Ian Wolf
Ian Wolf

Ian Wolf

  • 37 years old
  • English
  • Writer, journalist and author

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Malcolm Hardee Awards 2023 winners

Phil Ellis, John Fleming and Julia Masli have won the 2023 Malcolm Hardee Award trophies.

British Comedy Guide, 27th August 2023

CLAMPdown review

It's worth noting (but hardly a fault) that this was written primarily for a British audience, and contains plenty of references to British places and cultural elements. By this point we're all used to references we don't necessarily get, and Wolf includes tongue-in-cheek "translation notes" in the back of the volume for them, which is a fun way to handle it. But it does mean that readers risk being brought up short by some of Wolf's language.

Rebecca Silverman, Anime News Network, 28th November 2022

Page turner: CLAMPdown by Ian Wolf

Wolf writes in a knowledgeable yet casual way. It gives the book the vibe of listening to a friend light-heartedly rant to you about one of his passions. I think this is a brilliant element of the book, as non-fiction as a genre tends to bore me, whereas CLAMPdown was a joy to read. Not to mention the jokes that he constantly makes throughout the book. I found myself smiling and laughing while reading it. There is a brilliant breakdown of the history of manga and anime in general at the beginning, so even if you don't know much about it you will get a lot out of this book.

Megan Peoples, Nerd Rambles, 13th November 2022

2022 Malcolm Hardee Awards winners revealed

The winners of The Malcolm Hardee Awards for the 2022 Edinburgh Fringe have been announced.

British Comedy Guide, 27th August 2022

Comedy.co.uk's Ian Wolf reaches Kickstarter target for comedy book about manga

Entitled CLAMPdown, covering the all-women manga group CLAMP and written during lockdown, the Kickstarter, which runs until March 31, has now turned to two stretch goals: one to produce an audio version of the book and the other to increasing the print run of the book from 100 to 200 copies.

Andrew Osmond, Anime News Network, 13th March 2022

Comedy.co.uk's Ian Wolf launches Kickstarter for comedy book about manga

British Comedy Guide's Ian Wolf, who is also a critic of Japanese manga comics, has begun a Kickstarter campaign to fund his first book. "CLAMPdown is a comedic guide to CLAMP, the most famous group of manga (Japanese comic) authors."

Andrew Osmond, Anime News Network, 8th March 2022

Lockdown spawns humorous manga CLAMPdown book by Wolf

I am posting this on April Fool's Day. But it is after midday, so all that follows is true. And today is also CLAMP Day. Next year, on 1st April 2022, it may be CLAMP Day 2... or it may not be. It is complicated. A few days ago, I got an email from Ian Wolf. Although that might not be his name. It is complicated.

John Fleming, John Fleming's Blog, 2nd April 2021

Ian Wolf writes comedic book about comic book artists

Comedy.co.uk's Ian Wolf, who also works as a manga (Japanese comic) critic, spent lockdown writing a comic (as in "funny") book about his favourite comic (as in "graphic novel") artists, the all-woman group CLAMP, entitled CLAMPdown. Now he is searching for a publisher - by releasing one chapter per year on Twitter (@clampdownbook) until a publisher picks him up, or the entire thing is published online for free. As it stands, this would end in 2038, but it could become longer if CLAMP create any new works during that time.

Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, 30th March 2021

Taskmaster: Series 8, Episode 9 - review

In the penultimate episode of the series, we witness the invention of the bounce stabiliser, listen to delicious dust, and see a terrible remake of The Human Centipede.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 3rd July 2019

Taskmaster: Series 8, Episode 8 - review

This week we come across the power of ice, flashbacks in sand, and the most unlikely cheat in the history of Taskmaster.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 26th June 2019

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