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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Silvermaigne Is Here...In Book Form At Least!

Ahh. More books for the BCP Book Fair and Comic Expo in November!

In case you ask:

Venue Infomation

The venue for BCP International Book Fair & Comic Expo 2014 is the Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa in Bristol, UK. The hotel is by the beautiful St Mary's Church and the harbour. With Temple Mead Train Station 10 minutes away and Bristol Airport 20 minutes drive from the hotel.
There are many lovely facilities on site including a fitness suite, swimming pool, spa (a 5 minutes walk around the side of the hotel), restaurants..
We have negotiated a discounted room rate for the convention and these are as follows:
Friday Night (Bed & Breakfast): £99 
Saturday Night (Bed & Breakfast): £109
(Hotel bookable at these convention rates, secured by a credit card and you can pay on departure - available only until the 22nd September after which will revert to full room rate)
You can book your room by using the following code when booking:

Please quote this code when phoning the hotel to book via phone: 0117 3199004 (UK)

There are free coffee/tea making facilities in each room.

There is free wifi in each room.

The website for the Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa can be found HERE

The Mercure Holland House Hotel & Spa's address is as follows:

Redcliffe Hill
United Kingdom

Titan Books: Lego -Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Series: Lego Ninjago Graphic Novels 
ISBN  9781782761921
all ages

Sensei Wu has trained Cole, Zane, Jay, and Kai to be Masters of Spinjitzu, and together they defend the world of Ninjago from the dark forces of the Underworld. But when Samukai boasts that he can defeat Sensai Wu and his four young ninja, Garmadon takes him up on his bet!

Nicely written, nicely drawn and lovely bright colours.  You know this is meant for kids but there is a HUGE adult Lego market out there -cosplayers, adults who don't want to grow up and, naturally, those people who want to buy this sort of thing "for the kids"....yeah. Right.

Christmas is coming up, you know so....?

Titan Books: Lego Ninjago Vol.2 -Mask Of The Sensei

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Series: Lego Ninjago Graphic Novels
Full colour
soft cover
ISBN 9781782761938
All ages

Cole, Zane, Jay, and Kai, the Masters of Spinjitzu, have defeated unbelievably powerful foes and all seems well on the world of Ninjago. But all that changes when the inja are attacked by the one foe they can’t possibly hope to defeat, the one who taught them everything they know — Sensei Wu himself?!

This is a nightmare come true when they must somehow defeat their respected teacher and friend — or must they?!

I'm sorry but Lego as anything but a building material (VERY expensive at that) leaves me cold.  So I am going to ignore the Lego aspect and just take this as a fun, well drawn and wonderfully coloured story for "all ages", though of course it is supposed to be for children.

I certainly know that there ARE a lot of adults (including cosplayers) who will go nuts and buy this. At at under a £5.00 why not?

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


Alternative Press Pop-Up / 24th - 26th October 2014 / 139 Greenwich South St  SE10 8NX
DIY Art Show and pop-up zine outlet.
Come and see art work, self published
comix, zines, art-books and poetry
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!

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.


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!

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:

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
PRICE: $9.99
ISBN: 9781782760993


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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