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Full Gold Free Comic Book Day 2022 Solicits – Including Dog Man

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In order to qualify for Free Comic Book Day 2022 status, retailers have to order at least twenty copies of each of the following twelve Gold Free Comic

Doctor Who: BBC/BBC America Release "Eve of the Daleks" Preview Images

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With less than three weeks to go, the BBC and BBC America released a set of four preview images for Doctor Who special "Eve of the Daleks."

The 12 Blogs of Christmas: One. Star Wars and Other Space Themes.

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Yeah, it’s that time of the year again. I know what this signifies: you have no time left to do that thing you need to do. The start of Radio Free Skaro’s Advent Calendar should have warned you. But no, you left it until we got here. Well, go off and do it, then come back, that’s what I say. Okay? You’ve done it? Cool. Let’s go. (Yesterday I went into London for a comic mart, my first since the pandemic. I’m recording the Hammer House of Podcast Christmas Commentary tonight, and tomorrow I’m back to London for festive drinks. So we’re all having a busy week together.)

This year I’m aiming, for most of the 12 Blogs, to feature some specific items from my past, be they physical texts, like comics, magazines or today’s vinyl LP or perhaps TV episodes or movies, in order to begin to grapple with the hardest of topics for me: nostalgia. I’ve always thrown myself into the future without much thought for the past. I still automatically feel the future is better than the past, the new generation is better than previous ones, etc. I’m proud of that. I get itchy when people start to talk about how ‘everything was better back in my day’. The sentence contains the implicit premise that their day is over. To talk like that is to court death, to say that one is now past enjoying the now, never mind the future, and can only look back. (I’m sure Thanos was always going on about how the universe was better when he was a small, blue lad and it was all fields on Titan.) I’m helped in this regard by my truly terrible memory.

So, when my Mum died, and left an attic full of stuff from my childhood, I didn’t really touch the boxes of old British comics, books, records and annuals (which were, I admit, covered in the dust of an attic), I left it to my brother to try to auction them. (I’d taken the American comics with me, decades before.) They ended up being disposed of. From the vantage point of now, I think there was more going on than me feeling there was much monetary value to anything there, and not wanting to set off a huge allergic reaction by getting down and dirty with those boxes. I think I was denying that I felt any connection to that house, my parents, the past. I could let that all go, so I did. And now I think that was an enormous over-reaction to my troubled childhood. I have a sort of time tunnel in my head, which leads from my thoughts now to a fixed point of memory: standing at the top of the ladder in that attic, looking at it all. I often feel I could just step forward and start picking it all up. I’ve been past the house a couple of times, and, ridiculously, I’ve felt the urge to go and ask the new owners if I could have a look in their attic. (Where I would meet Sapphire and Steel.)

I started to collect the items I was most missing. And I’ve now got my hands on quite a few of them, mostly in better condition than when I let go of them. (One of them, which we’ll be talking about later in the run, I think might actually be my original copy.) I even bought a vinyl player to access some of them, initally thinking to record the tracks onto digital before I realised that I actually now owned them on a playable storage system! So I thought for this year’s 12 Blogs I’d talk about several of these items, about what they mean to me now, and what they meant to me then. Perhaps we can walk along that time tunnel together.

Let’s start with something extremely fun.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is th-5.jpgArt by Tom Chantrell (thanks to Nick Setchfield for identifying the artist).

This was a major Christmas list item across the UK in 1978 (of course), the cover neatly summing up the British public’s confused reaction to the arrival of Star Wars as a culure-changing force. It’s quite something, that cover, managing to avoid copyright by adding noses to spaceships and re-casting our leads while nevertheless conveying to the buyer exactly what they’re getting. (It sold in such enormous quantities that there still, by law, has to be at least one copy in every UK charity shop.)

What it isn’t is an attempt to say these are the original pieces of music. To hear those on disc in 1978 would have been startling. The public were used to the idea of original music, even Top 40 hits, being too expensive for compilation makers to take a risk on. (The Now That’s What I Call Music series broke that pattern, to enormous success, a decade or so later.)

Into the breach stepped Geoff Love (and many lesser artists). Love was a British dance band leader who’d risen through the ranks of jobbing musicians at a time when that largely involved playing live. As the dance bands died out, he started concentrating on a recording career, working with Shirley Bassey and Peter and Gordon, and scoring enormous hits under his secret identity of Manuel and his Music of the Mountains. Then he branched out into the theme business, and started having huge hit complilation albums (on the budget Music For Pleasure label) such as Big Western Movie Themes (1969) and Big War Movie Themes (1971), getting seriously successful with Big Bond Movie Themes (1975) at a time when nobody could hear the Bond themes at home in any other way. And then came this, a truly enormous hit which cemented Love’s place in every front room in Britain, as a truly mainstream artist, less hip but way more accepted than even Abba.

