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Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comic collections launched by IDW

Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comic Volume One

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the first Star Wars film this May, IDW Publishing and the multi award-winning imprint, Library of American Comics have just released Volume One of Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Comic which contains 575 sequential strips from its premiere run 11th March 1979 to 5th October 1980. Included are every Sunday’s title header and “bonus” panels in meticulously restored original ... Read More »

Creating Comics: How British actor Sydney Greenstreet inspired the look of the Kingpin – and Jabba the Hutt

The Kingpin's first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #50

Did you know British actor Sydney Greenstreet was the inspiration for not one but two comic villains – including the Marvel villain Kingpin, first brought to life on the page by John Romita Sr.? Some of our readers did I expect, but a social media post by comic book historian Alex Grand on Comic Book Historians sent me scurrying downthetubes of ... Read More »

One Plastic Carrier Bag, One Careful Star Wars Owner – A Snip at 240 Pounds!

Palitoy Staff Shop Plastic Bag

How many of us have had a grumble at the new 5p carrier bag charge – and that’s for a cheap one? Well, on Wednesday 29th November a vintage carrier bag from the once Palitoy Staff Shop in Coalville went under the hammer at Vectis Auctions and sold for a whopping £240! The “Palitoy “We Care” bag carried logos from ... Read More »

Gillen, Walker announced for Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Forbidden Planet signing

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1 - Cover SNIP

Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Kev Walker will be signing the first issue of Star Wars: Doctor Aphra at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Wednesday 7th December 2016 at 6.00pm. In Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If he ever learns of her survival, ... Read More »

Geeky Monkey magazine goes Rogue (Rogue One, that is)

Geeky Monkey magazine Issue 15 - Cover

Geeky Monkey magazine Issue 15 is on sale now from selected Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s, WHSmith and independent newsagents. Felicity Jones from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story os on the cover and there’s an interview with the latest Star Wars star inside, talking about joining the strong line-up of ladies in the Star Wars Universe, and what it’s like to have ... Read More »

VECTIS massive Star Wars toys auction includes early play set building magazine collection

Woman's Day Book of Best-loved Toys and Dolls - Sample Image

On Black Friday – a day of commercial discounting and special offers that originated with Amazon, it’s perhaps worth remembering that once, a long time ago in decades far, far away there were times when toys were expensive and often only bought for special occasions, like birthdays and Christmas. Cast your mind back then, to 1978, when Star Wars was the latest ... Read More »

A Massive Awesome Comics Podcast Catch Up!

What with holidays and a mass of other stuff (yes, the work that pays the bills), I’ve gotten behind on coverage of what’s been on the small press-devoted Awesome Comics Podcast, although I did congratulate Vince Hunt, Dan Butcher and Tony Esmond on getting to Episode 50, which features an interview with Bob Fingerman, creator of Minimum Wage. But let’s remedy ... Read More »

Preston’s Talk Nerdy to Me III offers “Science of Tatooine” talk and more

Talk Nerdy to Me III

Talk Nerdy to Me – a free annual convention celebrating all types of nerdiness and fun will be held at Preston’s Harris Library, Museum and Art Gallery on Friday 13th May, from 5.00 to 10.00pm. The Talk Nerdy to Me III ‘nerdycon’ offers attractions for fans of all kinds, from ranging from Doctor Who to Rocky Horror, and Star Wars to superheroes. This ... Read More »

Cats Go Geek with CacaoFurniture’s Cat Houses

CacaoFurntiture TARDIS Cat Box

We all know cats love a cardboard box, right? Well, Bulgarian company CacaoFurniture has run with that in a big way and created a range of cardboard cat houses – some inspired by well known SF icons, including Doctor Who‘s TARDIS, Star Wars and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Hello Kitty. We have absolutely no idea is any of the designs are officially ... Read More »

In Memoriam: Tony Dyson, R2-D2’s Original Builder

Tony Dyson walking R2-D2

We’re sorry to report the passing of Professor Tony Dyson, the British robot genius who originally built Star Wars R2-D2. A convention regular around the globe, 2015 marked his first appearance in the country he had made his own – Malta – for Malta Comic Con. It was an enormous privilege to meet him, even though I think he quickly decided most of the ... Read More »

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