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

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

Everything in Moderation – Live vs Video Comic Panels for Cons

Fringe logo final-1Today I recorded a Zoom conversation with three Guests. Shea Proulx, Montynero and Umar Ditta.

This is for Thought Bubble Fringe – part of Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival.

This will be released during the Festival – It will be on YouTube on Thursdayt 12th November 2020.

I Moderate Panels at Lawless, a Comic Convention which usually runs in May in Bristol. It is a much different scale to Thought Bubble, usually around 20 Guests with 200 members of the public.

So what did I find different today filming a conversation over Zoom compared to sat on a Stage with the Guests? Continue reading

What I learnt This Week – 28 June to 04 July 2020

The more Eagle-eyed reader might spot a difference this week.

Last Week I covered 22nd to 28th June. This week I’m starting on 28 June. I realised that publishing on Sunday was restricting me a little as I was including the day I published. So from now I will cover the previous Sunday to Saturday. That way if I learn something after publishing I don’t need to squeeze it in to Monday…

I’m aware no one reading this would know I had fudged it… but if it troubled me when I realised.

This article won’t double up on anything I learnt on 28th…

You may also have noticed I have dropped the ‘th’ in the date format. I am doing this as I am aware non-native English Speakers sometimes struggle with ‘st’ and ‘nd’. Dates are clear enough without them. I use Month name to avoid International/US date convention confusion.

So, what did I learn in this week? Continue reading

Lawgiver MkIV – a Dredd Convention – Saturday 26th May 2018 in Bristol, UK


Saturday 26th May 2018
at Double Tree by Hilton
Bristol, BS1 6NJ

Tickets – £25.00
Traders – £20.00

Guest List:
Alan Grant, Mick McMahon, Simon Bisley, Henry Flint, John Higgins, Pete Doherty, Thomas Foster, David Roach, Ryan Brown, Dylan Teague, Patrick Goddard, Mike Collins, Steve Austin.

Lawgiver is an unauthorised Judge Dredd Convention run on a ‘not for ptofit’ basis. There are no ties with 2000AD or Rebellion, the owners of 2000AD. This is a fan event run by fans and run for fans.

I’ve been involved with Lawgiver from the start, I was asked to be part of the Organiser Group by the Promoters, Rule32Cafe. So this isn’t 100% unbiased nut as I only publicise things I like that doesn’t alter what I’ll say.

This is a day long event aimed at fans of Judge Dredd, Focus is predominantly on the Comic Character as published by the IP holders Rebellion but all things Dredd are welcome from print to screen.

In the past we’ve focused on the amazing Fan Film Judge Minty and of course the 2012 film Dredd. Obviously we are as excited about the upcoming TV series, Mega City One. expected sometime around (late) 2019.

What happens at Lawgiver? Continue reading

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
nd the Facebook Page


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