Welcome to EXCLAMATION: MARK!

There is only one Mark Searby – man in the know, man’s man, man about town… he’s someone who knows what he likes, knows that he’s right about the things he likes and isn’t too concerned about how wrong you are about what you like.

To be fair, Mark has had his fair share of experience in such matters. A long-standing contributor to some of the nations finest pop culture and media outlets, he has been a fan and critic of stuff and nonsense for quite some time. Here on his own corner of THE CONVENTION COLLECTIVE, Mark presents a curated collection of his thoughts and musings – sometimes in the form of reviews, sometimes in the form of interviews, sometimes in the form of a little kitten that plays around your feet. EXCLAMATION: MARK is going to be that kind of page. Enjoy.

THE SANDMAN, Neil Gaiman’s seminal comic book series published by DC/Vertigo from 1993, inarguably pushed comic books and their writings to new heights. Lauded as a revolutionary series upon release, it was one of the first graphic...
Originally posted on the An Englishman In San Diego blog, 22nd November 2016 "Here at AN ENGLISHMAN IN SAN DIEGO, we like to give opinionated people space to voice their opinion, especially if it’s...
THE SOPRANOS is constantly voted one of the greatest TV shows of all time - its six-season run on HBO between 1999-2007 arguably changed the face of drama television as we know it. The huge ensemble cast...
'Energy' – a word that can't really be levelled at the past twelve months of MCM London events, with recent shows demonstrating a lack of momentum and enthusiasm. However, it seems, this may be a period in...
Nobody can dispute the impact the film CLERKS had on indie filmmaking, and filmmaking in general, when it was released in 1994 (the UK had to wait until the following year). Writer/director/actor/editor/producer Kevin Smith, alongside his buddy...
Last month, I was lucky enough to be able to attend one of ReedPOP/MCM's flagship events, MCM LONDON COMIC CON, held at the immense ExCel Centre in the capital's Docklands. After October 2018’s rather lacklustre London...
The city of Nottingham continues to be voted one of the happiest places to live in the UK - it is unsurprising really when you look at one it has got to offer: great transport links, excellent...
The first time I met Kenny Keil was while wander the exhibit hall at San Diego Comic-Con, back in July 2017. He was there promoting his new activity book STAY AT HOME SCARFACE and, having just recently...
Last year, I attended the other-wise excellent and engaging MCM Comic Con, held at the enormous ExCel Centre in London, and I experienced something that caused me to stop and wonder if it was the new norm at...
Whether you were a fan of it or not, everybody knows the work of Gerry Anderson – THUNDERBIRDS, CAPTAIN SCARLET, FIREBALL XL5. These and many more are some of the most iconic TV shows ever.