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Messages - Leigh S

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: Today at 06:35:10 pm »
I'm not British, so it would be unfair and uneducated of me to comment as to why it's not happening in Chelmsley Wood.  I could make a few jokes as to why, but then only us barbarians would get it.

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Make the jokes, everyone who knows the place does! But honestly, it is a desperately squalid and cheap and hopeless place where every neighbour depises their neighbour. What stops them from obtaining the most lethal item they can and trying to take out as many people as they can in Cash Generator?

I was thinking about the time when Heavy Metal music was blamed for these kind of things, and my response I'm sure was very similar to a pro-gun enthusiast - "I don't kill people - I'm a responsible user - dont' take away my fun!" - so on just that basis, I understand the protective impulse - lets say they did prove a link between a small number of suicides and murders with music - should we ban everyone from listening? Trump would presumably advocate playing Manson directly into classrooms.   Mental Health IS a factor that plays into this - but I'm not sure wishing that everyone could be like yourself and responsible and community minded is not really like wishing no one was mentally ill. It isnt a practical solution in the first place, and isnt the solution the UK or other countries use to keep the kill crazies at bay.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: Today at 05:54:38 pm »
But the UK is even more Godless and lacking in community spirit than the most barren backwater of the US- trust me on this, I'm from Chelmsley Wood!  But school children DON'T kill each other, or attempt to kill each otehr in mass numbers - it just doesnt happen.  What's keeping us from doing it?

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Books & Comics / Re: The Zarjaz, Dogbreath & FQP comics thread
« on: 20 February, 2018, 07:35:43 pm »
Dan is coming on leaps and bounds!  I initially had that down as Patrick Goddard at a glance - I'm not misremembering he has another Dredd on the way?

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General / Re: Everything comes back after 20 years: The Prog's New Dark Age
« on: 17 February, 2018, 04:27:28 pm »
Interesting feature on new creators due to appear in the foreseeable future.... Good timing from Tharg, that one!

What where - when.... hold on am I missing something obvious again???

oops this months megazine - thought I had included that!

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General / Re: Everything comes back after 20 years: The Prog's New Dark Age
« on: 17 February, 2018, 02:16:37 pm »
Interesting feature on new creators due to appear in the foreseeable future.... Good timing from Tharg, that one!

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General / Re: Everything comes back after 20 years: The Prog's New Dark Age
« on: 15 February, 2018, 09:38:45 pm »
The "you're not a kid anymore" argument goes some way, but I wasnt a kid reading "Day of Chaos" and I couldnt wait to get next weeks prog.  I wasnt a kid reading "Traitor To His Kind", or Dante or Zombo....

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Books & Comics / Re: Classic Dan Dare Collections
« on: 14 February, 2018, 09:34:04 pm »
I have the first 11 Titans then foolishly decided that since they weren't continuing, I would stop with Hampson.... bah! If they do some reprints of the first 13 (or at least those last two!) then I'm back on board! 

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General / Re: Everything comes back after 20 years: The Prog's New Dark Age
« on: 13 February, 2018, 04:12:36 pm »
I think the way it most resembles the 90s is the lack of Wagner. 

Pat Mills is propping up my interest (as he did then) with arguably better quality stuff than his 90s output, but at least there are no Mark Millars to really shit in the gravy

But I do take the point it is competent to a point of blandness at times and desperately needs a bit of oomph that I would have to go back as far as Al Ewing to find regularly  Edgington, Rennie and Abnett are all prefectly competent, but to a larger or lesser extent I'm rarely engaged in the week to week action of whatever strip they are doing. 

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General / Re: 2000ad All female creative teams in 2018 Summer Special
« on: 12 February, 2018, 08:30:40 pm »
While I am interested in Alec Worley and Ben Willsher's Durham Red, she is a bit of a weaker character in many respects - compare to the more nuanced Anderson, De Marco, Hershey et al, Durham Red feels a bit "retro" in her sexy vamp cliches (to be kind!).  The recent 40th anniversary story by Lauren Beukes/DanHalvorsen seems a good example of how having a female writer can work without recasting the character that much (Abnett/Harrison recasting having its own set of issues!)

I don't see how more of that kind of thing could ever be a problem?

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 12 February, 2018, 03:52:39 pm »
Belatedly to the party - Colin Wilson is also one of my top 2000AD artists - his Dredd and Rogue are up there with the definitive versions, most especially his grasp of believable and cool looking future ctechnology

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General / Re: 2000ad All female creative teams in 2018 Summer Special
« on: 12 February, 2018, 03:50:46 pm »
Just a few points really

Firstly, I am no expert (or indeed great fan) of Punk music, but I don;t think it would be controversial to say that one of the great things about Punk was that it encouraged loads of women to actually create rather than just consume music...

