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Books & Comics / Digital comic server advice
« on: 14 March, 2021, 09:18:49 PM »
Over the last year of so I have acquired a big pile of digital comics (thanks Humble Bundle). These are all stored on a NAS and I've been downloading a few at a time onto an Android tablet to read with Comicat. This works fine but there's a layer of file management which, in an ideal world, I'd like to get rid of. For my musiccollection  I run some DLNA server software on the NAS to allow other devices to access the files. I'm wondering if I could do something similar for my comics?

Poking around google I've seen people talking about adding a folder to Comicat via SMB or setting up an Ubooquity server. I can't find any step by step instructions for the former and can't seem to find a way to access the networked folder in Comicat. Ubooquity looks promising but requires quite a bit more set up - cerainly more than I'm going to embard on tonight. Anyone on here had any success with either of these approaches or have any suggestions for alternative ways to achieve this?

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Music / Virtual New Year Party
« on: 31 December, 2020, 04:04:24 PM »
If you're looking for a virtual party this evening then the New Year Doof Broadcast has just started streaming on twitch https://www.twitch.tv/lee_chaos with a chat running in discord https://discord.gg/bFz2a3B.

Expect a wide variety of tunes from pop to alternative, and ranging from rock to dance. I've ended up with a late set for my contribution (around 2.30ish but I won't be surprised if the schedules slipped a bit by that end of the event).

There's a FB event is here if you want more details https://www.facebook.com/events/389843362272101

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Books & Comics / Stanic Mojo Comix #7 up on Indiegogo
« on: 03 October, 2020, 12:49:25 PM »
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/satanic-mojo-comix-7#/

"designed, in look and feel, as a tribute to the classic underground comix like Zap & Slow Death. We have taken inspiration from the undergrounds themselves as well as the Weird pulps and, pre-code, golden comics, especially EC comics. Aficionados of underground comix will find that Satanic Mojosits especially well between, Last Gasp favourites, Skull & Leather Nun.

Our main recurring characters have been Lester Starbeard, Veronicka ‘High Priestess’, ‘Kid’ James Bonny & Rupert Franklin the Third. A gang of occultist, hippy freaks who share a Victorian townhouse in 1960s San Francisco.

Issue 7 goes deeper than ever before into the story of Lester Starbeard we see how he and his pals experience their very own death of the sixties moment in “Panhandle Pandemonium” the tale of a Black Acid* freak-out at a free festival gone wrong. "

I picked up issues 2-6 of this at a music festical last year. It's utterly batshit crazy and definitely not suitable for children or the easily offended. If you don't like grotesque devils, over the top gore and an abundance of nudity and sex in your comics then this really isn't for you.

EAT THE BLACK ACID; HAIL SATAN

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Film Discussion / B-Movies Gold
« on: 17 June, 2020, 10:40:43 PM »
Any other lovers of low budget b-movie fodder on here?

Just discovered this gem is on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y921giNTtuo Persuaded a bunch of friends to watch it this evening for a virtual movie night - I'm not convinced everyone got it, lol.

A serial killer goes on a quest to save his kidnapped bride from the evil Baron Nefarious and his Zombitron. Unnecessary nudity, excessive jam and zero sanity.

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Books & Comics / Humanoids Comics Bundle
« on: 21 May, 2020, 05:47:23 PM »
I've been really enjoying diving into the huge pile of digital comics currently on offer by Humanoids (available here for a few more days if you want to buy in).

It was the Jodorowsky and Moebius stuff that caught my attention initially, whilst I've read The Incal and The Metabarons before I've never got around to reading the Before The Incal and Final Incal so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to check them out. Having said that I've actually started by reading some of the non-Jodorowsky content in the bundle as I was intrigued to see what else was on offer. This has led me to a breadth first exploration of the collection rather than diving deep into anyone series. Below are my initial thoughts on some of the comics, I'd be interested to hear what others are making of them. I'll try to keep things spoiler free (or at least tagged) and would appreciate it if others would do the same.

Carthago:
Just finished volume 2 last night. Setup reads like a textbook b-movie about a giant shark; evil machinations from a shady corporation (check), a mysterious wealthy crypto-zoologist (check), some intrepid environmentalists seeking to uncover the truth (check).  Despite being a little predictable it's good fun stuff with loads of gorgeous underwater sequences which let the art shine.

Legend Of The Scarlet Blades
Only read the first volume so far. The plot revolves around a ronin with a mysterious past, so far so predictable samurai comic. What really sets this apart is the absolutely jaw dropping art, those ice wolves are freaking amazing.  It's tense and action packed stuff as this volume slowly drips out the backstory and builds it's world.  Very tempting to just keep going on into the next book at the end and see where it's taking the characters next but decided to take it slow and savour this one.  Cracking stuff which feels like it would be perfectly at home in the prog.

Omni
I have to admit I'm not the greatest fan of superheros - it's just one of those genres that doesn't really appeal. This is an alright start, it sets up the world and our heroine nicely but I'm not sure I'm all that engaged yet.  This was the first one of the shared-world set (Omni, Ignited, Strangelands) that I tried, maybe I just picked the wrong starting point. Gonna try Ignited next and see if that draws me in more.

Metal Hurlant Collection 1 Vol 1
A collection of short Future Shock style sci-fi pieces. All pretty solid, with some good twists. Only let down was Monster Police Department, it set up and intriguing world but it didn't really do anything with it.

Not had a chance to get any further yet but based on the above (and previous knowledge or Jodorowsky's Incal and Metabarons) I have to say this is superb value for money.  If you're on the fence about buying it I'd strongly urge you to dive in - for just $15 for this many comics there's really no good reason not too.

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Classifieds / Berserk Tankobans
« on: 23 February, 2020, 11:04:24 AM »
Have the first 18 volumes of Kentaro Miura's Berserk for sale as I'm upgrading to hardbacks.  All in excellent condition.  Would prefer to sell these as a set rather than splitting them up.  Open to sensible offers.

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