Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Firestorm Kickstarter Project - Ultramarionation!

In 2003 Gerry Anderson created an idea for Firestorm.  The series followed the group called Storm Force 9 as they went up against a terrorist organization called Black Orchid.  The anime mixed classic cel animation and CG.  Alas the series had little publicity and was only shown in Japan.

Fast Forward to the present day and Gerry's son, Jamie is relaunching the Firestorm idea with Kickstarter. He plans on funding a short pilot in hopes of selling the idea for a future TV series.

Go to the website link below to read up on all the exciting things going on with this project.  There is more background information about the project, its goals and stretch goals and the rewards you will receive at different pledge levels.  If the project goal is not reached, you are not charged your pledge but at the current rate, things look good!!


For the story, teaser trailer, information on who is going to be involved, including a Doctor Who connection,

Gerry Anderson's Firestorm Kickstarter Is Go!!


Monday, September 29, 2014

Doctor Who - Kill The Moon Promo Pics

My Return to Twin Peaks - The Series, Movie and Blu-ray

Review by Ken Parker

This was probably the 5th or 6th time watching the entire series from start to finish and obviously the first time in High Definition.  It is interesting to note that the TV series debuted as a quirky murder mystery with its appeal in the off beat characters, moody music and cinematography and the need to find out Who Killed Laura Palmer?  The series was very popular and was the talk of the town.  I, along with many people, enjoyed its originality and that David Lynch craziness that is a signature in most of his movies.  The series would no doubt keep people returning because of the murder mystery.  The multiple cliffhangers ending season 1 would bring back huge audiences in season 2 but then the inevitable dilemma surfaced for the writers – you reveal the killer and audiences drop or you drag out the reveal and audiences drop.

Doctor Who - Maggie Stables Companion To the 6th Doctor Has Passed Away

Sad news in the world of Doctor Who as Maggie Stables who played Evelyn Smythe in the Big Finish 6th Doctor Adventures died in her sleep on September 26th.  Evelyne Smythe was the first new companion created by Big Finish and it was no doubt the best one they have created.  Her chemistry with Colin Baker was superb and the two of them together created the best duo for the Colin Baker adventures.  I really liked her character of Evelyne Smyth and enjoyed all the stories she was in. I was saddened of her characters death as I am right now for Maggie's passing as a lot of her stories were some of my favorite from Big Finish.  Below is two links one for the tribute from Big Finish and another a list of her Doctor Who credits.



Doctor Who - Kill The Moon TV Trailer

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Firestorm Endorsement from Nick Tate

Nick Tate, who played Alan Carter in Gerry Anderson's Space: 1999, has a short message about Jamie Anderson's new Kickstarter plan to relaunch Firestorm.

Firestorm was an idea of Gerry's that was made into an anime back in 2003.  The series saw little airtime and promotion and even less praise.  Jamie wants to relaunch the idea using Ultramarionation which will be an updated version of Supermarionation with sophisticated puppetry, miniatures and practical effects (less with CG).

More info on Firestorm Kickstarter this Tuesday.

Doctor Who - The Caretaker Review - Some Spoilers

Review by Ken Parker

Doctor Who, like many good TV shows often have two or more stories going on at the same time. We have the surface story that often involves a weaker written structure that may keep younger kids happy with monsters, explosions and action. Then there are the underlying ideas that are generally character orientated. "The Caretaker" is about a killing machine let loose near Coal Hill School and the Doctor tries to stop it. The underlying story involves Clara, Danny Pink and the Doctor. Can the three of them get along long enough to stop the alien threat?

Some Spoilers

Doctor Who - The Caretaker Review (Mild Spoilers)

Doctor Who:
The Caretaker
By Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat

“Well you've explained me to him but you haven’t explained him to me.”