A truly mainstream artist of colour. A fact which he hardly hid, but, because his greatest successes took place not on television but in the living room, nobody at the time seemed to know. I certainly didn’t. If I thought of Geoff Love as a person at all, rather than as a style of music, I’d have thought of him as someone you’d see as the host of, say, the orchestra on a TV variety special, a middle-aged white guy in a tuxedo and a frilly blue shirt.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is mw58793.jpgGeoff Love in his younger days.

The genius of Geoff Love is that, unlike several of his lesser copyists, he didn’t attempt perfect copies of the themes as originally heard. If he had we wouldn’t remember him. He made very much his own versions, with arrangements that continued the big band era into the 1970s, showing what a current dance band would do with modern musical trends. That makes some of the music a little camp, some of it genuinely groovy or ground-breaking, and most of it extremely charming.

Let’s go through Star Wars and Other Space Themes track by track. (All titles as they’re printed on the sleeve.)

Side One.

1: Main Title from Star Wars.

This is actually not a great place to start with Geoff Love, because we’re all so used to the original now that any other orchestra covering it can’t help but feel inferior. Love doesn’t take any great liberties, knowing that with this one the kids will want exactly what they heard at the cinema.

2: U.F.O.

Here’s where it gets interesting. Love puts a wah-wah funky bass up front, and picks out a morse code signal across what feels like an exciting new middle eight, making the whole thing sound like loungecore espionage luxury.

3: Theme from Star Trek.

This is truly amazing. It starts like a 1970s L.A. rock number, then has brass come in to chart a fairly conventional start to the Original Series theme, before going all wild, like we’re strolling with the Enterprise crew down to the disco in flares and built-up boots, all Shaft urban grit. This is what Nile Rogers would do with this theme. Then it breaks into a funky mid-section, flirts with the original theme again, still to a dance beat, and returns to something relatively conventional before the end. All in all, it says Trek is very American, quite funky and kind of a year or so past it’s time, all of which was very true back then. (I’m normally very concerned about copyright, but I don’t think this is available anywhere that the Love estate could benefit from it.)

The Shaft section really should have lyrics. ‘He’s a complicated man and no-one understands him but his Captain.’ ‘Just talkin’ about Spock.’

4: Barbarella.

This is great, because it’s where Love’s aesthetic really melds with the original subject matter. Love picks out the spelling out of our heroine’s name in little tinkly bells, gets epic every now and then, only to comfy it back down to something terribly fond, smooth and caring. This feels like it loves Barbarella and we should too. It’s actually a bit better than the original soundtrack sung version.

5: Space 1999.

The original was pretty funky, but this adds a little more slapped bass, big drums and keeps the guitars going for a middle eight that’s almost a clap along call and response thing before bringing the theme back in with a bang. There’s some guitar improv around the lead going on here too. Putting the strings up front is nice, making them sound almost like sirens singing. Still, the original is awesome and this doesn’t do enough that’s different to really compete.

6: Also Sprach Zarathustra.

This one is a bit of a trap for other cover orchestras. Neil Norman and his Cosmic Orchestra, notably, do a truly horrible job on it on Galaxy Gold, reminding one of that amateur orchestra who’ve picked up the instruments for the first time. (‘Parp… parp…. par-parrppppp!’) Love abandons the Strauss after a little while and wanders, eccentrically, into a violin solo that seems to suggest something falling through space before the big drums thunder back in. Tinkering with this stuff is pretty brave, but, incredibly, it works. Then it’s back to the original big moments for a rousing ending to the side. Phew, he added stuff to a classical standard!

Side two.

1: March from “Things to Come”.

This might have been chosen because, by Sir Arthur Bliss it’s a ancestor of the Star Wars theme, doing a lot of the same things, including the big start followed by the lighter strings. Seriously, John Williams might well have had this in mind, alongside the various classical tracks used by the Flash Gordon serials. Also, there wasn’t that huge a canon of movie and TV SF themes that were much fun. This is why there’s a picture of an astronaut with a weird egg-shaped thing behind him on the cover, this still being pretty much all we knew about the movie Things to Come when I was growing up.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 1936_things_to_come_002-raymond-massey-600x361.jpgBig helmet.

2: Thunderbirds.

