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Forbidden Planet are delighted to welcome back one of favourite SF writers – Alastair Reynolds will be signing in London on Saturday 20th January, from 4 – 5pm.
With e-book success sensation Amanda Hocking earlier in the day, it promises to be a Saturday to remember!
You can find  a full list of our events on our site, here:

Independent publishers and their writers might want to look in on the Rubery Book Award link:-

and see if you're qualified to submitting a review copy.

Closing date: 31st March 2012

Acclaimed British illustrator James Jarvis unveils his first new narrative in five years – at Forbidden Planet. Renowned for his fantastic range of ‘In Crowd’ figures, James Jarvis is widely regarded as the father of 3D urban vinyl in the UK.

And now he brings us ‘De Profundis’ - see it at London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8JR, on THIS THURSDAY, the 12th January.
Press release and artwork attached!

ARCANA COMICS' - Happy Holidays and Winter Sale!
VANCOUVER (Jan 3, 2012) - All of us at Arcana Comics would like to wish you a Happy New Year! To celebrate, we are offering 25% off of all purchases from the Arcana Store from now through the end of January! Just head over to, add some books to your cart, and use code "ARCANAWINTER" (case sensitive) at checkout for 25% off!

Over the last week, we have added a TON of books to the store, so please head over and check it out. You'll be amazed at the selection and the deals!

On January 11th, starting at 6:00 P.M., Meltdown Comics will present an autograph signing with Jeff Cahn for the release of RED SPIKE VOL1 TP, produced by Benaroya Publishing and published by Image Comics.

RED SPIKE VOL1 TP, which collects issues #1-5 of the sold out miniseries, involves soldiers Matt Cutler and Greg Dane, the first to survive the Project Red Spike program. They have been proven on the field to be everything that was wanting in the program. Unfortunately, an upgrade to Greg’s implant goes array and now it’s up to Matt to chase down his friend before he hurts himself, the city and the tax payers who funded their creation. But as the friends begin their very public battle in heart of Washington D.C., twisted and sinister secrets begin to emerge from within the Red Spike program. Can both soldiers survive or are their deaths a necessary measure to secure the program’s secrecy?

 The RED SPIKE autograph event will take place in Los Angeles at Meltdown Comics on January 11th from 6-8 P.M. at 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046 . For more information, please call (323) 851-7223.
About Meltdown Comics

At 9000 square feet, Meltdown is the largest pop culture emporium west of the Rockies .It’s ever-shifting stock holds new discoveries for even the most discerning reader and if you are new to the game the dimmest ember of obsession shall be fanned into a great bonfire here.Meltdown’s proprietors have seized every opportunity to upgrade service within the store resulting in unparalleled relationships with vendor and consumer alike.This means that as a customer of Meltdown, you have access to a worldwide network of purveyors of pop and if you don’t see what you want in front of you Meltdown can procure it almost instantaneously.

About Jeff Cahn

 After graduating from Pomona College, Jeff Cahn returned to his hometown of New Orleans, where he interned on the set of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for Digital Domain’s Oscar winning visual effects team. Once the shoot wrapped, he returned to Los Angeles and now works at Benaroya Pictures and Publishing as a story developer and writer of both screen and comics.
  About Benaroya Publishing

Founded by Michael Benaroya in 2009, Benaroya Publishing is a comic book and graphic novel production company dedicated to thrilling and compelling storytelling. A subsidiary of Benaroya Pictures, Benaroya Publishing is based in Los Angeles and launches their debut titles this Spring under the Image Comics label. With David Elliott (FALL OUT TOY WORKS and co-founder of RADICAL PUBLISHING) at the helm as in-house Editor-in-Chief, Benaroya Publishing promises to bring fresh new ideas, and uniquely told stories to the comics literary world. For more information, visit

News / Intelligent life found on Earth
« on: January 03, 2012, 05:21:03 AM »
Whales and dolphins are considering cats as the next important sentient species on Earth, especially based on how they control their biped pets.

News / Life found on Venus
« on: January 02, 2012, 04:36:14 AM »
Zoonie gives an over-zealous greeting.

News / Life found on Mars
« on: January 01, 2012, 03:58:20 AM »
Dr. Manhattan refuses to come home!


