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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: Today at 12:58:42 am »
I hope that's clear now  :lol:

Prog / Re: Prog 2099 - Unleash Hell!
« on: 18 September, 2018, 11:15:10 pm »
I also had a a WTF moment at the end of Dredd, which marred a story that I was otherwise enjoying - even if he was bleeding out, Dredd would either put a bullet in him to make sure, or patch him up to serve his time (even if it ment cryogenic freezing till they could save him). The stupid gun was also a bizarre reverse-Chekov

Mechastopheles never really grabbed me - nice concepts, but I don't know which of these people I'm supposed to care about or why.

Survival Geeks continue to delight - funny script with distinct characters and references that are more than just "hey - remember this?", and absolutely gorgeous art - best humour strip for ages.

It must be so hard to come up with a new shocking future shock idea*, but this was a good 'un - hope to see more from these newcomers

I won't pretend to have a full grasp on The Order, but I really enjoy it, I could look at Burns' art all day.

yup - a very decent crop of thrills

*last year's thought bubble pitchfest  (won by the story published a month or two ago about a scientist using human fat for energy and ending with her about to use her unborn baby to continue her experiments) didn't seem to impress Matt Smith much on the day - I think he thought it was a bit near the knuckle tastewise, but it was a clear winner because it was the only pitch that elicited a genuine gasp of shock and horror from the audience when she read out the final reveal

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 18 September, 2018, 10:36:11 pm »
People in the South (and posh people) have breakfast lunch and dinner. Tea (often called 'afternoon tea') is a light snack of tea and cake around 4pm.

Northerners however, have breakfast, dinner and tea - we're too poor/busy for an extra meal in between.

Oddly however, school food-servers are always called 'dinnerladies' - I've never heard any brit say lunch-lady (as in the Simpson's lunch-lady Doris)

'supper' is a minefield of class politics - for me as a kid, it meant a snack before bedtime, but posh people use it to mean a less formal evening meal - David Cameron was widely mocked for pretending to be less posh than he really is by talking about his "kitchen suppers"

I was surprised you seemed to get the 'meals on wheels' pun - meals on wheels is a longstanding social care service for senior citizens - the local council would provide a daily hot meal, delivered to the door of elderly people. Don't know if it still exists, I doubt it has survived austerity cuts.

Helltrekkers didn't depress me at all - it's like any disaster or slasher movie - you know that virtually everyone you meet at the beginning is about to die horribly, but it's fun seeing how they do it.

Never having even heard of Hill Street Blues really did make me feel old!

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 14 September, 2018, 11:23:01 pm »
Yay, new season of Bojack Horseman jut dropped on Netflix - Had to force myself to stop tonight after 4 episodes on the trot. Love this show, a brilliant satire on the Holywoo scene.

General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 14 September, 2018, 10:48:40 pm »
For me, when Wulf died it was the end of an era, but the story went on. Then Johnny died - I was swept up, thrilled, dismayed and bereft, but I loved every minute of it - and as much as I love Carlos, I thought Harrison and MacNeil did an amazing job. I had zero complaints, it was one of the best strips running at that time.

There was loads of potential for great stories with the other dogs, but they just felt like generic sc-ifi stories cobbled onto a continuity, they never captured that sergio leone/clint eastwood western feel that classic SD had.

News / Re: Get Well Soon, Carlos.
« on: 14 September, 2018, 08:15:52 pm »
ah, good news. I'll join you in that toast, good health to the king!

General / Re: 2000 AD Art Stars Summer 2018 - Judge Dredd
« on: 14 September, 2018, 08:06:55 pm »
wow, the old one month art comp made it hard to choose, but so many great pictures here, it's impossible!

Loving Lee Simpson (Not THAT One)'s homage to Magritte.

General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 12 September, 2018, 07:14:29 pm »
Getting a Colin Macneil cover for Dogbreath is the second highest 'grail' choice of artist for me.

Simon Harrison being the number 1 choice, obviously.

It's like you were reading my mind...

So if a certain Spanish gentleman offered, you wouldn't be that interested?  ;)

Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2018
« on: 12 September, 2018, 07:11:25 pm »
So who is coming?

Bugger. I only have a Saturday ticket, so I'm not going to get into that!

Me too - is there an option to pay in? If not, me and Jim will be in the pub calling the rest of you c....

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 11 September, 2018, 09:56:48 pm »
...  Or that she herself barely survived TB.

Jeez, just how difficult were you a a child?

Film & TV / Re: British TV horror help wanted...
« on: 11 September, 2018, 07:06:53 pm »
Oh yeah, couldn't';t agree more - just look at the incredible list of films he showcased: https://letterboxd.com/sizemore/list/moviedrome-the-alex-cox-years-1988-1994/

Film & TV / Re: British TV horror help wanted...
« on: 11 September, 2018, 06:36:37 pm »
I also remember a great series of old B/W scifi films in the seventies, 6pm on BB2 I think - that was my first exposure to classics such as The Incredible Shrinking Man, Them! The Time Machine and The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 September, 2018, 05:34:57 pm »
Hardcore Henry - a fun and innovative action-movie experiment, filmed throughout from the protagonist's POV as in a FPS videogame, but the novelty wears a bit thin over an hour and a half - the music video that came out a few years ago to showcase the technique is a lot more fun.

They have not only taken the relentless action and visual approach of a FPS but the threadbare plot as well - manic action scenes interspersed with an endlessly-regenerating comedy NPC popping up to nudge the hero on to the next level scene (Well played by Sharlto Copley of District 9). Even Tim Roth shows up in a (rather pointless) flashback. It was engaging enough to keep me watching to the end (though I was checking my phone a lot during the climactic punch up against dozens of white-clad super-soldiers).

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 September, 2018, 11:04:32 am »
So ... our new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland wasn't aware that people there tend to vote along deeply rooted sectarian lines. Who'da thunk it?

That's a level of knowledge that I would expect a 16 year old school leaver from anywhere in the UK to have, even if they weren't interested in politics. For a politician, never  mind the minister who's supposed to be responsible, it's mind-bogglingly depressing.

Is there some kind of competition in the party to see who can advance the furthest with the least impressive track record? Leadsom and Grayling must be getting worried.

News / Re: Get Well Soon, Carlos.
« on: 08 September, 2018, 09:50:53 am »
You can't keep a good squirrel down! All the best Carlos

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