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Messages - I, Cosh

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 22 September, 2017, 02:34:29 pm »
One mans empty drivel is another man's frothy summer fun! With fabulous art. Out of interest, what were the other stories as I certainly wasn't reading anything else like it.
Lawks, I dunno, seemed like everything late '80s/early '90s drawn by Alan Martin, Philip Bond, Evan Dorkin, Jamie Hewlett and even Jamie Hernandez on occasion was kooky plotless meanderings with cute girls, SF gadgets and druggy overtones: and it wasn't as good as any of those! It might be fairer to say that I was bored, rather than it was boring: there's a sort of Pirate Corps$/Planet Swerve/Tank Girl mash-up in my head that probably needs unpicking, but by '93 I'd read too much of 'it'.

Obviously the Hughes art lifts it above the  awful, but perhaps a re-read would put the whole thing in a better light.
Fair enough. I'll have to confess my complete ignorance of the first two and I only ever read Tank Girl after the fact. So, perhaps it seemed fresher to me. In addition, I don't mind a bit of zaniness to offset the polemics and brutality: Hewligan's Haircut and Shamballa go together like a horse and marriage...

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Megazine / Re: Lack of love for the bundled "floppies"?
« on: 22 September, 2017, 10:44:10 am »
I don't know about reissuing the Extreme Editions digitally, but entire runs of stories might be a good shout. I suppose it depends on future plans, and estimates of how likely digital purchases of the more niche strips are likely to put off people from buying in print should the opportunity arise.
They've already done this with Red Seas and Caballistics. To presumably little effect. Although it was never very well publicised.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 22 September, 2017, 08:54:27 am »
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Except Really & Truly was the one genuinely good strip in the Summer Offensive!
You wot, Cosh? It may have been the prettiest strip, but it was empty drivel. Maybe it was because I was reading a half dozen identical cutesy trippy non-stories in other comics at the time, but it committed the one unforgiveable crime on the 2000AD statute books: being boring. Slaughterbowl FTW.
One mans empty drivel is another man's frothy summer fun! With fabulous art. Out of interest, what were the other stories as I certainly wasn't reading anything else like it.

And while it grieves me to have to disagree with you twice in one post, I've never got the love for Slaughterbowl. For me, it's the one John Smith story that offers nothing. If there was ever a time when serial-killers on dinosaurs were boring, that as it.

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General / Re: New 2000AD Binding from Prog 1
« on: 22 September, 2017, 07:07:18 am »
My comics are all in white boxes under my office desk. Can’t get much tidier, but Mrs G isn’t happy they’re essentially inaccessible.
Where do your legs go?

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 September, 2017, 01:00:54 pm »
Those are good numbers. Ditch Really & Truly and you'd have room for more Big Dave.
Except Really & Truly was the one genuinely good strip in the Summer Offensive! Happy for a Complete Big Dave at some point in the future though.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 September, 2017, 10:20:51 am »
Ditch Inferno, which I assume was in the Mega Collection, and the rest of the Summer Offensive makes up 184 pages. Instant buy for me.

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Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 19 September, 2017, 07:01:22 pm »
Why would someone who hasn't played an RPG for at least 25 years even contemplate spending money on piles and piles of Warhammer Fantasy stuff?

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General / Re: 2000AD Original Art Thread
« on: 19 September, 2017, 06:53:08 pm »
Here's what I blew all my hungover cash on at the 40th birthday bash. It doesn't quite belong in the "2000AD Original Art" thread, but then it definitely doesn't fit the "Non-2000AD Art" thread either.

I was in the hall early enough to have the pleasure of flipping through the whole set of John McCrea's Dredd Deviations art. There were two standout pages and, after a bit of thought, I went for this final splash page. It's really interesting how the colouring of the published version has softened the tone of the story slightly.


