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DARPA - Cannonball Device

Inspired by the human cannonball of circus fame (or some super heroes, perhaps), US defence researchers have patented a device to fire police officers, fire-fighters or special forces to the top of a five-storey building, New Scientist reported earlier this week. Apparently, the “controllable launcher” device could put a man on the top of a five-storey building in less than ... Read More »

Scary nuclear stuff

Ooh, this is cheery: a dynamic map showing Chernobyl fallout applied to your choice of UK nuclear power stations (you can change the wind direction too). I remember when Chernobyl went up and it raining buckets in Morecambe (as usual, really, back then), when I was working for Kall-Kwik as a designer, the whole week after. That’s why I have ... Read More »

Beaver and Steve

Beaver and Steve Volume 1

Ages ago, possibly even on this blog, I raved about Beaver and Steve, an online strip from the superbly talented James Turner (a fellow 20sixer, he of Erudite Baboon). Anyway, he’s only gone and had many of the strips collected by Soaring Penguin, and published in a real full colour book. And it’s superb, very funny and well worth the ... Read More »

The Doctor Sings

This is a labour of love: “The Doctor Sings” will I’m sure eventually fall foul of both Tom Baker and BT, but someone has taken advantage of Tom Baker’s use as the company’s voice of text messaging (well, until recently, anyway) and created this site which has him ‘singing’ various songs. Apparently, Baker spent 11 days recording 11,593 words and ... Read More »

Going Underground

One Stop Short of Barking

This web site is occasionally visited by people seeking more information about London’s Tube, and leave disappointed, so I’m happy to report the ongoing success of a site that is actually about London Underground, written by friend, Mecca Ibrahim: Packed with observations of Tube life, the web site and this spin-off blog has seen the creator interviewed on Australian ... Read More »

Secret Wars Re-enactment Society

Film Reel

Priceless tomfoolery at the expense of Marvel’s now ancient 12-part mini series… Read More »

Battler Britton Returns!

Battler Britton Issue 1 Art

Battler Britton is the next IPC character to see revival through DC Comics Wildstorm imprint, in a five-issue mini series from writer Garth Ennis, illustrated by Colin Wilson, with painted covers by Garry Leach. The first issue will go on sale in specialist comic stores from 6 July 2006. “Battler Britton – England’s Fighting Ace of Land, Sea and Air” ... Read More »

Jeff Anderson Heads for the Riddler’s Fayre

Riddler's Fayre

British comics artist Jeff Anderson, whose work on the critically acclaimed Lion Graphic Bible earned him and writer Mike Maddox a prestigious Angouleme award in 2000, is busy at work on a new project — a five-part graphic novel from Highland Books. Written by Steve Carroll and coloured by seasoned comic artist Richard Thomas, the first book of the Riddler’s Fayre series — The First ... Read More »

Striker Goes Down

Striker Issue 1 - Cover

(Updated 10/5/05):The UK’s weekly football comic Striker is to fold this week, on its 87th issue. Publisher Pete Nash broke the news in last week’s issue and in a letter to the title’s shareholders — many of them readers who invested in Striker3d last July in a bid to keep the publication afloat. The cancellation also means Striker 3d’s War ... Read More »

Comics and Crumpets Column Three: British Comics characters revived – by DC

This feature first appeared on the now defunct Comic World News on 31st January 2005. BRITISH COMICS CHARACTERS REVIVED – BY DC This issue, I’ve got more information on two projects reviving some classic British comics — and am pleased to be able to settle and age old argument among fans that has been raging for years about which company ... Read More »

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