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News / PS roadshow end of Jan 2012
« on: January 23, 2012, 01:59:21 PM »
PS Roadshow, featuring me and Ramsey Campbell and Paul Kane. So let's start again, shall we. Here's the note with the details correct. Ramsey Campbell, Paul Kane and I are appearing on a (very!) mini PS carnival tour of the cream of the northwest’s Waterstone’s outlets next weekend and we’d love to see you (especially if you buy some books). We’re at Liverpool on Friday 27 and Lancaster on Saturday 28 (kicking off at 6 pm for both), reading and talking and signing (and then drinking and laughing and eating which, as everyone surely knows by now, we’re rather good at). Check here:   AND

email here  [email protected] for the number of tickets you'd like to reserve. They're absolutely free and there's no commitment; the guys at the stores just need to know how many seats to set out. Here's a link to the blog post with more details:

News / Arcanna Free Comic Day
« on: January 19, 2012, 05:11:00 AM »
Arcana is proud to be participating in another Free Comic Book Day this year, but this time we're doing things quite different. We're kicking off an AMAZING company-wide crossover called INTRINSIC, which will blow you away. We can't give a lot away now, but we can provide a sneak peak of the cover to INTRINSIC above, plus a description below. Be sure to ask your local comic book shop to get you a copy of INTRINSIC! You won't want to miss it... trust us! For the price of free, you can't go wrong.


ARCANA COMICS' - 25% off at the Arcana Store!

VANCOUVER (Jan 16, 2012) - We're neart the tail end of our Winter Sale over at the Arcana Store. We are still 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!

There are a bunch more books up on the site, so browse through and pick up a few!

We're 175 Graphic Novels and 227 Characters strong and growing every month!


Arcana Studios, Inc. is a transmedia company that has aggressively pursued establishing brands through engaging storytelling and compelling art. With a strong foothold in the print publishing world, Arcana continues to be a premier content provider. Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, and has adapted this library into live action feature films, stereoscopic 3D animated features, episodic television series and toys.

Arcana Studios, Inc. remains independent of major entertainment studio affiliation. Arcana Studios is currently in production of the stereoscopic 3D animated feature, The Clockwork Girl. Arcana is also partnered with Gale Ann Hurd (“Terminator”, “Aliens”) on Gearhead, Alexandra Milchan (Sylvestor Stallone’s “Head Shot”) on Blade of Kumori, Hans Rodinoff and Hollywood Media Bridge (“Lost Boys: The Tribe”) on Raise Kane, Scott Milam (“Mother’s Day”) on Gauze, Ben Magid (“Hack/Slash”) on Trout, Jar Productions (“Hidden Howie”) on Philosopher Rex, Terry Dougas (“The Invention of Lying”) on The Tower, Doc Wyatt (“Napoleon Dynamite”) on 100 Girls, JC Spink (“The Hangover”) on Continuum, Adrian Askarieh (“The Hitman”) on Amnesia and also is producing a three slate at Codeblack/Universal for Light’s Out, Ant and Blam!

Feedback / Live in the UK and fancy yourself as a reviewer??
« on: January 12, 2012, 01:57:30 PM »
Hello everyone

Well, not quite everyone, this is for you who live in the UK.

Fancy your chances at becoming a reviewer with SFCrowsnest, then follow the routs off the SFC main page as to requirements and email me a sample review.

If you're extra-terrestrial will need proof.


PS If you're into fantasy then you've hit the sweets jar.

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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