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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: Today at 12:05:47 pm »
Do anyone know when Defoe will return ? Accordingly to the March solicits it would have been March but we are already in April.

Has Pat finally found someone to draw it…?

Film & TV / Re: Doom Patrol!
« on: 19 April, 2019, 10:46:43 pm »

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 19 April, 2019, 10:20:45 am »
Okay interesting one in the solicitations for July

Interesting mix of old talent and new-ish (to Tharg, at least) over in the Meg, something I find most encouraging.

See above Jim, I watched them on 'Trailers & More' on Netflix.

I kind of don't expect to have to watch extra shit to understand the basics of what's going on in a series. I'm fine with expanding the background and the characters, but I don't expect to have to do homework to understand what's happening in the main series.

Oh hey, that's cool, happy to be proved wrong there.  The last I heard the shorts were packaged separately while CBS tried to leverage more cash from investors, and people were complaining on Twitter they didn't know who the Queen character was as recently as yesterday.

Oh, right. I legitimately thought I'd just completely forgotten about a character or plotline. That's a bit shit, TBH.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 15 April, 2019, 04:07:19 pm »
There’s also some ShakyCam™ phone footage of the five minute preview they showed and it looks very promising indeed! It gave me a real Strontium Dog vibe!

You're not wrong. :-)

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 15 April, 2019, 11:44:06 am »
Also a trailer for The Mandalorian was shown (the trailer is not on general release, sadly, so only those at Celebration got to see it).

There's a ShakyCam™ phone recording of it floating around — it's mostly behind-the-scenes stuff and concept art but it looks mighty fine already. You might find the phone recording here if Lucasfilm/Disney hasn't had it taken down yet…!

Film & TV / Re: Preacher (TV Series)...
« on: 14 April, 2019, 11:22:44 pm »
I have been very, VERY negative about S1 of American Gods, but I’m enjoying S2 a great deal more.

Prog / Re: Prog 2127 - Have you had your Thrill Fix ?
« on: 14 April, 2019, 11:20:47 pm »
Bloody thing hasn’t turned up yet!

Film & TV / Re: On telly this week
« on: 14 April, 2019, 11:20:05 pm »
Is none of you freakin’ mothercrunchers watching Doom Patrol?! There’s been a lot of variation from the Morrison/Case series but it’s unmistakably based on that version. It’s annoyingly hard to make sense of the timeline sometimes, and they’ve divorced Mr Nobody from the ‘Painting That Ate Paris’ plotline, but there are great raw slabs of that Morrison run chucked at the screen in a way I genuinely never thought I’d see. Seriously. SPOILERS-> Willoughby Kipling. The Decreator. Danny the Street. The Underground. Driver 8 and Black fucking Annis, fer chrissake.

I will say that one area the series deviates from the Morrison version is with the Negative Man, but the Larry stuff has been excellent. I can’t step back from the source material, so maybe this makes NO SENSE to everyone else, but I’ve shed genuine tears of joy at seeing comics that meant so much to me rendered faithfully as live action. Brendan Fraser just is Cliff Steele and Diane Guerrero fucking kills it as Crazy Jane.

Nine episodes in and I never expected to see this much Grant Morrison on my TV screen. And I have fuckin’ S2 of Happy as well!

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 14 April, 2019, 12:50:55 pm »
I really need to check this stuff in Thrillpower Overload before spouting!

I'm only going on what I can remember — always a risky business!

Now that you say that, in my head I also had the whole Diggle/Rebellion thing tied up with the end-of-1999 Prog 2000, but a quick google says the Rebellion announced the takeover in early July 2000… so whilst the deal may well have been in the offing, or even well advanced, or possibly done and dusted by the end of '99 but held back to tie up with one or more party's accounting periods, it definitely wasn't official until 6th July 2000, which is when the press release was issued.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 14 April, 2019, 12:07:08 pm »
Third it explains how the transistion between Bishop and Diggle happened and the move to Oxford (that happens during this period right?) as Bishop slowly moved off the comic - it was all set to go!

According to Wikipedia, Andy took over as Tharg around prog 1200 (these things are always a bit fuzzy due to lead times). I know that the Rebellion deal was finalised more or less on the same day that Andy took over. The plan was for the editorial office to move to Oxford straight away, but (again, from fuzzy memory) Andy had literally just got a mortgage on a London property and The Powers That Be held off on the office move for about a year (?) and the editorial team moved out of the Egmont Fleetway offices to smaller (cheaper) office space elsewhere in Ole Lunnun Tahn.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 April, 2019, 03:21:26 pm »
If you have a mind to ever write to your MP, please do so and ask them to demand a declaratory system for people who moved here with every assumption they could just live their lives.

I would, except that my MP Is a prick who voted against everything in the indicative votes except no deal. I did write to him once, reminding him that the Tories (then only rumoured) arrangement with the DUP would come perilously close to breaching the Good Friday Agreement. When I tackled him on social media about the lack of reply, he claimed his staff at the constituency office couldn't find any correspondence from me.

It's particularly galling because when I moved here, we were in Ken Clarke's constituency but a chunk of Rushcliffe was carved out and added to Newark, flipping it from Labour to Conservative and landing us Patrick Mercer as an MP. He was forced to resign in disgrace after getting caught in a cash-for-questions scandal and I actually voted for his replacement because the most likely alternative to win was the UKIP candidate, Roger Helmer, who's a gammon-faced bigot and rampant homophobe.

I'm delighted to hear Mrs IP is going to be OK, though. I can only imagine how ever-present and stressful this must have been for both of you.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 11 April, 2019, 02:48:16 pm »
hat actually makes that fascinating is the quality is so good and I'm not sure we'll get much of a dip for 1000 issues ... 1000 chuffin' issues. Oh there will be absolute highs and the odd bump biut 1000s issues ago the quality was already consistantly good.

That's pretty astonishing when you think about it.

It is! I hadn't thought it about like that until you posted this.

The comic was on a pretty solid footing again by '98/'99 and although we have occasional periods when there's an alignment of strips no one seems to get excited about and everyone moans about the state of the prog, they rarely last more than a few weeks.

We haven't had an honest-to-god bad year in at least twenty years. Remarkable, and a fairly staggering achievement by Matt Smith and Tharg's other helpers in the Command Module.

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