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Books & Comics / Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
« on: 04 November, 2021, 12:23:09 PM »
I think Spacewarp would have been more interesting if it had been Pat providing the shared universe concept, then letting creative teams do their thing, with perhaps a couple of key strips from him along with editorial input.

As it is, it's an anthology comic with none of the strengths of an anthology comic (different creative teams bringing different tones and approaches etc.) and all the weaknesses of Mills' modern work so you end up with a series of "and now for something *completely* different!" wee episodes of each story that all end up feeling very similar, and no realistic prospect of them going beyond this first issue. I wouldn't be surprised if one or two strips maybe got separate releases, or if we got at least another issue of Spacewarp at some point, but it's clearly not going to be hitting a regular release schedule anytime soon, and certainly not at the pace it would need to to sustain interest in bite-size episodes. 

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Prog / Re: Prog 2252 - Depth Charge!
« on: 09 October, 2021, 09:54:54 PM »
Quote from: Dark Jimbo
Well, to paraphrase a bit - Matt Smith explains that the first script for A Dying Art was delivered in July 2014. The second in October 2015. Then complete radio silence, and no reply to emails. In 2016 MS learned that JS had suffered a personal tragedy and gave him some breathing space. Conscious that he was sitting on 'the best part of three grand's worth of unpublished material', (Lee Carter had already done the art) MS tried to contact JS again from late 2016 onward, resorting to texts and postal letters. Everything went unanswered, so MS told JS that he's welcome to submit stories again any time but he has to give Indigo Prime to someone else to finish, and Devlin Waugh too (as JS had been promising the next DW story since 2008). At the end MS reiterates that JS would be welcome back any time, but that as far as he knows JS hasn't written a comic script since 2015 (which seems to be true).

Late thank-you for this - sounds like a more detailed and clear laying out of the bits and pieces we'd picked up on here and elsewhere, and a door left open (even if it seems unlikely John will be stepping back through)

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Prog / Re: Prog 2252 - Depth Charge!
« on: 06 October, 2021, 11:14:27 PM »
He's always been really clear about that whenever it comes up. The second Indigo Prime volume from the UC goes into a lot of detail about what happened with the Smiths (Matt and John) and where everybody stands.

Really? I haven't been picking up the UC so that's passed me by entirely - what was said?

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General / Re: Who Are The Creators?
« on: 21 September, 2021, 08:41:52 PM »
Honestly, I was asking myself why GFD hasn't developed more scripts. Or he was more known as "ideas man", than full scripter. Too bad we don't see him doing work today.

I think he had a reputation for being a great ideas man, and while his scripting fell out of favour, he still knew how to keep a weekly serial moving pretty effortlessly. Simon Geller's interview in the Meg touches on this - he talks about lobbying to take over Rogue, feeling he could do better, and coming to the fairly sharp realisation that what Finley-Day did wasn't quite as simple as it seemed.

GFD had a bit of a rep for being a wild ideas man with the photographers who worked on the New Eagle too - I've spoken to a couple, and they have some anecdotes about GFD turning out scripts for them that featured characters in an aeroplane, or an army tank, or both together (not an easy thing to source for shoots!) and having to meet with editorial to try and push back on that, only for subsequent scripts to call for the action to take place in a burning building!

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Announcements / Re: Leading the Rebellion - coming August 2022
« on: 08 September, 2021, 01:10:12 PM »
Yeah, Wardog was in the Meg and I'm pretty sure I was one of quite a few here at the time who were groaning at it - it seemed to herald an era of game tie-ins and the slow decline of the prog and Meg, but instead it was at the beginning of a bit of a fresh golden era for both. IIRC, Wardog appeared around the time Alan Barnes was driving the Meg forward and during Diggle's tenure on the prog (or around the time Matt Smith took over?) and it now looks more like a tiny, quirky blip in an otherwise great run for the comics.

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Really happy to hear good feedback. We're always aiming to get these reprints looking as good as possible, and David has a great eye for quirky hidden gems that might not otherwise ever see print again. This one was a particularly satisfying project, as making sure the art and text held up after shifting from Jag's original tabloid format was a bit of a challenge.

I think David posted a teaser of future FF releases on the Hibernia Facebook page, so there should hopefully be plenty more deep dives into the archives to look forward to!

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General / Re: Fleetway Files - The next step for Hibernia Comics
« on: 23 May, 2021, 06:14:51 PM »
Bloodfang would be brilliant - I love the first Wagner/Grant/Baikie strip, and I'm fond of the second, Flesh-like followup - but that's still with the DDC and not one of the four titles agreed with Rebellion. Maybe one day!

re: Doomlord. I don't think it would be talking out of turn to say that we've tried to do more DL over the years but it just hasn't been possible. The link Joe put up was to a cover rough I did years ago when we were hoping to put out a follow-up to the Deathlords collection. Hopefully one day we'll see more Doomlord back in print - it certainly deserves to be!

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Other Reviews / Re: THE ANGRY PLANET: Fleetway Files 001
« on: 17 December, 2020, 03:11:26 PM »
Really happy to hear such positive feedback on this, and it's great to see Hebden and Belardinelli's work getting reassessed when read as a whole - I think Angry Planet is a great little read, and while it has the "Hang on, we're folding Tornado into 2000AD in *how* many issues?" rushed wrap-up and it wanders a touch toward the end, it's a tale that holds up well and it's a shame that it never continued on into "Mars Force" in 2000AD.

