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General / Re: 2000 AD Cover of the Year 2020!
« on: 26 December, 2020, 07:42:33 PM »
Just to say the number in my above post are position (ie 3rd, 2nd, 1st) rather than points

General / Re: 2000 AD Cover of the Year 2020!
« on: 26 December, 2020, 07:28:14 PM »
3. Prog 2163 Fight or Die! (Feral & Foe, Richard Elson)

2. Prog 2198 Lock & Lode! (Sinister Dexter, Luke Preece)

1. Prog 2209 Bad Blood! (Fiends of the Eastern Front, Tiernen Trevallion)

Music / Re: Albums of the Year 2020
« on: 13 December, 2020, 06:06:06 PM »
I’ve been enjoying the album Sugungga by South Korean band LEENALCHI. They’ve had their songs used in a great tourism campaign recently: https://youtu.be/ePrDTbeq5ws

Prog / Re: Prog 2206: Regened - Five Roarsome Thrills
« on: 10 November, 2020, 01:47:07 PM »
Not aimed at anyone in particular, but as a general point: I think it bears repeating that 2021's 'yoof' audience is a very different beast to 1977's. Simply recreating the vibe of 2000AD's early years may press the nostalgia buttons of the existing readers, but is of little benefit if the intention is to engage younger readers today.

I take your general point, Jim, but I think today’s kids and young adults are more politically minded than maybe our generation was, and as such a bit of political commentary may resonate. I went to University in the early 90s, a time when having political convictions was deeply unfashionable and the union bar was being renamed from the Nelson Mandela Bar to the Frankie Howerd bar. But today feels more like the 80s than the 90s with Trump/Johnson acting as a cruder echo of Reagan/Thatcher with not much intersection between their priorities and the worries of younger people like climate change, treatment of minorities etc. Of course not all younger people share these values, but then I’m sure that was also true back in the 80s too.

There is certainly scope for 2000 AD to tap into these feelings. Not by being preachy but by doing what 2000 AD is best at - being subversive and making you question the motivations of authority figures. And using the future as a way to hold a prism to the current problems of the day. Of course, that’s still present to some degree in the regular prog, and there’s no reason at all that it can’t be part of Regened too. Well, there is one issue which Indigo Prime has alluded to: they’re irregular one-offs at the moment, and it’s far easier to tackle this sort of thing in a wider story arc.

Prog / Re: Prog 2206: Regened - Five Roarsome Thrills
« on: 09 November, 2020, 11:06:25 PM »
The stuff that hooked me on 2000 AD as a ten year old were things like the bag of human hands in the Graveyard Shift, and Alpha’s deeply misguided but well meaning attempts to resurrect a young boy he’d accidentally killed. Citizen Snork - “I’ve got the biggest nose in Megacity 1!” - I knew at some level this was about ordinary people trying to create meaning in a world that had stripped them of that. Deeply wanting Nemesis to be hero we wanted him to be, but knowing that the point was that he wasn’t, just your enemy’s enemy.

These stories stretched me and made me think of the world in a different way. I can’t see why the Regened progs can’t strive to do the same. To be fair, a lot of it has been very decent - but some of it - particularly the Cadet Dredds have just elicited no more than a Gallic shrug.

Prog / Re: Prog 2206: Regened - Five Roarsome Thrills
« on: 08 November, 2020, 11:17:31 AM »
 I find these Cadet Dredds so flat and dry. Situation arises, hubris from Rico, Joe and others save the day, the end. Not much exploration of their relationship, no real arc to their final bust-up. For me always the worst thing in the Regened progs and unfortunately the first thing to read.

Really hope 2021 has a different approach to these Regened progs rather than replacing 4 of the 50 annual progs. To be honest I can live with it as it is, and if it’s bring in new readers then that’s great as I don’t know where 2000 AD will be in 10 or 20 years’ time if it’s currently being read predominantly by middle aged men like me.

I just think that All Ages shouldn’t mean Dumbed Down and Cadet Dredd is running close to that, stripped of most of the nuance, humour and social commentary of regular Dredd.

