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Wales Comiccon 2019

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Wales Comiccon first launched in 2008 and has remained one of the main places I go to to meet what I class as 80s legends. It has grown from strength to strength over the years and is now celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Comiccons, they are a complex thing to try to explain – They are an event where people can dress up like their favourite fictional characters, but where you can also meet real people who have been on TV and in films. There are usually stalls where you can buy replica geeky things, but also it is a place to meet like-minded friends. It is a mishmash of everything that I like.

The main reason I go to Comiccons is to meet people who were part of my childhood. People who were in the TV programmes I watched, and who were in 80s films. The talented actors who played characters

Previous guests at Wales Comiccon have included:

Dave Prowse – Darth Vader himself, Dave Prowse, has attended Wales Comiccon a couple of times over the last 10 years. I bought a copy of his autobiography from Dave himself, which he was happy to sign and which I was elated he signed.

John Challis – Boycie from Only Fools and Horses. John has been at a few Wales Comiccons and is always happy to sign copies of his book, which he sells there ridiculously cheaply. I hope he didn’t get his stock from Del Boy!

Kiran Shah – Kiran was in The Dark Crystal. He played the Jen, the Gelfling, in all the shots where you see the full sized non-puppetry Jen.

Frank Bruno – Frank was an 80s boxing legend. Frank appeared at Wales Comiccon in April 2018 and was one of the most friendly people I’ve ever chatted to.

George Wendt – George played Norm from Cheers. I mean, how can you NOT want to talk to Norm from Cheers?!?

Justin Lee Collins – Justin is maybe the biggest fan of the 80s I’ve ever chatted to. I interviewed him for 80sNos a few years ago and met him in person a few months after at Wales Comiccon. He presented a series on TV called “Bring Back…” on which he reunited the stars of The A Team, the children from Grange Hill and members of Fame.

Anthony Head – Anthony was a big name in the 90s, playing Gyles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but he also featured in a few 80s shows too. Howards Way, Lady Chatterleys Lover, The Comic Strip Presents, but he also starred in the 80s TV adverts for Gold Blend. Mmmmm, coffee…..

Lou Ferrigno – The original 1970s HULK was at Wales Comiccon last year! This was a dream come true for a 70s and 80s TV fan like me. Luckily I didn’t anger him too much, he didn’t start breaking walls down and the other visitors remained safe.

They say “Never meet your heroes” as if something will put you off them but in my experience , if you are a fan of 80s TV, meeting them is always a brilliant experience and Comiccons are the best places to do it.

Wales Comiccon is on 27th and 28th April at Glyndwr University, Wrexham, North Wales.

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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 123: Gymkata

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For the latest episode of the Forgotten Filmcast, Ricky Morgan from the Hail Ming Power Hour stops by to discuss one of the most unusual martial arts films of the 80’s.  From the director of Enter the Dragon, it’s Gymkata.

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Show Notes:
Hail Ming Power Hour
Ricky on Twitter

Movies Discussed:
Gymkata
Ninja III: The Domination
Q

Music:
“Protofunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Mysterious Cities Of Gold

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It is the 16th century. From all over Europe great ships sale west to conquer the new world, the Americas. These men eager to seek their fortune, to find new adventures in new lands. They long to cross uncharted seas and discover unknown countries. To find secret gold on a mountain trail high in the Andes. They dream of following the path of the setting sun that leads to Elderado, and the Mysterious Cities Of Gold.

That my dear visitor was the introduction to probably one of the best programmes in the 80s – The Mysterious Cities Of Gold! (or MCoG as it’s known to many a fan).

If you’ve never heard of it then you must have been in a coma throughout the decade because running for 39 episodes it was on the box an awful lot.

The story follows the adventures of three children. Esteban, who is know as the child of the sun. Rumour has it that he has the ability to command the sun. Zia is a young Inca girl. They both have a strange medallion, which we find later are actually keys to unlock the doors to the Cities of Gold. And then there’s Tao, a descendant of the people of Heva, who until he meets with the other two children lived on a small island by himself.

They mission is to find the Cities Of Gold. Not for fame and fortune mind you, just for the adventure and the hope that Zia and Estaban can find their fathers. In tow are various greedy Spaniards, one of which is Mendoza who although his ultimate goal is to find gold, looks after the children and does his best to keep them out of trouble. Tagging along are Sancho and Pedro who between them have the IQ of a small Chipmunk and only have one thing on their minds – Gold.