This tinkly arrangement goes in the opposite direction from the epic march of the original, instead concentrating on the already-funky high kicks that say, in the title sequence, that this is mod fun for this year’s kids. Then it goes all out on the Lady Penelope bits, giving her a long bit of sax improv. Then it breaks into some more high kicks. All in all, it’s much more pop than pomp, and actually rather more like the series was than what the original theme wanted it to be.

3: Princess Leia’s Theme from “Star Wars”.

This starts as a gentle piano solo, before the strings come in to make it more epic, and again initially doesn’t do too much to scare away the kids who’d seen the film. But then, enormous brass comes in and we’re suddenly in Lawrence of Arabia, with Carrie Fisher tracking across the desert in an epic sweep. It’s the sort of big, bold stuff that’s there for the character in the movie, but which needs this underlining in the soundtrack, and Love really gets that.

4: Dr. Who.

Wow. I want to hear this played at the Gallifrey One disco, because this is the most genuinely danceable disco version of the theme ever. It’s magnificent, leading with funky guitar, of course, with what sounds like a space train, or a spinning Tardis, rushing past in the first few seconds. The heroic middle eight sounds aptly brassy and bold, but then the space train comes back, bigger, and we’re falling, with a kind of McCoy era emphasis on the three big notes that say ‘Doc Tor Who’. But then it stops, counts time, and gets even bigger, led by saxophone, then strings, genuinely epic, and a little sad underneath it all. It ends with a sighing little flourish that says ‘back next week’ and recalls the flutter at the end of the Hinchcliffe-era opening theme. It’s perhaps my favourite version of the Who theme! And here it is!

Complete banger.

5. When Worlds Collide.

Being from a lesser-known movie, albeit one that was a staple of BBC1’s SF movie seasons, I think the reason Love chose this one is because he has such a good idea for the arrangement. It goes from being a little low key and sad, albeit cool and loungecore in a way that I don’t think entirely matches a George Pal disaster movie. ‘Hey, tiger, I think our worlds should collide.’ But then it goes all completely funky breakdown, pow! Then, having had tremendous fun, it returns to gentle hanging out at the club with lava lamps. It makes the imminent destruction of the Earth via collision with another planetary body feel like an incredibly chill and groovy experience, baby.

6: Mars, Bringer of War from “The Planets”.

Perhaps wisely, there’s no attempt to represent Quatermass on the album sleeve, and this is a straight rendition of the original Holst that merely demonstrates that Love’s orchestra can perfom admirably as a genuine classical outfit too. Honestly, it’s no When Worlds Collide. But it does end the album on a bang.

Back then, at Christmas 1978, I couldn’t have told you much of the above. I knew what some of the more obscure tracks were, because I was that sort of kid, but I had no hope at all of ever actually seeing Things to Come, for instance, and Thunderbirds was, for me then, the holy grail of adjusting the aerial on a portable television to try to pick up Southern TV, which showed it in the years HTV didn’t. But I do know that I loved the album and played it many times, and that these versions of the themes became the standard versions in my head, complete with all the cultural information they smuggled in about fashion and choice.

Thank you, Geoff, for that small broadening of my young mind. I’m sorry I felt I had to leave you behind.

Tomorrow: Avengers Weekly #1.

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Doctor Who Star John Bishop Shares "Flux" Finale BTS Video Diary

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With "Eve of the Daleks" set for New Year's Day, Doctor Who star John Bishop takes us behind the scenes of the Flux finale "The Vanquishers."

Doctor Who: Davies Wants to "Scare the Living S**t Out of You"- Moffat

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Steven Moffat made it pretty clear what one of new Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies's plans are for his return to the show.

Chris Achilléos Passes Away, Aged 74

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We have heard the news from friends that Chris Achilléos, the Cypriot-born British painter and illustrator who specialised in genre work, passed away on

Three Little Wishes

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Welcome to a special Friday evening blog! Because I have some big news!

Three Little Wishes Details

Attendees at the digital version of C2E2 got to hear the news first: I’ve got a fantasy rom com graphic novel coming out from Legendary Comics next year!  

It’s called Three Little Wishes.  It’s about a contract lawyer who frees a fairy from a bottle.  The rest of the creative team is amazing: Steven Yeowell on art; Pippa Bowland on colour art and Simon Bowland on letters!  I’m hugely proud of it.  Here’s the full press release!

