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News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 11 November, 2018, 08:59:05 pm »
The purple patch for fans of early 1990s 2000AD continues with...

Steve Sampson
https://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.com/2018/11/no-123-steve-sampson.html

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 09 November, 2018, 10:07:38 am »
Yup, it's a proper contender for worst thrill ever, that one.
-and I kind of like Wireheads.

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Books & Comics / Re: Thrillpower Overload: the missing chapters
« on: 06 November, 2018, 06:45:37 pm »
Cracking finds and shares there Frank!

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Other Reviews / Re: Musings on The Small House.
« on: 06 November, 2018, 06:41:26 pm »
I agree that Williams has been doing excellent work on longer-form, continuity-important-seeming stories (aren't they all imaginary, as a wizard once said) - but for my money the best fun one-offs lately have been by McConville and Eglington. Eglington has also proven his chops on longer Dredd with the Sons of Booth trio, I really enjoyed that I did.

Sure, it's always nice to read the future history of Mega City One, but is it not generally agreed that the golden age of Dredd was between Apocalypse War and Oz*, i.e. when Wagner and Grant were mostly doing funny one-offs, and ignoring the sub-par City of the Damned?


*aka when young me was first introduced to the Prog, surely a coincidence...

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 04 November, 2018, 08:02:14 pm »
Yeah I think you're right to call out 1995 for lacking any real high-points; even Wagner on Dredd is only ever 'good as usual' rather than 'outstanding'.

I like Vector 13 quite a bit more than you, and at the time felt it brought the one-off back up to the high standard of the early Milligan/Smith/Morrison Future Shocks - but that's still only 'fun' rather than must-read.

I also have a lot more tolerance for Finn, but the art could've been a bit better, especially after books 1 and 2 which had been pretty ace artwise. But it's still not a Button Man or Firekind-level high.

1996 I suspect has lower lows to come, but also one or two major highs (including, of course, 6 months of the Pit!), so counts as an upswing from 1995 which indeed continues with every year after for quite a few year to come (reaching a peak in around 2008?).

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Books & Comics / Re: Do you follow characters or creators?
« on: 04 November, 2018, 07:43:30 pm »
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I'm pretty much creators all the way - is there any other fiction where that isn't the standard?

Film franchises are a good example of this, no? e.g. the Alien / Predator universes, James Bond, Jason Bourne, and, as a horror film lover, the slasher 'heroes' stick out as examples of fiction where fans clearly follow the characters even as lesser / other creators take the reins. (Well, for 7-10 sequels-worth, anyway)

As for comics, I learned to love creators at around the same time as Frank, in my case primarily Mike Allred and Jeff Smith (and I also learned to avoid Grant Morrison comics, although I've softened on his work lately). But there's still a part of me that fell in love with certain characters that means I will occasionally dip my toes in across the years. A recent case in point being the Incredible Hulk, a fave character now combined with a top writer (A. Ewing), to great results! I also only discovered Tom King as a result of being a fan of both the Vision and Nightwing, and that turned out pretty well.

2000AD forms a weird counter to all of this. To answer the question, I guess I am more enthused at the prospect of reading new stories by beloved creators than I am by revivals of beloved characters, but the fact is I'll read them all just the same - because at this point, I am a fan of 2000AD the institution perhaps even more than any of its creators or characters. I've been reading new issues every week for 3/4 of my life, have never thought of quitting, and I trust the name to the extent that I've bought things like the two Scream/Misty specials even though they feature characters I've barely heard by creators I've mostly never heard of either.

Although I drew the line at Sniper Elite. No offence to Richardson or Goddard, I've just got limited interest in war and video-game based comics.

I don't suppose that many 10-12 year-olds read 2000AD at the moment, but for certain at that age I was all about the characters, and aside from recognising the work of a handful of artists, even if I didn't know their names (Ezquerra, Belardinelli, Gibson and Ewins, I later discovered!) I couldn't give a toss about creators and just wanted more stories with my favourite characters in. Even if that meant 1990s RoboHunter. Bad call, young me!