You’ve also got the traditional bad guys as well, who although like Mendoza, Sancho and Pedro have an ultimate goal of grabbing the gold, they do not have a soul and will do anything necessary to stop others from finding it.

It’s an absolutely fantastic cartoon series. Perfectly drawn with some quite stunning scenery and incidental music. The storyline just keeps you begging for more. I really can’t do it justice. There are people who know what I’m talking about, and if you’ve never seen it, I suggest you do. Although it was never released on video, there’s lot of people out there who I’m sure if you ask them nicely can provide copies for a price. Unfortunately mine probably won’t survive another copy, so don’t ask.

As a wise man once said, “don’t try and do something that has already been done well”. So, I’m not. This section will hopefully bring back some great memories, but for something a lot more in-depth visit the dedicated sites out there. Some are listed on the links page.

MCoG rocks! It spits in the faces of other cartoons. In short, it rules! And I’m off now to watch the whole series again (for the 5th time now since I received the videos).

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Youtube Clips



Characters.




Esteban – The child of the sun.


Zia – An Inca girl


Tao – A descendant of the people of Heva.


Mendoza – Navigator and general babysitter (to Sancho and Pedro, not the children!)


Sancho


Pedro


Gomez


Gaspard

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Things to Buy


Amazon.co.uk Widgets

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Speak and Spell

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What an amazing piece of 80s electronic gadgetry this was! A bright orange TALKING computer game, with loads of buttons and LOADS of spelling games! I loved my Speak and Spell!

It was created by Texas Instruments and was probably the most popular toy of 1978.

It practically ate batteries, using 4 at a time, but was the most durable thing I ever owned. I had managed to spill cordial over it, it had been dropped down the stairs, been sat on, but even after all the accidental punishment it had been through it still worked a treat.

The only complaint, (well, ok, not complaint as such, more frustration with it,) was that the technology wasn’t yet at a point where they could make synthesised speech 100% accurate. As as example, it couldn’t always pronounce the letter B in words.

You would play the spelling game, and the Speak and Spell would say, in its electronic voice, “Spell ‘Riven’”

Riven? What was a riven? Did it mean Raven? So you would type in R,A,V,E,N and hit Enter.

“Incorrect. Spell Riven.” it would repeat.

What on earth was a riven? Was Riven a real word? So you typed in R,I,V,E,N.

The Speak and Spell would reply, “That is incorrect. The correct spelling of ‘Riven’ is R,I,B,B,O,N; ‘Riven’”

AAAAAH, RIBBON, not RIVEN. HANG ON, I’VE LOST A POINT FOR THAT! WHY SHOULD I BE PENALISED FOR YOUR LACK OF BEING ABLE TO PRONOUNCE THINGS CORRECTLY. TAKE THAT YOU STUPID ORANGE BOX! *smack*

Although I no longer have my Speak and Spell, (I do still have my Speak and Maths,) and although it didn’t correctly pronounce all of the words, I do still think of it as one of my favourite toys ever.

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The Trap Door

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Somewhere in the dark and nasty regions where nobody goes, stands an ancient castle. Deep within this dank and uninviting place lives Berk, overworked servant of the thing upstairs. But that’s nothing compared to the horrors that lurk beneath The Trapdoor. For there is always something down there, in the dark, waiting to come out.


Don’t you open that Trapdoor. You’re a fool if you dare! The theme music to this classic was as good as the programme itself. It was an animation masterpiece that followed the adventures of Berk, Boni a moaning skull, and Drutt a small strange little whizzy thing. The day to day routine of Berk looking after his master, more commonly known as “him upstairs” was constantly interrupted as things emerged from the Trapdoor to make their lives a little more difficult.

The voices were provided by the very talented Willie Rushton, which with every episode gave us a very entertaining, but surreal couple of minutes as Berk rushed around yelling “oh globbits”, and threatening to bonk (in the wack over the head sense, remember this was a kids programme) anything that attempted to pop it’s head (or whatever it had as a substitute) out of the Trapdoor.

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Youtube Intro.



Characters.




Berk


Boni


Drutt

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Things to Buy.


Amazon.co.uk Widgets

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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 122: The Silent Partner

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After a bit of an unplanned hiatus, the Forgotten Filmcast is back! This time, Todd is joined by Howard Casner from Rantings and Ravings to look at a 1978 thriller featuring a bank robbing Santa Claus. Elliott Gould and Christopher Plummer star in The Silent Partner.

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Show Notes:
Rantings and Ravings
Howard on Twitter

Movies Discussed:
The Silent Partner
Paddleton
Ice Castles

Music:
“Protofunk” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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