I’ve fairly recently gotten turned on to my local library. They have graphic novels. Lots of graphic novels. Yum. This is good, because it helps limit my expenditure on such things. So I’ve been going through them at a rate of knots.

When I’m reading, I tend to use business cards as bookmarks. $WORK purchased several hundred of them for me a while back. I have no idea why, as I only get to go see clients about twice a year. But they do make good bookmarks.

I was amused, however, to hear from a friend of my partner that her partner in turn had borrowed a book from the library and my card had dropped out of it. Now that’s geek advertising!


Happy 30th

The galaxy’s greatest comic has just turned 30. Well done Tharg, old chap!

Keep up the good work—I’m still enjoying it.


En Français, s’il-vous plait

I’m in France, visiting my relations. Once upon a time I could speak French fluently. I lived there for a year. Now, my French has detoriated to the point where I can hardly string a sentence together. This is most distressing, but entirely understandable due to lack of practise.

Then, wandering through FNAC on Friday, I saw my salvation: comics! A wall of graphic novels, all in French. I drooled. I picked myself up and started some serious browsing. What better way to practise than enjoying a great story? So I’ve now got a few comics to take back and enjoy, and hopefully by the next time I won’t feel quite so much like a fish out of water.

On another note entirely, I saw a translated version of Alan Moore’s 49’ers for less than the price I paid for the English version. Shocking, I call it!



Three years ago, I picked up a copy of Judge Dredd Megazine on a whim to read on a train journey. I hadn’t really read 2000AD since I was a kid. One of the things that utterly captivated me was Scarlet Traces, a story about what happened after the martian invasion in War of the Worlds. It was well scripted, and beautifully drawn, with large, clean lines and lovely colour. I couldn’t wait for the next installment in the story, and I’ve not missed a megazine since. Plus I’ve accrued quite a few graphic novels.

Anyway, in the last megazine, I noticed an ad for a book, Leviathan, with the magic names attached again, Ian Edgington and D’Israeli.

Naturally, when I saw a copy in Borders, I picked it up without hesitation. From the back cover:

In 1928, the Leviathan, the largest cruise liner the world had ever seen, was launched, bound for New York, with a crew and passenger complement totalling nearly 30,000 people. It was never seen again.

Twenty years later, one of the remaining passengers, Detective Sergeant Lament, begins to investigate the mystery at the liner’s heart. What he discovers will change his world forever—but it might just bring the Leviathan home…

From the very first pictures, they’ve really managed to show quite how large the ship actually is. Sometimes, it’s really hard to get perspective across that well, but they’ve done it well. When you get into the ship itself, it’s all done in impeccable taste, but everything is drawn white-on-black to give a very noir feel to it. The main character, Aurelius Lament, is a detective called in to investigate the murder of a 1st class passenger, one Jerry Leadbeater (har har). Things start to get really mysterious when the captain reveals that the ship should have run out of fuel decades ago…

Oh hell, it’s a cracking good yarn, drawn beautifully. I love it. And what can I say? I love the whole steampunk idea. More, please!



Watchmen is the wikipedia featured article today! If you haven’t already read it, do yourself a favour and go and buy a copy.


V for Vendetta

I’m really glad that Jeremy enjoyed V for Vendetta. Like him, I went in to see it fully expecting to see a much loved comic book butchered into something unrecognizeable. It wasn’t. It was changed, but for reasons that worked better in the medium of film (mostly).

It did amuse me greatly to see John Hurt in the role of Chancellor Sutler, almost exactly the opposite role to that he played in 1984—Winston.

I completely understand why Alan Moore wanted to be disassociated with the film. After all, he’s been burned badly before. He now takes an absolutist, no-compromises view. But you can’t just take something from graphic novel to screen without changes. However, this doesn’t prevent me from thoroughly enjoying his works. 🙂


Comics Expo

Yesterday, I went to Comic Expo 2005. I couldn’t really miss it seeing as it was in town. I wish I’d gone on Saturday as they were screening some great films (including Grass Roots) and had Dave Gibbons doing a session. And Harry Harrison too. Never mind. I did get to see Mark Millar instead, which was cool.

Unfortunately, I forgot to buy tickets ahead of time, so it cost £10 to get in. Bleargh. This was further compounded by my purchasing several new graphic novels. Needless to say my £50 that I’d got out didn’t last long.

The highlight of the show was watching Gilbert Shelton draw Fat Freddy’s Cat in front of me. Being completely unartistic myself, it was absolutely magical to see it all appearing right there in front of my very eyes.

I loved the Dalek that was wondering around as you walked in. Very flashy & noisy, just like a happy pet.

I was very glad to see Weebl had a stall selling DVD’s and soft toys and stuff. Nice to see the lads and I picked up a DVD from them, which I’d been meaning to for ages.

I was amused to see David’s Comics present. Their stall seemed to be about three times the size of their shop in the laines. 🙂

The worst bit was the interior of the Metropole. As one of the two “top hotels in Brighton”, the decor was a little bit shabby in the conference area. There were bits here and there with wallpaper peeling. Not awful, but definitely ranks a “could do better.”

Anywhow; I sure hope that they come back next year!