Monday, 31 December 2012

Obligatory Favourite Things Of 2012 List

As is traditional at this time of year, here are our lists of our favourite things from 2012.

  1. Seven Psychopaths
  2. Lawless
  3. The Raid
  4. The Hobbit
  5. The Man With The Iron Fists
Honourable Mentions: Killing Them Softly, Cabin In The Woods, The Avengers, Men In Black 3

Most disappointing: Prometheus*

  1. Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred (David Hine, Shaky Kane)
  2. Fatale (Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips)
  3. Grandville 3 (Bryan Talbot)
  4. Happy (Grant Morrison Darrick Robertson)
  5. Mud Man (Paul Grist) 
Honourable Mentions: Hellboy (Mike Mignola, Duncan Fegredo), Moon (Dan Thompson, Steve Penfold),  The Changeling (from Into The Woods by Alexi Conman and Conor Boyle)

Most anticipated for 2013: Porcelain (Benjamin Read, Christian Wildgoose), Grandville 4

Most disappointing: Prometheus*

Web Comics
  1. Corporate Skull (Jamie Smart)
  2. Bad Machinery: The Case of The Fire Inside (John Allison)
  3. Penny Arcade (Jerry Holkins, Mike Krahulik)
  4. Manly Men Doing Manly Things (Kelly Turnbull)
  5. AmazingSuperPowers (Wes and Tony)
Honourable Mentions: Moon Freight 3, Jenspiration, anything by Emily Carroll

Most disappointing: Prometheus*

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. Dexter
  3. Spartacus: Vengeance
  4. Venture Brothers Halloween Special
  5. Archer
Most disappointing: Prometheus*

Novels (May not have been written this year, but read this year!)
  1. Boneland (Alan Garner)
  2. Bringing Up The Bodies (Hilary Mantel)
  3. Ragnarok (A S Byatt)
  4. The Testament of Gideon Mack (James Robertson)
  5. Baba Yaga Laid An Egg (Dubravka Ugresic)
Most disappointing: Prometheus*

  1. Dishonored
  2. Borderlands 2 (for co-op)
  3. Uncharted 3
  4. Escape Plan
  5. Wonderbook: Book of Spells
 Honourable Mentions: Walking Dead, Max Payne 3

Non-Computer Games deserving of a mention: Android Netrunner, Blood Bowl Team Manager, X-Wing (all from Fantasy Flight games)

Most disappointing: Prometheus*

* Prometheus was SO disappointing that its disappointment transcends and infects all media and therefore ranks it as the single most disappointing experience of 2012 across all conceivable categories.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Nic's Sticky Notes: Whatever Comics Suffers Local Recurrence As Cancertown Returns!

On November 24th a Crossing Point opened and Evil Twin found her way into this world, specifically into Whatever Comics in Canterbury.

She must have been drawn through by the metastasis of the Cancer Cell to Canterbury.

It turned out "her shit" did work on Morley just fine out here, and when she told him he was looking "sick as a dog, on having being caught in the rain, this was the unfortunate result.

But who better than Evil Twin to tell people they needed to be inside buying copies of the book?

No wonder the day went so well!

Huge thanks must go to Karol Steele (how many other signings have an actress hot off Les Mis and Derren Brown for the day?) and her trusty sidekick Ted for playing the parts of Evil Twin and Vince Morley, especially in the freezing temperatures and pouring rain.

Special thanks also to  Emma Pearce of The Sabbat Shoppe for providing the beautiful and mysterious Straw Men who had been part of a Lammas celebration a few months before.

By 12pm the stand was all set up and Cy and Pete Mason were installed behind the stand.

It's always a special thing to do a signing at Whatever Comics. We've known Manny and Debe who own the shop since we were teenagers. It's our spiritual comics home.

Cy bought the first ever present he bought me from their first indoor market stall, before they even moved into a shop. It was an original run of V for Vendetta, in case you were wondering.

The rest, as they say, was history.

Don't believe the people who tell you comics don't get you the girls!

So, to be back here signing our own books, and talking to other readers, creators, and artists in all sorts of other media is fantastic.

We even met Pete Mason, the colourist, at a Whatever Comics signing for the Wolfmen book from Accent UK by Dave West and Andy Bloor and if you haven't read it, and the sequel, then you should. You can buy it from the shop.

Here are Manny and Debe Armario.

Give them a big hand for running the comic shop that Carling would have to employ them to run if it ran comic shops instead of them!

Not only is Manny a 20+ year veteran of the business who knows all there is to know about anything comic related, he is a champion of indie creators and helped many a local talent on the road to fortune and glory.

He has a bigger longbox of delights than Cole Hawlings and more sights to show you than Pinhead. Bow before him and he will lay all the kingdoms of the 4 colour world at your feet. A tatty soul is well worth an exchange for an introduction to Jim Starlin's Warlock and the opportunity to get the original run, right?

Here is Cy talking to Kim Britnell, who does not seem to really show up on film!

Back in 2009 Kim came to the very first signing we ever did in Whatever Comics, of Cancertown 1: An Inconvenient Tooth . She had already read the book, and as we were chatting about it she said she would like to see an origin story for Crosshair.

The script was written for a 12 page story in a planned "special" from the previous publisher of the book, but was never drawn.

"Parasight Lost", as it was called, did make it onto the extras DVD that came with pre-orders so the story of how everyone's favourite blinded monster with a spaz-hand and a grudge came to be is out there in the world now.

Blame Kim!

A fantastic day was had by all, and we were all dog tired by the end of it, as you can see.

It was busy despite the rain and Toyah Wilcox and Gareth Gates at the other end of town trying to attract attention for their pantomime, but, then again, they didn't have Evil Twin on their side!

It was great to meet such of lot of people, all so positive about comics, and we still haven't quite got over the surprise of talking to people who have read our books, liked them, and come back for a second helping!

As always seeing artists bring work along to share is wonderful and it really brings home how vibrant and creative the UK comics scene is.

The week before we had been in the incredible atmosphere of the Thought Bubble Comic Convention up in Leeds, and seeing that same passion and talent locally is truly inspiring and makes the future look very bright indeed.

Special mention must go to finally meeting Stuart Dodd in the flesh. He taught Pete Mason at Canterbury College, so all of this is his fault in a way. Blame him as well! But check out his film work for Duel Shock while you do so.

I better stop now, as this is what happens when you talk too much in a comic shop:

Thanks again to everyone who came along on the day, and if you couldn't make out last Saturday never fear, for we took some extra signed books down to the shop today, so get them while they're hot!

If you want to see more photos then you can find them on Facebook.

Oh - Cancertown 2 was also spotted on Comixology today, if you like your comics digital :)

Over and out.

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