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Fullmetal Alchemist in the flesh

It is the era we live in. Old properties, and even those not long put to rest, are dredged up for live action remakes by soulless money-grabbing studios. The new announcement that one of my favourite anime/manga series and fan ...

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The Dark and Twisted Legacy of Miracleman

Last week we looked over the dense, messy and admittedly somewhat disputed publication history of Miracleman. Whilst the trajectory of the comic and character has dovetailed with some of the major events of the industry (usually waves of bankruptcy), the ...

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The Long and Sordid History of Miracleman

Sometimes great stories happen behind stories too. In an era where superhero comics dominate so much of other media, it is interesting to look at the more obscure tales that have nonetheless had a profound impact on the medium, industry, ...

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Gimmicks and sitcoms: A sustainable set-up?

Watching – and thoroughly enjoying –  The Grinder has prompted me to think about sitcoms and their use of ‘gimmicks’ as both a set-up for an entire series as well as for singular jokes. The Grinder is built around the gimmick of lampooning tropes ...

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The industry of the dead celebrity

I never thought I would be so choked up mourning a dead celebrity. After all, I never really knew them so how could it possible impact me in any real way? And yet, there is something peculiarly affecting about David ...

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Awards Season 2016

The New Year has commenced so that means the awards buzz begins too. Within the space of a week we’ve seen the nomination announcements for the Oscars and the BAFTAs, and the Golden Globes have been duly dispensed. Let’s dig ...

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Megan’s Best and Worst Films of 2015

This year has been a mixed bag. Solid franchises have left me feeling disappointed, Disney has both blown my mind and churned out utter dross, and some excellent comedies have kept me smiling. Looking back on the year, I found ...

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