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News / Re: Zenith returns in Prog 2050!
« Last post by Frank on Today at 12:35:53 pm »
You keep assuming that new stories would be generic crap. That's what I take issue with ...

It's fashionable these days to assume the only people who can handle a property are the original creators. how did that work out for the Phantom Menace and Rouge One?

Star Wars is a good example of what I'm talking about. If you like Force Awakens and Rogue One, good for you - but nobody thinks they're great.

I don't think they're awful, I think they're average - which is what I expect more Zenith, more Devlin Waugh, and more Indigo Prime to be. More for the sake of more.

I'm basing that assessment on 30 years of Tharg giving writers a crack at house characters. Some were okay, others were awful, none of them were great.

As you point out, Zenith wasn't so special that it needs resurrecting. A novel voice combining ideas in new ways is what means Zenith is remembered as great.

If Rory McConville, Nigel Long, and Matt Smith have great story ideas, I'd rather see them create new strips that might turn out to be great in their own right.


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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« Last post by 8-Ball on Today at 12:05:31 pm »
Currently reading the Invasion! podcast along with the TPB. Bill and the lads dressing up as statues in order to spring a surprise attack on the Volgs is one of the most ludicrously ingenious (and insane) schemes I have ever seen. Just how long were they standing like that? Why did none of the Volgs notice that a bunch of new statues had suddenly appeared out of nowhere? Amazing.
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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« Last post by TordelBack on Today at 12:02:44 pm »
There's also reference to Megazine 339 in that list of sources, which does feature a 4-page Henry Flint-drawn Future Shock.

EDIT: which I see Abelardsnazz helpfully listed some 4 months ago, along with everything else we've been discussing... I feel sure there was a time when I could remember things, but I can't think when.
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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by dweezil2 on Today at 11:46:21 am »
Yes, Al Pacino was in Jack and Jill

So very confused now, 'cos that was pretty funny.

And don't forget Scent Of A Woman!
Scent Of A Turd, more like!
How Pacino bagged an Oscar for this and not Carlito's Way is just one of life's unfathomable mysteries!

Tsk, how can you not like scent of a woman?

It's absolute mawkish drivel and Pacino hams it unbearably!

Nah, it's great. Nothing wrong with a bit of sentiment.

There is when it's so poorly executed, but each to their own.  ;)
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Announcements / Re: New Hachette tests
« Last post by Tomwe on Today at 11:41:23 am »
That also makes for a skinny book, given that they need to be in the 200–250 range, according to Matt Smith. Must be padded out some (covers/sketches/texty bits).
Here's abelardsnazz on the content of the Shakara test volume from May:
Interesting point. I haven't done a page count but the Shakara volume is bulked out with character sketches, covers etc.

Total strip page count for The Horned God and Halo Jones are 187 and 199 respectively so the full volumes come in at around the 200 mark.
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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« Last post by IndigoPrime on Today at 11:19:16 am »
That also makes for a skinny book, given that they need to be in the 200–250 range, according to Matt Smith. Must be padded out some (covers/sketches/texty bits).
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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« Last post by TordelBack on Today at 11:10:49 am »
Yep, from those numbers Barney suggests that this just includes the first three series, up to the end of The Defiant (160 pages), leaving some 147 pages of Destroyer and Avenger to go.  Hopefully in a future volume?

Makes the subtitle of this volume a bit odd though.
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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by TordelBack on Today at 11:04:49 am »
Yes, Al Pacino was in Jack and Jill

So very confused now, 'cos that was pretty funny.

Funny like a funny smell?

Funny in that it was amusing to see Pacino take the piss out of terrible celebrity adverts.  Then I discovered that Dunkin Donuts still exist (there hasn't been a franchise in Ireland since the '90s), so it is basically an actual terrible celebrity advert.  Ah well.   

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« Last post by Tomwe on Today at 10:51:38 am »
Do we know whether the Shakara volume is the complete Shakara?
It's basically a hardback of the first Rebellion volume, isn't it?
Squinty here for the lowdown:
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