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  • 23 2018 February

    Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #152

    It’s Friday, it’s the start of the weekend, so settle back as Joe and Richard round-up the best of this week’s comics and SF news. Yes, it’s Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) time again…...

  • 22 2018 February

    Reviews: exotica and espionage in Mata Hari #1

    Mata Hari #1, Emma Beeby, Ariela Kristantina, Pat Masioni, Berger Books / Dark Horse “A harlot? Yes, but a traitor, never!” Margaretha Geertruida Zell-MacLeod, better known to history as Mata Hari. Well before the new...

  • 22 2018 February

    ComicsFlix and ComicScene… new website, new UK comics mag, and extra Pat Mills!

    Always good to be able to tell you about more UK comics websites, but with ComicsFlix and ComicScene UK, it’s a double cause for celebration as it’s a new UK news site for comics PLUS...

  • 22 2018 February

    Reviews: a Forbidding Planet – One Way

    One Way, SJ Morden, Gollancz A group of convicts, all facing life sentences, are offered instead an opportunity of a one-way trip to Mars, in order to prepare the habitable way station there for the...

  • 21 2018 February

    The Magnificent Megazine – Issue 393 Previewed

    Ok, is it really a preview if the issue’s out already? But what the hey… here’s Megazine Issue 393…...

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Rarebit dreams

January 10, 2006 | 0 Comments

Our chums at Fantagraphics (who have a large number of potential Angoulême winners) pointed us towards a fascinating article on the great Winsor McCay by Jeet Heer in a recent Boston Globe article. McCay is one of those names that some readers will recognise and associate with his Little Nemo in Slumberland tales, referenced by...

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Philip K Dick

January 10, 2006 | 0 Comments

The well-known dancer on the Yellow Brick Road, Cheryl Morgan over at Emerald City brings our attention to the fact that the new Philip K Dick awards shortlist is now out. Typical, wait ages for an awards shortlist, post two in the same morning! Only kidding – it’s a very prestigious prize and as Cheryl...

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Angoulême

January 10, 2006 | 0 Comments

The Angoulême international comics festival will take place at the end of this month in France, from the 26th to 29th of January. Shortlists – or Official Selections as they call them (very Cannes-style!) – for the various awards are now listed on the main site, which is available in French and English. As is...

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Piper does Pullman

January 10, 2006 | 0 Comments

Doctor Who star Billie Piper will be playing the lead role of the orphan Sally Lockhart in a BBC adaptation of one of best-selling author Philip Pullman’s novels. Unfortunately it isn’t an adaptation of Pullman’s quite excellent – if sometimes controversial – Dark Materials trilogy, which some refer to as the thinking man’s Harry Potter...

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I come to praise Jeff, not to bury him

January 9, 2006 | 0 Comments

The press release from Tor/Macmillan books for Jeff VanderMeer’s new novel Shriek arrived on my desk this morning along with a finished copy (hurray!). As with any book PR release it is naturally full of praise for the author’s works (although it fails to mention his charity work in caring for Evil Monkeys). After years...

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Trekphobia

January 9, 2006 | 0 Comments

Pádraig over at Irish SF News draws our attention to an interesting academic article by Aintzane Legarreta Mentxaka on Trekphobia, extracted from a longer paper she gave at University College Dublin. While not to every Star Trek fan’s taste I suspect those who have dabbled in academia and read (or in some cases endured as...

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Rosario

January 9, 2006 | 0 Comments

Rosario Dawson of Sin City and Alexander fame (steady boys, steady now!) is making the move from playing a comics character to creating her own. Along with the writer David Atchison and artist Tony Shasteen (of The Hunger fame) she will be launching the new series Occult Crimes Taskforce in the spring from Speakeasy. As...

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Streets of Dublin

January 7, 2006 | 0 Comments

You may be forgiven for mistaking this for the title of an old Irish folk song, or perhaps the name of the new Roddy Doyle novel. However it is in fact the name of one of the better kept secrets of comicdom, a publication from the Republic of Ireland. In fact I hadn’t come across...

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Carl Brandon Awards

January 5, 2006 | 0 Comments

Pam over at the Carl Brandon Society writes to let us know that nominations process for this year’s awards is now open: “Jan. 4, 2005 – The Carl Brandon Society is now accepting published long and short print speculative fiction in English to be considered for two juried awards designed to recognize excellence in speculative...

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Infinity’s End

January 5, 2006 | 0 Comments

A novel of mind-bending time paradoxes? No. The title for one of the new Doctor Who episodes? No. Alas, the title above refers to another damned fine SF site which is about to shut up shop (and so soon after closure announcement of Ellen Datlow’s). Eileen Gunn – writer, publisher, editor, member of the respected...

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