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Other Reviews / Re: Dredd: The Complete Case Files
« on: 30 January, 2020, 12:11:13 AM »
The Case Files sure rule. It's wild to think how it's "catching up" with so many graphic novel / trade paperback collections I've stacked up over the years. It's all good double dipping to support such a cool thing, but I might skip big ones I have already like Origins etc. I guess Origins might just be something like three or four years away, within another eight Case Files, with some loose math. And Total War should be just a few Case Files away.

On my unread pile I have Case Files 27 through 34, and I'm thinking I'll dive into those this year. That's a lot of Dredd, like four and a half years worth, and I've never read it, so I'm looking forward to it.  :thumbsup:

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I saw that, always nice to see Dredd getting appreciation on a front page. In general just nice to see somebody digging Dredd, and a good job getting across how much there is to it.

And I do like the takeaway of a lot of it being about "can you be a good person in a bad system". Like they say, us Dredd fans are well used to this stuff going back to comics from the 80s, the Democracy arc and everything, but people not in the know may not be aware of these levels to the writing.

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Agreed on Carlos as fav artist, his sequential storytelling is the best of the best. Wagner is my fav writer, call me crazy. Necropolis is my favorite, including Tale of the Deadman, just such a big cinematic epic with cool little details and moments. Style wise the early 90s look and vibe is just way too cool.

Favorite recurring characters, Walter the Wobot is really funny, he's great. PJ Maybe too.

Here's to Judge Dredd!

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General / Re: do you think Judge Dredd is hard to write?
« on: 15 August, 2019, 03:33:03 AM »
Always a fun topic, happened to listen to a great episode of the thrill-cast covering it the other day. The Beginner's Guide to Writing Judge Dredd with Rob Williams, Tom Eglington, Michael Carroll and Chris Weston.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/2000adthrillcast/episodes/2017-06-13T21_00_00-07_00

Balancing the sometimes subtle aspects of his character, along with a voice that can fit with Wagner's which suits Dredd so well. Having such a legendary character make choices and actions that feel right, a big job in general.

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General / Re: Does 2000 AD need another 'Judge Dredd'?
« on: 07 August, 2019, 09:49:08 PM »
I didn't realize that all other 2000AD strips are creator owned these days. That's cool. How long has that been the case? Are things like Sinister Dexter or Nikolai Dante from the 90s creator owned? And are older ones like ABC Warriors or Slaine creator owned?

Not really. Tharg generally wants all rights to everything. 2000ad's run a handful of strips that were creator-owned and most of those were only retrospectively declared the property of their creators or something Wagner and/or Grant knocked up for another comic.

A few, like Tank Girl*, Realm Of The Damned, Demon Nic and American Reaper ran in the Megazine, rather than 2000ad, in a slot specifically reserved for creator-owned work (I assume, to fill space in the comic at a reduced rate).

This list doesn't include Terra-Meks, a Robusters spin-off that Pat Mills managed to get printed on his own terms:




* I think Tank Girl ran before the advent of the creator-slot, but saying that would have fucked up my syntax and, look see, I've acknowledged that misstatement of fact.

Thanks, good to know. I just watched the Future Shock doc, they mentioned the creator owned issue from back in the day, I didn't know the status these days.


I don’t think this has really been tried in the prog since Sin/Dex and Nikolai Dante

I've said it before, but these two benefited enormously from their semi-permanent status. I didn't like Sinister / Dexter at all, till fairly far into its tenure, but it was there every week, I read it, and it eventually grew on me. I'd even argue that it needs to be a regular fixture to work properly as a series - its current sporadic schedule doesn't serve it well.

That said - even if I'm in favour of residencies for certain stories, does 'Judge Dredd' itself still need to be one of them? Does it still need to appear in every issue? I know that for most, the answer is 'yes, of course, you fool' and it seems a commercial no-brainer to maintain its regular status, but would sales drop if Dredd only turned up occasionally? Personally, I'd no longer mind if, as per latter-days Strontium Dog, it only showed up when John Wagner had a new story he wanted to tell.

While I'm fine with them skipping a few if they are having trouble getting a quality story ready, having a good Dredd every week should be doable. Some writers handle several monthly comics, and we have a few great writers doing Dredd. Organizing that and keeping the quality going I think is something special, it's creatively cool to have that as an ongoing thing. I agree on the respect and kudos for John Wagner though.

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General / Re: Does 2000 AD need another 'Judge Dredd'?
« on: 07 August, 2019, 06:03:27 PM »
I didn't realize that all other 2000AD strips are creator owned these days. That's cool. How long has that been the case? Are things like Sinister Dexter or Nikolai Dante from the 90s creator owned? And are older ones like ABC Warriors or Slaine creator owned? Is everything since say 2000 creator owned?

Good question, I think something like that could work. If a few writers and artists are interested in the idea and rotate duties on it, that could make for a good fixture. On who owns it, I guess everyone involved in creating it could share some royalties, on top of whatever they usually get for the strips they make. The "writer's room" approach can have positives.

