Comics Just Got Cooler

I like comics. I like Neil Gaiman. I loveee Tori Amos.

I don’t live in London, which is why I don’t own a ticket to the sold out ‘Comic Connections’ event at the British Library this May, which brings those three favourite things together. Ergo: I’m going to cry over my copy of ‘The Sandman’ now.

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The Friday night session, which precedes ‘Late at the Library: Comics and Music’ (set to feature an appearance by Gaiman’s wifey Amanda Palmer), will team up fantasy writer Gaiman to converse with the Cornflake Girl to talk all things comic book, as there’s is a friendship based on a mutual admiration for each other’s work which has culminated in Gaiman writing flame-haired graphic novel characters and teaming up with Amos on her ‘Comic Book Tattoo’ anthology.

Sounds like a geek dream. Someone send me an inked and panelled postcard??

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Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back Live

Kevin Smith fans, rejoice! Kevin Smith fans who worship the director’s cult heroes Jay and Silent Bob, rejoice further – for the ‘Clerks’ helmer is bringing his two most enduring characters to the UK.

Join Smith and Jay aka Jason Mewes on one of five dates in the UK, which will see the duo front a screening of their new animated movie ‘Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie’ then host an onstage Q&A and a live recording of fan favourite podcast, Hollywood Babble-On.

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The dates – in Birmingham, London, Bristol, Manchester and Dublin – promise to deliver a riotous evening of laughs for those in attendance, whether hardcore Smith fans or budding independent filmmakers looking to make their own ‘Clerks’-like start in the movie business.

The newly announced dates follow Smith’s tour of UK cinemas in support of ‘Red State’ back in 2011, and are sure to be memorable – so don’t delay, snap up your ticket when they go on sale tomorrow. More info here.

Who Are You Reading?

Now the Oscars are over, the question on all the cool people’s lips should turn from ‘WHO are you wearing?’ to ‘Who are you READING?!’

It’s World Book Day, yo!!!

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What literary masterpiece or fictional fling will you be curling up with tonight?

Remember, if you fancy a new read, then get entering this month’s bookworm-friendly competition to WIN Mur Lafferty’s ‘Shambling Guide’ series. Go go go!

14 for 2014: Con-apalooza and Pyramid Stage Fire

I’m not even halfway when it comes to my selection of the top things to look out for in 2014 – lotsa treats to come, including the two below. Get yer diaries out!

You may have already planned your con schedule for 2014 but the rising profile of geek-friendly conventions in the UK means that there’s more choice than ever! Whether you’re itching to go full cosplay wielding a lightsaber or are just curious to dip your toes in the growing pool of genre get-togethers, there’s an event for you. From show-specific shindigs to all-encompassing geek-outs, you’ll find the one: for me, it’s Birmingham Comic-Con and Memorabilia – and I may just join fellow worshippers at Hallowhedon this year! Have fun, ya big nerds.

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Unless you’re lucky enough to get a Golden Ticket in spring’s resale, you won’t be going to Glastonbury this year if you didn’t snap up a ticket last year. However, thanks to comprehensive coverage, you can experience Worthy Farm’s wonders without worrying about your next trip to the loo. With the likes of Prince and Madonna in the frame (I’m jumping the fence if this happens), it’s set to continue holding the crown as the UK’s/world’s best festival.

So far, Arcade Fire are signed up to head the Pyramid Stage. Make sure you book your summer hol either side of the big weekend so you can chill out with some frosty beers in the comfort of your living room – won’t this sound great on the Pyramid/your TV??