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MCM Birmingham Comic Con is back for 2018!

by Peter Ray Allisonon 08/02/2018
Opening the convention season of 2018, MCM Birmingham Comic Con will bring an action-packed weekend of pop culture to the NEC, when it returns to the West Midlands on 17-18 March. Featuring everything from comics, movies, games and sci-fi to cosplay, anime and steampunk. Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy) has […]

SFW in the City II: Sci-Fi Fantasy Warriors!

by Peter Ray Allisonon 07/02/2018
Following the rip-roaring launch of Sci-Fi in the City last year (reviewed here), its second coming will arrive at Sheffield’s O2 Academy on the first weekend of October 2018 (Earth Time), with a special pre-party on Friday 5th. This year it is reborn as SFW in the City II: Sci-Fi Fantasy Warriors! The headlining guests […]

Po-Zu launch Star Wars inspired footwear

by Peter Ray Allisonon 24/11/2017
Finding geek-wear for the ethically-minded has always been tricky at best.  Often, geek clothing was manufactured to meet the exacting demands of fans , with little to no thought as to the environmental sustainability, use of animal products or fair deals for workers in the supply chain. Until now… Ethical clothing company Po-Zu have been […]

MCM Birmingham Comic Con – November 2017: Is that a chicken?

by Peter Ray Allisonon 24/11/2017
Wandering into MCM Birmingham Comic Con for the first time, you may be excused for being awestruck for a moment.  The entrance is a visual assault on the senses, with banners hanging from the ceiling, videos playing non-stop on the monitors and hordes of costumers of surrounding you. From traders and authors, to cars and […]

Cosplay from SFW in the City

by Peter Ray Allisonon 16/10/2017
One of the highlights of Sci Fi Weekender in the City was the diverse costumes worn by the talented cosplayers there.  The sheer breadth of cosplay ranged from faithful recreations of those worn on screen to imaginative re-envisioning of iconic characters. Here, in no particular order, is just a fraction of some of the fantastic […]

Sci-Fi Weekender in the City 2017

by Peter Ray Allisonon 12/10/2017
Sci-Fi Weekender (SFW), the largest science-fiction festival in Europe and only event of its kind in the UK, launched its new satellite event last weeked in Sheffield. Peter Ray Allison investigates.

Six games to watch out for from EGX2017

by Peter Ray Allisonon 25/09/2017
Games like Total War: Warhammer 2 and Assassin’s Creed: Origins naturally dominated this year’s EGX, which has always been about promoting new games.  Whilst I am keen to play Far Cry 5, if only for the story, much of the true innovation this year lies within the indie and left-field collections. As such, here are […]

SmartHalo – Making cycling smarter

by Peter Ray Allisonon 21/09/2017
Ride a bicycle? Sick of only petrolheads having fancy satnavs and touchscreen displays? Then, the SmartHalo might be of interest… The SmartHalo is a smart device that claims it can be fitted to any bicycle.  This, potentially, allows any bike to be turned into a smart bike, without having to pay hundreds of pounds. Once […]

Jaffa, kree! Stargate’s Christopher Judge to appear at SFW

by Peter Ray Allisonon 06/09/2017
The latest announcement, in the already star-studded line-up for Sci Fi Weekender next year, will be Stargate SG-1's Christopher Judge.

Dana Fredsti interview

by Peter Ray Allisonon 20/08/2017
To say Dana Fredsti is unconventional is an understatement. Before becoming an author, Dana was an actress and theatrical swordswoman. Dana’s most famous cinematic credits include Army of Darkness, where she was the armourer’s assistant and appeared as a sword-wielding deadite. Since leaving the world of acting behind her, Dana started a career as an […]