Ben Atkinson Horses at Liberty – Your Horse Live

ben-600x600Ben Atkinson was to be performing live at Your Horse Live in Warwickshire 6th to 8th November 2020

Obviously due to Covid the event couldn’t go ahead as planned.

So his performance is by Video. A link to the video is in the article.

Also I have a link to his Q&A session he filmed for Your Horse Live.

I have known Ben for a few years now. He is a brilliant Horseman and  a great performer. You may know him from TV shows such as Poldark and Victoria. He is a member of Atkinson Action Horses who supply horses, training, stunt riders, etc to film and TV.

I know him through his appearance at Royal Armouries in Horse Stunt Shows and the Jousting there. Continue reading

The77 Issue 4 Kickstarter live until 13 December 2020

Screenshot_20201128-174617_Kickstarter.jpgThe77 Issue 4
Live on Kickstarter until 13 December 2020

Previous issues are available on Get my Comics

Conrtributors include:
Steve Bull, Ade Hughes, Bambos Georgiou, Neil Sims, Dave Bedford, Ben ‘Mac’ Macleod, Andrew Sawyers, Dave Heeley, Sinclair Elliott, David Thomas, Jon Roydon, Jim Tomlinson, Rupert Lewis Jones, Brendon Wright, Joe and Jeremy Dunn, Stephen Brotherstone, Jo Heeley, Lew Stringer, Mal Earl, Paul Duncan, Robert Wells

Standard Cover – Jon Roydon

The77 is a UK Anthology Comic in the style of the mainstay tradition of UK Comics – especially from the 1970s.

It is fair to say that many UK Comic Readers of a certain age started reading these sort of titles. 1977 was the year of Star Wars and 2000AD, might be a bit of a link there to the title of this comic (there is a link… obviously).

I’ve reviewed and backed previous issues, link above to where to find them. I attended a special Launch Party on Friday 27th Movember 2020 to hear news about this issue and a few things about upcoming plans. Continue reading

Block Mania Board Game reprinted – Available from Friday 27th November 2020

Block Mania pairingLimited-edition replica printing

Available from from 12noon on Friday 27 November
And Asmodee UK

Block Mania Board Game was for two Players.

The expansion Mega Mania added two nore Playboards and more pieces so that Four Players could take part.

There is no mention of Price in the Press Release I received and I can’t see one on the 2000AD site.

Back in the 1980s I had a very active group of friends to play with and one bought this.

There were 6 of us, with a few extra people around the sides, so it was a bit frought who would get invited to play this. Out of our core six only two, me included, were regular 2000AD readers. But everyone enjoyed this game.

I was the biggest Dredd fan among us. I loved this game.

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The77 Issue 3 – Spoiler Free Review

The77 is an anthology comic in the British tradition. Styled on the kind of comics available in the 1970s. 2000AD launched in 1977, might be a link there (there’s a link there).

This title draws in Creators from Small Press and further.

Comics used to be vdery accesible in the UK now they are mostly in Comic Shops not in Newsagents. And to be found in a Supermarket they more or less are only Licensed material with plastic connected to the cover.

The77 is aiming to be found in these more traditional spaces. Continue reading

Sentinal Issue 5 – all colour special – live on Kickstarter

Sentinel 5 cover.jpgSentinel Issue 5
Self Published via Kickstarter

Kickstarter currently live
Ed Doyle & Chris Atkins
Alan Holloway
Artist & Letterer
Ed Doyle

Kickstarter is a cool place to find things. I’ve backed quite a few Comics on there now. I recently did as YouTube video for Thought Bubble Fringe about comics on Kickstarter.

This series of books looks so great physically in paper. They come from the creators’ love of Starblazer published by the UK publisher DC Thompson between April 1979 and January 1991,

20201031_194241.jpgSquarebound pocketbooks the same scale as Commando, also from DC Th0mpson. There were variations of format but the widest recalled is a full length SciFi or Fantasy story.

Ed Doyle is behind the design and the printing really delivers. The Lego Star Wars Advent Calendatr didn’t come with Issue 4.

These would stand out in a Newsagents.

Launched through funding on Kickstarter you can get previous issues through Get My Comics. I think Isue 1 may be current,y unavailable but not sure.

There are a few preview pages at the end of this areticle

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The Untold Story of Edith Cavell – BBC Sounds Documentary (spoilers)

edith cavellI wrote about Edith Cavell in May 2015 in an article about WWI Executions.

Born in 4 December 1865 in Swardeston, Norfolk, UK. Edith Cavell was a British Nurse.

In 1907 she became the Matron of the newly established L’École Belge d’Infirmières Diplômées in Ixelles, Brussels.

Executed by firing squad on12 October 1915 at Tir national , Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium,

She was charged with Treason, despite being neither a German or Belgian national.

Stella Rimmington, retired Director General of MI5, investigated and a few months after my article she declared evidence had been identified that proved Edith Cavell was connected to espionage. Continue reading

Kicking Off Comics – My Input to Thought Bubble Comic Festival – Online 9th to 15th November 2020

Fringe logo titlesThought Bubble is, to the best of my knowledge, the largest Comic Converntion in UK. Other Conventions may be larger but are mixed Film, TV and Comics.

