Sunday, February 19, 2017

For the love of Lovecraft

Artist - Bruce Timm. From this great link "Artists' Portraits of Science Fiction's Greatest Writers."http://io9.gizmodo.com/5363281/artists-portraits-of-science-fictions-greatest-writers/

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lily Munster

I just loved her as a kid......

Monday, February 13, 2017

R.I.P. Fangoria

Fangoria the long-running horror magazine has printed it's last issue. As many of you know, print media is going the way of the Dodo and Fangoria is the latest victim.

I tried to find a picture of myself at a young age reading a Fangoria magazine. I remember one of me sitting at the kitchen table trying to hide behind the mag. Goodbye Fangoria.

For those wondering: there will likely never be another issue of FANGORIA, especially in print, unless there's new ownership.
— Ken W. Hanley (@movieguyiguess) February 12, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Review: Thrill-Power Overload

Damn, that was a fun read. Folks, this is a keeper. I want to thank Michael Molcher and 2000 AD for the free review copy.

Product description:
The definitive history of the most influential British comic ever! Updated, expanded and revised for 2000 AD’s 40th anniversary.

From 2000 AD's humble and rocky beginnings to its current position as the Galaxy’s Greatest comic, Thrill-Power Overload charts the incredible history of this ground-breaking comic. With exclusive interviews, hundreds of illustrations and rarely-seen artwork, former 2000 AD editor, David Bishop and journalist Karl Stock, guide the reader through four decades of action, adventure, excitement and the occasional editorial nightmare!

Told by the people who were there, this is the definitive history of the comic that launched a thousand talents including legends such as John Wagner, Pat Mills, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Carlos Ezquerra, Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons, Mick McMahon, Grant Morrison, Kevin O'Neill, Simon Bisley and continues with 21st Century breakthrough talents such as Jock, Rob Williams, Andy Diggle, Al Ewing, Henry Flint, Frazer Irving - and many many more.

My thoughts:
Oh hell yes, I enjoyed every minute of this book. It gave me an inside look at some of the comics that I have followed over the years. In many ways it was a very nostalgic read. Of course, the art is fantastic. I've always enjoyed 2000 AD's pen work.
I got a chuckle out of one of the quotes "2000 AD always sold 100,000 a week— no more, no less.Traditionally readers stop buying comics at thirteen, but our readers didn’t’ — Steve MacManus". I was from a moving Military family and that age was about the time Dad retired and I was able to actually KEEP my comics. I didn't quit at thirteen, I started anew. 
My score ... 5 stars out of 5. It's a must-have.

About the Author:


David Bishop is an acknowledged Inspector Morse expert, appearing in several documentaries about the character and writing six editions his definitive guide to the Oxford detective. His other non-fiction books include Thrill-Power Overload, an acclaimed history of iconic British science fiction comic 2000AD, which he edited from 1996-2000. He is the author of twenty published novels, and has also written TV dramas and radio plays for BBC. He teaches modules on genre fiction and graphic novels for the innovative MA Creative Writing programme at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, and is a member of the Crime Writers' Association and the Society of Authors.

Weekly wrap-up


*posted Saturday on Gnostalgia*

This week I spent a lot of time working on the plumbing. I will admit that my plumbing skills involved a certain amount of profanity, but I am happy to report that the operation was a success. Say what you will about what makes a home but plumbing makes a house a home. Peppy and I enjoyed the "Snow Moon" last night. Although, I think that Peppy was a little more interested in finding a good spot to do his business.  The little dog's cough has cleared up but he has a case of February fleas due to the mild Winter here in Florida.

In my Mailbox:

The good folks at Weiser Books were kind enough to send me a copy of Diana Heyne's coloring book "Tarot by Design Workbook". Since the weather is warming up next week, I may wander out into the backyard with the camera and shoot a thumb-through of this book. Thank you Weiser, you guys rock. 

Tonight, I plan to watch Svengoolie. It's Godzilla month and I love those classic monsters.

 Have a happy and safe weekend everyone!