Archive for February, 2008

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Political Correctness – can it really be applied to Ginger people?

February 29, 2008

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Midgets. Dwarves. Shortarses. Umpa-Lumpas. These types of terms are not politically correct. Munchkins – there, another one. Vertically challenged people recently won a ruling to have themselves referred to as ‘little people’ and its wrong to call the Welsh ‘taffs’.

Political correctness can protect more unfortunate members of society, such as hillbillys and Belgians from ridicule. But is there a point at which PC becomes total crap?

Hordes of ginger people marched on Whitehall today to campaign for equal rights that would see these suffering individuals given defensive PC terms that would ban the use of words & phrases like ‘ginger tw*t’, ‘ginger minger’, ‘carrot top’ and ‘wanker’ from being used to describe ginger people.

Famous ginger celebrities such as Chris Evans, Ron Howard of Happy Days fame and that fit bird from Six feet Under outlined their plight.
March organiser and actor/director Ron Howard, who played Ritchie Cunningham in Happy Days, said “We demand an end to these jokes that are tantamount to racism. Ginger hair is a blessing.”

However, one former ginger person, who asked not to be named; told of her plight before her life-changing experiment with blonde hair. Geri Helliwell, former Spice Girl and ginger person (oops, we named her!) told us of the constant torment at school. “All the kids with proper hair colours used to point and laugh,” she whimpered, “Since I became blonde though its all been much better.”

This Spoof reporter would ask you that, next time you see a ginger person please hold back your urge to ask them, “Is the downstairs carpet the same as the upstairs rug?” The colour of their pubic hair is obviously the same….

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Iron Man Full trailer up

February 29, 2008

25345.jpgThose fantastic people over at Empire have a full trailer of Iron Man. I am so excited about this, This is one of the few films I am genuinely excited about

 http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=22092

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Marvel- My two cents worth

February 28, 2008

The Following item is only my opinion:

As a comic collector who started with Captain America it was inevitable that when I was older (and had more disposable income) that I would return to the scene of so many good memory’s. But like any drug the first few hits while good slowly become less rush and more hassle. I looked at my titles and slowly through lazy writing or bad editorial decisions pulled title after title. First there was the Civil War/Ultimates lazy writing from Mark Millar (if you check the endings for both titles they are very similar) then there was the disaster that was the editorial decision to allow Steve Rodgers to get killed (yes we know he’s gonna be back, but come on Punisher in a gimp suit and then Bucky as Captain) and then one of Marvels best titles Ultimates gets destroyed through poor art and poor writing.

I have the privilege of corresponding with a few people that I truly class as Genius. Beau Smith a legend in comic books, who would rather walk from a job than take a lame story. Jimmy Palmotti who is a truly talented artist and a genuine nice guy. Geoff Johns another amazing writer and last but by no means least Barry Kitsons who’s artwork is simply sublime.

 I also read one heck of a lot and when I wince when I am reading a comic then I know that’s a bad sign. I have very few marvel titles left and I hope to god that for whatever reason Marvel doesn’t ruin those also.

But as i said this is only my opinion and I am sure there are fans out there who love everything that Mark Millar comes out with, That can not see anything wrong with Mr Loeb’s run on Ultimates. And for the record this is not artist/writer bashing. There are still titles I will be picking up that Mr Millar is involved on, And I still say that Hush is one of Mr Loebs best works.

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Comic Stores Both Good and Bad

February 28, 2008

You’ve all been there. Some stores the staff are so surly they make bad manners a art form, The stock is overpriced and bad information is given to the customers. Then the flip side of the coin Friendly knowledgeable staff, Well laid out stores, reasonable prices.

Now I may just be getting on my soap box here, but, Surely the idea of a comic store is to sell comics. Sure you can rip someone off a few times but inevitably all they will do is move to another store. Now I am no hard edged businessman but surely three or four sales does not equate to continuation sales. Take my habit, I mean my comic purchases. I have a good comic supplier and i spend approx £400 to £ 500 pounds a month breaking that into dollars it’s approx $800 to $1000 a month. Yes I am sure that the comic shop owner appreciates the revenue, but I get good advice, told in advance what is coming out and an actual apology if something has gone wrong. On top of this I have been drinking with the Guy, He’s one of the Tobacco Lepers so I regularly smoke with him and we phone each other.