Due to Covid19 we can’t attend Conventions at the moment. I only regularl ayyend two Conventions. Lawless in Bristol, where I Moderate Panels, and Thought Bubble.

Thought Bubble has a weekend Convention and the preceeding week usually has Fringe events such a Comics Workshops.

This year Thought Bubble asked for people to offer their input to Thought Bubble Fringe online. I am particpating with a Video which i will be uploading to YouTube on Thursday 12th November 2020. My Guests are Shea Proulx, Montyneo and Umar Ditta.

Details of everything planned for Thought Bubble Programme was released last week and my Video Panel is included. Continue reading

Fox by Adam Hardy – a 14 Book series (and my journey completing it)

20201108_173546.jpgOne Summer while I was living on an RAF base in Norfolk, fairly sure it was 1980, my father handed me a second hand book. Fox: The Press Gang.

He had picked up a few of these books recently and thought I’d enjoy them. We had similar tastes in fiction. He’d previously encouraged me to read broadly.

I was 12 in 1980, so I can’t imagine it was earlier than that year and we moved in July 1981 to Leeds, Yorkshire.

The first paragraph read:

Fox, second lieutenant of his Britannic Majesty’s twelve-pounder thirty two gun frigate Duchess, sprang up on the quarterdeck to deal with the emergency there in time to see a nine pounder shot take off Mr Midshipman’s head. The body still gripping the quarterdeck rail withwhitened fists as blood spurted upwards ten feet into the air.Fox saw four distinct dininishing pulses as the heart continued to beat. The wind caught the plume of blood and swepot it splatteringly across Fox’s uniform coat and white breeches.

Vivid description of visceral indiscriminate death. My attention was seized. For me this was also the day I realised my Father was saying ‘you are growing up’. He deemed this book suitable for me.

I read on and met George Abercrombie Fox. A man named for his Uncle, executed for being a Highwayman, who joined the Navy aged 10 in 1775. Promoted to Lieutenant at the age of 18 in 1793 at the beginning of war with France. The book was set in 1800 and the back of the book made it plain that despite 7 years of war Fox had not been promoted.

Well I had 8 books, Books 1 to 4 and 6 to 9, when my Father gave me all the books he had. I read them all more than once.

I knew there were more, not just Book 5, because at least one of the books was a repring and mentioned another book I didn’t have. My original copies are stored away so I can’t double check those details.

So sometime around 1986 I started searching for the missing books. Continue reading

Who is Boba Fett – Spoilers for The Mandalorian Seasons 1 and 2

bobaAs a run down to the release of The Mandalorian Season 2 I wrote a few articles about some of the main characters from Season 1.

There are Spoilers in those articles for Season 1 and this article has Spoilers for Season 1 and the first Chapter of Season 2.

You can find links to all my Star Wars Articles in an earlier post.

Boba Fett was introduced originally in Empire Strikes Back and apparently died in Return of the Jedi. He was added in to extra scenes of A New Hope when it was digitally remastered and extended.

Several Comics and Novels dealt with his origin and what happened after he fell in to the Sarlac Pit. Those all became ‘Legends’ when Disney bought Star Wars.

When The Mandalorian was first announced fans hoped that finally Boba Fett would return to the screen. Will he? Has he? Continue reading

Digital Only Releases from 2000AD for 2021

Rebellion Publishing have announced a number of Digital Only releases coming in 2021. They previously increased the Digital Only releases in March when the UK went in to Lockdown. Deciding to increase releases in 2021 instead of adding to those already sceduled for Print they would continue Digital Only releases.

At times Rebellion have done some Digital First releases, there is nothing official regarding whether that may continue.

Mike Molcher, Rebellion PR says:

“Featuring work by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys), Sean Phillips (Criminal, Reckless), Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk), John Wagner (Judge Dredd), Alan Grant (Batman), and Pat Mills (Marshal Law), the new series of digital collections will bring together thrills old and new – including some that have never been available digitally before!

The new digital releases will be available from the 2000 AD app for Apple, Android, and Windows 10 devices, as DRM-free PDF/CBZ downloads from the 2000 AD webshop, and on Amazon Kindle devices.”

Ben Smith, Head of Film, TV and Publishing at Rebellion, said:

“This new series of digital-only collections available from our app and webshop are a fantastic dive into 2000 AD’s incredible backlist. Our archives are bursting at the seams with hidden gems that have either never been collected or just haven’t been digitised before, so it’s great to be able to make them available. The advance of digital-only collections is that we can bring these classics direct to the readers without having to add even more books to our already bumper publishing schedule.”

Titles being release as Digital Only come from thoughout the variety of 2000AD stories. A full list of those currently announced follows. Most are currently out of print, some are seeing publication for the first time since being in the weekly Prog.

I am including only Covers as currently revealed, these may change. Continue reading