Back in 1978, when I was a kid, there was a sci-fi comic book called Starlord, and it was wonderful. Now scans of just about every page of this comic book are available to read on the Internet, at Starlordcomic.com, so I can read them all over again. That’s exactly what I’m doing, and I’m getting a twin jolt of fun, with sci-fi thrills combined with warm and fuzzy nostalgia. I’m not the only one doing such a delve into childhood nostalgia, it turns out.
In the late 70s, giant robots started to appear in the UK, or at least toys and model kits depicting them did. I loved them, though times were tough in the grim north of the UK in those years, so I couldn’t afford to buy many. A plastic robot kit was a rare treat, for a birthday or Christmas. I didn’t know it, but the giant robots I loved had quite a history, even by the late 70s, and they have gone on to become an even more significant part of popular culture since.
This is the tenth post I’ve written about rereading an old comic book from my youth. I’m reading them again, after an interval of decades because the entire run of the comic has turned up as scans on a website, allowing me to relive them, even though my original copies were sold to charity long ago. The cover to issue 10, which came out 15 July 1978, is another that has an image that does not relate to any of the strips within the comic.
I watched Thor: Ragnarok the other day and I loved it, just like most everybody else. Thor, the hammer-wielding God of Thunder, starts the movie dangling in a fire giant’s cave in some inferno dimension, then spends time on Asgard and Earth, but for most of the movie he is on a planet called Sakaar. I watched the film in Italian and the humor came through in the translation very well.
Stranger Things is a love letter to the 80s based around a young boy vanishing into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into a creepy and atmospheric mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and a very strange little girl. Season 1 of the show has a score of 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, while Season 2 has the slightly lower score of 94% on the same site.
I am currently reading Starlord, what is Starlord I hear you ask? Is it some new comic book? Is it a book about that Marvel character? No, and no, in fact it is an ancient British comic book from 1978, a comic book I first read in childhood and which I am now reading again, decades later, to get cool sci-fi thrills along with a nice jolt of nostalgia. I have reached issue nine in my quest to read all 22, and it’s a bobbyvdazzler.
In my never ending quest to improve my site’s SEO I came across some random advice that says to write posts with top tens. Apparently people love top tens, and when you look at popular sites such as Buzzfeed there does seem to be something to this advice. Who am I to argue, so here is my top ten of Sci-Fi spaceships. There are a lot of spaceship size comparison websites out there, such as Merzo.net where nerds like me can look at beautiful spaceships all day if we want to - and I for one can certainly blow a whole afternoon that way, making zoom and pew pew noises as I click through that sweet, sweet spaceship art - but with so many spaceships to look at, where does a spaceship-curious noob start.
I have just been looking at the word count on my latest novel, and it has reached a whopping 42,000 words. I like to write books in the region of about 100,000 words, or a little more, so I am rapidly closing in on the half way point. This got me thinking about the various stages of the evolution of a novel, specifically my sci-fi novels. Mostly when people talk about the stages of a novel, they talk about a logical progression of several of them.
Let’s take a look at an issue of Starlord. I’ve been rereading this comic book, thanks to a wonderful website that collects the old comic for the public’s perusal. Back in 1978, I used to have to wait a week between comics, but now I can just go to the site and read another one whenever I like. Only 22 of them were ever published, unfortunately, so I should really ration them.
I’m trying to think of ways to promote my books, and at the moment I am flirting with YouTube. I’m spending time making animations to upload, just short simple ones for now, but maybe something more ambitious a little later. This post introduces my latest animation, a 3D spaceship video. First, just a short digression to mention that while I was writing the post, I suddenly started worrying about how long it should be.