History Hit TV – new subscription service dedicated to History

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History Hit TV is a new subscription service delivering a wide range of History related material.

I chose the word “material” deliberately as despite the name what is on offer is not only TV programs about History but also Podcasts and Audio Books.

I am very interested in History and I enjoy Books, Films and TV programs about History, both fact and fiction. So when I heard about this I had to have a look Continue reading

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Daemonium – available on Netflix (spoiler light)

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Daemonium
A film in Spanish
Subtitles in Arabic, English, French and Polish. Closed Caption in Spanish.
1h 55mins
Available on Netflix.

Starring
Dany Casco
Walter Cornás
Caro Angus

Directed by Pablo Perés

This is a film made in Argentina. Filmed in Spanish it is presented on Netflix with subtitles in a range of languages.

Daemonium is a film set in an alternate world where magic is real and seeps in from ‘elsewhere’.

The story follows three major characters. Razor, a mercenary trying to better his life for himself and his family. Fulcanelli, a wily magician with a handy pack of cards. Rebecca, a mysterious young woman with several identical ‘siblings’…

I came across Daemonium in 2013. At that point it was a two part series on YouTube. Each part was free standing and could be watched in isolation.

My introduction was via Jared Butler who runs Wasteland Weekend, a Post Apocalyptic themed film festival in California. Jared voiced Judge Dredd in the Fan Film Judge Minty and recommended Daemonium to me. Continue reading

Star Wars: Shattered Empire (spoiler light)

Star Wars Journey to Force Awakens Shattered Empire.jpgStar Wars: Journey to Force Awakens – Shattered Empire

Writer: Greg Rucka
Artists: Marco Checchetto, Angel Unzueta, Emilio Laiso
Colourist: Andres Mossa
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

For Lucasfilm
Creative Director: Michael Siglan
Senior Editor: Frank Parisi
Lucasfilm Story Group: Rayne Roberts, Pablo Hidalgo, Leland Chee

Genre: SciFi, Film Tie-in

(Article originally written 17th January 2017 – unpublished till now. I didn’t think it was fully finished at the time but having read it I’m no longer as dissatisfied as I was)

When the new Marvel/Disney Star Wars comics were announced it was also stated that these stories would be considered canon.

Comic, Novel and Computer Game spin-offs from TV and Film are very often not accepted as canon and that has upset many fans over the years. For me canon is what is in the main vehicle for the story, all the rest may or may bot be canon. So for Star Wars, the films are canon but what else is?

Lucasfilm are specific and the canon sources are the 6 previous films, Clone Wars animated film & TV series and all things created since 25th April 2014. So the Rebels TV show, a number of novels and the Marvel comics.

So what does this comic series add to the Star Wars story? Continue reading

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