 Now this is your chance to let me know of the good guys out there, and also the ones to watch out for.

Name and Shame folks

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Crafty Butcher expands

February 28, 2008

As I have tons to do, there will be the occasional review from a good friend Lord Ruthven. He’ll be posting random reviews for your delight and fun

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Starship Troopers 3

February 28, 2008

259331.jpgReasons why Starship Troopers 3 could be amazing,
It features a character called Dix Hauser.

Casper Van Dien is back!

Reasons it’s a little bit just maybe possible it won’t be amazing:
For the first twenty seconds we thought this was fan-made.

The acting is of the level you’d be disappointed to see in a corporate video.

We think we’ve played paintball where they shot this thing.

It only seems to have one action sequence featuring aliens, which the trailer uses about six times in two minutes, often from the same angle. That sequence looks like a cut scene from a PS2 game.

It’s copied the eggs from Alien, but used a mouldy tennis ball as a model.

The second film was really not very good. At all.

It features a character called Dix Hauser.

Casper Van Dien is back.

In conclusion: It will be amazing. It features a character called Dix Hauser!

sourced from Empire

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Guy of the week.

February 27, 2008

guy_sig_2.gifI will be doing an award every Sunday for whoever reaches my standard for Guy of the week. So if it is someone who has committed an act of bravery. someone who has said something so outrageous that it has made me choke or just someone who has made me laugh the Guy of the Week Award will be made:)

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Reviews and promotion work

February 27, 2008

If you are a writer that needs something either reviewing or a honest critique, an event that needs promoting. Crafty Butchers is pardon the pun willing to have a crafty butchers for you.

I have no problem reading anything (as long as it’s in English) and my library should attest to the fact that I love to read. So send it on and I’ll let you know what i think

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JLA Movie given Green Light Again

February 27, 2008

230381.jpgNow that the Writers’ Strike is over, and the dust has settled, it looks like Warner Bros. pet project for 2009, the Justice League Of America movie, is back on track.

The George Miller-directed project, which will unite the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter in a superhero mash-up like no other, had been put on hold back in January, because of the strike.

But Warners announced today that the film’s writers, Kieran and Michele Mulroney, are back at work on the script, with a final draft due to be handed to Miller, who’s currently prepping in Australia, in a couple of weeks.

The lapse in production meant that the movie’s options on its cast had apparently expired, but it would seem that there have been no problems in getting the likes of Adam Brody (The Flash), Armie Hammer (Batman), Common (Green Lantern) and Megan Gale (Wonder Woman) back on board. They’ve been told to continue their training.

As yet, nobody has been confirmed as the new Superman. D.J. Cotrona has been heavily linked with the role, but we should get an announcement in the coming weeks, and possibly even days.

sourced from Empire

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Bristol International Comic Expo 2008

February 27, 2008

It is fast approaching that time of year again. If you have never been to a convention or can’t afford to go to the big stateside cons, Bristol is the place to be

http://www.comicexpo.net/

There is always a good list of guests and this year is no exception. With some of my favourites from the comic world including: Jim Shooter, Mike Carey, David Hine, Charlie Adelard, Mike Collins and Barry Kitson to name but a few.

It’s a good chance to pick up those back issues you’ve always wanted, speak to the artists and writers of the comics that you collect, pick up some sketches and mingle with like minded people.

Personally I find that Bristol and the location are perfect for a convention and long may it continue

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Two great franchises launched on same day

February 26, 2008

Open your calendar and forget doing anything on May 22nd both this year and next year. This may is the release of Indiana Jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull. And next year is Terminator Salvation: The future begins. Out of the two I a really looking forward to the terminator film as it stars one of my favourite actors: Christian Bale

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Movie News

February 25, 2008

14180.jpgThe Wolfman

Hugo Weaving joins the film as Detective Aberline. Benicio Del Toro is, of course, Mr Hirsute himself in the film, with Anthony Hopkins as his dad and Emily Blunt as his love interest. With filming due to start in London next month.

New Casting for Wolverine

Daniel Henney has been cast as Agent Zero, a member of the Weapon X program and an expert tracker with lethal marksman skills.

