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Film & TV / Britannia
« on: 08 January, 2018, 09:54:13 pm »
I don't have a TV, so usually only binge watch while house-sitting, which we did this Christmas/New Year.  Trailers for Britannia seemed to appear at every second ad break - anyone else like the look of this?

trailer, with blood, violence and swears.

News / 25 Years of Rebellion
« on: 04 December, 2017, 12:47:32 pm »
Metro: 25 years of Rebellion.

Interestingly, the following quote from Jason (referring to the Rebellion era, obviously - not the half a million or more early IPC days):
Flatteringly, we’ve got more readers than ever, we’re releasing content digitally now so we’re reaching a much broader audience worldwide.

Also - In noticed there was an early adventure gamebook, illustrated by Jon Davis - any relation to Jon Davis-Hunt?

Rackle and me went to this today:

The 9th Annual Sci-Fi & Action Exhibition comes to Moyse’s Hall Museum!

Bringing a taste of Hollywood to the region with screen-used props, screen accurate replicas, original artwork and much more from the world of Sci-Fi & Action including Dr Who, Marvel, DC comics and others!

This year’s exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of two iconic Sci-Fi brands;
Star Wars, and the UKs most ground-breaking comic, 2000AD.

See screen-used costumes!
•   Wolverine’s ‘adamantium’ claws as worn by Hugh Jackman in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ (2006), and Halle Berry’s Storm costume from ‘X-Men’ film (2000).
•   Captain Jean-Luc Picard’s uniform worn by Patrick Stewart in the hit TV series, ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ (Season 1 & 2).
•   Karl Urban’s hero costume from ‘Dredd (2012)’.

Launch Weekend - 21 & 22 October
•   Meet the galaxy’s most feared Bounty Hunter - Boba Fett - as actor Jeremy Bulloch will be joining us for the Launch weekend, signing for fans and chatting about his time in the original saga. (Additional charge for autographs)
•   Take photos with our team of cosplayers, feel free to come dressed up yourself!
•   LEGO build area and competitions

Events & activities

Drop-in workshops
Tuesday 24 October: 11am - 12pm, 2pm - 3pm
Friday 27 October: 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm (duration 45 mins)
Please note, there may be a small additional charge for some workshops

Meet a Stormtrooper
Wednesday 25 October: 11am - 3pm
Meet TK 335 and see what equipment and life is like trooping for the Empire!

Sci-Fi trail
Complete the trail around the museum for your chance to win a prize!

Keep an eye on the website and social media for details of other events and activities throughout the exhibition!

Dates: Sat 21 October - Sun 26 November
Times: Mon–Sat – 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm), Sun 12-4pm (last entry 3pm)
Sunday 22 & 29 Oct & 26 Nov opening times 10am–5pm (last entry 4pm)
Tickets: Adults £5, Concessions £3, Family Ticket £15 (5 people, min 1 adult, min 1 paying child), Heritage Ticket holders FOC
Booking: Not required
Venue: Moyse's Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds

News / Judges!
« on: 04 October, 2017, 05:52:50 pm »
Abaddon Books announces brand new series for 2018: Judges!
In a time of widespread poverty, inequality and political unrest, Eustace Fargo’s controversial new justice laws have come into effect.

Protests and violence meet the first judges as they hit the street to enforce the Law; the cure, it’s clear is far worse than the disease.

Is this a sign of things to come?

Help! / Name that Shock!
« on: 10 September, 2017, 02:29:08 pm »
Hi all,

I have a friend who noticed my copy of the Ultimate Collection Volume One and asked me about a story she'd read many years ago (probably late eighties / early nineties).  It's either a Future Shock or similar one-off and features an empire (presumably galactic) which has been in decline.  This is where it gets hazy, but it seems similar to the Plutonium Horde which ends up going around the galaxy, which is spherical, and ends up wiping out the remnants of a now decadent empire which ends up being its start point, but it's not that one.  From what she said I was also reminded of a shock (possibly from Starlord) where humanity retreats underground after a war, evolves into a subterranean creature and eventually emerges on the surface, ending up getting killed by a gardener as they're now moles.

Sorry, I know it's not much to go on, but any ideas?

