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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 October, 2018, 08:07:01 pm »
It's also proven in recent history to be reversible in terms of attitude. Australia used to echo the US (and how the UK was a long while ago) regarding how common this was. They then switched guidelines, and within a generation the numbers dropped significantly. In the US, though, they still cling to this, offering all kinds of bullshit regarding hygiene, cancer risk, and even sex (with American women often cited as apparently preferring a cut bloke – probably because that's what they're used to).

For what it's worth, I work in a hospital path lab and we get adult foreskins on a regular if not daily basis. A very tiny fraction of the overall workload, of course, but they can be troublesome. As you note in your subsequent post, people don't like talking about these things.

That said, I'm not keen on the idea of routine circumcision without consent, either.

Regards,

Robin

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General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 01 October, 2018, 08:59:25 pm »
:'(



Nicely done. Thanks.

Regards,

Robin

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General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 01 October, 2018, 08:04:33 pm »
I just happened to be reading the Meg floppy of Block Judge yesterday afternoon.

I can remember reading the Eagle reprints of The Apocalypse War for the first time back in my teens.

I remember my first Strontium Dog story, The Gronk Affair, in the Best of 2000AD Monthly.

"Who the hell's gonna mess with us?"

The man was one of the world's greatest comic book artists, and to hell with anyone who says different.

My condolences to his family.

Regards,

Robin

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 27 September, 2018, 06:34:56 pm »
Terrible news about Breyfogle. He was a fantastic artist and had an amazing talent for dynamism and movement in his pages. Definitely my favourite Batman artist.

Yeah, he was great. Always wished we could have seen him in 2000AD. He'd have done a good Dredd, I think.

Regards,

Robin

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News / Judge Dredd Kickstarter
« on: 26 September, 2018, 09:34:27 am »
I looked in Announcements, News and Games, but couldn't see anything about this. Was I being blind?

Anyway, here's the link. Funded in 9 minutes apparently.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enworld/judge-dredd-and-the-worlds-of-2000-ad-roleplaying

Looks very nice, but probably too crunchy for my tastes. Tempted though.

Regards,

Robin

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General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 17 September, 2018, 06:31:42 pm »
If he was born in 2150, he is minus 132.  Z

Also, only 14 years before another Nuclear war in the Dredd-verse :)

When Britain gets nuked so hard that Brit Cit disappears and all pre-Megacity towns grow back again.

Brit-Cit's layout and size is really rather vague. That John Smith story in the meg with the horse-head guy suggests there's still proper countryside out there.

In the same way some people today seem to think that only London and the south-east matter, I can imagine Brit-Cit only refers to an expanded London. However, googling some maps (that one from Shamballa) shows Brit-Cit only covering the lower part of England. Milton Keynes could be just a northern suburb

Regards,

Robin

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General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 13 September, 2018, 11:19:56 am »
it all feels kind of rudderless. But what's really missing is Wagner's voice.
Or a rudder.

Yeah, but who's that gonna be if not Wagner?

I suppose at this point it's only fair to say that a great deal of classic stuff came from Alan Grant as well as Wagner.

Regards,

Robin

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General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 13 September, 2018, 07:30:35 am »
I wonder can you draw a parallel with Dredd and MC-1, post-DoC?

You might have a point there, although it's not as blatant as missing a main character. There have been some good stories post-DoC and we have a group of writers who can write Dredd's voice, but it all feels kind of rudderless. But what's really missing is Wagner's voice.

Regards,

Robin

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General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 13 September, 2018, 07:17:03 am »
Think I might be the only person who liked Simon Harrison on Strontium Dog.  Very different from Carlos, of course, but it suited the weirdness of the Lyrans, the other dimension, Sagan and Stonehenge well, and the dynamism of Feral's sudden acts of violence.

It's so long ago that I can't remember if I immediately liked it or told myself to be open-minded about it. There's no denying that after years of Ezquerra it was one hell of a shock to the system. The same was true about John Hicklenton's Nemesis after Bryan Talbot, but I loved that.

Harrison's art has (as you note) some real dynamism about it, although I'm not so sure it stands up so well on the smaller pages of the trade collection; I'd have to dig out old progs to compare. However, given that this was going to be (in theory) the final story it was probably a mistake to use something so radically different. Because Harrison's style felt so wrong to so many people, I think it biased a lot of people against Harrison, and that's a shame.

Perhaps a bigger mistake was to use full colour to finish the story, although I know that's how the Prog was as the time. As it stands, Colin MacNeil's painted conclusion is still beautiful (it's my preferred MacNeil style). However, MacNeil had already demonstrated that he could do a very good black and white Strontium Dog, and it might have been nice to finish it off that way.

Regards,

Robin

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General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 12 September, 2018, 02:03:54 pm »
It could easily have picked up where Peter Hogan left off, done some stuff with Precious Matson's investigations, found Alpha's remains, and then it's off to see the Stone Wizards. Wagner could have written largely the same story without junking the post-Final Solution stories, many of which were pretty enjoyable (they just suffered from the erratic way they appeared in the comic).

As a newer reader, though, who missed out on all the 90s stories, I've encountered Stront through the trade collections. And I want to be able to go from Final Solution straight to ...Life and Death  without having to track down some fairly spottily reprinted stories to fully understand what's going on, meaning a trawl through Ebay for tatty back progs or Megazine supplements (which never even finished reprinting the series anyway!)