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DTA- Welsh Rappers

February 24, 2008

If you head on over to the friends of section, click on DTA and be amazed. DTA will shortly be launching their debut album and if the few tracks they have up are anything to go by then they are headed for big things

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Rambo

February 23, 2008

Rambo.

 As a Stallone fan I was blown away. But i would like to put the record straight. For a week all I’ve read from the so called “reviewers” is how bad this film is, How Bad Daylight is and How Bad Rocky Balboa was. Stallone is one of the first to admit he isn’t a high brow actor like Daniel Day Lewis, but, What you do get is a honest performance. In the case of Daylight one of my favourite films. A dust in your eye moment in the case of Rocky Balboa. Or in the case of Rambo, a feeling that the real man is back. John Rambo is as relevant today as he was in first blood. Yes some of the lines are a bit corny. Yes the bad guys are bad enough that you want them dead. But I whooped every time JR killed someone. Thank you Sly for bringing the big man back 

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J. Michael Straczynski no longer exclusive to marvel

February 23, 2008

I’ve opted to no longer be exclusive at Marvel.

I came to Marvel almost eight years ago, and have been under exclusive contract for nearly all of that time. It was a remarkable and fertile period and a tremendous opportunity to play in the Marvel universe exclusively. At the same time, that’s an awfully long time to be under any one roof, however much you may like the decor. There’s also something to be said for cross-pollination, for embracing a variety of universes and creative opportunities. As the ultimate geek fanboy, over the last eight years, I would look out onto the comics landscape of cool characters at other companies and think, “Wouldn’t it be fun to play with…”

There’s a comfort factor in staying with one universe for eight years, and there’s a lot to say for that. At the same time, I’ve always been wary of getting too comfortable. I think we need to challenge ourselves from time to time by stepping beyond the safe boundaries of one playground into another.

About eighteen months ago, I opted not to pursue another multi-year contract with Marvel, instead remaining exclusive on a month to month basis. During that time, I began the process of scaling back the number of monthly titles I was writing for Marvel to Amazing Spider-Man and Thor, alongside limited-run special projects such as The Twelve, Bullet Points and Silver Surfer: Requiem, projects outside continuity where I felt I could do my best work. I continued to pull back until I finally reached a point of having just one monthly title, Thor, and the maxi-series The Twelve, which felt about right, which is why I announced about six months ago that I would not be taking on any new monthly titles outside of Thor, only special projects. I felt that this way, should I decide to opt out of exclusivity; I would leave the smallest possible footprint on Marvel’s publishing schedule. If I were doing three or four books per month for Marvel, and took on outside responsibilities, those titles would suffer from lack of full attention, and that would be a disservice to both Marvel and the readers.

So I’m now in a comfortable place to opt out of exclusivity. Consequently, a few weeks ago, I contacted Joe Quesada and Dan Buckley to let them know that I would no longer be exclusive after the first of February, 2008. They were gracious and understanding and I have nothing but praise for both individuals. That Joe and I have disagreed over stuff from time to time, as will happen in any working relationship, that has no impact on how I perceive him as an editor and a stand-up guy. Stuff is just stuff; it has nothing to do with the person. Ditto and then some for Dan Buckley, who has always been an absolute mensch. They understood the importance of being able to grow by working in different universes, and have been completely supportive in this decision.

So what’s next? I will continue to write Thor, finish up The Twelve, and as time permits, take on occasional limited-series special projects for Marvel. I’m not leaving Marvel, only opting to widen the creative horizons a bit to include some of the other amazing comics universes out there.

To that end, I will have several substantial comics-related announcements to make at WonderCon in San Francisco this weekend. It is my hope that the cross-pollination of working for several major companies will help me continue to grow as a writer, and will create opportunities for fun stories with characters I’ve wanted to write for my whole life. It is also my hope that those readers who have enjoyed my work over the years (all three of you) will come along for the ride. We have much coolness ahead of us.

So stand by, for as we say in television…there is more to come.
jms

As reported by newsarama

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British News- The Week and opinions

February 23, 2008

Two serious criminals were jailed this week, one for 5 murders of prostitutes and one for sex attacks, this was followed by news that the government will be releasing criminals because they have no more space in British Jails. This begs the questions for serial killers and sex attackers should the death penalty be brought back?

