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Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: Today at 11:14:22 am »
What Jim said. Royal Mail is garbage right now. Our local is randomly stacking. And it’s not just the Prog. Mini-G’s Phoenix, which used to arrive like clockwork every single Friday, now rocks up on Saturday or Monday.

As for digital vs paper, my Progs and Megs are all under the spare room bed. I think I run out of room in a year. Not sure what happens after that.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 07 December, 2019, 01:15:14 pm »
What sintec says. Personally, I’m very happy Strontium Dog and Nikolai Dante got complete runs. Of course, the latter would make no sense piecemeal, but the former could have easily enough skipped a bunch of stuff and still worked. But with Sláine, I’d have happily jumped from Horned God to Books of Invasion (perhaps with a single ‘highlights’ volume of some of the better in-between shots). But then Sláine is arguably the most famous 2000 AD character after Dredd, and so it makes sense to get it warts an’ all.

For me, what’s going to be interesting is what happens in those extra 30 volumes. I assume that they will mostly be hardback versions of books Rebellion has already released in some format (be that for OOP soft back trades, Meg floppies, or something else). But I do hope there’s a decent mix of strips. I personally don’t want a nostalgia fest any more than it would have made sense for the Marvel series to go all-in on a classic run.

My hope is the series primarily concentrates on objectively decent fare. By admission of the editorial content in the Dredd volumes, that wasn’t always the case, which, frankly, baffled me – if the editors think a series isn’t that great, why bother reprinting it, unless it’s vital in some way? 2000 AD has such an embarrassment of riches that this shouldn’t be a massive problem. (And I know that although some people will disagree over what’s good and what isn’t, objectivity can differentiate between, say, Harry 20 on the High Rock and Angel.)

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 06 December, 2019, 07:51:43 pm »
20 quid? Blimey. I thought I did well getting it for 35. And, yeah, OOP. Very glad I got a copy, because it’s such an ace run. (I discovered it through MWOM. Another reason why I’ll miss that comic…)

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 06 December, 2019, 03:19:24 pm »
What happened with Silver Surfer? My three biggest bargains were Marshal Law, Tales From Beyond Science (£4.49!), and Ms Marvel HC #2 (bafflingly sold very briefly for £8.92).

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 06 December, 2019, 12:48:17 pm »
Sorry – looks like you’re right, and Amazon has messed up across its sites. Oops.

I suspect in this case, a fix will happen soon and/or Amazon will cancel orders. Worth a punt if you want the book, mind.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 06 December, 2019, 12:41:44 pm »
US RRP is $49.99. Before Brexit happens, that’s about £38, so Amazon’s knocked a few quid off. (In the US, it’s up for $35 – about £27.50.)

General / Re: Mini-rant about going digital
« on: 06 December, 2019, 12:06:44 pm »
And why do we get the prog on Wednesday when print subs often get it on Saturday? If anything we should get it a day earlier as it doesn't have to arrive via snail mail.

Digital subs land with the official on-sale date. Print subs are designed to arrive on or before the on-sale date. That they’ve for a while now arrived as early as Saturday is good fortune more than anything.

I know we pay less money, but surely that's offset by the savings in printing, mailing etc.
Digital also requires technical support and maintenance. So it’s not a case of Tharg going NOM NOM NOM with all of the cash.

Probably also worth noting that when I subscribed to the Prog, I didn’t get three free months of back issues sent to my door, but digital subscribers do get that bonus.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 05 December, 2019, 01:10:03 pm »
And in the nightmare dimension: “Sorry, but we’ve decided that of the 30 new books, 30 of them will somehow be Sláine."

I don’t think anyone’s really sure either way. It certainly felt very much like a full stop. Whether it actually was, only Tharg and Abnett can know for sure.

