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Megazine / Re: Meg 400 - 400th Issue!
« on: 17 September, 2018, 08:32:18 pm »
I think that he mentioned at Lawgiver that his hands weren't in great shape at present.  His signings were more his initials than full signature.  Of course this is a somewhat hazy recollection of a rather awestruck conversation so could be completely wrong.

Prog / Re: Prog 2099 - Unleash Hell!
« on: 16 September, 2018, 06:04:40 pm »
The Future Shock has to be the best one we've seen in a long time.  A truly disturbing and twisty take on a couple of standard Sci Fi tropes.  I know it's hard to write a good FS and a lot of the time it's less about shocking and more about delivering a gruesome pun but this one definitely deserves a couple of reads.

As for next week's line up.  If the postie has trouble delivering it then I think I might end up seriously throwing teddies out of the pram!   :o

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 15 September, 2018, 09:31:33 pm »
Aye, congrats.  Not a small achievement at all.

Don't beat yourself up about how things are affecting you.  I think it's fair to say that we all know how easy it is to be tripped by the most innocuous event, sometimes without us even realising it has happened.  It's easy to feel guilty for feeling down when actually there are perfectly valid reasons for it.

The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster for me too.  Finally back in work after six months, it's been quite an emotional experience.  It's hard to let go of the experiences of the last two years and simply see this as a fresh start.  Keeping things in perspective and remembering that whatever the validity of the criticisms I faced, the methods employed were unjustified at best ... Still, it does shape my perception at present.  Then I remember that this is a different situation and feel guilty / annoyed at myself.  Then I remember: "Small moves."

To all who are still moving forward with this baggage, stay strong guys.  To all who have provided supportive voices, thanks.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 11 September, 2018, 07:58:08 pm »
Reading medical supply companies and health professionals working through their Brexit projections and preparations on Twitter is a lot like the end of the first third of a Stephen Baxter novel: ...

I'm not sure that using a Baxter Novel as an analogy for Brexit is the best choice.  Especially when you consider how many of them end up with the death of every character.

General / Re: No Prog?
« on: 06 September, 2018, 06:47:55 pm »
Zip cartridge ....

General / Re: No Prog?
« on: 06 September, 2018, 05:36:22 am »
Mine just showed up with a free covermount CD of sheridan laughing maniacally.

CD?  Mine had one of those old eighties 7 inch rubber single thingamabobs that used to come with computer games on!

Luxury! Mine came with a dictated transcript inside a rolled up newspaper...

Wot no Betamax?

General / Re: No Prog?
« on: 05 September, 2018, 06:53:10 pm »
Mine just showed up with a free covermount CD of sheridan laughing maniacally.

CD?  Mine had one of those old eighties 7 inch rubber single thingamabobs that used to come with computer games on!

General / Re: No Prog?
« on: 04 September, 2018, 07:53:28 pm »
Never mind digital, at my age I've no choice but to embrace the change!

General / Re: No Prog?
« on: 04 September, 2018, 07:00:18 pm »

And will they remember to name the thread properly?

Good point.  I think I might have buggered that in the past with a colon instead of a dash.   :-[

General / Re: No Prog?
« on: 04 September, 2018, 06:29:29 am »
Go digital it is always on time

There is something very satisfying though about having a solid, physical object in one's hand though.   ::)

Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 03 September, 2018, 06:59:23 pm »
Jebus, reading that's giving me all kind of chills.

Are they multiplying…?

... he's just lost control.

General / Re: No Prog?
« on: 03 September, 2018, 06:57:11 pm »
Bank holiday last week.  Normally doesn't turn up 'til tuesday or even wednesday when that happens.

Don't worry, Thrill Suckers don't set in until after the fourth day.

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 02 September, 2018, 11:00:03 am »
Looking forward to seeing you take a stab at Middenface Mcnulty!


Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 01 September, 2018, 03:31:50 pm »

Online sales are up, digital sales are growing, as are trade sales.  New readers are buying comics, they're just not buying them from comic book stores - so an obvious question is "what are comic book stores doing wrong?"

Well, if companies like Marvel are cutting out the middlemen or Comixology cornering the digital market its a little hard to see how shops can compete with that.  Thanks for the information on digital though.  Mind you, is it a case of additional readers or reader migration from physical to digital?

As for what the shops are doing wrong, I think most of us have experience of the rather dingy stores run by the 'only fan in the village' who look sneeringly at newbies who are looking for the tie in to the latest film to hit the stands or some other faux pas.  A certain comic shop in the capital of Wales is infamous among local fans for some of its owner's past antics.  Even FP has a better reputation (and that's saying something!)  The retail industry in general is struggling to cope with the impact of online shopping and the decline in disposable income.  Throwing in an image problem is unlikely to aid the situation is it?

As for the incipient nerdism that haunts comic fandom, fair point it's nothing new really.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 31 August, 2018, 07:47:09 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.

You sure you haven't accidentally picked up Game of Thrones?

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