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2000AD To Be Available Weekly At US Newsstands!

Great news for our US readers in the New York area, 2000AD will now be available to a selected number of newsstand retailers weekly in and around New York, just ONE WEEK after the UK!

These are the retailers in question:

MUCKEY CORP.                    CAMBRIDGE   MA
NEWSBREAK, INC.            53 POPES ISLAND, NEW BEDFORD   MA
BJ MAGAZINES                    200 VARICK STREET, NEW YORK   NY
VILLAGE GLOBAL NEWS INC.    22 EIGHTH AVENUE, NEW YORK  NY
S & S INTERNATIONAL NEWS    405 SIXTH AVENUE, NEW YORK   NY
GEM SPA INC.            131 SECOND AVENUE, NEW YORK   NY
BORDERLESS INK CO.            66 AVENUE A, NEW YORK   NY
BROADWAY NEWS & MAGAZINE    2175 BROADWAY, NEW YORK NY
UNION SQUARE MAGAZINE SHOP              44 UNION SQUARE EA,                                                                                         NEW YORK  NY
LAFAYETTE SMOKE SHOP       63 SPRING STREET,   NEW YORK   NY
LEXINGTON NEWS         987 LEXINGTON AVEN,   NEW YORK   NY
SHAMI SMOKE & MAGAZINE   1886 BROADWAY,    NEW YORK    NY
PARSLEY SAGE INC.    73 SEVENTH AVENUE,    NEW YORK    NY
SOHO NEWS           186 PRINCE STREET,  NEW YORK NY
MAGAZINE CAFE      15 WEST 37 STREET,  NEW YORK NY
THE MAGAZINE BAZAAR      80 VARICK STREET,  NEW YORK NY
BJ NEWSSTAND INC       670 LEXINGTON AVE,  NEW YORK NY
INTERNATIONAL NEWS & TOBACCO              108 UNIVERSITY PLA,                                                                                      NEW YORK    NY
NEWSBREAK, INC.      579 GAR HIGHWAY,    SWANSEA     MA
ONE STOP              2000 PENNSYLVANIA,   WASHINGTON DC

So if you live in the New York area (and one or two places outside), please support your local newsstands and ensure you always get your weekly dose of Thrill-Power!

2000AD Characters art: Edmund Bagwell

Important news for the East Coast.

New Statesman | Esther McVey flounders as bedroom tax failure becomes clear

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After the publication of today’s BBC study showing that the bedroom tax has resulted in just 6 per cent of affected tenants moving house, while pushing 28 per cent into rent arrears, it was left to Esther McVey to defend the government this morning. While failing to achieve the behavioural change they wanted (owing to the lack of smaller properties for tenants to move to), ministers boast that the measure is saving £1m a day (housing benefit is reduced by 14 per cent for those deemed to have one “spare room” and by 25 per cent for those with two or more).

But when McVey, the Conservative employment minister, was asked on Radio 5 Live how much money the government had saved, she replied: “But it was never all about saving money…”, a line of argument entirely at odds with that deployed by her department.

McVey went on to explain that the policy was “about using the stock, the housing much better”. But the problem is that the lack of one bedroom properties means there isn’t enough housing to use “better”. In England, for instance, there are 180,000 social tenants “under-occupying” two bedroom houses but just 85,000 one bedroom properties available.

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This is serious stuff.

Here's a rundown of all the high-profile film critics who still think Black Widow is "eye candy".

According to the Guardian’s early review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it’s the first time Black Widow has got to be an “actual character” rather than a “voluptuous female mascot.” Unfortunately, chief Guardian critic Peter Bradshaw’s follow-up was a little less sure of this, with Black Widow then being described as a “leather-clad… ass-kicking ex-Soviet adventuress whose auburn hairstyle is matched by her distinctive fake tan-type maquillage and restrained ochre lipstick.”

I’m glad he told us about her makeup routine, because otherwise that description would teach us next to nothing about her character.

In the Independent, Black Widow is a “sultry femme fatale,” although the Telegraph gives her the inaccurate but far more positive rating of “the most (the first?) complex female role in the Avengers franchise to date.”

Just for kicks, I took a look at the top reviews for The Avengers, to see what America’s most acclaimed and respected cinema critics thought of Black Widow back in 2012. Bear in mind that most of these quotes are the only description of Scarlett Johansson’s performance in the entire review.

In the New Yorker, Anthony Lane wrote, “not to be left out, Black Widow repels invading aliens through the sheer force of her corsetry,” while the Wall Street Journal’s Pulitzer-winning Joe Morgenstern complained, “Black Widow spends lots of time looking puzzled or confused.” New York Times reviewer A.O. Scott referenced the 1960s British spy series The Avengers (no relation), writing, “those poor souls who cherish old daydreams of Diana Rigg in leather will have to console themselves with images of Scarlett Johansson in a black bodysuit.”

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(Source: hellotailor)

Announcing ELITE: NEMORENSIS - my new sci-fi novel.

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This year sees the launch of ELITE: DANGEROUS, a fabulously ambitious MMORPG based in, around and above the 1984 classic videogame ELITE.

In support of its launch publisher Gollancz has commissioned a trio of novellas to explore the teeming richness of the Elite Universe. 

And I did one of them. As above. 

It’s been a while since I’ve written longform prose - that’s entirely down to the saturation of my schedule - and even longer since I’ve had the privilege of indulging some shameless sci-fi delight. Nemorensis could be seen as an excuse to scratch the itch, a splurging of pent-of ideas and fun, or an unapologetically trippy look at the sorts of abstractly alien concepts which lend themselves so well to the prose form.

It could also be seen as True Romance in space, mashed-up with the omnicultural “sacrificial king” myth-trope, the concept of metaphysical organisms, tiny tiny lasers, and the problematic mechanics of fucking in zero gravity. 

It’s a very Me book.

Full details of the new game, the publishing deal, and worldwide digital/hardcopy ordering options, all RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW.

This sounds good. Hopefully there’ll be some realistic docking action.

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