The official Hammer Films web site which I was involved in re-designing some years back is starting to be updated after a long period of hibernation — welcome news for Hammer Film fans. In the last few days though, it’s moved most of its activities over to pages on MySpace.
The company also seems to be getting a bit more proactive in promoting its catalogue and merchandise. Just in case you missed it, Hammer’s officially licensed HammerShop
will have a stall at Memorabilia this weeend at the NEC (Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November 2006) – “a true celebration of the popular culture genre”.
The company says its a chance to see and purchase the new Hammer lines, as well as chat with fans and to meet the stars of tv and film (the guest lineup is on the Memorabilia website).
The official Hammer Films Online Shop will be bringing to Memorabilia the most extensive choice of Hammer Horror movies on DVDs as individual titles or in boxsets.On display will be some fantastic never before seen T-shirts such as
the best-selling Dracula – Taste the Blood, Drink a Pint of Blood a Day! and Vampress the bride of Dracula.
There will also be a wide range of collectables such as Stamps and Film Cells on sale. “And for the man who thinks he has everything,” says Hammerweb’s webmaster, “well think again – as we have some fabulous gifts designed by Gresham Blake of Brighton, Tailor to the Stars with an amazing selection of silver plated cufflinks, designer cloaks and silk ties.”
The Hammerweb Shop is at tand H27-H29 at the fair. Book your tickets online at: boxoffice.necgroup.co.uk/Series/-2072931251.html
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.