Gareth Roberts who wrote the 11th Doctor stories The Lodger and Closing Time returns and gives us his first 12th Doctor story The Caretaker.  I enjoyed Gareth Roberts 11th Doctor stories with Craig as they were fun to watch and had a bit of comedy to them.  Not too much comedy and the stories were usually pretty good with The Lodger being the stronger of the two stories.  The trailer for The Caretaker did look like it would be a funny lighthearted story which for the way the series has gone lately would be a good change considering Series 8 has by far been the darkest since the show has returned.   The Caretaker sees The Doctor going deep undercover at Coal Hill School where Clara works to fend off an alien that can destroy the Earth.  What follows is anything but stellar.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Doctor Who Extra - The Caretaker

Doctor Who - Next Time Trailer For Kill The Moon

Doctor Who - Clip Of Peter Capaldi On The Graham Norton Show

Doctor Who - Katy Manning Visits The TARDIS Set

Katy Manning visited the TARDIS set and met Peter Capaldi.  She was in Cardiff for filming in Casualty.  While there the pair recreated an iconic picture that she did with Jon Pertwee when they were the on show back in the 70's.

Doctor Who - Harvest of Time Review

Doctor Who:
Harvest of Time
By Alastair Reynolds

The Third Doctor and Jo are embroiled in a pretty strange predicament.  It appears that The Master has called for aid from one of his future selves to help get him out of prison.  But unknown to The Master it did not work out the way he thought it would.   What The Doctor discovers is that something has gone wrong with The Masters timeline and that a future Master is not coming to save him but instead it appears he is being erased from time.  The Doctor has to keep reminding The Brigadier, Captain Yates and Sgt Benton about The Master by giving them a paper with his face on it to remind them who he is.  But that is not all.  The Sild have arrived on Earth and due to The Masters meddling with time used that signal to come to Earth and proceed to invade.  To save the Earth The Doctor must go to the future and with another unsettling alliance with The Master must find the source of the Sild and shut it down to save The Master and the Earth.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Jupiter Ascending Trailer

Doctor Who - Radio Times Poster For The Caretaker

I'm really loving these old style posters for Series 8.  So far they have been really good and can't wait to see the rest.

Titan Doctor Who Merchandise at New York Comic Con 2014!‏

NYCC is just around the corner.  October 9 to the 12th to be exact and Titan Merchandise and Titan Comics will be selling Doctor Who goodies at this years convention.  Lots of cool stuff will be on hand and I can already feel my wallet getting lighter.  Here is what they are offering.

Doctor Who TITANS: 8" Trenzalore TARDIS

When the Doctor travelled to Trenzalore to visit his tomb he found his grave was marked by, what else, his beloved TARDIS. Only, after years of decay it had grown to an enormous size - as recreated in this giant 8” Vinyl figure!

Doctor Who - Synopsis For Mummy on the Orient Express

The BBC have released the synopsis for episode 8 of Series 8 Mummy on the Orient Express.  It will air on October 11th at 8:30PM on BBC One.

The Doctor and Clara are on the most beautiful train in history, speeding among the stars of the future but they are unaware that a deadly creature is stalking the passengers.
Once you see the horrifying Mummy you only have 66 seconds to live. No exceptions, no reprieve. As the Doctor races against the clock Clara sees him at his deadliest and most ruthless. Will he work out how to defeat the Mummy? Start the clock!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD - A Second Chance

By Ken Parker

If you are a fan of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD then you know the brief rocky history it has. Most people would agree that the show did not impress right away. The show failed to live up to Joss Whedon's normal standard (Firefly, Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and certainly didn't live up to the Marvel Avengers universe level. The show was sub par with most everything under achieving from writing, effects, character development and so on.

Sporadic By @KneelDowne Review

By Kneel Downe

The fifth book by Kneel Downe is a bit different from the last couple of books he has released. While The Jackport Killer was a straight on story set in the Virulent Blurb universe Sporadic is a collection of stories set in that same realm.  What Kneel has collected here is a collection of his ideas and short stories that have helped create the universe in which he writes in.  The collection is more or less his notebook of ideas that he started to write down and which have not gone anywhere or have not fitted in with the stories he has written already.  Some of which are good and some of which are really good.

