A magnificent mash-up of 1987’s big-screen turkey, “Masters of the Universe”, and 2015’s winner of Most-Grating-British-Accent-Ever, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, which manages to do what no other trailer (or indeed movie) has managed to do – make the live-action adventures of “He-Man” look interesting!
Watch it while you can!
With all the hype this week surrounding the release of J. J. Abrams’ new addition to the Star Wars franchise, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, it’s good to return to the original 1970s’ trilogy as brought to us by George Lucas and co. So here, for your delight (or horror), is the rarely-seen 1978 television spectacular, “The Star Wars… Read More The 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special
Here’s something to annoy the Sad Puppies crowd, a super-cut of all the spoken dialogue from women other than Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” trilogy of movies. Or rather the lack thereof. Okay, admittedly Leia Organa, played by Carrie Fisher, was one of the main characters in the initial sequence of films (Episodes IV to VI). And I suppose they do… Read More The Glass Ceiling In The Star Wars Triology
Following a purgatory week of meetings and teleconferences of questionable merit – slidey-widey PowerPoint presentations being a poor substitute for empirical evidence, no matter how razzle-dazzle their set-up – all I can say is this: thank fuck it’s Friday! Another twelve hours to go and I’ll be liberated from this capitalist-born serfdom, free to roam hither and thither like Mel Gibson… Read More ASF-TFIF Brings You Dancing Predators With Danny Glover
I must admit to being fairly critical of Peter Capaldi’s work in the British sci-fi series Doctor Who – having been a fan of his “fuck-the-fuck off or fuck-the-fuck in” belligerence as Malcom Tucker in “The Thick of It” – but I have been pleasantly surprised by the programme’s most recent episode, “Heaven Sent “,… Read More Peter Capaldi Finds His Doctor Who
I have a great deal of affection for Joss Whedon’s prematurely ended science-fiction series, “Firefly”, which aired on Fox Television in the United States in late 2002, and was viewable in Ireland via the old Sci Fi Channel in 2003. It was an odd but effective “space western” which initially baffled most audiences and critics,… Read More Exploring The Genre Frontier In Joss Whedon’s 2005 Movie Serenity
A quick post to note this Daily Beast interview with Kelly Sue DeConnick, one of the more interesting figures working in comics today. While I generally dislike the “superhero” genre (a lot of it is irredeemably silly) I’ve admired some of her writing with Marvel, though for my money the “Pretty Deadly” collaboration with the Spanish artist Emma Ríos, a gothic Western in… Read More Kelly Sue DeConnick Interview With The DB
The problem with being a hopeless Teicógach (or Irish Geek) is the habit of collecting one’s interests – or obsessions – with a near fanatical devotion. So down through the years I’ve managed to assemble a massive, if pleasingly eclectic, collection of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror related materials. Of these the most problematic in terms of storage have… Read More 2000 AD and Judge Dredd Quality Comics’ Collection
When I was growing up in Ireland during the 1980s and ’90s possessing a passion for Science-Fiction almost inevitably led one to holding Left or Centre-left beliefs. Before I became interested in politics proper (and I’ll admit to having been reared in a “political household”) the progressive ideas that permeated Sci-Fi strongly influenced my view of the world. Because of Isaac… Read More Hugogate Or The Hugo Awards, Sad Puppies And Rabid Puppies
Neil Gaiman at the Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture 2015.
I’m not a huge fan of either “franchise”, however would I watch this? Damn sure I would! ;-)
I know that quite a few of my readers are “fangirls” with an interest in all aspects of geek culture (literature, art, movies, games and so on) so it would be interesting to hear their experiences of what was traditionally perceived as a mainly male preserve, especially here in Ireland. World By Storm has a good… Read More Some Fan News
A quick break away from politics with news of the release of Saltire: Ionnsaigh, the first graphic novel in the Scottish (Gaelic) language, which is due to be launched at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August. From a report by the Stornoway Gazette: “The first in a series centring round Scotland’s first comic book superhero, the dark… Read More Saltire: Ionnsaigh, The First Scottish Language Graphic Novel
Il était une fois… or “Once Upon a Time…” is an ongoing animated series produced by the multi-talented French television-maker Albert Barillé and his Procidis studio in Paris. Since the late 1970s the franchise has devoted itself to charting the broad evolution of humankind for a children’s audience with each series devoted to one… Read More Cultus Obscuram, Once Upon A Time… Space
During a quick discussion over on CLR in relation to Joss Whedon’s short-lived Sci-Fi series “Firefly” I was reminded of the New Zealand comics’ artist Colin Wilson and the incredibly realistic hardware illustrations he produced in the early 1980s for “Rogue Trooper”, 2000AD’s future war series. Some of the best – and most convincing – designs… Read More Atmo-Craft, Colin Wilson
Ian Miller is a British artist whose distinctive, sometimes surreal style will be familiar to many readers of Fantasy and fantasy-tinged Science-fiction even if his name is not so much. Since the late 1970s his exquisite illustrations, executed most frequently in pen and ink, have graced the covers of countless publications, notably the Fighting Fantasy and… Read More The Forge In The Forest, Ian Miller
The old cliché “…so bad it’s good” springs to mind when one watches the 1975 cinematic release “Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze”. Based upon the eponymous 1930s’ pulp magazine character primarily written by Lester Dent the film was intended to be the first in a series of purposefully old-fashioned adventure movies by legendary Sci-Fi entertainment… Read More Cultus Obscuram – Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze
Is it just me or is there now a dearth of thoughtful and well-informed websites and blogs on the genre worlds of Sci-Fi and Fantasy literature? Oh yes, the banner-heavy, paragraph-light sites that focus on the latest Marvel or DC movie franchises are in plentiful supply. However most of these flash-happy affairs have as much… Read More Even A Fanboy Has His Limits
I was recently asked if there is an Irish word that is the equivalent of the Anglo-American term Geek or its Japanese near-equivalent Otaku (おたく/オタクおたく/オタク). I couldn’t think of anything unless one went for something like a crude Gaelicisation of the originals in the form of Geic (?) or Odacú (?). Then I remembered the… Read More An Irish Equivalent For Geek Or Otaku?
I’ve written before about my love of vintage book covers, especially those to be found in the genre fields of Science-Fiction and Fantasy (see my posts on Bruce Pennington as well as Chris Achilléos). So here is a wonderful in-your-face example from the mid-20th century Irish artist and designer Karl Uhlemann who illustrated some of Ireland’s best-known… Read More Sladmhargadh, Karl Uhlemann
Until the phenomenon of fandom engulfed popular culture (thanks to Joss Whedon, JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer amongst others) many a hardcore geek like myself found ourselves under much derision for our devotion to all things “genre”. That most of us did not match the thoroughly Americanised stereotypes that were foisted upon us, from Comic… Read More A Transgender Story Is A Human Story