2000AD ‘Jump On’ Prog 1973 – Spoiler Light (includes Preview pages)

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Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release Saturday 19th March 2016

General release in print & digital Wednesday 23rd March 2016

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

Cover: Mark Sexton

Genre – Sci-Fi

This Prog’s line-up:

prog 1973 contents

It has come around again to a Jump On Prog from 2000AD where all the stories in this issue start at Part 1. 2000AD do this roughly every 6 months to make an easy point for new or lapsed readers to delve in (or back in) to the pool of THRILLS that is 2000AD. Continue reading

Roleplaying Development in Uganda

RPG Uganda.jpgAn eye-catching title? Well I certainly thought so when a friend of mine told me about it.

Roleplaying Development in Uganda is a not-for-profit organisation run by Patrick Aikonia, an S1 Student. S1 is the first year of Junior High School in Uganda. Patrick’s idea is to encourage young people to exercise their imagination through games, specifically Roleplaying Games (RPGs).

We are talking good, old fashioned Table Top games. Patrick is currently using Pathfinder, the Open Licence game from Paizo based on Dungeons and Dragons. Continue reading

Zarjaz issue 26

CoverZ2_26Web.jpgZarjaz 26
Published by Futurequake Press
March 2016

Edited by Richmond Clements & Dave Evans

Cover Art: Paul Marshall; Colours: Owen Watts

2000AD and related characters are
copyright of Rebellion

Genre – Sci-Fi

Zarjaz is a fanzine dedicated to 2000AD. If you’ve never read a Fanzine you might not expect what you’ll get from Zarjaz.

This publication is well respected in the UK Comic Industry and regularly features some of the top Small Press talent you can find. From time to time a few published Creators from 2000AD contribute. Yes, professionals from the comic this is dedicated to do contribute to this Fanzine – for example this issue’s cover is from 2000AD Artist Paul Marshall.

SDBadgeAdFinalWeb.jpgIn conjunction with Planet Replicas there is a competition running. The prize is a 1:1 scale Strontium Dog badge from Planet Replicas.

Every purchase of Zarjaz or Dogbreath during May and April will be accompanied by a Raffle Ticket.

At the end of April a winning ticket will be selected at random.

Go buy them and good luck!

 

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Countdown to Lawgiver MkIII (10 weeks)

Saturday 28th May 2016.

Double Tree By Hilton in Bristol

Tickets available through Eventbrite
£25.00 (before booking fee/on the door)
Keep up to date with the event via the Official Website
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nd the Facebook Page

LG-III

Lawgiver is in its third year.

Launched in 2014 under the name ‘Lawgiver: A Celebration of Dredd’. With screenings of Dredd (2012) and Judge Minty and a small line up of Guests, including Judge Dredd’s Co-Creator John Wagner.

Last year Lawgiver MkII had more Guests, this time including top Artist Jock. There were no films but there was a display of props from the 2012 film.

I am a member of the Organisers Group and Moderate some of the Panels. So what can you expect from Lawgiver MkIII? Continue reading

Eagle Adventure Special 1 (includes restoration images)

eagle adventure 1 cover.jpgEagle Adventure Special
Published by Hibernia Press
With permission from the Dan Dare Corporation Ltd.
March 2016

Available on Comicsy £7.00
64 Pages, Softbound
Colour and B&W

Edited for Hibernia by David MacDonald
Reprographics and Restoration by Richard Pearce

Cover Ian Kennedy

Hibernia have a track record of pleasing fans of British Comics with their top quality reprints. I’ve written articles on a number of them such as Tower King, Thirteenth Floor, Bakers Half Dozen and more

This edition brings together a number of different strips from throughout the history of this Comic, the relaunched Eagle from the 1982 to 1994. This gives this volume the true anthology feel of the original.

Richard Pearce recently shared a couple of images of before and after restorations on Twitter and they are included at the end of the article, after the full list of contents, with his permission. Continue reading

Easter Tournament 2016 at Royal Armouries

Easter-TournamentFriday 25th to Monday 28th March 2016

Royal Armouries Leeds
Tickets available now
Good Friday to Easter Sunday
Adult £10; Concs £6; Family £25
Easter Monday
Adult £14; Concs £10; Family £39

This is the big one, featuring top Jousters from around the World. Live International Jousting competition over four days. This is a full contact sport, un-choreographed and genuine.

stacy“The original Extreme Sport” – Stacy Van Dolah-Evans

Stacy has been victorious at Royal Armouries a number of times.

