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Still no reply from Hachette about the last of the Mega Collection and its reproduction issues.  Not good at all.
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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« Last post by JOE SOAP on Today at 11:11:30 pm »
And I don't agree with the opinion that star wars fans are a toxic bunch, I don't think that could be further from the truth. There's just a bunch of unpleasant vocal extreme fans who are making a lot of noise....they are a part of every fan following, including this one.

They're the most militant and vocal section, naturally, but many other fans who're just unhappy have found a common goal with them: Kill Kennedy. They don't care if there are Trumpettes leading the charge as long as they get rid of the woman and her cohorts whom they see as obstacles standing in the way of them getting the Star Wars they want – whatever that means amongst 3 generations of fans. I heard one particular middle-aged woman say that Star Wars should only be run by an 'alpha male'. How you parse the lot of them out I don't know.

The failure is Disney's expectation of a higher yield on all Star Wars revenue: if they can't pump out successful and well received yearly ads (films/TV shows like Marvel) to sell their upcoming SW theme park, then they will perceive a problem in the chain. They have concentrated on the fan backlash because they see it as influencing who turns up, and toy sales, rather than being a Star Wars centric phenomenon, have fallen globally for Hasbro, Mattel and Lego, so it probably means a restructuring with a concentration on games, streaming shows and streamlining the film releases.
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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« Last post by GrudgeJohnDeed on Today at 11:11:18 pm »
I do feel that internet trolls often end up getting much, much more credit than they deserve for how much of the fandom (or any group, media-related or no) they represent, and then often the other side dig in and become even more extreme in their opposite opinion to try counter-act this perceived threat. It all polarises pretty darn fast and anyone can get sucked into it if they're not careful!
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Megazine / Re: 397 - Love Bites!
« Last post by DrJomster on Today at 10:58:45 pm »
That is a heck of a cover.

In Pride month too - good timing or happenstance!

I’m going with good timing. #PraiseBeToTharg

Actually Devlin was rather good this month. We’re edging towards the next collected edition, which can’t  be a bad thing.

Can I also give a shout out for the summer special article? Yes? Great!

Plus the Returners has a nice Japanese horror twisted head thing going on.

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1992

Well much like 1991 this is an easy year to review. Its better, much better than 1991.

On all levels Tharg is... well finding his level. The good stuff is top class and there's much more of it. The bottom stuff is still absolutely rotten, but there's much less of it and most tellingly the middle ground, while still there and dominating, is actually pretty good.

The likes of Brigand Doom and Kola Kommandos aren't having to fight above their weight as they are joined by some very good thrills, SkIIzz, Durham Red and Journal of Luke Kirby really backing up the middle order, if not quite cracking the very top ranks. These are well served though in 1992, Revere and bonefide classics Button Man and Zenith book IV. There's much to love here...

... but of course the Prog still has considerable problems and I'm afraid to say many of them are served to us by one of the greats, I've dissed Unca Pattycake quite enough to leave it alone here, but it us a problem. Millar and what I think are the (must surely be) last vestiges of Michael Fleisher's input are still far to riff and backed up by new thrills like Wireheads, but the balance is turning that's for sure.

Possibly the years variable content is best summed up by Dredd, man this is a rollercoaster and I've covered it quite enough already to make it worth going back into here, but you gotta think that these rough times would have been more managible if we'd had consistently top draw Dredd, alas for the time being those days are gone.

Artistically one thing I don't think I've specifically rallied against is that we really are in the midst of 2000ad's 'painting in mud' period at its very worst. There is of course some exception stuff being served, Burns joining the ranks and Baikie returning being prime examples but there are far too many artists just not ready and trying to mask their inadequacies by slapping the acrylic paint all over.

Anyway 1993 beckons and this one is going to be very interesting. 1992 has brought us the green shots of recovery... 1993  will bring 2000ad's enfant terribles to test how robust they are... mind one of them John Smith will be coming into a bit of a purple (prose) patch, so I'm genuinely excited to see how the balances falls to this re-readers eyes.
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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« Last post by Professor Bear on Today at 09:12:42 pm »
Star Wars fans are the absolute worst.

Signed, a Star Trek fan.
ps: don't ask me my opinions on Star Trek Discovery
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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« Last post by SIP on Today at 07:55:13 pm »
I similarly share a lot of that apathy now......the Internet seems intent on killing the joy in most things. And yes, I do appreciate the irony that I too am a part of that by discussing this here.

As for Kennedy, nobody will ever convince me that giving a film so important to get right as "The Last Jedi" to Rian Johnson, seemingly leaving him with free reign to do whatever he liked, with a constant background nagging murmur from its main star, was  ever a good decision. It feels like someone who just couldn't care less about the quality of the output.

And I don't agree with the opinion that star wars fans are a toxic bunch, I don't think that could be further from the truth. There's just a bunch of unpleasant vocal extreme fans who are making a lot of noise....they are a part of every fan following, including this one.
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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« Last post by abelardsnazz on Today at 07:48:11 pm »
Enjoyed ABC Warriors volume 2, yes there's a bit of preaching from Uncle Pat but that doesn't get in the way of the action and humour. Stunning art throughout too, and it's good to see SMS getting some well-deserved recognition.
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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« Last post by Steve Green on Today at 07:36:44 pm »
I have no real opinion either way, just pointing out how it might appear.

I'm increasingly bored of most things pop culture since it seems impossible to watch something without it being spoiled to death/come with increasing amounts of baggage.

5 years ago I would have been right down the cinema to watch Incredibles 2... now - I really can't be arsed.

Didn't mind the retread of TFA, didn't hate or love TLJ, never watched any of the TV stuff and didn't watch Solo.

Only recently caught up with the Marvel stuff (Infinity War aside), and didn't bother with WW or JL.

Seems half the time I'm watching something feels like out of obligation.
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