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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Alvin Stardust Dead


Can news get even sadder today?


Alvin Stardust, glam rock singer, dies aged 72

Alvin Stardust on Top of the Pops in 1973 Stardust had been due to release a new studio album this autumn
Singer Alvin Stardust has died aged 72 after a short illness.

He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at home with his wife, Julie, and family around him, his manager said.

Born Bernard Jewry in the East End of London in 1942, his hits included My Coo Ca Choo, Jealous Mind and I Feel Like Buddy Holly.

The former glam rock star had been due to release his first studio album in 30 years on 3 November.
He recently announced the record, titled Alvin, was finished and would represent "a new and exciting departure" of which he was "immensely proud".

Stardust grew up in Mansfield and started playing guitar as a schoolboy. He met one of his biggest influences, Buddy Holly, at a gig in Doncaster and played backstage with the singer and his band the Crickets.

He signed his first record deal in 1961 as the frontman of Shane Fenton and the Fentones, though the band struggled to get in the charts.

In 1973 he signed with Magnet Records and took on the name that would make him famous.

My Choo Ca Coo, the debut song under his new guise, peaked at number two in the UK singles chart.
Alvin Stardust at his home in 1983 The singer previously recorded under the name Shane Fenton
 
 
It led to him being part of a Green Cross Code road safety campaign in 1976 which saw him instructing children to look both ways before they crossed the road.

His success continued into the 1980s with Pretend, I Feel Like Buddy Holly and I Won't Run Away all making the top 10.

Once described as "the Godfather of British Rock 'n' Roll" by Rolling Stone Keith Richards, he made sporadic acting appearances in Hollyoaks, The Grimleys and Doctors.

He also appeared on stage in such musicals as Godspell, The Phantom of the Opera and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in which he played the fearsome Child Catcher.

Stardust was married three times. His first wife was Iris Caldwell, with whom he had two sons, Shaun and Adam.

His second wife was the actress Liza Goddard, with whom he had a daughter named Sophie.
"RIP Alvin Stardust," Goddard tweeted on Thursday. "Thank you for our beautiful daughter and granddaughter."

Stardust went on to marry to Julie Paton, an actress and choreographer with whom he had a daughter, Millie.


Shaun is now a headmaster in Reigate, while his brother is a producer and DJ who records under the name Adam F.

DJ Tony Blackburn remembered the singer as "a great showman" who would be "sorely missed". "Performing was his life," added the veteran broadcaster.

"He had this bad boy image, but he was not like that at all," Blackburn continued. "On stage he was brilliant, but off stage he was just an ordinary guy."

Stardust, a committed Christian, was also remembered as "a great bloke" by his former Hollyoaks co-star Jeremy Edwards.

"RIP Alvin Stardust, the original landlord of the Dog in the Pond," the actor wrote on Twitter, referring to the Channel 4 series' fictional public house.

"I may not have known him long, but even in that short time he proved to be one of the most genuine and likeable men I've ever met," said the singer's manager Andy Davies.

"His passing is a huge and sad loss."


Tempus fugit


Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" - Teaser Trailer (OFFICIAL)

Newsletter Hamelin 23 ottobre 2014

 



Wednesday, 22 October 2014

IT'S THIS WEEKEND!!!


 
Alternative Press Pop-Up / 24th - 26th October 2014 / 139 Greenwich South St  SE10 8NX
 
IT'S THIS WEEKEND!!!
 
DIY Art Show and pop-up zine outlet.
 
Come and see art work, self published
comix, zines, art-books and poetry
pamphlets.
Check out our website here.
Come along over the weekend and,
share ideas, swap zines, buy, sell,
see and do.

Opening times:

Friday, Public View 7 - 11pm
Saturday 11 am - 6pm
(screenprinting workshop 1pm)
Sunday 11am - 6pm
(screenings 1pm)

 
See ya!

 
AP
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Alternative Press / London / alternativepress.org.uk         

Testing....Testing....Just Had One Big Bang!

Just checking the computer is working as all the electricity went off.

You know how you think to yourself "Bills paid, nothing owing. Time to treat myself"?  I did just that as I put the potato bake I've been looking forward all day into the oven.  One minute later, flash from kitchen and loud "Boompf!"

Cooker gone.  My meal gone.

Bwaaaaah!

Belling cookers, heh?  Two years old, not used that often and then....dead.  At least it never set fire to the house.

I did see, happily, that I just sold a copy of Some Things Strange And Sinister to someone in the United States. £15.00.  Well, £15.00 is the cover price from which I get £4.67.  But a sale is a sale. Right?

