So, then. If last night's Channel 4 extravaganza proved nothing else, it did at least demonstrate conclusively that there's no magic trick so beautiful or spectacular that it can't be cheapened to the point of worthlessness through the addition of poorly conceived, inexpertly applied anaglyph 3D technology.
Don't get me wrong, I love 3d stuff. I even wrote a semi-glowing review of the Beowulf CGI movie back in the early days of this blog. The problem is now that I've seen what can be done in the field, both at the cinema and more recently in the jaw-flooring Avatar: The Game demo that was being run at the London MCM Expo last month, the old red/blue bullshit just seems like a total waste of time.
I also sort of semi-object to the clumsy way the anaglyph 3D was crowbarred into a magic show. Simply put, it added nothing. In fact, I'd go so far as to suggest it was deliberately set up to add nothing, as practically admitted by the increasingly entertaining Derren Brown in the intro.
Anyway, all disappointment at this essentially pointless gimmickry aside, you've got to love the latest version of Derren's "host" persona. He's flying a really strong flag for British magic these days. Also, with Pete Firman picking up the long-lost Paul Daniels stage technique and Barry and Stewart's awesome, visceral assault on the senses, I was quickly able to put the red/blue glasses down and enjoy the performances instead.
Anyway, fuck all that. Let's talk comics...
I'm heading up to Thought Bubble in Leeds at the weekend. Had a great time at this event last year, and things look similarly promising this time around.
Nic Wilkinson has announced a couple of competitions over on Insomnia's Red Eye blog. Details as follows:
1) Win a chance to visit the Buskers Film Set. Thanks to Jeymes Samuel for making this possible.
Entry to the competition is free with any purchase, or £1 per ticket.
The draw will be made on the 1st of December and the winner notified by email. Any winner under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied on the set visit by an adult.
The date and time of the visit will be arranged personally with the winner.
2) Win a PSP 3000 loaded with Insomnia Comics. This competition is in association with The Geek Syndicate. Thanks to Sony for donating this great prize.
If you will not be attending the show you can still enter the latter competition by heading over to the Geek Syndicate Website.
To be in with a chance to win, all you need to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “Going digital with Geek Syndicate, Insomnia and Sony!”
The first entry pulled out of the hat will win.
Closing date for entry is 1st December.
I entered the 2009 convention circuit without expecting to be pitching much, given the number of projects I've already got on my plate, but ended up landing several key gigs. All in all, I've had a pretty great year of it, and can't wait to see what happens in 2010.