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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: Today at 04:21:28 pm »
Some dinged corners and partially crushed spines. There's basically a tipping point of what I will and won't accept, and in this case I was even more annoyed given the amount of money I spent (about £150) and the appalling state of how things were sent.

I guess I can now look forward to my replacements also being sent in a massive box with no protection…

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: Today at 08:32:35 am »
The markets keep hoping the UK will change its mind. In the event of hard Brexit, the general prediction is parity or slightly worse than USD. Even with May’s deal, we will see years of stagnation.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 10 December, 2018, 07:46:46 pm »
Yeah, my boxes were… interesting. Two were crushed. One had a massive hole in it. I've just secured replacements for five books on Facebook. What a waste of money though. They could have just packaged the things properly in the first place. (I shudder to think how many replacements Hachette has sent me over the past few years.)

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 10 December, 2018, 04:53:58 pm »
In case anyone's following along, democracy in the UK has just levelled down, and now ranks 'appalling and previously considered impossible level of shitshow'.

Bercow, though: what a guy.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 10 December, 2018, 04:24:09 pm »
FPI is the seller, and therefore should be the one you return it to, DonJohnson.

As for Hachette in general, I waited a week, sent a FB message, and have already had two replies today. I'm not emailing them again. Waste of time.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 09 December, 2018, 12:16:18 pm »
Use Facebook Messenger rather than email. They tend to actually respond there (although replies can take anything from a few days to a couple of weeks).

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 06 December, 2018, 06:38:40 pm »
Let’s hope the forum doesn’t explode when a thread hits four figures.

Horses for courses. They are pretty good around here, and their tracking works well, with a little online van you can follow around a local map. Their customer support has gone downhill some, mind, since they outsourced everything to India.

Prog / Re: Prog 2110 - Gremlins in the System!
« on: 06 December, 2018, 11:48:48 am »
I love Kingdom. It's one of those strips that for me sits alongside some of the classics in 2000 AD, such as Strontium Dog. In the old days of 2000 AD, it could easily enough have been a regular, but that's not really how the Prog works these days with anything, bar Dredd. Given that it does have a narrative that's ongoing, I too would rather have an ending than a comma.

I'm of course not going to be annoyed if this creative team pics the strip up again in the future; but also I'll be content with what we have if this really is the end of the run. And it's been a fantastic run.

If I were you, I'd strongly consider bundling the things up, whacking them on eBay as a 24-hour buy-it-now in each case, and including shipping costs via a not-awful courier (like DPD Local, which'll do drop-offs at local places for up to 20kg for under a tenner). £300 is a steal for those books. I imagine you could get well over half that for the Dredds CFs alone. Right now, though, this is under four quid a book. Anyone nearby and with the cash would be bonkers not to take this collection.

I guess if someone wants to dump a load of books, this is the way to go. £300 is almost unreasonably cheap for this collection. By my calculations, the Dredd Case Files alone are worth north of 500 quid. In unread condition, too? I'd be jumping at this if I didn't already own most of the books.

Prog / Re: Prog 2110 - Gremlins in the System!
« on: 05 December, 2018, 06:56:13 pm »
Yeah, on reflection that's my take for Kingdom. It reached a natural conclusion. Strips… don't fare well when you push them on, unless you've a very compelling continuation.

Prog / Re: Prog 2110 - Gremlins in the System!
« on: 05 December, 2018, 03:52:41 pm »
I think the hints in Kingdom were there for a long while, notably in the hubris of the humans, and attempts at dominance in an environment where there were no obvious winners. We'd multiple times seen rapid evolution play a role, but also people were looking at the fight from a disassociated distance, making the assumption they could effectively just waltz back in and take control. To my mind, this ending – if it is an ending – is a pretty logical conclusion, albeit one that landed with a hammer blow when I was reading it.

Books & Comics / Re: Alien predator partworks
« on: 05 December, 2018, 01:21:50 pm »
On lightness of content, I suspect we've to some extent been spoiled by the Dredd collection (and, albeit to a lesser degree, the 2000 AD one). Other partworks seem rather… thinner per volume, by comparison.

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