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General / Giant Sea Scorpions revisited
« on: 21 November, 2007, 11:31:48 AM »
Aaiiieee!! Please let me drown before... etc.

There was a thread a while back about giant sea scorpions a la Flesh, but I was unable to find it.  There's a piece about a new find in today's Grauniad (see link), and here's the figure from the paper it's based on.  

Link: Here be monsters

Prog / Prog 1555: Dead of Knight
« on: 17 September, 2007, 02:17:13 PM »
The cover is yet another helping of Langley ABC Warrior portrait goodness.  This time it's Deadlock, with a nice McCarthy look.  Great stuff.

In Dredd this week, Nate Slaughterhouse is back, which came as a nice surprise - obviously I haven't been paying attention lately.  I knew a return was on the cards, just not now.  They can chain his body but his mind stays free; er... soon to be followed by his body.  Maybe they didn't handle that thing with his wife very well after all.  Anyway, although Kev Walker would have been better on art, I've no complaints at all here.  Great stuff.

I've really enjoyed this second outing of Stone Island, and I just hope it doesn't lose the plot like the first.  Glorious other-worldly colours and a lot of explaining this week.  Line of the week: "She's packing enough meat an' two veg to make a cart horse proud".  Good stuff.

ABC Warriors sees developments with Ikon and his mates in the asylum, and moves on to Deadlocks recollections of the Watchtower.  Is that bit at the end part of the flashback, or related to the events at the asylum?  Either way, I'm enjoying all this.  Great stuff.

Caballistics, Inc. is just bloody great.  Great stuff.

Button Man IV is also great, and Mr. Irving does an extremely good job of stepping into some very large shoes.  Harry's being pressured to get back in the game, but he's on his toes.  He's really not a very nice man, is he?  No sign of the daughter this week.  Great stuff.

All in all, another great Prog.  No dead wood, just finely-tuned thrills, just the way we like 'em.  Cheers, Green-bonce!

Suggestions / The Meg: Work in Progress
« on: 16 August, 2007, 12:23:40 PM »
Along with a larger page count per issue for ongoing strips, one thing I think would be good in the Meg is a look at how 2000AD artists ply their trade.  The recent look at how the next series of Stickleback is being put together on D'israeli's blog (as well as his previous Leviathan demo) made me think that this kind of thing would be as (if not more) welcome  than many of the recent article offerings.  Not a long-life addition to the Meg, but maybe an interesting one?

Just a thought.

Link: D'israeli blog

Prog / Prog 1550 - 200AD: In a World of its own
« on: 11 August, 2007, 09:00:31 PM »
First time I've ever bagged a Prog review thread, and a big surprise to get my Prog-drop on a Saturday, as it's been getting to Norway on Thursdays for the last couple of weeks...

Anyway, a lovely thick glossy cover contains some tasty treats: Picks of the bunch are three Great Moments in Thrill-Power pin-ups (Bad Company, Halo Jones, Strontium Dog), which are a very nice touch indeed.

Dredd, ABC Warriors (10 pages) and Stone Island (10 pages) are the only thrills this week, and I'll be back when I've had chance to sit down and read the damn thing rather than just look at the pretty pictures.

Film & TV / Tharg in the Grauniad
« on: 19 June, 2007, 12:04:35 PM »
Just spotted this, which brought a huge grin to my stupid face.

Link: Call me Tharg, film buff.

Off Topic / Farewell Kurt Vonnegut
« on: 12 April, 2007, 09:07:42 AM »
I know Art added Kurt Vonnegut to the RIP thread, but my reply didn't get added and I thought others here might want to add something and face the same problem.

I've loved his books for many years, from Sirens of Titan onwards, and although his passing doesn't come as a surprise, it's a damn shame.  Time for a big re-read!  Particularly looking forward to Cat's Cradle and Bluebeard, which are favourites that I've not read for ages.

One of my all-time favourite jokes is found in Jailbird and runs along these lines:

A man suddenly kisses a nearby woman passionately...
She, outraged: "How dare you kiss me like that!"
He, shrugging innocently: "I was only trying to find out who ate all the marshmallows..."

