Monday, August 29, 2016

Mega City Book Club 8: ABC Warriors:The Black Hole


It's another pubcast as Julius Howe from the Inky Fingers podcast is my guest to go in depth on the artwork of the ABC Warriors' return to the prog in 1988. Recorded in a noisy London pub we focus on the stunning debut of Simon Bisley, and why SMS is the often overlooked half of a dramatic double act, plus Julius gives us his views on the various reproductions of the original art.

This story appears in the Mek Files volume 1, available from the 2000AD online store, as well as digitally for Apple, Android, and Windows 10 devices.


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Monday, August 22, 2016

Mega City Book Club 7: Button Man. Get Harry Ex


It's the return of the "Mackem" as Pete Wells brings along another masterpiece by John Wagner and Arthur Ranson. It's grim and it's gritty, but as ever there are pastry jokes and spoilers aplenty.

Now that Pete has been elevated to sub-droid level by the Mighty One you can find his covers uncovered postings in the news feed on the 2000AD site.

Buy the individual volumes of Button Man from the 2000AD store or digitally for the apps for Apple, Android, and Windows 10 devices.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Mega City Book Club 6: Scarlet Traces


Dave Wynn, sometimes known as Judge Pal or Shaolin Monkey, brings along the three splendid volumes of Scarlet Traces, just as Ian Edginton and D'Israeli's fantastic series returns to the Prog. There are Martian war machines and spoilers aplenty!

You can find Dave's fabulous 2000AD sculptures on his DeviantArt page.

The hardbacks we discuss are now out of print but there's a new collected edition coming from Rebellion and 2000AD in 2017.

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Mega City Book Club 5: Mandroid


Steve Green, the cinematographer and effects wizard on the great Judge Minty fanfilm, and the upcoming Strontium Dog, joins me to discuss a great Dredd stand alone story. Be warned there are both spoilers and sirens to come!

Mandroid is available digitally from the 2000AD store, or in hard copy from the Hachette partworks site.


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mega City Book Club 4: Devlin Waugh:Swimming In Blood


Podcast becomes pubcast as I'm joined by Tony Richards in a London hostelry for a brief discussion of Devlin Waugh's debut in Swimming in Blood. Prepare yours ears for a trouncing.

Check out Tony's radio show at Radio Dacorum or on Mixcloud.

And get your copies of Devlin Waugh's outrageous exploits from the 2000AD online store.

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Mega City Book Club 3: The Cursed Earth


Jim Moon from the fabulous Hypnobobs podcast is my guest to discuss the first true mega epic of Judge Dredd's history. Mutants, killer rats, dinosaurs, zombie robots, and spoilers abound.

The Cursed Earth (Uncensored) is available from the 2000AD online store.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Adventures in podcasting: 4

Counting the cost


Let's face it podcasting is not cheap. Only a small minority of all the 'casts out there actually generate income. I knew right from the start that Mega City Book Club was going to cost money, it is a passion project because it's fun to talk about the things you enjoy with like minded people. Find the things that make you happy and do them, that's what the psychologists tell us. Good advice.

My running total for spend on domains, hosting, and various bits of hardware and software is just over £300, but I reckon that could have been reduced to at least half that amount or even closer to £100 for just a Yeti and the domain and hosting, Owning the domain is nice but even that could be dumped for something like "YourPodcastName.blogspot.co.ok". Luckily I can afford a few extras.

I've decided that my podcast won't be looking for freebies or sponsorship, and I won't be running adverts, or asking listeners for donations.This is a go it alone type project. Of course there is my justgiving page for cancer research UK but that is just there and hasn't really attracted any donations from the podcast yet. We'll see how that goes.


But the major expense for a book club show has to be buying the books. I've already exceeded the space on my 2000AD shelf and there are more volumes on the way. The best way to keep up with what has been picked so far is on the Facebook page. I have a lot of this in digital through the 2000AD apple app but I am finding it is easier to make notes from hard copy editions so there has been a certain amount of double dipping. The good news is that I now have at least 15 books to read and then set up a recording date with my guest, so stay tuned. I will be in touch in the coming months.

The third episode with Jim Moon discussing the Cursed Earth will be out next week, then I will be probably be sticking to a four week release schedule after that. We'll discover how that goes as well.

Stay tuned and thank you for your attention so far.