Saturday, 8 September 2012

Editorial: Art Fist Issue Four editorial

2008 is coming to an end, and none of my friends have won our annual ‘celebrity death sweep’ (also known as ‘body bag bingo’). This is an incredibly bizarre turn of events, as 2008 has been an amazing year on the celebrity death front: we’ve seen the passing of gun-nut Charlton Heston; alleged paedophile Arthur C. Clarke; and everyone’s favourite Scientology funkster, Isaac Hayes.

The 2008 nominees were pretty strong, but with less than a month to go until the new round of nominations are in, things aren’t looking hopeful: Patrick Moore, Fidel Castro, Amy Winehouse, Ronnie Corbett, Bruce Forsyth, Britney Spears and Norman Wisdom have all managed to evade death’s icy grip – come on reaper, pull your finger out!

Here’s how it works: you and your friends nominate two celebrities who you think, or hope, will die. The first is an open choice, I would recommend going for someone old, preferably ill, and with a track record for bad luck. Someone invincible like Keith Richards is a bad choice, so I will probably go for Senator John McCain – he’s pretty old and he’s just over exerted himself trying to win an election. The second choice is a wildcard; this must be someone under 40. Someone like Kerry Katona or Pete Doherty would be a solid bet. Then you choose what the stakes are: you could play for honour, for money - the choice is yours.

So what do we have in store for you this issue? Well, we have a comic by Tom Newell who won our front cover competition. We have a whole host of reviews, features and creative writing from contributors old and new, and we have an artists’ showcase which we will run every couple of issues.

Enjoy Christmas and welcome to Art Fist.

This was originally published in Art Fist magazine, 2008.

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