And, as my computer is going REALLY slow I'm guessing the whole electricity blowing HAS affected it. sigh.  Could this year get better?

Birmingham Comic Festival Announce New Guest -Keith Page


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Birmingham Comic Festival have announced Keith Page as their latest guest!
http://www.thecomicfestival.com/keith-page

In 1976 Keith Page signed on with the prestigious London-based Temple Art Agency and began illustrating for Fleetway/IPC and DC Thomson’s weekly titles as well as annuals as diverse as 2000AD and Supergran in a Britain where reading comics was a natural part of daily life for most kids.

He was to illustrate sci-fi epics for Starblazer pocket books and the aviation-adventure serial Tales of the Gold Monkey in Polystyle’s TV Comic, both wrote and drew Martello 112 for Revolver and become Dan Dare’s artist on The Eagle. In 1992 he would begin an extensive run illustrating Thunderbirds for both the comic and The Sunday Times, then in 1996 he commenced his even longer run producing material for Commando, notably the famous Ramsey's Raiders series and more recently themed books.

There are children now reading newsstand comics whose grandparents may also been brought up engrossed in Keith Page’s work between the pagesof The Beano, MASK, Wildcat, Supernaturals, Scream, Stingray the Comic, Joe 90, Football Picture Story Monthly, Bunty, The Dandy, Sonic the Comic, Mighty Max and others. And yet, since his artistic debut within the pages of the Denis Gifford produced AllySloper, there has also been something of the free spirit to Keith Page. Recent years have found him exploring these possibilities, writing and drawing the Dan Dare-related Rocket Pilot for Spaceship Away, collaborating with screenwriter Stephen Walsh on their critically popular graphic novels about the French secret agent Charlotte Corday in The Iron Moon (from Print Media), London Calling and Squadron of the Screaming Damned (from Time Bomb) that are also becoming available digitally via ROK Comics, and similarly developing The Casebook of Bryant & May into graphic form with the author of this uncanny detectives series Christopher Fowler, and their first collaboration out via PS Art Books as The Soho Devil.

For more on Keith Page visit:
www.keithpageukcomicsartist.blogspot.co.uk

The Chimera Brigade - Witness The Rise And The Fall Of The Super-Humans


During World War II, an elite band of superhumans rise to power and take control of the capital cities of Europe in this remarkable alternate history story.

Amidst the turmoil of the First World War, a new breed of superhuman is born as a result of illegal chemical weapons. While some members of this unique new class of society choose to fight against injustice, others use their extraordinary capabilities to spread terror. However, something far more powerful is lurking on the horizon, a threat that could erase them from existence for good.

Check out the brand-new trailer:



Here's some information about the book:

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The Chimera Brigade Book One (COL) 
STORY: Serge Lehman, Fabrice Colin
ART: Gess
COLORS: Celine Bessonneau
COVER: Max Bertolini
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
FORMAT: 48PP, HC, FC, 
VOLUMES IN SERIES: 1 (of 6)
PRICE: $9.99
ISBN: 9781782760993
COMIC STORE RELEASE DATE: October 29, 2014

WITNESS THE RISE AND THE FALL OF THE SUPER-HUMANS!

The year is 1938, and a new generation of super-powered creatures, born as a side effect of secret chemical weapons, has taken control of the capital cities of Europe…

But a new, even more powerful threat is looming, one that could yet erase them from existence and shift the balance of power.

This is how the super-humans were born... and this is how they died.

"Gorgeously detailed and atmospheric" - Paul Cornell
The Chimera Brigade Book One hits comic stores from October 29, 2014

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Feck! Feck! Feck! Feck!

It's vampires you MUST NOT invite into your home NOT policemen!!!!!

Exclusive: Di$ney Grabs Marvels Infinity Gauntlet Of Greed....or do they?


I'm sorry but do comic readers really want ANOTHER Marvel "Major Event" in 2015? Do all these "major events" all tie-in (possibly)?  Do we really want more of Hickman's messy stories?

I really am glad I'm out of this because if no one else can see how this is all movie related as well as a cynical attempt to scrape every penny they can out of fans then I must be a feckin genius.

Comicbook.com published this.  It is a teaser cover art (?) for Infinity Gauntlet in Summer of 2015. Something they have been dropping 'teasers' about for a while.  To quote comicbook.com:

"The teaser image, created by Infinity artist Dustin Weaver, is interesting because it shows Thanos with the Gauntlet, but with only the Reality and Mind Gems attached, leaving the Soul, Time, Space, and Power gems unaccounted for.

