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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 21 April, 2018, 06:20:49 pm »
Speaking of Astro City... well I will but first let's speak about the fact there's just not enough time to read comics...

 and the return of Black Hammer in Black Hammer - Age of Doom 1 sees the core series return, all be it with a new number... well 1 Jeff Lamire really is developing his world gloriously here. I kinda think this is his Astro City (from my understanding of Astro City that is) its brilliant stuff.

hmmm, an interesting take away. The Doctor Star series in particular does feel like an Astro City tale in many respects.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 18 April, 2018, 12:00:54 am »
Astro City is a treasure. If you liked Confessions, you're probably going to love Tarnished Angel. There isn’t really another long form story again until The Dark Ages though.

General / Re: List of Meg Floppies
« on: 10 April, 2018, 11:23:48 pm »
Floppies implies... well floppies...

They're called 'floppies' because unlike standard collections, they don’t have stiff card stock covers, rather glossy paper covers. Aka, they flop.

And yes, because most regular reprints are of classic and popular content, the Megazine reprints are a bit more of a deeper cut most of the time. Which is great.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 03 April, 2018, 04:43:58 pm »
So this week I tackled Jeff Lemire's story of exiled super-heroes Black Hammer. Both volume 1 & 2. Volume 1 was really gripping, really made me want more. But I felt volume 2 spun its wheels a bit, stretching out its mystery a little too much. After those I’ll be checking out the spin-offs, Sherlock Frankenstein and Doctor Star, and getting ready for the main series to resume on the 18th.

It’s good, I recommend it.

Prog / Re: Prog 2074:Psiren Song
« on: 29 March, 2018, 03:07:25 am »
If you look carefully at the two SJS Judges leading away a prisoner on the first page of the Dredd story you'll see they are called Diffring and Nesbitt..

I'm assuming they are named after Anton Diffring (Rent-a-Nazi to the British film industry in the 50s, 60s and 70s) and Derren Nesbitt who both appeared in the action film Where Eagles Dare.

A question about Kenton Sternhammer... is his lack of nose a mutation he got from his mother or is it the result of some sort of violent incident?

I think it’s a mutation. As it’s my understanding only mutants can be SD agents. In fact, I’ve always assumed Wolf was never an actual Strontium Dog due being a non mutant human. I don’t recall him ever having a badge. He was just Johnny's partner.

General / Re: Positive sales news - no figures before you ask
« on: 28 March, 2018, 03:57:07 am »
Thanks for that, Colin… the response on that FB group was pretty bloody depressing, TBH. I honestly don't why I bothered.

I’m one of the admins over of the Facebook 2000AD Discussion Group, and I just want to say I appreciate your contributions to the group. I sadly must admit the group tends to skew rather cynical/negative toward modern 2000AD right now. It’s not universal of course, or even the majority opinion, it just seems to come across the loudest*. The other admins and I are working hard to keep things civil, and cultivate a positive discussion environment. I’d hate to lose your voice over there just because few doom and gloomers are convinced 2000AD is on the ropes, despite all the evidence to the contrary.

* on the surface you’d think the collective despises everything modern 2000AD offers, and yet Brink won my 'favorite strip of 2017' straw poll. So what the heck do the moaners know?

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 15 March, 2018, 09:24:33 pm »
That Master of the Kung-Fu Epic collection came out this week, and appears to be the complete series. I hear it’s real good. I bought.

Looks like the overall sale is now over, only a very small handful of recent releases are now on sale. Dang, I was waffling on picking up the Steranko Nick Fury collections, guess I missed my chance.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 13 March, 2018, 08:31:13 pm »
If you haven’t read The Vision, then it’s a bit of a bargain there.

Picked it up equally dirt cheap on a previous Amazon digital sale, but haven't gotten round to it yet.
Perhaps my only 'modern' Marvel purchase from the past few years- this former Marvel Zombie has regained sentience.

I look at something like this and whimsically imagine that it's nothing more than market research.
"Will we be able to sell road-kill like Secret Empire even at €0.99?" some 22 year old intern ponders.

Hard not to recommend the Walt Simonson Thor volumes at these prices.
I might give some of the 70's horror stuff a go- not familiar with it at all really.

Ive read some of Tomb of Dracula before, it’s great because Dracula is the protagonist, so it’s a villain POV comic which makes it a very cool read imo.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 12 March, 2018, 10:18:46 pm »
For any Comixology users, there's a whole heap of Marvel collections on there at the minute for 69p a pop.


It probably says something about Marvel that even though these are only a dollar, I'm being highly selective about the ones I get.

Ended up with...

I'm curious about what was the 2000 AD 'dark age' anyway? I'm assuming roughly the period between Necropolis/Death of Johnny Alpha/1990ish to Rebellion buying 2000 AD? Or is more specific then that?

Books & Comics / Re: M.A.C.H 1 - The John Probe Files
« on: 06 March, 2018, 09:52:24 pm »
Greysuit was promised as a 'modern MACH1', and failed to deliver IMO. I was so disappointed. Somebody give John Probe another chance!

Megazine / Re: Scripts and WIPs for the floppy?
« on: 03 March, 2018, 04:49:36 pm »
Considering many floopies struggle to even cram in relevant covers, I highly doubt the Megazine editors are going to work to make room for scripts and other extras.

Now, a one off dedicated script-only floppy? I might be down for that.

General / Re: Everything comes back after 20 years: The Prog's New Dark Age
« on: 16 February, 2018, 08:53:43 pm »
Vertigo has a deal where I think you get a page rate to make your comics with an ownership stake, and if the title goes out of print for long enough you get your rights back. God help you if you're popular though, you’ll never see your creations again.

As happened to Watchmen.  (I thought Vertigo got rolled in to the main DC imprint though?)

Vertigo very much still exists. Wildstorm got rolled in with the New 52.

General / Re: Everything comes back after 20 years: The Prog's New Dark Age
« on: 16 February, 2018, 04:46:46 pm »
Vertigo has a deal where I think you get a page rate to make your comics with an ownership stake, and if the title goes out of print for long enough you get your rights back. God help you if you're popular though, you’ll never see your creations again.

General / Re: Everything comes back after 20 years: The Prog's New Dark Age
« on: 16 February, 2018, 04:40:09 pm »
Oh, wait...

I was under the distinct impression there was more than one publisher in the US.

Boom, IDW, Dynamite, and Dark Horse are majority freelance work for hire gigs where creators retain nothing (only a few big name creators might get creator owned projects published through them on a case by case basis).

Image is the only major publisher where creators retain 100% of their creations. But Image only publishes, they don’t pay page rates, only percentage on final sales. So creators take all the financial upfront risk.

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