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General / Re: new 2000ad RPG to funded via Kickstarter
« on: 19 October, 2018, 07:25:03 pm »
As for the content - strange to call it Luna-1 when it could potentially cover any Dreddverse space strips (at least the local to Earth ones).  Hopefully they'll include the Anderson Goes to Mars story.

I agree, it's odd - but from this showing it seems like a solid plan, to follow the order of the Mega Epics and introduce related material as they go. Presumably next we'll get the Undercity, the Academy and SJS/Chief Judge's Office in the DtLD book.  Then Texas City and Extra-solar shenanigans in JCQ. Clever sort of drip-feed.

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General / Re: new 2000ad RPG to funded via Kickstarter
« on: 19 October, 2018, 03:58:04 pm »
Jovis, my poor wallet  :o.

Great stuff, and loving the placeholder name "Anne Orther". I think the idea of covering the Corps and Titan (and Enceladus?  Mars?  Hestia?) in the Luna-1 supplement is a great one,  and hopefully shows the shape this range is going to take, not restricting itself to the epics themselves but expanding on their elements and settings.

Hope Mongoose and Warlord have some arrangement regarding the so-so RT kickstarted minis that seem to be still dribbling out.

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General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 19 October, 2018, 01:26:31 pm »
As usual, Bolt talks sense.

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General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 19 October, 2018, 10:46:22 am »
It was obviously intended as a new beginning, as were most of the L&DoJA and subsequent stories, but it works just as well as a poignant, optimistic ending. See also: Calvin & Hobbes' "Let's go exploring!",  which never fails to leave me misty-eyed.

I'm also not sure filling-out a collected volume counts as justification for pushing on with a series without its defining creator(s?).  I'm sure we could live with a thin book including covers and interviews.  Look at Book of Scars, or Brink!

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General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 18 October, 2018, 03:14:53 pm »
I'm not very good at articulating these things, but not only have we lost arguably the prog's greatest contributor, but I feel that certain characters have gone along with him.

I hear ya. While it's utterly trivial in comparison to the loss of a great person, I do feel Johnny Alpha, and one of my favourite comic strips, went too.

I'm sure the reality of comics means that SD will return one day without either creator,  but I can't see it being welcome for a long time. If John has different plans, I'll obviously take them as they come.

On another note entirely:  don't really have the artistic vocab to describe things properly,  but Jim's reference to Carlos' trick of having the gunshot and the impact in the same panel really struck a chord - that's the thing I remember most from my earliest encounters with his work (that and Blanche Tatum's bosom  :-[) ,  but for young me it was more that the gun always seemed to be firing at the reader,  out into 'our' space,  and then drawing our eye back into the comic to see it hit its target. An amazing thing to see on a page.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 18 October, 2018, 01:59:37 pm »
Yeah,  I felt the same way about the McGann movie: the Tardis interior was the best thing about it, even the establishing shots of McCoy reading.  As a kid I was always fascinated by the idea that there were maybe infinite unseen rooms,  but deeply frustrated that we got to see so little. Even the costume room was a thrill. Otherwise it was "bigger on the inside - but not much bigger".

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General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 18 October, 2018, 01:54:43 pm »
So, I guess that means the last Strontium Dog story printed in the prog with Wulf's son was the absolute last Johnny Alpha strip  Carlos had drawn?

Looking that way. In its own tragic way, this leaves the strip at a perfect spot: Johnny has a new partner to lighten his load and his mood,  the Doghouse is back up and running,  but now under mutant control, and the old Mutant War gang are all back on the streets and spaceways.  That's as close to both a new beginning and a happy ending as we're likely to get.  I'd be sad but satisfied to leave it at that. I've really no interest in SD without Carlos.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 October, 2018, 08:52:54 pm »
And amazingly No. 20 was great too, despite being a bloody Ant-Man sequel. An Ant-Man sequel fercrissakes, getting just one seemed like a ridiculously fortuitous blip in the space-time continuum, but two?  And two good ones?  Madness.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 17 October, 2018, 08:46:07 pm »
And can we talk about how overlong these dumbass superhero shows are?  Better Call Saul only gets 10 episodes a season, FFS. 

It's a sign of being utterly spoiled with great telly,  but the missus and I look at the prospect of several loooong seasons of backlog of these superhero shows and just retreat to something more focused like the aforementioned BCS (near-perfect jewels, each to be savoured), or Inside No. 9, just 6 lovely little slices a year.

Worse,  if something can cover the ground in just 30 minutes, we're all over it - The Good Place or Santa Clarita Diet, yum-yum,  I'll take two please.   But 39 hours of Daredevil, tying into 100 hours of other stuff, cheeses just no.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 October, 2018, 08:11:56 pm »
Yeah,  been doing a Phase 3 re-watch ourselves over the past few weeks, in no particular order. There's some truly incredible stuff in there - Black Panther alone is absolutely stunning (and by heck do the kids love it - there's been nonstop 'Wakanda forever!'-ing), and I'd forgotten just how funny Dr Strange is, not to mention Thor Ragnarok which is genuinely hilarious start to finish.

I think we just have Spiderman Homecoming to go.

I know MCU has its problems,  but taken together it is an incredible body of work.

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Off Topic / Re: I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Prog
« on: 17 October, 2018, 12:34:06 pm »
With negative scores like this, it's no wonder Samantha has to amuse herself by constantly rubbing them out. 


(Flippin' great link there BTW, Sharky!)

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Books & Comics / Re: Hannah Berry to be new comics laureate
« on: 16 October, 2018, 01:14:51 pm »
Get her in the Prog and slap some laurels on the cover, Thargy baby, she's a keeper.


As a complete side note,  it always amazes me how 2000AD collections fail to trumpet their more famous creators. The DR&Quinch/Skizz Mega-Collection, for example - 200 pages of Alan Moore, one of the Top 5 most famous comics writers of all time* (yes,  I'm including Stan Lee :rolleyes:) never mind art by Alan Davis (ye and I know the Baikie Skizz is some of the greatest comics art ever,  but the average US comics afficianado not so much...) - and yet this info is almost hidden in the usual trade dress.  Wouldn't it have made sense for Hachette to tart up the cellophane wrapper with giant sized 200 PAGES OF MOORE and DAVIS for a TENNER?   If you've got it,  flaunt it.


*Lee,  Gaiman,  Hergé, Moore, Miller, would be my guess. Maybe Schultz and Watterson too,  but does anyone remember their names these days?

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Film & TV / Re: Aquaman (or, more importantly, a glistening Jason Momoa)
« on: 16 October, 2018, 10:50:01 am »
Hard to see how you'd do it without CGI,  short of traditional animation,  or keeping it at a Man From Atlantis scale (pier-divibg aside). And while you're absolutely right about it looking like it's in space rather than underwater,  you'd be left with very limited visibility and reduced visual scope if you were to actually model the deep ocean: which might be a valid stylistic choice,  but clearly not one the DCCU fancied.  We'll see if this pure-fantasy direction pays off.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 15 October, 2018, 01:16:16 pm »
Have to defer to you on that one,  never seen it.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 15 October, 2018, 01:02:58 pm »
Give me a break - one minute the Defense is she’s not in full awareness of her body yet, the next is she’s a space ninja.

Both those things were in the show. 

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