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Film & TV / Soviet Hobbit - Now online
« on: 10 January, 2015, 08:26:50 PM »
Yeah, it's about as infamous amongst Tolkien fans as the Star Wars Holiday Special is amongst Wars fans, but you know what, 55 minuets in and I can't see why. It's insanely charming, sock puppet Smaug and all.


Books & Comics / Porcelain Bone China
« on: 09 December, 2014, 01:19:38 PM »
I got a very intruiging  little preview of this upcoming GN recently and was hopeing someone could give a date for it's release, seeing as a few of the production crew are regulares here.

Creative Common / General thread of artistic quearies
« on: 25 October, 2014, 08:51:07 PM »
So I decided to do something about my horrible anatomy (say nothing of my art) and have signed up to attened some life drawing classes. However thats gonna involve sketching on large A3 blocks, something i'm not used to. Would a thicker grade pencil be recomended for clarity on a sketch this size as apposed to the 2B I use on A4 paper?

Games / Super Smash Bros 4 for WII U and 3DS
« on: 31 August, 2014, 05:11:14 PM »
I love a good fighting game. Growing up I would play hand me down's of side scrolling games like Double Dragon and Contra, but it was in the basic 3D platformers that I cut my teeth. Street Fighter III and Teken III in particular where my favourites.

But ine stood above the rest, Smash Bros Melee, the crossover game bringing many of Nintendos most iconic characters together. It was ace. And in 2008, we got the third one Brawl which in my opinion is the single greatest fighting game of them all.

And in a few short months we'll be getting the fourth instalment in the series. I'm a bit excited me.

Off Topic / Doll...sorry. "Action Figures"
« on: 30 July, 2014, 04:08:11 PM »
I've fallen into a trap and I can't get out. With so many Dredd action figures on the horizon I was seriously questioning my stance in not buying such products, as it's yet another collecting fad I couldn't afford. But looking around their are now so many I just clamour to own.

So I wondered, are the any collectors of the articulate little beings amongst us?

Books & Comics / Comics you want translated to English
« on: 26 May, 2014, 02:19:25 PM »
I was having a conversation with a fellow forumite over on tumblr the other day concerning Guido Crepax. I happen to own the only currently widely available edition of one of Crepax's Valentina books. In retrospect to this I looked at my European comic collection.

-Asterix and the Picts 
-The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele-Blanc Sec (Fantagraphics omnibuses)
-The Arctic Marauder
-Valentina and The Magic Lantern

Thats it. And though quite a few titles have made it into English from the continent, Tintin and Emmanuelle included, many still remain obscure. I would like to see more European comics translated into English, such as Giussani's Diabolik.

Two classic british sci-fi series are finaly getting a home release from BFI and BBC.

Out of the Unknown is slightly worrying though, as most of the series is still missing to my knowledge.


Classifieds / Wanted: Cerebus phonebooks
« on: 13 May, 2014, 02:34:57 PM »
As mentioned elsewhere I've caught the urge to read Cerebus from the begining. So i'm looking to buy the phonebooks if anyone has any to sell on or trade.

Books & Comics / The Doctor Who Magazine back up strips
« on: 05 May, 2014, 10:31:08 AM »
Found a complete list of these two to three page serials here:

I own one, Skywatch-7, reprinted in IDW's Doctor Who classics volume 5. I think this is the only one published in trade format. Some seem really good, including a few pencilled by Mike McMahon! Would love it if Panini collected these together...

Books & Comics / The Uncensored Action!
« on: 05 March, 2014, 07:08:55 PM »

Page count suggests it will contain at least he complete Hook Jaw, but what of the others? Suffice to say i'm quite looking forward to this.

Other Reviews / Dante Novels....
« on: 21 January, 2014, 11:35:55 AM »
Has anyone actually read these? Been looking for them myself but can't find them in any other form than e-book, which I might settle for if they are hard to come by...

Off Topic / So I started video logging....
« on: 17 January, 2014, 09:58:24 PM »
Just as a means to waffle and talk about my life. I've found it a good way to get stuff of my chest.


Please excuse the wonky cam if you indeed decide to watch them. By the end of the third video im just chunnering about what my current reading list is, including a rather poor description of old Joe.

Books & Comics / Akira - Dark Horse or Kodansha?
« on: 01 December, 2013, 07:08:10 PM »
After some procrastination and good timing I finally got my mitts on the first volume of Akira in our local library. Naturally, as a fan of the film I had high expectations for the manga. And I was most certainly not disappointed. A solid, flag stone for what looks to be a sprawling epic. Wonderfully stuff.

I'm looking to buy a copy, but Dark Horse (who published the library volume) have now lost the rights to Kodansha who have re-released it. Can anyone verify for me if their is any drop in quality to the print or if the translations come off more iffy?

The much applauded but oft misrepresented art house director, Walerian Borowcyszk, seem's set to finally receive the treatment his films have deserved for half a century. Arrow Films are attempting to develop the funds to produce a HD print for GOTO: l'île d'amour as part of a huge 11 disc set to be released May next year.

Speaking on a personal level, I can think of fewer more fundamentally important people to the world of art house cinema. The man was a genius and created some of the most memorable and thought provoking films of our time. Included in this set will be his entire filmography between 1967 and 1975 (Le théâtre de M. et Mme. Kabal and Le Beta inclusive). Thats nine shorts and five features, spanning the directors early career and containing some of his most iconic films.

Arrow hopes to begin restoration of the films in January for a May release date, there are various option available to any willing to donate.


Help! / Need new computer and don't have the first idea about them....
« on: 22 October, 2013, 10:45:53 PM »
Ok,mso heres how it is. The computer I have currently is a near 7 year old dell. The RAM is still good, but the fan system is capoot and could basically explode at any moment. Added to that, I just got a steam account and the graphics card is not sufficient for many games presented on the platform. As a result, Im willing to spill the cash (no more than £500 if possible) and get a decent PC that is sufficient for gaming, graphics design and art work and data storage purposes. Im not that down with PC technology, so if anyone here has any recommendations and advice I would be most welcome.

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