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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!  ;)

Prog / Re: Prog 2082 - Out For Blood!
« on: 20 May, 2018, 12:53:38 pm »

 For me, Survival Geeks wore out its welcome a loooong time ago.  Not in the slightest interested in a bunch of forgettable paper-thin characters running around saying "Look at me! I'm acting zany!

I'm with you on that Cow and I was, until the last series when I had a 'getting old' moment.

2000AD needs to attract the younger end of the market and as I see it, Survival Geeks speaks more to the yooths in it's style and delivery, although there are references for the more mature among us.

I'm also mindful that 2000AD is a broad palette and my tastes in Stickleback (is that the end?), Absalom, Hope, Kingmaker, Indigo Prime etc might not be to the liking of others who dig on stuff like Brass Sun and Survival Geeks.

It's been two years since the last lot of SG and so maybe it's due a turn. Although I won't be reading it in depth, maybe it's freshness is better than the nonsense that ABC warriors has become for old readers, never mind new ones trying to figure that bobbins out...  :think:


Rather than start a new thread, I remembered this one, as at the time, I still hadn't read New Statesman.

I started reading Crisis with the 1st copy and as a poor school lad, had to make the decision to spend my money on it and 2000AD, or buy some Deadlines and see what the fuss was there instead, and what a great fuss it was.

I crept back to Crisis on issue 17 to see what I had been missing and was a bit dissappointed to see that The New Statesman had finished, but carried on collecting anyway as there were now 3 stories so all good. Throughout the years I saw adverts for the US versions of New Statesman and again with no more comic money, carried on in ignorance to what happened after that one episode I'd read (and understood very little...)

So I've recently took the plunge, bought Crisis issues: 2-16 and took my time in reading a story that is nearly 30 years old and what a story. I loved John Smith's writing at the time in 2000AD, it was like nothing else and had always wondered what spin he put on the super hero's over at Crisis.

Strangely enough, I managed to read this before I finished the series;


...a great synposis of the series with an eyebrow firmly raised with a wry smile. The other thing that took me back to the Statesman was the death of it's (mainly) artist Jim Baikie.

I loved Jim's work and always thought his scene setting and characterisation were superlative with attention to simple everyday things that seemed to give the stories gravitas and a depth through his art. He could tell a story with little words in a few panels, which fired my imagination, wondering of how it all interconnected and the stories untold that we only caught a glimpse of in his amazing eye for detail.

Smith's script is different to what I was expecting. Sure it's hard to follow in places, but it had little of the bizzare madness that he was able to scribe so well back in 2000AD. There was a set of strong story lines that dripped with political statements and criss-crossed leading to a singular showdown, that I have to say I didn't see coming. Although there was some classic Smith unconventional narrative and wierdness, the storylines that we were invited into had a maturity and depth to match the artwork.

There are too many plot lines and characters to dive into here, you have all complimented the big gaudy picture book, but safe to say that I'll be reading it all again in a year or so and as with many of my favourite Smith stories, I'll enjoy understanding and finding those plot threads that finally link up, such is the joy of discovery in these comics...



Music / Re: Upcoming Gigs
« on: 01 May, 2018, 12:21:46 am »
Just got my ticket for Courtney Barnett at Manchester Academy in June.

I veer from really liking the Barnett to finding some of her stuff rather pedestrian. Still, she's doing good and I hope you have a brill gig.

I saw aging folk stalwart Micheal Chapman perform a great set on Friday in Sheff and it's the return of Gomez tonight in that there Manchester Royal Albert Halls, playing the whole of Bring in on... yes indeedy!  :)

Prog / Re: Prog 2077: New York State of Mind
« on: 14 April, 2018, 05:52:51 pm »
I don't mind saying that after I read this weeks episode of Stront I needed a hug. An outstanding episode.

It was rather emotional wasn't it? Good use of trauma/fever to welcome the Wulf back into the strip & have words with Johnny.

One thing that confused me about the endy bit, was Kenton was telling Johnny he was all ready to quit as he's endangered his life and then the next minute, he's off on another daft one...

...still makes for more fabulous stronty dog mayhem & maybe a chance to prove himself as a chip off der old cucumber...  :)

Music / Re: Upcoming Gigs
« on: 30 March, 2018, 06:36:18 pm »
Cool yeah I'll try to give you a clue as to who I am...

Ha ha, yes that would be good to maybe say hello.

I did the Belle and Sebastian thing a few weeks back at Manchester Bridgewater Hall, backed by an orchestra and they were fabulous.

So it's back there again for Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) on Saturday to get back to my old prog rock roots.

Saw that Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs) is over in the UK this summer, so snaffled tickets for Buxton Opera house in July.

...the venues are getting grander the more we all get older it seems...  :P

Prog / Re: Prog 2073 - Future Visions!
« on: 20 March, 2018, 07:57:02 pm »
She makes her peace with the Goth-King, who cancels his bounty, allowing Durham to walk off into the starset with an assassin-priest named Toroni (with whom she hooked up in Night of the Hunters). All of which paved the way for Durham to wake from cryo-sleep a thousand years in the future

Thanks Alec for that fabulous recap and summary. I enjoyed Peter Hogans work, at the time it felt a bit like some old wounds were healing with the series and the characters started to reappear.

So Durham Red went off on her merry way at somepoint to the sleep machines, but where is she in the current series of Stronty Dog?

My guess is that's she's havng her snooze drifting off somewhere in time and space, but she's a great character to revisit in a different way as per the Scarlet Apocrypha.

If only someone would write a new story for her, maybe with a bit of a re-design and a different artist that's earned his spurs on some big stories... like Dredd... that would be ace!  :)

Prog / Re: Prog 2073 - Future Visions!
« on: 19 March, 2018, 07:17:49 pm »
There is the question too of where she is in the current Stronty set up/timeline?

Is she frozen / asleep in space or something?  :think:

Last seen briefly at the end of Mutant Spring (prog 1821, I think?) in a silent cameo. I do wish we could end the coyness about these characters and just clarify where they are, even if it is to just remove them from play. Say what you like about Ennis/Hogan's Gronk stuff, but at least it gave some sort of direction and resolution to a once-major character that the main strip had abruptly dropped without mention.

The way I figured it, Durham Red is around in this Stronty Dog timeline somewhere, but I can't rememeber when she was supposedly 'frozen' etc and 25900,000 years later came back in that very odd series in the future I couldn't best folllow.

Oh and the last SD series - Repo Men was in progs 1961–1971 (2015–2016)

...At this rate that's a story every two / three years.

I can understand after the chequred history that people would like to see both creators stay on the job, but someone mentioned Chris Weston on Stronty... now that would make a brilliant one off story ey?

Prog / Re: Prog 2073 - Future Visions!
« on: 18 March, 2018, 11:59:54 am »
Some of the Tales of the Doghouse and Gronk stuff just ... well, what can I say?

I enjoyed 'Tales from the Doghouse, especially 'Maeve the Many Armed. Simon Jacobs B&W artwork was glorious stuff and although they were light hearted in nature, they told stories of the other stronts (who can forget 'Spud Murphy?), which now they have got the doghouse back, could be a good source of stories (Colin McNeil did a few of those too I recall).

The fanzine 'Dogbreath does this very well and it will be interesting to see how the new Durham Red plays out. There is the question too of where she is in the current Stronty set up/timeline?

Is she frozen / asleep in space or something?  :think:

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