Aokigahara – Something Wicked 2017 – now available

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Something Wicked 2017 from FutureQuake Press (www.futurequake.co.uk) is now available for purchase from the FutureQuake Press webstore! Featuring many fantastic tales, including on from myself and artist Luigi Criscuolo. Follow this link to check it out.

The full list of stories appearing in this issue include:

  • Aokigahara by writer Travis Stunt and artist Luigi Criscuolo
  • Dark Net by writer Jimmy Furlong and artist Andrew Hartmann
  • He calls you home by writer Roddy McCance Sharp and artist Denis Vermesse
  • Hurt by writer Matt Sharp and artist Aileen Oracion
  • Jotun Fury by writer Karl Brandt and artist David Parsons
  • One Hell of a night by writer Chris Redfern and artist Johnathan Scott
  • Regular Deposits by writer Dave Wednesday and artist Kristian Carstensen
  • Sky Burial by writer Alec Robertson and artist Brian Corcoran
  • St@lked by writer Umar Ditta and artist Daniel Bell
  • Stupid Fuzzy Thing by writer Steven Fraser and artist Brian Rankin
  • The Civilised Hunt by writer Dan McKee and artist Carlos Angeli
  • The Coffin by writer Jason Brawn and artist David Spickett
  • The Cottage In The Woods by writer Alec Robertson and artist Rui Mendes
  • The Runaway by writer Marcello Bondi and artist Mattia Marini
  • The Void Of by writer Rodd McCance and artist Denis Vermesse

 

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On Hiatus

I’m going on a temporary comic book writing hiatus to focus on a novel WIP.

I’ll still write whatever I have agreed to do – no fear there. I just won’t be creating new comic book stuff for the time being.

TL:DR version – no updates for the foreseeable future.

 

Movie Set Experience

I was lucky enough to be able to watch a movie being filmed yesterday. The movie is ‘Flammable Children’ by writer/director Stephan Elliot (Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) starring Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue, Julian McMahon, and Rhanda Mitchell.

I was a fascinating day, to say the least. I’ve loved movies since I was a kid and had dreamed of making my own films, but it never came to be. I’ve since moved on to writing, which I have found to be a fulfilling outlet for my creativity. But, the love of all things movie related remained, so getting to see how it all worked behind the scenes was really a chance of a lifetime.

Due to my job, I was able to access most areas of the set and watch from very close proximity. The stars were all present and filming, the director was everyone, organising sets, moving cameras, talking to the actors, high fiving the children extras (who were all covered in whale blubber – best see the movie when it comes out for more details). And running – he was running here, there and everywhere!

I got to speak to the assistant director (though I didn’t realise who he was till later in the day) and a lot of the crew. They all obviously loved what they were doing and were working hard to get it done. It was a hot, sunny day, but there were no complaints, not even from the extras who spent most of the day in the swimmers under the hot sun, running to and fro.

My appreciation for the work that goes into this sort of production increased tenfold from the experience. Hopefully when they return in a few months for further shooting, I can wrangle another ‘work’ day on the set.

Preview Art: The Joy of Motherhood

Art by Eran Aviani
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Here are a few rough page layouts for a piece I wrote some time ago now. It’s called ‘The Joy of Motherhood’ and was to be published in ‘Decay’ by Dark Oz Publishing here in Australia. Unfortunately I have lost contact with Eran and haven’t heard anything for a while. Pity, because he absolutely nailed the feel of the script. Still, Eran did volunteer his time for the project, and, for that, he has my everlasting gratitude and admiration! Enjoy!

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #18

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #18

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First up, I haven’t enjoyed the new direction Amazing Spider-Man has taken from its latest relaunch. There is something about having Peter Parker as a rich and successful business man that just doesn’t sit right with the character. For me, Peter struggling to balance his daily life and study/jobs with his duty as Spider-Man has been the one of the core elements of the character. As a result, I have really lost touch with a character that has been one of the staples of my comic buying life.

I decided to pick up #18 as it was promoted as the return to Doc Ock. Ock became a favourite of mine recently when he took the mantle of the ‘Superior Spider-Man’ for thirty odd issues. I loved this storyline and the way it evolved, all the way to the conclusion with Ock admitting that he could never be the hero to Peter is and allowing to to return as Spider-Man. Dan Slott really hit it out of the park with that run which pushed him into the realms of my favourite comic book writers.

Where rich and powerful Peter lost me, this issue dragged me back. There is still the ‘problem’ of Peter being rich, but it took a back seat to the reemergence of Doc Ock via a personality download to the Living Brain.

R.B. Silva has a great time with this issue. The art has a real energy to it helping the story zip along at a good pace. Slott’s writing is also good in this issue, though I found Ock’s characterization a little off in places. The major criticism I had with the issue is that the story basically ends up in the same place it starts – Doc Ock is back in the tiny robot creature, but with the knowledge he was able to collect from Parker Industries, particularly regarding cloning.

Given we know that The Jackal is returning very shortly, I would imagine we will be seeing Doc Ock and The Jackal working together (likely in the flesh) before too long. Slott does a good job at major storylines for Spidey, so I have high expectations for the upcoming Clone Conspiracy storyline.

Rating – 7/10 – good fun with a classic villain returning.

MillarWorld 2017 Talent Search

MillarWorld has launched its 2017 Talent Search competition, giving writers and artist a chance to be published (and paid at Marvel/DC rates). No catches, no gimmicks. You can check it out here:

CBR – MillarWorld Talent Search 2017

This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to make comics. Get out there, write and/or draw your ass off, and submit.

You won’t win if you don’t. You never know what might happen if you do…

Ghostbusters (2016)

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No spoilers:

Wow. I went in with more hope than expectations and was totally blown away by how much I enjoyed it. Story line, characters, sfx, comedy – it was all there and it was all good. So many quotable quotes, so many enjoyable scenes. And Chris Hemsworth – he was worth the price of admission alone.

Ghostbuster (2016) respects what came before it, but it isn’t beholden to it. It is its own entity, and this certainly allows the movie to breathe and expression itself while still remaining loyal to the core concept.

Admittedly, it’s not ‘Citizen Kane.’ It’s not the original Ghostbusters either. But it is head and shoulders above Ghostbusters 2 (not that that’s too hard). There are some points in the movie where I was left thinking ‘that seemed a little disjointed’ or ‘where did they find time to do that?’ But, more often than not, I was left laughing a joke, giggling a subtle or over the top sight gag, or sniggering at a skillfully worked reference/homage to the original.

Would I pay to see it again at the cinema? Absolutely. Would I let my seven year old see it – probably not. There are quite a few scary scenes at the beginning which left me concerned for the young children who were in the cinema. A few nightmares may be coming their way over the next few nights!

Overall, I rate this a solid 7/10. Recommended for those who are in the mood for some good, silly fun!