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General / Re: Top ten Dredds and top ten non-Dredd thrills
« on: 03 December, 2018, 10:18:11 am »
Many, many thanks to Eamonn for putting this all together! Easy to make a suggestion, less easy to do all the necessary admin and recording to bring it to life.

It's kinda hard to argue with any of those three lists, and also gratifying to see that the Dredd list contains a range of strips from across the last 40 years. Bit sad not to see any Dabnett, Grennie or Rmorrison but it's not exactly clear what you'd bump off the list to fit them in!

General / Re: Looking for reviewers and bloggers
« on: 01 December, 2018, 08:20:03 am »
Umm is there a link to this website?

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 29 November, 2018, 09:53:21 am »
And yes, I did wait until I'd finished all three entries before posting just so I could make that joke.
P14 puns forever!

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 29 November, 2018, 09:52:31 am »
Typical, you wait ages for a female creator to appear on the Blog, and then three show up at once...

Modern legend Emma Beeby

Old master Hilary Robinson

Queen of colours Gina Hart

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 28 November, 2018, 05:04:17 pm »
Ha! Poor old Marc Wigmore - he was actively touted as the next big thing but absolutely did not survive the jump fro the Meg to the Prog. I've no idea how much this may be to do with fan response but I imagine the larger Prog readership is/was less forgiving of the more esoteric art styles.

And yes, he is of the same ilk as Sampson, like a 90s indie movie splurged onto a comics page, although perhaps more Greg Araki to Sampson's straight up Tarantino.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 23 November, 2018, 06:42:19 pm »
Death Wish has an amazing cover and the blurb sounds super awesome. But is it actually any good?
And by good, I mean is it full of the violent pain and death I've come to know and love from 2000AD / early Action, or is it watered down?

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 23 November, 2018, 06:40:20 pm »
Is it bad etiquette to post my Spinnies 1985 submissions here?
In any case:

Top Artist: it can only be Carlos Ezquerra, but my mind is ever blown by his amazing brick statues of the Lords of Drule.
Top Writer: Pat Mills, and specifically for those bits of Time Killer that annoy Fox and Conrad so much. I LIKE the good/evil balance nonsense.
Best overall thrill: The Mean Team! Because I am still my inner 7 year-old self. Never has violent death looked and sounded so much fun. Maximum Kill Points!!
Best month: October - if only because October 1985 is when I read my first ever Prog (but also I have a special love for Two Ton Tony, and Farewell, my Billions - not to mention the mighty Mean Team)
Best Year: you'd think for the reason stated above 1985 would have to rank as my favourite year ever but frankly Helltrekkers and Horst-era Rogue Trooper are so dull I think 1984 has the edge this time.

Best Space Spinner Memories from 2018? Gotta be our genial hosts waxing poetical and practically weeping into their microphones over the glories of Skizz.

General / Re: Top 2000AD moments of the last 25 years
« on: 23 November, 2018, 02:45:43 pm »
Without thinking about it too hard, stories/moments that have knocked my socks off would be:

Shakara book 1
Judge Dredd: Terror/Total War
Trifecta, especially that bit
When Ian Edginton is good, i.e. Leviathan, Brass Sun, Helium and, controversially, Stone Island
Simon Fraser, Henry Flint, Dave Taylor, Boo Cook, Frazer Irving
Ichabod Azrael
early books of Defoe
The renaissance of Kek-W

-things that knock my socks off less: realising that most of the things on that list are now from quite a long time ago!

General / Re: Digest vs TPB. Why so small?
« on: 23 November, 2018, 10:09:32 am »
Yeah, I've always assumed the digests are 100% not aimed at regular 2000AD readers, but at a) younger readers with less money to spend (I certainly remember buying the teeny tiny Asterix books as a youth 'cos I could afford them, even if reading them was impossible), and b) bookshop browsers looking for a casual buy.

I'm curious how the digital editions work - is one able to zoom in and enlarge each page to 'original' full size?