Secondly, you don't need to have a daughter or a partner to want them to have as wide a choice of opportunities as possible, surely?  Though it helps to be able to think my Elsie night one day be drawing or scripting the adventures of reknowned SJWs such as Johnny Alpha  or Nemesis The Warlock,  fighting for mutant and alien rights though the deluded cucktards may be (have I made that one up?)

I wish I could have lived in a world where my would be wife had as much chance of doing a "man's job" as myself - it would beat moaning about office politics all night! Why would you not ant that world for future generations?  If you are upset that people think differently to the white middle aged man, does excluding these people on gender and race grounds help resolve that gap, or make it wider?




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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 08 February, 2018, 11:42:48 pm »
"I've got them - I'm just not scratching" is one of my top 5 Dredd lines!

As for the price, it wasnt the kids the annuals were aimed at - they were seen as an easy Christmas present / Stocking Filler for grannies and parents rather than being affordable to kids straight off the shelf - so they are milking the 'dults rather than the juves!


Love "Day in the Death.."

"Behold THe Beast" is masterclass stuff - how to do a "nostalgia" story that just works as a story period - Helter Skelter hang your head in shame!

And "line 9" is so chilling and funny and depressing!  Possibly a good primer story that sums up Dredd as good as anything in 6 or 7 pages?





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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 04 February, 2018, 07:18:32 pm »
...it is very easy to take a worse case example and conflate that with all criticism...

True, but if only that 'worse case' was ever a lone example!  I was very pleasantly surprised by Nu-Ghostbusters, it was far from perfect, but in no way deserved the dogpile of hate it appeared to receive.  It really doesn't take much to see the films (and other media) selected for this treatment as having common elements, specifically being perceived as trespassing on the piss-stained white-male-victim territory of the GamerGate fucks and their equally pathetic successors.  Valid criticisms may well get lost, and indeed conflated with this regressive prickery, in any attempts to counter this flow of shite, but let's be honest if childish here: they started it.

Yeah, there's a huge swathe of invalid criticism that is motivated by the critics own insecurities and crazies.  From a GB point of view, I havent seen the new one or the original all the way through, but I do recall it having some issues with its portrayal of women in those opening scenes, so making an all female version was bound to rattle some unpleasant cages. 

Waiter: "was your meal to your satisfaction?"
Diner 1: "well it was a little slow and a bit undercook-"
Diner 2: "You bastards! You just reheated a ready meal - IT'S A READY MEAL! I SAW THE PACKETS!"

The waiter can walk away with a clear conscience that there's some crazy folk out there, but that meal might well have needed another 5 minutes... But it is tempting and actually a smart move to write off the whole shebang of disgruntleds as a singular basket of deplorable "ming mongs".

And it is great for silencing valid criticism, becuase I dont want to put myself in that basket with the kind of peolpe who happily use phrases sucha s "snowflake", "SJW", "Virtue Signalling" etc

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Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 04 February, 2018, 06:35:08 pm »
I have no opinion onf the Star Wars film (not seen it), but this does seem to be a problem with the internet in general perhaps, or at least exacerbated by it, from Ghostbusters to the Labour Anti-semitic rows, it is very easy to take a worse case example and conflate that with all criticism - I am reminded of Russle T Davies very successful "ming mong" defence of any criticism of his Who tenure

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Suggestions / Re: Dredd: Helter Skelter REDUX
« on: 31 January, 2018, 10:59:49 pm »
Helter Skelter was for me the biggest fumble Ennis ever did (and I quite like some of his Dredds to put that into context.

It has his worst excesses of hero worshipping Dredd  - "he is OK, and even if he does shoot you for littering and oppress you, he doesnt get paid or even thanked for it"

Worse than that, it turns into a "Lawmaster tour of North Mega-City" - the motivation of the villains makes no sense! "Dredd was a minor irritation in our dimension, but we hate him so much!"

If they ahd thought through the consequences of Dredd dying at the hands of Judge Cal, you could ahve had a very interesting story - Dredd isnt around, and things snowball from there - Cal and Kazan are trying to abandon their universe to Dredds due to Judge Death gaining a foothold - Dredd has to go to the alternate universe, where we see how much worse things would ahve been without Dredd (and maybe make that point Ennis is making without having to actually say it) 

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