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On saturday 12th November 2011 I visited the Golden Orbit science fiction comic and card trade fair in Manchester.  It was my first time going to such an event and so I did not know what to expect.  Normally I buy comics from Ebay or car boot sales.

Before going I was pretty nervous as I thought I wasnt going to enjoy it.  I had the preconception of a room full of anoraks/nerds (like comic book guy from the simpsons) skulking around the room but was pleasantly surprised. Instead there were all kinds of “normal” people (both adults and children) buying and selling comics and other collectables.   You even had children involved helping their mum or dad selling comics.  There were a lot of dealers. In fact I was told that dealers attend from all across the UK and sometimes abroad, selling thousands of science fiction, film and comic related collectables both old and new.  There were comics, trading  cards, toys, tv/film magazines, posters, books, graphic novels, games  and all kinds of sci-fi/fantasy collectables.

But mainly there were comics, and believe there were a lot of comics.  Everywhere I looked, more comics.  But there were a hell of a lot people buying them as well.  Like a pack wolves they looked through the hundreds of comics available (some checking there lists to see which comics they needed to complete their collection). I had a good look through myself and I bought 2 comics.  I had a very enjoyable time there.  The only downside is paying £2 to get in.  But this event has made me realise that I am in pretty healthy niche market and given me the incentive to go to more trade fairs. And also it has taught me a valuable lesson and that’s be carefull of preconceptions you may have about new things as you may miss out on opportunities if you rely on preconceptions which put you off.

So, have you been to any comic fairs, what are your experiences?

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Hi all,

The latest rumour on the street is that Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi cult classic ‘Blade Runner’ could finally spawn a sequel.

If you can remember back to 1982 (I was 12 then), Scott’s sci-fi noir tale starred Harrison Ford as a bounty hunter hired to catch clones called replicants. He later finds out that he is also a replicant. It was initially a flop when it was first released, but has gone on to be a huge cult success and is seen as one of the most influential sci-fi films ever made. There have been multiple versions (Director’s Cut etc) of the movie released.

Here is a trailer to remind you…..

But now it is rumoured that not only is there going to be a sequel but there could now be more ‘Blade Runner’ films after Alcon Entertainment revealed they are in final negotiations to acquire the rights for prequel and sequels from ‘Blade Runner’ producer Bud Yorkin.

The company said in a statement, “This is a major acquisition for our company, and a personal favorite film for both of us.

“We recognize the responsibility we have to do justice to the memory of the original with any prequel or sequel we produce. We have long-term goals for the franchise, and are exploring multi-platform concepts, not just limiting ourselves to one medium only.”

I am not sure if more films in the ‘Blade Runner’ universe COULD be a good thing or not.  I didn’t really like the first one to be honest.

But at least there won’t be a ‘Blade Runner’ remake. Not yet anyway! 🙂

What do you think? Would you want to see a sequel?

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Hi Folks,

I have just watched the pilot episode of “Outcasts” the new science fiction blockbuster drama from the bbc and I have to say I was a bit disappointed…. It can be summed up with on word “bleak”.  It was so dam depressing!

Click here for Trailer

I was hoping for a lot more but in this case I was let down by the fact that it devoted much of its opening episode to talking. I have to say it was on the verge on being plain boring. And in my opinion the BBC’s expensive new drama is going to have to fight to get people back for episode two.

To cut a long story short it’s basically about a small population of human settlers, set in the future in 2040, who have set up home on a planet after something bad has happened on earth. You can certainly see that it has been “influenced” by the success of the US series “Battlestar Galactica”.  But where “Battlestar Galactic” blew you out of the water in the pilot episode I’m afraid “outcasts” fails and just sends you to sleep instead.

Dont get me wrong. It wasnt all bad, there were some heart felt moments. In particular, I really warmed to the interaction between the President, and the captain of the incoming transporter, with their conversations offering a human heart to the episode. This is where the show slowed just a little, to let us take information in, and these scenes were certainly welcome.

And also there was a big surprise near the end. There was the quick demise of Jamie Bamber (whose character I thought was arguably the most interesting of this opening episode).  This is a good tactic, you get the apparent star of the show and stick a bullet in them right near the start of the adventure. After that, surely anything goes.

But I’m afraid on the whole it was bleak and confusing. Maybe they tried to put too much information in this pilot episode, I don’t know.  I’ll probably give episode 2 a go but it’ll have to be a big improvement to keep me interested….

