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After our Sandman diversion the book club returns to more familiar territory as Jules Boyle joins me to discuss Slaine the Time Killer with some stunning art by Glenn Fabry and David Pugh.

Apologies for the dodgy sound quality on Jules’ audio which is enitrely my fault. Fortunately he has loads of fascinating stuff to say and some interesting tales from the world of fandom in the 1980s.

 Have a listen

http://megacitybookclub.blogspot.com/2018/06/69-slaine-time-killer.html
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Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« Last post by sheridan on Today at 03:00:57 am »
DeMarco PI looked as good as the Future Shock but had the opposite problem, the story was too telegraphed and it was pretty clear what was what half way down page two. Just goes to so though being too obvious but good, is better than being to obsure and good!


Just thought of another way the DeMarco story could be read.  Am I right in thinking that all of us readers knew there was something fishy about the Judge-boyfriend line?  And yet DeMarco the detective couldn't see it, due to her history...
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Help! / Re: Lawgiver ammunition types
« Last post by sheridan on Today at 02:34:47 am »
Perhaps something in-between could be true, the bullets' casings are empty ones that are loaded with the correct innards upon request (changing ammo setting for example, then also immediately as the next round needs loading after firing). That way you could still run out of a certain type of ammo. There also could be a sharing of resources in that situation, like all rounds draw their initial propellant from the same explosive reservoir as Hi-Ex, just in much lower doses, and incendiary could be the same explosive with an extra chemical added or air-ratio changed or something. 

That's what I was getting at in my last post - except I rushed it out and didn't really explain what I was thinking.  So if you print a page on a colour printer then most pages will use black toner (the base cartridge), then add whatever colours are needed from magenta, yellow and cyan.  If the printer is out of one of those colours then it can either refuse to work (even if you're scanning and not using the printer functions at all) or it can print away, but miss out whatever colours it's run out of.
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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« Last post by Frank on Today at 12:49:12 am »





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Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« Last post by Frank on 23 June, 2018, 11:48:03 pm »
Leah Moore gets a crack at Death

Too soon.

When this special was announced, I thought it was a fucking awful idea; the worst kind of tokenism. If you want to give new creators a shot, just put them on the same Future Shocks-until-you-get-the-hang-of-compressed-storytelling treadmill as everyone else, rather than making a fuss to score woke points.

Having read it, I think it's 100% successful.

That doesn't mean everything's great - 3/4 of it's unexceptional filler - but the bits that work (specifically, which bits work) show Tharg the way for the future. Basically, the stuff where new creators are ventriloquising old creators, trying their best to imitate Wagner, Finley-Day, or Grant, are like gorging on rice pudding then being brought extra large helpings of rice pudding for desert.

Dreary, turgid stuff.

But the bits where new creators are allowed to speak in their own voices are a breath of fresh air. I honestly couldn't care whether Tharg employs women or not, but finding new creators capable of crafting strips that aren't reviving old characters or ripping off Lovecraft/Dr Who/Wells is a self-evidently good idea.

In conclusion, if Tharg thinks serving up yet another story set inside Anderson's mind, where transparent versions of the characters do psychic kung-fu, is in any way new, exciting, or even acceptable, just because the creators are free of Adam's apples, he can shove that Rosette of Sirius right up his dark green, puckered, indeterminate-but-anus.

But if he's serious about letting new creators tell original stories about fresh subject matter in their own style(s), he can have my money. How Tharg balances that with keeping the kind of reader who asks if Dan Dare will ever come back happy is beyond me, but that's why they call him Mighty One.


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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« Last post by rogue69 on 23 June, 2018, 11:03:37 pm »
Vinnie Paul, drummer & co-founder of Pantera aged 54
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General / Kiss My Axe! Sláine The Warped Warrior: The Secret History,
« Last post by rogue69 on 23 June, 2018, 10:47:57 pm »
Pat Mills has just announced that he is giving away part 1 of his new book "Kiss My Axe! Sláine The Warped Warrior: The Secret History", all you need to do to receive this is to have purchased a copy of "Goodnight, John Boy" or you will get this when you buy a copy.

Here's part of the email he sent out via his Millsverse website

Greetings from the Red Branch!

I've just finished Part One of Kiss My Axe! Sláine The Warped Warrior: The Secret History, and I'm giving it away for free to everyone who buys (or has already bought) a copy of Goodnight, John-boy.

You guys get a heads up before everyone else – by virtue of being on my mailing list!

All you have to do is send me your proof of purchase: a copy of the receipt – or if you don't have it any more, a pic of you with the paperback or ebook is fine.

And I'll send you a download link. Simple as that.

By the way, I absolutely love Alex Ronald's Kiss My Axe cover, I think it's even better than his Be Pure! Be Vigilant! Behave! Quite strange to have my own eyes staring out at me ...

Below is a bit more info about what you can find in Part One: Sláine The Wanderer, but first just let me say that the complete book is quite a way off: I'm backed up with projects and unlikely to get started on Parts Two, Three & Four until much later in the year. So it'll probably be early 2019 before Kiss My Axe - the complete works, is published.
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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« Last post by Theblazeuk on 23 June, 2018, 10:34:46 pm »
Quote
a small contingent have set to crowing about how they've taken back control of their tiny portion of the world, just as it goes to absolute shit.

Amazing how well this fits elsewhere
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Help! / Re: Lawgiver ammunition types
« Last post by GrudgeJohnDeed on 23 June, 2018, 10:19:39 pm »
Perhaps something in-between could be true, the bullets' casings are empty ones that are loaded with the correct innards upon request (changing ammo setting for example, then also immediately as the next round needs loading after firing). That way you could still run out of a certain type of ammo. There also could be a sharing of resources in that situation, like all rounds draw their initial propellant from the same explosive reservoir as Hi-Ex, just in much lower doses, and incendiary could be the same explosive with an extra chemical added or air-ratio changed or something. 
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Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« Last post by Colin YNWA on 23 June, 2018, 09:32:48 pm »
I saw a comment (here or elsewhere) that it wasnt very 2000ad, but I think it upholds the feel of a Sci-Fi special very well, and the bits that "don't feel 2000AD" are not always the worse for that.

Not sure about those sentiments at all felt very like a 2000ad Special to me, for all the good and bad. It was a bit hit and miss and these things always are but the tone was on the nose for me.

Dredd was solid and nothing more, some interesting if uncomfortable design decisions aside!

I quite enjoyed the Tyranny Rex, it looked great - as Tordelback said something very Rian Hughes about it and the story was like the original story in a cute compacted way.

Rogue Trooper I enjoyed as it was about to keep the old skool action and ideas while using the Souther troops to add some character.

Arh damnit the Future Shock looked superb and when I got to the story, or at least my best guess at the story it was a good un. The trouble is I really had to work at it to settle on what I thought was happening. Such a shame as that makes it a magor fail and it was so close to being a major success!

Judge Death - Judge bloody amazing fun more like. Loved it.

DeMarco PI looked as good as the Future Shock but had the opposite problem, the story was too telegraphed and it was pretty clear what was what half way down page two. Just goes to so though being too obvious but good, is better than being to obsure and good!

Terror Tale
took a story as old as time and made it fresh and fun. Good easy fun

Finally Anderson was great, short snappy yet felt like ti carried weight. Another absolute hit. 

So by my count  the good fair outweighs the bad by some way and all the shiny extra, cover and poster were lovely and it felt packed so overall a bit of a success I'd say.
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