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Megazine / Re: Meg 445 - Case of Questions
« on: 15 June, 2022, 06:05:56 PM »
ialso i didn't realise paul kupperberg didn't do anything else for the prog due to his editorial job at dc that was a new bit of info for me

He was editor on their two short-lived Dredd titles.  Probably because he ‘got’ 2000AD, I  suppose.

Film & TV / Re: Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+ (High Chance of SPOILERS)
« on: 14 June, 2022, 11:56:14 AM »
But i find it stupid that he lost his mojo in the first place however. Did I miss something? Has hiding from the inquisitors actively made him rusty?

Many skills atrophy surprisingly quickly with disuse, and it would seem that Obi-Wan has been quite actively avoiding using his. By the time of ANH, there's no gravity-defying shenanigans or moving objects around — a couple of "Jedi mind tricks" and that's pretty much your lot, so I don't have any particular problem with the level of power he's demonstrating here.


in the (great) Twin Suns episode, the Guinness Kenobi faces off against Darth Maul for the last time…..and gets in one lethal lightsabre blow before Maul can even react.  The old geezer is definitely a Jedi Master at the top of his game.

That episode was written by Dave Fiiloni, whose fingerprints are all over the Kenobi show, and Feloni’s a huuuuge continuity guy, so you’ve got to assume the two things are still going to join up.

Events / Re: BHP Glasgow Comic Con 4 June drinkies?
« on: 06 June, 2022, 06:32:17 PM »
I didn’t see a peep about it on social media this weekend.

The move from a big prestige venue in the city centre to a sports centre a few miles from the centre didn’t inspire confidence that this was an event on a successful rebound.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 24 May, 2022, 10:10:40 PM »
i think it was the most hackneyed work of garth's career. usually the master of confounding and shocking writing, in this instance everything is wholly predictable.
give me grant morrison's superb and disturbing subversion of dare instead, please.

Is that the one where Dan Dare gets bummed by the Mekon?

Oh yeah. Subversive.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 23 May, 2022, 10:02:10 AM »
the company address is a private residence in a very leafy part of Surrey.

Fuck me, you need a few quid to live in that neighbourhood!

Yes. Check out how many of the houses there have private pools, on Google Maps...

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 23 May, 2022, 09:37:28 AM »
My guess is that the Dan Dare Corp (and some of the other IP owners who seem to just be sitting on material) refuse to accept a lot of (what seem to be reasonable) offers because if they did accept they'd be setting a price below what they've valued their IP at.

They'd rather bring in zero income and claim it's worth X million pounds than make at least some money but have to admit that they previously over-estimated the value. I'm assuming there's a tax advantage or similar involved somewhere along the line.

if you look at the Companies House info on the rather grandly-titled Dan Dare Corporation, you see its only two personnel  have the same surname (husband and wife team, I'm guessing) and that the company address is a private residence in a very leafy part of Surrey.

There's little to no money actually moving through the company, and. yeah, the impression I get is someone just sitting on their IP in the fading hope it might be worth something again as a film or TV property.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 21 May, 2022, 06:12:06 PM »
they're definitely not running out - don't they own nearly all the history of british comics
I meant in the sense of readily available content. Having a massive archive is one thing. Spending a lot of effort cleaning strips up for a ‘free’ component of a magazine probably isn’t the best use of resources.


I don’t think many people commenting realise just what it takes to clean up these old stories to make them presentable for republishing.

Film Discussion / Re: Shako's cocaine rampage
« on: 21 May, 2022, 01:25:27 PM »
“The only bear on the DEA’s death-list.”

Necronauts ... predates League of Extraorindary Gentlemen, even, doesn't it?

Apparently not. LoEG is 1999, Necronauts is 2000. (Publication-wise, any road.)

A version of Necronauts was announced by Tundra Comics in 1992.  It was the exact same concept, but would have been a lesser story than the one that saw print 8 years later in the prog.

Film & TV / Re: New Doctor Who Picked.
« on: 10 May, 2022, 04:05:29 PM »

I was recently watching some classic Who as a man struggled with some green painted bubble wrap on his arm - it was fantastic! 

'The Ark in Space' is my guess for that one - things have rather moved on!

I do wonder if Dan O'Bannon ever saw this story.

Ex-BBC man Ridley Scott would be a much safer bet…

Film & TV / Re: Dr Who: Legend of the Sea Devils
« on: 20 April, 2022, 11:39:06 AM »
Doctor:  "Yaz, you're the most amazing person I've ever met!"

When did this happen? Was there an entire series or two we missed when Yaz became not just interesting, but the most amazing person a 2000 year-old time traveller has ever met?

You can't just have one character tell us how amazing someone is. You have to have invested in actually showing it.

Hookjaw because of how much it seemed to wind up the Cornish racist contingent of the readership at the time.
“It was different from the black and white strips about a shark eating people that I read in the 1970s! WAAAHHHH!”

His main objection was that it was ‘unrealistic’ because one of the characters in it was a POC, and (true enough) Cornwall has a tiny non-white population.

Weirdly, he didn’t complain the magic ghost shark was unrealistic, and not a real thing.  Just the black character.

He then went on to moan about wokeness just before he was shown the door by the group mod.

Hookjaw because of how much it seemed to wind up the Cornish racist contingent of the readership at the time.

Events / Re: BHP Glasgow Comic Con 4 June drinkies?
« on: 05 April, 2022, 11:21:13 AM »
Is this event good? I remember speaking to some of the BHP people at an Edinburgh Comic Art fest a few years ago and they seemed like a decent bunch. I'm tempted to head down if I'm around in June.

It can be a bit hit or miss TBH, but better that anything else on the go in Scotland now...

Bring back HiEx! I'm looking at you Rich!

Yeah, the Edinburgh Comic Con at the ECC is now an official victim of the pandemic, leaving the Glasgow Comic Con the last Scottish con that's actually about comics, AFAIK. (Might still be something in Dundee, it's a bit 'local' feeling?)

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 31 March, 2022, 11:41:17 AM »
Last I'd heard, Pat himself hadn't finished writing the scripts.

Did he mention that on his Twitter?
Don't think so, though I haven't checked. I was under the impression that the scripts were written years ago.

They certainly weren’t finished at the point when it had become obvious that Bisley had just given up all interest in it.

Whole thing has the air of an ongoing clusterfuck about it.

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