Valiant Heads to Long Beach Comic Con 2104 – This Weekend!‏

This weekend, Valiant is bringing its award-winning publishing line-up to Long Beach Comic Con 2014!

From Saturday, September 27th through Sunday, September 28th, join Valiant at Booth #307 inside the Long Beach Convention Center for a weekend jam-packed with Valiant creators panels, and con-exclusive giveaways!

The Golden Age Is Over in C.O.W.L.‏

Superheroes face change in 1960s Chicago
in new graphic novel

The Chicago Organized Workers League once stood as the embodiment of the Golden Age of superheroes — a union for Chicago’s best hopes against the scourges of organized crime and supervillainy. But in C.O.W.L. VOLUME 1: PRINCIPLES OF POWER by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis, it’s 1962, and everything has changed. The last of the supervillains has been defeated, the public is cynical, and scandal and corruption plague the once-irreproachable organization.

In this Fall graphic novel from Image Comics, C.O.W.L. must re-invent itself for changing times — but will it survive the process?

No Memory, No Identity, and Nowhere to Run in THE FIELD‏

October graphic novel brings surreal terror

A man wakes up in a field, wearing only his underwear, with no memory, no identity, and no idea what to do. A cell phone beside him buzzes with a message. A single word: “Run.” A deadly cat-and-mouse story ensues in THE FIELD, a graphic novel by Ed Brisson (SHELTERED, COMEBACK) and Simon Roy (PROPHET), out from Image Comics this October.

The man falls into the grips of a Bible salesman on a meth-fueled murder spree in a small town where the rules of civilization seem not to apply. Pursued by a biker gang bent on revenge and a group of cosplayers out to save the world, the man begins to wonder — Is Christian the Bible salesman really his only hope for survival?

STARLIGHT epic cover reveal

Cliff Chiang’s heart-stopping variant cover

Bestselling writer Mark Millar (JUPITER’S LEGACY) and artist Goran Parlov (Fury MAX) team up for the show-stopping final installment of the hit series STARLIGHT, featuring an epic conclusion and a variant cover by the renowned Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman).

ARMOR HUNTERS #4 | X-O MANOWAR #29 (ARMOR HUNTERS) | HARBINGER: OMEGAS #2 – In Stores September 24th, 2014‏

Art & Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (JUL141482)
Qr Voice Variant by TOM FOWLER (JUL141483)
Armor Hunters Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE (JUL141484)
Artist Variant by CLAYTON HENRY (JUL141485)

That was just a battle… Now get ready for the war!

X-O Manowar has played the ultimate gambit, and finally leveled the playing field against the villainous Armor Hunters. But the galaxy’s deadliest killers haven’t come this far just to surrender! Their final charge is now upon us…and it will take the combined powers of X-O Manowar, Unity, Bloodshot and the rest of the Earth’s most formidable heroes to save our world from a full-scale cosmic reckoning. The summer’s biggest crossover event is going out with a BIG bang – and, when the smoke clears, everything you thought you knew about the Valiant U will be forever changed!

RUMBLE means war‏

A new ongoing action/adventure series
about a warrior god wrecking havoc

Co-creators John Arcudi (writer of BPRD, Savage Wolverine, A god Somewhere and the Eisner-nominated The Creep) and James Harren (artist on Conan, BPRD, and cover artist for the Hawkeye vs. Deadpool) team up once again for the launch of an epic and bizarre action/adventure series filled with fantasy and page-turning thrills arriving on December 17.

In RUMBLE, a scarecrow—a warrior scarecrow god called Rathraq, that is—walks into a bar...and it’s all downhill from there. After a long absence, Rathraq is back and very unhappy. This is bad news for his old enemies, yes, but even worse news for everyone else, including bartender Bobby LaRosa who finds himself caught in the chaos.

