Pat Mills, comics, politics and subversion – Looking back (and forwards) at Ro-Busters

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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

Why Books Matter

Why Books Matter
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I was recently given a gift of a second hand copy of Marlowe’s collected plays. It was a slight copy, dating from 1912 and a little battered around the edges, the pages a little discoloured and yellowed. And what’s more there was an old bookplate inside, plus another couple of inscriptions predating even that. Continue reading

The Catholicism of Graham Greene

Graham Greene
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It took me a long time to ‘get’ Graham Greene. I first tried to read him (Brighton Rock, I think) when I was about 15. But I was too young, or it was just the wrong time in my life.

And so, for years, I’d left myself with the impression that Greene just wasn’t for me, that I didn’t like his books, that he was not worth bothering about.

I can’t stress how wrong that is. Continue reading