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Other Reviews / Re: Janus Stark from Rebellion/ Treasury of British Comics
« on: 29 November, 2019, 06:29:21 am »
Stevie's ordered his copy & fingers crossed that it lobs up in Oz this side of Crimbo.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 18 November, 2019, 03:44:31 am »
Incredible art, how have I never seen any of this before?  Good interview with Ellingham here  Some talent!

Given that this is representative of the standard that a 16 year old Sean Phillips had to compete with when he started out in girls' comics it is little wonder that he is so good.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 17 November, 2019, 05:51:45 am »

Stunnimg, Isn't it?

Stevie's really looking forward to this. Partly to test his hypothesis that Third World War is ABC Warriors written for girls comics.

Film & TV / Re: Your Movies of the Decade
« on: 17 November, 2019, 05:44:09 am »
Um, you guys realise this is a list of favourite films, not favourite cinema visits, right? I didn’t see all of the movies on my list in the cinema, neither did I necessarily even see them on the year of release...

Absolutely. Stevie can go for years on end without sitting down & watching a movie at home. Too much music to listen to. Too many books & comics to read.

Film & TV / Re: Your Movies of the Decade
« on: 15 November, 2019, 06:55:59 am »
2010: not applicable due to not watching any new movies
2011: not applicable due to not watching  any movies
2012: Dredd
2013: not applicable due to not watching any movies
2014: not applicable due to not watching any movies
2015: Mad Max: Fury Road
2016: not applicable due to not watching any movies
2017: not applicable due to not watching any new movies
2018: not applicable due to not watching any new movies
2019: not applicable due to not watching any movies

Stevie best be getting his coat then, eh?

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 15 November, 2019, 05:03:44 am »
I didn't know there was a hardcover option! Cheers, Dash.

As inevitably there shall also be a limited edition hardcover version of  Slaine: The Horned God.

Speaking of all things Pat:

The Concrete Surfer Paperback, 80 pages, 25 June 2020.

"Sent home to Britain after her parents fail to establish a new life in Australia, Jean Everidge is forced to rely on family charity, moving in with her Aunt, Uncle and cousin Carol, successful gymnast, beloved of teachers and pupils alike, and all round charming "top girl". Jean has one solace left to her - skateboarding, surfing the concrete pavement, while forgetting all her troubles, and feel free.

"But Jean's freestyling talent soon attracts attention, and if there's one thing Carol can't stand, it's being out of the spotlight. With the new skatepark freestyle contest coming up, just how far will Carol go to stay number one?"

This will be reprint stories ? Any new material at all ?

Was just thinking the same thing.
Even 6 pages of new Dredd or Future Shock material would entice those Squaxx reluctant to pony up for reprints.

I'm not completely sure, but I believe DC comics have done something similar recently with their '100 page Giant' range (i.e. 10% new material + 90% reprints).

Perhaps Tharg could commission P. Craig Russell to adapt Warren Ellis's letters to the Nerve Centre into comics.

This is great news - sign me up! Sounds accessable in North America so I'm excited and will definitely pick up the series.

This is the target market which Stevie thinks Tharg is aiming for here. Hatchette are servicing newsagents well with Thrills of yesteryear with the Ultimate Collection in the British Commonwealth. But an import hardcover that doesn't fit into spinner racks for the direct market in the States? Uh uh.

So let's make something that is Diamond-friendly instead.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 01 November, 2019, 08:34:46 am »
(W) Various
More action and adventure in the future-shocked world of Judge Dredd! The lawman comes under attack by Black Atlantic pirates in new Dredd thriller "Plunder" by Michael Carroll and Karl Richardson; Metta Lawson investigates attacks out in the Badlands in Lawless: "Boom Town"; horror invades Devlin Waugh's holiday retreat in "A Very Large Splash"; the surviving colonists attempt to escape Getri-1 in series three of "Blunt"; and we go back to the beginnings of the Judge system in new series "Dreadnoughts." In addition there's interviews, features and more, and in the bagged mini-trade, the adventures of Soviet ultra-assassin Orlok by Arthur Wyatt and Jake Lynch!][/quote]


Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 13 September, 2019, 08:08:39 am »
Mean Team
Blackhawk meets The Mean Arena, in that it's got aliens but also an urban future sport.  Oddly, it's more reminiscent now of computer games: so like a cross between League of Legends and Call of Duty.  This may mean it was ahead of its time, but it's an odd fish.  The lead character, Bad Jack Keller, is a murderous asshole and the best thing that can be said about the melodrama of one of the player's having his brain transplanted into a panther is that his reaction when he wakes up and looks in the mirror is pure comedy gold.

It feels like it loses its way, having the team transplanted to what seems like an entirely new story (itself a sort of Meltdown Man meets Death Planet) at the end of this opening salvo, but the first page lays this out as the intention all along. Can perhaps be summed up well with this quote: "Just one man - and a cat with a man's brain, but they were too much for the Black Swamp Dragons."

Reading that original run of Mean Team you can't help but feel that it is a cracking interstellar caper story in the making. Until you remember the first page & promptly lose interest in the strip at the same time that script droid John Wagner does. A genuine missed opportunity, that.

« on: 20 August, 2019, 08:39:00 am »
Prompted by sometime collaborator David Gerrold, Niven pitched an episode featuring micro-black holes & the Outsiders to DC Fontana for ST:TAS. Which she thought was a bit too cerebral for a Saturday morning cartoon programme so Fontana suggested that he adapt his short story The Soft Weapon for Trek instead, swapping Nessus the Puppeteer with Spock instead.

Niven subsequently rewrote his original pitch as The Borderland of Sol.

« on: 19 August, 2019, 08:40:56 am »
An episode featuring the Kzin was planned for the fifth season of Star Trek: Enterprise before the pin was pulled.

Whatever became of the Skorr is what Stevie wants to know.

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 16 August, 2019, 03:26:32 am »
Dan Dare, Servant of Evil
I should confess that I'm not really sure what happens in this one: anyone else got a summary?
This is really it for Dare in the prog, although a version of him turns up in Revolver in 1990, and there's a Dan Dare 3000 AD in the prog 1034 supplement (but I don't own a copy).

You know how every sports strip written by Tom Tully revolves around a corrupt manager conspiring to kill the team as a tax write off? Dan Dare, Servant of Evil is that draped in Jim Starlin-lite cosmic disco drag.

Off Topic / Re: Science is Drokking Fantastic Because...
« on: 16 August, 2019, 03:02:57 am »

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