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Messages - Dark Jimbo

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Website and Forum / Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« on: 22 August, 2019, 04:10:36 pm »
All long-running forums suffer a bit from "been here, done that" syndrome.  So, someone new might try to start up a thread and they immediately get linked to a conversation several years old and (probably kindly) told that its already been talked about.

Hmm, that's a good point. For someone bursting with newfound enthusiasm, wanting a bit of discussion, being told 'We've already covered that' is probably not the best experience.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Luther Arkwright coming - just be patient
« on: 22 August, 2019, 02:58:00 pm »
Yeah I felt no need to replace my 2 paperbacks with that collected version as the extras weren't that impressive, but I would buy one with all those other bits you mentioned...

I really don't think the two series sit together particularly well - Bryan's style changed so much! I was hoping for two separate hardbacks together in a slipcase, myself.

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Website and Forum / Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« on: 22 August, 2019, 10:45:51 am »
The 2000AD FB groups I've dipped into seem to largely consist of people who haven't bought a prog in thirty years complaining that the comic isn't as good as it was when they were 12.

Yup. As Frank noted just yesterday(?), most of the traffic of those Dredd groups is just endless posting of covers and blokes called Dave commenting 'i remember 2000ad still got this in my mum's loft somewhere.'

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Website and Forum / Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« on: 22 August, 2019, 08:35:50 am »
...Firstly is the format of forums just old hat and such places will naturally wither on the vine and slowly die off? Should I just accept our fate and enjoy what we time we have left together?

BUT as also pointed out the format of a forum is by and far the most useful, practical and well organised way of keeping the discussion we have together, certainly a LOT better to use than Facebook for such things - even Search has got better.

Yeah, I don't agree that it could be de facto replaced. How could you have stuff like Funt's '2000AD in Stages' thread work the same way in FB?

I also think the killing of the art comps was a bit of a nail in the coffin, even if they had already been growing a bit quiet. They created such a buzz, such a sense of community that's never quite been recovered.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 21 August, 2019, 04:18:59 pm »
I love Defoe so hard. It's supplanted everything but Nemesis for me in terms of 'favourite Mills thrill'. Cracking worldbuilding, great characters, and even the dreaded politicking largely works, given the hero is a post-Civil War Leveller working for the Crown.

So, so glad that it's still a going concern after the changing-artist debacle looked like it might sink it completely.

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Off Topic / Re: yoincks! followed closely by bah!
« on: 21 August, 2019, 11:03:01 am »
YOINKS! The doctor tells me a lump in a certain place is not cancer.

Cripes!  :o Scary nonethless, I bet?

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Megazine / Re: Meg 411 - Primate Savagery
« on: 21 August, 2019, 10:13:20 am »
Got mine but I seem to be in a weird place with the Meg lately - I flick through, realise that I can't remember the last issue and put it to one side for a thorough read-through ... and then the next one arrives.

That was why I stopped buying the Meg (well, that and bloody Tank Girl). I used to find the monthly installments killed dead any momentum of 6- or 8-part stories, so I'd put the issues aside thinking 'I'll wait until it's complete and then re-read the whole thing' ...and never would.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 20 August, 2019, 02:50:07 pm »
I noticed that a few early Ultimate issues are Sold out which is fair enough but issues 46 to 50 are now sold out as well which gives us poorer sods less time to jump in and pick up (3 cause you get free postage 👍🏻) the individual issues that we want.
I know for business sense they can’t hold hundreds in stock but it will put me off trying to pick up collected volumes if half way through I can’t complete the run 🙁🙁

This always happens - wait a few weeks and they'll probably show as 'in stock' again.

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Classifieds / Re: Nikolai Dante VOLL 1+2+3 E bay
« on: 20 August, 2019, 12:24:16 pm »
I remember when the 'Courtship' book was incredibly high...

The same day that I found out Dante was going to be complete in the imminent Ultimate Collection, I stuck all my trades on Ebay. Had sold them all within a week, and Courtship went for something like £25-30 - I probably could have held out for more.


None of which is very helpful to Janus, of course!  :lol:

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 20 August, 2019, 10:34:42 am »
Presumably, a similar proportion of Daves look at stuff on this forum without bothering to share their thoughts on Arthur Ransom or Absolam. Turns out the forum really does need a LIKE button:

I'm not Dave (and nor's my wife) but although I'm here pretty much each and every day of my life - however briefly - I rarely comment on threads any more. Bet there's a fair few who are similar.

Even though entries had been dwindling, I do think the shutting down of the art comps chased off a fair few of the last creative/arty types. The tumbleweeds became very noticeable for a while after that.

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 19 August, 2019, 02:17:07 pm »
Suther, surely? As in suth-ern.

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General / Re: Cassandra Syndrome
« on: 16 August, 2019, 10:32:39 am »
I feel... violated.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 15 August, 2019, 02:28:19 pm »
Do we have a contents list for Strontium dog vol. 6?

The Royal Affair
The Rammy
Stone Killers
Incident on Zeta
The No-Go Job
The Beast of Milton Keynes
Complaint

I wonder if A Sorry Case has been held back for the next issue to accompany Colin's work on TFS. I'm also guessing that remaining annual and special stories will be in there too to make up the page count.

Hmm. I'd rather have had Sorry Case here and No-Go Job held over for book 7, to be honest.

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General / Re: It Shoulda Ended with...
« on: 13 August, 2019, 04:21:16 pm »
Nemesis the Warlock - Book IX

This is the only one of your choices I disagree with - the saga would just stop dead, halfway through Nemesis and Torgue chasing each other through Time! The end of Book X was perfect - returning to the story with Tubular Hells a few years ago was pointless though, and just diluted the original ending to no purpose.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2144 War Crimes and Retribution
« on: 13 August, 2019, 04:04:54 pm »
Part 1  - Karyn is being trained to control her monster transforming that I recall has something to do with a John Smith Devlin/Dredd crossover from aaaaaaageeeeees ago?

The body-hopping vampyr was introduced in 2001 in a nice, snappy one-and-done by Rennie/Irving. It ends the story as a sort of troggie King, down in the Undercity.

In 2005 Dredd and Karyn descended into the Undercity courtesy of Rennie/Cook in the wake of the Total War bombing campaign to rescue some missing cits, and the upshot was that Karyn locked the fiend inside herself to take it out of commission.

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