Archive | July, 2012

Manchester’s first ‘Lomo Wall’, a very public love of analogue photography.

17 Jul

Take one grey wall in a grey city (not a disparaging view of Manchester, I’m referring more to the current weather), and allow the residents to rescue the summer through the colour of analogue photography! Well, something like that anyway. In a first for the city, the slow rise in real film photography interest reaches something of a public peak with the unveiling of Manchester’s first ‘Lomo Wall’. The Lomography company have been spreading the word about analogue photography for some time now, and have a recently opened store on Oldham Street. They have even re-launched the classic ‘60s Camera, the Diana, with extra features. Well worth a purchase if you wish to take advantage of the camera’s distinct creative colourful possibilities.

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Re-entering ‘The House of Daemon’- a cult British comic classic.

16 Jul

Readers in the UK will need no encouragement in discussing the weather. As a recognised national pastime, discussion of the elements has currently been given an extra source of vitriol (always the spice in any on-going argument) by the sheer grey gruesomeness of this island nation’s cloud cover. Summer isn’t sunny; alright, so we’re not the Costa Del Sol, but July 2012 has been especially grim. Despite the attempts at some distracting nationalistic colour in the shape of the Queen’s Jubilee and Wimbledon’s first British finalist in over seventy years, I’m thinking that most Brits are feeling literally under the weather.

So, as this is the perfect weather for sitting in and having a good read, and in the mind set of monochrome, let’s unearth this gothic jewel from many a thirty something boy’s past…from a time when comics played a big part in kids’ lives, and we were entertained by far more subversive and creative fare than arguably those on offer to a current generation…..I give you “The House of Daemon”, from the early 1980s incarnation of Eagle comic, scripted by John Wagner and Alan Grant (of 2000 AD fame), and beautifully illustrated by Spanish artist Jose Oritz.

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