New Comic Book Checklist For September 24th 2014


    Aliens: Fire And Stone 1
    Baltimore: Witch of Harju 3
    Captain Midnight 15
    Conan: The Avenger 6
    Deep Gravity 3
    Elfquest: Final Quest 5
    Ghost 8
    Groo vs. Conan 3
    Halo: Escalation 10
    Massive 27
    Mind MGMT 26
    Pariah 8
    Pop 2
    Robert E Howards Savage Sword 9
    Sally Heathcote Suffragette:HGN:
    Sundowners 2
    Tomb Raider 8
    Witcher:TPB: 1


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

X-Men - Apocalypse - Director and Casting News

Bryan Singer will be back to direct X-Men - Apocalypse for a May 27, 2016 release date.  The movie will take place in 1983 and will feature Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Nicholas Hoult (The Best) among others reprising their roles in the film.

This timeline also means that characters like Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops will all be recast with younger people. This probably does not pertain to Hugh Jackman, who continues to age as slow as Wolverine.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Doctor Who - The Caretaker Promo Pics

The Martian - Book Review - Minor Spoilers

Novel by Andy Weir

Review by Ken Parker

A mission to Mars ends in tragedy as the astronauts barely escape a dust storm but one of the crew are killed on the surface.  The rest of the crew escape and head back to Earth and have to deal with their loss.  Meanwhile on Earth, the healing process begins and questions on the future missions to Mars are debated.  But there is one thing that no one could possibly imagine – the dead crew member is not dead.

Minor Spoilers

Doctor Who - The Caretaker TV Trailer

Kickstarter for New Gerry Anderson Production - Firestorm TV Pilot

Jamie Anderson and Anderson Entertainment have announced a new Kickstarter project which will use ideas based on the late Gerry Anderson anime series called Firestorm.  The ideas were created in 2001 and saw development in an anime TV series that the vast majority of people in the world never saw or even heard of.  The new project is being funded through Kickstarter, a method that Jamie Anderson recently used to help get a series of novels called Gemini Force One which were also based on his father's ideas.

Firestorm was a series about a group of peacekeepers who must combat a new threat to the world in the form of a terrorist group called Black Orchid.  The series used a mixture of standard cel and CG animation and went 26 half hour episodes.  The series was horribly received in Japan and has seen little light of day despite having some excellent animation and stories (in my opinion at the time). Gerry Anderson's name at one point was removed from the production.

Jamie has been hinting at this project for weeks now but revealed the project to past contributors to the Gemini Force One Kickstarter the day before the public reveal of the project.  The Kickstarter will officially open on September 30 and will be for the funding of the pilot episode. The pilot can then be used to sell a series.

The series is to be made in Ultramarionation which is going to be an updated process utilizing miniatures, physical sets, practical effects and puppets!! One has to imagine that Jamie is looking at what the new Thunderbirds Are Go TV series is doing with miniatures and sets along with CG and is going to go full old school with this idea.




Sunday, September 21, 2014

Doctor Who - Time Heist - Review (Spoilers)

by Ken Parker

I will start this review with information that each of my reviews this season have been written after watching each episode more than once. I have done this for a few reasons. The first is that I am finding the quality of these episodes to be of a significant higher quality than in previous seasons, especially when compared to season 5 and 6. I also have had the time to sit back and watch them twice and I have found that I definitely get more out of the second viewing in some cases. This may be unfair to episodes I have reviewed in the past of course.

The reason I mention this is because my first viewing of "Time Heist" did not go that well. I actually nodded off a few times and saw a lot of negative things about the story and so on. After watching it again I was able to focus more on the story and I saw things I hadn't before. Hopefully this results in a fair review on my part.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Doctor Who - Time Heist Review (Spoilers)

Doctor Who:
Time Heist
By Steven Moffat and
Steve Thompson

“Shut up. Everybody shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shutitty up,up, up!”