Legendary Comics Announces New Fantasy RomCom Original Graphic Novel Three Little Wishes by Award-winning Author Paul Cornell and Reveals Sneak Peek of the Art

The comic, announced today during Legendary’s C2E2 panel, is set to hit retailers and online stores on July 12, 2022

LOS ANGELES, December 10, 2021 – Legendary Comics announced today a new graphic novel Three Little Wishes from multiple award-winning author Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, I Walk With Monsters) with art by Steven Yeowell (Maniac, Red Fang) during Legendary’s “Script to Screen/Screen to Script” panel at C2E2. The fantasy romcom original graphic novel follows a contract lawyer, who upon discovering a fairy that grants three wishes, attempts to fix the world, and will be available to readers in stores and online on July 12, 2022

Of course on the day Kelly Castleton decides to be spontaneous on ONE LITTLE THING, she stumbles upon an ancient magic with the power to change everything! What to do – world peace? Win back her oh-so-perfect ex? Well, if underthinking got her into this mess, her habitual overthinking should be able to get her out of it! When the fairy king Oberon is released from his enchanted imprisonment, he offers Kelly the simplest of gifts: THREE LITTLE WISHES. That’s all, no need to think too hard about it. Just wish for what you’ve always wanted, and he’ll give you exactly that. Exactly, to the T… what could possibly go wrong?

“I’ve been a fan of Paul since Doctor Who, and I jumped at the chance to work with him,” said Nikita Kannekanti, Senior Editor at Legendary Comics. “When I first heard the pitch for Three Little Wishes, I loved his snappy dialogue and Kelly’s desire to change the world for the better. It’s been a blast working with this creative team and bringing the story to life, and I hope readers enjoy following Kelly, Oberon, and Annie on their hilarious chaotic adventures!”

“It’s been a delight to work with this incredibly talented team on a proper magical rom com that asks some big questions about the modern world,” said Cornell.

In addition to announcing Three Little Wishes, fans were treated to a sneak peek at how Legendary selects and creates stories for the screen and page during today’s C2E2 virtual panel. Napton was joined by Jennifer Breslow (EVP of Television and Digital Media) and Barnaby Legg (SVP Creative Strategy) as they discussed their roles at Legendary and what they look for when choosing projects for development. Cornell and Legendary Comics’ Senior Editor Nikita Kannekanti then discussed creative pitches that have inspired them and were joined by the full Three Little Wishes creative team—Yeowell, Pippa Bowland (colorist) and Simon Bowland (letterer)—as they divulged details about the new graphic novel. To access the full C2E2 panel, visit C2E2.com.

About the creators:


Paul Cornell has written episodes of Elementary, Doctor Who, Primeval, Robin Hood and many other TV series, including his own children’s show, Wavelength.  He’s worked for every major comics company, including his creator-owned series I Walk With Monsters for The Vault, The Modern Frankenstein for Magma, Saucer State for IDW and This Damned Band for Dark Horse, and runs for Marvel and DC on Batman and Robin, Wolverine and Young Avengers. He’s the writer of the Lychford rural fantasy novellas from Tor.com Publishing. He’s won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, an Eagle Award for his comics, a Hugo Award for his podcast and shares in a Writer’s Guild Award for his Doctor Who. He’s the co-host of Hammer House of Podcast.

Steven Yeowell has been a massively popular 2000 AD artist since his debut as artist of the classic Zenith. He is also co-creator of Maniac 5, Red Fang, Red Razors and The Red Seas, and has pencilled Armitage, Black Light, DeMarco PI, Devlin Waugh, Future Shocks, Judge Dredd, A Life Less Ordinary, Nikolai Dante, Pussyfoot 5, Vector 13, Black Shuck and Sinister Dexter. His work outside the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic includes Batman, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles, Sebastian O, Skrull Kill Krew, Starman and X-Men.

For Three Little Wishes preview art, visit: https://bit.ly/3y98N8B.

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About Legendary Comics:
Legendary Comics was born out of a passion for mythic entertainment, seeking out new talent and working with the best and the brightest in the industry to create transportive worlds, inspirational characters, and spectacular adventures that leap off the page. Founded in 2011, Legendary Comics has produced an exciting catalogue of original titles that continues to grow and evolve. From partnerships with industry legend Frank Miller to Grant Morrison’s Eisner-nominated Annihilator, Legendary Comics has a passion for innovative new stories, including the fantasy graphic novel The Heart Hunter, the historical fiction story Championess (based on the true story of Elizabeth Wilkinson) and Jessica Chobot and Erika Lewis’ hit webseries, Firebrand: The Initiation of Natali Presano. In addition to original titles, Legendary Comics also expands the scope of the cinematic universes of its parent company Legendary Entertainment, by bringing big-screen adventure exploding onto the comic book page. Working with the visionary filmmakers and the architects of Legendary’s Monsterverse, they have delivered the level of quality and authenticity our fans demand with New York Times best-sellers such as Godzilla: Aftershock, Pacific Rim: Aftermath, and Skull Island: The Birth of Kong, to name a few. http://www.legendary.com/comics

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Sarah Jarvis:  sjarvis@legendary.com

And here’s the preview art showing our cast!  

