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Books & Comics / Re: New from Hibernia, 'Fantastic Adventures'
« on: 27 June, 2020, 11:27:23 AM »
Good to hear copies are arriving safely! Already at work on design ideas for the next release, which as I think David said will be a very different beast  :)

« on: 18 June, 2020, 03:31:22 PM »
It'd be a bit of work, but TBH I take most of my books off the shelf little enough that bellybands would work fine for something like this. Waste of time for stuff like my type reference books or anything that's coming down to be read over a week or two, but for something that's going to be shelved for most of the year and read quickly when it's down it could work.

I've never come across sticker spines before - are they available as a simple solution or would you have to make your own?

« on: 18 June, 2020, 01:36:00 PM »
Honestly, I would look at the paucity of 2000 AD HCs right now and drawn conclusions from that. Hachette might not be great in various ways, but there is no way we’d have ever seen full HC runs of the sheer number of 2000 AD characters we have otherwise. (Frankly, I’m a little surprised the 2000 AD collection appeared at all, and that it’s looking like being extended so heavily.)

Mostly, repro has been fine. It’s clearly been taken from existing Rebellion volumes for the most part. Deliveries can be a problem, but I’ve never had an issue in getting replacements for damage. The spines remain a major bugbear of mine though. If there was a way of printing custom spines somehow, I’d gladly do that for all my volumes. (I’ve not found anything viable for that, sadly.)

What about a bellyband? Not ideal - you'd have to slide it on and off when you took a book down to read, and they tend to get scuffed and ripped easily (I believe it's why retailers aren't keen on them) but you could probably run a batch off on card relatively cheaply with a simple two-part template, and you could fit a reasonable amount of information on them, as well as printing something sympathetic to the cover design on the UC. Preferable to stickers or a fixed cardboard spine to cover the existing ones, and you could always print new ones as and when.

Books & Comics / Re: New from Hibernia, 'Fantastic Adventures'
« on: 17 June, 2020, 01:14:11 PM »
That's a great cover!

The fantastic Dean Ormston on art there - lovely atmospheric piece and a treat to play around with when doing the design :) David's packed this thing full of content, and he let me have fun with the cover and internal design (including a really full-on magenta spot colour!) so I'm hoping it will be a real treat for readers.

Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 02 December, 2019, 02:30:40 PM »
Not sure, TBH. My guess at the moment is that it's a combination of seasonal and election mail causing an issue, but that could be totally off-base. I've certainly never had this many late progs in a row, all while the rest of our usual mail is apparently arriving on time.

Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 02 December, 2019, 01:43:17 PM »
No 2160 here yet, and the postie has been today. Looking like it could end up being another after-it's-in-the-shops prog...

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 29 November, 2019, 02:48:00 PM »
I'd imagine at least part of the calculation here is that existing readers are passing the Regened issue to their kids, or buying specifically for their kids knowing something about the contents of the regular prog and are therefore in a position to guide them to another purchase, even if it isn't necessarily the prog itself.

For example (and anecdotally):

My daughters really enjoyed reading my copies of the FCBD Funny Pages issue, and the Cor! and Buster/Tammy & Jinty Specials. There wasn't anything in terms of a regular comic from Rebellion that scratched a similar itch, but the Treasury books I've picked up (Faceache, Creepy Creations, the Misty and Jinty reprints) served as a next step for them. It's got them interested and aware, and it's prompted me to consider future humour or girls' comics reprints more strongly when I have a limited budget - if they can read and enjoy them and I can too, then maybe that's more enticing for me than just buying the next one that appeals to me alone.

Given the vast catalogue of reprint available - much of which is entirely kid-suitable - I'd guess that what Rebellion are hoping isn't necessarily that every young reader will jump straight into the next arc of Hope or Deadworld, but that they (or more accurately, their parents) might want to delve into the back catalogue or try one of the other all-ages specials. It all keeps people in the Rebellion/Treasury ecosystem, and that's got to be a good thing for the prog and for the future of the company's publishing plans. If at some point they're able to launch Regened as a regular (monthly?) comic then there's a more direct route as well.

Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 28 November, 2019, 08:59:14 PM »
Mine arrived Tuesday last week and then Wednesday this week.

Mine arrived at last today. Will be interested to see if 2160 arrives at the usual time or not - if it's a third week in a row getting here at the same time (or later) than it's out in newsagents then I think I'll be making my first complaint in the 15 years I've been a sub. Fingers crossed it's just been a wobble these last couple of weeks though.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 28 November, 2019, 05:56:43 PM »
I get the impression last year that Regened wasn’t necessarily planned to be a normal Prog (although that may well be wrong). Scheduling must be nightmarish for Tharg regardless, but I would hope with four of these rocking up in 2020 that he’s going to deal with long-running series prior to each breakpoint.

