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Sunday, 24 July 2016

If I Told You Stats Read 666 Would You Worry?

I've mentioned before how the official visits to CBO (the daily views) can be low compared to the actual visits via other sources -social media, web links and so on that are not counted.

I'll explain.  At this very moment Daily Views to CBO (where people click on CBO directly) stands at 666 but don't get worried about that figure!

Looking at page views via other sources, that are listed on the same page but not counted, I just saw the first two figures and thought "Oh. That's right!" Here:

Pageviews by Countries

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers
United States
United Kingdom
Hong Kong
New Zealand

Now, unless I am very wrong that totals 1,180.  This is why I never really bother with stats -figures are just a jumble of numbers.  But if you add 1,180 + 666 you get  1,846 which is the total views up to 1700hrs BST.

Countries and time zones vary so right now, somewhere, its the middle of the morning, afternoon, evening or night which is why the countries views come from mix up constantly. Someone asleep now will wake up in his/her morning and check CBO or in the evening after his/her work day ends.

That is about the main thing that intrigues me with this blog: who? Where? When? And, of course, Why?

Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) That Video Link and Her ACTUAL SDCC Interview

Yes, the SDCC video of Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) vanished.  No idea what is going on but I can no longer find it which is why I uploaded and interview from another event!

But a new interview can be found at Super News by Movie Pilot -and it's not on You Tube:

Cinebook The 9th Art: Yoko Tsuno 11- The Three Suns of Vinea

Author: Roger Leloup
Age: 8 years and up
Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm
Number of pages: 48 colour pages
Publication: May 2016
ISBN: 9781849183024
Price: £6.99 inc. VAT

One night, on an isolated moor, Yoko, Vic and Pol are eagerly waiting for their friend Khany. When she arrives, she whisks them away on a shuttle and takes them not to one of the Vineans’ underground facilities, but to a station near Saturn. And that’s only the first leg of their journey! They’re soon invited to travel much, much further: the Vineans have decided to return to their planet, to see if it survived the cataclysm that drove them into exile.
So, just in case you have no idea about Yoko Tsuno: Yoko Tsuno is an electrical engineer, who was raised in Japan but now lives in Belgium. She is quite compassionate and has a knack for making friends. Yoko is also a skilled scuba diver, holds a black belt in aikido, and can pilot both gliders and helicopters. Which means that Tsuno is very well qualified for the adventures she finds herself caught up in.. The flaw she does admit to having is the typically Japanese trait of valuing personal honour highly -no, don't get me started:this is about a comic character- that can, at times, make her trusting to the point of blindness. 
Don't be fooled, as I was at first, into thinking this is either a "girls" comic or one for children.  It can be but the adventures and strong characterisation do not deserve such shallow categorisations. And the art is nice and clean and each panel has a lot of detail -far more than you realise until you really look. The alien craft, space station -alien structures (interior and exterior) and terrain -absolutely wonderful and the colour work by Studio Leonard just adds more to every page.
It's a great adventure and as if I needed to have my excitement level piqued -volume 11 is The Titans.  And the cover to that one......!!

CWs Flash -Flash Point!

Nope. Never seen the new Flash TV series.  Nor Arrow.  Nor Supergirl. But this makes me think about it...

Cinebook The 9th Art: Lucky Luke 59- Bride of Lucky Luke

Authors: Guy Vidal & Morris
Age: 8 years and up
Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm
Number of pages: 48 colour pages
Publication: June 2016

ISBN: 9781849183055
Price: £6.99 inc. VAT
One of the main problems facing the Old West’s inhabitants was the lack of women in frontier territories. Entire towns were populated only by men, while many unmarried young women languished on the east coast. To remedy that situation, marriages were arranged over mail. And now we find a reluctant Lucky Luke in charge of protecting a convoy of brides on their way west. Could he, too, be in danger of finding a wife?
Continuing the longest ever English language run of The Man who shoots faster than his own shadow -Lucky Luke. How the heck do you review a book full of visual gags as well as puns? You can't really because if you know Lucky Luke then you know what to expect!
The Daltons are in here.  Well, of course they are.  There are those native American chaps. Hey -a puma meets a Dalton: which one runs? Can Lucky Luke's trademark clothes REALLY be washed? Can Luke REALLY be about to wear a dandy city-slicker suit??? The Daltons are house cleaning??? Uh, and why is that hardened outlaw wearing female clothes....?!
Yes, the greatest threat to the Wild West hit the latest Luke book, a lot of women out to find husbands and make the Wild West clean and tidy and....civilized!
Can even Lucky Luke escape this threat?  Look at that cover.  This could be it!
Morris and Vidal continue the great tradition that began back in the late 1940s (hopefully, one day, we may see those strips in English). Fun story, fun art, fun reading and all for just £6.99.
And, I keep forgetting to write that you do not have to wander about hoping to find a shop that sells Cinebook titles.  You can order straight from their own site:

Brie Larson -Captain Marvel

This ought to interest someone?

Brie Larson will take lead role in Marvel's first female superhero film Captain Marvel

The Marvel Studios supermovie opens in the US on 8 March 2019.
Actress Brie Larson is set to play the role of Captain Marvel. Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios made the announcement at San Diego's Comic-Con on Saturday, 23 July.
The actress, who won an Oscar for The Room, shared a photo of herself on Twitter wearing a cap that says Marvel Studios, with the caption "Call me Captain Marvel". Larson will now play the role of Carol Danvers – Captain Marvel – which is set to be released in the US on 8 March 2019.
And to blow you away even more...or less....

Doctor Strange - Comic Con 2016 Teaser Trailer

Looks like big special effects.  Really, I'd have loved to see Roger Corman direct the movie and Geoffrey Rush as Dr Strange -he has that Vincent Price look and....ahh, dream casting!

Besides, it cannot be as bad as that animated Dr Strange movie!!!!

Saturday, 23 July 2016

HEY! Save Linda Medley & CASTLE WAITING

So, sue me if I want to help a talented artist/creator.

Please read.

Hello, I'm Linda and I'm an illustrator and cartoonist. Since 1994 I've worked on my own independent graphic novel series, CASTLE WAITING. 

Several years ago I was diagnosed with severe cervical spondylosis as well as carpal tunnel syndrome, and took some time off from creating artwork to rest, and adapt to new modes of working. Now I'm currently hard at work on CASTLE WAITING Volume 3 and hope to have the first 150-page installment ready for publication next year...but I'll need your financial help to be able to continue working on it.

I am raising funds to help cover my living and ongoing physical therapy expenses for the next year.  I will be losing my present living situation in the next month, and currently don't have enough to get into a new place. I really want to continue working on CASTLE WAITING and desperately need a secure home--and the peace of mind that comes with it!--to do so.

I've been freelancing since 1986 and have had work published by Golden Books, Grosset and Dunlap, DC Comics, and many others. CASTLE WAITING has managed to weather quite a few publishing storms over the years with two volumes (close to 1000 pages) in print, with editions translated into eight languages available all over the world.

Please help if you can. Producing artwork and stories for an ever-growing audience has always been crucially important to me. In all my years of freelancing I've never been in a position like this, and your advance support of the book will have my undying gratitude. 

Other ways you can help:
Pledge a monthly amount on Patreon 
Make a purchase from my Etsy Shop

Justice League Special Comic-Con Footage

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