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  • 19 2018 January

    Angouleme 2018 – the Grand Prix

    On Tuesday last, the organisers of the Angoulême Festival announced the three creators that are in the running for the Grand Prix, the lifetime achievement award with which the Festival wants to honor an original...

  • 19 2018 January

    Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) # 147

    It’s Friday, that means it’s time for Joe and Richard to take a little spin around whatever comics related news they’ve seen in the past week. ...

  • 18 2018 January

    Angouleme 2018 – the nominees

    As explained in my previous post, every new edition of the Angoulême Festival comes with a generous number of awards, each with an equally general amount of nominees. It is safe to say that if...

  • 18 2018 January

    Reviews: Star Wars – the Art of the Last Jedi

    The Art of Star Wars: the last Jedi, Phil Szostak, Abrams So, The Last Jedi, eh? Everyone has their opinion on the movie, whether they think it good or bad, or a disgraceful act of...

  • 17 2018 January

    Space Precinct Reloaded – signing in FP Belfast!

    Gerry Anderson’s creations have entertained and delighted generations of kids, both his pioneering Supermarionation puppet shows and his live action sci-fi series, always with fabulous designs (that made oh such equally fabulous toys!). For many...

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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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Anna’s new comics picks

April 17, 2005 | 0 Comments

Anna in the Glasgow FPI is recommending a couple of intersting new comics which she has just added to our pre-order webstore catalogue. The first is one we’ve already mentioned recently here, Joss Whedon’s Serenity adaptation coming before the movie version of the cancelled show, but Anna has a lot more detail for us and...

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Who’s he?

April 17, 2005 | 0 Comments

The Beeb has confirmed the rumours of the last couple of week concerning the rather hasty replacement required for Chris Eccleston’s new Doctor – David Tennant will be the next actor to take on the mantle of the country’s favourite Time Lord. The Scottish actor (who comes from West Lothian, not far from where I’m...

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Humanoids

April 17, 2005 | 0 Comments

You may recall that I was singing the virtues of the frankly excellent Humanoids imprint recently – translations for some of the finest of European graphic novels by America’s DC Comics. Alas, new reached the comics community this week that DC is to cease publishing the Humanoids range after the July releases this summer. The...

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VanderMeer

April 15, 2005 | 0 Comments

I had a nice email from Jeff Vandermeer the other day – his utterly excellent collection City of Saints and Madmen is one of my book picks in our new FPI catalogue and I have to apologise for putting in the wrong page count; the book actually weighs in at a hefty 700 pages, not...

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Strangehaven anniversary

April 13, 2005 | 0 Comments

Yes, hard to believe but this year marks the tenth anniversary of Gary Spencer Millidge’s Strangehaven. I was first put onto Strangehaven by a good friend and was hooked right away. Strange goings-on in what looks like a peaceful, picture-postcard, rural English village – Strangehaven manages to combine elements of the Prisoner, Hammer House of...

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New catalogue

April 13, 2005 | 0 Comments

Yes, folks, contain your excitement as the brand new quarterly catalogue arrives in the Forbidden Planet International stores! We have a stonking selection of new goodies for your delectation and delight. Okay, obviously I am a little bit biased, but really we do! Some of my colleagues were over at the recent toy fairs in...

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Niven and Pournelle honoured

April 12, 2005 | 0 Comments

SF giants and long-time collaborators Larry Niven and Doctor Jerry Pournelle have been honoured by the Heinlein Society. The panel has decided to award the pair the Robert A Heinlein Award “for outstanding published work in hard science fiction or technical writings inspiring the human exploration of space”. This third Heinlein award featured luminaries such...

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Albion

April 12, 2005 | 0 Comments

Hands up if you remember the Steel Claw? Robot Archie? The Spider? Unlike their American cousins, British comics only rarely featured full-on DC or Marvel-style superheroes. In fact when 2000 AD burst into the scene back in the 70s it proudly proclaimed we could forget about superheroes because it had the hyperheroes. And back in...

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