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The power of personal e-mail marketing…

Some good news from my friend Lou Anders, Editorial Director at US publisher Pyr, an imprint of Prometheus Books. Last year Lou wrote plugging one of Pyr’s authors, David Louis Edelman, whose novel Infoquake, described on America’s National Public Radio this weekend as “yuppies from another planet” was being touted as the world’s first “science fiction business thriller.” Pyr billed ... Read More »

Surely straight from the imagination of Charles Stross…

Dutch researchers have recently announced a piece of kit called “RFID Guardian“, which sounds like something straight out of the devilish imagination of SF author Charles Stross (I’m still trying to finish the mind-boggling Accelerando) and could be one in the eye for the corporates and criminals who see ways of exploting this chip technology, already being rolled out by ... Read More »

Comics on My Radio

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(with thanks to Bugpowder): London radio station Resonance 104.4FM is to air three shows on comics this month, presented by Alex Fitch. “I’m Read For My Close Up” can also be heard online and include contributuons from creators such as author Paul Gravett, writer of the much-praised Great British Comics: Celebrating A Century Of Ripping Yarns & Wizard Wheezes and Alan Moore. Here’s ... Read More »

Iraq in comics

DMZ by Brian Wood

Over on Slate, there’s a selection of some of the best new comic books commenting on the Iraq war, including a mention for the much-talked about Web comic Shooting War by Anthony Lappé which Warner Books is publishing in 2007 as the first title in its new graphic novel line. With statistics now suggesting the insurgency costing the US some ... Read More »

Titan Magazines Seeks New Talent

Wallace & Gromit Comic Issue 11

Titan Magazines, UK-based publisher of the originated Wallace & Gromit Comic and such best-selling licences as The Simpsons, Futurama, SpongeBob SquarePants and Star Wars, will be expanding its range of originated comics based on high-profile TV and movie properties in 2007. The company is now seeking versatile comics artists and writers to produce originated, licensed material for an exciting new range of UK children’s comics, aimed at ... Read More »

Roger Langridge does Marvel

On a roll with his latest strip for Doctor Who Magazine this month — Rose Tyler’s last appearance in the comic pages of the title — ace cartoonist Roger Langridge has a new strip for Marvel, featured in its entirety on the Newsarama comics news site. “How Fin Fang Foom Saved Christmas” apears in Marvel Holiday Special #1 and is ... Read More »

DRM free e-comics for sale

Couple of interesting links sourced via BoingBoing: Pullbox Online ( is a new site selling downloadable comics, like the print version of ‘Family Guy’. Unusually, instead of offering a Digitally Rights Managed ebook format, they’re supporting the CBR format, and PDF. $0.99 a pop. The No Sheep blog offers some interesting but probably controversial points on CBR and how the ... Read More »

Birmingham International Comics Show – more details online

The full events program and floorplans for the First Birmingham International Comics Show are now available online at: Read More »

Beer Run Goes Bad

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Taking on modern technology

You know, for someone who has been the subject of every “miserable failure” search on Google since 2003, I almost feel sorry for George W. Bush after his latest admission to not being that technologically savvy — check out this interview with him about his use of Google maps. But then again, this is George we’re talking about. Time was, ... Read More »

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