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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by TordelBack on 17 June, 2018, 12:07:11 pm »
...the tax take tanks.

Surely you mean "...incidences of money acquired with menaces will be reduced..."!  Tax is bad, mmmkay?  Rather depending on than armed extortion being employed to fund services, every village should get together to encourage an entrepreneur (unfettered by taxes or regulation, so far more motivated!) to set up their own local (for example) specialist oncology department, and if it's charging too much (despite everyone having loads of money now there are no taxes) or its results are judged poor by the folk of the village (and not by some kind of centralised body of expertise), simply set up another oncology centre and watch them compete for the tumours of the village on price/outcomes.  There should be no shortage of oncologists to staff it, since in the absence of subsidised university training or imposed medical standards wannabe doctors will be motivated to pay entirely for their own education in order to access the most lucrative fields, which should be easy to get into since the only people rating their qualifications and experience are the folk of the village.  Who needs taxes, the Austrian free market will settle it all!

It'll be fine.

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It's rare I disagree with you, Tordels, but for me this is a bit of an event, at least in personal terms.  Bisley's original work in the prog was a big part of my childhood, and the fact that he's back doing strips again* after a gap of 25 or so years gives me a bit of a nostalgia-fuelled thrill, in almost the same way I think I'd feel if Alan Moore were to return to write a one-off (two chances of that, I know).

*Book of Scars notwithstanding - loved that Bisley was back painting Sláine; hate that Pat Mills keeps changing Sláine's history and diluting the impact of classic stories in the process.
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Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« Last post by Link Prime on 17 June, 2018, 11:50:17 am »
where’s her nipple?

Being dutifully filled in with a red Bic biro by the 4% of readership in their teens.
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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by IndigoPrime on 17 June, 2018, 11:19:25 am »
Is that the Bitcoin that is now seen to have been massively manipulated and that is requiring insane amounts of energy to mine?

As for the financial sector, I'm no fan of banking (although regulation is the problem rather than the banks/bankers themselves), but we're going to be in for a massive shock when all these banks leave the UK, and the tax take tanks.
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Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« Last post by IndigoPrime on 17 June, 2018, 11:17:39 am »
Why on earth would Red be topless on the cover of 2000 AD? It's not the bloody Sun. Anyway…

Cover: fab.
Dredd: great but too short. I was really getting into this tale, and those tantalising flashbacks of the early days of the Judge system. I want more. Again, get Michael Carroll to pen an extended series for the Magazine.
Deadworld: increasingly nuts. I'm still not sold on the references, but otherwise this is properly creepy, oddball horror.
Durham Red: a bit of a bridging episode, but still solid. The art shift was a bit jarring, although I do like both artists who work on the strip (and great to see that neither depicts Red as a stick insect in her undies). I'm assuming we've three more parts of this and it's done. If so, I do hope the strip becomes a semi-regular, with the same creative team.
Survival Geeks: again, I'm happy it's here for the variety, but you'd need to have not been paying any attention to spot the ending coming. The magic memory remover was a bit hmm. Still, as a semi-regular humour strip with some great art, I'm not going to complain if it comes back for these odd bursts of brightness. (Also: smart scheduling against the grimness of Deadworld.)
Skip Tracer: I'll give it a read through when it's done, and I hope it'll grab me a bit more. Right now, it's fine, and it's readable, but I'm hoping it ramps up a bit somehow.
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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« Last post by TordelBack on 17 June, 2018, 11:01:13 am »
This is already essentially my experience of battle mode in Mario Kart 8. Start. Sit in gaol. Get rescued. Sit in gaol some more. Repeat. Where's my agency, damnit!

Fantastic version of that game though - some of the tracks are mesmerisingly great, and there's enough variation and oomph to the hazards that I retain some chance of beating the kids.
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Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection discussion thread
« Last post by Cookyman on 17 June, 2018, 10:33:59 am »
Mixed feelings about it ending but looks great in my bookcase.
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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« Last post by Tiplodocus on 17 June, 2018, 10:02:12 am »
Same here. Might try it myself as running around until someone kills you looks pretty easy.
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Film & TV / Re: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
« Last post by Tiplodocus on 17 June, 2018, 09:52:54 am »
Just caught up with this and thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't think it has the research factor of some other recent films I've liked but Holland and Keaton are great especially when that twist shows up. And hey, Donald Glover!

Any quibbles I have are minor; he is invulnerable only until the plot demands he is knocked out and Happy would surely be given NO task of any importance even in the Trump administration let alone in Stark's world. And Tiny Tips says that Peter Parker quipping commentary is much more annoying on second viewing.

But yeah, fun to be had.
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Books & Comics / Re: Thrillpower Overload: the missing chapters
« Last post by Frank on 17 June, 2018, 08:06:27 am »





Carlos Ezquerra's Johnny Alpha is the most passive-aggressive act in British comics.

Anyone who's ever tried to draw Johnny Alpha's helmet soon realises the only solution is to copy a Carlos drawing. Copy it *exactly*.

Then you realise the way you've drawn Alpha, which looked alright before, looks stupid with the Carlos helmet on his head. So you copy the way Carlos draws Alpha. Copy it *exactly*.

Then you realise the whole thing doesn't work unless it's inked the way Carlos does it. So you copy it *exactly*.

You soon realise it's quicker, easier and cheaper just to pay Ezquerra to draw the fucking thing himself.


* Then you realise you have to put a Viking in there, too, and try not to make that look stupid.
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