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Messages - Byron Virgo

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Megazine / Re: Meg 292 - Xmas in Exile
« on: 11 December, 2009, 04:58:06 PM »
Ed Berridge might well have just written 'Frank Miller's run on Daredevil is a classic. But he's shit

And the problem with that is..?

I may be wrong, but you seem to be complaining that an opinion column contains an opinion you disagree with..?

No it's not that, it's the fact the column is called 'you should be reading', so personally I think whoever is writing it, should write something their passionate about, spill their little hearts over something they've read, loved and want to share. reading a column trying to get you to read something while simultaneously slagging it off doesn't work in my opinion.

Just to clarify, but I think the Daredevil work (which is what I was writing about) is bloody fantastic, some of the best funnybooks ever produced within the mainstream American comics industry, as is his work on Ronin, Dark Knight, Year One and Born Again; not so keen, though, on the public image that Frank Miller likes to project (something akin to 'Ayn-Rand-Punching-Osama-Bin-Laden-In-The-Goddamn-Face-With-The American-Flag'). I think around the time of Sin City, that Mickey Spilane style he favours just got out of hand and Frank seemed to start believing his own hype (I mean, the art's gorgeous, but the stories are just piffle, IMHO). Dark Knight Strikes Again was never going to be anything but a disappointment, as all belated sequels must be according to Caine's Law (so named after the anti-genius that was Jaws IV: The Revenge), whereas All star Batman and Robin was just beyond batshit crazy. And really slow. That said, I'd still rather read most anything by Miller than Dan Slott or whoever else they've plucked from the washroom to write superhero comics these days.

So, in conclusion, I do like Frank Miller, just not unconditionally. Kind of like Jesus, in that respect.

Film & TV / Re: Life on Mars
« on: 19 January, 2009, 04:49:17 PM »
Personally I think it's the worst part of British culture that there is.

Ahem! I believe I quote the great sage Alan Partridge himself when I point out that you're bang-on wrong, as the Mail is quite the possibly the greatest newspaper in the world.

Books & Comics / Re: The worst comic ever, and the best comic review ever
« on: 17 January, 2009, 02:30:54 PM »
"Quickly, old chum, to the Ba'ath-Pole!"

News / Re: New Dredd Movie 'News'
« on: 13 January, 2009, 02:41:04 PM »
That's true, but movie adaptations only seem to create sales 'blips', in which numbers spike during the time of the film's release, but then overall sales seem to slip back to roughly their previous position after a relatively short time.

Books & Comics / Re: Is Grant Morrison overrated?
« on: 09 January, 2009, 02:44:56 PM »
I still remember reading Death of the Red Mask in one of those London Editions reprints for the UK along with Black Orchid and the Morrison/Lloyd Hellblazer two-parter when I was about nine or ten. Naive bastard that I was, I actually thought he was going to fly at the end.

Still, I have to say I'm shocked, with all the Morrison-love going on round here, that no one's yet mentioned the lonely and well-oiled depilous quest of the Beard Hunter...

Of course, as usual, Jimmy Olsen got there first:


Film & TV / Re: Film encyclopaedias
« on: 04 December, 2008, 06:00:00 PM »
Problem with Halliwell's is that, much like Leslie Halliwell himself, they're traditionally seen as disliking anything released after about 1951, the descriptions themselves are pretty slim and, like Empire, the star rating system (do they still do that?) doesn't necessarily match the review. Time Out, on the other hand, tends to have much better, and certainly more in-depth reviews, but the number of films featured is considerably fewer than Halliwell's due to space considerations (they still manage a pretty good mix between arthouse and blockbuster), and the later certainly wins when it comes to the all-important cast and crew lists. There again, both do have some glaring omissions: famously, the Sid James/Adam Faith Loch Ness Monster vehicle What a Wopper! (and written by Dalek creator Terry Nation) from 1961 was never included in any film guides, though I don't know if that still holds true today...

Off Topic / Re: Doctor Who the F***???
« on: 06 October, 2008, 05:51:53 PM »
Ah, Great Yarmouth... where fun goes to die...

Events / Re: London Fetish Weekend the XPO
« on: 06 October, 2008, 05:40:04 PM »
And you should've given the girl with the strap-on a go. Just because she's wearing one, it doesn't mean she's going to use it.

Ah, but wasn't it Chekov who said that any strapon that appears in the first act must be used by the third?

In retrospect, it's no wonder The Seagull got such bad press at the time...

General / Re: It's a Droids Life: Rob Willia...
« on: 28 May, 2008, 04:25:01 PM »
What's your opinion of former Arsenal defender and favourite son of Dagenham Tony Adams?

General / Re: It's a Droids Life: Rob Willia...
« on: 28 May, 2008, 12:48:51 PM »
How did you find your way to working at 2000AD?

Help! / Re: Ijust spilt lemon flavored sof...
« on: 28 May, 2008, 12:35:59 PM »

Books & Comics / Re: Cam Kennedy - Agent of D.I.6.....
« on: 28 May, 2008, 04:19:24 PM »
I do like the notion that Dredger is "addicted" to Cuban heels... every man's gotta have his cross to bear.

Never knew that Cam was influenced by de la Fuente, though in retrospect perhaps it should have been obvious - cheers, Rufus!

Books & Comics / Re: Cam Kennedy - Agent of D.I.6.....
« on: 28 May, 2008, 12:44:41 PM »
There's no shame in being wrong - apart from looking like a complete tit, of course (still, 'Campion of D.I.6.' has a nice ring to it...)

Funnily enough, immediately after I posted the message, I started having doubts. I tell you what made me think of Kennedy though - it wasn't the inking style, but the colouring. Cam has this habit of blending colours - marine blues, pond greens, turquoise, yellow, etc - that you never really pick up in any other artist's colour scheme (at least those that hand colour their work: Chris Blythe sometimes comes close to the approach with some of his best colour work, usually with either Kennedy or Steve Parkhouse).

Jim: if you still want some hi-res files, sendmail me and I'll email them to you (Jpegs, 200dpi).

Books & Comics / Re: Cam Kennedy - Agent of D.I.6.....
« on: 27 May, 2008, 05:37:42 PM »
See, I said that if they brought in the smoking ban, we'd all end up brutally murdered in the inhospitable outdoors by inscrutable Oriental assassins whilst we were sucking away at the nocotine-laden goodness of our favourite tab!

...and now they finally did it... those maniacs!  They banned it up! Ah, damn you! Damn you all to hell...!

Books & Comics / Cam Kennedy - Agent of D.I.6.
« on: 27 May, 2008, 05:13:20 PM »
Apologies if this tastes a bit spammy, but I thought there was the possibility people might be interested in seeing some of the artwork for a Dredger story I found in the 1980 Action Annual, with some rather lovely colour art by a certain artist north of the border, down Glasgae way...

Anyway, I'll post up the first page here, and if anyone's interested I'll stick some more up, otherwise just let the topic drift down the thread and die like some kind of electronic messageboard salmon.

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