Website and Forum / Re: Shiny New Website?
« on: 05 December, 2019, 09:58:03 am »
The 'about 2000ad' / History section could do with a bit of work.  It would be a good place to put links to the 2000adABC series.  Would also be nice to see some character / major story outlines.  Pretty sure some sort of wiki would get plenty of love from these parts.
I remember a Wiki was floated some time back. It was certainly under discussion when I was actively working on the 2000 AD website. I don’t know why it didn’t happen, but I suspect time and management requirements may have been a factor. These days, I actually quite like the streamlined nature of the site. Either it needs to be stripped back, clean and focussed or go all-in. But for the latter, we have Barney, and Wikipedia exists for wiki entries. Also, there’s nothing to stop enterprising fans setting up a bespoke wiki themselves if they want to.

Film & TV / Re: 007: No time to die
« on: 05 December, 2019, 09:49:26 am »
Mrs IP and I both really loved Casino Royale. It felt like a fresh, modern take on Bond – one that showed it could make a proper fight of it in an era of Bournes and similar. Quantum felt odd – like a massively extended epilogue. It meandered and didn’t stick in my mind. I couldn’t even tell you what it was about now. It’s probably at that point that the people behind Bond massively freaked out and reverted to type.

Skyfall, as regular forumites know, is a film I regard as a vicious insulting travesty of a production. I’ve never walked out of a film. I very nearly did with this one. Mrs IP and I were appalled by what we’d watched, and conversations from other movie-goers on the night were along similar lines. It’s vanishingly rare I ever write about film, but for this I made an exception. I’ve no idea if Spectre continued the rampant awfulness at the heart of Skyfall or not, but the result is that I… just don’t care anymore.

To which people might, rightly, say why bother commenting then? But for me, this entire run represents a horribly missed opportunity to modernise a franchise and make it relevant. Instead, it’s turned into something that was little above a blacky satirised sketch. Still, given the production nightmares that these films have faced, perhaps Bond will rest for a while now, while someone can figure out how to unstick Purvis and Wade (seriously, what blackmail material do they have on Wilson and Broccoli?), and properly reimagine the series for the modern day. Or, you know, just revert to type again with Daniel Craig’s successor.

Finally, a BBC article from earlier this year is just astonishing:

At the launch, producer Barbara Broccoli said Bond's attitudes to women would move with the times. "The Me Too movement has had a huge impact - rightfully, thankfully - on society, and these films should reflect that, as everything we do should," she said.

It shouldn’t take the Me Too movement for someone at Bond Films HQ to think: “You know, perhaps he shouldn’t basically rape a sex trafficking victim while she’s in the shower.” I can only hope whatever Waller-Bridge did had serious impact, and wasn’t just tidying up the edges.

Prog / Re: Prog 2160 The missing Prog!
« on: 04 December, 2019, 11:11:24 am »
Tharg says Brink continues through to 2020. I’d be happy if Tharg said it continued through 2020 (as in, all of it). Top stuff. Really enjoying it. Dredd’s fine (nice with the sentence stuff, which felt very Wagner). Deadworld’s still slightly baffling me after loving it prior to the Sov stuff. I think I need a re-read to get the Byke stuff. Hope is creepy, and begs a re-read. Defoe: I like the art a lot, bar the blurry bits. Some really striking design and linework. As for the script, it probably warrant a re-read, but I kind of feel I need to read through Defoe from the beginning and it’s way back in the queue.

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 04 December, 2019, 11:08:14 am »
For 69p? Of course!

Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd Mega Collection - New Stock
« on: 03 December, 2019, 07:45:45 pm »
This is the relevant post, confirming that the series has been extended to 110 books. The discussion on the main thread about this starts from this post.

Announcements / Re: Judge Dredd Mega Collection - New Stock
« on: 03 December, 2019, 03:51:23 pm »
Hachette caught all kinds of shit from people when they dropped the price of the Dredd/2000 AD series one time, so perhaps they thought “sod that” next time around. As for the Mightiest books, I imagine they just want rid of them. The series ended a year back, and so stock is now just taking up space.

As for 2000 AD/Dredd, it’s just a warehouse move, like they did recently for Marvel.

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