LAST 2 DAYS For getting 2 books for the price of one


NOW through the end of the year buy any Nonstop Press book and get a second book, of equal or lesser value, for free. Give one book as a gift and keep the other for yourself, or get yourself two books for the price of one. Just tell us what free item you want to receive in the "Instructions to merchant" box when you make payment after check-out from our product page. Remember, every purchase allows you to get a second book of your choice for FREE.

This holiday special cannot be combined with coupon discounts or bundled sales.

« on: December 29, 2011, 04:37:54 AM »




December 28th, MILWAUKIE, OR - You may be asking yourself why your issue of Previews features Dark Horse president Mike Richardson’s handsome mug.

Well, as we near the landmark tenth issue of Dark Horse’s flagship anthology, we are offering one very lucky comic shop the chance to host the official Dark Horse Presents #10 release party!

In addition to a king’s ransom in prizes, the winning store will receive a visit from Dark Horse president and founder Mike Richardson!

Here’s how the contest works:

Step 1: Cut out the Mike Richardson mask in this issue of Previews. Enter to win by commenting or posting images on the Dark Horse blog ( beginning on December 28. You have until January 31 to tell us why your store deserves a day with Mike Richardson, or post a photo of yourself in the mask in your favorite store. Retailers may post as many photos as they can of store staff, customers, and people off the street. We’ll narrow it down to five finalists based solely on the number of comments and notify them the following day, February 1.

Step 2: After two more weeks of fierce competition, Dark Horse will pick from the five finalists, based subjectively on a combination of volume and creativity of the Mike photos and comments. The winning store will be announced in the February 13 FOC newsletter, and on the Dark Horse blog that same day.

Retailers: Tell us why your store deserves to host this exclusive event!

Fans: Here’s your chance to show your comic shop loyalty!

One entry per person.

The party will be held the day Dark Horse Presents #10 is released in stores. One store will win a release-night party package including:
200 various Dark Horse comics to give away
10 trades to give away
Dark Horse Comics key chains
An assortment of Dark Horse Comics buttons
4 Dark Horse Comics coffee mugs
A store-exclusive Dark Horse Presents miniprint
And more!

The other four finalists will each receive 10 copies of Dark Horse Presents #10, signed by the big guy himself.

Caretaker Who?

a quick summation by: Geoff Willmetts


The Doctor likes returning favours, especially after landing on the Earth in a spacesuit as he scuttles a spaceship in 1938. With the helmet on back to front, a helpful neighbour, Madge Arwell, gets him to a convenient police call box.

Three years later, Madge Arwell’s husband is a pilot in WW2 and whose plane crashes in the channel on the way home. Madge and her children, Cyril and Lily, are evacuated to an old house and the Caretaker who looks suspiciously like a certain Time Lord but acts more like Mary Poppins gives them a time to remember, except Cyril walks through a time portal to a winter forest in 5345 where the wood comes to life. It ain’t Narnia despite the story title, ‘The Doctor, The Widow And The Wardrobe’.

The Caretaker and Lily chase after Cyril and discover he’s been taken over by royalty. Madge follows later and runs into the people who are going to acid rain on the forest as the wood is fuel. There is something sentient in the forest and it needs aid to survive and it hasn’t had any cuprinol.

   Any more and you’ll miss the point of the story. In many respects, the Doctor ends up being the guiding force than the actual solver of the problem spoiler of the story but the story is really about the family than him this time.

   This is typical fare for ‘Doctor Who’ at yuletide although judging by the paring down of cast, definitely a show of budget control. Not that this doesn’t stop this story being interesting, just a reminder to the Beeb that as the show is its flagstone and makes masses from merchandise that they need to be reminded to invest at the rate of inflation. As earlier Doctor, Tom Baker says in an audio commentary in a DVD I’m reviewing for next deadline, there is nothing that is ever a competition for ‘Doctor Who’.

   I do think it’s a bit too soon for the Doctor to reveal his presence again as it would have been interesting to see how he copes by being incognito for the two years after the autumn finale. Then again, this story could be in the future and we might see that in the past later.

   Let’s hope the viewing figures are high for what is otherwise a dreary Christmas Day television day.

© GF Willmetts 2011
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December 22, MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse Comics announces the return of Nexus in Dark Horse Presents #12.

