Posts by Rich Johnston

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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Trump Johnson and Putins Penises Debut In New Spitting Image

Trump, Johnson and Putin's Penises Debut In New Spitting Image

Spitting Image is returning to screen next month, courtesy of streaming site Britbox. The popular satirical puppet show of the eighties and nineties was a scabrous, silly, saucy and downright salacious piece of polemic, in the spirit of Hogarth, Gilray, Scarfe and Bell. And as modern day politics outstrip the extremes of the eighties, it […]

Writers Actors Musicians Speak Out Against #RIPJKRowling Hashtag

Writers, Actors, Musicians, Speak Out Against #RIPJKRowling Hashtag

What does the #RIPJKRowling hashtag signify? Well, JK Rowling has been continuing to hitting the headlines of late for more of the things JK Rowling has been hitting headlines for of late. Initially having earlier transphobic retweets dubbed as middle-aged moments, in May she accidentally cut and pasted a news report over a legal case […]

Iain De Caestecker From SHIELD to Tom Hollanders Prosthetic Nose

Iain De Caestecker, From SHIELD to Tom Hollander's Prosthetic Nose

Iain De Caestecker has become a mainstay of geek life of late, acclaimed for his role-playing Fitz in Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, a very reduced role in the seventh final season gave him a little more flex in what other roles he might take. Which now includes playing the younger version of Tom Hollander's […]

Relativity the BBCs Finest Sitcom of Late Streaming Globally Free

Relativity, the BBC's Finest Sitcom of Late, Streaming Globally, Free

Relativity is a BBC sitcom written by, and co-starring, Richard Herring that takes some aspects of his own life but creates a multi-generational epic that is just as convoluted as the likes of HBO's Succession (also, weirdly, written by British comedian) but on a far more personal level. It begins with Herring's character, Ian (a […]

This Week Marvel Comics #1000 Page Ties Into X Of Swords (Previews)

This Week, Marvel Comics #1000 Page Ties Into X Of Swords (Previews)

This was the Jonathan Hickman 1995 page from Marvel Comics #1000, drawn by Dustin Weaver. And published on August 28th, 2019, thirteen months ago. And in a months time, interacting directly with the current continuity in X-Men #13. We have seen the original Four Horsemen, reflected in that puddle of blood, through the Dawn Of […]

Piranha Comics Wants To Employ Former Comic Shop Employees In London

Piranha Comics Wants To Employ Former Comic Shop Employees In London

London has had a number of comic book stores over the years, some have been and gone. But Piranha Comics, with stores in Kingston Upon Thames, Bromley and soon in Watford is looking to find folk who used to work in those stores and maybe get them back into the game. I had a meeting […]

Image Comics Tell Retailers That The Scumbag is The New Deadpool

Image Comics Tell Retailers That The Scumbag is The New Deadpool

Deadpool was co-created by Image Comics founder Rob Liefeld. So they might know a thing or two about him. And it's a way for Image Comics' marketing team to tag the upcoming launch of The Scumbag, a new comic book series written by Rick Remender – who used to write Deadpool as well, in the […]

Gerry Conway Pokémon GO Again in Daily LITG 27th September 2020

Gerry Conway, Pokémon GO Again in Daily LITG 27th September 2020

Welcome to the Daily LITG. The world can seem like a terrible and strange place sometimes, but there are highlights. And at Bleeding Cool you can still read all about comics, merch, TV shows, games, movies and more. Whether that's Gerry Conway remaking the comics industry or running around chasing Pokémon Go. The Daily Lying […]

Doctor Who Comics Team Bring Death To Life

Doctor Who Comics Team Bring Death To Life

Comic book writer Rik Hoskin writes: for Bleeding Cool: With lockdown upon him, veteran Doctor Who comics artist Russ Leach decided to turn his furlough time to creating the most ambitious graphic novel he'd ever attempted. The result is 80-plus pages of full colour, perfect bound graphic novel mayhem, comprising of a 60-page story and 20-page […]

Speedys Cafe As Seen in BBCs Sherlock Is For Sale

Speedy's Cafe, As Seen in BBC's Sherlock, Is For Sale

It comes to a surprise to some people that BBC's Sherlock is not filmed at 221B Baker Street, London. That's because there's a bank there, and has been for decades (though they keep a little Sherlock plaque up). Also, Baker Street just doesn't look like Baker Street anymore. But Gower Street, just around the corner, […]

