A phrase that you hear more and more often these days is ‘guilty pleasure’. Usually it’s taken to mean some piece of art or entertainment that you should be ashamed of in some way, some cultural artefact that should be somehow beneath you. Corrie or Showgirls, perhaps. Mrs Brown’s Boys or Sex and the City. Something presumably to be consumed with a bag over your head in a darkened room – except, of course, that it never is. It’s always announced to the world as your rather arch faux Achilles Heel – the inference being that your sense of aesthetics is so terribly developed that you’re confident enough to play against it with this piece of camp low-culture, whatever it may be.Continue reading Why casting a female Doctor Who is long overdue
A RECENT purchase, if not release, was the first book in a two-volume collection of all the Ro-Busters strips which ran in Star Lord and then 2000AD back in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Ro-Busters: The Complete Nuts and Bolts Vol 1 is a handsome book in sturdy hardback and on glossy, good-stock paper which nicely does the strips justice (particularly the early Star Lord ones, which were originally printed on glossy photo-gravure paper, as opposed to 2000AD’s more basic newsprint). But it was only while reading these stories for the first time pretty much since their original publication I realised how much they had stayed with me. On reflection, this was surprisingly formative stuff.Continue reading Pat Mills, comics, politics and subversion – Looking back (and forwards) at Ro-Busters