Shock the Gibson II

A regular feature wherein I post a few images from the Ghost Rider 2099 comic to show why it’s the greatest thing of all time*. These may not be the best bits in the comic, so you should go and discover the rest for yourselves

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Marvel OK 2

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Hello! As mentioned in part 1, the plan is to review the recent Marvel UK-reviving comics event (I suppose), Revolutionary War.  Better get going with that, eh? In the spirit of the hideous ‘Britishness’ of the comics, this blog post is like a London bus. You wait ages for a review to come along, and you get two at once. And I’ve ‘read’ the comics? Like a ‘red’ bus? No? Yes?

Yes.

(Expect spoilers for Dark Angel and Knights of Pendragon. Not sure if this’ll bother you or not)
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Shock the Gibson

A regular feature wherein I post a few images from the Ghost Rider 2099 comic to show why it’s the greatest thing of all time*. These may not be the best bits in the comic, so you should go and discover the rest for yourselves

ISSUE 1
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Marvel OK

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It’s been a while, eh, luscious reader? I stopped writing about pop culture for a while as I was amassing feelings of guilt regarding critiquing things made by people who are not me, as if I have any right to do so. But then I kept buying comics, and watching films, and the thoughts about them’d stay in my brain, clogging it up. So it appears this ‘blog’ business is handy for some sort of personal therapy, where I can shit out web-logs into the internet toilet. I have been constipated, now I have the skitters. An improvement?

Sorry.

Anyway, what is going to mark my glorious return to the ultimately heart-cooling world of non-professional primarily-comic book-related internet reviews?

Why, it’s Marvel Comics 8-part miniseries, Revolutionary War, of course!

I’m a total sucker for the awful chumps of 90s Marvel UK, given that while all the cool comics bloggers were reading 2000AD, I was reading Overkill, Marvel UK’s in-retrospect fairly terrible anthology comic. I loved it in the formative years, and though the stories moved at a snail’s pace (it was mainly reprints from US-format comics, 8 pages for each ‘story’ a month) and were never actually resolved, I was completely invested in them.

Pretty sure I drew pictures and actually thought about throwaway characters like ‘Sunder’ and ‘Permafrost’, two non-characters that I can only assume only showed up in one actual, proper comic?

Fucksake, when you’re young, stuff that engages you REALLY engages you, eh?

(I ‘designed’ a parody of Marvel UK superteam Dark Guard in my younger days. They featured Death’s Head 2, as well as Zangief and Dhalsim from Street Fighter 2. The name of the team? Cack Guard. It was the 90s.)

Holy shit, I think I had a poster of this on my bedroom wall, next to the Louise Nurding poster that had Brian Molko on the superior other side.

Holy shit, I think I had a poster of this on my bedroom wall, next to the Louise Nurding poster that had Brian Molko on the superior other side.

Pretty glad I Wasn’t reading 2000AD around then, in a way, as it was all shitty Morrison/Millar Dredd and post-Bisley mud, right? Maybe? Wishful thinking?

RAMBLING. They ramble in the UK, don’t they? Like Tom Weir or gritty modern superheroes The Sightseers.

This miniseries is set in the UK, see, and is made up of what I believe are known as ‘bookend’ titles, Revolutionary War Alpha and Omega (it’s the 90s, remember, sort of), and six ‘one-shots’ (fuck, comics terminology, eh? They’ve trained me well. Ashcan. Mylar. Cowl) featuring stories about the barely-remembered British heroes of that curious time.

Hey! Let’s review the whole miniseries! One comic at a time!

(If you want to read a better, more thoughtful and genuinely enthusiastic series of posts about Marvel UK, check out It Came From Darkmoor, which is frequently a delight)
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Libraragey

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Hiya! A prior library-based post suggested I’d stop using the library so much as I’m probably creating too much work for the staff by always reserving things. I eased my guilt by not reserving quite so many things, and just grabbing from the shelves a few comics at a time, over a period of weeks.  It also turned out there wasn’t actually any issue concerning how often I use the library, and the only reason there was a note on my account was because some of the things I’d requested no longer exist.

Let’s put all this down to a weird paranoid mental health blip related to social anxiety and deep-rooted self-hatred, okay? Let’s put everything down to that, forever.

Basically what I’m saying is that I’ve read a load of comics recently. Also, I’m in a terrible mood, for whatever reason (the usual: culture, finances, politics, being off my medication and, gosh, FEELING things KEENLY), so let’s power on through this wad of paper/words/pictures and hope that rage doesn’t colour my opinions, turning me into the hideous troll (ASIDE: do you hate it when people use ‘troll’ when they mean ‘trawl’? I DO) I’m always threatening to be.

There’s some Batman, some Excalibur, some Bendis,  some Millar and Hickman, and lots of other stuff, too, not all just stupid fucking superheroes.

Comics: they’re there to be read, there. They are!

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I Bought a Lot of Comics at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival

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As mentioned in the previous post, I recently attended the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. As also mentioned, I summarily failed to take advantage of most of the amazing opportunities to purchase from and support the thriving small press scene, as I am relentlessly poor and only capable of making terrible decisions.

I did, however, see fit to justify delving into the 25p comic boxes and charity shops (and also received free comics in a Forbidden Planet promotional bag with an advert on it for one of those sleazy-looking ‘bad girl’ comics that made anyone carrying the bag look like everyone’s stereotypical idea of a comics reader, which was tonally at odds with the general ‘vibe’ of the festival).

This didn’t feel like spending real money. I am a monster, but here are all of my comics purchases, as a result. Spanning genres and years and quality, there’s rather a lot, and I worked my way through them all on a series of train journeys, enforced periods of toilet-sitting, and just plain ol’ hanging about in town, relaxing.

Read on? There probably is at least one comic here that’s of interest to you?

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I Was At The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

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Yes! As you may surmise from the title of this post, there was a comics thingy on in Kendal in the UK last weekend, and I attended it.

Taking place over three days and a whole host of venues, the best description of it comes from one of the festival’s founders, Bryan Talbot (more on him later!), in the official programme:

“Thirty years ago I attended my first major European comics festival in Lucca in Italy and it blew my mind. Here was an entire town en fete, a public celebration of the medium we love. Ever since then I’ve had a dream of a UK equivalent and now, at last, it’s here.”

So, yeah, this was different from your normal comics convention, in that it was spread all over the town in a really excellent way. A whole host of venues contained related events, with most shops and buildings seeming to be involved with it in some way.  Apart from the main venues where the bulk of the festival took place, there were charity shops putting their comics to the fore, chippies selling Spider-man prints, opticians having schoolkid-created comics in the windows, the shopping centre containing child-aimed comics workshops, empty buildings with comics-themed decals in the window, not to mention nearly every shop  containing posters and flyers for the event. Plus, the event has its own rather tasty ale ‘Tall Toad’, illustrated by Gilbert Shelton!

Oh, and there’s a Batman flag flying above the town (which I sadly don’t have a photo of).

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