The fan-favorite title returns with its team of creators, Mike Baron (The Badger) and Steve Rude (The Moth), in their respective positions of writer and artist! Baron and Rude created Nexus in 1981 and have been continuing their canonical tale for thirty years. The Eisner Award winners will craft a brand-new three-part story for readers eager to quench their thirst for what’s next to come in the Nexusverse.

“The new stories crush anvils,” says Mike Baron.

“Nexus has never been a stranger to different publishers. Last seen under the Rude Dude banner in 2009, Nexus has stayed in limbo, never quite knowing when to return, or if he ever would return. Things come together in strange ways. With the backing of Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Comics, Nexus will return to comics,” Steve Rude said. “We especially look forward to the response of Nexus’s devoted fans, and thank them for the wonderful support and encouragement they’ve given us since the book’s debut in 1981!”

Dark Horse Presents #12 is on sale May 2012.

January 27-29, 2012
(Los Angeles, CA) December 19, 2011- Film and television composer Daniel Licht will receive Composer of the Year at the Third Annual Russian Horror Film Awards on January 28, 2012 in Moscow. Supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Cinematography Union, this event honors both native and foreign films, actors, directors, and composers within the horror genre. Past honorees include Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Jeffrey Combs (The Re-Animator). Daniel Licht will be honored with Composer of the Year for his repertoire within the horror genre, which includes Thinner, Children of the Corn, Dexter and the upcoming videogame Silent Hill: Downpour score.
Daniel Licht’s scoring approach has solidified him as one of a kind. Licht’s eccentric techniques create an anxious and fearful environment for his most notable work, Emmy Award winning Dexter. Licht’s scoring, described as “eerie”, employs his most diverse techniques- playing instruments upside down, sideways, and with human bones. The show follows Dexter Morgan, a serial killer turned executioner. Unable to be traced, he continues to kill only those that have committed murder themselves. In January, Showtime will be conducting a score remix contest of Daniel Licht’s “Blood Theme” from Dexter.

Daniel Licht enters new territory with his original score for the videogame Silent Hill: Downpour. Downpour will explore new territory the previous Silent Hill games have not yet ventured. Licht stated at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, “I’m inspired by the mood and the story. I try to come up with a sound world that I feel like will amplify and augment the player’s experience. I incorporated piano, industrial sounds, and the mandolin. Composing for videogames takes me back to the form of the music because it doesn’t always have to fit the visuals”.
Daniel Licht’s composing techniques are not limited to horror. He scores weekly ABC’s Body of Proof, a show following a medical examiner, giving way to the day to day turmoil she goes through- creating a feeling of apprehension and hardship. His most recent film, Dumbstruck, is a documentary about five ventriloquists and their “dummies” at the annual Vent Haven Convention in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. Dumbstruck DVD and soundtrack are now available.
Daniel Licht got his musical start in independent films with Stephen King’s Thinner. After scoring Splendor for Gregg Araki, he went on to score Cowboy Up for Academy Award winning director Xavier Koller. He has also worked with director Alex Cox and was commissioned to work with actor and producer Ben Stiller.
The Third Annual Russian Horror Film Awards support the developing Russian horror industry and the Russian film service. The three day event includes a film festival, master classes, and an autograph signing event. Other honorees this year include director Stuart Gordon (Stuck), director AJ Annila (Sauna) and actress Jodelle Ferland (Twilight Saga: Eclipse).

AMANDA HOCKING will be signing the new release of her million ebook-selling SWITCHED (Tor) at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 21st January 1 – 2pm.

 Amanda Hocking is 26 years old, lives in Minnesota and had not sold a single book before 15th April 2010. She has now sold over one million ebooks. She is a self-publishing phenomenon.

Her bestselling Trylle Trilogy is now to be available in paperback and ebook formats with additional, unseen and exclusive content. Acquired through a fierce international auction, Pan Macmillan brings us Switched, the first in the trilogy in January 2012.

Showrunner Steven Moffat on BBC1's breakfast programme 20 December 2011 declared that there was no 'Doctor Who' film in the works and if there should ever be one then it wouldn't step away from regular continuity.

Hope everyone is sighing with relief or whatever you use to relieve constipation.


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