Next episode of “Outcasts” is on bbc1 tonight at 9pm….

What did you think? Do you agree with me?

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Hi folks,

I have just seen the trailer for the new BBC1 science fiction series “outcasts” which will be seen on BBC1 at 9pm on monday 7th February 2011.

It looks interesting and is about a group of courageous pioneers who face a unique opportunity: the chance to build a new and better future on another planet, Carpathia.

Here is a brief summary of story:-

Led by President Tate (Cunningham) and his core team of Stella (Norris), Cass (Mays) and Fleur (Mason), they take charge having settled alongside Expeditionaries Mitchell and Jack. A diverse group of individuals who left their old lives behind, now promised a second chance at life they create a society, far away from their home, friends, family and pasts. Settled in the town of Forthaven on Carpathia, they are passionate about their jobs, confident of their ideals and optimistic about the future.

The planet offers the possibility for both corruption and redemption; while they try to avoid the mistakes made on Earth, inevitably our heroes cannot escape the human pitfalls of love, greed, lust, loss, and a longing for those they’ve left behind.

As they continue to work and live together they come to realise this is no ordinary planet… is there a bigger purpose at work? Mystery lurks around them and threatens to risk the fragile peace of Forthaven.

Sounds interesting doesn’t it and I will probably watch the 1st episode just to see if it is any good or not.

Here is the trailer to wet your appetite…

So what do you think? Will this be a hit or miss for the BBC? Let me know what you think?

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What’s in store for 2011

In 2010 we saw the return of dr who and part 1 of the Harry Potter Finale. Both of which I enjoyed.  It’s also been a good year for comic hero movies. But the dust has barely settled on 2010 and yet here I am looking forward to another year of must-see movies and television programmes that have already got me very excited for the next twelve months. There is a superb line-up superhero movies to science fiction westerns, but which ones are the cream of the crop? Let me guide you through the minefield of buzz and into the most promising films that lie ahead.

I await with eager anticipation for upcoming X-Men, Green Lantern, Spiderman Reboot, Thor, Captain America and the First Avenger’ movies. In fact the comic book landscape looks pretty good. Lets just hope they live up to my expectation.

In addition, the superhero wildcard ‘The Green Hornet’ offers something a bit different. It promises interesting visuals, and the unconventional casting of Seth Rogan gives us hope for comedy capers.

Then there is Cowboys vs Aliens which I am also looking forward to…The title says it all. Cowboys AND aliens, it’s the golden combo! Gun-toting loners battling little green men is the B-movie dream. Only this B-movie has gone positively A-List, recruiting Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde to its madcap cause. I dare you to watch the trailer and tell me that this doesn’t look awesome… Here is a taster.

But what I am waiting for most of all is Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II

The final Potter outing just pips it in the anticipation stakes against its most high-profile rival, Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt1, as the teen vampire epic could yet go either way. Part 1 of the Potter finale did a great job of setting up the climatic battles we have all been looking forward to, even if the film itself suffered by feeling like a glorified prologue in the process. Even cinemagoers who can’t stand the franchise will be keen for this instalment to finally come, and go. Alas, we must wait a little longer for the trailer.

And then there is new series of Dr who and the contunuation of the event to look forward to.

Of course, I could be wrong on these. So if you think I’ve missed out or neglected any more exciting prospects, please enlighten me.

hi folks,

Only 7 days to go now until the Doctor is back! The new adventure “A Christmas Carol” is on BBC ONE on Christmas Day at 6pm.  If you can’t wait that long? then enjoy this clip…

I must admit I cant wait for the christmas episode and I also think the new doctor matt smith and his companion Karen Gillan were awesome in the last series. But what do you think?

Hi folks this is teaser trailor for the third Transformers movie… Entitled “Transformers-Dark of the moon”. 

Interesting trailor! It features no robot-on-robot action, preferring instead to show Michael Bay’s interesting take on the 1969 moon landing. According to Bay, Neil Armstrong and co weren’t just making one giant leap for mankind, they were also investigating a crashed spaceship, which of course houses a giant Transformer.

I’m not sure I can be bothered with another Transformers movie at the moment…but lets hope this new movie is better than Transformers 2 which i personally believe was pants…… : )

Although, Bay himself has promised ‘Transformers’ fans a better movie than the last one

What do you think?