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Thursday 31 July 2014

I KNOW! Helene Fischer #1 Again! And Why Not?

Künstler Titel
Helene FischerMarathon

Nockalm QuintettDu warst der geilste Fehler meines Lebens

OlafIch gebe Dir mein Wort

Alexander KlawsMorgen explodiert die Welt


Nik P.Geboren um Dich zu lieben

FantasyR.I.O. - Es geht nach Rio De Janeiro

Uwe BusseApplaus für Dich

Patricia GabrielaSaudades

G.G. AndersonNie wieder Goodbye

Die AmigosSommerträume

Claudia JungNicht nur eine Nacht (Wings of Love)

Roland KaiserIch fege die Sterne zusammen

Linda HesseKnutschen (Ich kann nichts dafür)

Oliver FrankBriefe von Sarah

SchwesterherzLass Mich Noch 100.000 Mal

Wolfgang ZieglerLiebe ist Leben

Jörn SchlönvoigtAlle Deine Küsse

Anna-Carina WoitschackAuf einmal ist es wieder Sommer

Norman LangenIch wähl' Deine Nummer



ANTONY JOHNSTON will be signing THE FUSE #1 and UMBRAL VOL. 1 OUT OF THE SHADOWS at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 30th August from 3 - 4pm


Working homicide on an orbiting energy platform, in a five mile long jury-rigged steel city stuffed with a half million people, and no help from your so-called colleagues back on earth, is more than's murder. A new crime series with serious attitude!

Exclusive mini-prints by Justin Greenwood and signed by Antony Johnston. Limited to 150.

The young thief called Rascal witnesses the horrific and brutal murder of the royal family-now the world's dark legends will be relived, and only Rascal even knows it's happening!

Exclusive mini-prints by Christopher Mitten and signed by Antony Johnston. Limited to 150.

Antony Johnston is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of graphic novels, video games, and books, with titles including WastelandThe FuseUmbral,Shadow of MordorDead SpaceThe Coldest CityZombiU, and more. He has adapted books by bestselling novelist Anthony Horowitz, collaborated with comics legend Alan Moore, and reinvented Marvel's flagship character Wolverine for manga. His titles have been translated throughout the world and optioned for film. Antony lives and works in England.


And "just in case" anyone from the company involved, or any of the companies who get free mentions here reads this: I am open to receiving prints, books or any other merchandise.  Just saying...

Benidorm actor Kenny Ireland dies from cancer aged 68

From the BBC News Online:

actor kenny ireland Benidorm star Kenny Ireland had been written out of the show as he fought cancer
Actor Kenny Ireland - best known for his role in TV comedy Benidorm - has died, aged 68, following a battle with cancer.

The veteran Scottish actor and director had played swinger Donald Stewart in the ITV show since 2007.
He was also part of Victoria Wood's fictional rep company in the BBC series Victoria Wood As Seen On TV.

Mr Ireland was director at Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre for more than a decade until 2003.
He was written out of the latest series of Benidorm in June so he could concentrate on his cancer treatment.
He and co-star Janine Duvitski played a sex-mad couple who holiday at the Solano hotel in the Spanish resort every year.

Mr Ireland's other TV credits include Taggart, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, the UK version of House of Cards, Drop The Dead Donkey and Heartbeat.

actor kenny ireland Kenny Ireland starring in the BBC series Victoria Wood As Seen On TV

Lee James Turnock -Up Yours!

Up Yours!
Lee James Turnock
The Comic Company
32 pages (saddle stitched)
Colour cover/ B&W interior
Sized to 5 ½” x 7 ¼” (perfect for stickin’ in your trenchcoat pockets!)/A5

  Britain's least known Underground cartoonist, Lee James Turnock, unleashes another tidal wave of lovingly delineated vitriol. Part autobiographical, part satirical, UP YOURS! is certain to lace your chuckles with mild unease. The highlights of this corker are Turnock's true life confession: "I Was a Teen-age Pervert", "Stinky Pinky", "What Pisses Him Off", and a deft Chick tract parody.

