Monday, October 15, 2018

The SCREAM AND MISTY SPECIAL returns this week!

After the success of last year's special, Scream and Misty return again for another combined Halloween Special. The 52 page issue will be in newsagents this Wednesday, 17th October, but if you have difficulty finding it you can order it directly from the publisher at this link:

There's also an exclusive Misty and Scream cover variant that you can only buy from the publisher:






 Following the success of last year’s fright-filled outing, the Scream and Misty Special returns this Hallowe'en!

With a creepy cover by Kyle Hotz and a 2000 AD webshop exclusive cover by Lenka Šimečková, two of Britain’s best loved comics reunite for an anthology of brand new tales - guaranteed to terrify and entertain you!

With more treats than tricks, this issue features Black Max by Kek-W and Simon Coleby, 13th Floor by Guy Adams, John Stokes and Frazer Irving, Black Beth by Alec Worley and DaNi, Best Friends Forever by Lizzie Boyle and Yishan Li, and Decomposition Jones by Richard McAuliffe and Steve Mannion.

Cover preview: The Tempest No.4

Continuing its theme of parodying old UK comic covers, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest No.4 features this beauty satirising classic British humour comics. Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill are doing great work on this comic so don't miss it! 

Here's the solicitation info. Order it from your comic shop today!

Order No. OCT180733

(W) Alan Moore (A/CA) Kevin O'Neill

Legendary swords clash atop the Paris Opera in 1913, while almost a century later a declining London witnesses assassination attempts, summit meetings in Haggerston Park, and the catastrophic return of a 1960s super-adventurer. Elsewhere, in the four-dimensional territories adjacent to the North Pole, a lost Shakespeare play sees its first and last performance, while Queen Gloriana's conjurer finally reveals the nature of his five-hundred-year-old game. Topping off an already heady mixture, this issue's classic Seven Stars reprint depicts our halcyon heroes as "Captives of the Creepyverse," another reason not to miss the unfolding of Moore and O'Neill's fulgurant finale in issue four of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volume IV: The Tempest.

In Shops: Dec 26, 2018

SRP: $4.99

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Radio Times features the new TARDIS

A heads up for collectors of Doctor Who memorabilia. This week's Radio Times, on sale Tuesday 16th October, will have a feature on the new TARDIS interior, and an exclusive cover shot of the new Doctor.

Response to the new series seems overwhelmingly positive so far from those who have watched it. Jodie Whittaker has captured the Doctor's personality perfectly and there's no doubt that she's the same character who has been portrayed by over a dozen previous actors. The supporting cast are likeable too, and it'll be interesting to see their characters develop over the coming weeks. The stories feel fresh, whilst maintaining a classic Doctor Who structure, and the new film quality looks sensational. This IS Doctor Who

I know some have chosen not to watch it simply because a woman has been cast in the role. Well, they're missing out on good telly. If viewers can accept an alien shapeshifter who has been skinny, short, blonde, curly, old, young, or whatever in previous regenerations they should be able to accept a change of a few more chromosomes for the character to become female for once. The gender of the character shouldn't be an issue. The personality and principles are what define The Doctor, and Jodie Whittaker has nailed it. 

The Blackpool Dalek

One of the attractions of Blackpool in the mid-1960s was a Dalek ride that was situated (as I recall) in an amusement arcade on the central part of the Promenade. It was a full-size red Dalek, albeit somewhat off-model, that had an opening in its left side and a little seat inside. For the price of 6d (or was it a shilling? I forget.) you could sit inside operating the Dalek's appendages as it turned from right to left on its base. I think it spoke a few Dalek phrases too.

Believe me, that was a highlight of a holiday when you're seven! 

The Dalek was removed decades ago, replaced by flashier attractions, but on a recent trip to Blackpool I spotted it again! I don't know if this is the actual one that was in the resort 50 years ago, as there were others at other seaside resorts, but the model design is the same. Presumably a collector has cleaned it up and possibly given it a lick of paint. It's not functional any more but it makes an impressive display.

It's part of a display of vintage amusements at The Ice Cream Shop / amusement arcade in Blackpool's Waterloo Road. The display was roped off, so I couldn't venture closer, and there was no staff member available to ask about it, so I just had time to take the photos you see here. The Dalek can be seen through the window, but not very well, so I've highlighted it a little here. You can just about see the opening in the left hand side of the Dalek and the little seat inside...

It was very pleasing to see that vintage Dalek again after so many decades, along with the other classic amusements on display. Happy days!

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Preview: 2000AD Prog 2103

It's another packed issue of 2000AD on Wednesday, and this edition also pays tribute to the great Carlos Ezquerra, who sadly passed away a few weeks ago. A fuller obituary will appear in November's Judge Dredd Megazine

UK and DIGITAL: 17th October 2018 £2.85
NORTH AMERICA: 17th November 2018 $6.75
COVER: Adam Brown

In this issue:
JUDGE DREDD: THE SMALL HOUSE by Rob Williams (w) Henry Flint (a) Chris Blythe (c) Annie Parkhouse (l)

BRINK: HIGH SOCIETY by Dan Abnett (w) INJ Culbard (a) Simon Bowland (l)

FIENDS OF THE EASTERN FRONT: 1812 by Ian Edginton (w) Dave Taylor (a) Annie Parkhouse (l)

SKIP TRACER: LEGION by James Peaty (w) Colin MacNeil (a) Dylan Teague (c) Ellie De Ville (l)

KINGDOM: ALPHA AND OMEGA by Dan Abnett (w) Richard Elson (a) Abigail Bulmer (c) Ellie De Ville (l)

Available in print from: newsagents and comic book stores via Diamond
Available in digital from: 2000 AD webshop and apps for iPadAndroidWindows 10

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