2016 Annus Horribilis

The Queen called 1992 her Annus Horribilis. Among the things that challenged her that year were the divorces of two of her children, Andrew and Anne. More memorable is the revelation of Charles’ affair with Camilla which led to the split from Diana. Also that was the year that Windsor Castle was hit by fire.

My Annus Horribilis happily sees both my children still with their respective partners. I’ve not had any houses burn down.

However 2016 hasn’t been a good year for me.

Each year I do a review of what has gone by in the previous 12 months on the blog.

This year that’s not a great deal and in part I’ll explain why.

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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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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

Who is Rico Dredd?

Rico.gifYou’ll notice that I said Rico Dredd, not Judge Rico. I’ll explain this for everyone, I’ll explain the difference between Rico Dredd and Judge Rico.

Rico Dredd was created by Pat Mills and Mick McMahon and first appeared in ‘The Return of Rico’ in Prog 30 in 1977.

He is a clone of the first Chief Judge, Eustace Fargo, clone-brother to Joe Dredd (the character we all know as Judge Dredd). They are exact duplicates, but can two men ever be exactly the same?

There is a Judge Rico in the current continuity of Judge Dredd, they are not the same. I’ll explain that towards the end of this article. There are spoilers below if you haven’t read the stories but as the first story was published in 1977 I’m not being too fussy about giving details of that one

I’ve done a couple of these articles already and plan to do more. You can read Who is Orlok, Who Are The Dark Judges and Who is Judge Giant. Continue reading

Bear Family and Me – spoiler light

Bear FamilyA Bear Family and Me
First aired on BBC2
Episode 1 21:00 3 Jan 2011
Episode 2 21:00 4 Jan 2011
Episode 3 21:00 5 Jan 2011

Presented by Gordon Buchanan
Producer Ted Oakes

I saw this series when it was first broadcast in 2011, having been filmed in 2010. Since then there have been 3 sequels and I’ve reviews all of those. I wasn’t running this Blog at the time so I’m adding this review to complete the set.

You can read my reviews of the other series and as of writing the links to iPlayer should still be working (in the UK Only) A Polar Bear Family and Me, Snow Wolf Family and Me, Gorilla Family and Me.

These programs aren’t pure Natural History, they don’t claim to be. What they mainly are is a way to translate these large mammals lives in to a way the viewer can empathise. Thus increasing awareness and understanding – and hopefully conservation.

There are spoilers below, the links for each episode are working at time of writing.

These are American Black Bears, a species which predominantly eats foliage, berries, nuts and other plant material, They supplement this diet with insects, including larvae. Bees and honey are favourites. In some areas they will eat fish and small animals – only if food is scarce are they likely to hunt anything large. Continue reading

FutureQuake Issue 28 – spoiler free

FQ28FutureQuake Issue 28

Published by:
Futurequake Press
Creator owned material

Edited by:
Dave Evans &
Richmond Clements

Cover: Steve Austin

Genre – SciFi

FutureQuake is a British anthology comic from the same publishers as Something Wicked and the 2000AD fanzines Zarjaz and Dogbreath.

This is what British Comics is all about. I review several other anthologies, including 2000AD of course. Most of the Creators in this anthology will have grown up reading anthologies, some of the same ones I grew up on no doubt.

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DayZ – Dare you play this Zombie Game?

dayZI don’t play many PC Games.

There are many reasons for this, depending on the type of game. Mostly though it is time… I just don’t have enough time to play them as I spend most of my ‘spare’my time reading and writing.

When I do play games I tend to binge on one. I like strategy games so sometimes I’ll play Civilization IV for days on end. I also like Sims2 and will binge on that.

I like RPGs… but I’m afraid I rarely find anyone who Roleplays enough on those. I dread the phrase ‘I’ll get my other toon’… I used to have a lot of fun on Neverwinter Nights, there were a couple of great RP servers a few years back.

RPGs… it isn’t just the lack of RP but also the respawning and leveling gets on my nerves though.

DayZ though… Ooooo that hits some buttons. Continue reading