Help! / Re: Help me Hive Mind, you're my only hope...
« on: 09 October, 2020, 10:11:06 PM »
Funt to the rescue once more! (I was going to make a “Funt shot first” gag as a play on “Han shot first”, but couldn’t make it work).

Once again, I am in awe of your spreadsheet and the meaty goodness contained therein. It’s like Barney on steroids.

Thanks, Funt! 👌🏻

Help! / Re: Help me Hive Mind, you're my only hope...
« on: 09 October, 2020, 02:12:51 PM »
Does anyone have a list of jumping on progs/megs, or know of one?


Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 06 October, 2020, 08:44:04 AM »
I love these kind of stats deep dives, so thanks for doing that!

Surprised the classic run circa prog 655 isn’t in there, when we had Zenith Book 3, the Dead Man, pre-Necropolis Dredd, Song of the Surfer and Slaine Horned God. I guess that’s because Zenith is creator owned? It would be great if some deal could be struck for the extensions.

Also I guess a large chunk around 400 isn’t there because of Helltrekkers’ long run. That was generally a great time for the prog with Nemesis Book 4, City of the Damned and Rogue finally getting the traitor general, although the later had the same effect on the strip as the reveal of Laura Palmer’s killer did on Twin Peaks.

Film & TV / Re: The Leopard from Lime Street - the TV series
« on: 27 September, 2020, 12:46:48 AM »
I love a bit of Leopard from Lime St as a slice of 80s comic nostalgia, but I hope this ain’t true. What does it add to the already over crowded genre? Boy get involved with dodgy scientists, unwittingly gets superpowers and can now get his own back on the bullies, but finds an inner strength to be the better man and turns his attentions to foiling criminals instead. What would be the pitch here? “Well, it’s like the other ones - but he’s not a bat, and spider or a panther. This one’s a leopard.”

In my ordered list of Rebellion IPs I’d love to come to the big screen, this is #576.

Prog / Re: Prog 2200 - Beyond The Frontiers Of Future Fiction!
« on: 23 September, 2020, 02:18:11 PM »
Did anyone notice a certain superhero in the Dredd strip?

Is it our modern savour Quantitative Easement?

General / Re: Sinister Dexter - a 25th anniversary reading guide
« on: 21 September, 2020, 10:46:34 AM »
This is great stuff, many thanks for taking the time to do this, as I’ve been thinking of trying to catch up with SinDex but wanted to focus on the main arcs rather than the initial standalone stories.

Off topic, but reading this and the recent Meg encyclopaedia, the double naming of progs 2000-2016 is a real pain in the arse when it comes to things like this, and Barney of course. Can we come up with an easier way for the whole forum to agree on? I would humbly suggest the Xmas specials be prefixed for a Y (for “year”). So prog Y2013 would be the Xmas special that came out at the end of 2012 and prog 2013 would be the regular prog that came out in 2017.

General / Re: Sad Day for Megazine
« on: 19 September, 2020, 04:36:22 AM »
I like what I’ve seen of the encyclopaedia so far (but share concerns about the formatting with the large area of empty space), but would maybe have preferred a Dreddverse-only version that went into more depth about the recurring characters in Dredd and what they’d done in the stories. For example 3 pages’ worth of DeMarco. Maybe this info could have a spoiler-free intro and then a longer spoiler section detailing their character arcs.

General / Re: If there was a different artist it SHOULDN'T be...
« on: 19 September, 2020, 04:25:20 AM »
The only two that spring to mind are Boo Cook for Hope and Mark Harrison for Lawless (anyone other than Phil Winslade would feel sacrilege though).

Just to be clear I love the work of both artists but feel Boo’s cartoony style would be hard to adapt to the Noire-ish feel of Hope, and Harrison‘s our-of-focus dreamscapes wouldn’t work in Lawless. Having said that though I bet if either of these changes were ever to occur, they’re both of a caliber to make it work somehow.

Around the prog 600s we didn’t have to imagine such scenarios, they were happening quite often in the prog!

Games / Re: PlayStation 5 / Xbox Series X mega-thread!
« on: 17 September, 2020, 10:10:45 AM »
I think Amazon UK sold out in 20-30 minutes. I was spamming refresh at 8:59 thinking it would sell out even quicker

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