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General / Chief Judge Cal(igula)
« on: 10 July, 2018, 07:26:25 pm »
Was he ever referred to as 'Caligula' in the strip? I've seen ads for collections and figurines where they call him Caligula, but (despite clearly being inspired by John Hurt's magnificent performance as the emperor in question) I can't quite remember whether the chief judge was called anything other than Cal.

Incidentally, I've also learned that the real Caligula most likely wasn't much of a nutjob really; more the type of victim of negative propaganda that Trump erroneously believes he himself is.

Help! / Accidentally ordered print progs instead of digital ones
« on: 15 June, 2018, 07:23:21 pm »
Just ordered the print versions of the last 5 progs by accident, instead of digital ones! Does anyone know if I can cancel this order and change to digital ones?  Thanks

Off Topic / Chuggers
« on: 15 June, 2018, 01:49:00 pm »
That is, the people who try to stop you on the street and sign you up for a monthly charity payment.

It works, I believe, and I'm unsure as to whether it should exist at all or not - but it does make me furious when they persist. 

I have uncharacteristically sworn and shouted at them on the street in the past for not respecting my initial polite 'no thanks', but now I'm taking a different tack - I reported an Amnesty International one recently for shouting 'AAAHHH, COME ONNNN!' at me after I'd clearly said no.

Amnesty (of which I am a member, by the way) sent me a huge email of apology and brought the chuggers in question in for a good long talk about respecting strangers on the street.  I realise I'm not going to stop the practice, but I have at least improved that particular street of the city for other passersby; and I think I'll make it my own personal policy in future.

After all, it's not like these people are doing it voluntarily and out of compassion - it's a paid job for them.

Books & Comics / Dead Man's Trousers
« on: 13 June, 2018, 08:35:53 pm »
Dead Man's Trousers.  The continuing adventures of Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie (now well into middle age, and enjoying varying degrees of personal success).  Very messy script compared to the tightly plotted Porno, and not nearly as raw and fresh as Trainspotting, but I enjoyed it and flew through it. 

General / Nikolai Dante and his lovable sexual harassment antics
« on: 03 March, 2018, 02:19:22 pm »
Maybe this would have been better on the political thread, but it's something I've been thinking a bit about lately (in the wake of Trump, Weinstein, the #metoo movement and so on).

How come Dante always got a free pass from readers for his fairly blatant sexual harassment of women?  He was always smacking arses, groping and kissing without a shred of consent.  He planted evidence on some English princess by reaching into her bra, and made constant inappropriate comments about women's bodies.  His courtship of Jena consisted largely of a sustained campaign of harassment, which infuriated and humilated her but finally caused her to fall for him.

Even at the time, when the lad's mags were at their height, I thought it highly dodgy, but the editorial stance (and a lot of readers' opinions) seemed to be that he was a lovable rogue rather than a sleazebag creep.

He grew on me eventually when he matured a bit and toned all that shit down (also Robbie Morrison's use of dialogue improved vastly, which is always important to me), but initially I thought he was a bit of a prick, and couldn't believe that people weren't at least a little appalled by his behaviour.

I don't miss those earlier stories, but I do miss the series. 

General / How do you like your Finnigan Sinister?
« on: 12 March, 2017, 07:28:48 pm »
Because even individual artists draw him differently from one story to the next. I think I'd go with Simon Davis' original version- white skin, red nose, long, straight and wild hair, leather trenchcoat with biker jacket zips.

 Never had much time for the short-haired , normal-skinned, Brad Pitt -cheekboned bomber-jacketed Finny he later became (although i do like the fact that unlike most comic characters he's allowed to change his clothes and hairstyle).

The fecker's had more image changes than Purity Brown.

Film & TV / Buffy - a confession
« on: 12 March, 2017, 11:27:15 am »
So Buffy is 20 years old. And i have a confession to make - I've never seen a single episode. At the time i saw it as i see Twilight now - geared towards bad-poetry-writing goth teens (as opposed to bad-short-story-writing semi-goth twenty-somethings, as i was then).

