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News / HAVN
« on: 13 October, 2016, 12:10:39 am »

The thrills continue - Thrill-Cast: Future Shock has been out for seven days now (and I only realised today!)  Blurb below:

Si Spencer and Jake Lynch talk HAVN, the new story for the Judge Dredd Megazine that explores a so-called "perfect society" in Scandinavia in the world of Judge Dredd.

Pronounced Har-ven.

Sounds interesting - seeing as most judge systems we've seen have been variations on the same theme (with a bit of corruption thrown in if they're in Las Vegas of Cuidad Barranquilla) I'm looking forward to seeing a liberal judge regime in Iceland (or thereabouts).

Events / Not-Quite Southern Contingent Gathering
« on: 29 September, 2016, 12:36:23 am »
Judge Burdis may be away at another signing but a few of us staying in London Sector will be going to Forbidden Planet, and onwards to the usual post-signing pub.

Signing: Clint Langley, Alec Worley, Ben Willsher and Frazer Irving at Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftsbury Avenue, London

Pub:  Crown & Anchor, Neal Street, Covent Garden (one of the roads directly opposite FB).

p.s. I don't know why, but this forum keeps messing up my formatting - oh for plain text!

Off Topic / International Talk Like a Pirate Day
« on: 19 September, 2016, 08:37:12 am »
Local radio reminded us that it's today!  Have a good 'un!
Wikipedia explanation.

What did the pirate say when he took his wooden peg leg out of the freezer?

Shiver Me Timbers

Off Topic / York these days
« on: 12 September, 2016, 01:38:29 pm »
We're off to York for a wedding in a few days - other than Travelling Man, what's to do in the fair city?  We know about:
  • The chocolate exhibition
  • [/size]Betty's tea room
  • [/size]Fulford Arms
  • [/size]Duttons for Buttons
  • [/size]Travelling Man
  • [/size]OG Games
  • [/size]Evil Eye
  • [/size]Betty's tea room (it got suggested twice)
  • [/size]Castle Museum.

General / can somebody explain to me...
« on: 03 September, 2016, 10:26:10 pm »
As a bit of a companion thread to Things that went over your head I'm flipping it around.

Re-reading Varks today, I came across a few things that Kev had put into the background which appeared to be either pop cultural references I didn't get, or in-jokes.

First page, top-left of the very first panel the juve in distress is at the end of 'Aka Plaza'.  In the distance in the same splash panel can be seen the Aka Books building.  Is this anything like the Akklaim deal of a decade later (and a reference to a company I've never heard of), or am I missing something?

The Vark then runs off into The Frankie Block - an unusual name for a MC1 citiblock, unless it's actually a reference to something else

Is it to early to start a thread on this?  It's had it's launch party / signing, but is still on pre-release...

Tharg's Future Shop page.

Film & TV / Predator 4: The Predator
« on: 28 August, 2016, 11:30:45 pm »
Official website already live, including countdown - about a year and half at time of writing.

Announcements / The Mighty One signing
« on: 27 August, 2016, 01:05:08 pm »
Orbital Comics, Thursday 1st September, 19:30 - anybody from here going?  Blurb below:
To celebrate the release of Steve MacManus ‘ highly anticipated memoir, The Mighty One: My Life Inside The Nerve Centre, Orbital Comics is excited to host a special book launch & signing on Thursday, September 1. We’ll have copies of the book available ahead of its official release date, as well as drinks and a live discussion with the man himself. Don’t miss what is sure to be an incredible night … Zarjaz!

General / The definitive copyright thread
« on: 11 August, 2016, 10:05:29 pm »
It comes up on other threads every now and then, but I'd like to know just who are the current owners of various things that have come from the House of Tharg in the past 39 years.  I know nothing, what follows is purely guess work.

