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General / Re: 2000 AD Message Board Cover of the Year Vote 2018
« on: 29 December, 2018, 08:37:06 pm »
A year of some belters and a few stinkers. Hard to choose, but here we go:

1. 2081 - Carlos did so few covers recently, but when he did, they were the real thing from the king
2. 2102 - Dredd / Shark - Cliff Robinson. Second only to Carlos in the overall 2000AD history cover artistry
3. 2082 - Durham Red by Jim Broxton. Nice to see a smile from Red & Broxton's a wonderful artist

HM's: The return of David Roach was very welcome on Anderson
         Simon Colbey's Nu Earth was fabulous
         Mike McMahon's Dredd is always revered
         David Millgate doing the real paint thing was glorious

General / Re: MEGAZINE Cover of the Year Vote 2018
« on: 29 December, 2018, 07:58:47 pm »
Some pretty good covers this year:

1st Place (3 pts):  400 - Dredd - by the fabulous Chris Weston
2nd Place (2 pts): 403 - Robo Santa - by the timeless Cliff Robinson
3rd Place (1 pt):   395 - Chopper - by the mercurial Brendan McCarthy

Prog / Re: Prog 2108 - Germ Warfare
« on: 23 November, 2018, 11:18:44 pm »
Oh well. You’ll always have Mike Carroll.

Which you just know won't be far away with the usual brand of plonking Dredd somewhere radically removed from MC1 and bodging an convoluted story round it along with the de facto bizzare characterisation.

The current story is the essence of Dredd for me and Williams is the writer completely on the top of his game. I don't think this excellent long running arc is over just yet...

Music / Re: Upcoming Gigs
« on: 18 November, 2018, 07:32:04 pm »
Sorry you missed out, something tells me that it won't be the last time that DB does something like this, he seems so happy to be making music with his band and performing.

I'm off to see those aging rockers Magnum taking my big sis to a gig next weekend. I never got to see them in their pomp, but as they are getting on a bit I thought I'd go and join the sweaty hairy mob & I think I've got an old Marillion T-shirt somewhere...

Prog / Re: Prog 2108 - Germ Warfare
« on: 17 November, 2018, 09:30:10 pm »
I hope the thing that appeared to happen at the end of Dredd, wasn't really that thing and didn't actually happen... and they all live happily ever after.

Sterling work form Rob Williams and Henry Flint, this has been a real slow burner, and having just finished reading Trifecta again, some of it actually now starts to make sense... which is nice  :)

Prog / Re: Prog 2107 - Hostile Takeover!
« on: 11 November, 2018, 09:02:18 pm »

The revalations in Dredd do need a little fleshing out but damn it a great episode and as Richard says Franks 'origin' reveal is big enough in itself.

In a simple twist of fate, I'm doing a back prog slog through the 1800's and with it Trifecta.

The go to prog to reference against all this current Dredd shenanigans is prog 1809 - SAUDADE (pt5)

Within lies the sequel to this weeks Dirty Frank / Dredd / Judge Frank dealings oddly enough... well it provided an 'Ahhh I see' moment or two for me anyways..

Prog / Re: Prog 2106 - End Times
« on: 04 November, 2018, 08:29:43 pm »

Dredd.  I particularly remember Dredd openly questioning Hersey and her telling him to at least respect the office of the Chief Judge during Trifecta...

I've just re-read that episode and it was possibly Hershey's finest hour telling Dredd to wind his neck and with her final words to Dredd on the Kazan Clone report she demands "double spaced"...in Bullet to king 4.
This before she takes a bizzare change of both personality and command of the role of Cheif Judge in anything that Michael Carrol wrote for her...

My progs lost in the post again, so not seen this episode, but I do echo that Rob Williams is the definitive Dredd writer elect, there is personality here (and many clashes), intrigue, tension, twists and all fabulously written. Dredd feels and sounds like Dredd the Judge should do.

I'm just sad that there are more established Dredd world characters leaving us when we have just got to engage with them, there's not many interesting or endearing characters left these days...

Music / Re: Upcoming Gigs
« on: 01 November, 2018, 11:05:24 pm »
I'm going for another fix of David Byrne in Manchester on Friday - this tour is such a brilliant concept and works really well.

Who knows when we might see him again on these shores, so it's defo worth another gander...  :)

Music / Re: Upcoming Gigs
« on: 16 September, 2018, 09:02:02 pm »
a friend asked if i wanted to go to this - I'd love to see the Stones live once before I die but tickets were  a bit rich for me.

