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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 22 April, 2021, 02:25:02 PM »
Guess I'll find out if Hachette actually managed to update my address properly in the next few days then

Tough call on this one... a really tough call.  Think I'm going to have to go for Necropolis

Also, I don't know what a petard is.

A small bomb used for blowing up fortifications.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 April, 2021, 09:16:24 AM »
Hmmm. The ultimate collection appear to have vanished from the Hachette website!?! Hopefully just a temporary glitch?

Appears to be back this morning.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 15 April, 2021, 04:15:23 PM »
Seems like Absolute Swamp Thing vol 2 is sold out (again), but noticed on Books etc that they've got the Akira 35th Anniversary boxset for £100:

Not sure what sort of price this goes for normally but seems a pretty good price. I've never actually read the whole thing (started collecting the Epic run when it started but never stuck with it) and the softcover versions go for around £15-20 each so it's around the same price for all six volumes in hardcover (plus an additional book, Akira Club) so I've gone for it.

You won't regret it - it's a lovely box set of an awesome story.  It was this boxset that dragged me back into comics after a long hiatus. Like you I'd never finished the story and when I saw this advertised I thought - hell yeah. Since then I've filled a couple of bookcases.

General / Re: Now I Know My ABCs...
« on: 14 April, 2021, 08:44:50 AM »
Looking really good. Shaping up to be an awesome resource

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 12 April, 2021, 08:58:07 PM »
Back cover of this week’s prog lists credits for the Dominion book as Wagner, Kek, Hine, Percival & Cornwell.
Presence of Kek suggests more Deadworld with Kendall’s name left off due to space, but what has Dan C drawn that could go in that book?

Poking around on Barney I reckon the answer is:

Judge Fear - Memories are Made of This from Prog 2073 - written by Kek-W and drawn by Dan Cornwell.

And I'm going to predict Kendall's name is absent because we're not getting more Deadworld on top of that (although I'd love to be wrong about that one).

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 12 April, 2021, 02:49:22 PM »
Seeing that list again reminds me that it's a really thrillpacked few months we've got coming up. Several volumes in there that I'm really looking forwards to as it'll give me a chance to fill in the backstories (Jaegir, Grey Area, Defoe). Also looking forwards to finally reading the last Absalom story, that's been the only thing I've ever skipped in the prog since I started subscribing as I was worried it might spoiler some of the earlier tales.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2226 - Enter the Nunja
« on: 07 April, 2021, 09:18:47 PM »
It's a good prog but the Nunja doesn't quite manage to fill Nakka's shoes. Thistlebone also feels like it's stalling a little (one of those I'm sure this will read better collected episodes where not much really happens).

Feral and Foe was the star of the show for me - looking forwards to seeing how the team manage a fiight against a more serious foe. Visions coming in a close second - Kendall's art really sells the grim grotesque world this inhabits. Still making my mind up about this Dredd, I think it has plenty of potential interesting to see where it goes next.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 07 April, 2021, 08:42:09 PM »
Just have his on the Hachette site
Number of pages for Issue 93, 264


The page counts on there are utterly unreliable.  The only thing you can be certain of is that the book has a different number of pages to whatever it says.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 06 April, 2021, 07:51:49 AM »
This one seems a bit on the slim side.  Any reason for that?

I think it's just a result of the story lengths. Either this volume of the last volume of Red Seas was always going to be a bit on the slim side (or require some backup strip). This way around leads to the more average distribution bringing the next story into vol 3 would have left vol 4 very slim and probably in need of some supporting strip(s).

I'm assuming vol 3 contains:

StoryPage CountProgs
Signs And Portents40Progs 1617-1623
The Chimes At Midnight30Progs 1644-1649
Hell And High Water70Progs 1688-1699

Which would leave the following for book 4:

StoryPage CountProgs
Gods And Monsters70Progs 1728-1739
Beautiful Freak45Progs 1792-1796
Fire Across The Deep70Progs 1813-1823

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 05 April, 2021, 08:18:13 PM »
It’s more complicated than that. News has seen a massive squeeze due to fewer people being willing to pay for it. This has resulted in far fewer people being employed in production (proofing; fact checking) and a tendency to commission cheaper content (opinion vs investigative journalism). Magazines have had much the same problem, but the widespread impact these is obviously far less overt.

Oh yeah absolutely - I was massively oversimplifying with my one line reply. It is a genuinely distrubing trend though. As Tjm86 said a free and impartial press is essential to democracy; if we (the electorate) don't have accurate information about what's going on then our ability to vote on those issues is diminished and so is our democracy.

Modern Russia seems to be looking to control social media - I think they've already seen that the press is no longer as relevant as it once was.

It's hard to see how we get back from here. The old adage Information Wants To Be Free is looking somewhat tattered. It seems that when information is free the quality of that information is questionable at best.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 04 April, 2021, 08:17:32 PM »
a profession whose cornerstone is supposedly the pursuit of objective truth

Most of them gave up on that years ago... it's all about the advertising £s and has been for ages.

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