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News / Re: Zenith returns in Prog 2050!
« on: 19 September, 2017, 06:45:55 pm »
Well, we're back after the weekend break with the answer that absolutely nobody demanded. We can immediately see that one wag spoiled his ballot paper but the big surprise is that I am hopelessly out of tune with the British electorate for the third time running as it's a runaway victory for Phase III.



I should mayeb nail my own colours to the mast. I think the first three phases are all fantastic and four is only a disappointment in comparison.

Like Star Wars, the first is still my favourite as it contains seeds of the others but remains self-contained and has so many standout moments. Two opens out the world and the backstory while Three smashes it gleefully to smithereens and probably shades the best art: there are a couple of individual panels of Mandala and Maximan, hewn from a couple of blocks of thick, black ink which have stuck with me since it was first published.

While thinking about the spurius Crisis on Infinite Earths comparisons, I came across this insightful post where the writer points out that
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It's not setting out to unify or rationalise everything, but setting up a threat worse than the end of a world and it's using a whole load of forgotten and invented characters to provide texture and context for that threat. It's closer to Luther Arkwright [or Moorcock] than Crisis.

It just occurred to me that the whole time Eddie, an ordinary human, is able to outsmart and handle the threat posed by Zenith in much the same way that Peter St. John is able to defeat the Lloigor. As above, so below.

... like Watchmen it's a complete story - it doesn't lend itself to more tales.
Zenith doesn't have the horological precision of Moore's Magnum (space) Octopus, but it is all about structure. And that structure is a closed loop.
Nah mate. It's an omnihedron.

Although I pretty much agree. We need more Zenith the way we need more Dante.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2048 - Stop the Apocalypse Squad!
« on: 18 September, 2017, 10:13:31 am »
Even so, when Rico led a Fury Road of vehicles from the mutie settlements in Day Of Chaos (1789), Henry Flint must have forgotten to draw them using the massive highways some folks (above) seem to think are necessary for those farms and towns to function.
Yet when the same artist drew the road leading to the city in Dead Zone, it was as a massive, cleared space through waste and rubble.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 15 September, 2017, 03:20:52 pm »
His solo stuff is worth listening to as well. Run Run Run to the Centre Pompidou is absurdly catchy.
Aye. His first solo album, Intolerance, is a gem and completely not what you'd expect from a member of Husker Du.

This would have been sad at any time but it seems a little bit more touching simply because I've been really enjoying listening to this new Savage Young Du compilation all week.

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News / Re: Zenith returns in Prog 2050!
« on: 15 September, 2017, 03:05:23 pm »
I was about to splutter that literally nobody thinks Phase III is the best ...

https://goo.gl/forms/8txJYs9bOdyW8mjo2

Listen to the Phase IIIers, Cosh. More horrifying than a child's doll driven mad by the things it has witnessed or looking up to see the sun turned black.

What have we unleashed upon this world?
I definitely did not see this coming. Phase fucking IV currently has more votes than 1 or 2!

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Creative Common / Re: Project "Bind all the bog paper Progs" is done
« on: 15 September, 2017, 10:50:45 am »
Smart!

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General / Re: Celebrity Fans
« on: 15 September, 2017, 10:50:20 am »
Can anyone confirm whether the Patrick Kane of Coatbridge who had letters featured in Progs 146 and 255 is the same Pat Kane who went on to find a degree of fame with tedious Scotch popsters Hue & Cry and later had a big hissy fit about the original publication of New Adventures of Hitler?

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News / Re: Zenith returns in Prog 2050!
« on: 15 September, 2017, 10:29:36 am »
I know you all think Phase III is the best, but I was waiting for the US comic in-jokes to finish so we could get back to The Hitman and Her, politics, and recent history.
I was about to splutter that literally nobody thinks Phase III is the best but then I had a better idea.

At which point I discovered that it's not possible to create a new poll on this forum (even though there is a little "poll" icon at the bottom of the screen) so I've made my own to let us settle this once and for all.

It's science, yo!


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