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  • 18 2017 August

    Stuff ( & Possibly Nonsense) #125

    And once again it’s that time of the week for a quick round up of news and links that Richard and Joe spotted over the last few days: The annual Worldcon, science fiction’s biggest bash,...

  • 17 2017 August

    Le petit Nicolas in comics

    René Goscinny is without a doubt one of the absolute giants of Eurocomics. He was the writer of two of the best known series (Astérix and Lucky Luke), but also one of the founders of...

  • 16 2017 August

    Reviews: deep, mythological fantasy – A Gathering of Ravens

    A Gathering of Ravens, Scott Oden, Bantam Books “To the Danes, he is skraelingr; to the English, he is orcneas; to the Irish, he is fomoraig. He is Corpse-maker and Life-quencher, the Bringer of Night,...

  • 16 2017 August

    All hands on deck for Spirou

    In 2018 France and Belgium will celebrate a remarkable eighty years of Spirou. Spir-who? Spirou, created in 1938 by Rob-Vel for Dupuis, would become one of the two seminal characters of Franco- Belgian comics, and not...

  • 15 2017 August

    Reviews: Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell, Directed by Rupert Sanders, Starring Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche I have a confession to make right from the off. I could never get into the original Ghost...

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Bite me

April 27, 2005 | 0 Comments

Howard Chaykin’s Bite Club has just hit the shelves in the last few days. A digest-sized graphic novel it collects the mini-series featuring the lives of Latino gangsters in Florida who just happen to be vampires. When the head of the Del Toro family is whacked his will names his son as his successor, despite...

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Diorama

April 26, 2005 | 0 Comments

Fed up with your Star Wars figures falling over on the shelf? Well we have the solution to the heartbreak of tottering action figures – the Star Wars Diorama! A scene from the original movies with stands for vintage and new figures, coming in a cool retro-packaged box, great fun!...

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Super

April 25, 2005 | 0 Comments

Warner Brothers studios have released the first image of Brandon Routh from the new Superman Returns film. In addition to newcomer Routh in the titular role the film will star Kevin Spacey, Frank Langella, James Marsden and Parker Posey. Helming duties are now in the very capable hands of Usual Suspects and X-Men director Bryan...

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Angel Fire

April 22, 2005 | 0 Comments

I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of a luscious little horror graphic novel from British independent publishers Shattered Frames. Angel Fire is the name of both the book and the new designer drug becoming popular with the rich; it promises the user a taste of Heaven itself, but Heaven, of course, comes...

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Making history

April 21, 2005 | 0 Comments

Edinburgh-based publishers Canongate have just printed a nice new edition of A History Maker by Alasdair Gray, a writer/artist who is surely one of Scotland’s artistic treasures (and one of my favourite writers). His magnificent Lanark: A Life in Four Books (probably the best Scottish novel of the last century in my opinion) is often...

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The Atlantic divide

April 20, 2005 | 0 Comments

One of our favourite authors, Hugo-nominated Charlie Stross, has been ruminating on why there has been such a surge of top-grade SF and Fantasy in the UK, while another Hugo-nominee, Cheryl Morgan, one of the movers and shakers (the shakes can be controlled by drugs apparently) behind Worldcon, posits her own reflections on the excellent...

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Locus

April 20, 2005 | 0 Comments

The latest edition of Locus (issue 531, Volume 54, No. 4 if you want it exactly) has arrived on our shelves. Among the usual mix of goodies there is coverage of the Tiptree, Stoker and Hugo awards, a tribute to the late Andre Norton who passed away very recently and an interview with the far-too-talented...

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Boldly podding…

April 19, 2005 | 0 Comments

Our friends over at Trek United, the campaign to save Star Trek we told you about recently, have announced the latest in a series of podcasts you can listen to, the latest of which features Chase Masterson of DS9 fame. Slice of SciFi is now being rated top dog by Podcast Alley, so motor on...

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The Eisners announced

April 19, 2005 | 0 Comments

The pre-eminent awards shortlist for all of Comicdom, the Eisners, have been announced. It is a massive and pretty diverse list. Below is a truncated version of the official press releases. The full text and the full nominations shortlists in detail can be found at the San Diego ComicCon International website. Our heartiest congratulations to...

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No Present Like Time

April 18, 2005 | 0 Comments

One of the excellent new authors to appear on the UK scene recently is Steph Swainston, who garnered rave reviews and an award for her vibrant and unusual fantasy debut last year, The Year of Our War. Steph is also one of the hot SF picks for our new catalogue this month for both the...

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