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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: Today at 11:01:40 am »
This inflation calculator (http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-1633409/Historic-inflation-calculator-value-money-changed-1900.html) suggests that £19.99 in 1982 would be £73.01 today - a shade over a hundred bucks at current exchange rate. I don't think it's that simple though - some things have changed price more than others, especially electronics.

Prog / Re: Prog 2073 - Future Visions!
« on: Today at 08:58:22 am »
Cheers, Alec, very comprehensive. Also -
Durham has a good long think in her underwear,
  :lol: :lol: :lol:

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: Today at 08:45:16 am »
I never understand why people I go to the cinema with invariably want to sit as far back as possible - I always sit near the front so that the worst thing about the cinema - other cinemagoers fidgeting, talking, eating and checking phones - is all behind me and so not distracting, whilst my whole field of vision is taken up with the screen.

Prompted by the rave reviews here, I checked out Annihilation - pretty good, but not amazing, and fairly derivative - mismatched team of people with backstories? Check. Scary mission with random danger as team picked off one by one by monsters? Check. Big cosmic 'explanation' that leaves lots of unanswered questions? Check.

As an example of the genre however it was really well done - I'm sure I'll spot lots that I missed if I watch again such as that figure 8 tattoo - am I wrong or did she not have that when she went in? I also liked the tree people and the creepy-voiced bear thing. The visuals were superb and the soundtrack suitably atmospheric.

General / Re: Mega City 1 query
« on: 15 March, 2018, 01:17:50 pm »
Pretty sure pop was down to 50million after chaos day, though it may have grown a little since. Don't think we've had any post DoC employment stats, but there was mention of labour gangs to rebuild,  so I guess there'd be more job opportunities than in the days of 98% unemployment

Events / Re: Oldham Comic Con 2 - 12th May 2018 & it's FREE!!
« on: 15 March, 2018, 12:58:01 pm »
Ooh, John and Carlos together! I've never really had a chance to chat to Carlos - his queue at the 40th was immense and I only managed to burble drunkenly at him briefly in the bar afterwards

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 14 March, 2018, 06:16:37 pm »

Prog / Re: Prog 2072 - Weaponmaster!
« on: 13 March, 2018, 07:55:20 pm »
I guess he calls himself Dayglo because he's given up any pretence of subtlety, subdued hues or shading.

You know Rufus doesn't do the colouring, right?
No, I did not. Apologies to Rufus for maligning his colour choices. The linework is fine, if not my favourite style, but the colours make my head hurt!

Good luck mate - be interesting to see how much these actually go for - your starting estimate is pretty high, and you may find you have to drop it, but ya never know!

Prog / Re: Prog 2072 - Weaponmaster!
« on: 13 March, 2018, 07:04:55 pm »
Been meaning to write a prog review for weeks, and as the current crop has come to an end, thought this would be good time - it covers recent weeks, not just this prog.

Cover =- love it - A1!

Dredd - always reliable, even when not at top form. I enjoyed the mini-series of sov stories but this Lamia sequel fell a little flat , but I'm not sure why, there was nothing especially wrong with it. I'd like to see a few more character-based stories where Dredd just tracks down and busts some honest to goodness criminals - no shadowy cabal of bent judges, no international politics, no weird psychic powers, ghosts, magic or aliens, just Dredd vs perps

ABC Warriors (and Savage, as they get ever closer to being one story). Every week I find something to enjoy in each strip, but overall they're a bit of a mess. Endless speechifying with random acts of violence interspersed, but from week to week and book to book I'm not getting much sense of a coherent narrative. I thought making Bill a post-peace serial killer was an interesting twist, but we never really delved into his characterisation or motivation, but that's okay, as he just became a simplistic volg-killer again (and those song lyrics were bloody annoying). I totally lost track of how many times Helga from 'Allo 'Allo changed sides and Bill's final sacrifice to save her seemed odd. The warriors seems to have been written by the Millsotronic2000 Random Story generator - more speechifying, multi-member teams (with catchphrases), and odds that seem insurmountable one week and then the next we find that the ABC warriors are apparently bulletproof whilst their enemies go down with one shot. My residual love for Robusters and the ABCs is sustaining me, but only just. The art on both strips is an absolute joy.

Brass Sun - this has been the highlight of the prog for some time - a lovely, long-form story. It may work better as a novel as some of the time-jumps don't always come across immediately (I thought I'd missed something with the dead child until I realised it was all 'off camera' between books). I'm pretty neutral on the art - it has a simplistic charm, and works really well for claustrophobic police thriller like Brink, but a vast space opera may have been better suited to someone else.

Future Shock - recognised this instantly from the TB pitchfest, and the small changes that have been made really help - I think in the original, she was chasing some billion dollar prize offered by the fuel companies, but this sacking & paranoia motivation works much better. This was the only pitch that got an audible gasp of shock and horror at the end, so it was a clear winner on the day.

Bad Company. In 41 years I have hardly ever skipped a story - I've suffered through Valkyries, Junker and Chronos Carnival, but this story almost broke me. I did try, but I just felt my eyes slipping across the pages as quickly as possible to get it over with. Horrible, truly horrible and I think this was pretty clear after the first ill-fated reboot run. About halfway through, I no longer cared whether all the contradictions and paradoxes were explained, I just wanted it to end. I know some people like the art, but this also left me cold - horribly lurid purples and greens - I guess he calls himself Dayglo because he's given up any pretence of subtlety, subdued hues or shading. Overall, I reckon this is the poorest strip that's been in the prog in many years, if not ever. Please don't ever bring it back Tharg.

Film & TV / Re: Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
« on: 09 March, 2018, 02:24:02 pm »
I should imagine that Spidey's bodily strength allows him to push his shod feet against a wall whilst sticking to it with his hands.


Pfft, Nicholas Hammond barely even needed to TOUCH the wall!

Welcome to the board / Re: Back after 35 years!
« on: 02 March, 2018, 02:15:20 pm »
if you're not subscribing to the Ultimate collection, you can cherry-pick individual volumes - I've got the first 2 (of 9) Dante books and they are lovely hardbacks at a very reasonable £9.99

Welcome to the board / Re: Back after 35 years!
« on: 01 March, 2018, 04:59:07 pm »
welcome back! Tharg is a forgiving alien!

Have you come across the Spacespinner 2000 podcast? (http://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=44366.0) it's my new favourite podcast as a couple of Americans review 2000ad from the start - they're up to late 1982 at the moment, but the earlier episodes should give you a wonderful nostalgia tingle!

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 01 March, 2018, 04:55:57 pm »
thought i'd pop this here: a learning A.I. has beaten Q*bert on the Atari by discovering previously unknown bugs and cheats: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-43241936 - "Another novel strategy involved endlessly tempting Q*bert to commit suicide. Each time this happened the program received enough points for another life so it could repeat the cycle."

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 01 March, 2018, 09:43:27 am »
I think that Manchester's councillors have been sacrificing their first-borns to the weather gods because every extreme weather event in the last year or two has caused havoc to the North, South or East of us, but we have been relatively untouched - we have snow, but it's just a light blanketing unless you get up on the hills.

Megazine / Re: Scripts and WIPs for the floppy?
« on: 01 March, 2018, 09:25:27 am »
Nah, I always hate it when books are padded out with filler like this - covers are OK, but when I've read a fully finished story, why would I want to see the pencils or the script? Some of the Marvel and DC books really take the piss, nothing more annoying than buying a fat GN only to find that half of it is "classic" reprint, scripts, sketches etc rather than original content.

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