The Zombie Survival Guide : Recorded Attacks

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The Zombie Survival Guide : Recorded Attacks


Those who don’t learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Don’t wait for them to come to you! Organise before they rise!

With artwork Ibraim Robertson and written by Max Brooks, Recorded Attacks is a multi story jaunt through zombie attacks across known history. There’s the untold story about the French Foreign Legion attack in North Africa and the surprising end for its survivors. And includes some new details on that ‘other war’ that was fought in ancient Rome.

The artwork reminds me of an artist from 2000ad who I used to think of as a ’smooth’ artist. The texture of the penmanship is too clean for this kind of rendering. It has way too much white in the pages, and due to careful positioning of the characters, some body parts are not shown. If it’s going to be a comic based on zombies, it has to go all out to catch my attention.

Some of the panel cuts are impressive; one particular which is the most noticeable is where a stoneage man is being held by a zombie on the ground. The stoneage man has his head to the side and you see him looking into the ‘camera’. The next panel is ever so slightly pulled away and you see he’s looking at a large rock.

I also really liked the way the writer has kind of merged the fantasy with what sounds like probably fact, case in point: the Egyptian method of mummifying, which changed to include removing the person’s brain.

When will publishers learn, to view the artwork properly, you can’t have the comic book bound with a hard spine; it doesn’t allow you to open the pages fully flat to appreciate, uninterrupted, the double spread artwork without pressing flat and breaking the spine.

Oh yeah, and the maps which start each story off should be smaller, complete waste of space. I don’t read zombie comics for a geography lesson.

It was, on the whole, an enjoyable read, but which was over way too quickly, being only 146 pages. I read it in someone’s lunch break (not my lunch break, go figure), and came away thinking it was an interesting and somewhat different perspective on what we’ve seen of zombies so far.

Worth being a gift if you can get someone to shell out 12.99, other than that, borrow it.

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Pyramids Of Mars: Digital Graphic Novel

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Pyramids Of Mars: Digital Graphic Novel


Pyramids Of MarsThe Pyramids Of Mars created by Richard Douglas and Geoffrey Holmes

This is a neat idea which utilizes flash technology with a story to produce an online graphical novel. Each page has a next and previous so you can work forwards (and backwards through the story. What possibly differentiates this idea from normal online graphical novels is that it’s animated, and it mixes real photography (of people mainly), digital images and sound effects.

The story itself is an interesting (if not new) idea of alien technology, alien war and a love twist. Because it’s using flash, some of the shading and rendering seems to be too smooth, whereas the real life photography is spot on.

It is split into Books which mean you can sample the chapters in bite size chunks. The cliff hangers are not too bad, and would probably make you want to read the next chapter. It’s worth a look and won’t take too long to go through all the chapters.

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Photography: Ian Mather
3/D Design/Rendering: Geoff Holmes
Web Master: Michael Tubbe (www.urlcanada.com)

Cast:
Annie Tyler – Shaye Irvin
Fitz – Bruce Boland
Gorman – David Johnson
Sagan – Paul Lewis
Commander Jackson – Zeke Gmaz
Delta Bravo Echo 1 – John Dahl
Delta Bravo Echo 2 – Mark Denstedt
Delta Bravo Echo 3 – Geoffrey Holmes
Smitty – Jamie Delaney
Ashley Littleton – Robyn Douglas
Ashley’s Mom – Anna Douglas

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Cast:
Annie Tyler – Shaye Irvin
Fitz – Bruce Boland
Gorman – David Johnson
Sagan – Paul Lewis
Commander Jackson – Zeke Gmaz
Delta Bravo Echo 1 – John Dahl
Delta Bravo Echo 2 – Mark Denstedt
Delta Bravo Echo 3 – Geoffrey Holmes
Smitty – Jamie Delaney
Ashley Littleton – Robyn Douglas
Ashley’s Mom – Anna Douglas

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Original Giger Artwork?

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Original Giger Artwork?


Are These Alien Face Pictures Originals From Hansruedi?

Q: Hi, I was hoping you or a reader could give me some advice.

Can you please let me know if there is anywhere in the UK that I can take some pieces of Giger art to be checked for authenticity? The Giger Museum don’t want to know, and I think it’s because I’ve got something they haven’t.

Some time after moving into a house in Marlow, we found a cardboard tube in the attic. Amongst the items it contained, was 2 alien face pictures, both signed H Giger 66, and both had personal messages “to Heidy” written on the back, signed “Hansruedi”.

I happen to know that one of the drawings was changed by Giger in about 68, and it is this later one that is displayed in one of the official Giger museums.

What I would like to know, is if there is anywhere I could take the originals to be looked at.

I have been trying to get some info on these drawings for some time. I even put one on Ebay a couple of years ago. I had no intention of selling it, but I wanted to see if it attracted any attention - and it certainly did, but not much info.
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Murky Depths: Issue Two Review

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Murky Depths: Issue Two Review


Murky Depths Issue Two CoverMurky Depths: Issue Two / Review
“The Quarterly Anthology Of Graphically Dark Speculative Fiction”

Contents:

  • The Art Of War / David Ryan
  • Duchess Street / Kurt Kirchmeier / Frankie Wallington
  • With A Whimper With A Bang / D.M. Moehrle / Paul O’Connell
  • Super-size Security / A.R. Yngve
  • The Dark Gospel, Part One, Tin-Man / Luke Cooper
  • Yellow Warbler / Jason Sizemore / Michael Lomon
  • Bernadette And The Sirens / Hannah Davey / Martin Deep
  • The Litter / Katherine Patterson / James Fletcher
  • Death And The Maiden, Part Two / Richard Calder
  • Venus And The Birth Of Zephyrus / Sarah Wagner / Mark Bell
  • The Last Flight / Silvanus Moxley
  • SPOIL, Part One / Stan Nicholls / Edward R. Norden
  • Hair Of The Dog / Edward Morris / Timothy Shepherd
  • Firewallburn / Dave Ryan / Dennis Hopeless
  • Phantom Payment / Willie Meikle / Ricky Martin
  • Poppets / Mike Driver / Mark Bell
  • Church Of Saturn / Alex Wilson

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Murky Depths: Issue Three Review

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Murky Depths: Issue Three Review


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Murky Depths Issue Three CoverMurky Depths: Issue Three / Review
“The Quarterly Anthology Of Graphically Dark Speculative Fiction”

Contents: Title / Author / Artist

  • What’s Yours Is Mine / Pike Stephenson / Dylan Williams
  • Evention / Mike Webster / Lucas Hinchley
  • The Suicide Bar / Montilee Stormer /Jag Lall & Denis Pacher
  • Nine-tenths Of The Law / Edward Morris / Wayne Blackhurst
  • In This the Era of the Great Wilting / Jeffrey Archer-Burton / Jason Beam
  • Death and the Maiden 3 / Richard Calder / Richard Calder
  • Shit New World / Martin Hayes / James Cameron
  • Maimed / Hazel Marcus Ong / Glen James
  • SPOIL / Stan Nicholls / Johnny Lee
  • The Dark Gospel 2 / Luke Cooper / Luke Cooper
  • Speak Ill Of The Dead / Ian Faulkner / Mark Bell
  • Zombie Diva / Glynn Barrass / Lucas Hinchley
  • The Love Ship Guide to Seduction in Zero Gravity / Steve Pirie / Denis Pacher

Non Fiction:

  • Sprawl and Brawl: Five Reasons Why Cyberpunk Sustains (Article) / Matt Wallace
  • An Interview with Stan Nicholls



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