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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 16 January, 2019, 04:59:10 pm »
'd for truth.  The homogeny of middle ground politics got us in this position in the first place, what with Ed Milibands "Immigrant's suck" mugs and giant concrete replica of the "There's no money left" note shockingly failing to swing the hearts and minds of the UK population against austerity and isolationism.

It isn't hard to work out why voters are voting for change options, the problem being the change options available to them were Trump and Brexit,

Tommy Cooper - who I see no reason to assume isn't Yvette's husband - didn't introduce the benefits sanctions regime that's shifted the paradigm of the welfare state from a safety net against poverty to a means of punishing it, so he'd probably still be better than Yvette, a woman who only avoided coming dead last in her leadership bid because Liz Kendall was also running.

Books & Comics / Re: LOEG: The Tempest
« on: 16 January, 2019, 04:49:34 pm »
Happened to be in London for a gig and issue 4 appeared this morning at the comic shop in Soho - Berwick St?  which I cannot remember the name of - so out today I assume?

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 14 January, 2019, 09:47:59 pm »
I think the root problem of 2000AD in the 90s (and hey, not just 2000AD, it was endemic) was it was trying so fucking hard to be cool - sneering at the previous tastes of the readership seemed like a valid way to achieve top-cool - so while we are steeped in mid 80s Metal/RPG here, by the 90s, 2000AD is embarassed by it's old record collection and D&D source books and pretending like it was always on-trend and get away from me you sad losers in denim jackets with your poor personal hygiene and bags of dice - Tharg has GONE RAVIN'!

But that's a debate for the time!  For now, strap on your Brodeswodes and let's mosh!

Who knows - you guys might like the 90s. Already, you’re enjoying things like Mean Team and The Dopplegarp, more than I did at the time. Maybe it’s a factor that a lot of the original readership (who are now middle aged guys like me) were getting into their late teens, going to college, and just thought they were too cool for 90s 2000AD.

It’ll be fascinating to get your take on it. And like others have said, there’s usually at least one really good thing going on: plus, the Megazine. I should have asked: are you planning to cover that? And if so, what does that 21.69% go down to..?  :D

(PS: how do you pronounce ‘buoyant’?)

Announcements / Re: Block War card game
« on: 12 January, 2019, 06:09:52 pm »
I found the video really odd, as it appeared that the two blocks spend all their time fighting the Justice Dept and no time fighting each other!

Announcements / Re: Block War card game
« on: 12 January, 2019, 10:00:11 am »
I've been following this over on BGG before I jump on board, but it seems to have gone quiet - no comments yet on whateher the new rules are complete OR "fix" any confusion/problems?

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 12 January, 2019, 09:14:40 am »
I can't wait for the 90s, as I think the Podcast will enter a Golden Age!  So much to talk about, good and bad, with so much more to discuss - and in podcast time, we will have what? - maybe a tad over a year of strong wobble? 91 to 95? The gems will shine, illuminating the awful - fun times!

Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones prequel
« on: 12 January, 2019, 09:07:39 am »
This what I'm hoping for from a reread - I didn't strugglw with the later books as much as I feared I would given what I'd heard. and foudn the ongoing stories of the characters I knew near as compelling as I had always.  The new characters not so much, and with the TV ignoring them completely or giving their plotws to others, I would need to reread to get everything straight -I wouldnt put it past a second read to be a much better experience

I have very much come round on the later books. I - like most people - didn't much care for them on first reading but I love them now. While they still have some epic 'wtf' moments*, they are dense and are generally more concerned with the characters internal struggles and dilemnas than they are with exciting plot twists. They also include very important character development for Dany and Jon who, having both ascended to power in the previous books, now have to grapple with the politics of ruling and attempting to win the peace (and both failing in their own ways).

A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons, taken together (they were originally intended as one book) are also quite deliberately slower paced to represent the lull between the cataclysmic events of the opening trilogy, whereas the intended next book (The Winds of Winter) will see things gathering pace for the big finale (for a start, it's opening chapters will essentially comprise two giant battles). They aren't page turners in the same sense, but I very much disagree with the common opinion that Martin has 'lost control' over the narrative. I fully understand why some people struggle with the Dorne and Iron islands plots in A Feast for Crows - I did at first - but there is a lot of meat on the bones and the books are well worth revisiting.

Having said all that, I totally understand the need to pare them down for TV adaptation, I just think the TV show writers have badly floundered in how they have handled things, especially concerning Stannis and the farcical Dorne storyline.

*Like the Daznak's Pit scene (where Dany escapes from the Gladiator stadium on the back of Drogon) which imo the show totally bungled and is so much cooler and frankly more metal as it plays out in the books.

Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones prequel
« on: 11 January, 2019, 07:24:33 pm »
I would have felt the same, Jim, if it wasnt for how badly plotted the last series was - it will take some reversal for the series to have a satisfying ending , so I'm left clutching at the books in the hope of piecing together some enjoyment out of the latter half of the tale

the portrayal of Stannis is a particular sore point - he's a standout fan-favourite character in the books, but the show's writers never really got a grasp on what makes him compelling

Really?! I've read all the books and I can barely remember him.

Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones prequel
« on: 11 January, 2019, 06:57:49 pm »
At least the declinging quality of story telling in GoT later series means I have some incentive to buy the books if and when they arrive - that's if I can bring myself to revisit Feast of Crows onwards to remind myself who Griff etc are!

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 09 January, 2019, 08:19:58 pm »

General / Re: The 2000 AD random prog game
« on: 09 January, 2019, 07:45:08 pm »
At least you got some Dante!

Ooh good game - I cheated and had two goes - my first, and therefore 'official' pick was 1327, and I'm not as kind as Leigh above - I think I would be moderately disappointed if this was my only prog - Dredd and Dante were good, Bec & Kawl was OK, the VCs reboot was awful and I don't recall the terror tale

2000AD PROG 1327
COVER DATE: 12th February, 2003
The V.C.'s by Anthony Williams
COMPETITION: Win Roadkill on DVD!
Judge Dredd vs. Aliens: Incubus
Bec & Kawl: Enlightenment
Nikolai Dante: Hell and High Water
Tharg's Terror Tales: The Statue Garden
The V.C.'s: Look on the Bright Side

My second go gave me the much more interesting prog 97 - the Day the Law Died, Flesh book2 and Ro-Jaws memoirs in Robusters. (we'll gloss over Angel!)

General / Re: The 2000 AD random prog game
« on: 09 January, 2019, 05:54:00 pm »
Prog 1330

Not the best of progs, but certainly a period I look back on fondly - by now I'm more than on board with Rebellion, and they seem to be trying if not always succeeding to shake things up a abit - new writers like Si Spurrier, old writers like Steve Moore (Atavar/Kingdom crossover?  Don't recall enough about the former to know if it would fit in the latter!)

More so than that, I'm deep in fandom, attending Dredd cons and Bristol and working for Cosmic Ray and he equally the glorious Paul Von Scott on various  small press things - a time before kids - that seems so long ago it may as well be prog 1!

Incubus 15 episodes (Progs 1322 to 1335) 96 pages
Script: John Wagner and Andy Diggle, Artist: Henry Flint, Colour: Chris Blythe, Letters: Tom Frame
Featuring: Judge Hershey, Judge Giant, Mechanismo
New thrill. First episode in 2000AD Prog 2003. Final episode double length.
Rebellion: Judge Dredd vs. Aliens Incubus

Atavar II 7 episodes (Progs 1329 to 1335) 46 pages
Script: Dan Abnett, Artist: Richard Elson, Letters: Ellie De Ville
Final episode double length
Rebellion: Atavar
Bec & Kawl

eeevil.com 3 episodes (Progs 1328 to 1330) 15 pages
Script: Simon Spurrier, Artist: Steve Roberts, Colour: Richard Elson, Letters: Tom Frame
Rebellion: Bec & Kawl Bloody Students
Tales of Telguuth

Pagrok the Infallible 2 episodes (Progs 1330 to 1331) 10 pages
Script: Steve Moore, Artist: Jon Haward, Colour: Angus McKie, Letters: Annie Parkhouse
The V.C.'s

Bystander 2 episodes (Progs 1330 to 1331) 10 pages
Script: Dan Abnett, Artist: Anthony Williams, Letters: Ellie De Ville

Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« on: 09 January, 2019, 05:14:50 pm »
Not heard anything about Doom Patrol?


Prog / Re: Prog 2113 - Community Spirit
« on: 08 January, 2019, 06:35:18 pm »
Whoever it is, it's a fond call back to the days of John Howard and Keef Ripley - long may it remain a mystery (so long as we get a more!)

Prog / Re: Prog 2113 - Community Spirit
« on: 06 January, 2019, 10:38:46 pm »
Cheers for the clarification, Matt - heartening to know there's someone else out there whose "Dredd voice" is spot on for me!

Presuming the Dredd is a Matt SMith pseudonym (and why not - it has the pitch perfect ear for Dredd he has demostrated elsewhere)

Thanks, but Ken Niemand isn't me.

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