Bakers Half Dozen – spoiler light

Bakers Half DozenThe Best of Library of Death
Published by Hibernian Press

70 Pages
Black and White Square Bound

This edition compiled and edited by David McDonald
Design by Richard Pearce

Originally serialised in Speed comic issues 1-13 and 19-26 (February 23rd – May 17th and June 28th – August 16th 1980) Text story from Speed Annual 1982

Baker’s Half Dozen and Speed © Egmont UK Ltd

Genre – WWII

Introduction & internal cover art by Rufus Dayglo.

David McDonald has brought us several other previously out of print gems such as The Tower King and The Thirteenth Floor as well as the narratives The Death of Valiant and Beyond 2000AD.

This volume brings a complete collection of the 1980’s war story from the British anthology Speed. This one is completely new to me, which is a delight. Art is by Mike Western but I don’t know who wrote this story. Continue reading

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Best of Library of Death – spoiler free

Library of DeathThe Best of Library of Death
Published by Hibernian Press

90 Pages
Black and White Perfect Bound

This edition compiled and edited by David McDonald
Design by Richard Pearce

Originally serialised in Scream! comic issues 1-5, 7-8, 10 and 12-14, and Scream! Holiday Special 1985, 1986 and 1987

Library of Death © Egmont UK Ltd

Gebre – Horror

David McDonald has brought us several other previously out of print gems such as The Tower King and The Thirteenth Floor as well as the narratives The Death of Valiant and Beyond 2000AD.

These books are highly popular with readers who recollect the original print run but are also of clear interest to new readers.

This volume has an introduction by Ian Rimmer, the editor of Scream.
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Lawgiver MKII – Second Celebration of Dredd convention confirmed

lawgiver-a-celebration-of-Dredd-event-birminghamLawgiver MKII
May 25th (Bank Holiday Monday)
Hilton Doubletree
Bristol

The second ‘Celebration of Dredd’ event is now confirmed for Bank Holiday Monday, 25th May 2015. The venue will be Hilton Doubletree, Bristol.

The promoters are Rule32 Promotions. I’ll be referring to the organisers as ‘we’, unless I am referring directly to Rule32, as I am involved directly in helping get things organised. Rule32 have drawn together a few helpers such as myself to lend a hand. Continue reading

Zarjaz issue 22

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Published by Futurequake Press
November 2014

Edited by Richmond Clements & Dave Evans

Cover by PJ Holden
Colours by Steve Denton

2000AD and related characters are copyright of Rebellion

Genre – Sci-Fi

Zarjaz is a 2000AD fanzine, sister publication of Dogbreath.

Published in A5 this is an anthology of stories in the same style as its inspiration, 2000AD. Most stories feature character directly from the comic with new story ideas. It is of note that many 2000AD creators have started their comic work with FQP, I’ll write a\ seperate article about that someday. This issue one of the current writers for 2000AD, Al Ewing, has provided a script. The cover artist PJ Holden is a 2000Ad artist and the colourist, Steve Denton, works on publications from other Indie publishers, such as Department of Monsterology from Renegade Arts Entertainment. Artist Jake Lynch on the Chopper story is also a comics professional with work in 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine.

Don’t ever write of fanzines as ‘just fanzines’. Check out my review of Dogbreath issue 29 to see another example of what I mean. Continue reading

Want to Help an Independent, Original Internet Film

Daemonium FiestaDaemonium is an online film series from Argentina, in Spanish but subtitles are available in English.

I found out about this series with Episode when it won the Grand Prize at Wasteland Weekend, run by Jared Butler. I know Jared through his work on the VO of Judge Minty.

The production values on this series are brilliant. The script, acting and special effects are very professional. Much more, this is original, not based on anyone else’s IP. Continue reading

Dogbreath issue 29

bd29Dogbreath issue 29
Published by Futurequake Press
November 2014

Edited by Richmond Clements & Dave Evans

Cover by Matt Timson

Dogbreath was founded by Amanda Kear

Strontium Dog created by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra

Genre – Sci-Fi

Dogbreath is the longest running 2000AD fanzine in print, dedicated to the character Strontium Dog. I must be upfront, I was published in the previous issue.

This is an anthology, much as 2000AD, published in A5 with stories in black and white. Continue reading

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes issue 1 – spoiler light

Dawn pot Apes 1Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Issue 1 of 6

Published by Boom! Studios

Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: Dan McDaid
Colours: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire

Cover by Christopher Mitten

Genre – Sci-Fi, Film tie-in

This is a 6 part series bridging the gap between the films Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

I’m not overly fond of re-makes and re-boots but I gave these films a chance. The first one on DVD the second, due to liking the first, at the cinema; I wrote about the second film on 1st August. I was a big fan of the original movies and the spin-off TV series so this reboot was playing with fire – successfully as it goes.

I’ve read several comics by Michael Moreci so when I heard about this series I thought I’d check it out. The story starts two years after the first film. Continue reading