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Messages - Anthony Garnon

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I just feel sorry for Dark Horse: Star Wars, Conan, Aliens, Predator... what next?

Still, at least I suppose this now GUARANTEES a Conan/ Predator face-off- which Dark Horse oddly never did but which Marvel surely wont be able to resist?

SBT

They lost Buffy and Angel too to Disney/Boom!

The current Scott Allie attention isn't going to help Hellboy/BPRD either.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 03 July, 2020, 08:42:26 AM »
Finished Season 2 of Buff the Vampire Slayer.

It certainly improves on it's foundation and is given the benefit of twice as many episodes to flesh things out.  It does take a while to really get going.  There are some good single episodes, but I'm unsure how stand out they are.  Xander's love spell episode is one I enjoy but does have a rapey subtext that is even lampshaded in the episode.  I Only Have Eyes For You is another I like, but really overlooks the aspect of sexual abuse of a minor.  Despite that, the biggest disappointment of that episode is I don't think it's clear enough that school is surrounded by a swarm of bees (what bees had to do with anything, I don't know.  Maybe it's a Candyman reference).  Spike is great, Angel sucks (geddit?).

Personally, I think the turning point of the show is when Angel loses his soul.  It changes the stakes and ups the personal drama.  Nevertheless, the bit I look forward to is when Xander and Cordellia get together.  It gives Cordellia more relevance to the show and actually provides some the more amusing dialogue.

Next up, Faith and the Mayor.

Definitely. It clicks into place as a proper drama (as opposed to something a little campy, throwaway fun) with the episode Passion, and that final scene. For me, anyway.

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News / Re: NEW! Zarjaz #37 now on sale
« on: 24 June, 2020, 07:19:39 PM »
Excellent! Yet another reason to buy and enjoy.

Great to see the mag and the team still going strong despite all that's going on in the world.

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News / Re: NEW! Zarjaz #37 now on sale
« on: 24 June, 2020, 07:09:41 PM »
Is this your first Dante-universe strip? Don't recall seeing one before.

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Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 19 June, 2020, 08:09:25 PM »
I really enjoyed watching Angel season 3 weekly way back when (2002?).

Wesley's transformation that series definitely makes it  worth the watch.

I'd even strongly defend season 4 (which most fans agree is the show's weakest)

I'm rewatching both Buffy/Angel atm, with my Mrs seeing it for the first time. She wasn't keen on Buffy s1, thought s2 was just OK... and then Jenny... well, spoiler.

At that moment she said it became a proper adult drama, and now she loves it.

Angel s1 was watched back to back with Buffy s4, but I synced it up so the crossover episodes 'met' as best as possible.

We're about to start Buffy s5/Angel s2. She doesn't know Buffy returns for two more seasons after this... as I'm trying to trick her this is the end... and then surprise her that Buffy returns (literally) when Angel finds out the same news in his own series!

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Megazine / Re: Meg 408 - Hard Country for Old Men
« on: 16 May, 2019, 10:18:29 PM »
  (They almost always asked where's the best place to start on Dredd)
What do you tell them? Case Files 3 is a good starting place.

Strangely enough it was Case Files 3! We'd get folk returning for 4 and 5 pretty quickly.

At signings when asked about more recent series I'd say Zombo, Low Life,The Simping Detective and - if they fancied any of those - I'd suggest Trifecta "to read last"! Sadly we didn't often have much Nikolai Dante, or I'd have offered that too.

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Megazine / Re: Meg 408 - Hard Country for Old Men
« on: 16 May, 2019, 09:14:38 PM »
(I work at Forbidden Planet, and am equally inspired most days!)


Which branch?  Do you get many Squaxx in there, or do we tend to subscribe or pick up from certain stationery/newsagent chains?

I don't know about customers - but this Squaxx still subscribes!

I'm based at head office. Formerly of the marketing department, where I ran in store signing events and digitalised their signing archive (available to view for free on FP's website!).

These days I'm the company's Licensing Manager, leading the creative on the t-shirts you see in store (sadly no 2000AD).

When I worked in store we got two types of 2000AD customer:

1) the die-hard regulars, in every Wedsnesday/for signings. A healthy amount of them, too.

2) young tourists (15-30 years old) who have heard about the comic and now they are in the UK want to try it out.  (They almost always asked where's the best place to start on Dredd)

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Megazine / Re: Meg 408 - Hard Country for Old Men
« on: 13 May, 2019, 08:01:13 PM »
Both interviews were really fascinating.  I definitely took a lot from Abigail Bulmer as she works at Forbidden Planet and works on her comics in her free time, this definitely was inspiring to me as an aspiring writer and creator!

Wrong comic book store! She works at Travelling Man - but regardless, great it inspires you.

(I work at Forbidden Planet, and am equally inspired most days!)

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Prog / Re: Prog 2121 - One Man's Stand
« on: 02 March, 2019, 04:41:25 PM »
Mine is about a cm shorter than usual. Is this the same for everyone?


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Mine too.

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News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 28 January, 2019, 06:45:36 PM »
RE: the anniversary floppy - I'd left the marketing department by then, but chipped in some contributions.

All of the archive was literally lying in boxes gathering dust when I started in June 2016. I knew the anniversary was coming up and knew how great some of these images were. Only a fraction had ever seen the light of day. Those that had were usually yellowed, and low res.

Archiving had been attempted before but with such a sizeable collection of assets, it was deemed too time consuming. I only got away with it as I scanned things in on my lunch breaks for a whole year, cleaning up what I could with my (fairly limited) photoshop skills. The results made it worthwhile!

We have photos of Alan Moore signing Watchmen, Desmond Llewelyn's final public appearance (days before his death) and - of course - images from around 100 2000AD signings.

All scanned at 300dpi or better!

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News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 27 January, 2019, 10:28:13 PM »
Hi all,

It's from the Forbidden Planet archives. I spent a whole year going through boxes of materials, then scanning in and restoring 12,000 images!

Basically all FP's signings and events. Lots of lovely 2000AD gems in there. I'm sure there's another angle of the above photo, with Ron in the foreground. Anyway... all images are available free from forbiddenplanet.com

Enjoy!

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News / Re: Forbidden Planet - 40th Anniversary Souvenir Magazine
« on: 11 August, 2018, 08:03:24 PM »
These are in stores across the country now!

Also available to download from forbiddenplanet.com

Plus a more extensive archive library (covering 1978-1989) now live on the site too. Features some real 2000AD gems!

All free to view...

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How are you feeling completing the run?

Personally I'll be more than a little sad next week when I pick vol 90 up!

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News / Re: Forbidden Planet - 40th Anniversary Souvenir Magazine
« on: 15 June, 2018, 01:39:05 PM »
No worries! I think it has a healthy print-run, so should be easy enough to pick up in the stores.

It only scratches the surface of the FP archive, mind. Over 2000 events - so 16 pages could never represent everything!

(I wish it did... I spent 12 months scanning in 12,000 documents relating to them all!)

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News / Forbidden Planet - 40th Anniversary Souvenir Magazine
« on: 15 June, 2018, 09:59:57 AM »
Launching at tomorrow's West End Live* is a special - free! - magazine celebrating Forbidden Planet's many, many signing events over the years.

Naturally, having had such a close relationship with Tharg since the very beginning, there's a few relevant 2000AD photos in there - including one from 1980, with Brian Bolland, Mick McMahon, John Wagner and Ron Smith in attendence!

Like I said... free! Available from this weekend.

*Available at FP stores across the country from late next week.

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