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Megazine / Re: Megazine 401 - Grave New World!
« on: 14 October, 2018, 02:09:06 pm »
Mine wasn't damaged but maybe they should actually put them in the Meg instead of loose, to protect it a bit more?

This!  I think pretty much every print I've had the last few months has been ripped multiple times around the edges.  I reckon it's where they tend to bundle post together with elastic bands so anything slightly wider / less resilient gets gouged.  I'd be happier with the print slightly smaller and / or inside the meg to avoid this damage since it doesn't seem to happen with the mag itself (and let's not get started on the old 'please do not bend' issue!)

General / Re: 2018: forthcoming thrills..
« on: 13 October, 2018, 06:26:46 pm »
Looking forward to grabbing a copy of it when it comes out, partly from curiosity to see how Rebellion's repro droids work compares, ...

Quite favourably TBH.  Considering some of the issues we've had with some of the Mega Collection and others of this age they've done a cracking job. The Tower King and House of Daemon volumes from Hibernia stand up well against this and give a good indication of the quality of workmanship there.

 Just hope that when they get around to the next volume we get a hardback edition as well.

Can we start a campaign for Kennedy's Dan Dare run?

Colour cast from the light,

Ah ... that makes sense.

General / Re: 2018: forthcoming thrills..
« on: 13 October, 2018, 12:02:32 pm »
Posty's just dropped mine off as well.  A thing of beauty to be sure.  When Rebellion pull out the stops it really does pay off.

One thing I don't get though; how come your cover is blue?

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 12 October, 2018, 07:49:03 pm »
My Nan, peacefully and surrounded by family.

I know that a lot of folks have offered their condolences sir and I also offer mine. 

Several thoughts occur to me from this though:

- this was the passing of someone who was both loved and respected, fully connected to family.
- her passing was in the company of those who care for her and she cared for.
- her legacy was in that room.  She was surrounded by those she nurtured and who will carry forward a part of her.
- her peace was in the awareness of that truth.

You and your family are in all our thoughts and prayers.  Your lives were all clearly enriched by her presence and the loss you feel is completely understandable.  Just be aware of the pride and love that she felt for you all.  It is clear that her confidence here is well founded.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 12 October, 2018, 07:35:36 pm »
rogue69: when it shows up, consider shoving it on eBay. I sold the one I had recently for 25 quid. Saves faffing about with those idiots, and you might get a bit of extra beer money.

Alternatively, offer it here.  In addition to the beer money it would also avoid the insanely high proportion of the costs that eBay takes.

Just a thought.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 10 October, 2018, 04:54:58 am »
it's at lot easier to have a series of cheaper companions if you start on earth than if you start on an alien planet that's going to require loads of expensive, time-consuming and sometimes challenging makeup and special effects.

Have you seen some of the residents of Sheffield?

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 08 October, 2018, 07:25:28 pm »
I'll need to see more before I can make my mind up, but the writing wasn't great on this one.

Aye, it's always hard to judge on the first post regeneration episode.  More and more now there needs to be the hamming up to emphasise the change then things settle a bit.  I don't recall that so much back in the day.  Ecclestone managed to avoid that particular pratfall but then again the rest of his season would not have been out of place on the deli counter in Tesco's (for me, anyway).

It were nowt adventurous in terms of scripting but serviceable all the same. 

In fairness, she's from Gallifrey so English isn't her first language. Also she couldn't even remember her own name at the time, so remembering English grammar was a tall order.

Hell, I'm from England (speak it quietly) but you've pretty accurately described me on a Friday night at times!  Struggle remembering my Grandma too!

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 07 October, 2018, 07:52:06 am »
So two questions from looking at the twitter feed for NYCC:

1/ Why is Babs Ravenholme sticking up two fingers to the camera?

2/  Why didn't someone explain the gesture to her before tweeting the pic?


General / Re: Fundraiser to Honour Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 04 October, 2018, 08:31:24 pm »
Dale Jackson’s permanently banned from the Thought Bubble con for assaulting a 2000AD member of staff.

Am I going insane or was it someone else that had the stall with the art and overpriced progs at Lawgiver?  Happy to be put right mind.

General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 02 October, 2018, 07:15:29 pm »
Words fail .....

Like so many others, I have savoured his work over the last forty odd years.  As much as this comes as little of a surprise considering his age and recent health scare, it is still a bitter blow.

Pride of place in my collection will always go to the Stainless Steel Rat piece that I purchased from him.  Like many other fans, his artwork will always have a special place.

