Thursday, 4 February 2016

Hello Strangers...

It's been, frankly, an embarrassingly long time since I updated this here blog. In fact, I reckon it's probably overdue it had a full-on makeover. In the meantime though, I'm checking in to remind you that I'm alive and have been writing the whole time (even if I've been neglecting this blog terribly).

AFA goes from strength to strength, and right now the majority of my time is going in to that. There's far too much to go into here ,but recent reviews include Beyond The Boundary and World Conquest Zvezda Plot. We also launched a podcast last summer, so you can now listen to me and my AFA chums talk about animation every week.

I've continued to write from MyM as well, with my most recent contribution being a review of Maid Sama in issue 46. Out now in your local magazine stockist or the app store on iOS or Android.

Look out for much more news coming soon!

Friday, 29 May 2015

Happy Birthday MyM!

Issue number 38 of MyM Magazine is now available in good magazine stockist- or for that matter bad magazine stockists, as well as on iOS and Android. The new issue marks the magazine's third anniversary. Not coincidentally, that means it also marks my third anniversary as a professional writer, with my article on the Bleach movies appearing in that very first issue. Fast forward to now, and you'll find my review of Nadia: Secret of Blue Water in the latest issue.

I've missed a handful of issues, but I've proud to have written for almost every edition of the magazine. I've enjoyed every minute and I'm hugely lucky to get the chance to write for it. If my teen self knew I'd one day get paid to write about anime, he'd probably forgive me for not being married to Sarah Michelle Gellar. Probably.

I've also landed another online gig that I look forward to sharing with you soon. In the meantime I've been (as always) writing for AFA, which has taken most of my work time not taken up by those other two gigs. I've recently been republishing my work originally done for JapanCinema  over there too- with three reviews republished there so far.  It strikes me that this blog is way overdue a makeover but until then you can keep up with all my writing via twitter.

Monday, 4 May 2015

An important Statement on 'Japan Cinema'.

Over the past few years I've contributed reviews and articles on an irregular basis for the website Japan Cinema (no link here, for reasons that are about to become obvious). I will not be doing so any more. It's come to my attention that the owner of the site has been guilty of some pretty heavy-duty plagiarism, over an extended period. I and several other contributors submitted our original work to the site in good faith, only to be posted alongside articles and reviews that have been stolen in whole or in part from other sites. and writers.

I was hoping it was a misunderstanding or something, but I've seen the evidence and it's pretty damning, sad to say.

It's nothing short of theft. As a writer, it hurts me to think any other writer's work has been stolen in this way. And on a more personal level it's also very disappointing, as I thought the editor was a genuine guy. In respect of that I'm choosing not to call him out by name. But I'm very saddened by this turn of events- not to mention angry.

I will not write for the site ever again (if it even survives this) and do not wish to be associated with it in any manner. I'd advise of any you to steer well clear as well.

In short: this sucks.

[UPDATE] The site has now been taken down (although the editor is still not taking full responsibility for his actions. Another former writer made this video on the subject, and the editor's behaviour.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Throwback Thursday: Avengers Assemble (2012)

Seeing as the sequel Avengers: Age Of Ultron is out in UK cinemas today (!), and it's also (Throwback) Thursday, I thought I'd take the opportunity to republish my review of the first film. This was originally published on the now defunct Screen Highway, and was the only article I wrote for that site that hasn't been republished on AFA (as it's the only non animation article I wrote for SH). So, anyhoo here it is!

The following review was originally published in 2012 on Screen Highway.

Marvel Avengers Assemble/ The Avengers (2012)
Director Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johanssen, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L Jackson, Tom Hiddleston

Since the X-men and Spider-man films hit it big and the box office in the early years of this young century, super heroes have ruled the box-office. Sure there has been a fair few misfires but they have been more than made up for by the colossal success of the hits. It's no wonder that Marvel grew tired of watching other companies make bank off their own creations and decided to make a go of it as a movie studio in their own right. Even with Spidey, Wolverine and chums tied up at Sony and Fox respectively Marvel still has an impressive stable of characters to play with. Starting with Iron Man in 2008 they have attempted to do something never attempted in film before, and create and create multiple film franchises that occur in a single on-screen universe. Avengers is the culmination of this plan, bringing together characters established in the previous five films released by the studio.

The action kicks off when the Asgardian Loki (last seen as the villain in last summer's Thor) arrives on Earth, looking for the mysterious Cosmic Cube. Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) must call on the help of Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man), Loki's adopted brother Thor, the newly defrosted Captain America and the Incredible Hulk, when Loki threatens the earth.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

November Update: MyM #32 Out Now!

Issue number 32 of MCM Expo Group's MyM is now available and features a review from me on Dragonball Z: Battle Of Gods and One Piece Collection 8. I also contributed to the 'Best of 2014' feature. What about the last 2 issues you may ask? I did feature in both, but I only had a half page review in each, so they weren't really worth a post of their own.

In other news, check out the first part of a new series of articles called Manga Live over on Japan Cinema. More parts coming soon! I've continued to write on 3D printing for the Bodastone blog too. Bonus Stage has returned to NerdSpan after a 3 month break so be sure to check it out.

Meanwhile my (not so) new site Animation For Adults has been continuing to grow and there's plenty of stuff for you to read there if you haven't been keeping up. Next month will see the site's first anniversary, and I'm pretty pleased with how it's been going so far. See you soon!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

August Update: MyM #29, Two Clones #1 and a New Blogging Gig.

This month saw the release of issue number 29 of MyM, which features more contributions from me. This time around I've got two reviews- One Piece and Dragonball. Not only that but I've got a feature on the A-Z of the Dragonball franchise. That article was written months back, but promptly got bumped and I've been waiting for it to get in ever since. So I'm pretty pleased to finally be able to share it.

I've also contributed a short piece to an exciting new digital magazine named Two Clones. It features a lot of really interesting geek-focused stuff from some really talented writers, some of whom I've had the pleasure of knowing for a while. My piece is on the Hayao Miyazaki film Castle of Cagliostro.

I've also got a new blogging gig! I'm writing about the 3D printing and 3D Scanning industry, which is pretty new for me. It's an exciting challenge, and outside my usual area so I've been enjoying it so far. You can check out my stuff at Bodastone.

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Friday, 11 July 2014

MyM issue 28 Out now!

After last month's disappointing no-show, I'm pleased to report I'm back in the current issue of MyM (number 28) which you'll find in all good newsagents,(and probably some crap ones) as well at the App Store. My reviews are for Naruto Shippuden and Dragon Ball volume 2, so look out for it! Last month most of my online efforts were spent on continuing to write for my new blog AFA- so make sure you check it out, if you're an animation fan. Over on KSM I covered the E3 Games Show with the biggest reveals from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. I also produced another couple of editions of Bonus Stage. More stuff coming soon, so make sure you follow me on your social media network of choice to stay in the loop! Twitter FB G+