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Film & TV / Adi Shankar Bootleg Universe script competition
« on: 23 August, 2016, 09:18:05 PM »

Pay $29 to for the chance to have your script turned into a copyright-breaking short film, and Adi nicking all the glory for it if it's any good!

Events / Signing - FP Newcastle
« on: 25 March, 2016, 08:51:16 AM »
Emma Beeby and I will be signing exclusive cover copies of the first issue of our Fourth Doctor mini-series - and anything else put in from of us - at Forbidden Planet Newcastle tomorrow afternoon, Saturday 26th.

Come along and say hi.


Film & TV / Rebellion involved in possible Hawk the Slayer sequel
« on: 03 July, 2015, 09:24:54 AM »

Surprised this hasn't been mentioned so far.

News / Future Shock screening - Edinburgh Film Festival
« on: 27 May, 2015, 02:06:26 PM »
There's a screening of the Future Shock 2000Ad documentary at this year's Edinburgh Film Festival.

Monday June 22, 8.30pm at the Filmhouse, with former and current droids panel discussion afterward.

You can also see the docu in a double bill with a 3D screening of the 2012 Dredd.

General / 2000AD - spawn of Heavy Metal?
« on: 09 October, 2014, 11:58:36 AM »

"Metal Hurlant is an iconic comic and the wellspring from which a lot of fledgling U.K. comic talent took their inspiration," says Mathieson. "Without Heavy Metal there would be no 2000 A.D., no Judge Dredd..."

Ummm.....no.  I can see the then young turks like Mike McMahon, Kev O'Neill etc being HM-influenced in 1977, but anyone else?  Not really.  Especially the Dredd founding fathers.

Also given that 2000AD stories have always had a) plots and b) a disappointing (for some round here) lack of women characters' clothes falling off at the first excuse, then it's difficult to see the HM influence running through prog history.

Interesting fact: The US Heavy Metal sells some astonishing amount by subscription, and an equally astonishing proportion of these go to addresses in the US prison system.  Why?  Because porn is contraband material in prison, but HM is the next best permitted thing...

Games / UK Writers Guild awards
« on: 21 September, 2012, 08:38:01 PM »

Paul Crocker was nominated for Batman: Arkham City, Naomi Alderman for the innovative fitness app Zombies, Run! and Gordon Rennie, Alan Barnes and Emma Beeby for Risen 2.

One scriptdroid, one ex Command Module droid and one scriptdroid-under-construction in the running there. (Note also that Alex Garland won it last year for Enslaved.)

Games / Eurogamer retrospective on Rogue Trooper...
« on: 02 September, 2012, 07:56:03 PM »
...the 2006 Rebellion game (wot I done wrote). Good to see it so fondly remembered, and some interesting commentry on there sadly having been no other 2000AD games since then.


Events / Carlisle con - Saturday 18th August
« on: 10 August, 2012, 02:33:45 PM »

One-day con in Carlisle, extremely handy for earthlets in Gretna, Dumfries and other such major metropolitan areas.

They haven't exactly been pushing out the publicity for this (that I've seen) but guests include myself, Andy Diggle and Sean Phillips.

Games / Renegade Ops
« on: 21 September, 2011, 11:42:54 AM »

Fun, budget-sized action game, available for download now on X-Box 360 and PS3 (and probably some kind of PC thing too.)

'fessing-up time - I wrote it, and jolly good fun it was, too.

Film & TV / Dr Who audio play (like what I have done written)
« on: 15 July, 2011, 01:15:16 PM »
A rare spot of shameless self-whoring from me:

The Doomsday Quatrain, the 7th Doc audio play that I've co-written for Big Finish, is out in September, and now available for ordering.

Nostradamus! The end of the world! 12-foot tall, brain-eating space crocodiles!  (And a real, proper actor playing Nostradamus.)


Events / Edinburgh horror film all-day event - 5th June
« on: 01 June, 2011, 05:54:04 PM »
@ the Banshee Labyrinth. Tickets still available. All welcome. I expect I'll be mumbling a few words of introduction to the Nigel Kneale part of it.


Games / PSN security seriously compromised
« on: 26 April, 2011, 10:22:32 PM »
The online Playstation Network has been down for the last 6 days. Sony have finally come clean about how serious the problem is - they've had a major security breach, and PSN user info - possibly including credit card details - has been compromised.

Quite simply, they may be rather deeply fucked.

If you're registered with PSN, you may want to read this. Fairly urgently.


Now I'm off to X-Box Live, as usual...

Off Topic / Website traffic
« on: 26 April, 2011, 07:15:14 PM »
Now here's a bit of fun - a URL appraisal site, that gives you estimates on the worth, visitor traffic numbers and ranking of any url you type into it. Not sure how accurate/scientific this is, but here's the results for the 2000AD site:


Now, 1300 monthly unique visitors would seem to me to qualify as "not a lot."

By comparison, they show Rich Johnson's Bleeding Cool as having over 182,000 (which I struggle slightly to believe) and the BBC as having 12.25 million (which I have no trouble believing at all.)

Events / Glasgow Comic Con - June 18
« on: 14 March, 2011, 12:27:15 PM »
The site for this is now live.


General / Rico II
« on: 23 January, 2011, 12:06:47 PM »
Help an old droid with failing mental faculties (and fuck-all of the relevant back issues):

What year - in Mega-City terms - did the new Rico graduate from the Academy and become a Judge? 

I'm sure the relevant story -  Blood Cadet - was included in a collection, but I'm fucked if I can find that either...

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