Thursday, July 23, 2009



Tuesday, July 21, 2009


People of Earth!

Rejoice! A new Death Ray awaits you and your visual organs in your nearest news outlet, and it is a mighty one indeed.

Firstly, Death Ray #20 is so packed with magical teens it risks thaumaturgical disassociation as takes you behind the scenes of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, where we treat you to interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, new wizard tutor Jim Broadbent and director David Yates! Then we board the Death Ray lunar express for a trip to the Moon, or at least Shepperton, where we take an in-depth look at how Earth's satellite was remade by cunning effects men for Duncan Jones' retro SF feature, Moon, and speak to the director himself. Also on the space front, Stephen Baxter, bard of grand cosmic operatics, reveals his influences in the Death Ray interview.

Magic and the final frontier, two flavours of awesomeness for you, but there is a third, slightly more rancid, strand – horror! Death Ray suffers a major zombie outbreak this issue, with minor infestations in the features and book sections. Who other could we turn to to aid us in our hour of need than George A. Romero, wellspring of the entire zombie apocalypse genre? With zombies and a look behind the scenes at scary effects from Reaper and Supernatural, we've got all three points of the fantastical genre triangle covered this month.

Get an insight into comics with DC's creative head honcho, Dan Didio, and a look at the work of up-and-coming comics artist Mike Perkins. Sneak into the minds of Dan Akroyd, Anton Yelchin and Andy Serkis in New Gods, read in reverent silence as SF luminaries (and the Death Ray team) climb upon the giant soapbox of Deep Thought, uncover the secrets of our lunar neighbour in The Ten Minute Guide… It's all too much! Remember too that we are the only multi-media SF magazine to publish short stories, and this issue we have two original tales from Alastair Reynolds and Eric Brown!

This impressive list is but the barest spectrographic survey of the galaxy of entertainment that awaits you. To truly sample its multifarious delights, you will have to make a lengthy trip within yourself. £4.99 is but a low fare for such a voyage!

Death Ray #20 is out in all good newsagents now.

Monday, July 20, 2009


A sexy Madam Masque heats up the cover of HouseofM:Masters of Evil #3.

...and a sneaky peek look at next month's variant for The Stand #5

Saturday, July 18, 2009



MAY 26TH 1916 - JULY 13TH 2009

My dear Nan lived life to the full until she reached the spectacular age of 93.

Just think about that - the number of changes this world has endured and evolved through for almost a century. Born halfway through a World War and growing up during an enormous world-wide recession and yet still finding the spirit to fall in love, get married and have three daughters - the second of which, my Mom, being born just before the onset of the Second World War. Since then there have been economic, technological and philosophical advancements - although sometimes this would be a veritable rollercoaster ride. She was born into a world of hardly any equality for women and walked through the growing pains of a world ready to embrace equality for all, holding down various jobs along the way but succeeding with great eminence in her creation of pastries, cakes and all forms of baking. She took advantage of the growing ease of travelling, seeing parts of the world that must have been unthinkable to her as a child - and, as such, became a great inspiration for me personally.

She inspired all of us. Through her resilience and independence of spirit. Through her strength and kindness and tenderness - having equal time for everyone, at anytime. She inspired us through her love - distributed evenly throughout her three children, six grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild as well as all their attendant families and friends.

Truly, she has left an astounding legacy. She was, without a doubt, one of the greatest people I have ever had the benefit of knowing and the privilege of loving.

She will always be remembered.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Over at Comic Book Resources Brian Cronin has been asking artists to name a fellow professional who is deserving of more praise. here's my pick: