Friday Runaround – The Dredd Of Dundee

TrollWatch: DCWomenKickingAss on why ignoring or banning a troll sometimes just isn't enough.

All told he used, that I can find in my records, 70 + emails and IP addresses on my blog. I know I just deleted many more.  And of course there the many, many names off the blog where he'd show up where ever my name was mentioned on the internet to post about me under one his many aliases. If I did an interview? He was there. If some site linked to something I wrote? He was there. When Kelly and I did the podcast, he was there. He was more subtle in those places. Mostly. There was still the palatable nutsy rage but without the sexual or abusive language.

UnicornWatch: The Financial Times compares Dredd to Blade Runner.

The slow-mo moments in Dredd – imagined by the screenwriter Alex Garland and realised by cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle – aspire to the bluesy melancholy of the sequence when Joanna Cassidy as the doomed replicant Zhora goes crashing through the glass in Blade Runner: a moment that set the tone for all our hopes for science fiction on screen.

FutureWatch: Oh this isn't good.

Today's children are reading less than seven years ago as their time is taken up with other activities, research suggests.

It is not just novels that youngsters are turning their back on – the study found that children are also less likely to read comics, magazines and websites.

SubtextWatch: As Andy Diggle talks to the Malaysian Star about superhero movies, we try to read in between the lines to see what kind of Superman he might write in Action Comics...

When The Dark Knight comics came out in the 1980s, I remember there was a spate of articles in the media saying, zap pow, comics just aren't for kids any more. And it felt like comics were trying so hard to be taken seriously.

It was like comics had become a sort of sulky teenager hiding in his bedroom and complaining, nobody takes him seriously, and for me, Nolan's Batman is a little bit like that.

Whereas Joss Whedon's Avengers was the fun, party-going, upbeat teenager who knows how to talk to girls. It wasn't ashamed of being a fun, upbeat, colourful superhero movie, and it still did it with wit and verve and heart. It wasn't ashamed of being entertaining, it's a crowd-pleaser, a family movie that everyone can enjoy.

DreddWatch: John Wagner on the influence behind the character.

Of course, over the years since he came up with Judge Dredd, people have asked how much of Scotland is in the character.

John, a father of two who now lives with his wife in Shropshire, near the Welsh border, said: "Not much to be honest. But the Scottish link is very strong.

"Dredd's sensibilities come from me living in Scotland. My attitude to scripting comes from training in Dundee."

Friday Runaround – The Dredd Of Dundee
This is Computo the Comic Link Conqueror speaking. I come for your women. But for now I merely collate comic-related bits and pieces online. One day I will rule. Until that day, read on.

They say I am a work in progress. The fools.

Rumor Patrol: Doctor Strange May Have A Big Role in 'Thor 2′

We dissected the information making the rounds on potential returning characters and plot points for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Iron Man 3, but for Thor: The Dark World – seemingly the most mysterious and complex of the three – the rumors and speculation were too convoluted and scattered to make sense of until we learned more, and learned more we might have.

Marvel Heroes Entering Closed Beta In October –

Marvel Heroes, the free-to-play MMO set in the Marvel Universe is beginning closed beta on October 1, 2012. If you can't wait to play as one of the recently unveiled three new playable characters in the game: Daredevil, Punisher, or Squirrel Girl, you can sign up at the Marvel Heroes website for a chance to get in on the game early.

Valiant Entertainment

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Harbinger #4, from New York Times best-selling author Joshua Dysart and Harvey Award-nominee Khari Evans! Teenage superhuman Peter Stanchek is about to prove that he's the future of the humanity. Even if it means burning Toyo Harada's Harbinger Foundation to a cinder.

Superman-Wonder Woman kiss sparks comic-book sales, Oklahoma retailers report | Nerdage

What a kiss! Comic book retailers across Oklahoma report that "Justice League" No. 12, featuring a kiss between superheroes Superman and Wonder Woman, charged up sales for the title.

'Superman' Heirs Slam DC Comics' Bid To Cut Off Rights – Law360

"I submit that it's impossible for this document to be the basis for Warner Bros. and DC's chain of title to a billion-dollar property," Marc Toberoff of Toberoff & Associates PC told U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II, pointing to…


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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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