General / LJ Silver
« on: 01 February, 2007, 09:07:47 AM »
Although I knew that LJ Silver was Carlos Ezquerra, on reading the interview with Ezquerra in the 1984 Dredd annual again recently, it seems that he used this pseudonym on stories with which he wasn't happy with his work.  Anyone care to give us a list, partial or otherwise?

Suggestions / 2000AD Trailers
« on: 30 January, 2007, 10:58:30 AM »
Can we have some more of these please, Green Bonce?  It was very nice to have a taster of Chairy-scary and Origins, and similar efforts for some other upcoming thrills would be great.  A Stickleback trailer would have burned out many a thrill-buffer, I'll warrant.  I realise these are hardly a high priority, but as the website is all set up, how about making the most of it?  Go on, you know you want to.

General / The Twelve Thrills of Chistmas
« on: 18 December, 2006, 03:34:21 PM »
I enjoyed this thread so much last year, I'm going to post it again.  Feel free to start a new version.

Altogether now: ??On the 12th day of Thrill-mas Mighty Tharg gave to me..
12 Juddas Juddering!
11 Kleggs a-chomping!
10 JIMPs (mis)judging!
9 Volgs a-funking!
8 Robots Malfunctioning!
7 Gunsharks shooting!
6 simps shalumphaling !
5 Bold thrills!!!!!!
4 Judges, Dark
3 French Finns
2 Total Wars
...And a cartridge in a perp's knee!

Suggestions / Return of Starscans?
« on: 14 November, 2006, 02:57:29 PM »
This prog's wraparound cover got me thinking about Starscans.  When was the last time we had one?  Looking into some of the starscans for past thills gives us a few openings for a revival... not a peep from such popular thrills as Nikolai Dante, Sinister Dexter, The Red Seas...  Can we have a couple?  Go on, Green Bonce, you know you want to...

Some favourites from t'olden days (check the full size covers for maximum thrill power):

Prog 173

Prog 196

Prog 583

Prog 591

Prog 608

Film & TV / Frostbite
« on: 23 October, 2006, 10:03:21 AM »
We've got the Bergen International Film Festival on at the moment, and last night I went to see Frostbitt / Frostbiten (or Frostbite to you) with the missus.  No idea if this has / will make it to the UK, but basically It's a vampire flick set in a small town in Arctic Sweden.  With a set-up that includes elements of Fiends of the Eastern Front meets 30 Days of Night it could have been really good.

Unfortunately it wasn't that great, 'cos they set most of it in teh present, and made it (mainly) in a comedy vein.  B'dum - tish.  Although some of it was pretty funny, if I want comedy vampires, I'll watch Mr Vampire (which I do, frequently).  However, the opening is great, and quite a treat for any Fiends fans.  I vaguely remember there was another WWII vampire film (was it 'The Bunker'?) and it got me thinking.  Was it any good?  Any other recommendations along these lines?

Other things seen at BIFF: The Departed (amazing remake of a great Hong Kong flick), Through a Scanner Darkly, The Queen, Children of Men.  To come: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (again), Dumplings, and a few documentaries.

Link: Frostbiten

Off Topic / Stencil revolution
« on: 19 August, 2006, 05:11:42 PM »
I figure there may be a few folks here interested in this stencil site (if you don't already know about it, that is).  I'll draw you in with one of my favourites that's been doing the rounds here in Bergen...

Link: Stencil revolution

General / Case Files 04 - Future Shop?
« on: 16 June, 2006, 10:26:02 PM »
Any idea when this might appear in the Future Shop?  I've been planning to pick this up along with Case Files 03 and a few other bits and bobs, I just wanted to get them all together...



Film & TV / The Wicker Toilet - sorry, The Wicker Man
« on: 06 June, 2006, 10:46:16 PM »
Just saw a trailer for this.  Un-be-feckin'-lieveable.  Dire is hardly the word to describe this, and hopefully all copies of it will shortly be buried under a motorway somewhere.

Link: http://www.apple.com/trailers/wb/thewickerman/trailer1/

Off Topic / You know you've been playing Urban Dead too much when...
« on: 27 April, 2006, 08:45:36 PM »
...you hear a low and distant groaning one block to the east and two blocks to the north on your way to work.

...when you get to work you immediately begin barricading your office.

...it costs you 10AP to get up in the morning.


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