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Illustrators # 3 (magazine review)

June 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Illustrators # 3    (magazine review)

The major section of Illustrators # 3 is devoted to the incredible photo-realistic artwork of Italian Fortunino Matania (1881-1963), who did much of his work in the UK. Although I can’t be sure, I think I might have seen some of his work when very young and assumed they were photos. Looking at his work […]

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Steampunk prosthesis for steampunk tattooing!

June 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Steampunk prosthesis for steampunk tattooing!

You have to give it to tattoo artist J.C. Sheitan Tenet – he’s not just content with giving clients steampunk tattoos, he also got his friend J.L. Gonzal to create a steampunk prosthesis for him to use, when dishing out that steampunk ink. Nice work, people.

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Ravenspur: Rise Of The Tudors by Conn Iggulden (book review).

June 9, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Ravenspur: Rise Of The Tudors by Conn Iggulden (book review).

Edward IV landed at Ravenspur in North Yorkshire, when he returned from France to reclaim his throne from the Earl of Warwick’s puppet, Edward VI. If you think ‘Game Of Thrones, is over the top, you should sample some English history. In the War Of The Roses, the crown changed hands several times between the […]

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Editorial – June 2016: What in the digital…

May 30, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Editorial – June 2016: What in the digital…

What in the digital… I still think people are too tactile to want everything digital.  Hello everyone A couple years back, I wrote an editorial about how digital was supplanting paper publications and not in a good way. With newspaper sales and indeed some magazine sales dropping off, not helped by reduced advertising, the slippery […]

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Free Speech: Ten Principles For A Connected World by Timothy Garton Ash (book review).

May 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Free Speech: Ten Principles For A Connected World by Timothy Garton Ash (book review).

Despite having a long title, Timothy Garton Ash’s book, ‘Free Speech: Ten Principles For A Connected World’ is something that should be of interest to all of you as it examines just how much control each country has over the medium we all used called the Internet. Thought that might get your attention. With half […]

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Costume Design 101 (second edition) by Richard La Motte (book review).

May 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Costume Design 101 (second edition) by Richard La Motte (book review).

Fancy yourself as a fashion designer wanting to get into film? Then Richard La Motte’s book ‘Costume Design 101’ is the one to get. As he points out in the introduction, he checked the bookshops and realised that there was nothing out there actually showing what was involved from the top down and how to […]

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The Perfect Bet by Adam Kucharski (book review).

May 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Perfect Bet by Adam Kucharski (book review).

Einstein is often reported that God does not play dice, yet looking at Adam Kucharski’s book, ‘The Perfect Bet’, you do have to wondered if such a deity exists does he or she or it load the dice. There’s a certain fascination with gambling odds because so many people are looking for their edge so […]

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Illustrators # 2 (magazine review).

May 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
Illustrators # 2 (magazine review).

With Illustrators # 2, we look at the late artist David Wright whose claim to fame during his career was to paint beautiful women and fast cars for various top end magazines from the 1930s-60s for both sides of the pond. However, even these does not make for a steady income. Influenced by Alex Raymond’s […]

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You Can Act On Camera by D.W. Brown (book review).

May 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
You Can Act On Camera by D.W. Brown (book review).

In many respects, D.W. Brown’s book, ‘You Can Act On Camera’, could be seen as an insight into how actors psyche themselves up for their roles, irrespective of the acting technique they employ. It is also useful for directors to ensure the environment is right for the emotion that needs to be used and a […]

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Gender In Science Fiction Films, 1964-1979 by Bonnie Noonan (book review).

May 11, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Gender In Science Fiction Films, 1964-1979 by Bonnie Noonan (book review).

I reviewed Bonnie Noonan’s previous 2005 book, ‘Women Scientists In Fifties Science Fiction Films’, last year. A decade later, she writes ‘Gender In Science Fiction Films, 1964-1979’, looking at how the roles of women changed in a few sparse decades. Reading into what she says, women have tended to be token characters in many of […]

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