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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 22 March, 2018, 06:10:42 am »
They should be easily available as delicious sensory experiences for the prognocenti, not hoarded as investments...


Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 21 March, 2018, 05:27:02 pm »
One thing that does occur to me mind, is that these issues were not limited to Tooth alone.  Across the comics industry there was an incredible amount of dross through the nineties.  Publishers went ballistic with variant covers, lenticular covers, covered covers ... Crossovers for their own sake ... Core characters had their lines expanded to multiple titles ... Rob Liefield ...

It was just a bad time for comics in general, particularly after the heady days of the eighties.  The focus seemed to be on investment rather than enjoyment. (Okay, how many of us have used that line on our wives / husbands / partners to justify the expenditure?)  The industry really seemed to have lost something.

Tooth seemed to recapture something of it's original spirit in the late nineties.  Even in the last few years before the Rebellion takeover it showed signs of rekindled life.  It does seem that this is where Tooth departed company with the rest of the comics industry.  Since then it has gone from strength to strength.  Even the recent blip far outshines so much else that is out there.  Arguably we have been spoilt in recent years and perhaps have been a little unfair on the current creative team.  Considering the writers and artists they are up against it must be incredibly intimidating to join that roster.  I wonder if it is worth taking a wider view?

Prog / Re: Prog 2073 - Future Visions!
« on: 18 March, 2018, 03:03:28 pm »
Where the hell did that come from?

I'm a fucking goth and I thought that

I was talking about the snow, mind.

Prog / Re: Prog 2073 - Future Visions!
« on: 18 March, 2018, 12:14:14 pm »
Well, that's a cheery thought for a Sunday morning. Way to kill the positive vibes, sir. Congratulations!

Hey, it's just stopped bloody snowing here again!!!  Where the hell did that come from?   ::)

Prog / Re: Prog 2073 - Future Visions!
« on: 18 March, 2018, 10:18:35 am »
Personally I find that the artist is less of a problem than the writer.  Harrison and McNeil's (?) work on the Final Solution jarred a bit at first but has grown on me over the years (finally got the 'Shine on you Crazy Diamond' line as well).  Similarly' Dobbyn's work suited the strip well.  Some of the Tales of the Doghouse and Gronk stuff just ... well, what can I say?

Ezquerra will always be my first choice but we do have to be a little realistic.  Like too many of us, he is staring his own mortality in the face.  Let's hope its for a while yet though.

Prog / Re: Prog 2073 - Future Visions!
« on: 17 March, 2018, 02:51:47 pm »
Wholeheartedly agree on this week.  A sumptuous feast!  Weston, Ezquerra, Coleby, Teague, Cornwell ... oh my!  I've not been a massive fan of Stront since the resurrection but this one looks promising.  My money is also on the fan theory on Sternhammer junior's treatment but with Wagner anything is possible.

The Biotronic stickers tend to go for about £300-£400 with the prog since they are pretty scarce.  The other two gifts in the £50-£100 range (someone did try a knock off of the spinner last year for a couple of hundred but didn't get anywhere).  Personally, I'm in the 'no progs?' camp on this one.  Best of luck though.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 March, 2018, 02:10:35 pm »
Aye, plus we get absolutely nothing from the opposition because they are all scared of the 'will of the people' [should be spoken in the same tones of voice as 'the greater good' a la Hot Fuzz].  Blair damaged the UK's international reputation with his unwavering support of Bush but Cameron looks set to have done far more damage with his spineless fear of the nutters in his party.  We are paying the price in endless austerity.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 14 March, 2018, 09:19:58 pm »
For the Tories, Sovereignty equals whatever is in the best interest of themselves / their donors.  Clearly the Skripral incident has got their Russian donors spooked.To quote Camelot, "it could be you!"

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 14 March, 2018, 08:26:46 pm »
Continuing the news that Trump's weapons in schools policy is so hare brained it is unreal ...

Can I congratulations to our American brethren for electing the physical incarnation of Bad Bob Booth?

News / Re: 2000AD REGENED (preview)
« on: 14 March, 2018, 07:19:06 pm »
The Sci Fi special was the pseudo-Scout camp story ("sorry, I skipped two pages")  The jungle story was D.R. and Quinch get drafted ("Don't know, they must be claustrophobic.")

Plus .. Alan Davies Art.  Always a pleasure.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 14 March, 2018, 05:57:07 pm »

(okay, not quite that old)

General / Re: Any word when Savage books 7,8 and 9...
« on: 14 March, 2018, 10:10:51 am »
New series: Savage vs Hammerstein vs Dredd vs the absolute limits of continuity

Which arguably has already happened since Mega City 1 is mentioned in the last of Hammerstein's War Memoirs.  One of his platoon mentions it as they are demobbed.

Off Topic / Re: Squaxx Telling Jokes
« on: 12 March, 2018, 04:00:14 pm »

What a beautiful day for putting on a fez, running into a funeral home and shouting, "Just like that!"

R.I.P. Ken.

I thought that was Tommy Cooper?

Off Topic / Re: Squaxx Telling Jokes
« on: 11 March, 2018, 01:31:58 pm »
That's a face palmer , that is!


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