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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 23 January, 2019, 08:21:26 am »
In The A.B.C. Warriors, Zippo's head is shaped like... yeah.

Also, having picked up a few back progs in a charity shop last weekend, I've just realized that the bunch of seven 'evil' Volgan robots with a grudge against each A.B.C. Warrior, that featured in last year's stories, were first introduced ten years ago.

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General / Re: Collected Megazine interviews?
« on: 17 January, 2019, 11:09:40 am »
Like these?

https://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/fiction-ebooks/BLF142
https://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/fiction-ebooks/BLF160
https://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/fiction-ebooks/BLF161
https://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/fiction-ebooks/BLF162
https://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/fiction-ebooks/BLF163

D'oh! How did I manage to never hear of these? Must pay more attention  :-\


Not if soneone’s breaching copyright and making them available for free on Facebook, I would have thought.

I should point this is the only time I've seen it happen, and was obviously done with regard to the sudden, understandable surge of interest in Ron Smith's work.

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General / Collected Megazine interviews?
« on: 17 January, 2019, 10:49:51 am »
Just read the fantastic interview with the much missed Ron Smith from issues 288-289 of the Megazine, kindly posted on Facebook. I've only ever bought the Meg once - it was the issue a while ago that contained a fascinating interview with erstwhile Dredd artist Kim Raymond.

Not being a Meg regular, I've been missing out on all their interviews. Is there a chance that the interviews with 2000 AD creators might be collected in a reprint volume?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2114 - Tracer Fire!
« on: 17 January, 2019, 09:59:39 am »
Indeed I am now questioning the whole 3riller concept. A straight up one shot Future Shock seems a better format to me as it forces all the superfluous stuff to be trimmed and ironically many over the years seem to have more fully fleshed out characters than we get in 3rillers. I guess because it is necessary to focus on the core theme and have the characters' actions and dialogue support that

I like the 3riller concept but I think they work much better when they're open-ended pitches for a full series then they are extended Future Shocks. The Mechastopheles 3riller clearly had stacks of back-story which was consequently explored in the series, and Infestinauts looked like it was introducing characters that would be explored further in a series.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2114 - Tracer Fire!
« on: 17 January, 2019, 09:55:02 am »
Dredd: Yeah, the Block Buds were a promising idea that kinda fizzled. I did like the twist and thought it was just about worth two episodes to get there. The idea of two huge holograms exposing themselves to each other was the best bit thing about it.

Brink: Exquisite. A grandstanding episode for Joel Tillerson, tapped for maximum entertainment. "He was hurt" / "Only physically" was just glorious, as was the kiss. I see a few of the sect memes were kind of explained - Dan Abnett has said that they weren't just nonsense words, they all had a meaning, so this is good.

Skip Tracer: Sadly, no sign of horrible, angry, sticky, living vagina-pillow. Perhaps it's being lined up for a 3riller...

Scorched Zone: ...because that would be a whole lot better than this.

Fiends: Sorry, but this is lacking the fantastic folk-horror vibe of the previous chapter. Instead it's much more of a bog-standard 'evil villain' story. Bit of a let-down.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2114 - Tracer Fire!
« on: 14 January, 2019, 04:52:33 pm »
That's a great cover, but I do wish they'd let Paul Marshall & Dylan Teague do a Skip Tracer one.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2113 - Community Spirit
« on: 13 January, 2019, 12:21:03 pm »
Ha. Maybe the horrible, angry, sticky, living vagina-pillow could become Skip's sidekick, like the Gronk?

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General / Re: Best strips of 2018
« on: 11 January, 2019, 10:00:03 am »
Thanks for running this! Good fun!

Cheers!

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If we do more polls, I’d suggest just giving the results of just the top ten positions say. That way there’s no highlighting of cases with nil points, which can come about just due to the way the voting is done. I quite like Skip Tracer for example. It just wasn’t in my top three

Yeah, I take your point. My thinking was that a top three is simply a nice easy thing to score - also it reflects the old cut-out voting coupon which used to appear in the prog. I suppose it could be expanded to a top 5, which would be more inclusive. Or, perhaps people could just rate all the stories out of 5 or 10. I've got a whole year to mull it over!

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News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 11 January, 2019, 09:50:27 am »
I genuinely think he was 2000 AD's best ever artist. An extraordinary and unique talent.

