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    24 2014 April

    Reviews: Sex Criminals

    Sex Criminals Volume 1 Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky Image “It felt so amazing that… … that I was terrified. I was confused and terrified. How could anything feel so good? How could anything make everything...

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    24 2014 April

    Art: Kurt Vonnegut draws

    The late, great Kurt Vonnegut is one of my all-time favourite authors, and one of those writers you can’t really pigeon-hole into genres – his more science fiction themed work introduced him to me, but...

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    24 2014 April

    Film: Scattered

    You may recall a couple of years back I blogged about a fundraiser for a short science fiction film, Scattered, based on a short story by one of my favourite SF writers, Ken MacLeod (see...

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    23 2014 April

    Comics: the Weekly 2000AD

    (cover art for Prog 1878 by Simon Coleby and Len O’Grady) As Richard enjoys a well deserved wee break (yes, he is allowed out sometimes, with appropriate supervision) we’re a bit later than usual with...

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    23 2014 April

    Director’s Commentary: the Cigar That Fell in Love With a Pipe

    The Cigar That Fell in Love With a Pipe has to be one of the more intriguingly unusual new releases on the spring slate. Taking in a gift of the finest Cuban cigars, hand-rolled by...

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Reviews: Sex Criminals

April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sex Criminals Volume 1 Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky Image “It felt so amazing that… … that I was terrified. I was confused and terrified. How could anything feel so good? How could anything make everything get so quiet?” Yes, we are recommending a book with that title. No, we have not sunk finally into a...

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Art: Kurt Vonnegut draws

April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

The late, great Kurt Vonnegut is one of my all-time favourite authors, and one of those writers you can’t really pigeon-hole into genres – his more science fiction themed work introduced him to me, but he was such a wonderfully human spinner of words I went on to read anything else of his that came...

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Film: Scattered

April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

You may recall a couple of years back I blogged about a fundraiser for a short science fiction film, Scattered, based on a short story by one of my favourite SF writers, Ken MacLeod (see here). The film by Joshua Bregman and Victoria Naumova was completed and has been doing the rounds of the film...

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Comics: the Weekly 2000AD

April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

(cover art for Prog 1878 by Simon Coleby and Len O’Grady) As Richard enjoys a well deserved wee break (yes, he is allowed out sometimes, with appropriate supervision) we’re a bit later than usual with our weekly sneak-peek at the latest 2000 AD (Prog 1878. out this very day), but here’s a quick taster of...

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The Cigar That Fell in Love With a Pipe has to be one of the more intriguingly unusual new releases on the spring slate. Taking in a gift of the finest Cuban cigars, hand-rolled by Conchita Marquez, to the legendary Orson Welles, right on the eve of his latest film, The Lady From Shanghai (the...

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Reviews: Kochi Wanaba

April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kochi Wanabe By Jamie Smart Blank Slate Books You know, some of the time it’s fun writing to limits, to deadlines, to word counts. I try not to abuse the privilege of the FPI Blog too much where we essentially have a free reign over what we write, try to make the reviews timely, try...

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Gary Panter lecture

April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Hammer Museum has posted up a long (over an hour) lecture by acclaimed painter, comics artist and designer Gary Panter recorded in 2010, with Panter discussing fine art and comics art:...

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In the Altronic Lights – Suspacious gallery in the  Bulgarian capital of Sofia, a special exhibition is organised all through this month celebrating the work of Flemish cartoonist Marc Sleen. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Embassy of Belgium in Bulgaria, the Belgian Comic Strip Center (who also curate the Marc Sland the Bulgarian Union...

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Reviews: Alpha

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Alpha Volume 4: Sanctions By Mythic and I. Jigounov Cinebook Alpha is another of Cinebook’s roster of smart, cinematic, Euro-thrillers, where the spycraft is far more subtle and shadowy than the fist-fights and explosions of Bond, Bourne et al would have us believe. These are the stories full of preamble, of setup, of slow intrigue,...

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EC: Zero Hour and Other Stories by Jack Kamen, Al Feldstein, William Gaines, Ray Bradbury, Jack Kamen Fantagraphics EC Comics is a legendary name among comics readers, famed – sometimes infamous – for some of their works which would contribute to the baseless moral panic about comics corrupting the youth of America and the imposition...

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