I've always been a little bit interested in comics and graphic novels, and how could you not be growing up, as I did, in late 20th century Britain? I started on the REALLY soft stuff; the deadly dull Rupert the Bear, the exquisite but meant-to-be improving strips in the Eagle and Look and Learn. As parental direction loosened, anything published by DC Thompson (mein gott, I nearly forgot Commando !) and later the smart and subversive Mad Magazine were some time school bag companions. I dillied and dallied again later with the harder more street and amoral stylings of 'the greatest comic ever published', 2000AD, and I suppose its influence is as strong today as it was then. While apparently underground and counterculture material was relatively difficult to find at that time you could walk into your local newsagent every week and take home a genuinely savage and satirical children's comic. Zarjaz! 2000AD, with Heavy Metal/Metal Hurlant were attractive too because they were solidly European in spirit and being Not-American counted for a lot in the throes of punk rock revisionism. Anyway this is just a long-winded way of saying that I've been reading comic books again and borrowing from Mr Marc Poole's extensive collection has made catching up easier. And last Saturday, for a treat I traded some time for the 10 Sandman Collections. I'm looking forward to reading them...
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My Ceredigion and Cardigan Bay
Welcome to the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am a graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, The Repeaters. Then living in Llandewi Brefi, we had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I have trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web builder and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one.