What can I say about Lee James Turnock?  It seems all the good insults have been done.  Seriously.  I am not kidding.  It appears that a lot of people in the UK 'comic community' (sorry, I laughed then) have absolutely no idea what humour is. Or what an Underground Comix is. Combine the two into one and they get more  cross eyed than a 15 year old who has been slapping the bishop too much.

Look at that cover.  All those runny noses in that brown bag. It's...not noses. Oh.

Anyway, lovely cover with great colours and, apart from the over-exposed blancmanges it's a style that might have graced a UK weekly comic years ago....back in the last century when I was young...young......anyway. really DO NOT get many of THEM to the £ these days.  The problem with having an alleged "family friendly" site is that you cannot post the absolute filth that Turnock produces. Absolute filthy but very funny.  He does have a blog and you can check out work he has done in the past in the Small Press as well as current work:

In collaboration with (writer?) Dexter Cockburn there is "The Most Common Cartoon-Based Childhood Accidents..." which is outrageous. Even as a kid, though, I knew NOT to look down the barrel of a cannon (but why we had one in the garden...?).  "This was your Life" hmm.  Well I never once considered that Hell might be more fun than Heaven!! "Whattock Hunt" just goes to prove that you really -REALLY- do need to check that the dvd you put on for the kids is, uh, not "bestial" in any way!!!  "What Pisses Him Off!" Yeah, I think most of us would really like to do one of these strips. Yeah, but then the screaming and legal threats start...meh.

What makes this issue so great is the semi-biographical "I Was A Teenage Pervert" which is funny, depressing, filthy, funny all in one big glop.  Porno mags, porno videos and those "know-all-about-sex" morons you knew who, obviously, knew absolutely nothing about sex!

I like the writing and unless it's my imagination, I think Turnock's artwork has improved (I wear glasses by-the-way)! There is some very neat figure work and it all just melds together nicely.  It IS an "adults only" book but unless you are an adult you probably would not understand most of the stuff in here such as why the woman is letting the pig do that to her or the joy of finding two carrier bags full of porn when you are thirteen!

The biggest mystery is WHY Turnock's work is so ignored in the UK? It's ridiculous.  We've had very few real Underground Comix creators in the UK since the 1970s and yet here is one who, were he based in the US, I'm sure would be a comix star and at least earning some good money for his work.

So, order a copy online (it's cheap enough) and have a good read.

I am obliged here to tell you that self-abuse can lead to poor eye-sight and need to wear spectacles.

Monday 28 July 2014

Joe Sacco’s “The Great War”

My thanks to old Eurocomics stalwart Sebchoq for reminding me of this. The news item from The New Yorker is from November 2013 but this "exhibit" is something to go and see if you are in Paris this Summer!

Joe Sacco’s latest work, “The Great War,” a twenty-four-foot-long panorama that folds like an accordion, illustrates the first day of the Battle of the Somme, one of the bloodiest battles in history, which took place on July 1, 1916. The Maltese-American cartoonist is best known for his comics journalism, including works like “Palestine,” “Safe Area Goražde,” and “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (his 2012 New York Times best-selling collaboration with Chris Hedges), but “The Great War” is a purely visual work, homing in on a specific moment in history. We spoke with Sacco about his approach.

