Superhero Event at Royal Armouries, Leeds 9th to 11th August 2016

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Venue – Royal Armouries. Leeds

Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th August 2016

Starts: 10:00am Tuesday 9 August 2016
Finishes: 5:00pm Thursday 11 August 2016

Royal Armouries have been running an event like this for quite some time. It is now a regular feature of August, falling within the long school holiday of course. In 2013 it fell on 4th to 6th of May, the opening weekend of Ironman 3 – you can read my write up of that event.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou’ll note Ironman features on the official image from Royal Armouries at the head of this article. They have a full size replica built by Mark Pearson for the Armouries. Mark is pictured on the right here with the suit. On the left is Adi Granov who designed the suits for all three Ironman films, as well as the Chitauri for the first Avengers film.

Adi attended this even in 2014 and was interviewed by artist Peter Doherty about his work with Marvel in comics, film and beyond. Peter is a regular participant at this event.

It can’t always be predicted what will go on at this event below are a few ideas Continue reading

Update on the RPG Project in Uganda

Koro has gone wild.jpgIn March I wrote about a cool set up that a young man in Uganda.

Patrick had started where he is encouraging other youngsters to develop their imaginations and team working through Pathfinder – the love-child of Dungeons & Dragons that is published by Paizo.

So far there are from what I understand three or four tabletop groups playing Pathfinder. This is Patrick’s project as part of the Butterfly Project, a scheme to encourage children in rural Uganda to become leaders by example. The Butterfly Project is supported by the UK Charity Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network (CYEN).

Now Patrick has started on a bigger and bolder version of his project and needs a bit of help. Continue reading

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

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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

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

Royal Armouries – Indian Warriors

India-Web-BannerI am a fairly regular attendee of Royal Armouries in Leeds and you can read many articles on this blog about some of what I have seen there.

For Half Term, 13-21 February 2016 Royal Armouries had a themed week looking at India. I went on four days to get in as much as I could.

This is the first of two articles about my experience and is drawn from a few different days. The theme of this article is Indian Warriors, the second article will be about Indian Music & Dance.

There were Gatka demonstrations on several days over the week. I attended two, one on Tuesday and another on Saturday. There are embedded videos of part of the Gatka demonstrations in this article.

I also attended three presentations about war in India which are described after the Gatka videos Continue reading

Lawgiver Mark III – Tickets & first tranche of Guests

Poster3Saturday 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

Confirmed Guests as of writing:
Mick McMahon, Abigail Bulmer, Nick Percival, John Higgins, Dylan Teague, Ryan Brown, Patrick Goddard and Rob Williams

This is the third year for Lawgiver – A convention dedicated to all things Judge Dredd.

At the first Lawgiver, in 2014, there were screenings of Dredd (2012) and the fan film Judge Minty.

At Lawgiver MkII last year there was a large display of original Props from Dredd (2012).

What can you expect at Lawgiver MkIII? Continue reading

2000AD return to FCBD 2016

FCBD2016Last Month the news broke that 2000AD had been refused entry in to Free Comic Book Day for 2016. This was quite a shock given that 2000AD is the UK’s most influential comic

Today I received a Press Release from Rebellion confirming that 2000AD had now been confirmed as part of next year’s FCBD event. Welcome news to many I am sure.

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event that started in USA and has grown to take place in a number of countries including UK and Australia.

Major publishers such as the ‘Big Two’, DC and Marvel, take part as do many smaller publishers. Most of the companies involved are based in North America still but Rebellion have been involved for the past four years. Continue reading