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Events / Turbo Jones / Ian Kennedy
« on: 22 December, 2018, 10:33:36 am »

Events / Derry Comiccity festival - October 27th
« on: 27 July, 2018, 12:18:44 pm »
Well between enniskillen, omagh and the return (ish) of 2d Derry (under a new name for licensing reasons) - Norn Iron seems to have turned into the home of 2000ad related festivals.

Prog / Prog 2085
« on: 07 June, 2018, 03:26:44 pm »
Surprised this landed so early - great cliff Robinson cover in that it’s cliff Robinson rather than it’s a great cover (it’s fine)

Everything else moving along grand. Two art niggles - jake Lynch needs to draw some backgrounds and the ‘night’ colours on Durham Red make it a particularly dull strip to look at.

Still nice to have bagged my first subs thread with my first subs issue.

Events / Enniskillen Comic Fest 2018 - May 11th - 12th
« on: 25 February, 2018, 02:27:00 am »
Just so all boarders are aware - if you want the antidote to big faceless cons and to attend a very chilled relaxed long-time-to-chat-with-creators then the Enniskillen comic festival is the place. Last year you could have sat and talked to the likes of Clint Langley or John Wagner for half an hour without interruption. Only Carlos was flat out entertaining the masses. This year the organisers have again assembled a huge gathering of droids--

Dan Abnett & Nik Vincent
Boo Cook *
INJ Culbard
Phil Winslade
Dom Reardon
Simon Coleby
PJ Holden
Eoin Coveney
Glenn Fabry
Michael Carroll
Ryan Brown
Colin McNeil *

(* - the PR Announcing these three seems to have disappeared so maybe they’re not confirmed anymore)

Anyway Enniskillen is not only beautiful it’s also an incredibly cheap part of the country to visit and if you book flights now you’ll get cheap flights. Go to Enniskillen and never want to go to a big comic con again. It’s like the lakes, but with nicer lakes. 😉

News / Dredd TV show
« on: 10 May, 2017, 06:08:08 pm »

Other Reviews / TCJ
« on: 07 April, 2015, 07:23:41 pm »
Comics journalist-critic-historian-dandies Tucker Stone and Joe McCulloch give cast an extensive gaze over 2000ad's N.Americian output in a 'by God there is so much we'll never be done' attempt to post something they've aborted more than once. Generally good stuff even if I disagree about Lowlife...


Books & Comics / Panel Patter does 2000AD
« on: 26 October, 2014, 03:14:32 pm »
Excellent 'ignored comics' blog Panel Patter has started trying to increase it's coverage of 2000AD from a 'i've read a few in the past but now want to jump in' perspective.  PP's covers indie comics and the non-hyped independent comics scene (ie, you're more likely to get a Dynamite comic covered rather than 'this weeks big Image release'.

Prog 1900 - http://www.panelpatter.com/2014/10/reviewing-starting-point-2000ad-1900.html
Prog 1901 - http://www.panelpatter.com/2014/10/sentencing-report-2000ad-1901.html

covered so far, go give them some love and help encourage this established divergently read blog keeps on with spreadin' the word...

Books & Comics / Forbidden Planet. Belfast
« on: 01 August, 2014, 01:49:08 am »
Anyone else have a pull list here? Get the insane letter? Think I'm just about done with supporting my LCS.

Not really seen much about this but its very good - Via the Newstand app is a (bi-monthly, really more like bi-annual) UK digital comics magazine - seems to cover whats happening in digital comics with a slant on UK producers.  Has some hack called 'Holden' doing these 'Grifter's 101' tutorials (rather good) as well as some free actual comics (the publisher seems to also do apps for UK talent like Hunt Emerson and Eddie Campbell).

Pretty Damm fine.

Books & Comics / THe Book Depository
« on: 14 January, 2013, 12:31:54 pm »
Anyone buy regularly from The Book Depository? I've ordered 4 things from them in the last month and 2 have been damaged in a 'dropped before packaging' way. Packaging seems inadequate too - stuff Amazon would put in a box (The Parker Martini edition, Manara volumes) they put in the bare flatpack-plus-tiny-overlap style packaging not suited to the weight of those volumes.

Quickly moving to the 'not worth the cash saved dept'.

General / HMV Death
« on: 10 January, 2013, 04:56:36 pm »
Sadly (and sadly a week too late for Dredd DVD) it looks like HMV is about to kick the bucket with a large death-rattle sale tomorrow (friday 11th). One near here  has 2000AD tshirts, the Dredd Soundtrack and (if you ask) might have the DVD in.

Sorry if anyone has friends or family work for them.