When I got a call from an old friend of mine, an editor at Norton, asking me to draw a panorama of the Western front, my first response was “No!” Being a cartoonist, I always think in terms of narrative—but I grew up on Australia, and there the First World War truly gives Australians a sense of national identity. I’ve been reading about it since I was a kid, and I’ve spent so much time thinking about it—I’ve read so many books—that in the end, I thought, Why not?
When you read obsessively about a subject, at some point you begin to wonder about yourself. Why am I reading another book about the First World War? What’s pulling me in? So one of the reasons I agreed to do this panorama was trying to deal with my historical voyeurism: O.K., I should deal with this now, because otherwise, why did I visit the Somme battlefield fifteen years ago? It was almost like a penance for a boyhood interest that had lasted so long.
I don’t feel a separation from the people I read about in history books. Right now, I’m working on a long book on Mesopotamia—that’s years in the making, it’ll take a long time. I’ve been obsessed with the Middle Ages, I’ve been obsessed with the ancient world, I read a lot about different subjects—and to me, they’re all living people, just people who are just no longer with us.
When we first talked about my drawing a panorama of the Western front, the idea seemed static. But immediately I thought of the Bayeux Tapestry [a work probably made in the eleventh century depicting the Norman Conquest], which has a narrative. William the Conqueror in France is getting ready for the invasion; they’re building the boats; they’re crossing the English Channel; then there’s the Battle of Hastings, and you basically read it left to right. It just came to my mind that I could show soldiers marching up to the front, going to the trenches, going over the top, and then returning after they’ve been wounded, back through the lines to the casualty-clearing station behind the front. So it seemed like a very simple idea, and to be honest, I just wanted to draw. On a visceral level, it was just a pleasure to think only in terms of drawing.
It was a relief not to think about words, and to do a different kind of research. I did a lot of image research and I actually had to read a lot of books, because sometimes prose takes you where photography never went. I would read and get images in my head, and it was just a matter of putting them down. I’ve spent a lot of time doing journalism, and I still am interested in it, but I think the artist side of me wants to sort of come out now. And that’s what the Great War was to me, letting myself go in that direction.
I can’t get journalism out of my blood, so even for this First World War drawing, I needed to get everything right about the details. With the Mesopotamia project, which is very historical, I’m interviewing archaeologists, so that’s how my journalism background comes into it—it’s not just about reading and then distilling. I can get to the level where I can ask intelligent questions, but obviously you have to speak to people who really know that sort of stuff and have spent ten years on digs.
When I worked on “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” with Chris Hedges, it grew organically—he and I are good friends. I’d do these little scenes of some of the people we met. I’ve done that in my other work, so I thought, Why not just translate the approach into an American context?
I’ll probably never give up journalism … but I’ve done this for twenty years and I’m not sure I need to go to another conflict zone. You begin to see the similarities in certain human behaviors, and that starts to interest you. There are some things that may be easier to approach artistically than journalistically. I’m not sure I’ll write fiction, but fiction allows a writer to connect the dots while journalists often place the dots down without connecting them. And, I mean, I just need a creative change.
 There are some video links but the videos are in French.


Ahh, There Are Those 'Professionals' Again...

I would like to make it very clear that I do no, in any way, support or comment on comic forums -especially in the UK.  Neither am I interested in commenting on "He said this" or "He said that".  DO NOT CARE.

I lost too much time from writing and drawing over these things before.

I'm writing and drawing comics and trying to sell them while I have the time so please don't send me emails that are just crap trying to stir up trouble.

Sunday 27 July 2014

(Censored from TV) The Adventures Of Mark Twain (1985) -intended for kids!

Dr Who: Capaldi: No flirting with sidekick

Incoming Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi has revealed there will be no flirting with co-star Jenna Coleman in the new series.

The previous Doctor was engaged in a close relationship with his sidekick Clara that even led to a passionate kiss.

But Capaldi, 56, insisted his Time Lord would not be following in predecessor Matt Smith's footsteps by getting intimate with 28-year-old Coleman's character.

"There'll be no flirting, that's for sure," he told The Sunday Times Magazine. "It's not what this Doctor's concerned with. It's quite a fun relationship, but no, I did call and say, 'I want no Papa-Nicole moments'. I think there was a bit of tension with that at first, but I was absolutely adamant."

The Papa-Nicole comment relates to a series of 1990s Renault Clio car adverts which hinted at a romance between an older man and a younger woman, before they were revealed to be father and daughter.
Capaldi also had good news for those Doctor Who purists who believe the show's storylines have become over the top in the past few series.

"It's going to be a bit different from what we've seen over recent years. A bit more gravity," he said.
"Some situations are more sombre and I think there are more rooted dramatic scenes. Over the past two or three years, which I've loved, there has often been a breathless vigour; we still have that attack, but we have another level of drama, another tone. And the scenes are longer."

Capaldi recalled how his agent called him to tell him he had got the part when he was filming in Prague, and he spent the afternoon wandering around the city humming the Doctor Who theme tune.