The response to this first collection has been great, and David's got me at work on the repro for the next collection - Goodall and Blasco's "The Indestructible Man" - so I'd hope the next release will be out early 2021. After that, we'll see what David finds in his trawl through the archives, what readers would like to see and what Rebellion have plans for and we'll take it from there!

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Books & Comics / Re: 'The Angry Planet' collection from Hibernia
« on: 07 December, 2020, 04:59:29 PM »
Really lovely to hear favourable comparisons to both Rebellion and the classic Titan collections - the printing on Tornado was not the best, so a lot of work went into trying to get everything looking as good as possible.

re: the colour spreads. As David says, they are reproduced here in B&W but not just a simple greyscale conversion - each of the three spreads was stripped of colour, then the linework was restored as best as possible to give what I hope will look like the original B&W art Belardinelli would have supplied to the Tornado editorial team. I take the point re: including colour spreads, but it just wasn't possible on this particular release and I hope that the work that has gone into presenting those spreads in clean B&W will go some way to compensating for that (definitely no quick & easy greyscale conversions on this one - I reckon it was around five days work on each DPS!)

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Prog / Re: Prog 2209 - Bad Blood!
« on: 04 December, 2020, 03:09:33 PM »
What gets modern Hookjaw off the proverbial fishing tackle is that the original strip is pivotal to the whole endeavour: Action's Hookjaw is cast as a part of the 'belief' in the Hookjaw 'myth' that is at the core of the current setup. It's less a tired reworking and more an expansion that incorporates the original as part of the 'truth' (much like Gaiman's Sandman and Moore's Swampie - although I may be stretching an analogy a teensy bit too far there).

...which would be an argument again for Pat reading some of the stuff he's criticising instead of basing his opinions on a quick scan through the contents, the title or whatever one of his Twitter followers fires his way. I suspect he'd still be anti-Hookjaw, but perhaps he'd have a better understanding of what the team on it were aiming for (and perhaps even appreciate it, as I think it's one of the more intelligent and thoughtful attempts to revisit a classic strip in recent 2000AD history).


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General / Re: Fleetway Files - The next step for Hibernia Comics
« on: 30 November, 2020, 07:02:05 PM »
Thanks for sharing, Colin! We'd hoped to get it released sooner, but lockdown slowed things down early in the year, then the repro work turned out to be a bit more time-consuming than expected. The printers did a great job of turning the project around quickly after receiving the files though.

Looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks of this one - Tornado's printing and paper stock was a tough beast to deal with and I hope we've done Massimo's art justice in the processing and clean-up!

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Prog / Re: Prog 2209 - Bad Blood!
« on: 28 November, 2020, 11:06:52 AM »
My copy of 2208 finally arrived this Wednesday along with the new Meg, but 2209 is nowhere to be seen. I'm going to chase up if there's no sign of it on Monday as it will then be nearly a week past the date it was on the shelves. No trace of prog 2210 either, but given how the last couple of months have gone I'm not expecting it until Tuesday or Wednesday next week at the earliest.

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General / Re: Fleetway Files - The next step for Hibernia Comics
« on: 27 November, 2020, 09:38:50 AM »
Suggestions for future collections are very welcome! Work wrapped on Angry Planet a wee while back and it should be ready for release soon, and I'm busy processing raw scans of The Indestructible Man for David right now (must be the only comic where an immortal former captain of the Royal Cavalry under Pharaoh Rameses II takes on a robot reindeer!) so it's the perfect time to bombard him with ideas for what you'd like to see next  :D

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General / Re: Summer of Love - Milligan & McCarthy
« on: 26 November, 2020, 09:35:50 AM »
This was published alongside Pat Mills and Glen Fabry's SCATHA, and suffered the same fate (seven published and the eighth half done).

I'm trying to recall the name of the newspaper they were in - it was a very short lived Sunday paper in '88 I believe.

Both Scatha and the first episode of The Masquer, a roleplaying-comic along the lines of Diceman, were reprinted by Hibernia in Beyond 2000AD. All seven episodes of Scatha, plus the eighth which just exists as inks with no lettering/title AFAIK, are included, but IIRC Fabry said that ten episodes had been completed, so there may be more somewhere out there.

The editors of the News on Sunday's colour/comic section were trying to piggyback off the explosion in interest in comics at the time (I think this was hot on the heels of Watchmen et al) and they were clear that they wanted specific creators from the prog for it. They referenced Slaine, Halo Jones and Sooner or Later in interviews IIRC, and I think it's clear from Scatha and Summer of Love that they were looking for their own version of particular strips, rather than just something new from the creators behind them.

Really interesting curiosity.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2208 - The Powers of London!
« on: 21 November, 2020, 05:22:52 PM »
"My comic is late, which is diabolical even though I wouldn't have time to read it yet anyway. I demand compensation from the people whose fault it isn't. I will have my vengeance, in this world or the next!"

Ha! :D

I think everyone knows Rebellion isn't at fault here, so this more just spitballing about whether there's anything they could/should do given that the post situation doesn't seem to be getting any better.

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