New Look For Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown Revealed (Spoilers)

New Look For Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown Revealed (Spoilers)

We mentioned a few weeks ago that Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown were getting new looks and/or new identities from DC Comics in 2021. As with Poison Ivy, it seems like it will be happening sooner than that. In a certain Joker War Zone published next week. Hence why there are one or two leaks […]

John Sanders Tell-All Book About Action and Other UK Comics Secrets

John Sanders Tell-All Book About Action and Other UK Comics Secrets

John Sanders was the editorial director at British comic and magazine publisher IPC/Fleetway in the seventies and eighties, publishing a tonne of British weekly comic books, including 2000AD. He was also the editor of Action, the controversial and early-cancelled comic book that directly paved the way for 2000AD. He hired many famous British comic book […]

Shuri First Black Panther Appearance Original Artwork On Sale Tomorrow

Shuri First Black Panther Appearance Original Artwork On Sale Tomorrow

The original artwork for Shuri's very first appearance in the Black Panther comic books goes on sale tomorrow, on Fat Jack's Facebook page. Bleeding Cool readers may be familiar with Fat Jack's Comic Crypt of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, regular contributors to the Bleeding Cool Bestseller List. Fat Jack's is celebrating nearly 45 years of continuous business, […]

DC Comics &#8211 A New Look For Vixen In 2021

DC Comics – A New Look For Vixen In 2021?

There are rumours abounding that there is a new Vixen comic book on the way from DC Comics in 2021. That it may be written by Mosaic and Avengers writer Geoff Thorne, and drawn by legendary comics artist Chris Cross, of Captain Marvel, Blood Syndicate, Xero and Firestorm, with the following design artwork being tweeted and […]

That New Look &#8211 And New Name &#8211 for Poison Ivy Revealed (Spoilers)

That New Look – And New Name – for Poison Ivy, Revealed (Spoilers)

Joker War Zone spoilers ahead. You ahve been warned. A couple of weeks ago, Bleeding Cool talked about DC Comics' Poison Ivy problem for a while. How there was a division at the company between those at DC Comics editorial who want to see her to return to the villain-with-a-point antagonist role. And those at […]

Gerry Conway Pokémon GO Still Tops Daily LITG 26th September 2020

Gerry Conway, Pokémon GO Still Tops Daily LITG 26th September 2020

Welcome to the Daily LITG. The world can seem like a terrible and strange place sometimes, but there are highlights. And at Bleeding Cool you can still read all about comics, merch, TV shows, games, movies and more. Whether that's Gerry Conway remaking the comics industry or running around chasing Pokémon Go. The Daily Lying […]

Andrew Neil Finds An Attractive New Partner

Andrew Neil Finds An Attractive New Partner

Andrew Neil is a fiercely Scottish journalist and broadcaster, principally for the BBC, on Politics Live and The Andrew Neil Show. Or at least, he was. Today it was announced that Andrew Neil is leaving to launch a 24-hour, TV channel, GB News, to rival rolling news from the BBC and Sky, from the New […]

Cutting The Hero Trade #1 (Worth $860) In Half Solomon-Style

Cutting The Hero Trade #1 (Worth $860) In Half, Solomon-Style

The Hero Trade #1 is a preview copy of what will be a new Bad Idea Comics series, by Matt Kindt and David Lapham was sent to comic book retailers three to four weeks ago, pretending to be a small press title from a couple of nobodies, asking people to order more copies. Those that did, will be […]

Donny Cates Geoff Shaws Crossover &#8211 Legal Challenge By DC Comics

Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw's Crossover – Legal Challenge By DC Comics?

This is earlier artwork for Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw's upcoming Crossover series that pits fictional universe against fictional universe, and that appeared in promotional materials from Image Comics. But a quick look at recent imagery suggests something significant has changed. Here's the later version of the art from Crossover, and one that Image Comics […]

The Underground Beacon Comic Shop In New York Has Closed

The Underground Beacon Comic Shop In New York Has Closed

The Underground Beacon is a comic book store owned by Albert Mas and Courtney Mas, located on Main Street in Beacon, New York since July 2018. Or at least it was. In March this year, they were saved from going out of business by a customer, after the shop announced via Instagram that they would be […]