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If democracy, or at the very least the illusion of democracy, is to be maintained in print then letters columns must be an integral part of the formula. Whether magazine, newspaper or comic, there is no substitute for reader input.

Not only does it inform the editor, who can't possibly be right all of the time, but the publishing.of such reminds other readers that they are not alone in their passions. Unlike Facebook's Wall comments which treat banal as a high benchmark, readers' letters in print are rarely innocuous, invariably outspoken, occasionally outrageous, They can inspire, inform, confirm, reassure or sometimes spark off a healthy debate which will run for issues.

But the biggest difference between printed letters and internet postings is that those on the page are edited. They are edited for fit, for content, for potential libel, but above all for interest.

Of all places, this section was born on Facebook, when torrents of feedback came in following a posting about Famous Monsters being relaunched. It's now moved over here...


General Discussion: Your Views

Friday, August 6th, 2010
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Wow, that header sounds formal considering my prior letters columns titles have ranged from Battlefield and Letterbox to Post Mortem and Dispatches.

Feel free to use this section to post any general comments about the site and its content. When appropriate I will of course answer any specific questions, but don’t go taking advantage of me, you hear? I blocked this off for a few months as we were getting inundated with spam.

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Spamalot

Monday, July 26th, 2010
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It’s so frustrating, the number of blatant spam messages that have to be sifted through and deleted each day. But then, somewhere in the middle of them there will be one little nugget which deserves approval. Here are the nuggets to date…

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Hammer’s House of Dezzer

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
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Bloomin’ ‘eck, suddenly I’m having a busy time of it. Now I’m being whisked off to Manchester again to do an afternoon talk/Q&A on Hammer Films and my own contribution, House of Hammer, with quizzing inquisitor Adrian Salmon.

Unlike last year’s sell-out Audience with Dame Dezna, it’s going to be a freebie. So if you’re in central M’nchestaaah Saturday July 17, it’s a 3.00pm kick-off and you’ve no excuse not to turn up. Especially as it’s being held in a pub, the good old Lass O’Gowrie, 36 Charles Street, M1

The festivities continue into the evening as I’ve been asked to switch heads and become DJ Dez for the duration (mad fools!).

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Dundee Literary Festival 2010

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
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Was flown north of the border (26-27 June) as a guest speaker at Dundee University’s Literary Festival. And there was me thinking Scotland had its fair share of literary types without spending money on we(e) Sassenachs.

Scary thing is nobody told me what I was meant to be talking about! But I think I managed to hoof it.

Guest group shot Dundee University

L-R, back row: Dez Skinn, Pat Mills, Alan Davis, Rian Hughes. Front row: DC Thomson’s Bill Graham, Dundee University’s Christopher Murray and Nana Li.

Here’s a link for anybody in the area with time to kill :/ Dundee Literary Festival

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Vworp 3: Doctor Who pubcon

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
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Fer me sins, I’ve got caught up in another Doctor Who event…

In Manchester at the Lass O’Gowrie pub (sensible venue!) on Sunday July 18 alongside actress & good buddy Sophie (Ace) Alred, director Graeme Harper, writers Terrance Dicks, Robert Shearman & Andrew Cartmel and artists Chris Achilleos and good egg Adrian Salmon. Hope to see some of you there.Dr Who pubcon

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Horror Mags

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
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One for horror film geeks: Famous Monsters of Filmland is being relaunched (yet again!) this summer as a quarterly. America’s first horror film title, the Jim Warren published & Forry Ackerman edited mag was a strong influence on many leading film directors of today (and a few magazine editors!). Comics publisher IDW is handling the relaunch, but what a messy cover! The Rich Corben visual’s a joke, the topline & the IDW box don’t fit the space… Maybe they should stick to comics! Dynacomm’s 1990s relaunch (pic 6) did it so much better. Hopefully so will my toe-in-the-water HoH limited edition collection thingie (pic 8) when I eventually get around to doing it.

Horror Montage

When I first posted the above visual on Facebook, it led to a rush of comments…

Dave King: Totally agreed on the FM cover. I thought it was a joke when I first saw it. Not laughing now, mind… A relaunch for HoH!? How fab! When’s it hitting?

David Flint: An HoH relaunch? Interesting…

Nick Setchfield: At least they’ve kept the logo, but what an insane cover choice, especially as an old school painting of a Predator would have looked terrific.

Stephen Hooker: Relaunch HoH!!!! And I’ll beat path to your door!

Alan John Dempsey: An HoH relaunch would be fantastic, Dez. Count me in!

Adam Blavatsky: Me too, Dez- ah, those were the days……..:-)

Adrian Salmon: Get that HoH launched Dez ! People are gagging here…

Cavan Scott: I’d buy a new issue of HoH. Hell, I’d buy two!

Alan Woollcombe: Dunno when your HoH is set to relaunch but how about a piece on soon-to-be-flattened Bray Studios (http://www.maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk/news/article-15841-film-studios-hit-by-recession-could-become-homes/)?

Gerry Turnbull: Dez, are you really relaunching HoH? I still have all my originals in the mail away binders!

Dave Reeder (who edited the 1980s relaunch): Halls of Horror? Seems to me I remember that…

Andrew Ralton: Loved HoH. As a horror magazine with top graphical artists it’s never been bettered, IMHO.

John Gibben: Hey Dez, i note you changed the colour from that horrible yellow to black on issue 1 on this cover, good call imo ;- ) Looking forward to the relaunch should it happen.

Des Glass: Can’t wait for the new HoH Dez, do you have a possible launch date for it? Always thought that a complete Van Helsing’s Terror Tales trade paperback would be brilliant, any chance?

John Gibben: Well, if and when on both HoH and VH trade paperback I’m in for buying ‘em, Dez ;- )

Nick Neocleous: Sounds like a great trade paperback Dez, all those great strips by Bolton, Neary, Lewis etc. Would have loved to have seen a new painted cover though.

To which I replied: Wouldn’t we all, Nick. Brian Lewis is sadly missed and a tough act to follow…

Stephen Hooker: Brian Lewis was the first comic pro, for me, anyway, who seemed human and happy to be at cons rather than looking like he’d like to be somewhere else.

John Gibben: Brian Lewis was indeed a class act.

To which I replied: He was a definite one-off. The stories I could tell (some more adult than others)…

At which point it digressed somewhat, culminating in me saying I really should move the discussion elsewhere, and here it is! (Posting of new comments for this section temporarily disabled.)

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