Posts Tagged ‘sexy goths’

Done!

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

issue 12

Issue 12, aka the one that I have neglected to title, is now finished. Yes, I’m sure you were wondering why there was rejoicing in the streets. This issue should be available at Thoughtbubble in Leeds this November if all goes to plan. If not I will no doubt be found weeping quietly in a corner somewhere. However, you can order this issue directly from our pals at IndyPlanet.

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“Out” “Now”

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

some stuff happeningFor those of you that missed it at Thoughtbubble (and that would have to be all of you, right?) Hope For The Future Issue 12 is now available to buy direct from us. Just pop on over to our shop for details. Inane soap opera shenanigans give way to creepy occult goings on and a genuinely terrifying (not to mention unexpected) conclusion. And a talking lizard.

issue 12

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VALHALLA I AM COMING!

Friday, February 26th, 2010

I just finished playing through Brütal Legend, an absurdly badassed videogame, in which “Eddie Riggs” (the world’s greatest roadie, voiced by Jack Black) is transported into a Sword & Sorcery Fantasyland, seemingly based on every Heavy Metal album cover ever. Here he finds he can make people’s heads explode by playing guitar, and sets off to unite the rock loving population against some S&M demons (lead by Tim Curry).

Although it inexplicably turns into a Real Time Strategy game, not a genre I have ever excelled at, it has enough action/adventure/exploration stuff to keep me happy. Unsurprisingly, given that the project was masterminded by Tim Schafer of Monkey Island and Day of The Tentacle fame, it has a terrific storyline and cast of characters. It’s these, as well as its loving tribute to the absurdity and awesomeness of the world of metal, that are its strongest elements.

In fact, the characters and design of the game are so strong that it seems to me Brütal Legend would totally work as a movie. Some time ago I bemoaned the fact that with all the “epic fantasies” being adapted by Hollywood, in the wake of the Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter movies, none of them has had the balls to have a full on metal soundtrack. Bombastic fantasy imagery fits perfectly with bombastic music (see also Flash Gordon). When Eddie first comes face to face with demonic scumbag monks, Black Sabbath’s Children of the Grave comes creeping out of the mist. Escaping a glam metal “Pleasure Palace” in a souped up hot rod is soundtracked by Dragonforce’s furiously hyperactive Through The Fire and Flames, and battles with the goth faction Drowning Doom are fought to the symphonic black metal sounds of Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir and Apostasy. Elsewhere, bonafide classics such as Diamond Head’s Am I Evil, Budgie’s Breadfan and Motörhead’s We Are The Road Crew can be heard. As a game it’s a wonderful romp, but as a cinematic experience, it would be a riot.

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