Like so many other Tooth creators, his generosity and patience with those who admired him is simply one more reason to honour him.  I think it's fair to say that we have been truly blessed by the majority of those who have graced the pages of Tooth over the years.  The number of tales from those who met him in the flesh and spoke with respect for him as an individual and awe at his artistic talent speaks volumes.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 27 September, 2018, 07:44:16 pm »
Norm Breyfogle?  Shit.

As folks say, his Batman work really made it.  He had such a macabre sensibility at times, matched by Kelley Jones (who's Deadman work is gorgeous).  At the same time though it was outright bonkers.

His dropping out of the FCBD prog a few years back was a massive missed opportunity but under the circumstances ...

Prog / Re: Prog 2100 - Anderson's Darkest Hour
« on: 22 September, 2018, 03:43:17 pm »
the combo of Rob Williams and Henry Flint is much more successful than Wagner/Flint in the Meg400 which felt a bit like a throwaway gag to me (sorry, John).

TBH the Meg Dredd felt a little like old school Dredd.  As about as subtle as a well aimed brick and simple fun.  Williams' Dredd is far more serious and very much in keeping with his current approach.  The final denouement was telegraphed in the first page and the return of Dirty Frank was definitely a welcome addition.  I'm not sure I'd go with 'more successful' since the two are both very different beasts.

As for the prog as a whole; aside from the cover, a veritable feast.

Film & TV / Re: New Dr Who Trailer
« on: 21 September, 2018, 09:32:02 pm »
decision to shoe-horn in three companions, thereby presumably reducing the Doctor's screen time somewhat. (As for the earlier comment about approach, that always changes. But also I get the sense many people are sick of the Doctor's overly authoritarian approach over the past two generations, and so could do with that being toned down a bit.)

TBH this was the bit that got me most, the relationship between the companions and the Doctor.  I can appreciate the point about the authoritarianism of the last few regenerations, Capaldi in particular, but at the same time I do wonder if this is a bit of a setup for Whittaker.

Would a transition from domineering to relational be such an issue if this was between two male regenerations?  Would a Doctor that was so willing to engage with companions as equals be such an issue if it is a male doctor? 

For me this is the most powerful aspect of this decision.  It foregrounds assumptions about control and authority and how they relate to authority, how we respond to direction from certain individuals depending on their gender.  Ultimately it throws up perceptions of control and authority. How do we define 'authoritarian' and how is our understanding affected by the gender of the individual in control.

I wonder if this is worth reflecting on in terms of the characters that inhabit the worlds of the publication we support.  How do we receive the portrayal of Hershey for instance as opposed to Dredd?  How does her performance compare to the Chief Judges that have gone before her?  What about Durham Red, Naimh, Anderson?  Let's face it, Halo Jones stood out because of her gender.  Was Sam Slade's failure because she looked too much like her forebears ?

Film & TV / Re: New Dr Who Trailer
« on: 21 September, 2018, 06:16:04 am »
[ ... ] Which should be proof, not that anyone around here needs it I'm sure, that the Doctor's gender makes zero difference to the essential character.

You know what, I'm not sure that I'd completely agree with that.  I mean, I know what you're saying but at the same time I don't know if we should be ignoring this dimension.  Let's face it, at present gender identity is a significant issue.  The right to identify your own gender but also how that gendered identity is constructed and how it influences us as individuals.  How we are treated and what opportunities are available.  These are important topics that I would argue apply to all of us.

That being the case then, I'm all for the idea of this dimension of identity being explored.  At the same time, I'd hate to see it descend into cliches.  That to me would be the worst possible outcome.

Film & TV / New Dr Who Trailer
« on: 20 September, 2018, 09:12:29 pm »
Maybe it's the fact that I've just finished binge watching Capaldi's last season and been pleasantly surprised but I find myself incredibly ambivalent about the trailer BBC have just released.  I know it's just a teaser and it's hard to take it too seriously with Whittaker constantly waving the sonic screwdriver at the camera but there's something 'off' about it for me that I can't quite put my finger on ....

The worst thing about this is that with all of the fan boy rage over the casting, it's going to be hard to be appropriately critical about the finished product.  Even in the short segments we see in the trailer Whittaker's Dr appears nowhere near as commanding as Capaldi's.  Is that a conscious decision to go with a differently gendered approach to 'crisis management' that ignores standard cliches about women in authority?  Is it a mistake on the part of writers who have fallen into cultural stereotypes? 

I know that early days with a new regeneration are always 'peculiar'.  Colin Baker's first few episodes had him as a complete twonk.  Capaldi was a dithering idiot to start with.  Could it be the 'regeneration reset'?

I do hope that I'm over reading / interpreting what they've released.  Certainly will give it a shot and see what it is like.  Let's face it, whoever the actor in the hot seat there have always been quality episodes and ropey ones.  Even Tom Baker had his share of clunkers.

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