It's nearly Christmas again and the shops are full of festive merchandise and cheer. Well they are round my patch... You may recall the LP "A Very Survivors Christmas" from a few years back based on the Terry Nation series of the 70s. (Not that remake thing with Julie Graham). Well here's more from that particular selection box..
After a particularly heavy week, I felt the need to do something a bit more serious so I did something I'd been meaning to do for some time. That was to clean up and re-do the DVD box art I'd created for myself many years ago for the Quatermass Trilogy. I (like so many others) don't particularly like the artwork that the BBC used on the original release. It looked more Evil Dead then classic BBC drama!
I had based the design on the classic Penguin Books style and it seemed to work. Folks on Twitter have always shown their appreciation on the look. But it was one of the first mock covers I'd attempted in Photoshop and I certainly no longer had the original layered file on any of my current drives.
So this new version has been created from scratch and includes a back cover more in tune with BBC DVD releases. It even includes the actual bar code from the commerical version!
I've also done ones for A For Andromeda and a speculative (but vintage) one for the first season of Doctor Who.
Viewmaster. The amazing gadget that allows you to see 3D pictures of everything from Thunderbirds to Tom & Jerry to the Grand Canyon to something called Dr WHO. Here's a selection from the 70s and early 80s that money can't buy.
When the early 70s comic weekly Countdown dropped its science fiction remit and became TV Action, it broadened its comic strips to include other TV show genres.
In particular, shows that the young me (at the time) didn't bother about like Hawaii Five-0, Cannon and Alias Smith & Jones. There were plenty of other shows that DID interest me but alas they failed to materialise in the comic's pages.
Until now... with apologies to purists who may argue about broadcast dates and the years the comic was originally published.
(Admittedly, this was all an excuse to do a cover for The Invaders following my rediscovery of it on The Horror Channel...)
You've probably heard by now of the official 2018 Doctor Who calendar. You may even have bought it from one of those calendar stores that frequent shopping centres this time of the year. You will definitely have noticed one or two little 'errors' that have made it past the licencing department at the BBC. Notably the third Doctor quote, in which a demand for obedience is attributed to the heroic Time Lord when it was actually said by his arch nemesis, the Master. There's also a modern 2015 Zygon on the fourth Doctor page. This is unacceptable. I thought I could do better. Though it seems that producing an error-free officially licenced calendar is more difficult than it appears...