"The teaser also suggests that Star-Lord will be involved in the event, as well as several, possibly even a family, of Nova Corpsmen."

Oh, and they add:

"The Infinity Gauntlet teaser is the seventh such teaser, following Civil WarAge of Ultron vs. Marvel ZombiesYears of Future PastPlanet Hulk, Armor Wars and House of M. There was also the Secret Wars announcement from New York Comic Con, revealing the mega-event, written by Jonathan Hickman and debuting in May of 2015."

sigh.  Once I might have cared.




Newsletter BilBOlbul 21 Ottobre 2014


 

 
NEWSLETTER 21/10/2014
  
 
 
"EDITORIA SENZA EDITORI?", CONVEGNO DI APERTURA DI
BILBOLBOL 2014
 
Giovedì 20 novembre, BilBOlbul si apre quest'anno con una giornata di studio, presso gli spazi del MAMbo - Museo d'Arte moderna di Bologna (Via Don Giovanni Minzoni, 14, Bologna), con l'obiettivo di disegnare una mappa della pubblicazione di fumetti italiana e porre con chiarezza le domande più urgenti.
Partendo dal racconto delle diverse esperienze, abbiamo invitato numerose personalità del settore a confrontarsi su temi quali i ruoli di editori ed autori nell'attuale industria editoriale, o i margini di sviluppo per fenomeni quali autoproduzione ed editoria di progetto.
Per guardare al presente senza paraocchi, ma anche per individuare le tracce di nuovi modelli dell'editoria futura.

 
 
SONO ONLINE LE MOSTRE OFF DI BILBOLBUL 2014
 
Ogni anno BilBOlbul seleziona e propone una serie di appuntamenti ed esposizioni per promuovere il lavoro di nuove realtà emergenti nel campo del fumetto e dell'illustrazione, con una serie di mostre ed incontri che si terranno nella settimana precedente alle giornate ufficiali del festival.

Visita il sito di BilBOlbul 2014 per conoscere le date e scoprire gli artisti e i progetti coinvolti.
 
 
"CROCEVIA PER L'INTERNO", WORKSHOP DI PAOLO BACILIERI PER BILBOLBUL 2014
 
Sono aperte le iscrizioni a "Crocevia per l'interno", workshop di Paolo Bacilieri, quinto e ultimo dei laboratori promossi nel contesto di BilBOlbul 2014, in collaborazione con Ateler Sì.

Il workshop, della durata di due giorni, si terrà mercoledì 19 e giovedì 20 novembre h10-13/14-17, presso gli spazi di Atelier Sì (via San Vitale 67, Bologna).

Le richieste di iscrizione dovranno pervenire entro lunedì 3 novembre.
 
 
BILBOLBUL
A LUCCA COMICS & GAMES 2014
 
Dal 30 ottobre al 2 novembre, veniteci a trovare a Lucca Comics & Games 2014 presso lo stand E123 del padiglione di Piazza Napoleone, dove troverete le nostre cartoline e i programmi di BilBOlbul 2014 freschi di stampa.

Per festeggiare l'ottava edizione, durante Lucca Comics and Games inviteremo al banchetto Bilbolbul gli autori amici del festival a stringere mani, dedicare copie dei loro libri e brindare alla nuova edizione!
 
 
PERFORMING GENDER: FINGERPRINTS
 
Una mostra speciale che unisce due festival.
Gender Bender, insieme a BilBolBul, presenta gli schizzi, i disegni e le illustrazioni che Luca Di Sciullo, Viola Niccolai, Lisa Passaniti e Cristina Portolano hanno realizzato per il progetto europeo Performing Gender.
In mostra anche le foto di Elisa D'Errico e i video ad opera di Enrico Galli e Fabio Fiandrini realizzati a ottobre 2013 per documentare l'intensa settimana di ricerca legata al progetto, che investiga attraverso la danza contemporanea le differenze di genere e orientamento sessuale.

Inaugurazione mercoledì 29 ottobre h18.30.
 
 
BilBOlbul Festival internazionale di fumetto fa parte della
Rete dei Festival del Contemporaneo di Bologna
Future Film Festival: 1 > 6 aprile 2014 - futurefilmfestival.org :: Live Arts Week: 8 > 13 aprile 2014 - liveartsweek.it :: Angelica- Festival Internazionale di musica: 2 > 31 maggio 2014 - aaa-angelica.com :: Biografilm: 6 > 16 giugno 2014 - biografilm.it :: Gender Bender: 25 ottobre > 1 novembre 2014 www.genderbender.it :: BilBOlBul: 20 > 23 novembre 2014 - bilbolbulnet