Wednesday, 6 December 2017

You Make Me Wanna Shout!


Oh yes! Rare to find an actual mention of our books on this blog - self-promotion, eh, whassat? - but our friends at Lulu have a whopping 20% discount site-wide on "all print products" - simply enter the code RD20 when checking out after checking us out (by the 16th of December, mind). So if any dear readers have yet to become dear readers then get 'em while they're cheap....

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To think you can own a decade's worth slice of collected John Miller genius or the entirety of Dave Alexander's MacBam's awesome for less then a tenner! And then we have secret weapon Shug '90.... and perfect Pudsy.... and crackin' Khaki Shorts.... and brilliant Buckfast Lane.... and corkin' Kounter Kultyur Kevn....

Look on our (collected) works, ye mighty and despair!

Friday, 24 November 2017

A Chronicle Of Doom....


We're off to see the wizard, the wizard of Wester Hailes! A much more magical visit to Ice Station Zebra to see Agent Johnny this month, Agent Rob cheered to find his auld pal looking far more fighting fit! As such it wiz straight down to the business with The Sweeney - featuring future, er, 'Brush Stroker' Karl Howman - getting things off to a flying (squad) start....


Next up our Men In Pester Wailes stayed tuned fer the 'Stay Tuned' episode of The Avengers, notable fer featuring both Roger Delgado (Dr Who's The Master) and Kate O'Mara (Dr Who's The Rani) in supporting roles. Ironside, featuring a low-key turn from George Kennedy, then really upped the ante with it's decidedly downbeat and leery 'Priest-Killer' episode....


Unable to stomach the grim pulpit drama any longer - or maybe that wiz just the 'Motherwell Odeon-style' hot dogs Agent Johnny whipped up! - the channel wiz soon changed from Ironside 'fer to catch' the end of The Guns Of Fort Petticoat (1957) and thus making sure to catch the start of Dakota (1945) with John "The Duke" Wayne on early comedic form....


There was much contented chuntering throughout, E. E. "Doc" SmithPhilip K. Dick and John Brunner's 'Stand On Zanzibar' - "Oh, flip! Havnae seen one of those in a while!" - coming under close scrutiny, but Agent Johnny showing off a near-pencilled cover for the 'Paranoiac' comic he's 'dreamed up' wiz the paraticular highlight....

Visions: The Sweeney, The Avengers, Ironside, The Guns Of Fort Petticoat, Dakota.

The Avengers: Season 6 - Opening & Closing Titles

Saturday, 11 November 2017

An Archive Of Doom....


Back! Back! Back! Let's do the warptime again! It's well over 10 years since Adam J. Smith and Agent Rob tentatively approached Agent Johnny at a SCCAM meeting in 'The Mono' in 2005 and thus quite impossible to imagine the current underground creative landscape had this hesitant first encounter - Agent Rob remembers Adam pointing out "that guy" sitting, swilling at a table alone - never occurred (to Adam)....



Fast forward this rewind two years and in late 2007, after countless truly amazing letters (from John) and encouraging letters (from Rob), Rob agreed to head through to Pester Wails to join Johnny on one of his regular reconnaissance missions (AKA a 'View To A Swill') over the hill to Cramond Island (AKA 'Crab Key')....




They say a picture's worth a thousand words, so there's no sense in wasting too much time describing how damp and dreary the day itself was, both Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. trudging on, boots squelching, bones soaked. An initial highlight was bumping into one of Johnny's numerous 'girlyfriends', Lyndy Henderson - she blew up the world, dontcha know! - at a set of traffic lights en route. She was out walking her dog and it was heartening to see her affection for Agent Miller, who was clearly oozing (if not in fact visibly dripping) some of that old 007 magic....



The swill was duly cranked open - setting a template the decade that followed - and, to the drone of 'airyplanes' cruising in to land at Edinburgh airport, cans were necked and munchies munched. Nothing lasts forever, and in a flash the afternoon was over, years evaporating in the blink of an eye, our two sodden souls heading back to (equally not as) dry land....



There was to be no let up in the weather and, having missed his return train - by this time it was around 'nineteen hundred hours' at night - Agent Johnny kindly offered Rob some shelter from the storm until the next one. And so the threshold at Ice Station Zebra was crossed, thereby accidentally opening up a whole brave new world that would come to irrevocably shape the duo's next ten years....


Cramond Island is (supposedly) about two hours walk from Pester Wails, but add on the scenic route, jaunts into 'nooseagents' fer grub supplies, the comic artist's mantra of 'nae rush', the weight of rain saturating yer jacket slowing ye down and it takes twice as long. Sadly, the leaden pace on the day meant there was no time on the night 'fer to stop off' fer some glug at the Cramond Inn - an experience often given an enviable and pleasantly melancholy warm rendering in John's letters...

Cramond Island AKA 'Crab Key'

Journey into fear....

Cramond Inn

"Double Oh flip...!"

Dr. No - The Dragon of Crab Key