Notes On A Film: Tenet

The reviews for Tenet might have been divisive, but I think one thing could be agreed by all: it would have been great to watch this film in the cinema. The year of the pandemic, coupled with the terrible ‘delayed/stop–start/open up for the economy/lockdown again because of another wave’ response…

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Comic Book Review: Contraband

ContrabandWriter: TJ BeheIllustrator: Phil ElliottInker: Ian SharmanToner: Cherie Donovan In an unspecified time just ahead of ours, social media is heavily regulated, so people consider it boring; for their thrills, they go to the dark web. The most popular site is Contraband, which offers money to contributors for the ‘best’…

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Notes On A TV Show: WandaVision

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Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD, as I chat about what I enjoyed in the television show WandaVision. I’m sure that people who wanted to watch it will have done so already (and it’s not as if the episodes are very long), but decorum dictates that a disclaimer is made. ... ... FLOURISH!…

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Notes On A Game: Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2

Having played Lego Marvel Super Heroes again, I was always going to play the sequel again during the lockdown months. I enjoyed it the first time, and I enjoyed it even more the second time around, because it expands on the scope of the first game and dives deeper into…

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Comic Book Artist: Walter Simonson

Continuing the countdown of my top-five favourite comic book artists (after Stan Sakai and Bill Sienkiewicz), we reach Walter ‘Walt’ Simonson, the man who made Thor awesome, among many other contributions to the world of comic books. I was a big X-fan starting out in the world of superhero comic…

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Female Comic Book Creators

When I wrote about the black comic book creators whose work I’ve enjoyed, it got me thinking about the other minority creators in the comic book industry: women. Nowadays, there are a lot of women working in various areas of comic books, such that some are now big names; however,…

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Writer Top Five: Brian K Vaughan

My conversion to Brian K Vaughan fandom came about through the old-fashioned way: reading a comic book from the shelf. It’s early 2003 and I’m standing in Forbidden Planet in central London (back when it was on New Oxford Street, before it moved to its current location on Shaftesbury Avenue),…

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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…

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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…

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