I’m in bed with flu at the moment, and that is what I’m blaming for the low frequency of blog posts, though it’s also possible that it is just me being lazy. Anyway, while laid up, I have been reading a lot of posts on my favorite websites, The Guardian for UK and international news, Slate and Vox for US news, Birth.Movies.Death for movie news, and most importantly io9 for nerd stuff.
Here comes another post where I read a comic book of yesteryear. At the moment I’m reading a comic book from way back in February 1979, on the seventeenth. I read it for the first time back then, and I’m reading it again today. By the way, I found the scans of issue 100 of 2000 AD at Britishcomics.wordpress.com. Now let’s see if it holds up. The cover of issue 100 is a bit of a dog’s dinner, with a series of adverts for what is to be found inside.
I am the writer of a diet book, which is a little of an anomaly among the other books I have written. Most of my books are sci-fi or fantasy, with a sprinkling of horror to spice the mix, so the diet book really is unusual. The reason I wrote it is that, back in 2013 when I wrote the first edition, I felt I had an insight into dieting that wasn’t out there and that I wanted to share.
This is issue 99 of a comic book from a long time ago. It was originally published 10 February 1979, and I read it as soon as it appeared on the rack at the general store round the corner from my house. I enjoyed reading this comic book back then and I’m enjoying reading it again now. The year 1979 was a world-changing year. The Soviets began invading Afghanistan, while in the UK we went all in on neoconservative economics under Margaret Thatcher.
I just discovered an old comic book a couple of days ago featuring Kirby’s New Gods characters, which is great in itself, but what was even better is that it is drawn by Mike Mignola. The comic is called Cosmic Odyssey and is a mini-series, first published in 1988 by DC Comics. The story spans the DC Universe, involving a wide variety of major characters including Superman and Batman, along with the New Gods.
This is a blog post about a comic book from many, many moons ago. There will be spoilers aplenty, but that hardly matters, does it, if the comic book was published forty years ago. The comic in question is 2000 AD, which Wikipedia describes as a weekly British science fiction-orientated comic magazine. It serializes three or four stories in each issue, and was first published in 1977. This particular issue, number 98, was published a couple of years later, on 3 February 1979.
Black Panther premiered in Los Angeles on January 29, 2018, and was released theatrically in the United States on February 16, 2018. That is almost a month ago now, but there is still palpable buzz about the movie in the air, and across the Internet. This is well deserved, of course, and I am very much among the people who absolutely loved the movie. It has also been a big financial success, as of a couple of days ago, Black Panther had grossed 940.
I have been reading comic books from my childhood. I read quite a few back then, but the one I read most was 2000 AD. I have found some scans of these ancient comic books on the internet, and so I am reading them all over again, one by one. Today I’m reading issue 97 of 2000 AD, which was published way back on 27 Jan 1979. Interestingly, 27 Jan 1979 just happens also to be the date of the 36th Golden Globe Awards, where Midnight Express won big.
The most popular post on my blog right now is where I compare Altered carbon and the Punisher in a Vs match. I suspect what people like about this post is the primal nature of the Vs battle. This one post generates so much traffic that I would be crazy not to try the same trick again. The only question is, who should the two sides of the next Vs conflict be.
Smashwords is an e-book-distribution platform based in Los Gatos, California. It is designed to be used by independent authors and publishers, and has been going since 2008. Self-published authors like me simply upload their manuscripts as electronic files to the Smashwords service, which converts them into e-book format for reading on various devices. Smashwords allows writers to appeal directly to readers without having to deal with gatekeepers such as agents and editors.