Judge Dredd: Cursed Earth -UNEDITED Edition to be released (preview images)

JD CE BW1Judge Dredd: Cursed Earth
Published by Rebellion
July 2016

Deluxe Edition with restored colour pages
UK/Ireland £25.00; North America $35.00

Writers: John Wagner, Pat Mills
Artists: Brian Bolland, Mick McMahon
Letterers: Tom Frame, Peter Knight, John Aldrich

This is news many never expected to hear.

Four episodes of this classic story from Judge Dredd’s early years have never been reprinted.

The ‘Banned’ episodes featured several copyrighted characters and logos, some barely disguised but others clearly portrayed with their real-world names. Foremost among them were Ronald McDonald, Burger King and the Jolly Green Giant.

This is the most requested reprint from the 2000AD imprint. Three preview pages (including a larger version of the one above) are at the end of the article.

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Roman Mask by Thomas M D Brooke (spoiler light)

Roman MaskRoman Mask
by Thomas M D Brooke

Published via
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

29th June 2015
390 Pages

Available on Amazon UK £9.99, Amazon.Com $14.99, Kindle UK £1.99,
Kindle US $3.05, Nook $2.99, Kobo £1.99

Cover Design by Design for Writers

I first heard about this book on Twitter and initially I was drawn to having a look at the blog of the author, Thomas Brooke.

Thomas got in touch and we had a short conversation about our joint interest in the Roman era and a few days later I was in receipt of a Proof Copy of his first novel. Much obliged to Thomas for the book.

I have said many times on this Blog that I only review publications I enjoy. Given the interest I have in the era and the amount of books I have read it was reasonable to assume I’d enjoy this book. So far I’ve only reviewed Roman historical fiction by Simon Scarrow but I’ve read a number of authors on the topic, as I discussed with Thomas.

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Judge Dredd Megazine – 25 years Celebrated with Issue 365 – 21st October 2015 (preview pages)

!cid_image003_jpg@01D10A69Judge Dredd Megazine 365
Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release
Saturday 17th October 2015

General release in print & digital
Wednesday 21st October 2015

Cover: Barry Kitson

Available in all good stockists,  2000AD iOS App,Android Ap & 2000AD Shop

Genre – Sci-Fi

25 years ago Judge Dredd Megazine was launched with issue 1 in October 1990. Without wishibg to complicate things there were relaunches restarting the numbering but in the end it was decided to consolidate all the versions in to one. So issue 365 is indeed the 365th issue.

You might think ‘365? That sounds like more than 25 years worth of issues for a Monthly magazine’. You’d be right; the Megazine has shifted its printing schedules. I’m not going to get in to that here either. Numbering and regularity of issues isn’t the main thing. The main thing here is staying power.

Bryan Kitson, back with the House of Tharg after 23 years, supplies the art on the cover. His talent was shown in titles such as Judge Dredd and Anderson: Psi Division. He may be better known internationally for his work with Marvel on Fantastic Four, and The Amazing Spider-Man. Barry is back with At the end of this article is an image of the cover without branding and lettering as well as preview pages of the strips inside.
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Doctor Who: The Girl Who Died – Spoilers

DW 2015 5First Aired BBC1 20:20 17th October 2015

Writers: Jamie Mathieson & Steven Moffat
Director: Ed Bazalgette

The Doctor: Peter Capaldi
Clara Oswald: Jenna-Louise Coleman
Ashildr: Maisie Williams

This episode features Maisie Williams, Arya Stark in Game of Thrones and is again a two-part story.

This episode has been much anticipated given some of the tiny clips of it that were included in the season trailer. Much speculation around the ‘What kept you old man?’ line. Continue reading

Doctor Who: Before the Flood – Spoiler Light

DW2015 4First Aired BBC1 20:25 10th October 2015

Writer: Toby Whithouse
Director: Daniel O’Hara

The Doctor: Peter Capaldi
Clara Oswald: Jenna-Louise Coleman

Carrying from Beneath the Lake the Doctor, The Doctor, Bennett and O’Donnell have traveled to the past to investigate the spaceship and discover who brought it to Earth.

Given we know that last week’s cliff hanger can’t be true… well we can expect some slight of hand. Continue reading

People are Sheep – Be a Llama

Sheep LlamaI first wrote this article a few years ago on a different blog. I was put in mind of it today after reading an article by George Monbiot.

In his article George Monbiot discusses how humans view themselves and others regarding altruism. Looking at how helpful or selfish we think others act in comparison to how we perceive ourselves in relation to these behaviors.

My opinion is that there are not enough Llamas. Continue reading

Scythe Board Game Kickstarter Campaign Launched

a Board Game by
Stonemaier Games

Kickstarter Campaign
Running from 13th October to  4th November 2015 Target $33,000

I first came across this game on September 19th and wrote a short article about it. I’d previously seen a video without realising it was linked to a Board Game, you can see the video in that earlier article.

There’s nothing I can tell you that isn’t on the Kickstarter – other than you can get the game for $59.00 plus P&P which varies by Region, for UK it is $9.00.

Kirkby SciBar – Power Electronics – Enabling Sustainability -20th October 2015

12139922_10153813993520572_891202496921482825_oKirkby SciBar
Tuesday 20th October 2015
Power Electronics – Enabling Sustainability

Meeting at:
Holy Angels Social Club, Kirkby, L32 0TP

Doors 18:45
Talk Starts: 19:00
Event runs to: 21:00

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‘It’s Science… In a bar!’

Dr. Nandor Bodo from Liverpool John Moores University’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering Research Group will be delivering this talk. Continue reading

InkTober – Inspiring Artists to make Art

InktoberInkTober has become a thing. It was created by Jake Parker as a way in 2009 to help him hone his Inking skills. If you click on Jake’s InkTober logo you’ll reach his blog.

If you read comics you’ll know what I mean. Traditionally in USA comic art is created by a Penciller, an Inker and a Colourist. In UK and the rest of Europe this may all be done by one Artist or a combination of two Artists, yes sometimes three but in the UK that’s not so common.

Pencils and Inks being different mediums require different skills to a degree and it is fair to say some Pencillers my not be good Inkers. Either way as an Artist it makes sense to stretch one’s artistic muscles.

Several of my artistic Friends (I use this term in the Internet way here, I’ve not met some of these fine folks in person, so I’ve capitalised the word (I often use non-standard capitalisation, you can read some of my reasons in another article) exercise themselves during InkTober. Often they will ask Friends on Facebook for suggestions, below are a few examples. Continue reading

Black History Month – A Word on the Abolition of Slavery.

SlaveryBlack History Month is recognised in UK in October; Canada and USA have their Black History Month in February.

I am a White, middle-aged man. This article is from my perspective looking at History at the deplorable trade in Humans. I encourage everyone to look a little further.

I do not write about Politics directly, though some of my articles do sometimes touch on subjects that are often involve in politics – clearly this is one. There have been many forms of Slavery over Human History and there are several examples of States abolishing Slavery. In this article I’m looking mostly at the African Slave Trade and looking at recorded History.

Common conception in the UK is that we were the first to abolish slavery, in 1807. That’s a rather blinkered view; but then much of what we are taught in the UK has a British (often more accurately English) or at least European bias. The truth is usually out there for people to read, often without having to dig far either. It isn’t always that the facts have been altered, just that some facts have been omitted. Continue reading