Saturday, 31 March 2012

No Internet. More excitement?

@DC_Nation It's like the Internet didn't exist or something!!??

I used to love these advertising sheets you could pick up. I used to study them for hours and make lists. Beat that Internet!

NIA

Big Finish Productions / Audio Visual.

Some flyers from Audio Visuals.

Great Doctor Who audio tapes from back in the 1980s.

Loved these.

NIA.

UKCAC85.

I remember this. Dave Sim told the 15 year old me that he had been to a 'titty bar'.

That was a bit weird.

NIA.

UKCAC - Year of Watchmen and Batman.

Having a dig about I also found this programme of events from UKCAC86.

And yes it does have a Watchmen panel with Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore and John Higgins. 'It's been out for five issues now...'

It also seems to have a 'State of the Industry' panel with Chris Claremont, Gary Groth, Gil Kane, Gary Leach and David Lloyd.

I remember this so well. Great days.

Hmmm. What else will I find?

NIA.

Comics Lists.

I was going through some boxes in the loft when I found some lists that the comics obsessed 13 year old me wrote.

Interesting rankings indeed.

A v X Party at Chaos City.

Pop along.

The Boy Wonder and myself will be there. Should be excellent.


Avon.

This is a great book and well worth a read if you can find it.

On a recent Paul Darrow / Big Finish panel an audience member suggested that it could be turned into a play or audio book. Hope they get that done it would be excellent.

Avon is still one if the best written TV characters ever. Paul Darrow is a criminally ignored talent.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Summer Comics.

Well it seems that summer has hit early in England. Myself and the Boy Wonder had a great afternoon reading comics in the garden.

Highlights were Super Crooks, Uncanny X-Men, Kick Ass 2, Wolverine, Planet of the Apes, John Carter: The Gods of Mars, Batman and Eerie Presents: Hunter.

But especially the company.

Comics live on people.

Superb!

How good is this!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Sunday, 11 March 2012

The Boy Wonder Reviews - John Carter.

In our ongoing series we hand the commentary over to The Boy Wonder who for those new to this blog is my 14 year old comics fan son.

Today's review is a little special.  Anyone who knows me is aware of my love for pulp fiction.  This was started during my early teens with a love for the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.  I read all of his Tarzan, Carson and Carter books growing into adulthood and often return to them now.

Flash Forward to the 17th of April some 14 years ago I was sat at a South london Hospital awaiting the birth of my son (the aforementioned Boy Wonder) and the book I held in my hands to pass the time waiting was A Princess of Mars.  The first in the series of Barsoom/ John Carter novels.

I was very interested in what the film version would be like as well as what my son thought of it. 

Here is his review.

Read on.

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Movie Review - John Carter.

Cert - 12A.


John Carter is a movie about a treasure hunter from Virginia in the period shortly after the American Civil war being transported to the planet Mars.

The story once he arrives there and finds his feet is all about the wars between the different clans and races on the distant planet.  This is very well thought out and introduces each group in a very interesting way.

It is probably worth mentioning at this stage in my review that whilst I saw it in 3D it would probably be a better expeience to watch the 2D version.  The 3D did not sem to add much more to the movie and if anything was a bit of a distraction.

The movie is very fast paced.  There is a lot of violence in it but all of the fighting has it's place and is a great watch.


I am not really going to make a big comment on the acting in the movie as my age group are not really bothered by that sort of thing but I cannot fault any performances anywhere.  The CGI characters and the 'real' characters seemed to engage in a well made and perfectly believable way.

The special effects were incredibly well done.  I really liked the design of the flying machines.

I have heard that people might think that the Mars section of the film occurred during a 'dream' that John Carter has whilst knocked out in the cave.  I don't agree with this and you can prove that it wasn't a dream because of the other officer in the cave who had become a skeleton, and so showing the passage of time.  The journal that he has written is really detailed, more than would be possible if it had come from a dream.



In conclusion I can say that the movie is thoroughly enjoyable but avoid the 3D version if possible.

My favourite moment was when the Green Martians crashed through the wall in the flying machine to save the day.

I don't think that the movie has inspired me to go on and read the books as can be the case with other similar modern movies.  On the other hand I would like to see a sequel.  I would also like the people who are comparing it to the movie Avatar to realise that John Carter was written almost 100 years before that film!

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There you have it.

Go see it.  We loved it.

NIA.

Shoes.

When out with your son shopping for shoes it is always hilarious to keep asking him if they may you look 'gangster'! #dadsnotcool

It's ok. I bought him a pile of Deadpool comics and a Mike Carey novel in the Felix Castor series to make up for it.

NIA

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Politicians.

Over at www.Alagg.co.uk we examine the intricate mind of the politician!

NIA.

Friday, 2 March 2012

New Alagg.

The new Alagg is up and we say goodbye to Rageboy and Dark Timos.

Let us know what you think over at www.Alagg.co.uk

NIA

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Alagg and The Social Mafia.

Don't forget you can catch up on some Alagg at www.Alagg.co.uk

We are also over at the Alagg The Barbarian Facebook page and Ez is on twitter @Ezohyez

NIA