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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 13 November, 2019, 09:12:42 pm »
Is it wrong that I wish this was true? Asking for a friend.

General / Re: Podcast w/ Pat Mills on Third World War
« on: 13 November, 2019, 08:51:42 pm »
Thank you Will, I look forward to watching that.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 12 November, 2019, 11:16:32 pm »
I wish you were dead.

General / Re: How do you read yours?
« on: 12 November, 2019, 01:29:02 pm »
Week to week I'm a straight front to backer - with the odd exception if I'm particularly excited about an episode of any given story, but that's the exception rather than the rule.
This is what I do, except that at the moment I'm skipping Defoe and reading it last.

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 09 November, 2019, 11:40:22 pm »
I'm a bit late, but I loved Shadows, it's great. It's a shame it's not more widely recognised.

"Like Scooby Doo, but with laser guns" makes Chronos Carnival sound better than it is.

Prog / Re: Prog 2157 - Red Army!
« on: 09 November, 2019, 11:26:44 pm »
I loved Dredd. I feel sorry for my favourite chapter though -- the little note-taking robot. He deserved his own 50-episode series.

Hope was brilliant. I have no idea where this is going next, but if this had been the last episode it would have worked perfectly well.

The star scan looks fantastic. It's the entry I wanted to win, and it looks gorgeous. In full size, I now notice for the first time that the artist's signature blends into the artwork itself, which is a nice touch.

General / Re: Judge Dredd retires? Dies of old age?
« on: 07 November, 2019, 08:58:07 pm »
Judges don't wank

They don't have sex (at least they're not allowed to), but I must have missed the story where it was established that they can't even wank. What happened in that one? Did Chief Judge Volt call Roffman into his office and say "Now, young man, it has some to my attention that..."

Hardbacks are nice but they take up more space, something which I am running short of.

Anyway, I'm delighted that this is happening because it can only be good for 2000AD.

Prog / Re: Prog 2156 - Gangster's Paradise.
« on: 06 November, 2019, 01:49:00 pm »
I'm sorry you feel that way, McNulty. I agree with you about Defoe, but couldn't disagree more strongly about Hope and Brink, I think they're both brilliant.

I think there is room for comedy stories in the prog, but I suspect that we don't see more of them because they tend to be unpopular with the readers. (You yourself mention Survival Geeks as an example you no longer like.) Rob Williams wrote the Judge Dredd story Undercover Klegg in progs 1969-1972 which bewildered several people on this forum who seemed to think it was meant to be a straight story, at which point I suspect that Tharg despaired and gave up on our capacity to recognise comedy when we see it!

I still enjoy Survival Geeks, but I think jokes work best when they're in straight stories, like in Guatemala right now, which is a dark story in many ways but which is lightened considerably by the antics of the angry colonel and his ridiculous sidekick.

General / Re: 2000 AD ART STARS - JUDGE DEATH
« on: 04 November, 2019, 01:37:32 pm »
"Space marine lady!"  :D

I quite like these entries, especially the colours that look like oil spilled on water.

Other Reviews / Re: The Incomplete Case Files
« on: 03 November, 2019, 10:20:48 pm »
Does anyone know why this was cut out?

General / Stories you've changed your mind about
« on: 02 November, 2019, 11:53:07 pm »
I've just re-read Breathing Space in one sitting, a story I didn't think much of when it first appeared in the prog (I was only re-reading it for the art), and I quite liked it this time -- it's much easier to follow all in one go. This made me think about which other stories I and other squaxx dek Thargo have re-appraised on a second reading, either because the story works better that way or just because our tastes have changed as we've matured got older.

I doubt that I'll be saying the same thing about Skip Tracer a decade from now, but I'd like to know which other stories in the prog or the meg the rest of you have unexpectedly enjoyed on returning to them weeks, months or years later.

Help! / Re: Help me Hive Mind, you're my only hope...
« on: 02 November, 2019, 11:40:17 pm »
Dredd's uniform is black (they just sometimes use blue as artistic licence, like with Superman's hair). The follow-up questions are just because this is one of the perennial questions that always comes up from time to time. There's a whole thread somewhere about Dredd's uniform, but if you can't be arsed to search for it, the evidence is: (1) Ezquerra always did it entirely in black and never used blue, and (2) John Wagner wrote a line of dialogue in The Judge Child where Dredd is about to kill a suicidal psychopath, and the psycho says something like "Death in black! Excellent! Black is my favourite colour!"

Other Reviews / Re: Spines
« on: 02 November, 2019, 03:42:22 pm »
Get Tordelback to adjust them for you.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 27 October, 2019, 12:28:07 pm »
And also the "4.020" typo too.

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