From what I can tell, just about everything that's been published in 2000AD is now copyright Rebellion, except for the following...
  • Dan Dare - not having the recent DD collection I didn't get to read the copyright notice in the front, but I'm guessing Dan Dare (plus the Mekon) is going to be copyright of the Dan Dare Corporation, while the stories which ran in the first hundred and a bit progs are copyright of Rebellion (along with the new characters created for the Galaxy's Greatest)?
  • The Stainless Steel Rat - I'd guess this is similar to DD, in that the characters and stories are copyright of the Estate of Harry Harrison, while the adaptation is copyright of Rebellion.
  • Shaun of the Dead and that adaptation of the film with Ewan McGregor - anybody's guess!
  • I'd heard about the potential controversy regarding Summer Magic, and possibly other work by Alan McKenzie, but don't know the reasoning behind it.
Outside of the pages of 2000AD itself I gather that only stories from Tornado, Starlord and Crisis which continued into 2000AD's hallowed pages had their IP transferred, while all other work remained with Egmont.  Where does this leave Future Shock style stories which were reprinted in 2000AD annuals?  The only story which 'transferred' to 2000ad was really the character Finn, and I suspect if Rebellion owned Third World War then it would have been reprinted by now.  The only Revolver stories I can remember transferring were completed in Crisis (Dare and Rogan Gosh?) so would still be with Egmont (or their respective creators?)

Something else I wonder is what happens with the co-produced and licenced work:
  • DC Dredds: Judgement on Gotham, Legends of the Law, DC Judge Dredd, Lobo
  • IDW: the Dredd volumes, Rogue Trooper, Anderson, Mars Attacks Judge Dredd, et al
  • Games Workshop: Judge Dredd the boardgame, the RPG, the Rogue Trooper boardgame and Block/Mega Mania.  Who do the characters and locations produced for the RPG scenarios belong to?  Who owns the copyright of Sly Stallone and Sam Fox Blocks?
  • Dredd the Card Game: the company that produced this went bust (apparently owing payment to the artists who provided card art?) so who does it all belong to now?
  • Judge Dredd (the 1995 film) - who owns that exactly, and particulary the DC adaptation?
  • Dredd (the 2012 film) - this should be easier to work out, as the Megazine runs stories based on this every year and a bit!
  • Mongoose - D20-based Dredd and Slaine and Traveller-based Dredd and Strontium Dog RPGs.  This would have been simpler when they all had the same parent company, but I think I read that Mongoose was bought out by it's directors and went independent from Rebellion again?
  • Tin Man Games - produce computer-gamebooks
  • just for an attempt at completeness - how about that Mirror quiz book with a Dave Gibbons Mekon on the cover?
As should be obvious by now, I am not a copyright lawyer :-)

Announcements / Judge Dredd: Year Two: Down and Out by Matthew Smith
« on: 05 August, 2016, 01:08:49 am »
Available for pre-purchase from the Abaddon website, blurb as follows:
ONE BAD DAY...Mega-City One, 2081, Joe Dredd’s second year on the streets as a full-eagle Judge. He’s got the experience, he’s done the sked-time,but no Judge is infallible – all it takes is one bad day, and all those years of training can disappear in the simple pulling of a trigger. A routine arrest, an ambush, an explosion. The perp’s down, but Dredd is bleeding and burned, his Lawmaster is destroyed, and he’s in a bad part of town with no backup. For the first time in his career, he’s truly alone...

Release date: 16 Sep 2016

Off Topic / born this day
« on: 09 June, 2016, 11:07:06 pm »
As a bit of an antidote to the RIP thread (and even though I'm a bit averse to celeb culture), how about a thread focussed on the birthdays of the icons of our pop culture - only living people please!
  • Jackie Mason (88)
  • Michael J Fox (55)
  • Johnny Depp (53)
  • Natalie Portman (35)

