Father to us all
Baker is known, affectionately, in the voiceover industry
as an 'ad slag'. The former Doctor Who star is known for
doing anything for anyone if you've got the spondoolicks.
Which, for his rich, velvet and furthermore trustworthy
tone, people are happy to cough up. Any Doctor Who stalker worth his salt should consider camping
out at Charing Cross Road station in London - most days
Baker will walk up to the Soho studios from there.
during one run of voiceovers, Tom is asked to read a script
for an agricultural fair radio ad. Happily trousering the
cash, Tom takes to the mike, script in hand and starts bellowing
got everything from harvesters to hedging, tractors to tarpaulin,
that Tom, decides to pronounce tarpaulin as, well, 'tarplin'.
All emphasis on the 'tar' and not the
'paul'. This is swiftly brought to Tom's attention,
who then dictates that this is how the word tarpaulin is
pronounced, no he won't change it, no he doesn't care how
much they're paying him, he's not going to murder the Queen's
English for some grubby little farmyard advert. No he won't
say it just in case. No he won't say it for level. No.
the last time, it's fucking 'tarplin', I am only saying
fucking 'tarplin', I am not going to say fucking 'tar-*paul*-in'". In front
of a microphone. Cut, paste, job done, everyone can
Tom Baker advertising experiences nest week.
is a new comic from Paul Lee and Adam Huntley, published
been a lot of fuss from IDW over the last few months. This
small publisher has caught a fair few people on the hop
it seems. Originally known (if known be the right word)
for putting out Ashley Wood's very occasional Popbot, they've
recently diversified into publishing a bunch of diverse,
high profile books that retailers are rapidly clambering
to reorder - if they ordered them in the first place that
Niles' 30 Days And Nights has had the highest profile, after
a Hollywood deal was announced just after issue 1 shipped,
leading to a mad frenzy for more issues and a hurried second
printing. Recently they've announced a comic based on the
CSI TV series. That surprised a lot of people.
more Niles/Wood projects coming out such as Savage Membrane
and Guns, Drugs And Monsters, this
ex-Spawn team are rapidly building a brand of comics that's
still fairly under much of the industry's rader. When it
hits, it's going to hit big. Following the AiT/Planet Lar
model, they're also collecting Image series that Image refused
to collect,. Such
as the Wyonna Earp miniseries by Beau Smith, Joyce Chin
and Pat Lee. Familiar names there...
now we come to Lurid. With no familiar names at all, at
least there's a blurred image of the back of a fairly naked
girl to attract attention. And Lurid it is, this is not
a new story or concept being explored here, it's a stripper
story, filled with landlord who wants sex for the rent,
bitchy co-workers, a manager who just doesn't understand
and mundane bickering between the cast. The storytelling
is pedestrian, the art a kind of sub-David Lapham mix with
some interesting use of music effects as background decoration.
there's also a fantastic bait and switch with a Japanese
businessman and a naļve Japanese newcomer that kicks off
a subplot that drives the main plot rather than running
alongside it, some offbeat and unusual relationships and
a genuine sense of place. In some places you can even smell
the semen dribbling down these guys
trouser legs. Or maybe that was just my copy - I wonder
what the guys at Gosh Comics (Great Russell Street, London)
were doing with it before I slapped down my cash?
Lurid is a pretty fine comic that overcomes its own limitations
and delivers some remarkable moments. This is a small comic
hiding inside a small publishers
line hiding inside Previews. Somewhere.
Hardly anyone will have picked up on this comic, and that's
a shame because it does a lot of new things here, well,
and the industry should be looking.
there's even some breasts scattered throughout. Some of
them are even pert.
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