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Messages - Jim_Campbell

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I'm with you. Seven (?) fonts on the same page. terrible.

The mad thing is: that "Emphatically Yes" block is at least all in variations of Futura, but look at all the whitespace underneath it. The block of type could be extended vertically into that space, giving it proportions that would require way less egregious use of the horizontal scale…

(Anyway, sorry! Back to the voting!)

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AAAIEEE! The horizontal scale! It burns my eyyyyyyyyessss!

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Or am I missing a joke somewhere..?

A very poor attempt at humour on my part. I'm blaming the gin.

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Kingdom's weak "lazy" ending just messed the whole series. So Dan bring it back and give us a proper ending, it is an awesome series

I had the impression that it wasn't definitely the end, but the Elson droid is much in demand on both sides of the Atlantic, so Dan wanted to leave it somewhere where it could be the end…

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Other Reviews / Re: Sandman TV Series
« on: 10 August, 2022, 10:21:58 PM »
Up to Ep4 now. Still enjoying this a lot.

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Creative Common / Re: Does My Figure look big in this?
« on: 10 August, 2022, 07:20:19 PM »
Arsom!

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Nort scum marines! Dispense anti-pun grenades!

‘Close the curtains, Geoffrey, I’m ambiguous!”

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Abnett is good at ambiguous endings, isn't he?

Nothing as good as an ending that works equally well on land and in the water, I find…

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Other Reviews / Re: Sandman TV Series
« on: 10 August, 2022, 10:58:05 AM »
If the choice is between so-called pretentious Sandman or willfully inane Big Dave (other "comics are disposable rubbish" stories from the 1990s also available) then I know which I'd pick.

I have nothing against the 'grown up'/'pretentious'* comics of the 90s. I struck up a conversation about our mutual love of Milligan/Fegredo's Enigma with a young lady who was, frankly, waaaay out of my league at a con. Ran into her in a pub later in the day and the subsequent chat and drinks turned out much better than I expected. ;-)



*YMMV

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Other Reviews / Re: Sandman TV Series
« on: 08 August, 2022, 11:09:02 PM »
Delano was credited, and you appear to have more reservations than Delano himself does, if twitter thread is anything to judge.

OK, that’s all good. I didn’t sit through all the credits. If Jamie and RPR are good with it, I withdraw my reservations!

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Other Reviews / Re: Sandman TV Series
« on: 08 August, 2022, 08:43:46 PM »
Significant slice of Delano/Piers Rayner Hellblazer sneaked into Sandman Ep3, even using Delano’s Casanova/Newcastle wordplay to set it up. Maybe there was an acknowledgment further down the credits than I sat through but, still, felt a little… dodgy.

Still enjoying the series overall, but that bit…  I dunno.

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Other Reviews / Re: Sandman TV Series
« on: 08 August, 2022, 01:43:19 PM »
Out of curiosity, what didn't you like about the comic, Jim?

I enjoyed the first dozen or so issues but, as the series wore on, Gaiman just seemed to get ever more pleased with his own cleverness whilst progressively less and less actually seemed to happen.

There's a point in 'Season of Mists' where Lucifer gazes out over his realm and muses: "Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven…"

Rather than trust his readers to spot a quotation from Milton, he has a minion say "Whatever you say, my lord…" solely so that Lucifer can reply: "I didn't say that, Milton did…"

But this isn't enough for our Neil — oh, no! The full line is: "I didn't say that, Milton did. And he was blind."

Oh! A little biographical detail as a cherry on top of this little dollop of self-congratulation.

In isolation, it seems like a petty thing to nit-pick, but he was doing it all the bloody time and it got right up my nose.* I made it to the end of 'Season of Mists' feeling that it wasn't really worth the effort and bailed completely early on in 'Game of You', I think.

I get that this is probably just me, but it really grates.

*He doesn't seem to have got any better. I decided to read the Neverwhere novel, having actually quite enjoyed the TV series. Then I got to a sentence where he describes Vandermar's voice as being "oleaginous" — good adjective, Neil, I thought. Apposite, and slightly onomatopoeic. And then he adds "as sump oil." Just in case we don't know what "oleaginous" means, or failed to appreciate what a good word it is.

Oh, do fuck off, Neil, I thought. :-)

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Other Reviews / Re: Sandman TV Series
« on: 07 August, 2022, 10:33:23 PM »
Verrrry odd to have been a lone voice shouting that the Emperor is naked* right through the monthly run of Sandman, only to now be be in the exact opposite position with the TV series…

*I actually had a magazine piece spiked by editorial circa 'Season of Mists' on the grounds that, and I quote: "You can't say that about Sandman."

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Other Reviews / Re: Sandman TV Series
« on: 07 August, 2022, 09:04:10 PM »
Only up to Ep2. I’m on record as very much not being a fan of the original series, but I’m enjoying the TV series a lot.

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Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 01 August, 2022, 11:33:24 AM »
He’s also ruled out any cooperation with any other party after a GE.

I'm not, by any stretch of the imagination, a fan of Starmer, but I don't see what any Labour leader could say on this particular issue, given the ferocity with which the Tories and the right-wing media pushed on the "Vote-Whatever-Get-A-Labour-Government" and "Vote-Labour-Get-A-Whatever-Government" in the past, mainly to try and keep wavering Tories in line.

There's no way Labour would allow a minority Conservative government to form if the only way to stop it was some kind of arrangement with the LibDems and/or SNP, however loose or informal.

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