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Monday, 30 April 2007

In Search of Steve Ditko

I've known bits about this for a while now, but it looks like it's finally gone public, with Jonathan Ross mentioning it on his Radio 2 show last Saturday. Can't wait to see it! Keep your eyes peeled in the direction of BBC4.

Friday, 27 April 2007

Purely Superfluous Nextwave Cameo

The Warren Ellis / Stuart Immonen creation make a guest appearance in Marvel Zombies vs Army of Darkness #3. Read the entire sequence here.

Spinal Tap Reform Again

Watch the video here, and read all about it on the Live Earth website.
Time is a strange... Mistress

Spider-man suit "a decade away"

An article in New Scientist proposes that the age of the arachnid-inspired vigilante may be closer than we think...
IMAGINE owning your own Spiderman suit, complete with gloves and boots to allow you to stick to walls, and even a sticky silk spinner to swing between buildings. That might be a step closer to reality, thanks to Nicola Pugno at the Polytechnic University of Turin in Italy, who has come up with a scheme for an adhesive material and "spider silk" based on carbon nanotubes.
That just leaves the problem of swinging between buildings on Spiderman-style silk. Researchers can already spin metre-long carbon nanotube fibres (Science, vol 309, p 1215), and much longer ones should be possible, so Pugno proposes making a "cable" consisting of around 4 million nanotube fibres.
Stefano Mezzasalma at the University of Trieste in Italy says the approach could work. "The first prototype of a Spiderman suit might be ready in a decade or so."

Sunday, 22 April 2007

M-I-L-F, don't you forget

Tori Amos' new video, Big Wheel. I think the song is rather good:

Here's another song, Almost Rosey, performed live.

The CD is available in regular and accompanying DVD versions:

Now, lets see what that post heading does for my hits...

Saturday, 21 April 2007


Alan Davis talks about the origin of the designation '616' for the Marvel Universe, as introduced in the old UK Captain Britain strips.

Thursday, 19 April 2007

Geek Hierarchy

Spider-Man Musical

According to Popbitch:
Bono and The Edge - the new Ben Elton and Andrew
Lloyd Webber. They're writing the lyrics and music
for a Spider-Man musical.

In the meantime, here's the Snow Patrol version:

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

London Zine Symposium

London Zine SymposiumI expect I'll be popping in here at the weekend. I might drop of some of my comics to sell. If you're there, keep an eye out!

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Chris Weston Blog

Chris Weston's Mystery Project
Chris Weston regularly posts art and entertaining commentary to his blog. He appears to be working on something now that looks rather good, with lots of old wartime comics characters. You can even spot the British character 'Night Raven' on one of the pieces.

This pic was posted back in November, but there's been plenty of tantalising sneak-peeks since then.

Sunday, 15 April 2007

Spiderman Annual 7

No, not that one. This new one was created by my 5 year old nephew, Logan. I did the lettering, but the art, script, and cover logo is all his. Snow-Man and Pumpkin-Man are new creations, copyright Logan. Click on the cover to read. Enjoy!

Friday, 13 April 2007

All New, All Different (but the same)

You may notice some changes around here, as I'm playing with the new Blogger template functionality. Some page elements are kind of crammed in at the moment, hopefully everything should settle soon.

Thursday, 12 April 2007

RIP Kurt Vonnegut

Saddened to hear one of my favourite authors, Kurt Vonnegut Jr died yesterday, aged 84. His work was a godsend a few years back, when I had a daily bus commute.

Some of my favourites include Slaughterhouse 5, Sirens of Titan, Mother Night, and Breakfast of Champions. I have a hardback of short stories still waiting on my shelf to be read, which I was intending to take on Holiday this year.

From Wiki:
In Chapter 18 of his book Palm Sunday "The Sexual Revolution," Vonnegut grades his own works. He states that the grades "do not place me in literary history" and that he is comparing "myself with myself." The grades are as follows:

* Player Piano: B
* The Sirens of Titan: A
* Mother Night: A
* Cat's Cradle: A-plus
* God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater: A
* Slaughterhouse-Five: A-plus
* Welcome to the Monkey House: B-minus
* Happy Birthday, Wanda June: D
* Breakfast of Champions: C
* Slapstick: D
* Jailbird: A
* Palm Sunday: C

Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Pavlov vs Scientist

Reality goes round in weird little circles sometimes, doesn't it? Here, Aimee Mann does the backwards boogie singing about psychologist Ivan Pavlov, while Coldplay perform the same trick in 'The Scientist'. Aimee Mann then completes the circle, covering 'The Scientist' on the special edition of 'Lost In Space'.

Incidently, I sang 'The Scientist' at karaoke a week last Friday, possibly at the same time, I'd hear later, that events were transpiring that would impact my personal relationships, and prompt me to look up an old Aimee Mann song about a psychologist. Funny old world, isn't it?

Common People

Jamie Hewlett illustrates Pulp's "Common People". Fantastic.

Thursday, 5 April 2007

Did you know...

...The plural of 'Database' is 'Databese'.

This has been a public service announcement.