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Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 14 November, 2018, 07:21:49 pm »
Never read another Green Lantern comic in my life, so I don't even see the Easter eggs I'm sure must be there, but making the character's mission to sort out the mess of continuity created by DC is pretty droll and meta.

I'd recommend The DC Stories of Alan Moore - the GL story he did with Kevin O'Neill, and the couiple of GL corps shorts, are brief, but DC have basically mined twenty years of subsequent continuity out of the ideas it contains. It also has some pretty good Batman and Superman one-shots, and bit of filler (Vigilante - ho-hum)

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Books & Comics / Re: Marshal Law - Comixology sale
« on: 14 November, 2018, 06:21:11 pm »
Fans of the Marshal may also want to check out this new figure from Unbox Studios: https://downthetubes.net/?p=100823

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General / Re: Top ten Dredds and top ten non-Dredd thrills
« on: 13 November, 2018, 06:15:15 pm »
Dredd:
Necropolis
America
Cursed Earth
Apocalypse war
The Pit
the one where he takes McGruder out to die as a judge (can't remember name)
Origins
Day of Chaos
Judge Child quest
Judge Death Lives

Non Dredd
Strontium Dog - Ragnarok/Rage especially
Nemesis the Warlock
Ballad of Halo Jones
Nikolai Dante
ABC Warriors (Meknificent 7 only)
Zenith
Skizz
Kingdom
Brink
Robohunter - (Verdus only)

(wasn't sure how specific the non-Dredds need to be - I cant choose a particular part of Dante or  Nemesis!)


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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 13 November, 2018, 04:13:31 pm »
whilst I'm on a gripe, thank the Lord for catch up TV - apart from the debut, I've only remembered that it's on and I've missed it sometime late Sunday evening - every bloody week! I'm just not used to looking for it on a Sunday.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 13 November, 2018, 02:42:15 pm »
I can't fault their logic - they were losing younger viewers at an alarming rate, and decided to go back to a much simpler kids-TV format. Sound business decision, and I'm sure it's popular with families.

Maybe multi part stories would work better, or simply stop trying to do so much, just do the basic things well.

... the things everyone got sick to death off during Moffat's run?
Not me - personally, I loved all those complicated plots, but I'm getting the sort of enjoyment from this season I used to get from Sarah Jane Adventures - enjoyable, but very conscious that it's not aimed at me as an adult, whereas previous seasons had enough action, laughs and scares to keep the younger ones involved, with deeper layers of plot for the adults.

These are the best sort of "family" shows - jokes for the grown-ups that sail over the wee 'uns heads, but without them noticing or spoiling their enjoyment. I used to watch Dr Who and other movies and read comics where I had no clue about the subtleties of what was really going on, but I understood enough to get the gist through context, and I loved them, but would have run a mile from a "children's" movie.

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Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 13 November, 2018, 01:14:01 pm »
I'm finding the current series dull, preachy and over-simplistic. Whittaker's and Walsh's skills are just about keeping it afloat, but the writing is very poor IMO. Where are the surprises, the grand concepts, the narrative twists, the doctor's ingenious plans, the multiverse-spanning cosmic stuff? The latest was better written, but it still essentially boiled down to the Doctor & Co arriving, having the plot explained to them, and then watching it happen. Ending these episodes with mawkish sentimental music instead of the theme tune feels manipulative rather than moving.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 10 November, 2018, 12:39:36 am »

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 09 November, 2018, 02:59:17 pm »
Can anyone identity this book - a long shot 'cos I remember virtually nothing about it - may have been Heinlein or Clarke (or maybe another). All I can remember is that it featured a family spaceship crew - a man, his son and daughter in law. I gave up after a multi page discussion about who should be the next captain and the chain of command and ship protocol.

That sounds like it might be The Number of the Beast by Heinlein, though as I recall, the main characters are a man, his girlfriend and her father (and his girlfriend), all of whom are deliberate allusions to characters in Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars books. It's been almost forty years since I read it, but I'd been a huge Heinlein fan and then this one came along and it was just ponderous, incomprehensible, self-indulgent waffle. One of those books where you go, "Yeah... he's lost it."
-- Mike

Cheers Mike, I just looked that up and I think you're right - interesting wiki article about it and all the self-referential in-jokes. Seems to be regarded as universally awful, even by his biggest fans:

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Heinlein buff David Potter explained on alt.fan.heinlein, in a posting reprinted on the Heinlein Society, that the entire book is actually "one of the greatest textbooks on narrative fiction ever produced, with a truly magnificent set of examples of HOW NOT TO DO IT right there in the foreground, and constant explanations of how to do it right, with literary references to people and books that DID do it right, in the background." He noted that "every single time there's a boring lecture or tedious character interaction going on in the foreground, there's an example of how to do it RIGHT in the background."

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Prog / Re: Prog 2106 - End Times
« on: 09 November, 2018, 12:16:14 pm »
You could almost say it's a 2000 AD Simmer Special.... Will Gene bow out? Or bow-wow out?

Taxi for Canes! I've got your coat.

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Film & TV / Re: Grant Morrison developing The Invisibles for TV
« on: 08 November, 2018, 10:12:43 pm »
yeah, I read most of the trades from the library - did my best to read in order, but not always possible. That was when they spent a lot of money building up a large GN collection - I asked recently why the shelf space had shrunk so much, and why they didn't seem to be adding much new stuff anymore, and was told that they just get stolen at a phenomenal rate, which is depresing. I used to be able to get six books I'd never read, week in and week out, but I don't visit much anymore as I can rarely find anything.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 08 November, 2018, 07:46:01 pm »
Can anyone identity this book - a long shot 'cos I remember virtually nothing about it - may have been Heinlein or Clarke (or maybe another). All I can remember is that it featured a family spaceship crew - a man, his son and daughter in law. I gave up after a multi page discussion about who should be the next captain and the chain of command and ship protocol.

Have Spacesuit Will Travel blew me away at Primary school!

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Film & TV / Re: Grant Morrison developing The Invisibles for TV
« on: 08 November, 2018, 07:34:37 pm »
The Invisibles was one of those weird entities that should have ticked all my boxes, but left me cold.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 November, 2018, 01:32:18 pm »
Also, is it even legal for them to only accept payments by card? I would have thought that there would be some sort of proscription against refusing legal tender?

Can't speak for Ireland, but whilst trying to find out which NQ cafe Hawkmumbler was talking about, I found this quote from the Manchester Evening News:

"It may be legal tender but businesses are under no obligation to accept cash as payment - the term is only relevant in the settlement of debts.
“Whether you pay with banknotes, coins, debit cards or anything else as payment is a decision between you and the other person involved in the transaction,” is the Bank of England’s position on the matter."

I wouldn't frequent a cashless pub, but I do get surprised looks when they offer me the machine and I hold out a tenner.

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Off Topic / Re: Help identifying artist
« on: 08 November, 2018, 01:16:54 pm »
Looks kinda like one of the anonymous artists who did early annual covers

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 November, 2018, 05:33:10 pm »
relentless recuperative powers being that he's had a fair old beating in the last thirty years and is still walking around like a man half his age

This film is supped to be a sequel to the original and Halloweens 2 onward never happened.

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