They're getting on a bit - much bigger risk is to get to see them before they die...

That was my reasoning in 1995 when I couldn't afford it and even much more so in 2018 when I was lucky enough to go!

Some recent gigs:

Paul Simon - Manchester - sadly his swansong tour but such an amazing gig

Natalie Merchant (10, 000 Maniacs) - Buxton - So glad I finally got to see her

Ride - Sheffield - Sounding better than ever as their second coming continues

and one coming up next month:

The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Sheffield Leadmill - who knows what performance will ensue!  :)

Prog / Re: Prog 2098 - God of Law
« on: 14 September, 2018, 11:35:43 pm »
Outstanding cover by David Millgate.

Yes it's rather good isn't it? I'm loving the old School paint job and the colours that seem somehow much more vibrant than the computer artwork.

I'm not impressed with the stuff inside though, it seems to suffer from ' jumping on prog clearout fade ' and I don't think much to the Artwork on display. I'm getting the sense of years gone by that we've been somewhat spoiled with some great artists, this stuff is pretty lame and middle of the road at best...

Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« on: 23 June, 2018, 02:14:19 pm »
I'm pleased that the Sci-Fi Special has returned, I remember an all female cast way back (in 1990?) although Tyranny Rex really has changed so much, I'm not sure it's the same Tyranny Rex that used to be in 2000AD - it must be a clone ey?

I think you're thinking of 1989: Judge Anderson/Corey, Tyranny Rex, Moon Runners, Zippy Couriers and Maze Dumoir

That's the badger, I remmeber the Anderson / Corey story being rather powerful at the time. The days when John Smith wrote Tyranny Rex too. 2018's incarnation hasn't the bite of her old stories and I agree with the some folks on here that at times, there doesn't seem to be much due care and love put into a few of the stories.

I'm all for blooding new writers and artists, it's great that 2000AD has always done this and should keep taking risks, but the use of an all female crew for this might have stretched an ideology without decent stories or art to back it up on a couple.

Which in some cases must be a tough gig on stodgy and the rather dull DeMarco world type scripts (I have no idea why she continues to be rolled out) and I do have to applaud the efforts to keep faithful to the prog without going too left-field on others.

I wonder if a Winter-Special is being proposed along the same lines?  :think:

Music / Re: Upcoming Gigs
« on: 20 June, 2018, 01:03:44 pm »
Just had a bit of a run of gigs from:

The Rolling Stones - amazing from Mick and the lads, so glad I finally got to see them

The THE at the Royal Albert Hall - a wonderful return from Matt Johnson and great new band

Belly - at the leadmill in Sheff, what did you think Colin?

Ray Lamontagne (snore)

David Byrne - one of the most inventive shows I've seen, so much creativity and energy.

Got a few coming up in July - Eels and Steve Winwood - both in Manchester a day after each other.

No summer festivals for me, I need a bit of a rest!  :)

Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« on: 20 June, 2018, 12:54:58 pm »
Shame the Dredd/ Anderson cover wasn't a choice we got from ordering at the 2000AD shop.

Oops, I see it now is... hmmm I'm sure it wasn't there when I ordered a few months ago...  :think:

Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2018
« on: 20 June, 2018, 12:51:41 pm »
Shame the Dredd/ Anderson cover wasn't a choice we got from ordering at the 2000AD shop.

It says summer much better than the dull, gloomy slate grey Hershey version we get from ordering directly, although I did get a small bit of the wrongly credited Tula's cover inside.

I'm pleased that the Sci-Fi Special has returned, I remember an all female cast way back (in 1990?) although Tyranny Rex really has changed so much, I'm not sure it's the same Tyranny Rex that used to be in 2000AD - it must be a clone ey?

Prog / Re: Prog 2083 - Fame in the fifth dimension
« on: 28 May, 2018, 11:31:36 pm »

So yeah strong Prog and a nice summation of why 2000ad is the Galaxies Greatest from Tharg in the Nerve Centre

The strange thing I've noticed about Thargs missives and especially this one glaringly, he's reeling off a list of what's in the prog, next to a big old list of what's in the prog...  which is next to the Dredd story, which is in the prog...

I'm never a great fan of the contents page at the best of times as a space filler and Thargs messages dearly need a bit of umph methinks, tell us what's up and coming, what's happened to the 2nd part of Helium or (a long shot I know) Stickleback!  ;)

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