I live in Italy and I have been noticing a new comic book called Orphans. It is everywhere, you see it for sale in newsagents, comic book shops, and book stores. I’ve been meaning to given it a try, but my Italian isn’t perfect, and that kept holding me back. I was afraid of missing the nuances of the story when reading in Italian. Now I have found a collection in English, so I had no excuse, I had to give it a try.

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People have played and watched sports since the dawn of time, and there is no reason why that should change in the future. There is an ancient idea of Bread and Circuses that applies just as easily to the future, too. The phrase means to generate public approval, not by excellence in public service or public policy, but by satisfying the most immediate or base requirements of a populace: for example food (bread) or entertainment (circuses).

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Paper Girls is a comic I have had my eye on for a while, simply because of the wonderful art by Cliff Chiang. The comic book combines this beautiful art with sci-fi elements and a retro setting, much like Stranger Things combines sci-fi elements with its beautifully filmed nostalgia. The colorist on the title is Matt Wilson, and the color flatter is Dee Cunniffe, and I think they probably play a huge role in how impactful the art is.

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On the cover of issue 119 of 2000 AD we have Roger Moore, in his starring role in the Bond movie, Moonraker, because this comic book was published a long time ago. This is the 007 movie that was bit by the late 70s sci-fi bug. In the movie, Bond investigates the theft of a space shuttle, with stops in Venice, Rio de Janeiro, and the Amazon rainforest, and finally… space.

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Oh Boy, the things I do to myself in the name of sci-fi. For reasons I talked about in this earlier post, I have decided that I am going to get into the new Nightflyers series coming soon. In preparation I have read the Nightflyers novella, which was… not good, and now I have watched the eighties movie. Like I said, I put myself through a lot in service of science fiction.

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I’ve been mulling over the finale of season 2 of Westworld, but I haven’t written a podcast about it, until now. What crystallised my thoughts on the show was something I heard on a podcast I listen to. The podcast is called Yo, Is This Racist? with Andrew Ti and Tawny Newsome. As the podcast’s blurb says: Every Wednesday, Ti, co-host Tawny Newsome, and their guests answer questions from fan-submitted voicemails and emails about whether or not something is, in fact, racist.

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2000 AD - issue 118

In this latest installment of a continuing series of blog posts I am reading an old comic book. And when I say old, I’m not joking. This issue of 2000 AD was released in June 1979. I cannot overstate how different life was way back in the late 1970s, but I can give you a flavor. This was a world where a stripped down cassette player was considered high tech, as 1979 was the year that Sony launched the Walkman, which sold in the US for $200.

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Brett Fitzpatrick

I am an author writing sci-fi novels, blog posts, and a bunch of other stuff.

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