The New Mutants: War Children cover

Comic Book Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz


This is next in the list of my favourite comic book artists, which started with Stan Sakai. The artist is different from the previous as well as the remaining people on the list: Bill Sienkiewicz, the man whose art style shook the mainstream comic book industry and showed what could be done within the confines of a superhero story. Sienkiewicz…

1986 as a pivotal year for comic books

1986 As A Pivotal Year For Comic Books


It started as a bit of an in-joke with my partner: I would on occasion talk about various comic book topics; when I started on another a while later, the only thing she could remember was the year ‘1986’ and its role in comic book history, so whenever I mentioned another topic, she would say, ‘1986?’ It recurred so frequently,…

Defining superheroes

Defining Superheroes


When I reviewed The Old Guard film, I read some reviews to see what other people thought of the movie. What surprised me was seeing more than once the phrase ‘superhero movie’ to describe The Old Guard. WTF? How is The Old Guard a superhero movie? Did people come to that conclusion just because it is a film adapted from…

Lego Marvel Super Heroes

Notes On A Game: Lego Marvel Super Heroes


There’s nothing like a pandemic to make you revisit old games for comfort (and I do enjoy the Lego games) – playing Lego Marvel Super Heroes again was a palliative for a world going crazy and certain governments going crazier, so I thought I’d capture my thoughts on the game. The Silver Surfer flies over Earth but he is shot…

Usagi Yojimbo 25th anniversary poster by Stan Sakai

Comic Book Artist: Stan Sakai


As a fan of comic books, I am a fan of comic book art and artists, which is why I do a blog post series about the work of comic book artists I’ve enjoyed. At time of writing, I’ve talked about 18 comic book artists; however, as the pandemic continues and has an impact on the things we do and…

Harry Potter Tour: carriage

Visiting The Harry Potter Studio Tour


I’m a fan of the Harry Potter books, films and associated items, as evidence by the Harry Potter category on this blog. Therefore, it’s surprising that I haven’t included my experiences of visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden (which is not in London, not matter what the website tells you). My partner and I have been not once,…

Writer Top Five: Priest

Writer Top Five: Priest


My Writer Top Five series of posts is about writers of comic books whose work I’ve enjoyed (initiated by a post where I listed the writers with the most comic books in my collection at the time). I have started with writers outside the top 10 in that list, but it seemed appropriate to venture into the top 10 after…

My films to be buried with

My Films To Be Buried With


As I mentioned in my post about podcasts I’m listening to, I enjoy Brett Goldstein’s Films To Be Buried With. It’s essentially Desert Island Discs but for movies, which is fine with me, and the answers to the questions that Goldstein asks his guests (see the list below) reveal more than would be expected from something so straightforward. So, I…

Various Vertigo comic books

Recollections of Vertigo Comics


It was sad but not completely surprising news that DC Comics would be shuttering its Vertigo imprint last year. With the official closing this year, the comic book industry lost an imprint that changed the way comic books were made and appreciated by the rest of the world and paved the way for the creator-owned explosion. I thought I’d belatedly…