Teething Problems

Some of you may have seen a blank article earlier or a password protected one. This is due to my long absence from regular writing. Sorry for any confusion.

I’ll not go in to the reason for not writing much as I’ve belaboured the subject enough. Earlier articles explain it all. Continue reading

2016 Annus Horribilis

The Queen called 1992 her Annus Horribilis. Among the things that challenged her that year were the divoirces 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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First Musketeer – Season one on YouTube 1st June 2015 (embeded teaser & trailer)

the-first-musketeer-official-poster-1I first wrote about this web-series on 09/02/15. At that time I made the rash forecast that it might be ready as soon as March the same year. I should have been a tad more cautious.

I’m aware that some of the delays were certainly to get the best post production possible. For example it was edited in the same editing suite as ITV’s Mr Selfridge and Fox TV’s Da Vinci’s Demons.

So the 1st of June is the date for Episode one. I do not know at this time how many episodes there are but interestingly this is now billed as Season One.

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Death Sentence London – Ongoing series from Montynero & Martin Simmonds – spoiler light

Death Sentence London Published by Titan

Written by Montynero with Art by Martin Simmonds. Created by Montynero and Mike Dowling

Issue 1 out 10th June 2015

Allcoverssm4 covers available

COVER A – MONTYNERO​
ORDER CODE: APR151708

COVER B – MARTIN SIMMONDS
ORDER CODE: APR151709

COVER C – MONTYNERO
ORDER CODE: APR151710

COVER D – MIKE DOWLING
ORDER CODE: APR151711

This is an ongoing series following on from the hit miniseries by Montynero and Mike Dowling. Montynero put out a newsletter yesterday giving a bit more detail about the project.

Montynero has also written for Marvel on the X-Men Annual and Hulk Annual since publishing Death Sentence.

Mike is a busy artist these days with work in 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine s wasn’t available for the start of this series but it is planned that he’ll be on board later on. So Monty had to look for a new artist with big shoes to fall.

Monty found Martin Simmonds and the art is both in keeping with the original yet also with a flair of his own. With his own art skills, see covers A & C for proof, it is clear that Monty knows what he is looking for. Continue reading

Easter Tournament Final Day – Royal Armouries 6th April

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThree competitions in one were settled today at Royal Armouries in Leeds.

The Queen’s Jubilee Horn – a prize for a single Knight with points accrued over the full length of the competition.

The Sword of Honour – a team award with lead points carried over from the earlier days of the competition.

Yorkshire Rose Gauntlet Ring – a team mounted melee.

Also with prizes of a bottle of something (I didn’t catch what) each for Skill at Arms and Chivalry.

Today rounded off four days of Tournament with six internationally renowned Knights. This is a serious competition where everyone wants to win. Continue reading

Comic Reviews on hold over Easter

Due to how much time I will be at Royal Armouries this Easter I won’t have time for many, if any, comic reviews till Tuesday. This is a big family time for me with the Jousting being a central part of our Easter.

FINAL COVER (For Web Use)However when I do have time I’ll be bringing reviews up to date for 2000AD, Judge Dredd Megazine & Judge Dredd Mega Collection (no idea what order. I also have a lovely tome from Hibernia Press, Dracula, to let you all know about.

It’d be grossly unfair to Hibernia in particular to squeeze it in. The quality of their books is amazing. You can read about several on here, click this link.

I will try to bring more reviews of small press comics this year. As well as Creator Owned projects, yes mostly from folk that have worked on 2000AD or the Megazine. Continue reading