Games / 2000AD RPGs
« on: 11 April, 2016, 06:11:59 pm »
As a potential RPG thread could threaten the general boardgame thread - here's a list of what got released to start the dice rolling...
Games Workshop
  • [/size]Judge Dredd the Role-Playing Game (box set / rulebook depending on edition, based on WFRP)[/color]
  • [/size]The Judge Dredd Companion (supplement)[/color]
  • [/size]Judgement Day (scenario)[/color]
  • [/size]Citi-Block (JD/W40k supplement)[/color]
  • [/size]Slaughter-Margin (scenario)[/color]
[/size]Mongoose - D20, Dredd[/color]
  • [/size]Judge Dredd Roleplaying Game (rulebook, based on D20)
  • [/size][/color]The Rookie's Guide to the Justice Department (sourcebook)[/size]
  • [/size][/color]Full Eagle Day (scenario)[/size]
  • [/size][/color]Mega-City One's Most Wanted (sourcebook)[/size]
  • [/size][/color]The Rookie's Guide to Block Wars (sourcebook)[/size]
  • [/size][/color]The Rookie's Guide to Psi-Talent (sourcebook)[/size]
  • [/size][/color]The Kazan Trilogy: The Sleeping Kin (scenario)[/size]
  • [/size][/color]The Kazan Trilogy: Russian Roulette (scenario)[/size]
  • [/size][/color]The Kazan Trilogy: Target: Mega-City One (scenario)[/size]
  • [/size][/color]The Rookie's Guide to Criminal Organisations (sourcebook)[/size]
  • [/size][/color]The Rookie's Guide to Brit Cit (sourcebook)[/size]
  • [/size][/color]The Rookie's Guide to Crazes (sourcebook)[/size]
  • [/size][/color]The Rookie's Guide to the Undercity (sourcebook)[/size]
[/color][/size]Mongoose - D20, [/font][/color][/size]Sláine
  • [/size]Sláine: The Roleplaying Game of Celtic Heroes for d20 (rulebook)[/color]
  • [/size]Tir Nan Og (sourcebook)[/color]
  • [/size]Horned Lord and Moon Sow: The Invulnerable King (scenario)[/color]
  • [/size]Horned Lord and Moon Sow: The Teeth of the Moon Sow (scenario)[/color]
  • [/size]Horned Lord and Moon Sow: The Ragnarok Book (scenario)[/color]
  • [/size]Horned Lord and Moon Sow: Way of the Horned God (scenario)[/color]
  • [/size]The Sessair (sourcebook)[/color]
  • [/size]The Fir Domain (sourcebook)[/color]
  • [/size]The Falians (sourcebook)[/color]
  • [/size]The Finians (sourcebook)[/color]
  • [/size]Sláine: The Roleplaying Game of Celtic Heroes for MRQ (rulebook)[/color]

[/size]Mongoose - Traveller[/font]
  • [/color][/size]Judge Dredd (2009, based/dependent upon Traveller)[/color]
  • [/color][/size]Democracy Falls (scenario)[/color]
  • [/color][/size]Bad Moon Rising (scenario)[/color]
  • [/color][/size]Traveller Book 9: Robot (supplement designed for Traveller and JD?)[/color]
  • [/color][/size]Strontium Dog (rulebook)[/color]

Events / Comix Creatrix
« on: 02 April, 2016, 01:41:08 pm »
Comix Creatrix: 100 Woman Making Comics, Granary Square, Kings Cross (five minutes walk from the British Library).
Features Alison Bechdel (Bechdel Test), Angie Mills (not sure why they didn't call her Kincaid...), Tove Jansson (Moomins) and 97 others.

Also a programme of events which is about half way through, but upcoming are Bryan and Mary Talbot and female creators who worked on British girls comics of the 1970s (presumably including Misty).

Music / Slough Feg
« on: 22 March, 2016, 05:32:10 pm »

Pretty sure I read somewhere that the US band Slough Feg was named after everybody's favourite celtic warrior's foe - they're on a European Tour this year, including a date just up the road from where I live![/size]

Live at the Unicorn, Camden, London.
[/color][/size]//MONDAY 6th JUNE 2016//Back in the UK as part of their European Tour, the most excellent:SLOUGH FEG (USA)https://www.facebook.com/sloughfegofficial/With support from London's own twin-lead revivalists:SEVEN SISTERS (UK)https://www.facebook.com/sevensistersuk/
+1 More TBC


Free Entry
Strictly 18+[/size]

News / coming in 2016
« on: 18 January, 2016, 12:48:09 pm »
We already know about most of these, though there's a few more details on that 'black metal' comic due soon:
comic book news - top ten to look forward to from 2000ad in 2016

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