I presented him with the Sword of Honour in August 2013.

Horses, Squires and Ground Crew are supplied by Atkinson Action Horses. Stars of Film and TV such as Poldark. Though some Knights do bring their own Squires.

When I say ‘full contact’ what do I mean? Continue reading

Normal Service Interrupted

This is to let all Readers, Creators, Publishers, etc. that I can’t currently deliver some of the styles of articles I like to write.

My PC has collapsed. It isn’t dead but it is beyond my skills it seems to get it going again.

I can do text only articles on my phone and I can attach a lead image. I am aware that it is possible to do more with the WordPress Ap but my phone struggles with that and it makes editing very time consuming. I also can’t see properly what the articles will look like on other devices.

Similarly my phone makes editing long text articles difficult. So I may be briefer than usual. Even editing this article was more time consuming than it ought to have been.

This is very frustrating as I have a number of Small Press reviews and Previews in hand (and am still behind with reviews from Thought Bubble). Plus of course 2000AD & Judge Dredd articles. This also comes just before the Easter Joust at Royal Armouries which I would usually do several image intensive articles. And my ‘Countdown to Lawgiver MkIII articles that were planned to begin this weekend.

On the brightside I do have Word on my phone so I can continue with other projects.

I obviously hope my PC issue will be rectified soon…

Where is Gronk? (and who is he anyway?)

GronkA little shameless publicity here.

‘Where is Gronk?’ is a four page story written by myself with Art by Nigel Dobbyn. The story was published this month in the longest running 2000AD fanzine, Dogbreath, issue 31.

This is my first published Comic Strip. I’ve been published previously in Dogbreath issue 28 which ran interviews with the creators of Gronk, John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra.

I’ve been published in other forms including by a Roleplaying Games company both with prose stories and character creations.

But who is Gronk and why did I write a story featuring him?

In this article I give a brief history of the character and a little detail in to this story. There are also comments from the Artist, Nigel Dobbyn and some ‘behind the scenes’ images, peppered through the article, some will look a little unclear as they are pencil sketches but you can see them clearer by clicking on them.

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Ben Atkinson – Believe & Acheive – a biopic film (embeded in full) (Plus Bonus: World Record Attempt!)

12794387_1102988576412276_4971003178728623787_nBelieve & Achieve

A Biopic about Ben Atkinson
by Michael Collin

Plus a link to Ben’s World Record attempt for Highest Jump while Roman Riding. BBC’s Officially Amazing Season 4 Episode 10.

I am a fan of Ben Atkinson and the stunt team he has helped his father, Mark Atkinson, build over the past few years. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Ben, Mark and the team a little over the past three years, including doing a ‘Behind the Scenes’ article with them in 2013.

There are many articles on my Blog about Ben and Atkinson  Action Horses. You may have seen them in BBC’s Jamaica Inn or Poldark. Members of the team also appeared in BBC’s Merlin and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Continue reading

Rok of the Reds – issue 1 – Wagner, Grant, Cornwell, Bulmer & Campbell (includes preview pages)

Rok 1 CoverRok of the Reds Issue 1 (of 6)
2nd March 2016

Published by BHP Comics

Writers: John Wagner & Alan Grant
Artist: Dan Cornwell
Colours: Abby Bulmer
Letters: Jim Campbell

Created by John Wagner, Alan Grant and Dan Cornwell

Genre – SciFi & Soccer

John Wagner and Alan Grant are giant names in the British Comic industry.

Alan Grant started as an Editor with DC Thomson before joining IPC in 1970. At both companies he met John Wagner. John Wagner had worked mostly on comics aimed at girls for both companies.

The pair sealed their working relationship in 2000AD with a number of pseudonyms on titles such as Judge Dredd, Robo-Hunter and Strontium Dog.

Strontium Dog is where Dan Cornwell comes in. Dan drew a strip for the fanzine Dogbreath and while considering Artists for Rok of the Reds John Wagner saw Dan’s artwork and invited him along.

The announcement of more new work from the Wagner/Grant writing partnership caused a lot of excitement among core readers of British comics. When Dan Cornwell became involved it sent a flutter through the Small Press community. If you think you recall a different name for this comic you are right. It was orginally called Rom of the Reds but the Creators spotted there was an unrelated character called Rom and chose to alter the name to avoid any clash.

The preview pages are at the end of the article.

Rok of the Reds is both a SciFi thriller and a good old fashioned Soccer story. Continue reading