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General / Re: So what ever happened to Stickleback???
« on: Today at 10:45:45 am »
I think Si Spurrier gave up attending Irish conventions because he had to endure me lobbying for the return of lobster random year after year after year.

Talked to Dom Reardon about cabs last month - probably the politest man in comics - he’s ever happy and would love to be in 2000ad soon but says he thinks Gordon isn’t interested in cabs (and he was unfailingly polite about Rennies right to be so). Has a OGN coming out soon from which he had a ton of beautiful pages on display.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 19 June, 2018, 11:21:46 am »
What do you mean...

bull, light, horse's head, legs, arms, and up-turned face...it's all pretty clear to me...

Said Frank Millar when he turned in ‘that’ cover.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 18 June, 2018, 07:34:46 pm »
The problem is it’s not clear cut what it is. Everyone saying it’s not meant to be taken literally is putting clear examples of other metaphorical covers (of course Dredd isn’t 50 ft tall, of course alpha isn’t falling in space). Problem is nobody can clearly say what’s going on with this cover - is it a ‘bloodbath’, is it a plasma coffin? What even is a plasma coffin? Is she lying down, standing up? What is the red stuff?

Confusion is emblematic of it not being a very good cover on a certain level.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 18 June, 2018, 12:59:16 pm »
Looks more like a Brigand Doom reboot to me.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2086 - Bet on Red!
« on: 17 June, 2018, 12:50:04 pm »
Conversely I think it’s a not great cover

1) the parts of her body seem incoherently exposed if emerging from a (flat lying) liquid.
2) the huge white areas just seem a waste of cover space, like the artist wasn’t bothered.
3) the face is weirdly expressionless and the skin colouring dead-like - zombie-red?
4) why are there no drips of liquid on the emerged parts - most notable the right hand gun?
5) what physical position would you be in to expose forehead, hands, breasts and thighs? Great core work out but most people emerge from liquid torso up first.

It sort of works if she’s coming thru a vertical plasma doorway / teleport but not at all from a horizontal liquid.

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News / Re: Sci-Fi Special 2018 - Cover
« on: 13 June, 2018, 07:04:37 pm »
Preview in the thrill mail looks great. Sorta BOOM! Meets 2000ad vibe going on in style and will be an interesting read. Really liked the art on the one-untitled tale in the preview (seems to be a judge death reference in it). Looks good and looking forward to reading.

One thing that stood out is the art in the terror tale being so different to standard 2000ad fare that it might inspire others to write a different sort of terror tale to fit art like that or other art styles. Helping to break the ‘all been done before’ script problems for future shocks ‘ terror tales.

Oh yeah, can I suggest tharg look at Katie Skelly to really shake up a series, and dream job would be to get the phenomenal Joelle Jones on a Dredd / Max Normal MC1 strip. As an artist she is the real deal.

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Books & Comics / Re: Wildcat - any good?
« on: 12 June, 2018, 12:19:25 pm »
Word to the rebellion reprint line then...

‘Sci-fi’ PLUS - ‘Ortiz, Ron Smith, Redondo, Vanyo, David Pugh, some Massimo, Ian Kennedy, Lalia and more’ IS MUCH more of a must buy than anything released so far.

Would love them to reprint the whole thing as released rather than compile the stories. It’s only 12 issues so 2 volumes would be a great ‘as was’ archive edition.

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Books & Comics / Re: Wildcat - any good?
« on: 12 June, 2018, 01:07:40 am »
Would this fall under the rebellion rights library these days. Because a 2 volume compilation of the whole thing would be VERY appealing given the artists involved.

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General / Re: IDW Judge Dredd
« on: 11 June, 2018, 12:53:14 pm »
I stated quite clearly imho that you’ve worked on books that deserved to do much better than they did and - as a collorary to my point on dredd, largely didn’t because they weren’t big 2 / offshoot work of big name big 2 creator.

I certainly don’t lump you in with anyone. As far as I can see alt covers shift a few extra copies at a specialist price point (eg Ennis books) or for launch / early issues. They’ve nothing to do with whether a series breaks big / establishes a character / ‘verse. But I case there is any confusion - i in no way think JC has owt to do with ‘Diversity and Comics Fuckers’

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General / Re: IDW Judge Dredd
« on: 11 June, 2018, 11:02:38 am »
A limited number of very poor quality reprinted stories without attendant participatory publicity from the creator is hardly meeting the point I’ve made.

Morrison and Millar are two of the biggest names in US comics. A collection of effectively ‘new’ work by either of them should garner interest and sales.

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And I’m someone whose read a huge number of comics you’ve worked on that deserved much better US domestic appreciation but, for the same reason, didn’t ‘break’.

I have no idea what point you think you’re making here.

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As for your covers point - we’ll youve demolished your own point by referencing ‘move the needle’.

That phrase existed before a particular shower of bastards appropriated it for a hashtag. I’ll thank you not to lump me in with those fuckers, thankyouverymuch.

Only you could read like you’re picking a fight with someone actively complimenting your work. Sigh.

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General / Re: IDW Judge Dredd
« on: 10 June, 2018, 10:19:50 pm »
A limited number of very poor quality reprinted stories without attendant participatory publicity from the creator is hardly meeting the point I’ve made.

And I’m someone whose read a huge number of comics you’ve worked on that deserved much better US domestic appreciation but, for the same reason, didn’t ‘break’.

As for your covers point - we’ll youve demolished your own point by referencing ‘move the needle’.

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General / Re: IDW Judge Dredd
« on: 10 June, 2018, 07:12:58 pm »
IDWs line was always warped by the weird and failed logic of ‘americians don’t get Dredd’ which is fallacious as the last 30 years of US comics history shows americians rarely ‘get’ anything that isn’t either by the Big 2 or from one of their leading lights branching out into Image. So instead we got a bunch of people deliberately trying to not write 2000ad Dredd.

If you want americians to ‘get’ Dredd pay Scott Snyder or Jonathan Hickman to write it. Get Jim Lee or Sean Murphy to draw it. If you’re not going to do that then the chances of Dredd breaking America are a crapshoot.

I say this as someone who reads pretty much any americian indie (image / aftershock / IDW / dark horse / Boom! Etc comic) first issue to see what it’s got - so many great comics simply don’t make it when they don’t have a big name attached.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2084 - Hail to the Chief!
« on: 08 June, 2018, 09:36:22 am »
Yes but I don’t want to be slagging off a particular person.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2084 - Hail to the Chief!
« on: 08 June, 2018, 12:48:55 am »
Sin Dex and Grey Area are both strips that work for me with certain artists and not with others. With Simon Davis (Sin Dex) or Mark Harrison (Grey Area) they really fly and are always stand out 2000ad strips. Whereas when certain others have tried them it just didn’t gel. There was a particularly long SinDex epic that was totally insipid simply due to an artist (who had done fine work elsewhere in the prog) just being a bad fit imho. Like many 2000ad strips they benefit from artists who really want to ‘draw the shit’ out of each page and embellish the writers words and character interactions.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2085
« on: 07 June, 2018, 05:26:14 pm »
Gun Your Engines!

Sub - assassins hit and run in Judge Dredd

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