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Messages - Colin YNWA

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 23 November, 2017, 09:46:40 pm »
Hey chaps enjoy the well earned break. Half way through the latest Spinnies and have to say it emphasizes everything that's great about the podcast. Behind the joyous enthusiasm and great humour there's some superb analysis and fresh insightful perspecitive unjaded like some of us longer term readers.

Can't wait to have ya back, but take the time ya need.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 21 November, 2017, 09:18:58 pm »
Journey to Hell is great, you philistines!  ;) Carlos's double-page spreads are absolutely glorious - I've said this many times, but it's easy to forget just how good he is at evoking a nightmarish ambience in his stories. Give him the chance to draw some zombies or skellingtons, and the man's in his infernal element - to wit, the 'Desert of the Living Dead' spread, which is as evocative as it gets.

Yep this... kinda... Journey to Hell is good, very good, but its not Portrait of a Mutant or Rage good but its damned good....

Is it Dante next? If so better start thinking about where I'm going to pick that up...

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Classifieds / Re: Lee Carter artbook and sketches
« on: 21 November, 2017, 09:03:23 pm »
Maybe some,  just line work as the colours are sadly done by computer

If its anything like the Dredd stuff you have on sale now - that'd do, that'd done just fine. Superb stuff!

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Classifieds / Re: Lee Carter artbook and sketches
« on: 21 November, 2017, 07:44:48 pm »
Out of interest will there be any Indigo Prime stuff coming up?

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 21 November, 2017, 07:46:34 am »
"Billy club panel" - now that's GOLD!

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 20 November, 2017, 09:21:27 pm »
"Stay tuned at the end of Episode 75 for important news for all listeners!"

Oh God please don't tell me your merging with Everything Come Back to 2000ad. Only Conrad transfers over and we get glimpses of Fox in Annual and Specials only!

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 19 November, 2017, 10:02:51 pm »
You know there's times when watching Twin Peaks that I catch myself wondering whether its holds up. I mean while I still love it, is that just because what it meant to me growing up? Cos of just how far ahead of its time it was back in the day.

Then you watch Episode 2.7... the one when we find out who killed Laura Palmer and you realise no, the reason you love it is because at its best its probably the best television ever made.

... Now lets see how the tricky middle period fares these days...

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Books & Comics / Re: Matt 'the other' Wagner
« on: 19 November, 2017, 08:37:44 pm »
Just picked up Trinity today at Killie Comic Con on the strength of this recommendation. Fingers crossed.

Gulp having waxed so lyrical about it I really hope you enjoy it as much as me...

... meanwhile as I have whittered on the glory that is the Mega Comicbook Day thread, Mage - Hero Denied continues to be sublime.

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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 19 November, 2017, 08:36:00 pm »
Well tiny tiny haulie haulie but interesting things in there and two absolute gems... which we'll get to but first...

Kong on the Planet of the Apes 1. My LCS knows me too well and tucked this aside for me incase I wanted it. Of course I wanted it and its... well not bad. It kinda miranders its way through the awkward mire of crashing two worlds together. Its a little clumsy doing that, but now its out the way let the ape on ape action begin. Oh and I always like my Apes done the Magno way so for this alone I'm in simian heaven.

Dan Dare 2 continues to toy with being sublime in its second issue. Its not but its better than I was honestly expecting and the interaction between Dan and rude alien figher pilot (who did have a proper name but I'm old and forget such things readily) was an absolute treat.

Judge Dredd - The Blessed Earth 7 throws itself, seemingly without regard for anything, towards its anarchic conclusion. I can't wait to get around to reading this in one go. Its been a pretty crazy ride, particularly this second series but for all the none Dreddness of it as a comic in its own right I find it crazy fun.

Then we have to humdingers. Mage - Heros Denied 4... well its just a bit special isn't it. I remember a while ago praising Walt Simonson for turning an issue of Ragnarok that was basically just a fight into something that felt more significent and powerful than it was. Matt Wagner does the same here. Both Walt Simonson and Matt Wagner are geniuses and that's the connection.

