Come to the Paisley Comic Con and buy comics from me

Last weekend the glamour of Edinburgh, this weekend the bright lights of Paisley and their Comic Con. Expect lots of back issues, and a very tired me having done two cons in consecutive weekends, but come along, and have fun!

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Into the Black Hole

There’s the fact we’re living in dark, anti-intellectual times where idiots like Donald Trump or Nigel Farage drag their collective arses over the face of humanity, but every now and then something wonderful comes along to remind us that actually, if humanity gets its shit together it can do astonishing things. The fact we now have actual images of a black hole in the centre of another galaxy is one of these things that should send waves of awe flowing over you because this is astonishing.

This amazing video outlines briefly just how we managed to turn the Earth into a giant telescope to view something that is 55 million light years away which is a measure of time as well as distance, so we’re taking a close-up of something 55 million years ago when humanity was but a distant possibility.

The possibilities of science really is endless but the mundane nature of humanity holds us back. These small glimpses of possibility though remind us of what we can be.

Brexitshambles

I am officially still taking time off after a busy weekend but this is too important to miss. This is the German TV report on who exactly financed the leave campaign during the EU referendum, and just how shady the entire operation was, and indeed, still is. It is essential viewing and you do have to wonder why so few parts of the UK media have touched on the same story. Still, at least the truth is starting to come out.

Click here for the English version.

Come to the Edinburgh Comic Con and buy lots of lovely comics from me

It’s that time of year again as the Edinburgh Comic Con comes running towards us to break up the misery of Brexit and the fact I’m fighting off a dreadful cold. Thankfully most of the work is done and this year Neptune Comics will be in the same place as last year but expanded with lots and lots of goodies from the Golden Age through to the Silver and Bronze Age and today.

I’m even going to fanboy over Kevin Nowlan who’s an artist I’ve loved for a long, long time. Assuming I get the chance to as I hope the show is as busy as last year so come along. They’ll be tickets on the door as the event is sold out of advance tickets and come buy comics and have fun at Scotland’s best large comic con.

When will Brexit end?

It is the last dying minutes of a universe torn apart by entropy. Most energy has been depleted. Super-intelligent species have transformed themselves into beings of pure thought to explore the multiverse leaving their home universe behind to die a peaceful, but slow death. Those great burning balls of fusion called stars blink out faster and faster as the end becomes closer and closer. Darkness and the void wrap themselves around world after world with what few inhabited ones left now populated by either devolved throwbacks or people resigned to their fate. All is ending.

Meanwhile in one corner of one of the few remaining galaxies there’s a small blue/green world. On that world the by now fully cybernetic Theresa May attempts to push her Brexit plan through the parliament of the UK and the leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn (now just a disembodied head in a flying jar) is still adamant that ”now is not the time to revoke Article 50” just as the last slivers of the last light from any sun sparks across both of their faces.

And as the universe ends you may think Brexit will have finally ended but no, the faecal remains of Nigel Farage has infected another universe where Brexit continues on and on and on and on…

How a Scottish tourist video became needlessly controversial

Visit Scotland is responsible for promoting Scotland around the world so lots of tourists visit, and of course to convince people to immigrate here.Last Friday they released this video for worldwide consumption.

A bit cheesy, but a good message for a tourist video and of course, the 29th March was supposed to be the day the UK left the EU so a message from Visit Scotland asking people to come to stay and we’re still open was in fact, a slightly more subversive act than a tourist video would normally say.

So you’d expect Brexiters and the likes to kick off complaining about it? Well, no, the self-proclaimed ‘radical’ left in Scotland decided to descend like vultures upon it. Sparked by a Tweet from Cat Boyd there followed an extraordinary display of ‘woke’ bullshit from leftish Corbyn supporting Millenials.

The ad was ‘nationalist’ because it didn’t discuss Scotland’s horrific problem with sectarianism, or the poverty endemic in parts of it, or any number of social issues. It was ‘selling a myth’ and other bits of nonsense as Scottish Twitter became probably the only part of social media in the world where the alleged ‘progressive’ part finds a pro-immigration message a problem.

Fact is releasing this on Brexit Day was a nice act of subversion, and frankly we need positive messages about immigration these days but to a small, but vocal portion of supposed ‘socialists’ that’s wrong and we instead should be sending out a more realistic version of Scotland.

To translate to what actually is going on these people complaining are all Labour supporters and with a general election being possible soon, they’ve reverted to type in supporting Corbyn’s Labour which it has to be noted, has an awful immigration policy as they’re trying to lure in all those UKIP voters swimming around.

The fact is that Lexiters have as much of a problem with immigration as their Brexiter companions so we get a dull whine rather than supporting the message. Thankfully these people aren’t especially influential but this doesn’t stop these incidents of total fuckwittery.

The end of internationalism

With Brexit now changed things forever it’s about time we started facing up to what’s been done and dealing with the consequences of pushing what is a xenophobic, isolationist concept upon a population which overall, isn’t. The problem is that we won’t know what we’ll miss until it hits us which doesn’t mean you won’t get a nice Italian wine anymore, but I’m talking people and the culture immigrants bring to us.

This Wings Over Scotland article touches upon the issue which we’re really going to have to deal with as the right in the Tories are now fiercely anti-immigrant, Labour haven’t stood up for immigration either and there’s actual fascists holding Nazi-like rallies just by the Cenotaph in London. People don’t seem to realise that the reason immigrants (and asylum seekers) come to the UK isn’t to ‘steal welfare money or houses’ but it’s because they want to come here to live, work, love and grow older in an adopted home. Theresa May called these people ‘citizens of nowhere’ which was dehumanising not to mention has meant millions of people are stuck in a legal limbo because the UK is using them as bargaining chips.

We’re entering a world where celebrating other cultures, even welcoming them, will be seen as an act that goes against the ‘will of the people’ and that we should ‘respect people’s concerns about immigration’. Nah, fuck that. Educate people about the reality of immigration and if they still have issues then they’re racists.

The time to fuck about is gone. We’re facing a fight most of us aren’t even realising we’re in but by the time we do then things will be much, much too late.