"I just didn't think it was something that would happen to me," he admitted.

But the Glaswegian actor did not say yes to the part immediately.

"I didn't want to be Doctor Who in a Doctor Who I didn't like," he said. "I had to be convinced the show was going in a direction I was interested in.

"I had to think carefully about the level of visibility. My life was blessed, but as soon as this happened I had paparazzi outside my house. People spoke to me before and recognised me, but nothing like this.
"I had to decide if I was ready to live with that, because once that genie is out of the bottle, it doesn't go back in."

Doctor Who returns to BBC1 on August 23.

New Hulk Movie To Be Announced......

If -if - you watched that video from SDCC with Chris Evans and Mark Ruffalo then this should be no surprise.  When asked about a "stand alone" Hulk movie Evans jumped in an repeated the question to Ruffalo and fooled around -then "cut" and back to normal.

If anything telegraphed something in advance more obviously I have not seen it yet.


Chris Evans & Mark Ruffalo 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Exclusive Interview...

BBC News Online: Mark Hamill calls Star Wars return 'a gift'

"It was certainly unexpected. I already had a beginning, middle and end. I never thought we'd come back," he told the BBC's Lizo Mzimba.

"To go on to those sets that evoked so many memories. It is just astonishing."

He added that Harrison Ford was recovering well after breaking his leg on set in June.

"I was not on set. It was really terrible but I hear he's doing really well. It will take more than that to stop Harrison Ford," said Hamill, who was speaking on the red carpet of the UK premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy.

The 62-year-old starred in the three original Star Wars films, the first of which was released in 1977.
When the franchise was revived in 2002, the Luke Skywalker character was only seen as a baby in Revenge of the Sith (Episode III).

The new film, which only has the working title Episode VII so far, is due to be released in 2015.

The casting is a mix of original actors, including Ford as Han Solo and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, and new faces to the Star Wars universe, such as Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o and Domhnall Gleeson, whose characters have yet to be named.

George Lucas and Mark Hamill on the set of Star Wars Hamill (right) was 25 when he filmed the first Star Wars movie with George Lucas 
Speaking about returning to his biggest screen role with Fisher, Hamill said: "It was fantastic. Again - I thought even if they did a third trilogy, we wouldn't be involved, because it is really about the new generation of characters.

"We are just there to lend our support and grow contractually obligated beards."

He added that the new generation of actors brought in by director JJ Abrams were impressing him.

There is an interview with Hamill accompanying this piece at the BBC site:

Let Someone Else Tell you...SDCC 2014

Apparently I'm too sarcastic when it comes to dishing out DC and Marvel news.  No, really -I just hadn't realised.

So, I'm going to share this item by Jesse Schedeen from IGN which you will find here:


SDCC 2014: Marvel's Avengers NOW! Panel Recap

Angela goes solo and the Mighty Avengers live on. 

Yesterday at the Avengers & X-Men: All-AXIS panel, Marvel focused mainly on the upcoming AXIS event and also announced Rick Remender and Jerome Opena's graphic novel, Avengers: Rage of Ultron. Today's Avengers NOW! panel looked beyond AXIS to some of the projects in the works for late 2014. Remender and fellow writers Jason Aaron, Nathan Edmondson, and Nick Spencer, as well as Marvel Senior Editor Nick Lowe and Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso were on hand to discuss how the Avengers franchise will evolve moving into 2015.

Two new Avengers comics were announced during the course of the panel. First was Captain America & the Mighty Avengers, from writer Al Ewing and artist Luke Ross. The series is replacing the current Mighty Avengers volume and features the new Captain America (Sam Wilson, in case you haven't heard the news) as team leader. Spider-Man will also be rejoining the team, unaware of the trouble he caused Luke Cage and Jessica Jones during his Superior phase. The series will debut in November 2014.

Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #1 cover by Luke Ross

The other new book is Angela: Asgard's Assassin from co-writers Kieron Gillen and Maguerite Bennett and artists Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans. As the title suggests, the series spins out of recent revelations in Original Sin about Angela being the long-lost sister of Thor and Loki. The series explores Angela's quest for "a clean slate" after being cast out of the Tenth Realm. This series will also launch in November.