Was there not an issue with the FCBD that led to Regened being slotted in as a one-off special prog? Or am I conflating a previous issue Rebellion had with the FCBD with it?

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 28 November, 2019, 05:06:42 PM »
Well, that's exactly what happened last time there was a Regened issue - so that's what I fully expect to happen 4 times next year. I think having to finish all 5 stories together once every 12 progs or so wouldn't be viable. It would also mean there could be no long-form series.

Fair, though I think that having four to fit in and with the experience of the previous one to bring to bear, it's more likely that that won't happen again.

re: long-form series. Could be blanking, but have we had anything running for more than 12 episodes or so in ages?

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 28 November, 2019, 04:53:00 PM »
Well, I could be misremembering, but IIRC there are normally a few filler-ish progs a year already where the crop of current stories are coming to a conclusion and Tharg slots in a Dredd one-off and a Future Shock/Terror Tale alongside the final episodes of the other tales. I'd have no issues at all if the Regened progs are slotted in like that around extended runs of the prog where we've had 10- or 12-part stories (like the current Defoe/Hope/Brink/Deadworld run) going for a while, as a little "intermission" ahead of a jumping-on prog or the start of a new run of strips.

I think that considering the Regened specials in such a negative light is a shame, and I found that last year's one offered as much entertainment as a filler prog usually does (arguably more, as after decades of Dredd one-offs and Future Shocks it's rare that one really does something compelling). Not all of it was to my taste but there are often months that go by where I end up skimming a couple of duds every week in the prog, and I think most regular readers can relate to that occasional feeling of buying out of habit, or buying for two or three stories rather than all five.

Provided Tharg doesn't do anything daft and ham-fisted, like putting running stories on hold for a week to fit it in (highly unlikely, I think) and the quality stays high, I'm happy to see a few weeks each year set aside for a one-off prog aimed at drawing in a larger audience.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 28 November, 2019, 03:54:00 PM »
Not one, but FOUR Regened specials planned for 2020!


Drawing on four decades of genre-defining characters while encouraging new readers to pick up the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic, 2000 AD Regened has something for everyone with a stellar lineup of talent on some of the biggest characters in comics, including Ilias Kyriazis (Collapser), Cavan Scott (Doctor Who), Nick Roche (Transformers), Rob Davis (The Motherless Oven), and more!

The new 2000 AD Regened issues follow on from the successful Free Comic Book Day issue in 2018 and 2000 AD Prog 2130, which was 2000 AD’s best-selling issue of 2019.

The first Regened issue of 2020 will be 2000 AD Prog 2170 – a bumper 48-page special issue with a roster of complete stories, on sale from newsagents, comic book stores, and online on 26 February 2020.
The subsequent Regened issues will be 2000 AD Prog 2183 on 27 May, 2000 AD Prog 2196 on 26 August, and 2000 AD Prog 2206 on 4 November.

2000 AD editor Matt Smith said: “2000 AD’s 2019 Regened takeover issue was the best-selling issue of the year, so I’m excited to bringing the all-ages concept to four issues across 2020. We’ve got some great stories and artwork lined up – many by creators making their debut for the title – so I hope these will go down equally as well with readers young and old.”

The detail in Matt's quote there is very interesting, and if these specials can be slotted around the usual run of progs to help provide regular readership spikes they could be a boon to the comic in the long-term (and could perhaps see them spun off into their own monthly/bimonthly line in a year or two?)

Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 27 November, 2019, 12:42:36 PM »
Postie come and gone and still no prog this week, which means it will be Thursday at the earliest that my sub prog arrives. That's a new record, and coming off the back of the Wednesday prog last week and the uptick in Monday/Tuesday progs it's getting a bit frustrating. No other regular mail is delayed so I can only assume there's a blip somewhere in the pipeline for the prog. Hopefully it gets resolved soon...

Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 25 November, 2019, 01:59:38 PM »
Prog and Meg arrived on Wednesday last week, and this week's prog still hasn't arrived. That's the third week in a row where the usual Saturday prog hasn't arrived, and hasn't arrived until Tuesday at the earliest, and the number of Monday progs has been increasing recently too...

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 23 October, 2019, 11:13:46 PM »
No Vigilant   :(

A comment from John Freeman on FB suggests there is Vigilant news to come...

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