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Monday, 28 November 2005

Christmas Lists


Lots of nice DVDs at Amazon (and/or CD Wow) I wouldn't mind for Christmas, including the Recut, Extended, Unrated Sin City (Region 1), Batman Begins, Star Wars 3, Clone Wars cartoons, The Mighty Boosh (Series 2 not out until February, unfortunately), Nathan Barley, ...

Plus at Amazon, books like Smoke, Top 10, Powers...

CD's too, like Aimee Mann's the Forgotten Arm, Tori Amos Original Bootlegs, Johnny Cash, John Lennon, Eminem...

I am really easy to buy for. I'm very good, I avoid buying things I want in the lead up to Christmas, and am quite happy with booze and food too. I am almost a pleasure to buy for, so much so that random strangers should buy me things to see how much fun it is!

24 Minute Comic #2

The second 24 Minute Comic, created at the Brighton Comic Expo by a cast of loads (including myself on Page 1) can be found HERE.

(The first one is HERE.)

Tuesday, 22 November 2005

Brighton Comic Expo

A big hello to anyone I spoke to at the weekend (and anyone I didn't - Sorry!). A great weekend was had by all.

I picked up lots of nice things, including small press stuff by David Baillie, Dan Goodbrey and Doug Noble. Treated myself to a nice original page by Bryan Talbot from Luther Arkwright, now hanging in my living room.

Took part in the 24 Minute comic too, available next year in Just One Page, and possible elsewhere. That was great fun.

I dished out a big stack of Uncanny Fish1000.Biz Yarns - If you are finding this site for the first time, welcome! Hope you like what you find here.

Fish1000.Biz Promo

Issue One of Uncanny Yarns was released into the world at the Brighton Comic Expo - Congratulations if you picked up a copy!

If you were not able to find it, you can read it here:

Heres a print version:

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Friday, 4 November 2005

Comics Page Updated

Added a few more comics for sale - Including Grimjack, Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. and more.

I'll be at the Brighton Comic Expo, so if you'll be there, and you want to save on postage charges, order now and I'll bring the comics along.

Grant Morrison - House of Hearts Desire

Further to my previous entry on Grant's early work in Starblazer comic, here's another little peek at a rare early comics work, this time published in 1989's A1 issue 3, from Atomeka Press.

The House of Hearts Desire was a collaboration with Dom Regan for the A1 anthology, squeezed between stories by some of the UK's finest, plus more than a few international stars.

Continue Reading...

This short story is notable for an early mention of Barbelith, of which Morrison writes: "The word 'BARBELiTH' is derived from a dream I had when I was about 20 or 21 and coincided with my first structured 'magical' experiences and a minor nervous breakdown (in the dream, BARBELiTH was the name of some higher dimension or alternate reality)." The concept would be repeated throughout Morrison's later work, including New Adventures of Hitler (on which I plan to be writing something soon), Doom Patrol, Flex Mentallo, and of course the epic Invisibles.

As Morrison's script begins, it could almost be a prologue to a Doom Patrol adventure, featuring as it does the strange and unusual contrasted against a familiar, almost pedestrian background.

As the story progresses, it veers into more abstract territory, and the mood becomes the main character, and the dream overtakes the reality. Regan's art keeps pace perfectly, communicating the story well, while retaining its own expressiveness.

Atomeka Press is currently repackaging some of the work from early issues of A1, so this story may see print again at some point in the future. In the meantime, enjoy these few snippets from the 7-page tale.