52 Times Britain was a Bellend by James Felton – History humorous take on facts

52times.jpg52 Times Britain was a Bellend
by James Felton

Published by Sphere
17 October 2019

Hardback or Kindle
128 Pages

James Felton is a journalist who has been published in the Guardian, Independent, Daily Mash and IFL Science.

This book is a humorous look at the history of Britain.

Here’s what the Publisher says:

Twitter hero James Felton brings you the painfully funny history of Britain you were never taught at school, fully illustrated and chronicling 52 of the most ludicrous, weird and downright ‘baddie’ things we Brits* have done to the world since time immemorial – before conveniently forgetting all about them, of course. Including:

– Starting wars with China when they didn’t buy enough of our class A drugs
– Inventing a law so we didn’t have to return objects we’d blatantly stolen from other countries
– Casually creating muzzles for women
– And almost going to war over a crime committed by a pig

52 TIMES BRITAIN WAS A BELLEND will complete your knowledge of this sceptred isle in ways you never expected. So if you’ve ever wondered how we put the ‘Great’ in ‘Great Britain’, wonder no more . . .

*And when we say British, for the most part we unfortunately just mean the English.

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2000AD Prog 2201 – Preview Pages (spoiler light)

2201 cover2000AD Prog 2201
Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release Saturday 26th September 2020

General release in print & digital Wednesday 30th September 2020

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

Cover: Tiernen Trevallian

Genre – Sci-Fi

This week’s line-up:

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After last week;s bumper Jump-om Prog this is a standard issue. Four stories are at Part 2 continuing from last issue. Starting this Prog is Fiends of the Eastern Front: Constanta. Continue reading

Who is The Child – The Mandalorian (spoilers for Seasons 1 & 2)

This is my first article looking at characters in The Mandalorian, the Star Wars TV show on Disney+

I did a few articles like this about characters from Judge Dredd, the comic version from 2000AD. They were reasonably well received and I have been considering doing something similar for a while.

There will be spoilers in these articles for Seasons 1 & 2 of The Mandalorian. I will draw on details from other sources – such as the main three Trilogies or the Cartoons.

Instead of starting with The Mandalorian I decided to start with The Child

A well kept secret during the development of The Mandalorian was the 50 year old target that Mando was sent to capture. Fans started calling him ‘Baby Yoda’ – who is The Child? Edited to reveal more from Season 2. Continue reading

Major Eazy v Rat Pack – Alan Hebden and Carlos Ezquerra – Spoiler Free Preview

Major Easy Rat Pack CoverRat Pack Vs Major Eazy
Published by Rebellio
1 October 2020

HARDCOVER, 48 pages
PRICE: £14.99 (UK)
ISBN: 9781781088555

Available in all good stockists, 2000AD iOS App, Android Ap & Treasury of British Comics Shop

Script: Alan Hebden
B Surrell (The Orphan)
Art: Carlos Ezquerra 

Originally serialised in Battle from 29th June 1977 – 23rd April 1978
Including The Hidden Bomb’ and ‘The Orphan’ 5th July 1980 & 12th July 1980

Major Eazy was co creates by Alan Hebden and Carlos Ezquerra. I am not certain who created Rat Pack, I think Gerry Finlay-Day and Carlos Ezquerra. Most episodes were illustrated by Carlos Ezquerra and Alan Hebden must have written more than any other Writer.

Battle was a UK anthology Comic published by IPC between March 1975 and January 1988. In those days comics were often firmly aimed at demographics split by gender, Battle was aimed at Boys.

Created by Pat Mills and John Wagner together with talent they recruited such as writer Gerry Finlay-Day. Steve MacManus and David Hunt developed Battle as Pat and John moved on; with Doug Church coming in later as Creative Director. Doug Church slso assisted Pat Mills the creation of 2000AD in 1977 and Starlord in 1978.