As for what, my first thought is something a bit like the appeal of the X-Men in structure. A group of characters, maybe focusing on seven or eight, rotating cast. Bit of your TV style serialized character building and stuff, and some kind of premise to keep people coming back. Instead of mutant superheroes, it could be a lot of things... maybe something like Buffy/Angel in structure? Maybe it could be about some scamps on a spaceship, a'la Cowboy Bebop etc.

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General / Re: Munce is here
« on: 19 March, 2019, 10:21:05 AM »
The "Impossible Burger" is pretty good, I've had that a couple times. And yes indeed Tharg always knows.

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General / Re: Latest Dredd TV news
« on: 16 March, 2019, 01:46:59 AM »
That's great great news, that'll be excellent. More Wagner adaptations please, thank you.

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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 09 February, 2019, 11:02:20 PM »
Hell yeah, that rules.  :D

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 09 February, 2019, 04:04:00 AM »
Watched the Fyre festival documentary on Netflix, which was pretty fascinating. The thing that struck me most was the insane level of self-belief all those idiots putting it together had. It's weird to watch people who believe they're geniuses just because they're wealthy, it's a peculiarly Trumpy sort of delusion. It only barely touches on the ethical question of how accountable 'influencers' should be for this sort of thing - if you have a huge Twitter following and someone pays you a ton of money to endorse a scam, then surely you're a participant in the scam for duping all those people for cash?! Apparently Fuck Jerry had final approval on the cut, which will be why they don't seem to get much of a kicking in it for their part in it, which is a shame as would be nice to see them get their comeuppance.

There's a remorselessness to the way the main organizer fella fleeces everyone continuously (his post festival 'business' venture is pretty jaw-droppingly brazen) that's quite disturbing to watch, there's some weird disconnect with reality going on there. A good watch, curious how the rival Hulu doc portrays things.

Also saw Cherry 2000 for the first time, as a friend was putting on a double-bill of that and Steve De Jarnatt's other film Miracle Mile. It's very different, and very much a straight to video '80s action cheesefest but it's a got a lot of charm and character, and the world is a weird post-apocalyptic sci-fi western mash of styles that reminded me of something like Fallout: New Vegas. It played really well, with people cheering on the action and chuckling along with the villain (Tim Thomerson plays an awesomely quirky bad guy with some great cheeseball lines) so if you like that brand of trashy '80s B-Movie then you'd get something out of it.

It's so different to Miracle Mile though that it's a bit crazy to think it was made by the same guy, he definitely has a ton of imagination and heart so it's a shame those seem to be the only two movies he directed. Cherry 2000 is a bit of fun cheesy throwaway fun, but Miracle Mile is a proper masterpiece as far as I'm concerned. Saw it for the first time at a movie marathon screening a year or so ago knowing nothing about it and it blew my mind, and seems like everyone at this screening had that same experience. If you haven't seen it then thoroughly recommend going in as cold as possible, as not knowing what it's about made for one of the best cinema experiences I've had.

Good movies! Have you seen Radioactive Dreams? That's another fun cool movie that'd fit in somewhere on a shelf with those. Also Repo Man (1984) if anyone in here hasn't seen that somehow, one of the greats.

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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 05 February, 2019, 04:47:11 PM »
For sure, I enjoyed two Lemmy books over the last year or so, his autobiography and the later biography called Lemmy. I think his band is legendary enough that it'd be quite tough to name something that without it being a nod. Plus Lemmy has even been featured in 2000AD.

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Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 04 February, 2019, 05:50:13 PM »
Still loving it, and have started the Leon 2nd Run now.

I'm digging this game a lot too, still have the original (Dreamcast version), and this remake keeps a lot of that classic spirit alive. Tough to top for a good Romero style zombie game.

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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 03 February, 2019, 10:37:01 PM »
Plus you're talking about a movie edit from 1980. These days if a downbeat drama gets distributed from overseas, they're a lot less likely to tack on a happy ending. Along with a lot of other reasons why I find that kind of "us vs them" generalizing mentality to not really apply much.

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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 03 February, 2019, 10:21:26 PM »
Thanks. The strip name probably has nothing to do with SY then.

The Brass Sun story "Motor Head" has got to be named after the legendary band though, at least.

I've never seen the UK A Star Is Born rip-off Breaking Glass

I've a vague memory of that song from the first time round. Don't think I've heard it since.  I love it. I'm going to listen to it now as I clean my boat.

The most interesting thing my rabbit hole dive turned up was that the US release of the film ends on that scene and the triumphant note it strikes.

The UK version ends with the main character leaving the stage to find the band have broken up, her relationship's over, and her management have conned her into selling out. She suffers a nervous breakdown on the tube and ends the film drooling in a sanitorium!

Two cultures, divided by more than our common language.

Eh, there are plenty of great US movies that end on a down note. And I don't feel we're particularly divided, as far as cultures go. But every culture has differences.

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 31 January, 2019, 02:23:42 PM »
Good stuff, and well said.  :D

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