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Prog / Re: Prog 2189 - Hunger Strike
« on: 09 July, 2020, 11:16:01 PM »
Can't help but wonder if this was rushed into the prog at the expense of build up, in order to meet production deadlines in lockdown. Tharg probably has a drawer full of mega epics in case a page is late.

Makes sense.  It's kind of lots of shit happening suddenly without much buildup and I'm not sure I care wnough about what's happening.  And yeah, where are those Brit Cit judges?  Brit Cit has suddenly become Manhattan in Halo Jones' world. 

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 09 July, 2020, 01:27:52 PM »
Just dredged up a Johnnystress quote from an old thread:

gaze into the face of fear

gaze into the fist of dredd (dread)

wordplay- maybe pun isn't correct

All this time and only now I see the double meaning in the prog's most famous quote.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 July, 2020, 08:28:55 AM »
And this week's ironic infection prize goes to Jair Bolsonaro.  Thoughts and prayers are with him. But not too many.

Books & Comics / Re: Action and the Nationwide show
« on: 07 July, 2020, 09:59:59 PM »
Definitely. Got through the rest of Episode 3 today. Great stuff. Also I am a huge fan of Stewart Lee - I knew he liked comics, but had no idea he was into 2000ad.  (I met him after one of his shows, and he's actually a really nice guy, despite his absolute wanker stage persona.)

Prog / Re: Prog 2189 - Hunger Strike
« on: 07 July, 2020, 09:56:48 PM »
Haven't read the prog yet, but that's truly horrible (and possibly a bit of a spoiler).

Also reminds me of the reason Godpleton was banned. Less said the better, really.

General / Re: Mega City Book Club - a new podcast about 2000AD books
« on: 07 July, 2020, 09:51:08 PM »
Please read in a Ray Winstone voice.

Like that Judge Dredd Playstation game years ago, where they'd clearly run out of American-style voice-actors and made half the characters cockney. 
Great podcast and great grail page.  As is so often the case listening to Eamonn and his guests, I'm now dying to go back and read what they were talking about.

General / Re: Message from Dan Abnett - UNWT Award ceremony
« on: 07 July, 2020, 10:44:06 AM »
Fantastic.  What a legend!  Thanks, Dan.

(I once thought he was a pseudonym for John Wagner too.  Maybe he is, and Wagner has sneaked his way into winning a competition he isn't allowed to win.)

Books & Comics / Re: Action and the Nationwide show
« on: 06 July, 2020, 11:46:35 PM »

(12:17 - 15:20)

GREAT doc!


Sneering aside, you're right - I'm halfway through and I'm loving it.  Thanks for the link; just what the doctor ordered for another night in with shitty weather outside.

EDIT - I've had 'Their Law' by the Prodigy / PWEI stuck in my head all evening (was even singing the PWEI lyrical version loudly on my motorbike today), and now here it is accompanying the history of Dredd. Perfection

Off Topic / Re: Pandemically Poltical Poll: Beyond Satire With Boris
« on: 06 July, 2020, 10:32:19 PM »

So here's my question for fellow boarders now that the Pandemic is sort-of, semi, quasi, possibly so long as we can keep Bournemouth beach clear, officially 'over' for now ...:

Forgot to say, while I appreciate you're being about as tentative in your optimism as it's humanly possible to be, I still think you're being a bit too hopeful.

Off Topic / Re: Pandemically Poltical Poll: Beyond Satire With Boris
« on: 06 July, 2020, 06:26:06 PM »
Alright, I don't live in Britain, but my mother is English and a large proportion of my family live there. And I know Ireland hasn't been much better.

But... For me it's the Cummings fiasco. The mad rush to protect their own precious little spin doctor when he'd quite clearly broken the rules.  If ever there was a moment that proved that Johnson and Co see themselves as an untouchable social stratum that's way above that of the riff raff, that was it.

It made a mockery of the whole system of lockdown rules and spat in the face of those who obeyed them. It also marked the effective end of those rules - if the people who made the rules don't give a flying fuck about them, why should anyone else?

General / Re: Quick question about Black Flame Dredd stories
« on: 06 July, 2020, 01:11:53 PM »
Remember the old Virgin Dredd novels?  Only read one myself, the Dredd / Armitage crossover by Dave Stone.  I really liked it; it fleshed out Brit Cit and gave it its own identity in a way no writer had done before.

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stagesi liked
« on: 05 July, 2020, 01:13:10 PM »
I've always known Bix was loved by many - it's why I keep referring to the well known yeasty spread. No disrespect to the artist, but it just sits well outside of my comfort zone, visually.

I always wanted to like Bix Barton more than I did. The art just never had any clear sense of place - where was any given adventure meant to be happening? And then the choice to have one adventure riff on cameos of the Carry On stars, when caricature is decidedly not Jim Mccarthy's forte...

I liked it a lot more before it went colour.  Everything got very messy then.  And yeah, you're right about the caricatures - like Big Dave, it kind of needed a good caricature artist but all too often was a case of 'oh, ok, THAT'S who it's meant to be.' (King Carlos, on the other hand, effortlessly drew a perfect Reagan in a story that rarely needed caricatures of anyone.)

But I still enjoyed Bix.  Some really nice little jokes (it was about ten years before I got 'Steve Ditto') and a unique main character. 

Great, thanks for running the comp and presenting the winners and numbers.

I'm ashamed to say I've never read Dante...I've only heard good things about it, but there is no nice/accessible collected edition (that I'm aware of) to read. It's on my list, I'll need to track the trades down (I mostly do not read digital, only paper for me!)

Do yourself a favor and read it. It is an amazing peace of work buy some real great talents. Simon Fraser and John Burns artwork worked in tandem to bring us this mega epic

Aye.  Though I have to say I didn't like it for a long time - It took until the buildup to the war till I really got into it.  One of the major changes for me, even though for most it was probably unnoticeable, was that Robbie Morrison stopped using so much bold print - I really, really hate when the wrong word in a speech bubble is stressed, or when a sentence is deemed by the writer to be so cool the whole thing needs to be in bold.

I know, I know, I'm the worst kind of pedant.  But I have to say my view of Dante changed very quickly when Robbie disabled the Bold option on Word.

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 04 July, 2020, 09:06:41 PM »
Fair play to you, Funt. Above and beyond.

Wilderlands for me was kind of a long, middle-of-the-road buildup to a short, much better story - the fate of Mechanismo and McGruder, and the election of a new Chief. 

Other than that, not the finest era of the prog's history. And I remember that Finn story being unusually full of nudity and sex for the time, but a bit light on story.  Wasn't it originally planned for publication in Crisis?  Hence the explicitness of it all, I suppose, and there was too much of it too realistically censor for the prog.

I thought Peter Hogan did a fairly decent job with Robohunter - the thing was, I didn't remember a whole lot about the original Robo-Hunter at the time and wasn't as pissed off as most about Millar's admittedly fairly awful job on it.  But the Hogan stuff was better, and Rian Hughes was a far better fit than Casanovas.

I always had a soft spot for Bix Barton - it was, for me, more in the tradition of Blackadder than anything else (without trying to be exactly like it - looking at you, Deathwatch).


I've never read Asterix comics.  But having just today watched Tony Robinson's Julius Caesar documentary, I really want to now.

And now I'm going to be the prick of an English teacher that I am - the punctation mark is an asterisk.  Asterix is a play on that but spelled and pronounced differently.

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