Northern Rock nationalised. After pouring billions into troubled bank Northern Rock, the Government decided to nationalise Northern Rock lumbering us with it’s debt for years.

 The Tobacco Taliban strike again. Not happy with just banning us law abiding smokers from public houses.  Barnsley town council has decided that a three strikes and your out policy will be in force against beleaguered Publicans. If a smoker is caught outside a pub three times then the pub in question looses the right to allow alcohol outside.

Wales Beat Italy.

Congratulations to the Welsh Squad who today beat Italy. A man of the match performance from Lee Byrne and a dazzling show from Shane Williams keeps the dragons on course for six nations glory

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Only In Death by Dan Abnett

February 21, 2008

OK, lets start simple and work my way up. This is a fine addition to the Gaunts Ghosts series. Fast Paced, Well written, Good characters. It almost pains me to find a flaw with the story. My only criticism is that I felt I had been here before. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that I watch trashy B list horrors, but I kept thinking this feels like an amalgam of the trench and the bunker. While that is no bad thing as I felt both were good films. Dan Abnett normally leaves me feeling both raw and shaking. All I can say is this is a slight blip on an otherwise flawless series and I cannot wait for the next Horus Heresy book that is being written by Mr Abnett or for the next installment of the Ghosts series.

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Welsh Supporter

February 21, 2008

Welsh Supporter

A family of England supporters head out shopping, for Barbours, in Richmond, one Saturday before Christmas.
While in a sport shop, the son picks up a Welsh rugby shirt and says to his sister, “I’ve decided I’m going to be a Welsh supporter and I’d like this shirt for my Christmas present!”

The sister is outraged at this; promptly whacks him round the head and says, “Go talk to your mother.”
Off goes the little lad, with Welsh shirt in hand and finds his mother.
“Mum”
“Yes, son?”
“I’ve decided I’m going to be a Welsh supporter and I’d like this shirt for my Christmas present.”
The mother is outraged at this; promptly whacks him round the head and says, “Go talk to your father.”

Off he goes with the Welsh shirt in hand and finds his father.
“Dad.”
“Yes, son?”
“I’ve given this a lot of thought; I’ve watched the style of rugby they play and I’ve decided I’m going to be a Welsh rugby supporter and I would like this Welsh shirt for my Christmas present.”
The father is outraged at this; promptly whacks his son round the headand says:
“No son of mine is ever going to be seen in THAT!”


About half an hour later, they are all back in the car heading home.
The father turns to the son and says: “Son, I hope you’ve learned an important lesson today?”
The son turns to his father and says: “Yes, Father, I have”.
Father says: “Good son, and what is it?”
The son replies: “I’ve only been a Welsh supporter for an hour and I already hate you English f****rs!

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The Boys picked up by Columbia

February 21, 2008

According to Variety, Columbia Pictures has landed the rights to the Garth Ennis/Darick Robertson series, and is looking to turn it into a feature film, under Neal H. Mortiz’s “Original Film” production house.

Moritz described the series, published by Dynamite as: “Rather than begin with a romantic idea of superheroes out to save the world, The Boys imagines a world in which superheroes really exist, with all of the flaws that real people have. The boys are there to make sure that people with superhuman powers don’t get out of line.”

 I have to say that done right this could be one of the most rib crackingly funny films ever, but I am sure that some in the establishment wish this had never been done.

 Lets hope that they sign Simon Pegg

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Upcoming Movies: Both Good and Bad

February 20, 2008

The Dark Knight: Really Looking forwards to this not least as I love the idea of Christian Bale returning to a role he is more than making his own. A fitting tribute to Heath Ledger as well.

Iron Man: Possibly the most type cast actor for the role of Tony Stark: Alchoholic- check, Party Animal – Check, Fun Loving – Check Ah lets get Robert Downey, It has the greatest possibility for being amazing just check the web the stills look breathtaking.

Wanted: Quite frankly if this was the graphic novel I would rate this as one of my most eagerly anticipated movies of all time. But as it is I’d rather have a dose of my own dodgy meat and the resulting toilet time.

Star Trek XI. Have you ever watched a trailer and had the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, Neither had I until I saw the trailer for the latest Star Trek. Some Questions need answering but I am sad enough to forget that Pike was the FIRST captain of the Enterprise for what promises to be an amazing film.