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  • 23 2017 November

    Reviews: tick-tock, tick-tock as the Doomsday Clock arrives

    Doomsday Clock #1, Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Brad Anderson, Rob Leigh DC Comics I must confess to a lot of ambivalent feelings approaching the start of this much-heralded series. I avoided the Before Watchmen comics...

  • 23 2017 November

    Happy birthday to our favourite Time Lord

    “I do what I do because it’s right. Because it’s decent. And above all, it’s kind. Just that. Just kind.” It’s November 23rd, 1963, and on a cold, dark, winter night in Britain, as people...

  • 22 2017 November

    Reviews: The Saddest Whale and Other Stories

    The Saddest Whale and Other Stories, Steven Ingram, Blurred Lines Here’s another review which I must apologise for being rather late in reviewing – I bought this from Steven at a local comic convention several...

  • 21 2017 November

    Reviews: How to Survive in the North

    How to Survive in the North, Luke Healy, Nobrow Press First off, apologies for the tardiness of this piece; I read How To Survive in the North a while ago, put it to one side...

  • 20 2017 November

    Swarte’s New Yorker work collected

    Ever since he published his first work in the New Yorker magazine in 1994 (three illustrations for a Jack Winter story), Dutch clear line maestro Joost Swarte has been a regular contributor to that magazine, with...

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Worldcon

August 5, 2005 | 0 Comments

Yes, this weekend sees the start of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (we can hear one lot of artists practising what sounds like a didgeridoo in a venue near the Edinburgh FPI) but through in the West Coast of Bonnie Scotland an equally important cultural event is now underway as Worldcon gathers pace in Glasgow. If...

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Barefoot

August 5, 2005 | 0 Comments

Tomorrow, the 6th of August, will mark the sixtieth anniversary of the first dropping of an atomic bomb. It’s a day when what had been science fiction became terrifyingly real and thousands of people in the Japanese city of Hiroshima vanished from the Earth. The world woke up to a new nightmare which would influence...

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Literary fun

August 4, 2005 | 0 Comments

Author Jeff VanderMeer drops a line to the FPI Blogging Batcave to tell us he’s started a little literary competition on his blog. Those of you who have read City of Saints and Madmen will not be surprised to discover it is a little, well, different… Each year a fun literary competition is run, called...

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Ex Machina

August 3, 2005 | 0 Comments

New Line has optioned Tony Harris and Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina series for a possible film. While a huge number of books and comic series get optioned regularly this does not always translate into an actual movie being made (couple of years down the line and we’re still waiting for production on Richard Morgan’s...

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World Fantasy Awards

August 1, 2005 | 0 Comments

The nominees for the World Fantasy Awards have been listed on a variety of SF sites over the weekend. In the novels section the authors shortlisted include a couple we’ve been banging on about this year on the FPI blogs and catalogues, Susanna Clarke and China Miéville, which is great to see (we told you...

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Wonka

August 1, 2005 | 0 Comments

The wonderfully over-the-top Tim Burton adaptation of Roald Dahl’s dark children’s classic novel, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hit the UK at the weekend (and it is a delight for Burton and Dahl fans alike I reckon), leaping straight to the number one spot at the box office. Naturally we have some lovely little treasures...

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Haunted

July 29, 2005 | 0 Comments

Our chums at the excellent indie press that is Slave Labor Graphics tell us that they are publishing the first of their tie-ins with the Mouse Kingdom this autumn. The first Disney title will be The Haunted Mansion, inspired by the famous ride rather than the Eddie Murphy movie (I can hear sighs of relief...

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Ice Haven

July 28, 2005 | 0 Comments

Since the Most Excellent Dan Clowes, creator of (among others) Ghost World is being featured in today’s Guardian newspaper (which reports he is working on a movie adaptation of Art School Confidential) this would seem to be an opportune moment to let you all know that his latest collection is now in stock. Ice Haven...

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New Who Suit

July 27, 2005 | 0 Comments

The BBC’s wardrobe department has given us the spectacle of David Tennant modelling his new Doctor Who costume – pinstripes, trenchcoat and trainers – as filming of the new series gets underway. In even more exciting news – at least to the old fans like me – Auntie also announced that the wonderful Elisabeth Sladen...

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Mastermind

July 27, 2005 | 0 Comments

With an emphasis on ‘mind’ (sorry, you have to be a fan of Culture novels to get that bit). Cheryl in Emerald City reports that one of our favourite authors, Iain M Banks, is to appear on the seriously heavyweight Mastermind programme. His specialist subject will come as no surprise to those who know him...

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