During the panel, Remender discussed how his Captain America run will build towards the upcoming All-New Captain America relaunch. The current arc will explore the relationship between Arnim Zola and Red Skull, while issue #25 will show Sam Wilson earning the mantle. Remender said Sam is the logical choice to replace Steve Rogers because he "speaks to a modern sensibility and audience."

Alonso said that Angela's new series is a way of allowing the character to have her own platform in Marvel's catalog while also showing how she fits into the larger universe. Aaron wouldn't deny the possibility that Angela is also the new female Thor, though he also joked the mystery heroine is really Aunt May. Aaron also said he's been building to the development of Thor being unworthy to wield Mjolnir for a while. Thor will still appear in the new series, but the female Thor (whose identity is a mystery to all but Odin) will be the main focus. Alonso reiterated that this is a status quo change that won't be going away anytime soon.

Angela: Asgard's Assassin #1 cover by Stephanie Hans

Various other Avengers-centric titles and story tidbits were discussed during the course of the panel:
  • Avengers World #10-11 will see the series' plot points "come to a head" and will feature both Black Knight's Euro Force and the Chinese team The Ascendents.
  • Obviously, Deathlok's TV debut played a role in Marvel green-lighting the character's new solo series. Edmondson said much of the conflict will revolve round the fact that the main character is completely unaware that he's a deadly cyborg assassin.
  • Remender created the "inciting incident" for the Superior Iron Man status quo, and Marvel then turned to Tom Taylor to develop the idea into a new series. Alonso confirmed that a meeting between Iron Man and fellow SF resident Daredevil is "very likely."
  • The new female Thor isn't appearing in AXIS because Remender wanted to write a crucial scene involving regular Thor and Odin. A firm timeline has been established among Marvel's writers for where the Avengers NOW! books fall in relation to AXIS.
  • A new character will be taking up the mantle of Nomad. This Nomad has ties to Steve Rogers but isn't Steve himself.
  • Edmondson feels Black Widow works best as a solo character, but hinted that the Avengers will play a role in her book as they discover some of the questionable actions she's undertaken.
  • When asked why Sif wasn't tapped to replace Thor, Aaron said he wanted to create a new Thor and compared it to "the difference between telling a story about Robin and a story about Batman."
  • Alonso said Marvel has big plans in mind for Doctor Strange, and they even have a writer lined up for a solo series to be announced down the road. He said there's a reason Strange features so prominently in Original Sin.
  • Remender teased that the image of Stephen Colbert becoming the new Falcon is "canon." Whether he's serious remains to be seen.
Jesse is a mild-mannered writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter, or Kicksplode on MyIGN.

Wow. A NEW number one Avengers...sorry -TWO new first issues of NEW Avengers titles.  I was sat here thinking just yesterday "What we really need is a couple new Avengers titles" -and look what happens!  Incredible.

"Angela"....?!!  I know they are American and we are talking Marvel Comics (Disney) here but do they realise that Asgard, Thor, Odin, etc., etc., are all Northern European?  I just checked my Larousse Encyclopaedia of Mythology and no name "Angela" crops up.  I even checked a list of old Nordic names -no Angela.  Tom Brevoort must have been plunging his finger into the Black Hole of Calcutta again -"OOH! OOH! Idea!"

Next, Thor is a GOD. He is ancient. The hammer says someone has to be worthy to YIELD THE POWER of Thor -NOT FUCKING REPLACE HIM AS A GOD AND CHANGE HIS SEX.

Marvel Comics is full of ass-holes and the same applies to the head butt keepers at Disney.  Let's not get in the way of avoiding possible copyright claims (ahh, those nuisance Nordic chroniclers!) and trying to get another "super babe" in comics -just what those sad, nerdy geeks stuck in their rooms need: another comic babe to masturbate to.

I do hope I'm not coming across all angry?

Hey -a black Captain America that can fly and can have a little humour added in. I think that is an absolutely brilliant idea.

