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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.

A big Comic-Con. A large-scale pop culture event. What is this you speak of? After eighteen months (and still counting) of no large scale, slowly we are starting to see the return of events. Well, the return of MCM London Comic-Con...
Leonard Maltin really needs no introduction. If you’ve ever read a film review, or listened to a film podcast or watched Entertainment Tonight then you will have probably have seen or heard Leonard Maltin. His career in film criticism...
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 novels to...
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 one that drives to the core...
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 made us...
'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 the organisation's...
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 Scott Mosier,...
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 event, I...
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 nightlife and...
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 published my...