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General / Re: Sideshow Vote: I am Solo
« on: 07 April, 2022, 06:55:49 AM »
Meltdown Man, by a long lead
Harry 20
Return to Armageddon

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General / Re: Sideshow Vote: Igor, are you a loyal servant?
« on: 26 March, 2022, 01:54:44 PM »
Newer people use Farcebook, Twatter and TwatTok.

Apparently Youtube, Twitter and Facebook are planning a merger.  The new amalgamated platform will be called YouTwitFace.

(Meanwhile, on the stock market, lifts are down and pencils lost a few points...)

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I'll have to have a look in the daylight.  A quick look under lights shows the blacks looks good and dark, and the text looks reasonably sharp, but some of the pictures look too dark in the dark areas - like they should be lighter and show more detail, but instead we've got big dark patches hiding a bit too much.

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General / Re: Sideshow Vote: Igor, are you a loyal servant?
« on: 24 March, 2022, 01:20:08 PM »
-   I started in the 80s and lapsed but I am back

When we were kids, my brother and I used to buy a couple of comics each.  That's about all our pocket money stretched to.  We'd read the ones we'd bought ourselves, then swap and read each others. We lived in a small country town in rural NSW.  I was always amazed that these comics had come from the other side of the world, and that several copies of each would arrive every week in the town newsagents, so far away.
 
My brother was the one buying 2000AD.  I'm pretty sure he started with prog 164.  I didn't read much of it to start with, it took me a while to get into it, but he kept getting it every week.  The done-in-one stories hooked me in, Future Shocks etc, as did Meltdown Man, Dash Decent and others.  Dredd was okay but Strontium Dog was much better, and Rogue Trooper drawn by Cam Kennedy was the pinnacle. I never read a page of Slaine, Nemesis or Ace Trucking Co. One day about five years later, my brother came home with a huge collection of back progs he'd found in Mrs Tulloch's second hand bookshop.  They went back to prog 1, were in brilliant condition and only cost him 5 cents each!  I loved the smaller, glossier progs from the Starlord merger.  They looked amazing.  Dan Dare, Johnny Alpha with Mr Sun and Mr Moon, all sorts of things to catch up on.  I think it was prog 8 where Tharg says in the letter page that Betelguesian woman have tentacles, so we were very annoyed by the lack of continuity when a female Tharg (Marg?) turns up later on and just looked like Angelina De Griz plus Rosette of Sirius and eyebrows.

I kept reading little bruv's progs until 1988 when I went away to university, and just stopped. I don't think I bothered to read his back progs once I came back on semester breaks, but I'd stopped buying the comics I used to buy anyway.  I can't remember what was still around to buy at that time, but Buster was drawn by someone else and looked wrong, Sweeny Toddler was drawn by someone else and looked wrong, Eric Wimp (Bananaman) had hair...  I was still vaguely interested.  I remember buying a sort of newspaper that was going at the time that was just a big collection of all the sorts of strips you'd get on the comics page of the daily newspapers, but that was about it.

Fast forward to many years later and my wife and I are out shopping and I spy the "Dredd vs Death" game.  I bought it (and a copy for my brother too, I think), and really enjoyed it.  That led me to discover the Big Finish audios.  Thankfully they were all released, or mostly released.  I picked up a couple and they were really good.  I'm glad I didn't hit the ones I consider patchy or woeful first, as I would never have continued.  But I got them in some random order that meant I didn't go through a run of the rubbish ones all at once.  That led me to get some of the reprint books, which I think had just started out under Rebellion.  And I'm still here!

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Get Jerry Sing is the only odd one. Bit of a throwaway story but presume the inclusion is because it was the last ever Carlos.

Yes, they note that it is the last ever Wagner + Ezquerra Dredd.

It's a good spectrum of stories, but also nice to see a mix of artists including Ron Smith, Brian Bolland, Ian Gibson, Cam Kennedy and of course Carlos Ezquerra.  Also Tom Frame and Annie Parkhouse, of course.

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Contents... not including the bonus section


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General / Re: Sideshow Vote: Where did you come from?
« on: 24 March, 2022, 05:34:53 AM »
Harry 20 returned in a one-off in one of the FCBD progs.  I would have liked to see it go further.

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News / Re: Kevin O'Neill's Mek Memories
« on: 22 March, 2022, 12:50:34 PM »
They have shipping options for Rwanda and Yemen, but not Ireland.

Yeah, it's their weird 'we only ship to countries with the same vowel in them' policy.

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News / Re: Hiya Toys Judge Dredd range?
« on: 22 March, 2022, 12:48:40 PM »
Judge Giant too - but at that size, I think Dredd's going to arrest him under the Trade Descriptions Act.  "'Giant' my foot!"

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