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Announcements / Re: Zenith omnibus last chance
« on: 13 November, 2020, 01:36:15 PM »
Hi Rob

I suspect because this short run of books was in practice a way to assert copyright.
Marvel had done a very similar thing for Marvelman.

Uncontested this then paved the way to print more in a mass market edition.
Just a guess on my part...


General / Re: Favourite CLASSIC art droid Round 1 - Simon Bisley or Jock
« on: 13 November, 2020, 07:26:35 AM »

That's fair.

I guess seeing a PDF isnt going to scream out "there's a double page" as much as the book.

They still are very good value. Maybe short staffed as well.
It doesn't bother me enough to return.

Help! / Re: Rebellion and Rights to Eagle Strips
« on: 07 October, 2020, 09:56:17 PM »
I always enjoy a spirited response.

Sorry I was not judging the possibility of reprinting photo-strips just making the small point that Dan Dare is really the crown jewels and everything else is nice crumbs. I'd love to see the Doomlord photo-strips back in print and TBH I think they could risk reprinting old photos if the run was sub 200. I mean what are the actors really going to sue for? A few hundred pounds?

Cheap shots aside. I do agree with Pat Mills long-term point that you 're-invent Dan Dare at your peril'. He belongs in the 1950s view of a sci-fi future. I'm not sure it's a 1950s that ever happened but who can argue with post-war optimism of a better world (if still slightly colonial). I wasn't arguing to re-invent his world again. No-one needs a great-great-x-grandson but just that probably only a top-tier current actor combine with a top-tier show runner could pull it off. I hope it happens. And so do the DD Corp but until then whether they approve tiny reprints of obscure stories (however fondly remembered from the old 1982 bird) aint going to pay any Studio Execs child's school fees.

Dan is worth doing right but it's a tough proposition. Probably tougher than any top-tier 2000ad IP especially as the first set of fans are now in their 80s and sadly dwindling in terms of a built in audience.

Hi guys

I got the Thirteenth Floor Vol.2 today.
It was in a card envelope. It arrived with the lid open and unglued. The corners are foxed and I wouldn't accept a hardback in that condition.

The 'limited' hardback repeats the biographies of all three writers/artists on a duplicate facing page
And the book ends with 4 pages of promotion/adverts which are advertising... Thirteenth Floor vol. 1

Nope. it makes no sense.

Take more time. Package and protect hardbacks better. And do more Quality control please.
Apart from that the repro on the old Eagle & Tiger covers was great. And I'm really glad you're doing this series.

Help! / Re: Rebellion and Rights to Eagle Strips
« on: 07 October, 2020, 04:23:55 PM »
It's always slightly worth remembering the facts

The Dan Dare completed a 22-part animated cartoon series that was according to IMDB as being sold to 40+ companies but it was unsuccessful to the point where I think the DDC was being challenged for a £15 million dollar loan that one of the funding partners had borrowed.

They are sitting on an anachronistic character forever stuck in a 1950s that doesn't chime well with modern audiences as a setting for a Sci-fi drama. But if a tryst of Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Gattis and HBO came calling it could be worth a great deal for the value of their IP.

And why they are hoping that reprinting Thunderbold & Smokey et al. probably isn't moving the dial but that said Hibernia clearly did broker multiple deals (include Dan Dare in the Holiday Special) that made sense to both parties so it can be done.

Prog / Re: Prog 2199 - Death Becomes Him!
« on: 17 September, 2020, 05:37:07 PM »
it's speculation to a point but maybe End of Days was the victim of being reduced in weeks but not being able to reduce the plot.

Maybe the filthy Sov's capturing the third Horseman was meant to be shown. Maybe there was less exposition. So perhaps not being able to cut down Four individually shown Horsemen was the problem and led to talky-talky episodes.

Maybe the big beats and reveals would have come in a story that just breathed a bit more.

Film & TV / Re: HBO Watchmen
« on: 17 August, 2020, 01:15:24 PM »
Watched the last one last week. If I was a teenager, it would be my divorced Mam's new boyfriend - I really didn't want to like it, but we ended up getting on famously.  Though, of course, the source material will always be my real dad.

Brilliantly expressed and my feelings as well. I know I'm late to the party.

Help! / Re: Comic binder help wanted.
« on: 17 August, 2020, 10:53:41 AM »
Hi Colin
You just send them the whole comic. They take the staples out etc.
They'll stitch them together, minimally trim the edges and put a cover on them.

Help! / Re: Comic binder help wanted.
« on: 12 August, 2020, 12:33:23 PM »
Spink & Thackeray are certainly now open if operating on reduced staff.
A simple binding with just typeface on the spine is probably around £27 + p&p
A logo stamp another £5 ish (as long as the die exists)

I'd recommend them - they absorbed Hollingsworth & Moss

Music / Re: Q Magazine to close
« on: 23 July, 2020, 01:59:24 PM »
I suspect the circulation problem is equally down to the quality or at least the ambition/subversion of modern bands. Modern Pop/Rock exacts a Insta/Twitter engagement that renders the mystique of Bowie/Prince/McCartney/Morrissey redundant.

Or an equally depressing note I subscribed to Empire magazine when they did a 20 year retrospective on Jaws. Then a 25th. Then 30th. I think it was the 35th I just cancelled. Nostalgia's not what it was.

Suggestions / Re: Judge Dredd: The Ledger in Order
« on: 23 July, 2020, 01:34:57 PM »
Thanks for the Joe. I wasn't aware of that. Will hunt out a copy.

Suggestions / Judge Dredd: The Ledger in Order
« on: 21 July, 2020, 03:51:09 PM »
Ever since reading Judge Dredd The Mega History and the printing of the ledger that showed the order in which Pat Mills commissioned artists to work on Dredd, I would like to see those stories reprinted in order.

An added narrative from Pat would be great explaining what he did and didn't like. It would allow a reprint book to start with Bank Raid first, maybe even include Rufus 'Courtroom' from Class of '77 if possible written by Jack Adrian. I know Bank Raid has been reprinted many times but it hasnt exactly been given the prominence it deserves hidden away in annual censored or in the extras section of the Case Files.

I'd just like to see the stories in order so we could see issues like the number of Judges and Judge written on the badge slowly disappear into what we know today.

IDW presumably pay Rebellion to license Dredd to predominantly sell it in USA comic shops

As part of the deal Rebellion could reserve the right to reprint it in the UK* say 6 months later

I don't think the current floppies from the UK archive sit that well in a Mega City/2000AD publication.
They feel like your Dad making you watching a B&W episode of the Likely Lads because you enjoyed the Inbetweeners.

* I know some Megs make it to the USA but can't believe its huge

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