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OVERLOAD 1 out now!!

Overload 1 was released this weekend at Kapow. Martin Conaghan of Fallen Heroes and Burke and Hare fame has jump started his new anthology title with a messy, darkened, pulpy bang. More of a squish really as the stories featured take you to the dark side of Human experience. Ignorance, psychosis, paranoia and political satire bleed out of every panel. I had no idea what I was getting involved in. I do now.

Issue #1 of OVERLOAD features a stunning cover by Graeme Neil Reid (2000AD, Judge Dredd Megazine, The Beano) depicting the Iron Lady in all her zombified glory, attacking the good people of London – taken from the inaugural issue’s headline story ‘Primus Inter Pares’ (“First Among Equals”) – which sees the UK overcome by the dead returning from the grave and former prime ministers attempting to re-take 10 Downing Street. Written by Gordon Rennie (Judge Dredd, Doctor Who, Dept of Monsterology) and Emma Beeby with art by newcomer Eoin Coveney, it’s a ‘biting’ satire on the country’s current political decline at the hands of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat alliance.

Omen (1 of 6 stories featured in OVERLOAD 1. Written by Geoffrey D Wessell and Drawn by… well .,,, me .. Steve Penfold….

Also featured in issue #1 is ‘Comort’ written by Dave Cook and Gary Crutchely (2000AD), a short story about the things in life we turn to when the chips are down.

‘Staring Into The Eye Of A Blackbird, You Can See The Things He Likes And The Things He Doesn’t’, written by Martin Hayes with art by Graeme Howard depicts the tale of a lonely young man whose existence disturbed by dreams of a mysterious blackbird that watches his every move…

Cy Dethan (Cancertown) scripts ‘Open Source’ with art by Aaron Moran in a story about protect something precious by keeping it hidden in plain sight…

While writer Matt Gibbs and James Reekie (The Ballad of Frank Satre) deliver the haunting ‘Otherworld Sailor’ – a tale about ancient religion and a shocking visitation.

OVERLOAD is intended to be a regular black and white anthology title showcasing the work of established talent, while introducing some new creators to the comics industry.

All material is creator-owned, with Overload reserving first reprint rights and some digital publishing rights. All deals are non-exclusive. We do not accept completed stories which have not been pre-approved. We do accept unsolicited idea submissions, but not unsolicited scripts. Submissions are by invite-only. For more information, send an email to: overload@copydesk.co.uk You can view a sampler of Overload #1 here: http://issuu.com/martinconaghan/docs/overload1

Dropping Science: The Device That Keeps You Safe From Bad TV

 

In a world of 24 hour, multi channel television it can be hard to escape the sinister pull of bilge TV. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve come to my senses only to realise that I’ve watched the same piece of news footage loop round three times on a 24 hour news channel. Well, fear not because inventor Matt Richardson has the answer.

Using a collection of open source hardware and various online resources Richardson has constructed a device that mutes your TV whenever it detects pre defined phrases being uttered. Don’t want to hear about Jedward? Fine. Stress out every time a story about cats comes on the news? Sorted. The device mutes the TV for 30 seconds and then renews that timer if it heard the word repeated.

Here’s the creator himself explaining how it works.

The code is available online if you want to have a tinker for yourself and Richardson assures us that there are many other possible uses for the technology. But realistically if you can program your TV to shut up anytime it hears the words “Go Compare” do you really need anything else?

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