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  • 06 2018 September

    So Long, and thanks for all the fish…

    Richard has already taken his final bow on the blog (see here), and now it’s my turn. Truth be told I have been putting this off all week, and here I am typing it now,...

  • 06 2018 September

    So Long, Farewell… It’s Goodnight From Me…

    The FPI Blog – 2005 – 2018 Well, you might have heard, you might have not, but as from this week, the FPI Blog shall be no more. The online side of things at FPI...

  • 05 2018 September

    Reviews: going widdershins in Finding Baba Yaga

    Finding Baba Yaga, Jane Yolen, Tor Books (cover image by SHutterstock, design by Jamie Stafford-Hill) “So, this is a tale Both old and new, borrowed, narrowed, broadened, deepened, rethreaded, rewoven, stitches uneven, re-plastered, re-harled, rehearsed,...

  • 04 2018 September

    Reviews: We Shall Fight Until We Win

    We Shall Fight Until We Win: a Century of Pioneering Political Women, Edited by Laura Jones, Heather McDaid & Sha Nazir, 404 Ink / BHP Comics Two small Indy Scottish publishers, BHP Comics (who are...

  • 04 2018 September

    Panel Borders

    It’s time for Alex Fitch to update us to where and who his roving microphone has lead him to for the latest Panel Borders show; as ever, for more details and to check out an...

The thirty second Arthur C Clarke Award – the UK’s most presitgious celebration of written science fiction – took place in a ceremony in the famous Foyles bookstore in London last night, with Anne Charnock winning for Dreams Before the Start of Time, published by 47North. “Humanity’s attitudes to reproduction have been core to science...

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Reviews: the Life of Captain Marvel

July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Life of Captain Marvel #1, Margaret Stohl, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Marcio Menyz, Marguerite Sauvage, Marvel (cover artwork by Julian Totino Tedesco) It’s fair to say this is one of the week’s big new comics releases, the start of a new series taking a fresh angle on one of the Marvel Universe’s most powerful...

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Rogue Trooper movie is confirmed!!!

July 17, 2018 | 2 Comments

Breaking news – over the weekend Brit comics fans were going nuts over some very teasing tweets from director Duncan Jones (Moon, Warcraft, Mute), hinting that for his next movie he wanted to do a comic based film, a British comics based film, maybe something from 2000 AD…. One tweet had a short video which...

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Reviews: Escaping Wars and Waves

July 17, 2018 | 1 Comments

Escaping Wars and Waves: Encounters with Syrian Refugees, Olivier Kugler, Myriad Editions / New Internationalist “The children are nervous… When they hear any noise, even if you only knock at the door, they can get very afraid.” The world is currently experiencing its one of its worst refugee problems since the Second World War, with...

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Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #170

July 13, 2018 | 2 Comments

And once more it is that time of week when Richard and Joe offer up links and news spotted over the last few days with Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense): Steve Ditko, RIP Very sad news broke over last weekend as we learned that one of the absolute gods of the comics medium, the reclusive genius...

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Reviews: She Could Fly

July 12, 2018 | 1 Comments

She Could Fly #1, Christopher Cantwell, Martin Morazzo, Miroslav Mrva, Clem Robins, Berger Books / Dark Horse Comics “You know, in the air I bet the thoughts are gone and you can be free.” Luna is a young school student, dealing with serious mental health problems. At first when we see her with the school...

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Reviews: Ravencry

July 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ravencry: The Raven’s Mark Book Two, Ed McDonald, Gollancz (cover design by Dan Smith) I didn’t love Blackwing and I could never quite put my finger on why. It had everything I wanted from a fantasy novel. A richly imagined world, a detailed system of magic and deities, plenty of grey areas, kick-arse ladies, weird...

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Reviews: creepy folk horror in Dogged

July 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dogged, Directed by Richard Rowntree, Starring Sam Saunders, Debra Leigh-Taylor, Nadia Lamin, Philip Ridout, Jo Southwell, Aiysha Jebali, Toby Wynn-Davies Richard Rowntree has being paying his dues in the movie business for years, working on all sorts of productions large and small, crafting some of his own short films, and now his directorial feature debut,...

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Reviews: the Mad Death

July 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Mad Death, Directed by Robert Young, Starring Richard Heffer, Barbara Kellerman, Richard Morant, Ed Bishop, Valerie Holliman, Jimmy Logan Simply Media If you were around in the late seventies and early eighties, you’ll probably remember the whole scare around Rabies getting into the UK at the time. Based on the novel of the same...

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Dreadful Company, Vivian Shaw, Orbit Books (delectable cover art by Will Staehle) “An absolute delight.” That was what I said about the first of Vivian Shaw’s Great Helsing novels, Strange Practice, around this time last year (see here for the review). In fact you can see that quote on the back cover of this second...

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