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General / Re: Do John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra own Judge Dredd?
« on: 21 May, 2019, 02:15:57 pm »
There is a world of difference between “wouldn’t it be nice for Rebellion to throw Ezquerra’s family a few quid beyond whatever he might be owed – if anything – as a creator should new S/D happen” and “Rebellion should give ownership of its biggest character to one of the co-creators”.

General / Re: Do John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra own Judge Dredd?
« on: 21 May, 2019, 07:29:22 am »
I think IPC's copyright claim was invalid. Honouring the original terms under which the work was created wouldn't involve the courts.
Given what Bishop says above, any gentlemen’s agreement has been superseded. Terms wouldn’t then revert for no reason to a previous set of circumstances.

News / Re: Rebellion reprinting Trigan Empire
« on: 20 May, 2019, 07:19:25 pm »
I wonder if they’ll ever get to the Oli Frey stuff? (I always liked his cover art for computer mags. I wish he’d done more comics.)

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 18 May, 2019, 05:05:40 pm »
The two Rebellion trades are too big to shoe-horn into the reported single volume we are getting. But one trade would be about 100 page short. Here’s hoping it at least ends in a reasonable spot (or that we are getting an extension).

News / Re: Strontium Dog Without Wagner or Ezquerra
« on: 17 May, 2019, 01:49:15 pm »
Well, there you go. He said OK and it happened. Now John is saying “do more, but please ensure Carlos’s family benefit somehow”. I honestly don’t mind either way on this, but it’s good that avenues are open. And as broodblik said, if this were a big US publisher, this likely wouldn’t even be a conversation anyway. (A nice counterpoint, too, to recent suggestions Rebellion is somehow the big evil.)

News / Re: Strontium Dog Without Wagner or Ezquerra
« on: 17 May, 2019, 11:04:36 am »
To be fair to Tharg, there’s a world of difference between a key creator, alongside Ezquerra’s family, saying “actually, they should continue this” versus continuing a strip created by two people who want nothing further to do with 2000 AD, and who would be against such a thing happening.

I think Matt Smith has acted honourably and respectfully on this issue. Ultimately, he could have said “well, Strontium Dog is very popular, and so we’re going to be doing new stories”, but he didn’t. Even now, the only new thing we’ve had has been a Regened semi-reboot episode, and the Stix story. Perhaps they were intended to test the water; I dunno. But it’s an unenviable position to be in, because whatever choice is made, it’ll annoy some people.

This is the thing with Rebellion: they take ownership of things. If only other publishers were the same. (And I’m not just talking about Hachette here…)

Also, be aware of something:

The voucher is valid until 01/01/2021

Good grief. That is quite the gesture. Rebellion is the anti-Hachette.

Classifieds / Re: Graphic novels clearout: 2000 AD | BPRD | Marvel
« on: 16 May, 2019, 10:04:19 am »
Fab to hear. I hope you enjoy reading them.

Megazine / Re: Meg 408 - Hard Country for Old Men
« on: 15 May, 2019, 10:11:37 pm »
Some good stuff in this issue, but I enjoyed the text pieces too. It made me wish we got more Senior comics (and it seems if he could, he’d pen more); Senior on ABC Warriors would be fab. Also, I want to see an entire run of Gums by the team who did that one-off in the special.

News / Re: Strontium Dog Without Wagner or Ezquerra
« on: 15 May, 2019, 12:34:59 pm »
I think if Wagner’s OK with it – even enthusiastic about it – AND Matt Smith changes his mind because of that AND they get the right creative teams on board, fine. The issue is how you subsequently handle the property. Dredd was mostly Wagner’s, but never about one artist – and now it’s not really Wagner’s any more. Strontium Dog was Wagner and/or Grant+Ezquerra for the vast majority of its run. I wouldn’t want another artist to ape Ezquerra, but you’d need artists who can nail the character (not just the people – but of the strip as a whole).

Would it become a house character with a rota of creators, or would 2000 AD seek to get regulars on board? And if the latter (which would seem a smarter move with such an important strip), how enduring could that be? All tough questions, and I don’t think there are any obvious nor easy answers.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 14 May, 2019, 07:08:32 pm »
Interesting that the exclusive books only available to premium subbers for the Who set are now readily available (albeit at a higher price than said people will have paid): https://hachettepartworks.com/doctor-who-the-complete-history

Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: 14 May, 2019, 01:03:01 pm »
Those things were a bit Stormtrooper for me. So you can shoot – an admittedly injured dragon – THROUGH THE NECK, after already having hit it twice, thereby enjoying a 100 per cent hit rate? But then every single ship shoots at Drogon and somehow misses? Pfft.

I suspect if one were to return to earlier Game of Thrones seasons and episodes, they would have their smatterings of plot/recurring character armour too, but they’ve never been quite so evident as during this run-in. Poor old Rhaegal – you were screwed over for a rubbish plot twist, as enacted by the worst villain the series had.

Film & TV / Re: Game of Thrones: the last series [SPOILERS]
« on: 14 May, 2019, 11:52:00 am »
I never saw her as a benevolent force nor someone who was inherently good. I suspect that aspect has really shocked people, who assumed things would be more black and white (and have somehow forgotten all the shit she’s already done). But after we’d seen the twist, that nonetheless felt like a gut punch. Then the punches continued to rain down, with the best part of an hour of television dedicated to burning bodies in the streets. Perhaps some people wanted – needed – revelled in – the carnage. For me, it was too much. Sure, the contextless (in the sense we barely even see Daenerys during the destruction) brutality is ultimately the point; but it ended up being an episode I can barely admire, let alone ‘like’, not least due to the manner in which this season has been constructed, stripping out its humanity, logic, and soul.

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