Speaking of Genius I can only assume Kyle Starks is also. As in Rock Candy Mountain 5 he returns us to what is probably my favourite comic on the stands right now. Which if you know in what high regard I hold the aforementioned work of Matt Wagner is quite something. This origin story of a man, his soul, the devil his tricks, and Hilter, his pants is really something that you should all read. Its quite the most refreshing comic in many a year and comics of this and pretty much any haul it appears in.

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General / Re: No October Art Comp?
« on: 19 November, 2017, 05:42:11 pm »
It is a lot quieter to be sure but I would still say it is one of the more friendly places around.  Folks in these parts are far more accepting of alternative views and mistakes, more willing to engage with different perspectives critically and generally quite restrained in their language.  That said, there seem to be one or two red button topics that require mod intervention but they seem to be quite rare.

Yeah the Forum does seem to be grinding to a halt. I guess due to format and more open alternatives. Its a crying shame and I hope it hangs in there as I still find it an delight. All be it a less active one.

Funnily enough I saw a topic ripping into the forum over on Facebook the other day. It was quick to accuse it of being full of bullying, a lone voice (not sure who as they had their real name - sorry if you read this) stood up to defend the forum and as you can predict on Facebook the knives where out quick enough. It was all a bit unpleasent. Credit to the currently banned Frank who stepped up to defend the 'victim'. Especially since it was his banning that started the Facebook conversation.

A lot of people who claim not to care about the Forum fair care enough to rant about it! The way people go on on Facebook it quickly becomes clear that the moderation here is very helpful in keeping things more pleasent here regardless of the odd misstep.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2058 - A Frosty Reception
« on: 18 November, 2017, 08:14:22 pm »
Nerve Centre -- Woah!?? What's this week's Damage Report on about?  Could it be a sly hint that Rebellion are doing a high-quality digitisation of the full 2000 AD archive?  If so, I'd gleefully pay a subscription for that.  Sign me up now.  Where do I send my bank details?

Its a reference to the new coloured edition of Halo Jones that's coming out, probably.

That was defo my reading of it. Which is a shame cos yours got me all excited A.Cow.

Anyway to matters Proggy and while this weeks ain't quite up to the level of late weeks its not bad at all.

Dredd leds us off with an action packed turn in this arc as my enemy's enemy becomes my friend I assume... will it it be his enemy's enemy that became his friend? ... I think one of Dredd's enemys is about to become his friend... mind knowing Joe he'll just take them both down.... fun stuff.

All credit to Pat Mills last week in Slaine he convinced me that the twist I'd seen coming a while ago had happened. This week he flipped me the bird and the teist is  the twist wasn't actually the twist at all and his twist was to untwist his twist, the tricky little might. I quite enjoyed being led down a merry path by Uncle Pat... which sounds worse than it was come to think of it.

Absalom is still excellent.

The new 3riller has a decent start but it has a fundamental problem. It s pseudo-Elizabethain heiat caper which could be great fun bit there's no jeopardy. Its all set up and we have a few characters dropped nicely into place and the heist has started swimmingly... and that's it. I mean I'm sure there's more to come but this week no sense of threat or danger and nothing to keep me on tender hooks awaiting next week.

Same with Indigo Prime EXCEPT there is bloody plenty of tension and danger BUT there's no bloody point waiting for next week as its on a break. DAMNIT. Damn you Lee Carter (I'm guessing here so excuse my ill informed lashing out!) and your painstakingly lovely art... or whatever is causing the delay in getting this out... but Jez it leaves with a glorious bang and for all my misgivings and nerves when this started I can't wait for this to be back (when hopefully we will havbe it explained specifically why Revere is back and its not just a gimmick.)

Anyway - very good Proggage.

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 17 November, 2017, 09:14:38 pm »
Specials 1988

Well with the introduction of the Judge Dredd Special in 1988 its a pretty good year for our bump summer treats. New new Dredd addtional to the holiday bananza is a slim old beast but packs some quality in. 'The Blob' is a solid Alan Grant and John Higgins number, trumped by the wildly fun 'The Fall Guy' by Grant and Simpson, a thrill I've always loved for no real reason than its immense fun. Large swaves of the special though are filled with reprints of the daily Dredds which I remember enjoying at the time but don't quite hold up any more for me, all be it with some fun Gibson art.