General / Scottish women in comics
« on: 01 September, 2017, 01:18:03 pm »
(short mention of 2000AD at the end)
BBC: Scottish Women in comics, Dundee exhibition.

Website and Forum / photobucket shot itself in the foot
« on: 30 June, 2017, 04:56:18 pm »
Photobucket has changed its policies, and so images linked from forums such as this one now show the following text:
"Look who's popular. Is this your photo? Upgrade to Plus 500 for 3rd Party Hosting. photobucket"

Mods - feel free to move this post to a more appropriate sub-forum.

Other Reviews / Judge Dredd Funko Universe
« on: 03 June, 2017, 02:33:55 pm »
Very short review as I'm off out in a sec...

I bought it for completeness sake, and was pleasantly surprised - much better than than the usual IDW stuff (mini-series from 2000AD creators notwithstanding).

Other Reviews / 40th Anniversary Special
« on: 22 February, 2017, 12:22:12 am »
Great stuff, right from the cover onwards. 

To honour the ruby anniversary, the logo and the red bits of King Carlos' cover have a plasticy sheen to them.  I'm guessing the David Aja variant cover will have the same effect (being mostly black and white except for the red bits on Dredd's helmet)?

T.M.O tells us that all the stories in this special are ruby or red-themed, which leads to a bit of fun waiting for the red to appear (some a little quicker than others).

Into the special itself, and we've got six stories with one page interludes by various artists, just as in Prog 2000.  The first interlude is a nice series of widescreen black and white panels from Jock, depicting a party attended by Dreddworld characters, which leads us to the Dredd tale, Blood.  Fairly standard six-page one-and-done, though has a not-exactly judicial ending...

Rufus Dayglo draws a variety of early 2000AD characters to lead in to a M.A.C.H.1 / Zombo pastiche where the red theme is from Z.O.M.B.O's partner, Tarquin Ruby.

Mark Sexton draws an S.M.S. inspired Mek-Quake (that's what I think, anyway) playing with 2000AD figurines.  I'm thinking of Wash's voice here: "Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"

This leads in to a nice one-off Ro-Busters story, set in the Starlord / 2000AD and Starlord era where we find out the secret of a well-behaved Ro-Jaws!  Hammerstein's eye glows red when he's angry, and Mr Ten Percent's when he's stressed - the only colour in the six pages.  Over the page Cliff Robinson and Dylan Teague give us a centrespread (which isn't quite in the centre pages) of the Terrameks (and Charlie, and Mek-Quake).

Patrick Goddard takes us to the Doghouse where we're led in to a Durham Red tale (though Alpha features in almost as many panels as Red).  There's a character called Red, there's space vampires and lots of blood as Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen turn in a pretty good story.  Carlos' Durham seems to look quite a bit like Integra Fairbrook in this seven-pager.

Bryan Talbot provides a full-page portrait of Torque for his interlude.

Mills returns for a second story with the tale of how Sláine tried to get in to the Red Branch.  Ties in slightly to the themes that have appeared in the most recent book to appear in the prog, but largely self-contained.  As well as the Red in the title, there's quite a bit of the red juice too, though not how you'd normally expect in a Sláine tale.

Cyber-Matt makes a brave attempt to stick up for the droids who have made 2000AD great over the past 40 years, before being found out by green bonce (this inerlude is from Mike Collins).

Rounding out the special is a Nikolai Dante flashback where Romanov red meets the Faberge Ruby.  A few (non Danteworld) 2000AD characters appear in the first couple of pages but presumably only as fancy dress-wearing partygoers.  Almost a pity, as the Dredd costume looked to have an interesting Imperial Eagle shoulder pad...  A third source of thematic redness appears later in the tale...

Off Topic / 2017 good/bad news
« on: 04 January, 2017, 01:03:07 pm »
First major pop-cultural story of this year would appear to be this one:

Charles Manson moved to hospital from prison.

News / 2000ad in the US
« on: 14 November, 2016, 10:40:25 pm »
Comic Book Sales Figures for October 2016 - Estimated Comics Sold to North American Comics Shops as Reported by Diamond Comic Distributors.

