Kick-Ass 2 Prelude: Hit-Girl
Kick-Ass 2 Prelude: Hit-Girl, Mark Millar & John Romita Jr, Titan Books, £16.99. The Kick-Ass series has always sounded good in theory - kids in thrall to the Spiderman and B...
Nick Cardy: The Artist At War
Nick Cardy & Renée Witterstaetter, Titan Books, £19.99. Nick Cardy is best known for his comic book work, joining DC comics in the 50s and working as an artist on titles such ...
Kate Fox, Smokestack Books, £7.95. Smokestack Books are a Middlesbrough based publisher who seek to promote poets who don’t reside in ivory towers; poets who like to get out a...
Halcyon & Tenderfoot #4
Daniel Clifford & Lee Robinson, Art Heroes, £3. Art Heroes are a local enterprise who hold comicbook workshops aimed at getting young people interested in the creative side of...
Richard Ford: Canada
Richard Ford, Bloomsbury, £18.99. Ford’s latest novel kicks off with one of the most arresting openings of recent times: “First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents commit...
Book of the Month: Ellerbisms (April 13)
Ellerbisms Marc Ellerby, Great Beast Comics, £12.99. Marc Ellerby is a UK comic book artist who began putting ‘Ellerbisms’ online in 2007, comic strips that, each day, outlin...
The filth and the fury (and the coffee table book)
Punk, as the badges in the window of the Kard Bar still insist on telling us, is not dead, and, in fact, is having a bit of a moment what with an exhibition of punk fashion cu...
Book of the Month: Dial M For Murdoch (March 13)
Tom Watson & Martin Hickman, Penguin, £8.99. Thank the lord for the dogged journalists, and MPs like Labour’s Tom Watson, for helping unravel one of the biggest outrages in r...
David Mulholland: Painter
Peter McCarthy, The Mulholland Foundation, £15. I’d not previously come across the work of David Mulholland (1946-2005) but that’s my loss as he was an artist of rare quality...
The Decadent Sportsman
Medlar Lucan & Durian Gray, Dedalus, £9.99 Lucan and Gray are two coves who have given their lives over to the pursuit of decadence, a fact reinforced by their previous tomes...
The Complete David Bowie
Nicholas Pegg, Titan Books, 19.99 Why is David Bowie continually referred to as the ‘Chameleon of Pop’? Aren’t chameleons chiefly known for their ability to blend into the ba...
Songs That Saved Your Life: The Art of The Smiths 1982-87
Simon Goddard, Titan Books, £9.99 Are the songs of The Smiths worthy of the same amount of forensic analysis
A matter of loaf and death
Perched imperiously on the banks of the Tyne, Spillers Mill once supplied one in every ten loaves of bread eaten in the UK.