Poisoned Chalice’s Half-Holiday

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Although I’m very nearly at the end of it, I’m temporarily putting Poisoned Chalice on hold. Let me explain… Soon after I seriously began writing Poisoned Chalice as an actual book, which was at some point in late 2009, I ended up with a diagnosis of Prostate Cancer. I had surgery in May 2010, and […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 16: Who Own Marvelman? Part II

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[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 – 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 – The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 – Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 – The Twilight of Eclipse, 12 – All About Angela, 13 – More Angela, More Courtrooms, and Much More Todd, 14 – Back to Marvelman, 14.1 – Updates and Clarifications on Marvelman, […]

Zenith by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell is Back!

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Once more, I’ve dragged myself away from my usual obsessive witterings about Marvelman to write about another, different, long-lost British superhero. Right now, as you’re reading this, the Internet is about to explode/has already exploded with the news that Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell’s Zenith is finally being reprinted by British publishing company Rebellion. Zenith […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 15: Who Owns Marvelman? Part I

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[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 - Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 - The Twilight of Eclipse, 12 - All About Angela, 13 - More Angela, More Courtrooms, and Much More Todd, 14 - Back to Marvelman, 14.1 - Updates and Clarifications on Marvelman] […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 14.1: Updates and Clarifications on Marvelman

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[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 - Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 - The Twilight of Eclipse, 12 - All About Angela, 13 - More Angela, More Courtrooms, and Much More Todd, 14 - Back to Marvelman] Before I get around to doing a […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 14: Back to Marvelman

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[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 - Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 - The Twilight of Eclipse, 12 - All About Angela, 13 - More Angela, More Courtrooms, and Much More Todd] In Prince of Stories, towards the end of the chapter on Neil […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 13: More Angela, More Courtrooms, and Much More Todd

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[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 - Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 - The Twilight of Eclipse, 12 - All About Angela] Despite having lost both the original Angela court case with Neil Gaiman in 2002 and then the appeal in 2004, Todd McFarlane […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 12: All About Angela

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[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 - Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 - The Twilight of Eclipse] In February 1992 Todd McFarlane, along with six others, announced the founding of Image Comics, after having failed to negotiate more favourable terms for themselves at Marvel […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 11: The Twilight of Eclipse

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Although Alan Moore had finished with Miracleman, it wasn’t the end of the character, or the comic. Knowing he was nearing the end of his story, Moore had rung up Neil Gaiman and asked him if he wanted to take over the title. Talking to Kurt Amacker of the Mania.com website in September 2009, Moore […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 10: Alan Moore at Eclipse

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[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse] The original contract between Quality Communications Ltd and Eclipse Comics called for Quality to provide enough material for twelve issues, but this ran into trouble, as Dez Skinn explained in Speakeasy #57: According to our contract, Quality has to […]

Interview Part 2: Alan Moore may be making movies with Kickstarter

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[Part 1: Alan Moore on Providence, Jerusalem, League and more...] PÓM: Jimmy’s End. The whole Jimmy’s End project, how is that coming along? AM: Well, let me see. We have the first cycle of films, the first cycle of short films, of which there are five, all told, four of those have been made. They […]

Interview: Alan Moore on Providence, Jerusalem, League and more – Part 1

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On Tuesday the 9th of April I interviewed Alan Moore. This is the fifth time I’ve interviewed him, but I still get nervous every time, so if you could hear it, my voice would be a bit more high-pitched than usual, there at the start. In the first half of the interview we talk about […]

Is Marvelman Coming At Last? And What Might We See?

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Much has been made in the past week of a statement by Marvel Comics’ editor-in-chief Axel Alonso about Marvelman. Speaking to Albert Ching on Newsarama.com on Monday the 8th of April, there was this exchange: Newsarama: Axel, not sure how much you can speak to this right now, but given the recent Angela news, fans […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 9: The Dawn of Eclipse

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[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup] Although Marvelman last appeared in Warrior #21 in August 1984, and the last issue of the magazine, #26, appeared in February 1985, this wasn’t the end of the Marvelman strip. From the beginning Dez Skinn had wanted to sell the Warrior strips further afield, with […]

Poison Chalice Interlude: 1953 – 1985 Roundup and Some Notes on Copyright

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So far, this history of Marvelman – more correctly called Poisoned Chalice: The Extremely Long and Incredibly Complex Story of Marvelman – has taken nine chapters – well, eight chapters plus an introduction – to tell the story of the events that led up to the creation of Marvelman; the story of the actual creation […]

Iain Banks is Unwell

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On the morning of Wednesday the 3rd of April a personal statement from Scottish author Iain Banks appeared on both his own website and the Orbit Books website which stunned everyone in the literary world in Britain. He has cancer, and is unlikely to live beyond another 12 months. You could feel the shockwaves from […]