Interesting reading - (tangentally) 2000AD-related stuff includes:
(ranking) 288     Judge Dredd Mega-City Zero Vol. 2     369 copies sold
(ranking) 370     Misty     287 copies sold
Both of the above in the graphic novels section, the lowest ranked item in the comics section is:
(ranking) 388     Knights of the Dinner Table     2,252 copies sold
Presumably whatever the monthly IDW Dredd sells via Diamond in the US is less than that.

General / politicians in tooth (and the meg)
« on: 09 November, 2016, 09:57:40 pm »
I wonder how long it'll be before we get a Trumpalike* in the pages of the two best comics in the galaxy?

This led me to ponder what other politicians and leaders have appeared in those hallowed pages, either as themselves or parodies of real leaders.

The very first ones were in Invasion! in Prog 1, with King Charles the Third (who would have thought he'd still be a prince seventeen years after the story) and Lady Shirley Brown (obviously Margaret Thatcher).

I'm not overly familiar with pre-Thatcher politics so any references to 1970s politicians would go over my head, even now.  The next characters based on a real leader I can think of was Cal, in the Day the Law Died (and wasn't he based as much on Nero in a TV series at the time?)  There must be more than that!

So, British Prime Ministers and MPs:
  • Thatcher - in addition to the above, Iron Aggie appeared in The Human League story in Robo-Hunter.  Also she asked Tharg to recover Croydon
  • John Major - certain grey-skinned bespectacled characters made appearances though no named characters
  • Blair - who can forget B.L.A.I.R.1?  Also the puppet Blair in Zenith
  • Gordon Brown - I think this one managed to escape being depicted in 2000AD
  • Cameron - again, I can't think of any appearances, despite ripe material for parody
  • Boris Johnson - making an appearance relatively recently in Bad Company
US Presidents:
  • Carter - I thinkhe appeared in a Carlos-illustrated story, that Stainless Steel Rat time travel one?  A Tharg tale here or there?
  • Reagan - a young Ron appeared in a Future Shock, where he wants to destroy the rest of the world and create a Planet America, Strontium Dog where he gets dragged around an alien planet, You Are Ronald Reagan in Twilight's Last Gleaming
  • Bush - I don't recall either Presidents Bush making it into 2000AD or the Meg
  • Clinton - the mutant leader Box Clinton in the Three Amigos
  • Obama - I'd have thought he would have appeared, but can't think of any instances - what am I forgetting?
Other Politicos:
  • not referring to the Megs, but wasn't there an Australian PM lampooned in the Chopper story Earth, Wind and Fire?
  • Hitler - has appeared once or twice...
*not counting Bad Bob Booth, who appeared in the 1970s and was reimagined for Origins before the real Donald was pres.

Classifieds / Placebo / Judge Dredd poster
« on: 06 November, 2016, 12:53:10 am »
The Placebo Judge Dredd poster prog on sale for less than £3 on eBay (sold by an Oxfam branch who I think have sold Tooth or RPG stuff before).

Books & Comics / on the read pile
« on: 26 October, 2016, 02:53:25 pm »
I considered putting this on the new comic book day megathread, but they're not newly released, so I've put 'em here instead.

I spent my birthday money today.  Should have spent it last week, but I completely failed to take my money to the comic shop with me, so it was delayed by one week.

Thanks in part to recommendations previously posted on this very forum, I'm now the proud owner of:

I was on the lookout for Lumber Janes, but they didn't have the first volume so I went for the Graveyard Book instead.  Only when I got home that I found out there was more than one volume of that as well, and I'd just bought volume 2.  Oh, well, there's always christmas money!

Events / Birthday drinks, Saturday 22nd October
« on: 21 October, 2016, 01:19:08 am »
Short notice and probably only viable for Squaxx who live in North London, but I'll be dropping in to the Big Red on Holloway Road at 15:00 on Saturday for some birthday drinks.  For those not in the know, Big Red is a student/rock pub but if you're neither a student or into rock don't let that put you off.  If any of you intend to attend and don't already know me from Southern Contingent gatherings, I'll make sure to wear a Judge Death or Nemesis Tshirt.

Pub is: Big Red, 385 Holloway Road, London N7 0RY

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