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Monday, 20 August 2007

TV Round-up

Search for Steve Ditko to air on BBC4 on September 18th at 9:30pm,

Heroes gets a hardcover comics collection,

Theres more Trapped in the Closet,

part 1 of Richard Dawkins The Enemies of Reason documentary (part 2 aired tonight, so will probably follow soon.)

Michelle Ryan Bionic Woman interview,

Finally, the Sarah Silverman Program

Friday, 10 August 2007

Drinks at Mile End

I had the pleasure last night of spending several hours in the company of some of the UK Small Press Scene's brightest luminaries. Several folk on their way to CAPTION had arrived in London, so David Baillie took the opportunity to arrange for them to turn up at his local pub, and a good time was had by all. The host eventually turned up, having got lost on the way.

Following the recent launch of TRIPWIRE magazine (available in Shops now), editor in chief Joel Meadows used the night to discuss possible future articles, many of which sounded very interesting, if faintly litigious.

Also present were Leon Hewitt, Matt Badham, Andrew Colman and 'Comics Foxiest Chick' Bridgeen Gillespie, a veritable think-tank of movers and shakers. Each had many ideas to share which could easily shape the future of Small Press, and even the world!

Sadly I had to leave to catch my train, so I'm sure I missed all the best ideas, which would have pickled and percolated to perfection throughout the night. Still, next time you experience something new and revolutionary, there's a chance that it had it's origin last night in the east end of London.

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Yesterday's Tomorrows

Jealous? You should be, if you don't own this book. Now that Summer's over, and the nights are drawing in, you could do worse than pick up a copy, for £25 (probably cheaper on Amazon), or £35 for the deluxe slipcased limited edition, with art prints (exclusive to Forbidden Planet International, discounted to £24.50 at time of writing).

As you'd expect from Rian Hughes, the book design is lovely, with striking embossed hardback covers, and gorgeous paper stock throughout.

The collection contains a mixed selection of works, including hard to find stories from a selection of small publishers, plus the meat of the book, the collaborations with Grant Morrison, Really and Truly from 2000ad, and the controversial Dare from Revolver/Crisis. Also included are some preliminary sketches, promotional images, and more.

Hughes' deceptively simple style reveals so much detail on closer inspection, he really is underrated, and it's about time that changed. Start the ball rolling by picking up a copy yourself!

Oh Sh!#!!

I'm with Douglas on this one.

Saturday, 4 August 2007

Prince at the O2

Saw Prince in concert last night at the former millennium dome - And it was fab! I'm not a hardcore Prince fan, so I hadn't heard some of the older songs he played since probably when they were last in the charts. It was a great atmosphere, and a fantastic night. Interesting venue too, with lots of eateries and bars to visit before and after the show.

Here's the playlist:
01. Down By The Riverside
02. Satisfied
03. Cream
04. U Got The Look
05. Musicology
06. Play That Funky Music
07. Wonderful World
08. Joy In Repetition
09. Anotherloverholenyohead (feat. Rock Lobster)
10. Peach
11. Lolita
12. Black Sweat
13. Kiss
14. I Feel For You
15. Controversy (feat. Housequake chant)

Encore 1
16. Purple Rain

Encore 2
17. Crazy (feat. One Nation Under A Groove chant)
18. Let's Go Crazy

Encore 3
19. Take Me With U
20. Guitar.

And if you can't make the show, get the album!