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Off Topic / Re: Where the dust goes to gather - comics variant
« Last post by sheridan on Today at 12:39:13 pm »
Right everyone who's said they were going top post pics get on with it!

yes I'm look at YOU!

I haven't said I was going to post pictures, but I'll begin to think about considering it.
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Megazine / Meg 399.
« Last post by Proudhuff on Today at 12:08:18 pm »


So a cover of Dredd doing his Zumba class also...
 smart-drug addiction on a university campus in "Brain Drain"; Devlin Waugh's in "Kiss of Death"; "The Returners" will be; Chopper battles to save Oz in "Wandering Soul", and there's the climax of the special Strange Brigade story that is the highlight of the Meg.  and in the bagged supplement this month, Judge Dredd: The Lost Cases, untold tales from the lawman's greatest adventures, scripted by Alan Grant, and featuring the art of David Roach, Anthony Williams, PJ Holden,

All well and good, total oppsite APU of the current Prog.
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Off Topic / Re: Where the dust goes to gather - comics variant
« Last post by Proudhuff on Today at 12:00:57 pm »
Right everyone who's said they were going top post pics get on with it!

yes I'm look at YOU!
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Prog / Re: Prog 2094 - The Order Meet The Edge - Walker
« Last post by IndigoPrime on Today at 11:33:18 am »
Some brevity/editing would be helpful, although perhaps that's just not the rhythm this writer is going for. I dunno. It just feels a bit off. (And I realise this is turning into a Rory McConville downer on my part, so I should probably state for the record that I mostly like his concepts, and his strips in general. Also, as I've said elsewhere, I'm gobsmacked by how prolific he's become in such a short space of time. That doesn't happen by accident.)
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General / Re: The Commissions Thread
« Last post by ming on Today at 11:31:33 am »
That's awesome (and a great theme for a commission)!
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Prog / Re: Prog 2094 - The Order Meet The Edge - Walker
« Last post by Frank on Today at 11:23:42 am »
... there's a lot of exposition in caption blocks. It feels a bit prose-like at times

... I thought it just didn’t work at all. I don’t recall John Wagner, for example, using that technique.

Yes, I also do not like this technique (he also did it in this months Meg #399 for Dredd)


Wagner-era stories like Revolution, Bloodline, and The Big Sleep made liberal use of captions. I didn't mind the sudden arrival of a third-person omniscient narrator; any problems might result from the way the device was used, rather than the device itself.*



* It's probably the volume of text that struck the wrong note; I agree the captions are overwritten. The sequence of panels on p.2 could have read 1: AS LONG AS HE COULD REMEMBER, HE'D ALWAYS WANTED TO JOIN THE SYNDICATE, 2: HIS TRYOUT ENDED WITH HIM HANGING FROM A FLYOVER BY HIS ANKLES, 3: HE'D NEVER FORGOTTEN THEIR LAUGHTER.

It'd probably help if the presentation was a little cuter. The Big Sleep example above makes a feature of narration by turning the strip into a parody of detective fiction. The PJ Maybe stories either used the diary format to drop in narration or, in the case of Confeshuns, opened with Maybe under interrogation and presented the narration as his testimony.

Although The Big Sleep and Bloodline use third-person omniscient narration, it's presented as indirect access to the thoughts and emotions of the focal character. Only Revolution uses the narration to impart information; even then, it's explicating the action seen in each panel, rather than filling in character backstory.
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General / Re: Pat Mills Doctor Who Strips To Be Adapted For Audio
« Last post by Jim_Campbell on Today at 11:17:59 am »
Presumably, like the artists, once they've handed over their work it ceases to be their own. Makes me wonder why people still want to provide work like that... the love for your craft only stretches so far.

Simple answer: everyone has bills to pay. For all that people tout creator-owned books as the be-all and end-all, it's highly unlikely that you'll lose money on a work-for-hire gig for a publisher of any size. There are plenty of people who barely see a penny from their creator-owned books, up to and including Image.
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Off Topic / Re: Where the dust goes to gather - comics variant
« Last post by IndigoPrime on Today at 10:50:50 am »
Extra geek points to Krakajac for the old Commodore computer.
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General / Re: Pat Mills Doctor Who Strips To Be Adapted For Audio
« Last post by Andy Lambert on Today at 10:50:24 am »
Those strips were brilliant, and I loved reading them as an 8/9 year old. No audio adaption will ever top the art of Dave Gibbons, in my humble opinion.
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Prog / Re: Prog 2094 - The Order Meet The Edge - Walker
« Last post by IndigoPrime on Today at 10:48:25 am »
Rory McConville says “ A lot of my stories use captions to move the story along, because you must keep a story accelerating as much as possible so you use whatever narrative tools you have.”
Fair enough. The problem for me is that these big blocks of text do the opposite for pacing, and slow things down. Perhaps it's their sheer volume in some of his Dredd strips. Like I said, it at times feels like you're reading illustrated prose rather than a comic. (Or perhaps it's in part because with Dredd I'm used to terse Wagner caption use.)
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