Friday, 7 September 2012


One of my pickups from this years Kapow was a 2000AD trade called Insurrection I thought I would compile a mini review now that I have finally got round to reading it.

Set in the 2000AD Judge Dredd universe but not featuring the signature Judge or his Psi division compadre. The title is set on a mining planet which is rebelling against the rule of the Judges and Mega City law. After fighting and winning a war with an alien force on their own the population of the newly christened Liberty are fed up with the rule of the Judges.

The first thing that you notice about the trade is the fantastic art courtesy of Colin MacNeil. Greyscale almost pencil like art that actually looks as if it was in originally in colour then rendered monochrome , stunning stuff.  Artwork also has more than a nod to the Warhammer 40K universe.

When you get into the story it is just what you would expect from Dan Abnett who is a guy that really knows how to right cosmic tales (as very ably demonstrated in the Abnett/Lanning Guardians of the Galaxy trades).

I was seduced by the artwork and teased by the Dan Abnett writing … I wasn't disappointed. 

Friday, 10 August 2012


Quick update on the retrogaming side of things, I've made a bit of an impulse purchase.  Scrolling through eBay mainly looking for PC Engines at bargin prices I decided to have a quick search for a Sharp Famicom Twin,  nothing came up but I did get a listing for a "TV Computer Game" Famiclone.  I put in a random bit to test the waters and it held!  So I am now the winner of a bargin priced Famicom clone system.

Looks in good nick, says its in working order and with all cables plus some games (not the best selection and I think I will be selling the Barbie game!).  I've bid and won a few other Japanese Famicom games including one of those 4 in 1 type clone carts.

Hopefully it will all work and it was a bit of an impulse buy but, I figure I'll have a bit of fun with it and then sell it if I get bored.

Will do a YouTube vid when I get a chance!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Kapow Pickups

After watching allot of pickups videos recently I have decided to get in on the action.
The plan is to vlog some of the comics, games and blu-rays I have picked up.

First vlog is up  and features some of the comics related items I purchased from this years Kapow Comic Convention.

Some of the editing in the video is a bit choppy.  Chiefly due to the youtube 10 min upload restriction and my capacity to ramble somewhat whilst talking quickly.  Bare with me...they will get better

Wednesday, 27 June 2012


Its been a while since I have done anything with this blog so about time for another post.

Lately I have been rekindling my interest in retro gaming. 
I went through a phase for quite a few years untill about 5 years ago when I was obcessed with
emulation.  MAME, PC Engine and Neo Geo were the main ones  I even used RAINE (RAINbow islands Emulator?) to play more of the Taito games (mainly for the later games in the Bubble Bobble franchise).

Occaisonally I dabbled with C64 emulation but, generally I was more interested in emulating the machines I never owned.

What brought this to an end was the demise of my main hard drive at the time (remember the Hitachi Deathstar any one -  I still have the drive and it works
periodically but, never long enough to copy content onto another device.

Recently I have had my interest reignited and I am enjoying a bit of a retro revival courtessy of PC Engine / TG 16 emulators plus a bit of SNES emulation.

Next step to get reaquainted with MAME and find out what's been going on.