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Recommended Read August


This months recommended read is a little different than the usual choices that have graced the website since this feature began over two years ago. This slot has been a chance to show you a graphic novel that you may have missed out on, or even a chance to revisit an old familiar favourite, either way this month I wanted to share a book that is more than a collection of stunning images it’s a life story if you will. This month I give you…..

My Prized Possession

The Art of Jock
This is a large hardcover coffee table book although you don’t need a coffee table to own it, it’s written by author Will Dennis and covers the work of Mark Simpson aka Jock, Jock has a very unique style to his work which shines through the examples of his artwork that the book contains. I personally have been a big fan of his art work after the amazing cover for Batman’s Black Mirror. The energy he gives to a piece of work and the brilliant use of negative space right down to the way he lays out the covers and even the pages within.
This book covers all of his works including
The Losers
Batman: The Black Mirror
Green Arrow: Year One
2000 AD
Daredevil
Wytches
Judge Dread 

Green Arrow Year One

With all that in one book what more could you possibly cram into it, I hear you ask? Well there are also loads of beautiful movie posters that Jock has created for pop culture company Mondo there are some fantastic movie posters featuring Jock’s take on movies like Shaun of the Dead, Ex Machina and so many more. 

Batman Year One

Dark Knight III Variant


This book is a must for anyone who is a fan of Jock’s work or simply someone who is a fan of the comic book and popular culture art scene, both of which are fast becoming that must have item, as they make a stunning piece to hang in your lounge or maybe home office, I have even seen his works hanging on the wall in a local restaurant.

Wytches Cover Art

Pans Labyrinth Poster

The Losers

Will Smith on Netflix 

Will Smith will be hitting the small screen in December as his latest movie is a straight to Netflix, American urban fantasy crime action thriller film directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis. In an alternate present-day where magical creatures live among us, two L.A. cops become embroiled in a prophesied turf battle. 

Bright trailer(2017)

Justice League SDCC17

Yesterday marked the grand opening of San Diego Comic-Con 2017, this included the opening of the show floor in the San Diego Convention Center. Among the many sights a stand dedicated to the new Justice League movie, which featured the costumes of Batman (Ben Affleck), Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), and Aquaman (Jason Momoa). Admittedly they are designs we’ve seen before, but it’s still a thrill to get a look at them up close and personal, we also got to see the brand new Batmobile which is starting to look like a small tank.