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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


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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

General / things I learnt in 2000ad
« on: 18 November, 2015, 01:41:03 am »
In conversation today (well, it's early in the morning, so really it was last night) I realised that there were a few things I'd first read in 2000AD.  Simple things like the words 'society' and 'apocalypse' as well as lyrics to Chumbawamba songs.

I also read a critique of general Sci-Fi tropes from a more scientific, or at least real world-based point of view.  One that stood out was that starships wouldn't be orientated like battleships - i.e. floors which are long and thin - but more like skyscrapers - lots of smaller floors, one on top of another.  Fancy that, a starship that looks like an office block.  Not something you see in most science fiction...

Creative Common / That time of year again (NaNo)
« on: 05 November, 2015, 01:54:44 pm »
Posting this a little late in the month, but five days down isn't too difficult to catch up on...

It's November, which means it's NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, though it is international).

I've started, though wordcount-wise I'm a few days behind...

Profile here:

Classifieds / Bargains in Kentish Town
« on: 14 October, 2015, 04:16:47 pm »
Hi all, not something I'm selling myself, but on the way back from getting my weekly prog from Mega City Comics, I dropped in to a few charity shops on the way home.  The Age UK on Kentish Town Road has a copy of DR & Quinch's Guide to Life (the 1986(?) Titan album) for £1.50, and about four doors down (the next charity shop but one) there was a hardback book copy of Persepolis for about three quid.  I can recommend both books, but a) don't have space for more Titan albums and b) already have Persepolis (as does my girlfriend - two is enough copies for one flat).

Off Topic / Rachael's Charity Abseil
« on: 02 October, 2015, 08:12:03 pm »
I'm sure I mentioned this somewhere before, but I can't find it now.  Almost put it in events, but decided off-topic was suitable enough.

Rachael is doing her charity abseil tomorrow in Stratford (the London one, not the Shakespearean one).  Thanks to all of the Squaxx who have donated she has attained her target, and her team (she is currently temping for a charity) have made their target too!

If any of you are in the area, she'll be pushing off from the observation deck of the Orbital Tower at 10:45 tomorrow morning (Saturday 3rd October, 2015).  Apparently it's quite a popular activity as there will be many batches of people abseiling (presumably the others will be for other charities).  She'll be the one dressed as Spiderwoman!

Just Giving Rachael

Books & Comics / Parodies / Pop-Cultural References
« on: 23 September, 2015, 10:09:46 pm »
A limited edition comic has featured a round-up of costumes from female comic characters (mostly highlighting how impractical many of them are) We Can Never Go Home apparently has multiple print-runs, one of which has a particularly recognisable costume (or should that be uniform)?

General / Racism in 2000AD: Judgement Time
« on: 10 September, 2015, 10:04:55 pm »
Women Write About Comics: Racism in 2000AD

You'd think Tharg'd be more racially sensitive, being a green-skin on Earth, and all (be thankful I didn't resurrect an old thread).

Other Reviews / IDW sale
« on: 17 July, 2015, 01:04:15 pm »
Musings of a Mild-Mannered Man has a few words about some of IDW's 2000AD-related output, including favourable things about the 30-issue series which finished earlier this year.  (also there's a sale on all the IDW Dredd stuff).

Off Topic / learning a language
« on: 09 July, 2015, 01:59:57 pm »
Afternoon all - anyone here on Duolingo?  I'm attempting (not for the first time) to learn German before my next holiday to Berlin, Leipzig and similar places.

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