the urban legend beloved of stoned students in the 90s, namely that Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was a sort of secret soundtrack to The Wizard of Oz, this is “one nerd’s attempt to find an album that synchs up with Star Wars”. Here’s an article in which the gentleman in question looks back on the “experiment”, and doesn’t even attempt to justify it. None needed. Anything that brings together my two favourite things, Star Wars and (in the case of the album referenced in the above title) “moody prog rock” is bound to get my approval.

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