Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics

I have mentioned earlier that I am on furlough this week. As such I have been catching up on some programs such as Batwoman and Stargirl. So I have been in a DC Comics state of mind. I stumbled upon this documentary that tells the tale of DC Comics and its many permutations.

Catch it here:

Visit Scarfolk

There are no words that can accurately capture the unique weirdness of this site. A blog from a fictional English suburb that is stuck in a time bubble, Scarfolk is a wondrous place to visit… but it will often scare you out of your comfort zone (in the most charming and imaginative way).

Scarfolk is a town in North West England that did not progress beyond 1979. Instead, the entire decade of the 1970s loops ad infinitum. Here in Scarfolk, pagan rituals blend seamlessly with science; hauntology is a compulsory subject at school, and everyone must be in bed by 8pm because they are perpetually running a slight fever. “Visit Scarfolk today. Our number one priority is keeping rabies at bay.” For more information please reread.

As an Anglophile, my exposure to all things English comes from snippets of TV that are just plain bizarre like Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men or Noseybonk. Put into that kind of perspective, programs like Doctor Who and Darkplace make perfect sense. But Scarfolk uses that particular English slant of oddness as a launching pad, taking the visitor on a trip to a terrifying place that is also mystifying in its attraction. Like a car wreck full of clowns, it’s heart rending but impossible to just pass by.

So stop, look and listen.

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mummy1www-scarfolk-blogspot-com SHCwww-scarfolk-blogspot-comWHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT SCARFOLK

“Scarfolk: One visit is not enough” 
– Ian Rankin
(Bestselling crime author)Instant furious spooky…LOVEScarfolk…Probably the best blog on the net”
– Caitlin Moran
(Columnist, critic, broadcaster)“It’s fantastic…”
-Reece Shearsmith
(League of Gentlemen)

“Things may never be the same again…” 
– Peter Paphides 
(Journalist & broadcaster)

“Very funny, very clever and also theyscare me a bit”
-Warren Ellis
(Comic/novel/TV writer)

“Many sinister laughs”
– Gareth Roberts
(Writer: Dr. Who)

 [Scarfolk] feels like my spiritual home”
– Anne Billson
(Guardian film critic & novelist)

“Like living in Portishead’s All Mine video for all eternity.”
– John Peake
(Editor-in-Chief. TVChoice & Total TV Guide)

“Clever and unsettling…” 
– ‘This Way Up’ show
(Radio New Zealand)


TheTimSevenField recording: “The Tim Seven” / Birds. Summer 1972
A few posts back we broached the subject of ‘The Tim Seven.’

“Seven tourists visited that summer. Oddly, they were all called Timothy, wore identical clothes and appeared to communicate with each other telepathically. Everyone in Scarfolk called them ‘The Tim Seven’.

Three days after they arrived in Scarfolk all the birds disappeared and for months after the Tims left whenever Scarfolk residents tried to use their telephones all they could hear on the other end was distant, frantic backward birdsong.”

Some of you have expressed disbelief that these events actually occurred, which has vexed the mayor. He spent all afternoon rummaging around in the archives in search of one of the reels that were recorded at the time. So, for all you naysayers, here it is. This was recorded on the 4th July, 1972 from one of the council office telephones. This is the raw recording and it has not been tampered with in any way.

A friendly reminder about The Daily P.O.P. Tumblr feed

If you are a regular reader of this blog, I appreciate your stopping by, but if you’re not checking out the Daily P.O.P. Tumblr feed by clicking on the image in the right rail under ‘Pics, quotes and videos,’ you’re missing out on lots of extra content.

There are editorial cartoons and other photos and videos.

You ARE following the DP Tumblr feed, right?

If you are a regular reader of this blog, I appreciate your stopping by, but if you’re not checking out the Daily P.O.P. Tumblr feed by clicking on the image in the right rail under ‘Pics, quotes and videos,’ you’re missing out on lots of extra content.

There are editorial cartoons and other photos and videos… along with the new Avengers trailer from Japan showing previously unseen footage.

(thanks to Kurt Belcher on FB for the tip on the Avengers trailer!)

Is the DP worthy of a Shorty Awards Nomination?

This is a special shout-out humbly asking for a shorty awards nomination. (this link has been fixed for anyone who tried to use it last night and encountered an error)

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media, recognizing the people and organizations producing real-time short form content on across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare, and the rest of the social Web.

Yes, there are better blogs out there and I read them a lot. The folks at Blogtor Who, MonsterSciFiShow,  Doctor Oho, The Aquaman Shrine, PlaidStallions, TeaWithMorbius  are all astounding and where would I be without ComicBookResources, Tardisnewsroom and many other news sources?

But I have been working at this thing since 2007, posting every day, in sickness and health, sometimes passing on news items, sometimes an interview or analysis… often a review of comic books or Doctor Who episodes… never missing a day in all that time… all for you, the reader.

So if you have been reading and you like my site, please put in a good word for me and maybe I’ll at least make a blip on the online radar screen.

I thank you and my family who survive on comics and action figures thank you.

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

London Olympic Stadium holds 80,000 people. This blog was viewed about 820,000 times in 2011. If it were competing at London Olympic Stadium, it would take about 10 sold-out events for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Bubble madness at bublaa

I have started using the social networking site bublaa.

With all the talk of a tech bubble, it’s not surprising to come across a startup that’s explicitly focused on bubbles.

Not outsized valuations, that is, but visual bubbles. Bublaa, which launches Wednesday, organizes discussion topics as graphical bubbles. Each bubble has a discussion forum and tools for sharing.

Users can create their own topics, or bubbles, and invite other users to participate. The bubble grows as the number of participants goes up.

Bubbles can be open to anyone or private. Users can also create a bubble that allows the use of aliases. That enables you to participate pseudonymously in social communities without risk to your real-life identity.

Bublaa plans to generate revenue through premium services and sponsored bubbles. Bublaa starts as a browser-only social media service. iPhone and Android applications will be available later this year. People can join Bublaa through their Facebook or Twitter accounts. The service is now available in the U.S, United Kingdom and Finland, and will be available in 75 countries in November, 2011, the founders say.


It’s a neat site and I have started a few pages there that my readers may like:

Captain America


Doctor Who Big Finish

The Avengers

The Hobbit

The Fall

The Incredible Hulk

I’ll be posting images, news and articles in these ‘bubbles’ but need more users to get things interesting.

Give it a look, chaps!