As things stand, I don't feel like I'm missing out on a thing. Feral's a character in Final Solution - okay. Ah, here he is again in Life and Death, and the story's filling me in on what he's been up to since Final Solution. Great. I'm on board. Don't feel I'm missing out on a thing. But I can see that the junking of a character/story you liked must annoy.

Yeah, I can see that not having read the Ennis/Hogan stuff makes it easy to go from Final Solution to Life and Death. Even many of us who have read the stories are happy to dismiss them. But for me personally, removing them from the story is a great loss. I wish the Ennis and Hogan stuff had been properly collected in sequence - some folk might take a different view of them if they could reread it in a complete and coherent manner.

I'm enjoying the Strontium Dog stories, but they do feel, I dunno, kind of dislocated to me. But then, I'm feeling kind of dislocated from the entire comic at the moment.

Regards,

Robin

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General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 11 September, 2018, 07:00:27 pm »
Robin- one of the things that required the post FS stories to be rendered invalid was the Gronk tale with Johnny's soul turning up (Darkest Star?)- that story kind of needed to be refuted.

Yeah, I was waiting for this one to come up. And you're right, it would need addressing. I've just dug out the floppy (oooerr, missus), had a read and don't see much of a problem. Alpha's soul was trapped by the Lyrans, and the Gronk released it. That doesn't prevent the Stone Wizards dragging it back from wherever souls go to and creating a brand new body for Alpha from the old bones that Feral squirrelled away.

It is magic, after all.

Regards,

Robin

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General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 10 September, 2018, 06:48:07 pm »
Reflecting on the strip since Johnny's resurrection, I've softened to it somewhat.
Somewhat.

Getting over the fact that Johnny was brought back from the dead at all, I still think the execution of "The Life and Death..." was sorely lacking.

Didn't need to be as ridiculous as it was.
Didn't need to disregard The Final Solution / Strontium Dogs / Durham Red.
Didn't need to 'punish' Feral, who was a pretty decent character.

A simple time travel story could have re-set the stage....

It didn't even need a time travel story. It could easily have picked up where Peter Hogan left off, done some stuff with Precious Matson's investigations, found Alpha's remains, and then it's off to see the Stone Wizards. Wagner could have written largely the same story without junking the post-Final Solution stories, many of which were pretty enjoyable (they just suffered from the erratic way they appeared in the comic).

With regard to Steve's timeline... I've always been a bit of a stickler for the 2180 date for Alpha's death, but shunting it a few years ahead based on Journey into Hell makes a lot of sense to me given Alpha's rather busy schedule.

Regards,

Robin

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General / Re: new 2000ad RPG to funded via Kickstarter
« on: 01 September, 2018, 08:59:16 am »
Almost ALL new RPG products are crowd funded these days. The market is just too niche to pour money into anything but the most guaranteed of sales (D&D, Pathfinder). Even big name brands like World of Darkness needs to resort to crowdfunding. Its just the business right now.

Yeah, these days most of the RPG stuff I buy is either through a Kickstarter or after a Kickstarter is delivered (often the latter now, since cost of delivery is silly). There's a lot of print-on-demand too.

Doesn't surprise me that it took Mongoose 4/5 years to deliver - there's not a lot to recommend it as a producer of RPGs. The content is often weak and they've messed up on ambitious projects before (the Lone Wolf gamebook reprints, for example). The current Traveller line seems to be doing okay, but based on my previous experience and the cost of the books I'm not risking it.

The problem with RPGs is that once you've got the idea you don't need a rulebook or a setting book. I went to the annual get-together of my university gaming group earlier in August and played in a Flash Gordon parody and we used 2D6, a few numbers scribbled on a piece of paper and some common sense. The GM had half a page of setting for us and a handful of notes for himself. Half a day of action, adventure and laughter. And a 26 foot tall octo-ape. And it cost pennies and daydreams to create.

Regards,

Robin

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 31 August, 2018, 06:41:58 pm »
2 book into Belgariad and NOTHING HAPPENED.Seriously,its two books of random encounters and people talking about stuff like you were supposed to know what it means.

I've described the Belgariad, and its sequel series the Mallorean, as a very long walk in the country. How good it is probably depends if you like your travelling companions or not.

Myself, currently reading:

The Spanish Letters, by Mollie Hunter (children's' book, Catholic plotting in 16thCentury Edinburgh)

Before they are Hanged, by Joe Abercrombie (rather late to this trilogy, but it's very good)

H.P. Lovecraft Collected Fiction: A Varorium Edition Vol. 1 (though it was about time I reread all this stuff)

The Fall of Delta Green (a Vietnam-era Lovecraftian technothriller roleplaying game)

Regards,

Robin

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General / Re: Later Garth Ennis Dredds
« on: 29 August, 2018, 06:42:14 pm »
Hmmm.  Death Aid - nah.  Made the previously-terrifying and well-organised Hunter's Club into a pack of buffoons; though the departure of Yassa from the city was very nicely done.

I liked Death Aid... but I also agree with your criticism.

Ennis's Dredd was all over the place, but it had some magnificent moments. That's what makes his run on the series so frustrating. You want to love him for the first and last page of the final episode of Judgement Day... and then there's The Magic Mellow Out.

Regards,

Robin

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