General / 2000AD meets (fictional) life trivia question
« on: 13 May, 2012, 09:57:13 am »
Any ideas as to whom the shorter gentleman of the two in the centre is meant to be?

Prog / Prog FCBD 2012
« on: 04 May, 2012, 11:01:55 am »
hurrah, non-subby bags a thread on behalf of mid-week readers everywhere!

FCBD Prog just landed (thanks to the link provided by this very forum) and its a doozy.

COVER Dredd, Zombo & Icabod in fab Jock-o-vision. supersweet.

Dredd - 4 page exclusive of Wagner & Rufus with Dredd's world introduced via a QnA with a TV host as Dredd tracks down some drug pushers. Rufus' art gives a really solid meaty McMahon/Flint Dredd and more Tank Girl style toony cits. a few of them have a touch of the Brett Ewins styling which is fab. Its a great combo and perfect for the tone of the piece. He really nails Dredd every time. Great to see him drawing for 2000ad again. Wagner indulges the fanboys a nice reference at the end of the strip after what otherwise is clearly, and beautifully, written for the new reader.

Icabod Azrael Opening chapter of BK I, as beautiful and glorious as ever.

Zombo The Day The Law Died Pt 1. Seemed a bit odd as Zombo himself doesn't feature.

Robusters Alan Moore & Steve Dillon's classic Bax The Burner tale. Effective and emotive although to me seems very dated. Maybe just because I can remember it from publication. Wonder how it plays to a new reader.

FS - Whatever happened to the Green Pedestrian Palm? Chris Weston's beautiful tale from recent times. They could print this every year and i'd not tire of it. The Dave Gibbons painting makes me smile each time.

back cover THAT  Chris Weston 'after Brian Bolland' piece from this year, free of obscuring type. beautiful.

also - fantastic funny PYE advert in a Hitch-hikers Guide humour style. Deserves to be in the Prog 'proper' one of these days.

a fabulous collection, lets hope it converts a few hundred thousand to the cause.

Prog / Long Day Coming - The Day of Chaos
« on: 08 April, 2012, 01:25:01 pm »
Whilst doing some mundane tasks I found myself thinking about the DoC so far (up to prog 1777) and a few things struck me about what, aside from duration, is lifting the DoC out of the 'usual' mega-arc

1) Love of the City vs Love of the Citizens. - A lot of time has been taken to free and integrate into the background PJ Maybe. He was present and integral as part of the last epic so surely his role has to be different this time. PJ has always been an exceptional chemist and here we are dealing with a virus. More importantly Wagner has long established PJ as truly loving the people and able to differentiate his slaying from his love of the masses (it reminds me of the Polish director Kieslowski's comment in his auto-biography saying 'I love humanity, its people I can't stand'). Whereas Dredd really doesn't love citizens at all. He loves the City itself. Maybe the DoC can't tease out this difference but it certainly is there to be expounded.

2) The Finale? With the capture and / death of the Sov's there is no 'big bad' to have a traditional climax against. All we have so far is the dead Sovs, a virus, faceless minor terror groups and the still roaming PJ who has been outside the fray. So there probably will need to be one still to emerge. Could it be PJ? Well his power is popularity and threat to the judicial system in showing he never died. Hardly the stuff of epic ending-showdowns as it is more 'moving pieces of the chess board' type stuff. Outlandishly maybe he could lead a revolt  (an irredentism story might keep the epic going another year plus) but I'd still think this time PJ is on the side of the good. So.. who / what is the end of the Day of Chaos.. it can't simply be diminishing returns of the virus.

3) Responsibility - Dredd has been on the council of five during this. Is this the first? If so, well Joe can hardly just waltz away saying 'told you we should have nuked the sovs'. The whole system has been shown as deficient and vulnerable and Dredd has been square at the top along with the other Council members. Either Joe is going to change or the system is going to be changed but the manner in which MC-1 has been convincingly brought to the cusp of doom means things can't go back to the status quo. 

anyhow, sorry for making you read all that, just needed it out of the system or I'll still be thinking about it later today. Cruse you John Wagner for making comics so consuming.  And thank you.

Anyone else got any thoughts on where the DoC is heading>?

News / 35 Years - Forbidden Planet Blog
« on: 26 February, 2012, 05:54:23 pm »
The ever-entertaining Forbidden Planet blog has a slew of posts on the 35th anniversary of 2000AD up this weekend, including an entertaining piece on Zenith and a very interesting start to a 'I am going to start reading 2000AD' regular series. Oh and they plug that auld futureshockd blog a bit. The FP blog is a great interface with the rest of the UK comics scene so am sure any comments and enthusiasm from the old hacks ( ;) ) here will help with building the support of the comic.


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