Defecate all over the work that established Marvel Comics as THE House of Ideas and turn it into a pile of Disney sludge?   Why not? It is their company after all and Brevoort is over-filled with sludge that needs releasing with all the integrity that only Brevoort can command.

I think Marvel Comics are hitting new heights now and I reall want to polish up my old Merry Marvel Marching Society badge and wear it proudly when I go shopping.

Anyway, I have to rush as it's Sunday Sarcastiball Match day and I'm topped up with "Joy Juice" to replenish my energy.

Friday 25 July 2014




July 25th 2014, Malta 
For Immediate Release 

Wicked Comics are proud to announce that internationally renowned mangaka Yishan Li (The Clique), and acclaimed comic creators Rufus Dayglo (Tank Girl) and Andrew Wildman as first guests for the Malta Comic Con (MCC) 2014 which will be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November at St. James Cavalier (all floors), Valletta, between 10am – 6pm on Saturday and 11am – 7pm on Sunday.  

Yishan Li: 

Yishan Li is a professional UK/Chinese manga artist currently living in Scotland. Besides a large number of “how to draw” tutorial books, her work has been published in China, France, the UK and the USA and have also been translated in many languages. Her impressive resume includes L’ Accro du Shopping a French graphic novel adaptation of Sophie Kinsella’s famous novel Confessions of a Shopaholic which was also adapted in a movie starring Isla Fisher, Cutie B, Les Contesse du Boudoir Hate’ (which is based on traditional Chinese ghost story book: Liaozhai Zhiyi), The Clique; an adaptation of the #1 the New York Times best selling series of the same name, and Will Supervillians be on the Final. She is currently working on a new graphic novel titled Girl 1 and a new as yet untitled story based on the life of Princess Diana.  

Rufus Dayglo: 

Rufus Dayglo is a Northern Irish professional comic artist based in London and is best known for re-launching Tank Girl back into the world. Before moving into comic art, Rufus worked in the animation industry on feature films, storyboarding and various commercials and was also one of team working on pop promos for the popular band Gorillaz. He has worked for a number of comic book publishers including Image Comics, IDW, 2000 AD, Ankama Editions, Titan books, and DC Vertigo books and on popular titles and characters such as Judge Dredd, Future Shocks, Snaked and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty the graphic novel spin off of the popular video game. He is currently launching his own series, Solid Gold Death Mask in partnership with Ashley Wood’s 3A Company, as well as working on an upcoming split comic with Ashley for IDW Comics. 

Andrew Wildman: 

British creator Andrew Wildman has been an illustrator for Comics, Games and TV for 30 years. He has worked on a number of popular titles including Thundercats, The Real Ghostbusters, Power Rangers, G.I. Joe, the X-Men, Spider-man and Venom but is perhaps best known for his long association with Transformers. TV works includes, character designer for the animated TV show Legend of The Dragon, production designer for the children’s animated TV show The Matt Hatter Chronicles and storyboard artist for the BBC on The Fades, The Interceptor and Doctor Who. He is also currently working for a number of new TV shows including an animated one with Transformers writer Simon Furman. Wildman is also the author and illustrator of a new graphic novel Horizon which has been described by BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz as “An intriguing book that tells a great story in four wonderful dimensions: words, pictures, speech and space”. 

“We’ve heard nothing but praise from previous guests on Li, Dayglo and Wildman, and we cannot help but feel excited that they are going to bring their unique and distinctive talents to our show. The diverse and acclaimed work they have all been involved in will certainly appease the Maltese comic fans and we’re proud to welcome them to the Malta Comic Con family. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank them for accepting our invitation and for the role they will play in making MCC 2014 the best yet!” said Chris Le Galle co-founder of Wicked Comics.  

As customary Wicked Comics have designed a number of packages for fans wishing to travel to the Malta Comic Con from abroad, which include heavily discounted accommodation rates and local transport from hotel to convention centre. Similarly Wicked Comics have a number of packages tailored for foreign creators who wish to exhibit at the Malta Comic Con including heavily discounted tables. 

More Packages info: