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Prog / Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 25 June, 2018, 09:28:33 pm »
So I stopped reading 2000AD at prog 1683, back in 2010 (due to a temporary lack of funds).  Fast forward eight years, and I was waxing lyrical nostalgia to her indoors (who spends more time out of doors than me by a large margin) about Tooth when she suggested I revisit it.  And lo and behold, what was once a nachtmare (expensive mail-subs from overseas, or online systems that didn't accept $$$) is now as smooth as finely-ground extra-smooth peanut butter.  Thanks, 2000AD shop.

So, when I left - Judge Dredd was on his Tour of Duty and Mayor Ambrose had just sent his Hershey-headed love droid to assassinate CJ Sinfield.  Damnation Station was looking great but not really thrilling me.  Zombo was trying to be funny, but not tickling me.  Ichabod Azrael was confusing me and making me think I would benefit from a classical education.  And Nikolai Dante was losing the war.

And now I've decided to get caught up, by reading eight years worth of missing progs.  The only spoiler I know about is that something called the Day of Chaos happened to MC-1 and did some serious damage.  I've been at it a couple of weeks and am up to prog 1708. It's a bit weird to realize that's what brand new for me is 8 years old for everyone else.   

In Dredd: Sinfield deposed!  Ambrose/Maybe locked up!  Dredd on the Council of 5!  And a couple of corking horror/procedurals in the form of The Skinning Room (progs 1700-1704) and Skull Sessions (1706-1707).  Tour of Duty had run for 45 progs: does it count as a mega-epic?  I'm assuming that Dredd won't last long on the Council.

In Strontium Dog (The Life and Death of Johnny Alpha) : Johnny's alive!  Okay, I didn't see that coming.  Mostly because I saw him die way back when.  I guess this is a bit of a Dallas maneuver, but done more subtly than "Feral dreamt it in the shower".  And what about Feral's fate - fattened up and then burnt to death?  Was this some kind of a punishment from the writer?  Also, it's not clear exactly how well Johnny is going to be, or what's happened to Middenface (who offered himself in a life-exchange).

In Nikolai Dante: no crest!  No way!  This reminds me of Friday (aka Rogue without the biochips).  I wonder if it's permanent, and I wonder why the writer chose to do it.  Is it for vulnerability, or were they just sick of writing disembodied dialogue?  Is the crest dead?  The stories City of the Damned and The Master of Kronstadt deal with the immediate aftermath.  I feel like this would benefit from a family tree diagram of some sort.  So many characters, and at this point spanning a story that's run for 13 years (with me 8 years beyond that). I'm a bit like "who-they?" everytime someone new comes into frame.   

Low Life (Hostile Takeover) is great - Dirty Frank is perhaps my favorite comedy 2000AD character ever because he makes me laugh out loud.  Like with this exchange from 1704:   

Dirty Frank: "Truly, you have an impressive and capacious weapon, Corrupt Judge Stewart."
Corrupt Judge Stewart: "You don't have to broadcast the 'corrupt' thing, y'know, turdboy."
Dirty Frank: "Who revealed Dirty Frank's secret middle name?"

Sinister Dexter, The Red Seas, Savage and Defoe are all in there: well produced but not my favorite thrills. 

The big new thrill is Age of the Wolf - which blew my mind with the double page spread of the hero being torn apart in the penultimate episode.  I assume this returns for new stories, because it's so good and really serves as just an opener for a larger tale.

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General / Barney
« on: 09 June, 2018, 05:07:40 pm »
I don't know if anyone's at home to update Barney these days, but I noticed that prog 1663 is missing its Droid Life.

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General / Rat King vers 1.0
« on: 28 February, 2013, 07:01:50 pm »

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Help! / Affordable but still good graphics tablet?
« on: 12 April, 2011, 06:55:51 pm »
Hello!

I'm looking to buy a graphics tablet, but am completely ignorant on the subject (like it might not even be called a graphics tablet - that level of ignorant). It's for high school students to use in the creation of computer art work - can any of you talented artist types give a recommendation?

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General / Clickwheel Problems
« on: 06 June, 2010, 05:52:48 pm »
Hi all,

I'm wondering if anyone has any advice or relevant experiences with the Clickwheel service, because I'm having serious difficulties in trying to use it.

At the moment, I can't reach the log-in screen, and I've emailed them twice about the other technical issues I'm experiencing (more of which in a moment), but despite being very patient (the emails were sent on the 20th and 21st of May) I haven't had any reply.

I was trying to pay with a UK bank account with an address in the US (which works perfectly well in all other pay systems), but theirs kept rejecting my payment, and also kept switching everything to dollar amounts.

It seemed like a really good deal for me, financially, to read the e-versions instead of shipping over the paper versions, and so I didn't renew my sub, and now I'm 5 progs behind, after reading the weekly since 1970, so a little bit upset at the poor service (given that Rebellion/2000AD recommend it).

Should I just accept it as a fact that the clickwheel service doesn't work? Does anyone know how much extra it would cost to pay with a US bank account?  (I assume it would cost more, as each payment would get the transfer fee of USD->GBP added on.)

Finally, does anyone know if clickwheel has simply gone bust?  It doesn't seem right that their log-in won't work and they never reply to emails about the service.

Best,

FS/LP

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Books & Comics / Lone Wolf gamebooks: rebooted
« on: 04 September, 2009, 06:42:50 pm »
It might be olde news for some, but I just discovered that Mongoose Publishing are reprinting updated versions of the Lone Wolf gamebooks from yesteryear.

Frankly, the more people that know about it, the more chance there is of them being bought, and therefore there's an increased possibility that they'll get all the way to publishing the last "lost four" books of the saga, making me very happy indeed.

Oh, and for those on a budget, you can get almost all the original versions for free from Project Aon!  Groovy.

Mongoose linky: http://www.mongoosepublishing.com/home/series.php?qsSeries=24
Aon linky: http://www.projectaon.org/en/Main/Books

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Help! / Russian Comics
« on: 23 September, 2008, 03:12:44 pm »
Help me, Hive Mind, you're my only hope!

Hi -my father-in-law is hoping to get his son a Russian-language comic for his birthday, as he both loves comics and is trying to learn Russian.  Do such things exist?  Any US or UK suppliers known?

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Classifieds / Back Prog Giveaway
« on: 30 May, 2008, 02:08:08 pm »
I've got 334 back progs to give away, completely free of charge, to anyone willing to come and get them (I live in Dundee, UK) before June 16th.

If you're interested, please mail me through this site.

(As an aside, I've also got about ten years worth of Empire magazine that's heading for a skip, unless anyone wants it.)

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Those progs:

They vary in quality, from no visible scarring, to having been chopped up a little or coloured in. I'd say about 25% are at the poorer end of whatever quality scale you're using. They're all bagged.

There are various doubles.  The collection stretches (with gaps) from prog 88 to prog 1560, with the bulk in the 300-500 range.

Here's the complete list:

88
92
96
114(*2)
116
127
143-145
153(*2)
154
156
159
162
167-168
172-173
177(*2)
178
180
183-184
186
190(*2)
191(*2)
192
194
196
197(*2)
198
208
217
219-220
222
225
233
264(*2)
265
268-269
271
273
281-282
288
290
292-293
300-305
306(*2)
307-308
310-313
314-316(*2)
317
318(*2)
319-320
321-325(*2)
326
327(*2)
328-331
333
335-340
342-346
347(*2)
348-349
350-351(*2)
352-360
362-366
368-375
376-377(*2)
378-382
384(*2)
385
386(*2)
387-391
393(*2)
394-397
398(*2)
399-400
401-403(*2)
404
405-406(*2)
407-414
416-430
431(*2)
432-433
434(*2)
435-436
438-440
441(*2)
442
446
447-450(*2)
451
452-458(*2)
459
460-461(*2)
467
469
483
488
490-492
494-496
498
500-517
520
524
532-533
542
548
559
561
566-567
569
572
577-578
582
591
595
603
606
614
617
620
622
625
627
629
633
638
667
669
672
689
691
701
703
717
724
728
730-731
733
739-740
744
750[gift only]
752[gift only]
759
761
770
781
800[gift only]
802
1033[gift only]
1397
1431
1450
1476[cover 1]
1530
1547
1558-1560

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Help! / Free gifts - but from where?
« on: 13 May, 2008, 06:15:07 pm »
Help me, hive-mind, you're my only hope.

(Yeah, I stole that from another user - so sue me!)

I'm trying to figure out where three 2000AD/Meg free gifts have come from:

1. An A3-size-ish poster of Judge Dredd, on card, by Sean Phillips, 1999-ish.  Dredd is racing towards us, looking grim, and his lawmaster is behind him, with headlights on, and behind that, the city in darkness.

2. An A2-size-ish fold out paper poster of Judge Dredd, fighting punks on top of a Justice Dept. eagle.  Behind them, the city skyline, in darkness.

3. Free comic: "Chaos League", No. 0.

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Help! / Comic Boxes, and how many...
« on: 27 April, 2008, 05:59:53 pm »
Has anyone here ever figured out how many comic boxes they'd need for a full collection of 2000AD and the Megazine, and also if any of them need to be different sizes, and also where to get them from?

If you have, can you tell me?

(This will save me figuring it out for myself.)

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As an aside, anyone remember how much the last "entire 2000AD" went for on E-bay?

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Games / Travian
« on: 12 March, 2008, 09:53:58 am »
My students are all playing Travian: a resource game featuring Romans, Gauls and Teutons.

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Off Topic / I'm an idiot
« on: 11 March, 2008, 06:00:49 pm »
I'm trying to get a visa to the states, and felt that I had to answer "yes" to the "have you ever been arrested" question.

Having sent off the forms, I talked to the court, and it turns out that the offence I was taken to court over was so minor as to not count as an arrest, only a detainment, so I should've answered no.

That, and the fact that the case was dismissed as mistaken identity, which it was.

Now, by answering the question prior to checking the facts I may have scuppered my chances.  Therefore, I am an idiot.  

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Point of this post: to warn others of the dangers of idiocy.  (And I'm just exploding with how much of an idiot I've been, so I'm sharing the info. willy nilly.)

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Help! / dvd to avi?
« on: 29 February, 2008, 09:08:10 pm »
Anyone know how to get something off a DVD into avi format?

It's not illegality stuff - it's for a student's project - they're trying to get the trailer for Some Mother's Son in avi format for a project, and they own the DVD with the trailer on it - just no idea where to go from there.

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Help! / 2000AD Archives
« on: 18 October, 2007, 10:24:23 pm »
Do 2000AD hold an archive of all published progs?  Non-digital.

Do they hold a full digital archive?

Does anyone know of a library or museum that holds archives of 2000AD?

Can anyone think of similar that would wish to hold such an archive if it were offered to them?

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General / Famous people in 2000AD
« on: 01 October, 2007, 11:12:03 pm »
I think that's Oasis in the back of the perp wagon: prog 990, The Pit.

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