I was never a fan of movies that were centered on robbing banks like the Ocean 11 movies.  Well, I take that back I did enjoy both versions of The Italian Job but never the less I was never a big fan of that type of movie.  So when I saw the trailer for Time Heist I had reservations about it.  But then I saw who co-wrote it with Steven Moffat and my mind was set at ease a little bit.   I did like Steve Thompson’s previous work on Who and Sherlock so there’s a chance I will enjoy Time Heist.

Doctor Who Extra - Time Heist

Doctor Who - The Caretaker Next Time Trailer

Friday, September 19, 2014

Buzz Aldrin and The Planets

Doctor Who - Christmas Special Guest Stars Confirmed

The BBC have released a photo that confirms who will be guest starring in this years Christmas Special.  I'm sure the names will be familiar to you as one of them's father was The Doctor at one time.  Filming has begun on this years special which will air on December 25th (hopefully).

Doctor Who - Radio Times Time Heist Poster

This weeks Radio Times Doctor Who poster reminds me of a spy novel book from the 50's or something James Bondish.  Time Heist airs this Saturday on BBC One, BBC America and Space.

Doctor Who - Time Heist Preview Clip Number Two

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Millennium Falcon!!! Star Wars VII

and the Tumbler??

Doctor Who - Preview Clip For Time Heist

Doctor Who - Introduction To Time Heist

Doctor Who - Kill The Moon Official Synopsis

The BBC have released the synopsis for Kill The Moon which will air on October 4th and is the 7th episode of Series 8.  No time has been announced but if you go by the Radio Times article yesterday it will most likely be at 8:30 on BBC One and 9PM on BBC America.

In the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the Moon.
Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma.
When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.

Arrow Season Three Poster

The CW have released the season three cast poster for Arrow.  It is the typical one they have done before except Roy is in his Arsenal gear.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Doctor Who Moving To Later Regular Time Slot

The BBC have decided to move Doctor Who from 7:30 PM to the later time of 8:30 PM.  This was the plan all along once Strictly Come Dancing returns.   The time change will happen on September 27th and will remain the time slot till the end of Series 8.  Here is what a BBC Insider had to say.

“It’s always been the plan for this series of Doctor Who to follow Strictly, once Strictly started, in the same way that Atlantis and previously Merlin did, as this series is on air in the autumn,”

This will be the latest the show has been aired and Doctor Who has been creeping away over time from its Saturday tea time slot where families generally watch it and mainly the younger kids.  The BBC had this to say.

"Viewing levels are still high at that time amongst young audiences and children and Doctor Who has always generated very high levels of recorded playback and iPlayer viewing so lots of children and families already choose a time that suits them over the days that follow."

So whether you like it or not Doctor Who will be on later in the UK a half hour earlier than when it is shown in the US and Canada who both air Doctor Who at 9PM on Saturday night.

Source: Radio Times

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE—Welcome to Fandemonium‏


The second arc of Gillen and McKelvie’s hit series
will arrive in time to shake up your December

“A glorious new comic series about death, creativity and pop.” —Pitchfork 

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, the white-hot new series by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie about gods being briefly reincarnated as pop stars before dying, drew crowds of worshippers and is heading into a thrilling new story arc that will leave fans shocked and breathless. With each issue of the first arc flying off the shelves at record speed, this new story arc promises an even higher degree of electrifying story this December.

The Faust Act is over. Welcome to Fandemonium. The second arc of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE begins with issue #6 in its traditional manner (i.e. a ludicrous pun) and something like “nothing will ever be the same again.” But if you think about it, you can say that about literally everything, ever. Also, some comic story. Probably.

HARBINGER: FAITH #0 Flies High with Joshua Dysart and Robert Gill in December!‏

Valiant is proud to announce HARBINGER: FAITH #0 – a brand new one-shot exploration of Valiant's high-flying teenage Renegade and Unity's newest team member!

Coming in December from New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart (Harbinger, Harbinger Wars) and rising star Robert Gill (Armor Hunters: Harbinger), start reading here to discover how Harbinger's high-spirited teenage fangirl went from the heart and soul of Peter Stanchek's teenage Renegades to the newest member of the world's most elite super-team – UNITY!

