Warren Ellis' webcomic FREAKANGELS can already be counted as among his best works; combining the futuristic elements of Transmetropolitan with a rather more elegaic story about a drowned London run by Wyndham-esque mind mutants. With beautiful artwork by Paul Duffield, we're now up to part 15 of this magnificent saga, which is available free every Friday at Freakangels.com.
A piece of footage purloined from the UK's Ministry of Secrets. This educational film was never completed - what you see here is all that there is.
From Sundog Industries - producers of the new independent film 'Schroedinger's Girl'
I will be writing something longer about this for the main site, but for now I advise you to go and download the first issue of Wasted for free. Wasted is a new comics anthology made right here in Scotland, by comics creators Alan Grant, Jamie Grant and Frank Quitely among others. It contains many strips, all in some way connected to the theme of getting out of your face. Among the best is the magnificent Black Cape, about a group of unemplyed Scottish superheroes. There are some top-quality laughs, great stories and fantastic art in issue 1, which hits the shops in June this year. Go get your special sneak peak now.
This week, Weaponizer is proud to present an interview with Laughing Gear, of seminal Edinburgh hip-hop group Eaters. For those that don't know but should, Eaters are part of the Incorporeal collective along with Penpushers. They are a four-piece band, all producers in their own right, with an astoundingly varied body of work that covers hip-hop, electro, spoken word and experimental noise.
"I never stopped watching dodgy sci-fi movies. Maybe I stopped reading comics quite as much… Although I did recently read all of The Invisibles again. I think if anything, the more you learn about the world, the more you are inspired and annoyed by things… If anything, we’ve become more socially conscious, we’ve begun to write more personal lyrics, like I’ve been doing on ‘Shouting At The Wind.’ But we’re also still coming up with daft ideas and bizarre names, and bouncing stuff off each other." - Laughing Gear
Read the full interview with Eaters now!
We're also welcoming aboard new contributor Elle Matheuse - Elle will be joining Jesus 'Holy Baltar' Christ as a regular columnist. She kicks off this week with a tale of high-school-horrible Flash Fiction (in a Xavier Toby vein):
Ships That Piss In The Night, by Elle Matheuse
We also have the terrifying second part of renegade word-monger ICAM's horror 3-parter, The Vampire Clowns Of Old Poland:
Part 2 - Performance
Hail, Weaponeers - stack those Ameros somewhere safe, y'hear?
BurstFiction.com is a site I discovered on a Whitechapel thread a few days ago. It publishes 1000-characters sci-fi and fantasy stories. You should have a look at it, there's some great stuff up there. Check out a few of these posts:
KAYLA by Cobweb
NANOSENTRY by Chaz Siu
UNDER PRESSURE by TreeBeard
More fabulousness in their archives. Enjoy.
Rumours of an Avengers movie have been flying about for a while now, but the rumours became reality yesterday when Marvel announced not one but three new movie projects for the next two years. First up, Iron Man 2 in 2010, followed two months later by Thor (my sources have Kevin McKidd tipped for the title role).
Hot on the heels of these two will be Captain America in 2011, followed by the motherlode: the Avengers movie. Oh yes. Apparently Iron Man director Jon Favreau is keen to direct, as is Zak Penn of X-Men fame.
Hints are being dropped in Marvel movie continuity already: there's an easter egg at the end of the Iron Man credits, and Robert Downey Jr. apparently makes a cameo in the forthcoming Hulk movie as Tony Stark.
Okay, the Fantastic Four movies pretty much sucked, and yes, Batman Begins was infinitely superior to X-Men 3. However, with the rave reviews garnered by Iron Man, it seems like Marvel is on the upswing with its adaptations. Look at it this way... the likely Avengers cast is a who's who of Hollywood A-list talent, and not just eye-candy:
Captain America - Unknown
Iron Man - Robert Downey Jr.
The Hulk - Edward Norton
Thor - Kevin McKidd
Nick Fury - Samuel L. Jackson
I'm sorry, call me a fanboy if you will, but that's a cool enough cast to get me drooling in anticipation for the next three years or so.
This week, Weaponizer had the privelege of interviewing DAEDELUS (Ninja Tune), in the run-up to his new LP 'Love To Make Music To'.
For those that don't know Daedelus, he's worked with MF Doom and Madlib, and makes the kind of incredibly complex, beautifully simple electronica-cum-folk-cum-samba-cum-rave music other so-called IDM producers can only dream of.
WE LOVE DAEDELUS DARLING
Plus, new full-length sci-fi and weirdass horror Short Stories from some new writers, including my bad self:
THE FRACTAL UNLEASHED by Bram E. Gieben
ARRIVAL, PART 1 by Icam
RIVER RATS by Bram E. Gieben
And new Flash Fiction from the depraved mind of new writer Murray Morrison:
WHEN I'M 128 by Murray Morrison
WORK & HELL by Murray Morrison
So... Have some of THAT!
WEAPONIZER - we murk where others neckle.