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General / Re: Drokk!! - a rival to SpaceSpinner 2000??
« on: 14 February, 2019, 10:26:51 am »
I can see how to play that from the website , but can't see how I can download to play later where threse's no wifi - am I being dense and missing something?

I don't know how to do it from the website - I get the podcast by subscribing to Wait, What? on my iTunes podcast app. I imagine you can find + download episodes through any of the usual podcast apps, although I think you'd have to search for 'Wait What?' as the umbrella show, with episodes labelled 'Drokk!' coming out as part of that feed.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 14 February, 2019, 10:24:28 am »
Is that O'Neill robot dude in fact the Alan Moore droid showing Tharg the red card?

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 14 February, 2019, 10:21:32 am »
I seem to have fallen from twice a week to once a month (if that), but the Heroes blog keeps rolling on.
It's back to the 1970s today to hang out with Chris Lowder (mostly credited as Jack Adrian, in case you're wondering):


Up next, a true grotesque, followed by true comics royalty...

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 12 February, 2019, 02:10:04 pm »
Presumably Smith didn't have to pay himself for that (and various other) covers, given he was art editor at the time...
For sure there's a lost of cost-saving going on in these annuals, kinda like the reverse of the current trend of saving up money to splurge on the end-of-year 100 page beasts!

Finally got around to having a read on your blog, and I must say it's excellent! Some real insights there, and a willingness not to just gush over how good it all is (because it isn't). I especially appreciate the effort you've taken to say at least something about every story in each collection.

I echo your frustration that the Strontium Dog volume starts with Walrogs and omits any of the StarLord stuff. not only did that have some cracking full colour art, almost all of those stories function as better introductions to the strip than Walrogs, which is fine but could easily have been left out.

Anyway,you'll be busy on this for years, so that's good news for my idle times at work...

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 11 February, 2019, 12:18:34 pm »
100% agree on both Missing as a Dredd classic rendered ordinary by having non-spectacular artwork, and on early Mark Harrison having too much flash and not enough storytelling.

That said, when I've taken my time over Scarlet Cantos era Durham Red, there are a lot of details in the artwork that are super impressive. It's not a million miles from the Ridley Scott problem - so much effort in the production design, some good character work, but any actual story gets rather lost in the mix.

General / Re: Drokk!! - a rival to SpaceSpinner 2000??
« on: 07 February, 2019, 08:57:47 am »
The two hosts, Graeme and Jeff, talk about 2000AD at least a little bit on most episodes of Wait, What?, they're big fans. They have a deep abiding love of Zombo, for one.
I'm sure they'll give their own background when they start putting out the Drokk spinoff, but as far as I can tell Graeme (the Scot) grew up reading 2000AD in the early 80s, and has kept in touch ever since. Jeff  (the American), has read bits of Dredd here and there before reading 2000AD on the regular in recent years, so I imagine the early stuff will be brand new to him. As with Conrad and Fox, it's likely to yield a fun dynamic of opinions / appreciation.

General / Drokk!! - a rival to SpaceSpinner 2000??
« on: 06 February, 2019, 08:36:01 am »
Word is, there's a new podcast in town, reviewing all of Judge Dredd, in order.
Details to be found here:
- but you have to the end. (or download the episode and fast forward by about 2 hours!)

It's being co-hosted by comics/pop-culture journalist Graeme MacMillan, who's appeared on the Thrillcast at least twice already, so it's in good hands. (Wait, What?, his main podcast, is bizarrely entertaining and listenable, despite the general rambling tone. I guess it's down to the chemistry with his co-host, which is on the same level of infectious as Fox 'n Conrad.

Apparently it kicks off next week...

Frankly, what has me most excited are the comments at the bottom of the above-linked post, in which their American listeners get very excited to find out more about Dredd.

Who'd have thought that the best way to promote the joys of 2000AD, a silent comic, would be via podcast, an auditory-only experience...

As for Finn, I don't recall that ever being a Crisis thing. The link between it and TWW is tenuous at best.

The very opening series of Third World War includes a character named Paul in the line-up of young, dumb and self-righteous soldiers on a 'peace-keeping' mission. Pretty sure this is very explicitly a young version of the Paul who would return from soldiering to take up being a cabbie in Plymouth in the pages of Finn. I believe he grows more and more Finn-like as TWW progresses, although I've only read about half of it.

Book III of Finn also re-introduces Eve and the ultra-tory blonde girl from that original run of TWW, which may be another reason why that series hasn't been reprinted (yet)?

On the subject of John Smith collections, it'd be a right effort to put it together, but the dream is to find a chronological collection including basically all of his early stuff, which (apart from Future Shocks), is all tied in to Indigo Prime in various ways, and sets up that agency more clearly!
I'm talking the original 'Void Indiga' Future Shock, but then all of Tyranny Rex, including especially the Specials/Annuals episodes (I guess you could do without the Redux series), not forgetting Fervent & Lobe and Almaranda. Maybe throw in Danzig's Inferno for good measure. And of course the actual Indigo Prime episodes. Call it 'John Smith: the making sense at last collection'.

Just sayin'.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 22 January, 2019, 11:28:21 am »
Witch World... dodgy Slaine... Space Girls... Vector 13... Life Less Ordinary...
It's a short period of time, but for whatever reason this seems to be what people think of when they think of Bish-Op, poor bastard.

Announcements / Re: The 2000 AD A.B.C. web series
« on: 14 January, 2019, 09:56:59 am »
For real! A ton of work has gone into this series, and well worth it, too.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 13 January, 2019, 09:04:21 pm »
I have to confess that one reason I love this show so much is that you broadly agree with my own opinion of virtually every strip,* and who doesn't love an echo chamber. It's enough to make me believe there's some objective truth in critical evaluation of comics. So I'm waiting to see if that continues into the delightful 90s, which I have much fondness for.

*ie all of it is is super fun. Minor disagreements: I've little love for Helltrekkers, even the art, and I have a strong love for the early days of Rogue Trooper, which you both seemed to like less than the mid-period stuff. I think we can all agree it started tailing off around the time of Colonel Kovert.

The hard work is always appreciated, and as someone who maintains single blog on which I barely manage one post per month, the nailed on weekly / bi-weekly schedule is a wonder to behold!

News / Re: RIP Ron Smith
« on: 12 January, 2019, 12:06:50 pm »
Oh man, another big big name in 2000AD. His Dredd one-offs remain the funniest and most lunatic. I echo the love for his mega-citizens, and indeed his Mega City 1, constantly throbbing and heaving with people and buildings and vehicles and everything. This picture of the juve unwrapping that umtpy candy positively vibrates with emotional impact.

My condolences to his family and friends.

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 12 January, 2019, 11:58:17 am »
You ever had one of those months where you find yourself writing a 3,000 word essay on the merits of Tony Skinner?
I love writing this blog, even if it does take me ages.


Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 10 January, 2019, 09:44:10 am »
I remember really struggling with Slaine at the time, but having read this era in the collections recently it holds up surprisingly well. Definitely the murky repro in the Progs didn't help, but it also feels as if Mills had given up writing thematically coherent episodes, and was already writing for the trade. The tale of Catholic soldiers besieging a town of Cathars is a weird fit for a story about a pagan barbarian, mind.

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