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Books & Comics / Marshal Law - Comixology sale
« on: 14 November, 2018, 08:49:59 am »
Sorry, couldn’t find the ‘bargains’ thread.

The Marshal Law compendium is currently on Comixology for £4, reduced from £25.

It’s a limited sale, so get in there quickly!

Film & TV / Re: Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
« on: 20 October, 2018, 12:48:12 am »
I seriously don’t get the detractors! This film is great fun!!!

Announcements / Re: Block War card game
« on: 19 October, 2018, 05:39:12 pm »
In a similar view, we’re long overdue a South Wales meet up! Perhaps a game and a curry somewhere when this lands?  :D

Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 19 October, 2018, 01:04:44 am »
I have identified and ordered all the progs my letters appeared in, which includes the one under my pseudonym of my pet rat. Thanks Beast!

This spreadsheet opens nicely in the Google Sheets app btw.

Announcements / Re: Block War card game
« on: 19 October, 2018, 12:37:15 am »
I went on a bit of a hunt. It was recently for sale at the 2000AD stand at the NYCC, start of the month.


I’ve tweeted them to ask what the UK release date is - will see if I get a reply.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 18 October, 2018, 01:44:14 pm »
Does anyone remember the Baker episode when they were being chased around the endless passageways of the TARDIS? I loved that storyline, and always feel the true hugeness of the TARDIS interior has never really had a script befitting it.

General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 18 October, 2018, 01:39:09 pm »
It’s times like this I wish the forum had a ‘like’ or ‘heart’ button.

Loving the explorations of his work. Keep them coming folks!

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 15 October, 2018, 01:01:30 pm »
The great thing about Aikido is that it is very concerned about protecting the attacker from harm as much as the defender.  It's great that Venusian Aikido is the same, and awesome that the Doctor is a master of it.  It totally fits in with his/her (their? hir?)* life-long philosophy.

*Apologies for the brief interlude into the grammatical challenges of the gender-fluid.  The Doctor identifies as a woman, so from this point onwards I'll say 'her'.

Announcements / Re: Block War card game
« on: 15 October, 2018, 12:55:32 pm »
I sent an email to Game and Curry asking for a firm release date on this, but unfortunately got nothing back.  In the Meg maybe last month or the month before a September release was mentioned - it's all been silent since!

Looing at a couple of websites it seems the price for this will vary between about £16 - £20. They all have a 'TBA' on their release date, but pre-orders are available.

Does anyone have any other news on it?

General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 10 October, 2018, 12:27:38 pm »

The reply was one word, 'Weed'.

Brilliant!  I wonder if that would have been Belardinelli's answer also?

General / Re: Goodbye Carlos
« on: 05 October, 2018, 02:23:54 pm »
Unless there is unpublished work still in the pipeline, I believe this is the last Ezquerra Dredd, from Get jerry Sing in prog 2023, 22 March 2017:

Yes, and I won letter of the week for praising that story, one or two progs later.  That was my last chance to tell Carlos how awesome he was.

Urgh – I just looked back at my last sentence – ‘was’.  That cuts deep. It’s several days since the news now, and it still hurts.

I echo the sentiments of so many others here – he has been a major part of my life since I was 10 years old through his art. ‘Apocalypse War’ and ‘Portrait of a Mutant’ are and will always be my favourite 2000AD stories ever, but I always looked forward to reading anything where he was the artist.

I also had the pleasure of meeting him in person, and agree he was always utterly delightful to his fans, even in circumstances that were not the best.  For example, I first met him at the Dredd screening in Soho.  He had endured a long flight and a dash through London, followed by watching the film.  I bumped into him in the lobby afterwards and he was keen to hit his room to rest and refresh.  However, even as someone was holding the lift door open for him he still took time to say hello, shake my hand, and allow me the favour of a quick photo with him. 

Even when a situation wasn’t ideal he met it with good humour.  I recall at the Sci-Fi Weekender in North Wales I’d been asked by the organisers to be part of a kids treasure hunt, wearing my Judge Pal kit.  Just stand there waiting for kids to turn up, then give them a clue on to the next costumed participant. 

As I was waiting, John and Carlos strolled up – they had just arrived and had no idea who was running the show, where to go, what to do etc.  They asked me if I knew anything.  Carlos was dealing with it with his usual humour – ‘We come, we no know where to go.  They tell us notheeng!’ with a big smile and laugh. Just then a massive gaggle of kids ran up – ‘Judge Pal! Judge Pal!  Do have a clue for us?!’.  Carlos thought this was absolutely hilarious!  He and John decided to leave me to it.  ‘I see you a busy Judge!’ he laughed as they strolled off. 

Later on that day myself, Judge Court and Judge Lemmy had the honour of escorting them on and off stage at that event, and providing guard duty at their signing table.  Carlos was kind enough to do us each a sketch by way of thanks.  It’s the only original work I own by Carlos.

As many have mentioned here, Carlos was always very friendly on Facebook too.  When I was in Barcelona I popped into a comic shop and was pleased to see a ‘Juiz Dredd’ graphic novel with Carlos’s art on display.  However, I also found an old Spanish comic which had great examples of work by Spanish writers and artists, but in the middle of it was ‘Perro De Estroncio’ – a Stront story that had been translated into Spanish, which I think was originally printed in Starlord.   

I messaged him some pics of this version of Strontium Dog. He recognised it, and told me it was a bit of a hit in Spain when it first came out, despite being in an anthology comic with original Spanish stories and art sandwiching it in the issue. No doubt everyone has seen him being lauded and remembered by people around the globe over the last few dayss. I thought I’d add this, as it’s nice to know he was recognised in his home country also.

Apologies for my rambling.  I’m sure you all have great memories about Carlos, either through his art or meeting him in person.  If you do, please share.  His departure may be painful, but lets soften the blow with the fond memories he left us with.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 01 October, 2018, 04:39:44 pm »
Unbelievable.  Still getting my head around it.  What a loss.

So glad to have known him, both face-to-face in the last few years, and since I was a wee lad through his incredible body of work.

Having a whisky in his honour tonight.

Film & TV / Re: New Rogue Trooper Film!!
« on: 15 July, 2018, 10:39:24 pm »
Yes yes yes YEEEEEESSSSS!!!

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 15 July, 2018, 10:38:34 pm »
Mass Effect Andromeda - quite different to ME and ME2, but I’m enjoying it! I really like the whole ‘space, the final frontier’ vibe. I don’t get why the reviews are so bad?

Picked it up for a fiver from PS4 Store - bargain, if you ask me.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
« on: 06 July, 2018, 03:07:13 pm »
A Star Wars story:  The Snoke Years! Working title - How I Learned to Love Wearing a Dressing Gown Everywhere.

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