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Megazine / Re: Meg 415 - The Spirit of the Season
« on: 07 January, 2020, 03:33:53 pm »
I have very much enjoyed Damnation Station and it is all new to me.

General / Re: Best 2000 AD strips of 2019
« on: 03 January, 2020, 01:02:04 pm »
1. Brink
2. The Fall Of Deadworld
3. Kingmaker

Books & Comics / Re: Rok the God Kickstarter
« on: 23 December, 2019, 04:41:02 pm »
Wow - Brian has still got it, hasn't he.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 23 December, 2019, 04:39:03 pm »
Thanks - it seems like a xmas treat to listen to SS2000 while relaxing at home instead of while on my Monday commute to work. Merry Christmas to Conrad and Fox, and a happy New Year too. In 2020 we should see you reach the biggest 'shock-surprise' moment in 2000AD so this is going to be quite a year for the Podcast.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 28 November, 2019, 01:22:02 pm »
ah yes the big stront story i cannot wait for coverage on that
The Dead Man is the one I am most looking forward to. I only read it in graphic novel form decades after it was published but it is clear that it would have been quite an experience to read it at the time so I am looking forward to hearing Fox'x views on it as it unfolds.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 26 November, 2019, 07:59:37 pm »
Thanks Conrad, much appreciated as always.

I think this is the first time Strontium Dog has ever been in the 'worst thrill' category. SD was so consistently strong until these personnel changes so the drop-off is quite jarring. I had stopped reading 2000AD before this happened and so I never witnessed it at the time but I do know things eventually come good since I have bought the Life And Death Of Johnny Alpha trade since returning. It could be a long time though.

This is all new territory for me, as we are reading it, and I feel like Dredd is carrying the prog right now since I am not enjoying Bad Company or ABC Warriors as much as you guys seem to since I find them hard to follow. Strontium Dog and Zenith were great in the early part of 88 and kept a good balance back then and I can see that we have Slaine, Nemesis and Zenith returning so I am expecting the current form to be a temporary dip.

General / Re: Judge Dredd retires? Dies of old age?
« on: 07 November, 2019, 08:54:55 pm »
It has long been established that there are many ways to extend lifetimes in Dredd's world (stookie, body transplants, re-juve, bio-chipping, artificial body parts) but the legality and cost varies. Dredd has been through at least two re-juve treatments that I can think of, so the 70 year thing doesn't bother me.

I have sometimes though that original Taggart tv show could be a good model for an ellderly Dredd. Taggart was a grumpy old Scottish cop who let the younger detectives do the running but directed the tactics and stamped his authority on things.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 28 October, 2019, 07:24:58 pm »
Thanks Conrad and Fox!

About Carlos leaving Strontium Dog. I am under the impression it was due to the direction Alan Grant had decided to take the strip after the Wagner/Grant split where Wagner got Dredd and Grant got SD. Grant wanted it to shake it and make it less Johnny Alpha based (I am being careful not to put any spoilers here) and do strips about other SD agents. Ezquerra did not agree with removing Johnny from things and chose not to be part of it. I think I got this perpsective from Thrill Poer Overload.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 30 September, 2019, 06:29:03 pm »
Thanks Conrad, a great start to a new year of progs.

About the Ropbocop connection - well I think it is stronger than you guys do, with the differences likely being made to avoid the influence going beyond 'inspiration' into 'rip-off'.

On Wikipedia it says:
The character of RoboCop itself was inspired by British comic book hero Judge Dredd,[9] as well as the Japanese toku series Space Sheriff Gavan[10] and the Marvel Comics superhero Rom.

and there are citations given for the Dredd and Gavan on this sentance.

There is also the following pre-production model from the making of Robocop:

I do not know much about Robocop but remember it coming out and watched it at least once, and I remember the Dredd connection being obvious to some of my friends. The film is different enough from Dredd though to be its own thing.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 22 September, 2019, 07:50:51 pm »
I have started reading Outcasts on the basis of recent comments and it is really good and could so easily be re-purposed as a pre-Dredd story. 'Big City' is Mega City One and the 'Enforcers' are the Judges is the way I am reading through it, and no other changes are necessary.

Megazine / Re: Meg 411 - Primate Savagery
« on: 16 September, 2019, 08:10:33 pm »
I would just like to express my appreciation for this issues Defoe supplement. Really great stuff here.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 09 September, 2019, 07:11:14 pm »
Thanks Conrad and Congratulations and very best wishes for the future to Fox! I hope Fox had an excellent day.

Moving on to the Spinnies, I would like to nominate:

Best Art - Steve Yeowell on Zenith
Best Writing - Wagner and Grant on Dredd, Anderson and Strontium Dog. It is the way they combine humour, action and plot that makes these strips so good.
Best Overall Thrill - Dredd (The Taxidermist, Democracy, Last Of The Bad Guys, Oz, The Alabammy Blimps, Simp)
Best Year of 2000AD - 1982

General / Re: Best 2000AD Full color comics outside Dredd
« on: 28 August, 2019, 06:25:51 pm »
The entire run of Nikolai Dante is full colour and is great.

General / Re: Mega City Book Club - a new podcast about 2000AD books
« on: 20 August, 2019, 05:57:00 am »
As much as it'd be good to include a female character, would I even recognise Modesty Blaise out of context?

I still have not read any MB but she is probably the most well known UK comic character in Europe. I have met comic collectors here who bring her up and assume I would have read it because I am British. In my local area (I live in Malmo, Sweden) we have a corner shop selling MB mugs and the supermarket does has some MB comics too but I would have to go to a specialist store to find anything 2000ad related.

I think MB is an easy sell because it can be described as 'a British comic about a female James Bond'. That and the artwork are probably enough to draw people in to give it a try.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 19 August, 2019, 08:20:03 pm »
Another great show - thanks Conrad and Fox. I have been reading along but I am skipping Mean Team - each time I get to it I think of you both heroically struggling through it but it must be the worst thing in a very long time. Universal Soldier and the Future Shocks are mildly pleasant to get tho┬┤rough in comparison.

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