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 11 November, 2018, 08:59:05 pm »
The purple patch for fans of early 1990s 2000AD continues with...

Steve Sampson

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 09 November, 2018, 10:07:38 am »
Yup, it's a proper contender for worst thrill ever, that one.
-and I kind of like Wireheads.

Books & Comics / Re: Thrillpower Overload: the missing chapters
« on: 06 November, 2018, 06:45:37 pm »
Cracking finds and shares there Frank!

Other Reviews / Re: Musings on The Small House.
« on: 06 November, 2018, 06:41:26 pm »
I agree that Williams has been doing excellent work on longer-form, continuity-important-seeming stories (aren't they all imaginary, as a wizard once said) - but for my money the best fun one-offs lately have been by McConville and Eglington. Eglington has also proven his chops on longer Dredd with the Sons of Booth trio, I really enjoyed that I did.

Sure, it's always nice to read the future history of Mega City One, but is it not generally agreed that the golden age of Dredd was between Apocalypse War and Oz*, i.e. when Wagner and Grant were mostly doing funny one-offs, and ignoring the sub-par City of the Damned?

*aka when young me was first introduced to the Prog, surely a coincidence...

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 04 November, 2018, 08:02:14 pm »
Yeah I think you're right to call out 1995 for lacking any real high-points; even Wagner on Dredd is only ever 'good as usual' rather than 'outstanding'.

I like Vector 13 quite a bit more than you, and at the time felt it brought the one-off back up to the high standard of the early Milligan/Smith/Morrison Future Shocks - but that's still only 'fun' rather than must-read.

I also have a lot more tolerance for Finn, but the art could've been a bit better, especially after books 1 and 2 which had been pretty ace artwise. But it's still not a Button Man or Firekind-level high.

1996 I suspect has lower lows to come, but also one or two major highs (including, of course, 6 months of the Pit!), so counts as an upswing from 1995 which indeed continues with every year after for quite a few year to come (reaching a peak in around 2008?).

Books & Comics / Re: Do you follow characters or creators?
« on: 04 November, 2018, 07:43:30 pm »
I'm pretty much creators all the way - is there any other fiction where that isn't the standard?

Film franchises are a good example of this, no? e.g. the Alien / Predator universes, James Bond, Jason Bourne, and, as a horror film lover, the slasher 'heroes' stick out as examples of fiction where fans clearly follow the characters even as lesser / other creators take the reins. (Well, for 7-10 sequels-worth, anyway)

As for comics, I learned to love creators at around the same time as Frank, in my case primarily Mike Allred and Jeff Smith (and I also learned to avoid Grant Morrison comics, although I've softened on his work lately). But there's still a part of me that fell in love with certain characters that means I will occasionally dip my toes in across the years. A recent case in point being the Incredible Hulk, a fave character now combined with a top writer (A. Ewing), to great results! I also only discovered Tom King as a result of being a fan of both the Vision and Nightwing, and that turned out pretty well.

2000AD forms a weird counter to all of this. To answer the question, I guess I am more enthused at the prospect of reading new stories by beloved creators than I am by revivals of beloved characters, but the fact is I'll read them all just the same - because at this point, I am a fan of 2000AD the institution perhaps even more than any of its creators or characters. I've been reading new issues every week for 3/4 of my life, have never thought of quitting, and I trust the name to the extent that I've bought things like the two Scream/Misty specials even though they feature characters I've barely heard by creators I've mostly never heard of either.

Although I drew the line at Sniper Elite. No offence to Richardson or Goddard, I've just got limited interest in war and video-game based comics.

I don't suppose that many 10-12 year-olds read 2000AD at the moment, but for certain at that age I was all about the characters, and aside from recognising the work of a handful of artists, even if I didn't know their names (Ezquerra, Belardinelli, Gibson and Ewins, I later discovered!) I couldn't give a toss about creators and just wanted more stories with my favourite characters in. Even if that meant 1990s RoboHunter. Bad call, young me!

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