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Star Wars – A brief note – plus links to my Star Wars Articles

Star Wars PosterI first encountered Star Wars in 1977, I was 9, almost 10. My family and our next door neighbours went together to watch.

I’d started reading 2000AD in February of the same year and was already a fan of Doctor Who. That was pretty much all the SciFi interest I had at the time. I preferred Westerns and War movies at the time – any period.

Star Wars blew my mind.

What I saw in my opinion at the time was a Western in Space. I hadn’t yet found Kurosawa’s films, more on that another time.

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Non English Language Film & TV Recommendations – Netflix

This is the first of what I intend to be a regular feature of this Blog. These are on Netflix, I will always group suggestions according to where they can be viewed.

I prefer to watch TV & Film in the original languages. Subtitles do not distract me, bad dubbing does.

I cannot recall for certain the first TV show or Film I saw in the original language. I do recall when I lived in Felixstowe, Suffolk, UK, I watched a foreign cartoon.

We had a large TV, 36″ I think, It was 1975/76 that was a big TV back then. It was Black & White and tuned in with dials. My Brother and I picked up what we think was a Danish channel one day, it was certainly Scandinavian. We had no idea if the character spoke an actual language but it was hilarious. He did sound quite different to the News that came on after but to a none English speaker Donald Duck might not sound like he is speaking English compared to a News Anchor, especially a BBC one in those days.

Bad dubbing and remembering that cartoon made me decide toi iot for original language when able to do so.

These suggestions are TV Shows or Films which are currently on Netflix in the UK. I hope if readers like the sound of any that they are also available in their respective territories.

There may be mild spoilers below but as few as possible. There is no particular order, I don’t do ratings as my opinion may differ widely with others’. Continue reading

AMERICA: LOST & FOUND – THE REDISCOVERED SCRIPTS

America lost and foundAMERICA: LOST & FOUND – THE REDISCOVERED SCRIPTS
Published by Rebellion
30 September (print & digital

HARDCOVER, 128 pages
PRICE: £19.99
ISBN: 9781781088944
Available in digital from: Amazon Kindle, Nook, 2000AD iOS App, Android Ap & 2000AD Shop

Script: John Wagner
Art: Colin MacNeil

Introductons by
Garh Ennis
John Wagner

A pivotal story bringing Judge Dredd in to a ‘modern era’ this was a story chosen to lead the Launch of Judge Dredd Megazine in October 1990.

A risky move in some ways as Dredd is a support Character. The official title is America so this storyh wasv not collected in the Judge Dredd omnibus collection. It has of course been reprinted several times.

Why this version? This version includes scripts for comparison to the final story. Comments on this from John Wagner gives extra insight.

There are a few preview pages at the end of this article Continue reading

2000AD Prog 2200 – New Readers Start Here – Preview

2200 Cover.jpg2000AD Prog 2200
Published in the UK by Rebellion

Subscription release Saturday 19th September 2020

General release in print & digital Wednesday 23rd September 2020

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

Cover: Tim Napper

Genre – Sci-Fi

This Prog’s line-up:

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2000AD is a British Anthology Comic, the home of Judge Dredd, that has been in print since February 1977. Since the year 2000 the comic has been owned by Rebellion, a Computer Game developer, who now own the largest back catalogue of British Comics spanning over 100 years.

There are usually 5 stories per issue with 4 to 6 pages in each issue of 2000AD. This is a bumper issue with a total of 52 pages cover to cover. There are adverts for other comics from Rebellion in this issue, adverts are rare in regular issues. There are 43 pages of comic strip in this issue, a very decent package.

With any long running comic new or lapsed readers can struggle knowing when to start picking up regular issues. An Anthology can be even trickier as stories may be at different points to each other. 2000AD solve this with regular ‘Jump On’ points.

This issue is designed as such.

Usually all stories start at Part 1. In this example there is a story that concludes rather than begins but over all it is still a great place to start.

There are preview pages at the end of this article, including a reveal of the secret referred to in the introduction in the Contents page above. Continue reading