2016 Annus Horribilis

The Queen called 1992 her Annus Horribilis. Among the things that challenged her that year were the divoirces of two of her children, Andrew and Anne. More memorable is the revelation of Charles’ affair with Camilla which led to the split from Diana. Also that was the year that Windsor Castle was hit by fire.

My Annus Horribilis happily sees both my children still with their respective partners. I’ve not had any houses burn down.

However 2016 hasn’t been a good year for me.

Each year I do a review of what has gone by in the previous 12 months on the blog.

This year that’s not a great deal and in part I’ll explain why.

Continue reading

Superhero Event at Royal Armouries, Leeds 9th to 11th August 2016

Superheroes-Web-Banner3Super Heroes

Venue – Royal Armouries. Leeds

Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th August 2016

Starts: 10:00am Tuesday 9 August 2016
Finishes: 5:00pm Thursday 11 August 2016

Royal Armouries have been running an event like this for quite some time. It is now a regular feature of August, falling within the long school holiday of course. In 2013 it fell on 4th to 6th of May, the opening weekend of Ironman 3 – you can read my write up of that event.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou’ll note Ironman features on the official image from Royal Armouries at the head of this article. They have a full size replica built by Mark Pearson for the Armouries. Mark is pictured on the right here with the suit. On the left is Adi Granov who designed the suits for all three Ironman films, as well as the Chitauri for the first Avengers film.

Adi attended this even in 2014 and was interviewed by artist Peter Doherty about his work with Marvel in comics, film and beyond. Peter is a regular participant at this event.

It can’t always be predicted what will go on at this event below are a few ideas Continue reading

Don’t take your Health for granted (MH Potential Triggers: Crisis, Surgery, Death, Eating Disorders)

On 8th June I made a very personal announcement explaining why I wasn’t writing articles for this Blog. In many ways I am a very private person and I wouldn’t have mentioned my illness at all apart from the fact that I was forced to withdraw from being part of Lawgiver this year, this was the third annual (unofficial) Judge Dredd Convention and I have been involved from year 1.

I was in hospital from 19/05/16 to 11/07/16. I was admitted due to complications of newly diagnosed Diabetes which culminated in a very serious operation.

I am making good recovery but I still tire easily and I will be attending multiple Outpatient Clinics. I also need a further operation.

My physical health is usually quite good. I do live with Mental Health issues and sometimes write about the subject; which is why I put Trigger Warnings in the heading to this article.

It was a minor ailment that took me to my GP’s Surgery. If I hadn’t gone that day the outcome could have been very different.

This is a very personal story and isn’t easy for me to write. But if it makes just one person think a little more about their health and have things checked out it will be worth it. Continue reading

Judge-Tutor Semple Down.

I am not going to go in to detail but I thought I would explain the complete lack of articles at the moment.

I was admitted to Hospital on 19/05/16 suddenly, though not via A&E, and I am still here. I have been quite ill indeed while here.

Not only has it meant I haven’t been able to write articles I also can’t see any Previews I may have been sent as I can’t access my email from here.

I also couldn’t attend Lawgiver MKIII, a Judge Dredd convention. I have been part of Lawgiver since it started. I run Panels generating discussion between the Guests. That was quite a blow.

I now know I am here for at least 3 more weeks. On the bright side when I get out of here I am getting a new PC. No one will notice the difference other than me.

I’ll recommence writing articles as soon as I can and I hope my readers stick around.

Dredd (2012) Sequel Talks Confirmed

DREDDTalks are underway for a sequel to the 2012 Judge Dredd big screen adaptation starring Karl Urban. This was heavily hinted at by Karl Urban recently at Calgary Expo and has been confirmed by Rebellion CEO, Jason Kingsley on his personal Facebook account.

Rebellion are the owners of the IP rights to Judge Dredd and 2000AD, the comic where he first appeared in 1977.

Whether this is for the big or small screen is as yet unknown and Jason Kingsley is keen to point out to fans that these kind of talks do not always lead to a successful result.

Rebellion have run three comic sequels to the film, the first was Underbelly which was serialised in the Judge Dredd Megazine and received a US version one-shot that was reprinted twice due to demand. Whether these will form part of the canon for the screen version isn’t known.

I’m a big Judge Dredd fan, a reader of 2000AD from the start. I now help organise Lawgiver, an unofficial Judge Dredd convention now in its third year – the next is on 28th May 2016 in Bristol. So this news is great to hear. Continue reading

Update on the RPG Project in Uganda

Koro has gone wild.jpgIn March I wrote about a cool set up that a young man in Uganda.

Patrick had started where he is encouraging other youngsters to develop their imaginations and team working through Pathfinder – the love-child of Dungeons & Dragons that is published by Paizo.

So far there are from what I understand three or four tabletop groups playing Pathfinder. This is Patrick’s project as part of the Butterfly Project, a scheme to encourage children in rural Uganda to become leaders by example. The Butterfly Project is supported by the UK Charity Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network (CYEN).

Now Patrick has started on a bigger and bolder version of his project and needs a bit of help. Continue reading