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Books & Comics / Keanu's Kickstarter comic
« on: 02 September, 2020, 10:04:04 AM »
Here's an oddity, an established publisher, well known comic creators and a major Hollywood star going to Kickstarter to fund a comic:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/boom-studios/brzrkr-by-keanu-reeves-matt-kindt-and-ron-garney

Advance sales are great for cashflow, so I get that, but it just illustrates how Kickstarter is being used as a retail platform rather than a funding one. This has been happening in board games for years as well.

I have no idea of the quality of the comic.

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General / Dredd and police brutality
« on: 24 July, 2020, 10:07:12 AM »
I just read this article which uses Dredd to comment on contemporary issues around police brutality, and it makes fascinating reading. The author certainly knows her Dredd, which makes a nice change from the usual surface-only treatment of the character in the mainstream and comics press. Writers also offer comment, including Wyatt, Carroll and Williams:

https://neotextcorp.com/culture/the-devil-you-know/

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Books & Comics / Warren Ellis
« on: 13 July, 2020, 01:49:32 PM »
The allegations about Warren Ellis' behaviour that have been on social media for the last few weeks have now reached the mainstream press:
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jul/13/women-speak-out-about-warren-ellis-transmetropolitan

There have been an awful lot of these stories. The comics industry seems to have a consistent track record of tolerating and enabling exploitation and abuse.

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Help! / Helpdesk
« on: 11 June, 2020, 01:48:21 PM »
Is anyone getting any replies from the helpdesk? I saw the warning about them being busy, but I've had a query in for a while now (missing prog) without a response.

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News / Alan Grant's community comic
« on: 20 May, 2020, 11:10:21 AM »
Alan Grant is in the news for a community comic project during the lockdown:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-52707072

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General / Brendan McCarthy interview
« on: 05 May, 2020, 11:31:35 AM »
Cartoonist Kayfabe (Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg) have done an excellent, and long, interview with Brendan McCarthy. There's a lot about Mad Max, his various collaborations with Peter Milligan and Zaucer of Zilk. I'd recommend it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No57Ta3DgrQ

It's also available as a podcast.

If you enjoyed that, the one they did with Dave Gibbons a couple of months ago is also excellent. They've got some good stuff, those guys.

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https://www.starwars.com/news/taika-waititi-announce

Coming off the back of the rather good The Mandalorian, I am now interested in new Star Wars material. This sounds really promising! Wilson-Cairns is a very interesting choice and I'm really happy to see how fast her star has risen.

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General / No floppy with Meg
« on: 16 March, 2020, 07:03:14 PM »
Has this been cancelled and I missed it? Did anyone else not get the usual collection with their Meg this month?

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Film & TV / Umbrella Academy- Netflix
« on: 18 February, 2019, 08:56:09 AM »
Is anyone else watching this? I'm two episodes in, having not read the original comics, and it's basically The Royal Tenenbaums meets X-Men. The production values are very high and it's an interesting enough premise, so I'm enjoying it so far.

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News / Glenn Fabry
« on: 28 September, 2018, 01:16:04 PM »
Sad to hear that Glenn Fabry has been diagnosed with lung cancer:
https://twitter.com/2000AD/status/1045643108288004097

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Books & Comics / Bill Messner-Loebs
« on: 28 March, 2018, 10:36:35 PM »
I saw this thoroughly heartbreaking story on Twitter. I’m sure many of us will have enjoyed his work on The Maxx and The Flash, and other books:

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/one-armed-comic-book-artist-worked-on-wonder-woman-now-homeless-in-michigan

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Books & Comics / Swan Song - The Music Anthology
« on: 08 December, 2017, 09:38:03 AM »
Vancouver based Cloudscape comics is running a Kickstarter for another anthology. I read their "Bones of the Coast" horror anthology last year and greatly enjoyed it, so I've got high hopes for this. There is a 2000AD connection, since Simon Roy is a contributor (alongside various other British Columbia based creators):

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cloudscape/swan-song-the-music-anthology

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Film Discussion / Wikipedia main page
« on: 11 July, 2017, 08:25:13 AM »
The Featured Article on Wikipedia's main page is the 2012 Dredd film today. It's a nice comprehensive article as well.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dredd

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Events / Tharg(s) at Edinburgh Book Festival
« on: 19 June, 2017, 08:21:17 PM »
I see that David Bishop and Steve MacManus are appearing at this year's Edinburgh Book Fest:
https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/david-bishop-steve-macmanus-10039

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General / Brave, brave, brave, Sir Jason (Kingsley)
« on: 15 May, 2017, 11:35:28 AM »
Jason Kingsley has been interviewed on the BBC website. Oddly, it seems to focus on his, admittedly unusual, hobby as much as anything else:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39851253

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