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General / Action Special
« on: 27 October, 2018, 01:39:28 pm »
I really loved the last one; it was unbelievably dark and bleak but in a beautiful way.  Possibly the best work I've read by John Tomlinson and Peter Hogan, and a rare case of the John Smith story not being the best in the collection. That Cursitor Doom story has always stuck in my head as one of the most disturbing horror stories I've read, where it was gradually revealed that the protagonist is dead and in hell.

I'd love to see another one; perhaps with some more old characters (Kids Rule OK springs to mind; what an awful tragedy that Carlos wouldn't be around to draw another terrorised copper).

General / Goodbye Carlos
« on: 01 October, 2018, 03:57:12 pm »
Still reeling at this awful news.  Goodbye, King Carlos, you've made my life immeasurably richer.

General / Later Garth Ennis Dredds
« on: 28 August, 2018, 10:01:29 pm »
Well, I must say I really really hated when Garth Ennis took over as the main Dredd writer - I thought his stuff was juvenile and cack-handed (I didn't even like Raider much) and i just wished he'd go away.

When he returned years later for Helter Skelter, I thought he'd actually got his shit together a bit, Dreddwise. Dredd actually sounded like Dredd (even if Cal didn't sound much like Cal).  I know I'm in a minority but I liked it.

I've just reread Monkey on my Back, and I must say it's pretty darn good. Despite the mistake with the Wall existing before it was built, Dredd's character was spot on and the ending was powerful (even though it was the standard Ennis Unforgiven pastiche, and Dredd started saying things like 'lousy' and 'swell' for the first time since the first Ennis Dredds).

In any case, Garth has gone from being to one of my least favourite comic writers to one of my favourites, and I'd be happy to see him have one last crack of the Dredd whip.

General / Chief Judge Griffin
« on: 24 August, 2018, 05:17:20 pm »
I can just about remember him being Chief Judge in 'real time' (well, plus 122 years, I suppose) but have just found out his first name was Jurgen (with an umlaut I don't know how to type). 

I don't remember this being his name, nor his first name ever being mentioned - surely this was a retcon in light of his being played by Jurgen Prochnow?

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.

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