As Faith recuperates from the events of Armor Hunters: Harbinger, jump on board and discover the complete, never-before-revealed tale of her origin – just as she steps into the limelight for a brand new story arc beginning in November's UNITY #12!


ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE #1 | Christopher Sebela | Ariel Olivetti

As the mercenary crew of the Perses leave the horror of LV-223 behind them, one passenger reveals a terrible new danger, and the crew soon find themselves in a deadly struggle between predator and prey!

* The Prometheus crossover event heats up!

* Written by the acclaimed Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters, Ghost)!

* Art by Ariel Olivetti (Cable, Conan and the People of the Black Circle)!

ALIENS VS. PREDTOR: FIRE AND STONE #1 is on sale October 8th.


Valiant has three big releases arriving on September 17th and, first up, is none other than THE DELINQUENTS #2 (of 4) from James Asmus, Fred Van Lente, and Kano! As their respective halves of the hobo "ass-map" lead them to the center of 'Murica, Quantum and Woody and Archer and Armstrong are about to finally meet...with some explosive results. (And not just because they stopped at South of the Border. ZING!)

(And if you missed the first issue, look for the second printing on stands on October 1st!)

A lso in stores next week, two major chapters of the ARMOR HUNTERS saga are coming to a close in the lead-up to next week's grand finale in ARMOR HUNTERS #4!

Robert Venditti and Clay Mann Unearth X-O MANOWAR #0 – In Stores October 8th!

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside X-O MANOWAR #0 – an all-new, must-read zero issue introduction to the origins of Valiant's alien-armored Visigoth from superstar creators Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, Green Lantern) and Clay Mann (Gambit, X-Men: Legacy)!

In the aftermath of ARMOR HUNTERS, start reading here with a bold new beginning for Valiant's blockbuster hero as Venditti and Mann chronicle the never-before-revealed rise of Aric of Dacia – aka the unstoppable X-O Manowar! From the brutality of the Roman Empire to the bone-crunching fallout of the Armor Hunters's attack on Earth, start at the beginning to discover X-O Manowar's journey through the ages as Venditti and Mann craft an epic new entry point into the series that IGN calls "fantastic, action-packed storytelling that never fails to satisfy."



Issue two of the new Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey series will feature a special variant cover

TOOTH & CLAW, the exciting new fantasy epic from bestselling writer Kurt Busiek (Marvels, Astro City), artist Benjamin Dewey (I Was the Cat, Tragedy Series), Eisner-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, PRETTY DEADLY), and letterer John Roshell of Comicraft will feature a very special variant cover by artist Alex Ross of Marvels and Kingdom Come fame.


Join Dark Horse Comics at Rose City Comic Con! We’ll be at the booth handing out giveaways and offering free signings with comics creators! Come check out our comics, books, and products for sale!


Certain restrictions may apply. All events are subject to change.


Below are featured comics and the writers and/or artists who will be signing them. Free comics, prints, or posters will be available at each signing while supplies last. Comics will also be available for sale, availability pending.


10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.  NEVERBOY Tyler Jenkins, Kelly Fitzpatrick

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.  THE VICTORIES Michael Avon Oeming

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. NEXUS Mike Baron, Steve Rude

New Comic Book Checklist For September 17th


    Billy the Kids Old Timey Oddities:TPB: Omnibus
    BPRD: Hell on Earth 14 (Part 1)
    Buffy: The Vampire Slayer: Season 10: 7
    Conan:TPB: Savage Sword of Conan 17
    Criminal Macabre: Third Child 1
    Dark Horse Presents 2014 2
    Eye of Newt 4
    Ghost:TPB: 2-White City Butcher
    Leaving Megalopolis:HGN:
    Red Moon:THC:
    Silencers:TPB: Complete Silencers
    Strain: Night Eternal 2
    Witchfinder: Mysteries of Unland 4