My recently-departed best mate Colin told me at the time it was excellent, and now all the nostalgic newspaper articles seem to back him up. So, and i suspect 99% of you watched it religiously, was it really that good? And should i watch it?

Is Moch-R still the man to go to? I PMed him today but no response yet (he does seem to be EXTREMELY busy these days in fairness).

Film & TV / Sherlock Season 4
« on: 18 January, 2017, 07:23:49 pm »
Just finished watching this.  Well, the middle one was proper Sherlock the way it used to be - Mind-bendingly clever with enough hanging plot threads to keep you interested.  The introduction of the Holmes sister was excellent; I like my Sherlock to gather up seemingly innocuous encounters from subplots and throw them back in your face with a flourish.  Also the Jimmy Savile angle made the bad guy all the more loathsome and creepy.

The first and last episodes, though; not so great. I can barely remember what happened in the first one apart from Mary Watson dying, and the last one turned into a big episode of the Crystal Maze.  And is that really all the Moriarty 'miss me' threads were leading up to? 

General / The Smiling Dredd archive
« on: 19 October, 2016, 12:02:50 am »
See, he's not always stoney-faced.  (Although the first one didn't really happen, and the second one is only a smile because the caption tells us it is.)

Were there ever any other ones?

Books & Comics / Nobel Prize for Literature
« on: 14 October, 2016, 08:34:38 am »
Bob Dylan deserved it fully. Alan Moore should get the next one.  Discuss.

General / Alan Moore on Ezquerra
« on: 01 August, 2016, 09:36:41 pm »
I was listening to an interview with Alan Moore a few years ago, where he was asked if he'll do anything for 2000ad in the future.  His exact words were 'the hell I will' - he then went on to explain how the higher-ups in the house of Tharg once fired Carlos Ezquerra by sending him a note.

Did this ever happen?  (If so, he was clearly unfired since.)  I don't remember a time Carlos wasn't working for the prog for more than a few months.  Anyone know if there's any truth in Moore's story at all?  (I love Alan Moore but he clearly will never be happy as an employee.  Which,being self-employed, I fully understand.)

Music / This week, I've been 15 again
« on: 17 July, 2016, 02:33:53 pm »
I went to The Stone Roses and The Pixies in one week.  Pure nostalgic bliss.  (Ian Brown can't sing for toffee; he never could - he's still brilliant live though.)

I wasn't sure whether to post this here or the 'Help' thread; but I reckoned there'd be more people in the know frequenting this thread.
Anyway one of the services my business offers is signpainting - usually chalkboard menus.  The thing is I have no idea how much to charge or how to charge - though I use printed templates, it's difficult and painstaking work and I try to outsource it whenever possible.
Anyone got any ideas?  Thanks!

General / Thanks Michael Carroll! You're a legend
« on: 26 June, 2016, 07:01:25 pm »
I was working in Dublin yesterday morning, planning on travelling to the Hay (literature) Festival in my home town of Kells at some point in the afternoon.

Then my brother (who is a former squaxx and was home for the festival) called me to ask if I was going to the 'talk about Judge Dredd' (I've had computer and internet problems lately so knew nothing about it).

I downed tools and drove the living fuck out of my scooter to Kells, arriving only about 5 minutes late.

There was none other than Mr Carroll doing the talk and it was absolutely brilliant. Not only did he give a really interesting talk about the Genesis of Dredd leading up to his own involvement in the strip, but he also delivered it in a charming, funny and eloquent way.  Even my brother's girlfriend, with no real prog knowledge behind her, loved the event.

As a person who isn't hugely interested in the conventions and the like (sorry, I know it's a minority position around here) it was a rare treat for me, and I was amazed to discover the good droid in question knew exactly who I was as soon as he saw me - I suppose I must have posted more selfies here than I realised.

Thanks again, Mike, you're awesome.

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