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News / Leah Moore and John Reppion
« on: Today at 08:33:23 am »
I know that this is on Tooth's twitter feed but for the non-Twitterati amongst us, I don't know how many are aware of what the Simone Tweet on the homepage is all about.  Reading the JustGiving page , looks like they're not having the best of times at present (.... and the award for understatement of the year goes to ...).  I'm sure folks will respond accordingly and that everyone's thoughts, prayers and whatever practical support as is possible will be with them.

Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« on: 19 June, 2018, 04:49:08 pm »
Like Tordels' I'm a double dipper on this.  The webshop exclusive is superb and Zeinner is definitely someone I'd like to see doing more covers and even interior artwork.  The contents are, to me, pretty standard special fare for the most part.  Anderson is the standout and rounds it out really well.  A writer / artist combination that is once again one that I'd like to see in the prog.

Overall I'd say that it was pretty successful.  Certainly we've seen far worse specials in the past.  There's certainly enough to commend it and nothing that screams 'embarrassing balls-up'.

Events / Re: GeekedFest Pontypridd 16th June 2018
« on: 18 June, 2018, 07:19:10 pm »
Might well have done.  I know I spoke to quite a few stall owners and we bought a number of prints.  We were there toward the end of the afternoon and it was still fairly busy.  What was great was how many kids there still seemed to be.  Where were you set up?

Looking at calendar, Newport looks like it might be viable.  My only disappointment talking to the organiser was that she couldn't give too much away in terms of who might be there from the comics world.  I do agree with her point in terms of the television / film celebs drawing a larger crowd / appealing to a different audience.  Personally I don't have a problem with that idea since they are targeting 'Geeks' and not just comic fans.  Far more honest to my mind.

General / Re: Top ten Dredds and top ten non-Dredd thrills
« on: 16 June, 2018, 10:12:48 pm »
I'm going to repeat what I've said before.  To me, the greatest Dredd story will always be "Alone in a Crowd".  Notwithstanding Dillon's first and finest work on Dredd (for me), the multilayered story is incredibly subtle and intricate.  It captures perfectly the depersonalising nature of the meg, the claustrophobic quality of existence, the multiple threats citizens face, perps and normal 'citz' alike.  As a commentary on the tensions of modern life it works perfectly.  More to the point, it drives home its point so surreptitiously.  It is an absolute masterclass.

Events / Re: GeekedFest Pontypridd 16th June 2018
« on: 16 June, 2018, 10:04:55 pm »
Well, it turned out to be a nice little affair, very much akin to the conventions of yore.  A limited selection of stalls celebrating geekdom.  Personal highlight was a pleasant conversation with Dylan Teague.  As seems so often the case with tooth creators, an incredibly congenial and social individual.  My only regret is that the promoters didn't mention his presence prior to the event, otherwise I'd have fetched some progs down for him to sign.  Settled for a couple of prints of his recent meg / tooth covers.  The opportunity to talk with such creators was also a major bonus for my daughter.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 16 June, 2018, 09:59:04 pm »
Personally I would question whether a free market can ever exist.  It's like assuming the markets are 'rational'.  Self interest is always going to trump any other forces.  This is naturally going to lead to a monopoly situation as we've seen so often just over the last hundred or so years.  The result is going to be a gross distortion that is going to benefit the few not the many. 

It seems that the biggest problem in this country in particular is that finance is seen as the ultimate good rather than a tool to be used by society.  Everything is driven by the imperatives of the financial sector rather than the social good.  The ultimate case of the tail wagging the dog.

Film & TV / Re: Mad Max - Fury Road
« on: 11 June, 2018, 07:05:00 pm »

Total Recall (Annie)

Is that the one where they sang "It's a hard knock life, when you've got three breasts"?

Prog / Re: Prog 2085
« on: 11 June, 2018, 11:33:31 am »
Amen.  It's odd how it's not been considered before.  Perhaps too many folks have been put off the idea of stepping on the continuity toes of Messers Wagner and Grant? 

Then again, case for the prosecution: The Phantom Menace.  Maybe some things are best left alone?

Links / Re: Youtube Gold
« on: 11 June, 2018, 10:39:00 am »
Now that is outstanding!  I can see the album title now "H P Lovecroft Sings."  A Cthulu cover a la Bing Crosby.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 10 June, 2018, 06:53:17 pm »
After watching the first series of Supergirl recently

I then decided to dip back into the Marvel cinematic universe with the first two episodes of Cloak and Dagger.

Supergirl is definitely brain candy but enjoyable enough.  My wife and daughter are quite into it, I tend to dip.  Flash was enjoyable enough the first series but I think I might have binged a bit too much and haven't been able to get back to it.  Might have to give it another shot.

The start of Cloak and Dagger was certainly interesting.  The standard origin story but then again they've tweaked it from the comics nicely.  Arguably enough there to warrant a follow up when the next episode comes around.

I have to be honest, I gave up on Preacher a while back.  Really couldn't get on with it.  Perhaps it's because I enjoyed the original so much and it doesn't seem to have the same quality.  Don't really know ...  Again, perhaps I should give it once last stab, particularly now that a lot of the stuff that I have been watching has wrapped up for a while.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 09 June, 2018, 06:31:22 pm »
What TLS said, Auxlen, hang in there pal.  Too many of us have been there and can fully appreciate where you're coming from.  Nothing wrong with feeling sorry for yourself , it's perfectly normal.  No way you're going to get ignored round these parts when you pop your head in for help.

News / Re: Sci-Fi Special 2018 - Cover
« on: 08 June, 2018, 03:21:34 pm »
It was a bit of a no-brainer when this was first announced but the more I see, the more stoked I am to get my grubby little paws on it.  Special ordered from the shop but I think I'll have to pick up a copy in the high street to encourage them to keep on stocking.

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 08 June, 2018, 11:08:07 am »
thanks, Disney, you fascism-embracing dick knockers.

Thanks for my new signature!

was introduced to the Yiddish word 'schmeckle' the other day as a wonderful euphemism.

How about

"Thanks Disney, you subjugation-supporting schmeckle savourers"?

Off Topic / Re: Quickest way you could ruin your life...
« on: 07 June, 2018, 07:02:59 pm »
There is ICT (glorified word processing, spreadsheet, presentation etc) and then there is computing.  The shift is towards embedding 'digital competence' as it is called this side of the Severn within all subjects in the same way as literacy and numeracy and for IT lessons to focus more on the higher order skills.  How successful it will be remains to be seen, not least of all due to resourcing.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 07 June, 2018, 01:22:29 pm »
I hear what you're saying Hawkie.  I can't claim to have gone through anything anywhere near as bad as what you seem to have.  Although having said that I don't think we do ourselves or anyone else a favour in trying to claim to achieved the worst situation possible.  Our experiences are personal and it is we that have to navigate them.  Anything that attempts to invalidate the impact on us and our ability to cope is just plain wrong.  So it's great to hear how things are going.

It's amazing how things pan out when they do fall apart isn't it?  Now that my union has negotiated a mutual departure things are wrapping up nicely and I've been able to cut myself free from that experience.  Like you, I've also been able to support ill relatives. We don't get that time back do we?  I don't think we truly appreciate how much of a gift it is (although it might not seem it at the time).

I would agree completely with your closing statement about valuing and choosing.  Here's to hoping that the quality of life you're experiencing at present carries you and your family through.  All the best.

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