100 All-Time Greatest Comics… Improved: Part XX

Yes, I know I said I was going to be done with this by 2016, but I wasn’t expecting 2016 to be the year the two most prominent members of the Anglosphere decided to fuck everything up for funsies, was I?

Anyway…

Scalped: The Gravel In Your Guts

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Nerd Cons in Brum: MCM Birmingham Comic Con

While it’s perhaps the most well-known geeky convention in the West Midlands (local press showing up to photograph the best cosplayers doesn’t hurt) Birmingham Comic Con can be a victim of its own success; they’ve had to rent out a nearby hall just so people can queue to get in. On top of that, I’ve had to stop going on Saturdays, because frankly it’s just too busy on its first day for an old duffer like me. In my defence, the last time I went on a Saturday I was in a human traffic jam for the majority of my visit.

However, I’m not being entirely fair to MCM. They’ve clearly revised their layout plans since then to give far more room for congoers to walk about, without sacrificing floor space for vendors of neat stuff that actually comes from Japan, you guys. Continue reading

100 All-Time Greatest Comics… Improved: Part I

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A few months ago, I noticed this rather well-produced tome while browsing WH Smith for something to read on the train. The £9.99 price tag was a bit hefty, but I figured it’d be an interesting read…

Before I get started, I want to point out that this is an interesting read, and you should definitely get your hands on a copy and read it from cover to cover. As well as having some great comics, there are some wonderful interviews from people like Alan Moore, Chris Claremont and Mike Mignola that are obviously culled from back issues of Uncanny Comics, but are still worth reading. Continue reading