The star of the show however - well assuming we don't count the glorious Brendon McCarthy 'Dredd's World' centre spread - it 'Blockers' and while I might not be the biggest Casanovas fan in the work the Wagner story is just such a riot of wonderful ideas and glorious Mega City madness its a delight and packs so much invention, great characters and humour into 5 pages its untrue. Just superb.

Interesting to note as well the Bolland cover is the first 'modern' Bolland image of Dredd. There's something about this depiction of Dredd from the great Bolland that seems a departure from his work of the past on Dredd and more a link to the US cover work he became known for. I can't quite place what but all his future Dredd's seem to stem from this image (or just this is the first of the kind)... that could be complete poppycock but something seems to have shifted.

Over at the bigger brother of the two specials the 2000ad Special also has some real highlights and a lot of filler in its bigger page count. The real star is John Smith's warm us up for Soft Bodies with the more comprehensible Tyranny Rex story deeply embeded in Indigo Prime and features many of its older characters and ones that will appear today. Its a curio these days but a wonderful one.

There are other slighter cute curios, the Zenith 'photo wall'on the inside cover (was this reprinted in the Zenith collections?) real fun. A Brendan McCarthy almost centre spread (again) of Johnny Alpha introducing a solid story, Grant Morrison misfiring in Venus Bluegenes and a couple of fun text pieces, one on the Halo Jones play and another on Comic Marts with then rare pictures of creators.

There's some so so other stuff and I'll be honest I really don't enjoy Phil Elliott on Dredd.

So yeah the Specials, much like the annuals remain a frsutration. They have some really gems in there, but sometimes it feels like they take some digging to find!

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 17 November, 2017, 07:00:15 pm »

I am expecting a big reaction from Fox on the turn of events in Block Mania that should be coming up on Monday


Yeah I'm really looking forward to this one. Keep on keeping on chaps this podcast continues to be an absolute joy. Can't thank you enough for keeping it going.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2057 - A Witch in Time
« on: 16 November, 2017, 09:15:31 pm »
.... that really nibbles my thrill-biscuit....

HA!

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Megazine / Re: Meg 390 The World's End
« on: 16 November, 2017, 09:12:26 pm »
You know its a good Meg when you don't just default to Lawless being the best thing in it automatically. I mean Lawless is the best thing in it, but I had to think about it.

Rory McConville is begining to really shine in my eyes. I love his Dredd set ups. The stroy this month builds so much from the big alien gushing pink building cacoon thing, the reason its been brought here, the relationship between the Astro-Archeologist (what a job title) and her intern, all wrapped in a glorious 'horror' story and a out of leftfield cliffhanger at the end - what the HECK is going on there. With so much built up I really hope this doesn't get wrapped up next week and everything gets room to shiny, and develop what's been set this month.

He (Rory) follows this up with another fantastic Devlin Waugh. Its just superb stuff. Love it and unlike Indigo Prime I think McConville respects and works with what John Smith so brilliantly created, but he doesn't do so slavishly and leaves his own voice on the work, building on what's gone before. The ideas are excellent, the end superb and the art devine... you know this gave Lawless a right run for its money... of course Lawless just pulls away on the final lap but this did all it could to keep pace.

Inbetween two lovely McConville pieces there's a solid Anderson ending. It did feel a little lacking in punch and the public execution felt a bit weird BUT I do think this story will stand up well to re-read, something I look forward to doing. Oh Paul Marshal once again demonstrates why he's a really underrated tooth hero.

Lawless from the opening exchange, the bar boys discussion, Nerys' trouble (I. HATE. NERYS'. BLUES.) to Kill-a-man's ... well his everything, to that nerve jiggling ending. Comics heaven.

I'm getting bored of saying I'm so done with the Dark Judges and I'm not Nick Percival's biggest fan to once again have to retract that cos both the villains and art in Dominion for Wagner's story are just perfection. This really is the best the DJs have been for like... 30 years! Genuninely chilling and tense comics in a way I've very rarely experienced.

All this and Helium all ready for me to re-read and some good text pieces... you know 2000ad is on good form, very good form at the moment. The Meg is beating it hands down and is the best it been since I got back on board with it almost three years ago.

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