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General / Re: Best strips of 2018
« on: 10 January, 2019, 08:11:20 pm »
Please herewith find the results table updated to include the voting of Batman's Superior Cousin:

1st   2nd   3rd   
Brink174160
Strontium Dog62527
Jaegir44222
Fiends Of The Eastern Front   35322
Grey Area5515
The Fall Of Deadworld13413
Durham Red12310
Kingdom12310
Brass Sun419
Survival Geeks1127
Savage33
Infestinauts12
Mechastopheles11
Sinister Dexter11
A.B.C. Warriors0
Anderson0
Bad Company0
Skip Tracer0
The Order0



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Prog / Re: Prog 2113 - Community Spirit
« on: 10 January, 2019, 10:44:14 am »
Dredd: Actually thought the 'Block Bud' concept was really good, and I like the striking images of giant holograms sitting on top of Citiblocks. Not sure how they manage to physically fight each other, though..? Also the art was a bit lacking, sorry.

Brink: After a few installments stuck in [forget the name of the guy with the beard]'s office, we cut to the meaty part (metaphorically and, worryingly, possibly literally). I thought the huge bulkhead door was down in the habitat depths? Did I miss that they took a short cut? Super looking forward to next week.

Skip Tracer: This strip continues to do the basics right - a good setting, a lead character with plenty of potential depth, and lots of nice world-building going on, complimented wonderfully by Marshall and Teague's artwork. BUT it's still not firing. I honestly don't think it's a great distance off being a classic, it just needs to make one more push. Here's hoping!

(one thing that might be prejudicing me against it is that I really don't like the word 'Consociation'. It's completely triggering me for some reason I can't pinpoint. It's like the strip's 'melancholema' or 'phale chronozon' but it's actually making me feel a bit ill.)

Scorched Zone: This on the other hand is just a forgettable collection of old tropes.

Fiends: Good scripting, great art, perfectly enjoyable; though to be honest, I preferred the folk-horror-ish weirdness of the previous chapter.

Thistlebone: 10/10!


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General / Re: Best strips of 2018
« on: 10 January, 2019, 10:16:15 am »
OK, the results are in! (hoping my counting skills have been accurate...)

1st   2nd   3rd   
Brink164157
Strontium Dog62527
Jaegir44222
Fiends Of The Eastern Front   35322
Grey Area4513
The Fall Of Deadworld13312
Durham Red12310
Kingdom12310
Brass Sun419
Survival Geeks1127
Savage33
Infestinauts12
Mechastopheles11
Sinister Dexter11
A.B.C. Warriors0
Anderson0
Bad Company0
Skip Tracer0
The Order0


Clearly, not even the fact that only half a chapter was published diminished the extraordinary appeal of Brink. I wonder if its runaway popularity will influence Tharg to go for more long-form strips?

In the year we lost one of its much-loved co-creators, it's fantastic to see that the latest, and hopefully not the last, installment of Strontium Dog proved a massive favourite; and two strips with their roots in war stories from progs past tie for third place, making a cast-iron top four.

Continuing down the table ten other strips accumulated points, leaving a further five to wonder what might have been. Should we include Dredd in the voting next year? Alternatively, I thought perhaps a separate vote for best Dredd story might be a good idea (but someone else might have to run that one!)

Anyone who missed the deadline, don't worry, post your votes! It's always good to read what people like. NB there was one set of votes I didn't score - Batman's Superior Cousin, I wasn't sure of your reverse 3-2-1 denoted points or positions. Sorry!

That's that, then. Let the discussion commence...

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General / Re: Best strips of 2018
« on: 09 January, 2019, 04:59:10 pm »
No, it's OK, not counted them yet! Probably do the sums tomorrow  :)

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General / The 2000 AD random prog game
« on: 09 January, 2019, 01:05:08 pm »
How to play: using a random number generator (e.g. Google's online version) generate an integer between 1 and the number of this week's current prog (2113 at time of writing).

You are only allowed to do this once! Do not cheat!!

The number you get is the number of only back prog you will ever be allowed to see. If necessary, check its contents with Barney. Are you satisfied with your lot?

My prog: 578 (11th June 1988)

A typical slice of mid-to-late silver-era proggage here. I get a nice Gibson Dredd cover and an impressive Brett Ewins Star Scan of Sheeva from Bad Company II on the back. Inside, the Dredd story is episode one of Full Mental Jacket, a minor classic. The A.B.C. Warriors epic The Black Hole is hurtling towards its climax with Bisley (I think) on art duties. The Krool Heart was a decent enough sequel to the admittedly superior first book of Bad Company and Back-to-Front Jones makes for a reasonably diverting Tales of the Doghouse filler.

(Only four strips? Did I miss something?)

Overall I am pretty happy with my random prog and would award it a satisfaction score of 8/10.

Over to you. Hope you get lucky!

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General / Re: Best strips of 2018
« on: 08 January, 2019, 12:45:41 pm »
I guess we'll give this until the end of tomorrow (Wed 9th) if that's OK?

Haven't done any counting yet but it looks like a winner may have emerged...

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