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24th Jan 2012

The Invisible Artist

The Invisible Artist, a documentary film made by Andy Luke and Carl Boyle for NVTV on the history of comics in Belfast, which I appeared in and helped out on the research for last year, is now online. As well as Andy and myself, there are contributions from Davy Francis, PJ Holden, Stephen Downey, John Farrelly, John Killen of the Linenhall Library, and many others. Go watch, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

The Invisible Artist from Northern Visions/NvTv on Vimeo.

 

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05th Apr 2010

New new Who

The relaunched Doctor Who was relaunched again on Saturday. I watched it grinning throughout. Great fun. The script made as much sense at it needed to and no more – suspension of disbelief did the rest.

When the casting of Matt Smith was announced I thought “I can’t really see him in the part, which probably makes him a good choice”. And it was. How young he was barely registered, he just had it. Karen Gillan, as well as being gratifyingly gorgeous, also had that edge of oddness that I’m a sucker for (not quite as nuts as her childhood self – would have been really interesting for the Doctor to have had an insane child as a companion, but, well, a grown man and a little girl just couldn’t be done, not these days), and also seems to have some proper acting chops – she played the scene where the Doctor produces the apple she’d given him twelve years ago fantastically well.

Anybody notice that the voice of the Atraxi announcing the incineration of the human residence sounded exactly like the Vogons announcing the demolition of the earth in The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? They even used human sound-producing technology to make their announcement, just like the Vogons did in the book!

One slight complaint. With Rory, Amy’s sort-of boyfriend and presumably her fiancé, they seem to be reviving the Doctor-Rose-Mickey triangle from early on. The Doctor as hyper-confident alpha male effortlessly stealing the affections of the female audience-identification-character from the hapless beta male character, who’s only there to be laughed at, is something I didn’t much enjoy about Doctor Who under Russell Davies. I hope that’s not going to be replicated. Having said that, River Song, apparently the Doctor’s Mrs from the future, looks like being part of the series, so I wonder will we see a River-Doctor-Amy triangle as well?

We shall see, no doubt. With Steven Moffat, the man who wrote not only The Empty Child and Blink but also the imperious Press Gang back when I was a student, at the helm, I think it’ll be worth finding out.

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06th Feb 2010

Rome lookalikes

A few things struck me on my trip to Rome a couple of weekends ago. There seemed to be a promotion on of the period when Jack Meadows out of The Bill was emperor…

Jack Meadows - the Emperor Vespasian

Also found sculptures of Robin Cook…

Robin Cook

Mrs Doyle out of Father Ted

Mrs Doyle

And even the Ood out of Doctor Who, wearing a shower cap.

The Ood - a minotaur

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08th Jan 2010

Some news

I’m going to be on the telly! On Tuesday I will be travelling to Glasgow with the League of Just Us, a team of Belfast-based comics folk, to appear on the BBC’s quiz show Eggheads! From left to right: PJ Holden (Judge Dredd, Battlefields); Me; Reggie Chamberlain King (the forthcoming Layer Zero: The Exile); Aidan Largey (Layer Zero: Choices, our reserve); Aimee Durkin (Stephen Downey’s model and girlfriend); and our intrepid leader and team captain Stephen Downey himself (artist of Cancertown, Slaughterman’s Creed and the team drawing; also a man who talks faster than the human mind can comfortably process). Wish us luck!

Then, on Sunday 17 January, I will be stallholding again, selling an ever-growing selection of Irish small press comics at the Black Books book fair, the Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast. Andy and I have decided to call our stall, to tie in with the theme, The Black Panel. Unfortunately Andy will not be able to make it as he’ll be in London to hear Mark Thomas, so the role of glamourous assistant will have to be filled by someone else. More when confirmed.

And finally, someone who has too much time on their hands has rewritten The Big Lebowski in the style of William Shakespeare. As The Knave says of his rug, while playing ninepins:

It was of consequence, I should think; verily, it tied the room together, gather’d its qualities as the sweet lovers’ spring grass doth the morning dew or the rough scythe the first of autumn harvests. It sat between the four sides of the room, making substance of a square, respecting each wall in equal harmony, in geometer’s cap; a great reckoning in a little room. Verily, it transform’d the room from the space between four walls presented, to the harbour of a man’s monarchy.

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10th Dec 2008

Postgate reminiscences

My own little tribute to the late Oliver Postgate, who died the day before yesterday.

A few years ago I was at Landsdowne Road in Dublin, watching Ireland at a Six Nations rugby international against Italy.  Ireland had a scrum, or a ruck, or possibly a maul, one of those piles of bodies with the ball in the middle they have in rugby, near the goal line, and were trying to push over for a try.  “HEAVE!” went the crowd. “HEAVE!

And I couldn’t help adding, in my best squeaky falsetto,

The marvellous… mechanical… MOUSE organ!

And got the strangest looks from the people around me.  I don’t think they showed Bagpuss in the Free State.

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22nd Mar 2008

Adam West: the Dark Knight

A marvellous variation on the Lolcats thing has come to my attention. Lines from Frank Miller’s Batman comics, superimposed on pics from the old Adam West Batman TV show.

Dark Knight

Fabulous.

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12th Feb 2008

Dinosaurs in Lurgan!

In my civilian identity I work in public liability claims. We have a personal injury claim in Lurgan, County Armagh, and here’s a photo of the trip hazard:

You can’t tell me that’s not a dinosaur footprint. Call in the Primeval team to search for anomalies!

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