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News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 04 November, 2018, 06:37:17 pm »
Everybody loves early 1990s 2000AD, right?
Here to represent is Mick Austin, a creator trapped in the wrong era if ever there was one...

https://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.com/2018/11/no-122-mick-austin.html

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 19 October, 2018, 03:25:23 pm »
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Both have been good, solid strips. Not brilliant at any point. But rarely bad or dull... rarely and deserving of a better send off. They've held the middle ground during the 90s when so much around then has been rubbish. Even at the end this is absolutely brought into sharp focus, surrounded as they are by Dredd Crusade - which gets worse on every reading, Finn a strip I just don't like and Harlem Heroes which I'm barely even reading by this point.

Still hats off (three pointed or otherwise) off to these stalwarts of the early to mid 90s. Rocks standing firm as all around them crumble, or raise to higher ground.

This same curse affected US comic of a similar vintage, described in some circles as being '90s good' - which is pointedly not the same as just plain 'good'...

https://www.cbr.com/comic-book-dictionary-90s-good/

For what it's worth, my memory as a solid 2000AD reader and an occasional Marvel comics reader in 1995, 2000AD was ALWAYS better than the competition, making even the bad strips look good in comparison!

But I absolutely agree that both Armoured Gideon and Brigand Doom needed a more definitive send-off. I feel like Brigand Doom was building up to a reveal of Investigator 9 either becoming the next Brigand, or having been him all along, or perhaps having dreamed up the whole thing, in a kind of parallel to American Psycho.

And you really need to read Harlem Heroes: Cyborg Death Trip as a deliberate 'so bad it's ridiculous' comic. Problem is, when a film does that it can be OK if you're watching it in a group and laughing together - kinda tricky to read a comic in a group setting. See also, and rather soon, Urban Strike!.
I guess we'll have to wait for Space Spinner to give us the group-read experience...

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News / Re: Arthur Ranson exhibition
« on: 19 October, 2018, 10:54:50 am »
I managed to get to this the other day, it's properly stunning, especially the large-size pages from Mazeworld, but also a kick to see his Beatles and Elvis work.

Orbital continues to be a delightful shop just to be in - combines that 1980s dusty back-issues feel with spacious and well-stocked 2010s 'comics are the next big thing' feel.

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News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 19 October, 2018, 10:52:52 am »
If ever there was an artist/writer whose work is tough to pin down, it's the next hero on the ever-ongoing list, Mike Collins:

https://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.com/2018/10/no-121-mike-collins.html

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 10 October, 2018, 08:03:59 pm »
Chalk me up as an Exterminator fan. I get that it's a repurposed Terminator story - but actually, it's a stroke of genius having Dredd be, as it were, a killer robot from the future. The guy does a great Arnie impression.

The only downside is that as it's a Judge Dredd story, we know he can't be the bad guy. If Wagner had been able to spin things out a bit, it would've been really neat to have Dredd apparently being a scary assassin in 20th century America.

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General / Re: 2018: forthcoming thrills..
« on: 10 October, 2018, 07:58:14 pm »
Re: folk horror - anyone else listening to this podcast?:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-evolution-of-horror/id1276042346

it's truly excellent; they've just finished a 17-part series on folk horror films, a diverse lot that certainly starts with the Wicker Man but manages to end with Get Out, via Deliverance and the Blair Witch Project.

If Simon Davis is painting folk horror for the Prog, it's going to be proper chilling!

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Skizz in Grey Area.
You know it would all end in tears.

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 06 October, 2018, 02:17:49 pm »
The real problem with Wilderlands is that it's a Megazine epic shoehorned into the Prog. It's the culmination of the Mechanismo storyline (all in the Meg), and the quite brilliant Prologue + Tenth Planet storylines that ran in the Meg just before the epic proper started.

Oh, and the fluffed reveal of who the killer is in the final episode didn't help either.

As someone who always read the Mix pages and never understood a word, I would say that I genuinely believed I was supposed to like this kind of music if I was a 2000AD fan. But the closest I ever got to House music was Snap! and 2Unlimited on Now 24.

Of course, A. McKenzie's tenure as Tharg is pretty much over come 1995, although he'll appear several more times in the credits box as writer. Wonder what kind of music John Tomlinson was into?

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 06 October, 2018, 01:58:37 pm »
I too never got to read Action (something to do with only being born in 1978), and apart from that Hookjaw collection from Hibernia I've not managed to find any of the other stories - how does one go about reading along? The stories sound too ridiculous not to seek out!

Are you going to combine Space Nobility with Freak Weather Patterns?

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