The Heather Ale – a one-shot – spoiler light

THA-coverThe Heather Ale
Published by Black Hearted Press
In collaboration with Williams Bros Brewing Co

Writer: Jack Lothian
Artist: Alan Brown

Based on the poem
Heather Ale
by Robert Louis Stevenson

Genre – Historic, Literature

I hadn’t heard of Black Hearted Press until the announcement that John Wagner, Alan Grant and Carlos Ezquerra were developing a new comic for them. At that point I realised they run Glasgow Comic Con, of which I have heard but never attended.

So that put them on my radar.

Recently artist Dan Cornwell whose work I know from Dogbreath was signed to illustrate another title from John Wagner and Alan Grant for Black Hearted Press. You can read that announcement on the Black Hearted Press site.

So when at Thought Bubble earlier this month I sought them out to have a look at their line.

Written by screen writer Jack Lothian (Skins, Shameless, Ashes to Ashes) and illustrated by Alan Brown (Ben 10, Hello Kitty, Viz), Jack Lothian is the Editor-in-Chief with Black Hearted Press.

The poem by Robert Louis Stephenson is in itself a work of fiction. The fabled Heather Ale of the Picts, a brew so perfect that all who drank it wanted no other brew, inspired the poem. Williams Bros Brewing Co celebrated 25 years of brewing their own version of Heather Ale, “Fraoch”, this year and this comic was launched at Glasgow Comic Con in celebration. Continue reading

Reviews Booklet – free download

I am at Thought Bubble this weekend, a comic convention in Leeds.

To publicise this blog and what I do here I have written a Reviews Booklet with a number of reviews of Comics and Graphic Novels that I have reviewed over the last year.

I did this last year and received some nice comments from some of the people who saw it.

In the booklet I include information about how to find the creators of the stories I have reviewed. If you use it along with the floorplans in the event program you should be able to find the tables where you can find these talented folk.

Please feel free to download it and print a copy. There is a choice of Word or Pdf versions..

Links to the downloads

I will be handing out printed copies on both Saturday & Sunday but due to some printer issues my print run was smaller than intended..

If you want to have a chat with me you might be able to leave a message at the Futurequake table (table 24 in New Dock Hall).

Spectre Show Issue 1 – with preview art.

SS coverSpectre Show Issue 1
Printed by UK Comics Creative
A4 Black & White paperback

Published November 2014
Launched at Thought Bubble in Leeds 15th-16th November
Table 25, New Dock Hall

Script: Shaun Avery
Art & Letters: David Broughton

I reviewed Martillo recently, illustrated by David Broughton. Here’s another great comic from him. This one written by Shaun Avery. Shaun has been published in Zarjaz, Dogbreath and the The Psychedelic Journal of Time Travel. So there are reviews of some of his work already on this blog.

It’s no coincidence. As with many of the professionals I review on this blog many of the small press titles link in some way to 2000AD. Zarjaz and Dogbreath are fanzines and many of the creators are members of the 2000AD forum. Quite simply it is rather more likely I will like something from people who already like things I like.

There are a few bits of preview art in this review but obviously I’m avoiding major spoilers. Continue reading

A few Problems with Comic Book Adaptations

There are many comic book adaptations these days; films, TV, Games, Books – even other comics.

As a comic fan the plethora of adaptations is, on the whole, a good thing. I know not everyone will agree with that statement, some readers won’t agree with the ‘Problems’ that I am going to discuss. Some readers might have different concerns, feel free to let me know in the comments below. Continue reading

White Death by Robbie Morrison & Charlie Adlard – spoiler light

White DeathWhite Death
Published by Image

September 2014
Hardback 104 Pages
Black & White on grey

Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Charlie Adlard

Fictional account based on historic events

Robbie Morrison is best known to me from his work in the pages of 2000AD including Judge Dredd and the rather brilliant Nikolai Dante. Charlie Aslard also first came to my attention in 2000AD with work including Judge Dredd, Savage and a stint on Nikolai Dante with Robbie Morrison. You may know Charlie Adlard from something called The Walking Dead.

This story is based on historic events but is a fictional narrative. Intros from both creators explain how the book came about. Charlie had the embryo of an idea before he started The Walking Dead. Robbie developed the story after hearing about the funeral in 2013 of two Austrian soldiers who died in the White War of 1915 to 1918.

The White War took part in the mountainous borders between Italy, part of the Allied Powers with Britain, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, allies of Germany. The conflict became known as the White War as both sides deliberately caused avalanches to kill. Continue reading

An Interview with Oliver Hollingdale – Writer/Director/Animator

2014-03-02_0104Oliver Hollingdale is the Writer and Director of Cursed Edge, a Dredd (2012) fan film web-series. He’s made a few other films including a Harry Potter fan film, Battle of Hogwarts.

He provided the opening credits animation for Adi Shankar’s (Executive Producer on Dredd (2012)) Judge Dredd: Superfiend.

Cursed Edge was received with mixed response from Judge Dredd fans. Some reactions were very negative but the team have pressed on. The first Episode, Oliver calls them Progs to match the term for an issue of 2000AD comic, was made by Oliver’s team alone. The second Prog saw the team expand across the Atlantic with Oliver teaming up with the Together Brothers.

There are links to more about Cursed Edge after the interview. Continue reading

Judge Dredd: Superfiend – a Judge Death animated series (embeded) – spoiler light

SuperfiendJudge Dredd: Superfiend
From Adi Shankar
Written, Directed & animated by Luis Pelayo Junquera and Enol Junquera.

Two years in the making and until recently it was thought to be Live Action, then a seven part animated series, Adi Shankar’s “Bootleg Universe” Judge Dredd ‘short’ is here in the form of a six part animation released in one day.

Slightly confusing.

A series suggests a gap between episodes but as it is supplied to the internet on You Tube as a Playlist you can watch it all in one.

Below the film is a link to an interview with the Junquera Brothers on IGN and after that a review of the series. My review is Spoiler Light but I encourage you to watch the film before reading the review.

There is an intro from Adi Shankar before the animation. If you watch each episode in full you get a clip of the next episode before the next episode – this is easy to avoid that by clicking the link that will pop up before the ‘next episode’ trailer. Continue reading