Art by Yeowell and Bowland.

I’m so excited this is finally out there.  I’ll have sales links and much more info for you early next year.  

My New Online Store

So, I’ve created, just in time for the festive season, a shop on Ko-fi, selling signed and personalised copies of a lot of my work.  There’s one item taking up space for which I’ve activated the ‘pay whatever you like’ option, so you can get them for just the price of postage!  There are also a couple of pretty rare items, and when they’re gone they’re gone.

There’s worldwide shipping, for which I’ve put up prices to the most usual destinations.  (If you’re from somewhere else, leave a comment telling me what you want and I’ll calculate you a shipping price.)

Ko-fi is most often used as a tip jar for creators, and sure you can buy me a coffee if you want to, but really the aim is to get signed items to those who want them. 

The Collected Year Five is Out in January!

The final collected edition of Star Trek: Year FiveExperienced in Loss, is out on January 18th, 2022. It’ll contain the Valentine’s Day Special I wrote from the series, with art by Christopher Jones, and #20-#25 of the series, including my few pages in the last issue. I’m delighted my issue is included in the collection. You can pre-order on these links from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Year_Five_Experienced_in_Loss_cover-600x910.jpgCover by Stephen Thompson.

Rosebud

Rosebud is my forthcoming (on April 26th 2022) gonzo hard SF novella from Tor.com Publishing. It’s a spaceship book with lots of comedy, lots of science and a bit of wallop. Here’s the blurb:

“The crew of the Rosebud are, currently, and by force of law, a balloon, a goth with a swagger stick, some sort of science aristocrat possibly, a ball of hands, and a swarm of insects. Digitally speaking, that is. The ship has assembled its crew of sentient artificial intelligences to discuss an unusual object picked up by its sensors. They have no idea what this encounter will mean for the fate of all existence. Nor will they remember. The story is a humorous tale in the vein of Douglas Adams with lots to say about choice, reality, programming, and what it means to be a person.”

You can find many more details, including how to order from several US bookstores, here. And if you want to pre-order from Amazon UK, you can do that here.

Here’s the lovely cover.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Rosebud-cover-600x960.jpegCover by Jim Tierney. (The Seanan McGuire blurb is a placeholder from Witches of Lychford.)

Digital Comics Always Updated

Since ComiXology change their offers every week, I’ve gathered all my back catalogue of comics into one place, in UK and US versions of ComiXology, letting you see what’s going cheap this week. Right now there are the usual discounts on my DC and Doctor Who work, plus offers on the 24 Panels charity anthology and Vampirella.

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Doctor Who: Chibnall Intros "Eve" Daleks; Gill on "Confusing" Special

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Doctor Who: Chris Chibnall offers intel on those Daleks you saw in the "Eve of the Daleks" preview; Mandip Gill teases "confusing" special.

Doctor Who: Chris Chibnall Explains "Flux" And Yet It's Still Awful

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The BBC released a video for Doctor Who: Flux where showrunner Chris Chibnall explained the entire series. Spoiler? It's still not very good.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 572

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Issue 572 of Doctor Who Magazine features an exclusive preview of this year's New Year Special., Eve of the Daleks. 

 

Highlights of the new issue include:

  • An exclusive preview of Eve of the Daleks, with contributions from Chris Chibnall, John Bishop, Mandip Gill and director Annetta Laufer.

  • Interviews with Series 13’s directors, Jamie Magnus Stone and Azhur Saleem.

  • An interview with Annabel Scholey, who played Claire in Flux. 

  • In the first installment of a two-part feature, costume designer Ray Holman discusses his creations for Series 13.

  • A behind-the-scenes look at what happened when a Doctor Who fan wrote to CBBC’s The Dengineers, to ask for his own TARDIS.

  • Collectivity meets fans whose passion for Doctor Who books and toys began with childhood Christmas presents.

  • The Fact of Fiction revisits the 2015 Christmas Special The Husbands of River Song.

  • It’s Behind You!, a brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor, Yaz and Dan.

  • Public Image analyses the ratings for Flux.

  • The Doctor Who Magazine Christmas Quiz.

  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser and more.

PLUS: a giant double-sided poster!

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