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Messages - Colin YNWA

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General / Re: 2000AD Forum Sketch Competition #3: ENTRIES THREAD
« on: 10 April, 2021, 05:56:00 PM »
Well all that whining about how great The Cursed Earth means I totally changed tack on what I planned to do and here's my latest. Hope for one more tomorrow along my more traditional lines...


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Creative Common / Re: Does My Figure look big in this?
« on: 10 April, 2021, 05:43:13 PM »
Brilliant as ever Trooper McFad

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General / Re: Mega City Book Club - a new podcast about 2000AD books
« on: 10 April, 2021, 01:36:16 PM »
Just caught up with the Mike Collins episode and what a great listen even by this wonderful podcast's standards. Apollo I'd never heard of but ordered already. Sounds fantastic but how the heck do they miss out the felt pen story - that's amazing!

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Classifieds / Re: Advice on selling graphic novels
« on: 10 April, 2021, 01:28:33 PM »
There's also a few facebook groups its worth posting stuff on '77, 2000ad Chat and Tat. Though as ever with fan sites often folks will have all the stuff they want already. '77 seems quite good for folks getting back in though so you never know.

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General / Re: 2000AD Forum Sketch Competition #3: ENTRIES THREAD
« on: 10 April, 2021, 10:52:29 AM »
Damnit only three votes!!!!!

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The biggest problem for me with Cursed Earth as I mentioned before it is very fragmented stories. Great art but the story just felt like a lot of small stories weaved together.

See that's its great strength for me, or one of them. Its is a relatively loosely bound series of adventures which give it its scale. Its an exploration of a world we've not seen yet in the strip and the flights into different aspects of it. The fact that its episode mean we know we're only seeing bits of it, that there's much more even in this journey and for many more to come. It leaves gaps for future exploration. That each story is relatively brief is what gives the challenge of the Cursed Earth its scale and wonder. The episodic nature gives the over-arching narrative its sense of pace and desperation. Its other strengths

1. It casts Dredd as hero - which makes sense as he's 'freed' of the system that makes him the evil bastard he is, even while that System defines a lot of what he does here.

2. Is bound in nostaglia - not in the bad sense in they way we are meant to be careful of, whallowing in the past, rather in the positive sense of helping you understand what shapes how you view whats good in the world and that which entertains you. Nostalgia in the way it fires up the energy, imagination and passion we have as kids that the world chips away at as we get older. So for me yeah its a very personal thing. It hit me at the perfect time in a way Judge Child only seemed to try to replicate.

3. Dinosaurs jumping on top of Kill Dozers.

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 10 April, 2021, 08:15:21 AM »


Questing on a smaller scale

Brass Sun - Motor Head does a very smart thing. This series has always been brilliant, but in Motor Head it makes clear - or at least reminds us - that its more than it seems. Up to this point the series has been expansive, a world building, world trotting quest cast large. The relationships Wren builds have always at its very heart, but its been driven across the exploration of ever more fascinating worlds that Ian Edginton and INJ Culbard seem to create with effortless ease - I'm sure its far from easy, but they make it seem.

Stories that in reality just give you a hint of each new 'planet' that Wren explores, are made to feel like you see much more. They give you a real sense of the new territory, push the over-arching plot on and then whip you away to the next while you still want to learn more.

In Motor Head that feels like it changes and we are very brutally reminded that its Wren's story and the exploration is just a back drop. Motor Head feels far tighter and closer. Its starts and end in Wren's head after all. In our lastest world Wren is held prisoner and therefore the focus is less on exploration and expanse and rather escape - it almost feels claustrophobic. The stakes feel really high and its tense.

Wren and Septimus and there relationship and bond are very much the focus as they struggle with terrifying captors, metallic pursuers and things weighing heavy in the mind. We might have lost the wonderful Ramkin but we gain new cast members (almost) as engaging. The stories real genius however is while giving us this tighter focus, making it more bound - as is fitting given Wren's plight for most of the story - its still generates enough wonders and majesty to remind you we might be in a smaller world but its still magnificent and new and INJ Culbard is still allowed to use his astonishing design to create wonders and glories to behold, as well as his fantastic 'character' acting. In that it almost feels like a warm up for Brink!

Its quite, quite brilliant and by the end Wren and Septimus have escaped, 'Kurt Vonnegut' has a new home, the terrifying Arthur is defeated, but on the last page we are again reminded of the wider world and new perils are presented to cast the story back out onto its globe trotting stage.

This really is one of the great 2000ad stories - and we bloody well need it back Edginton, Culbard and Tharg - I think I'll whine about that more in a couple of Self absorbed years when this one pops up again...

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VOTING CLOSED

Well for a brief time at the start, a very early flurry of votes and an abstention or two meant Origins took an early lead. But quickly after that predictable form took over and

Necropolis

quickly took an unassailable lead and makes its way safely to the semi's. We'll see Origins in the 12-5th place play off.

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VOTING CLOSED

In the spirit of Funt Solo - but using a completely different band as this song just came to my head first and its too early to think about this

Don't stop me now
I'm voting for City of the Damned
It gave me a good time
Can't stop it now
Its better than The Cursed Earth
Even if I'm totally wrong
Can't stop it now...


20: (14) Small House - 3 points = Down 6 places

19: (16) Machine Law - 7 Points = Down 3 places

18: (8) Titan Enceladus - 9 points = Down 10 places

17: (7) Mandroid - 12 points = Down 10 places

16: (30) Trifecta - 24 points = Up a whooping 14 places

15: (40) Mechanismo - 26 Points = Up 25 mind melting places

14: (14) The Cursed Earth - 32 points = cruelly robbed of any change and left in the ludicrous placing given by AlexF - I glare harshly at you all...

13: (47) City of the Damned - 50 points = Up 34, yes count them 34 places. Its astonishing (and utterly wrong) but there we have it...

So there we go. The almost unstoppable climb of City of the Damned ends at a suitable unlucky 13. The Cursed Earth is stranded in its wake and Mechanismo is the other big, big winner here along with Trifecta.

This has got to be worth getting a cup of tea, sitting down and having a good long chat about... or should I say an intervention...

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Arh Funt Solo that is brilliant.

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What does it take to make you lot not vote for City of the Damned.

I sometimes think if I did one of my nonsense votes for which is the best:

Watchmen
The Complete works of Grendel
The complete works of the Beatles
The unbeatable joy of falling in love and having it returned
Being granted the power of flight
City of the Damned

Some of you would be there thinking... "...well I mean sure flying would be cool and the Beatles did some good songs... but zombie Dredd... hmmm...."

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 09 April, 2021, 03:45:11 PM »
Well, there'll be sod all on telly this weekend now ...

Radio 6 Music even stopped playing music... I mean come on the clue is in your name!

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 09 April, 2021, 11:40:06 AM »
IDW Usagi yojimbo reprints BUT in colour !

so gorgeous, plus if you've read usagi, you know how you learn whilst reading too eg. how sake is made, japanese feudal law etc..

I've used these as my 'in' to Yojimbo and man its wonderful stuff - have a LOAD of digital stuff lined up.

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This one has been short and sweet so we can get back on track and I'll close this off in the morning so I can count up and get organised for the final of these play-off votes for Monday morning. So any votes get them in today.

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This one only seemed to be heading one way from the off. Last day to turn that around as both are drawing votes and I'm going to count this one up in the morning so get your votes in today.

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