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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 15 November, 2018, 03:20:14 pm »
You can lead a librarian to where the dictionary is shelved (019), but you can't make him read it...

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 November, 2018, 03:14:25 pm »
Japan seems like the place ye want to be doing your best-ever-trade-deals with,  so. At least you'd have mutual transparency.
 Oh, wait a mo.. ..

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 November, 2018, 01:14:01 pm »
Can none of these grexnixes stick around to do a day's work?

Off Topic / Re: I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Prog
« on: 14 November, 2018, 03:31:19 pm »
Good news: The executions all involved being punched off a conveyor belt into molten lava.

General / Re: modern Dredd graphic novels reading order
« on: 14 November, 2018, 02:42:25 pm »
Yep, can't wait for that - Harvey was superb, Wagner's familiar trick of creating a sympathetic character out of the most unlikely ingredients, and McCrea's art was, ahem, electric. I really hope we see the next story usher in a permanent robot presence on the streets of MC-1. I know it won't, but the hope is real!

Going back to rs_jr's question, there has seemed to be a tendency to focus on Wagner-penned strips in the  Rebellion GN choices, to which Trifecta, Titan and Every Empire Falls represent a welcome change.  I wonder to what extent the drastically smaller yearly page counts we get from the great man affects the amount of recent non-Casefiles collections (12 years amounts to roughly 5000 pages of Dredd, if I'm not mistaken), as opposed to the economic considerations of producing new books while trying to sell over 100 chunky hardback collections over the past 4 years to much the same people.

General / Re: modern Dredd graphic novels reading order
« on: 14 November, 2018, 01:57:39 pm »
Are there a lot of essential material not collected?

Now that is a very interesting question. There is a lot in that list, Tour of Duty and Day of Chaos cover a lot of pages, but it's surely not everything essential

Quite a bit more of the quality of recent years found its way into the Hachette Judge Dredd Mega-Collection (for example the superb Al Ewing Deller sequence, or Mega City Confidential), and other chunks into the Dredd Megazine floppy collections (I'm thinking of Block Judge here).  But what important/excellent post-Origins stories haven't made it back into print in any form?

The first one that pops into my mind is Ladykiller.

General / Re: Top ten Dredds and top ten non-Dredd thrills
« on: 13 November, 2018, 10:29:01 pm »
8/  Taxi Driver by Alan Grant & Paul Hardy (531-532)

Now I often say "Eh? I have no memory of this?!?", but usually the thrill in question is from the mid-90s and there's a good reason.  This is from a period when I hung on every dribble from Tharg's well-wrung organ.  So why does something that makes it into Frank's Top Ten ring no bells?

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 13 November, 2018, 09:47:18 pm »
I see what you did there, and the resulting earworm and disturbingly sharply remembered video imagery is not appreciated.  Why is some of my very limited storage capacity filled with this sort of thing, and not something useful (like Prog numbers for specific Future Shocks, for example),

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 13 November, 2018, 08:20:25 pm »
Pardon my ignorance, but what's the "Timmy Mallet tie debacle" problem with Girl in the Fireplace? That's one of my absolute favourite NuWhos, and not just because Sophia Myles is staggeringly gorgeous in it (honest).

Welcome to the board / Re: Welcome to 2000AD Online
« on: 13 November, 2018, 03:40:58 pm »
How in hell was that username not taken!  Welcome, you genius!

(Scurries off to find what else can be pressed into service with an '@' prefix,  then remembers the chameleon circuit was taken offline...)

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 13 November, 2018, 03:38:41 pm »
That's what I figured, but it's a pity.  And TBH Dr Who is the only new broadcast TV we follow in our house. Other TV is random repeats of Simpsons, Horrible Histories and Nickelodeon dross, and the occasional wildlife doc.

Film & TV / Re: Doctor Who Series 11 Discussion
« on: 13 November, 2018, 02:28:38 pm »
remember RTD served up farting Slitheen and deadly… wheelie bins.

Paving. Slab. Blow. Job.

With Moaning Myrtle no less. And in Tennant's much-loved first season as well,  IIRC. We're so far away from that nadir that it's hardly the same show.

There's a lot to be said for these current more self-contained more grounded* episodes, but...  I know we're an even longer way now from the pre-Ecclestone days, but I still see a problem with trying to cover too much in single episode stories.

If you're trying to establish a new setting,  introduce new characters and offer them a role and a resolution, develop multiple companions, give them and the Doctor something memorable to do, have a good bit of running and general peril, AND create and dispatch an original alien threat to underpin it all ... It seems like a lot to do,  and inevitably some aspect is going to feel barely sketched out or tacked on. No other show on telly tries to do what NuWho tries, and I wonder if two-part stories would allow a little more room to write more substantial elements.

*Not a paving slab joke.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 November, 2018, 09:22:25 pm »
I dunno, Jayzus - he seems to know absolutely nothing about the prog. I watched one vid last year where he spent half the runtime googling Grennie and Dabnett to see how old they were, and how creepy it was that they wrote comics about "young girls" at their ages.

 IIRC the 'young girls' in question were Officer Bridget Curtis (a 'teenager of colour',  apparently), Officer Resting Bitch Face (a 'sad girl' who wants to join the Borg) and Rogue Trooper (he had decided Rogue had actually turned into Venus Bluegenes at some point). Even passing familiarity with the forum would have cured him of that little lot.

EDIT: ah,  that one looks more like it!

Off Topic / Re: RIP Stan Lee
« on: 12 November, 2018, 07:13:19 pm »
Ah shite.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 November, 2018, 04:27:52 pm »
He's actually priceless. Did you watch the one where his main objection to Spurrier's Dora (in The Dreaming) is that her type of woman (and he doesn't mean monstrous teeth and wings sticking out of her head, BTW,  he means a 'masculine empowered woman' with a short haircut) doesn't exist in the real world? This revelation is illustrated with scenes of her talking to Merv Pumpkinhead,  Lucien the Librarian of Books That Never Were and Matthew the Raven-that-in-life-was-married-to-Abby-Holland-nee-Arcane. In the Dreaming. I don't know about you,  but that's where I go to read about grounded, real-world characters.

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