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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.

Now watch the video trailer:
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Southland Tales: Richard Kelly: Sarah Michelle Geller: Justin Timberlake: Dwayne Johnson: Sean William

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Southland Tales: Richard Kelly: Sarah Michelle Geller: Justin Timberlake: Dwayne Johnson: Sean William


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From Richard Kelly, creator of (one of my favourite films) Donnie Darko.

“HAVE A NICE APOCALYPSE!” or “THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS, NOT WITH A WHIMPER BUT WITH A BANG!”

I watched the checkdisk, my brain went to mush. And I could quite easily imagine that is where the above quotes come from, the mushing and/exploding of the brain. As Richard Kelly apparently said, “You need to watch it twice to unlock its mysteries”. Yeah, no brainer really, it’s like a weird comic with so many strands and freaky things all at once it makes me think maybe he made it for his own amusement - a lets see how many ideas and effects and storylines and actors and other such things we can have in a large viewing timeframe-, and forgot there were people who were looking forward to it, to having to pay to watch it, to at least get some semblence of a cohesive story from watching it.

I’ll be putting myself through 2 hrs 25 minutes in the next day or so, and hopefully will be able to work out what the heck was going on.

By the way, the above doesn’t mean I dislike it, it’s just a lot for the five senses to take in. I think two of mine shutdown after about an hour and a half, so, once they’re bolstered up and recovered, I’ll re examine the film.

Until then, here’s some info to whet your appetite…
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The H-Bomb Girl: Stephen Baxter: Faber Faber

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The H-Bomb Girl: Stephen Baxter: Faber Faber


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“The Cuban Missile Crisis, Teddyboys, Rock N’ Roll, The Key To The End Of The World, Timetravel - There’s nothing quite like being a teenager in Liverpool during 1962…”

Laura Mann, 14, is The H-Bomb Girl and has just moved to Liverpool with her mum. Laura’s father is seperating from her mother, and he’s in the RAF, and very close to the rising angst between the US and Cuba.

This is a fictional account of history during the Cuban Missile Crisis, rise of the Beatles, threat of nuclear war and includes bit parts by the Beatles and Cilla Black. As I’ve spent quite a bit of time in and around Liverpool in the last few years, and the descriptions of 60s Liverpool, especially the Cavern and the feeling of the loud music rockets this story onto another parallel. I even looked around for footage of The Beatles playing early on in their career, and you can image The H-Bomb Girl and her friends somewhere in the crowd.

It’s worth pointing out that Baxter is well known for his harder SF, and this is quite a departure for him, don’t expect in your face SF, this is more subtle, and the way he introduces the SF elements are perfectly paced.

There is a big downside though, and that’s towards the end where the story collapses (as does the wall in The Cavern in an idiotic display of dangerousness of the British Military) and my suspension of belief was forced to vacate the area.
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Interactive Cross Website Game: GunShotsByComputer


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The Future Of Cinema And Computer Gaming?

What Would You Do If You Accidently Found Someone Crying Out For Help On A Hidden Website?

Chris Purnell, is writer/director of new Alternate Reality Game entitled Gun Shots By Computer - Part 1. The films where produced in Scotland and feature two rising stars of the Scottish acting world, Shian Denovan (Night Is Day) and Claire Dicarlo.

He says this about GSBC1:

Cinema goers are a dying breed and due to spiraling cost, cinemas will soon be a thing of the past. I believe there has to be a future to film, and I think the Internet will play a major role in that. Already people download movies from the Internet instead of going to the cinema; people would rather see a film for free. I understand that, as I am one of those people. So to reach out to those people you have to make the whole experience of watching a film more interesting for them. You have to give them a reason not to just download it. I believe we have created the format to do that.

Our web based films are set in an Orwellian world in the year 2032 which parallels our own
present. The story begins behind the website, HMV, where one girl gives a direct address to the camera done through the style of video blogs.
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Dirtside Atomic: Zero Budget Scifi


dirtside atomc deb spoospooDirtside Atomic: Where The Boots And Weapons Are Bigger Than The Skirts

Dirtside Atomc is an online only, freeview scifi series filmed entirely ‘on location’ in a garage and on a beach. Deb Spoopoo says, ‘Most of the props and sets are constructed out of rubbish or stuff from the poundshop.’

The story is based on a intel’ mission which goes kind of skew. It involves surreal planets, time travel, spaceships, weapons and computers..

Deb Spoopoo plays the intel officer, in her very draughty clothes, she gets dragged into enabling a nuclear bomb, fighting weird female human entities and … time travel (I’m hooked already). She hopes her neighbours understand about the strange noises eminating from her garage at 3 in the morning.

Pete plays the non-stop-get-from-a-to-z with weapons persona who gets to use Big Guns (capitalised). He also added to the scripts and made up characters and even got to use the chaingun for therapy!

Simon plays the communcator. And looks very swish in his Farscape-ish clothes. The way he talks works well within the film. He says, ‘It was an amazing experience.” It would be in those outlandish clothes, and he plays the character well, in a somber kind of way.

All of the main three characters look like they’ve taken their costumes from a mix of 21st century goth/punk - it reminds me of when I used to go to Goth/Rock/Indie clubs in the ’90s, and people wore black leather and bits of chains and big biker boots. Thing is, it all fits into the film perfectly.

There is more info in the tech section, but in a nutshell its all done as creatively as possible, as cheaply as possible.

The plot doesn’t really invent any new sci-fi wheels, but quite amazingly, makes up for that in other areas, for example, some of the scripting is laugh out loud hilarious, which is unusual in scifi, and even though CGI is used in quite a lot of scenes, it isn’t ‘in your face’.

If you don’t even make a snorting noise during the ’setting the nuclear bomb’ scene, you’re just plain dead. I particularly liked the sound effects. A lot of the music tracks are looped, but this adds a kind of edginess to it, and the whirls and bleeps are just beautiful, especially when they whir and bleep to visual triggers. And the chaingun, pure bliss.

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The technical aspects of the filming are pretty impressive too. Most of the shots with Deb in, seem to be done with a static camera, with Deb filming herself. And imagine how crazy it is to see her fighting herself. A lot of blue/green screening was used; from the photos on the site, it looks like a nice green sheet sellotaped together, but it works so well.

Think: Non corporate Farscape, with creative people behind it who love what they do, and aren’t in it just for the money.

Currently seven episodes, each lasting around six minutes.

The amazing 3D environments and renders are done by AlisonGoth.

She finishes by saying, “It’s the best fun ever, even better than Doom 3 and pancakes”.

You don’t want to miss Dirtside Atomic; a bunch of friends messing around, creating something new and which is worth watching. You won’t be disappointed!

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