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Creative Common / It’s Letterin’ Time! Cheap (good) Fonts!
« on: 27 November, 2017, 04:21:34 pm »
Just a quick note to remind people that it’s Blambot’s annual sale — 30% off all the ‘pro’ fonts, which I happen to think are a bargain to begin with. Runs until about 1pm on Dec 4th (UK time).

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Creative Common / Possibly Big News For Digital Artists…
« on: 08 November, 2017, 08:08:58 am »
CelSys have announced Clip Studio EX (formerly MangaStudio) for the iPad Pro. It's on a subscription model, which is slightly disappointing but, I suspect, just A Thing We're Going To Have To Get Used To. Free for the first six months, $8.99/mth thereafter.

The iPad Pro/Apple Pencil combo has been the best-in-class digital drawing experience since day one, but has lacked a proper pro-level art application before. If I was Wacom, I'd be shitting my pants right about now.

Requires iOS 11, and should be in the App Store now if you're running it.

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Film & TV / PLEASANTLY SURPRISED BY THE NEW STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SERIES
« on: 10 October, 2017, 06:53:24 pm »
Thought, per comments on the GRIM RUMOURS thread, that we could do with a more appropriately-titled thread!

Not seen Ep4 yet (the wife's away for a week due to work and it's more than my life's worth to watch it without her…) but I'm really enjoying it.

Spoilers are fair game from here on in. Have at it. I'll be back on Friday, when I've seen Ep4!

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Creative Common / Aww, **** it! The Art Comp Entries That Never Were…
« on: 03 August, 2017, 09:58:02 am »
Prompted by Supersurfer's post on Steven Denton's Art Comp thread, I thought it might be fun to have a place for people to post their art comp entries that they didn't quite get done in time, or thought maybe weren't quite good enough to enter.

Every month, I mean to enter, and every month time defeats me. Usually, I never even get further than thinking about it (I had a cracking idea for Pat Mills month) but to start us off, here's my colour rough for the 'Death of' comp, which never got any further than this…


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Creative Common / Great opportunity for writers & artists!
« on: 28 July, 2017, 11:15:30 am »
The long running war comic, Commando is currently inviting submissions, something I figure may be of interest to a few of the talented writers and artists hereabouts.

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Film & TV / Game of Thrones Season 7: It's A Bit Nippy Out (SPOILERS)
« on: 18 July, 2017, 09:18:38 am »
No particular spoilers in this post, but I don't see the point of the entire thread being a mass of spoiler blocks. It's right there in the title. Steer clear until you've seen whichever is the current episode.

Well, it's great to have arguably the best thing on TV back for a new (albeit slightly shorter) series. A fantastic opening scene, followed by the usual series opener of careful set-up and a fair bit of what (presumably) is foreshadowing.

I'm already seeing the usual moaning from a small sub-set of (presumably amnesiac) fans who seem to forget every year that the awesome stuff at the back end of ever series only works because of the care the writers spend moving all the pieces into place in the early stages.

I'll make a point of mentioning that the character development of the Hound has been fantastic over the last few series: a brutal and brutalised man thoroughly confused by a moral transformation occurring almost against his will… it's just great, and Rory McCann handles it fantastically in this episode.

I can't wait for the next episode, and the only downer is that the series will be over all-too-soon, followed by another agonising year-plus wait for the finale.

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Off Topic / Broken Links: An Apology
« on: 10 July, 2017, 09:34:36 am »
Just an apology for the profusion of broken image links you'll find in my posts as of today, including a lot of the art comp stuff. I'd been using Photobucket but, as discussed elsewhere, they want you to upgrade your account for the privilege of being able to link to your own images and, better yet, if you don't then they will retroactively break the links to all your old images, too.

The cost of preserving your linked images? $400/yr.

You read that right.

So I deleted my Photobucket account this morning and told them why. Frankly, I hope they go bankrupt.

But I'm very sorry for the number of broken links this is going to cause in my posts here.

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Prog / Prog 2031: All The President's Men
« on: 13 May, 2017, 04:35:20 pm »


Another cracking prog in a run of fine form, IMO.

Dredd speeds along with a proper old-school vibe, Eglington's script hits just the right tone and Dyer continues to channel his inner Cam Kennedy to great effect.

Brink again is superb. Tense, literally claustrophobic, big ideas churning just below the surface and gear-shift at the end that works brilliantly.

Defoe is my favourite Mills strip in many years, and is lent a new vigour by MacNeil sepia-hued art. The script, unsurprisingly, heaves a little too much unsubtle commentary into the mix, but there's still much to enjoy.

Scarlet Traces focuses in on some personal peril after the large-scale action of the previous issue, and D'israeli, as always, handles both with care and skill.

Deadworld just oozes menace and decay, exactly as it should. I have no idea where Kek-W is going with this, which is all to the good and surprising considering we (at least notionally) know how this story plays out. The unshakeable feeling that This Will Not End well adds to the mounting sense of dread. No pun intended.

A fine prog, in a lengthy run of fine progs. Bravo.

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Film & TV / Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 10 May, 2017, 05:10:35 pm »
Submitted without comment…

Judge Dredd TV series in development.

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Off Topic / Hive mind help needed: eBaying comics
« on: 18 April, 2017, 12:46:25 pm »
Short version: due to the very generous comp copy policy of some publishers, I've found myself with enough boxes of comics to stock a small shop and I can no longer get to my drawing desk.

I figure I'll keep one copy of everything and eBay the rest, but I'm a bit of an eBay novice. Obviously, the TPBs are easy enough, but would I better off offering mini-series as bundles of the complete run, or as singles?

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Off Topic / Testing…
« on: 12 April, 2017, 05:50:14 pm »
Just seeing if the forum's working -- no new posts in about three hours seems a bit odd.

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Creative Common / The Wisdom of All Fonts
« on: 01 January, 2017, 03:53:10 pm »
Just a quick reminder that the Comicraft annual New Year sale is on. All fonts are $20.17 for the rest of today, and the sale closes when whichever timezone is the last one to do so ticks over to Jan 2nd. Get your lettering fonty goodness here.

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Books & Comics / Free (Unofficial) Star Wars Comic!
« on: 14 December, 2016, 04:38:50 pm »
Remember last year, when Michael (Roche Limit) Moreci and Tim (Enormous) Daniel were so stoked about The Force Awakens that they put out a free (unofficial) digital comic?*

Well, ahead of Rogue One, they've done it again. This time, it's 115 pages of Star Wars-y goodness (some of which I lettered). Info and download link can be found HERE.

(You might also want to check out this page, which has a handy timeline to show you where all these fan stories fit into the continuity…)

*Don't worry if you don't, last year's effort is available from the CBR link above.

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Books & Comics / Mystery IDW Dredd Project?
« on: 17 November, 2016, 05:42:34 pm »
Written and drawn by John McCrea, according to a tweet from John just now…


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Books & Comics / Gillen & Walker on new Star Wars series…
« on: 20 September, 2016, 11:54:29 am »
http://io9.gizmodo.com/thank-the-maker-keiron-gillen-is-going-to-write-a-new-1786818965

Kev Walker on a Star Wars book… no details yet, other than that it's on ongoing series. Probably the best fit for an ex-2000AD droid since Cam Kennedy.

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