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Website and Forum / Re: Spam, pornspam, and morespam
« on: 09 July, 2020, 10:00:11 AM »
As with anything else, please report stuff that needs removing.


General / Re: The comic that 2000AD killed
« on: 06 July, 2020, 10:36:19 PM »
Thanks David. There's a gap of a full month between progs 376 and 377, in July-August 1984, so it must have been then. Tammy has already gone under in June, and there are no other 1984 demises on the chart I linked to, so I'm none the wiser though. Maybe Michael will make finding out his next project...

I think lead times were a fair bit longer back then — art, script and lettering all had to be shuttled between the respective droids via editorial each way by post, production involved physical paste-up, then bromides, negs, plate-making and, again, all this stuff had to make its way as physical packages by post or courier… so it’s possible that the gap in July publication was the effect of industrial action several weeks earlier. Sanders could have shuttered Tammy with immediate effect if he knew he had other titles he could funnel material already in hand into.

Its all of course anchered by his brilliant 'acting'. The way he makes his characters live and breath. In Brink in particular I see behind the eye of each sentence they say.

That's the part of his process I found particularly fascinating when he talks about it — once the pages are laid out, he goes through the whole episode and finishes drawing one specific character, so he's only thinking about that character, their body language, what's going on their head. Once he's drawn that character for the whole episode, he goes back to the beginning and repeats for the next character…

Edited to be rude: We could also talk about the letterers contribution, but we all know they are just upperty typists!

Actually, Ian makes a point of specifically highlighting Simon B's contribution to Brink in the thrillcast.

If anyone hasn't listened to the latest thrillcast with Ian Culbard, it's well worth it. It's wide-ranging and very entertaining, and Ian talks about Brink at some length — some of the stuff about his process (particularly how he makes the characters 'act') is fascinating.

Whilst it's right that Dan gets lauded for his work on Brink, I think it's important to remember that Ian's contribution goes beyond just realising Dan's words in visual form — it would likely be a very different, and possibly not as successful, strip with another artist.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 04 July, 2020, 01:48:50 PM »
Evil Faith or Reformed Faith?

The main character's a bit wild-child-y, that's all.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 04 July, 2020, 11:44:40 AM »
Watched the first couple of episodes of Netflix's new "Warrior Nun" series. I'm not familiar with the (pretty dodgy-sounding) original comic series, but the show plays kind of like Buffy on steroids… if Faith had been the main character. So far, not bad at all.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 03 July, 2020, 05:08:50 PM »
There really does not appear to be any other way to stop them stripping the assets of this country and killing the citizens besides an open revolt and the guillotine.

This is a conversation I've been having with ever-increasing frustration for years. Just about everything one can cite as an economic or social ill in modern society can be identified as a predictable, in many cases even the expected, outcome of the neoliberal agenda. It's why I joined the Labour Party specifically to vote for Corbyn: because I wanted someone to articulate a political alternative to that agenda that might have a chance of getting into government, and we weren't going to get that with any of the other leadership candidates.

The question the neolibs (and their centrist apologists) can't or won't answer is: where does this end? If you keep forcing people into ever more insecure labour while ratcheting up the costs of housing, education and healthcare and simultaneously stripping away the societal safety nets, where does it end? Eventually, one way or another, it ends with blood on the streets…

Sadly, the Overton Window in the UK has moved so far to the right that a policy platform like Labour's 2017 manifesto, which contained little that would have upset an Edward Heath-era conservative, was greeted as though it was an attempt to impose some kind of Maoist communism on the country by the national media.

We may all come to regret the fact that the centrist/Blairite faction actively sabotaged Labour's 2017 election campaign very bitterly indeed over the coming years.

If, as seems to be the case, Disney are trying to mop up all the existing Fox licenses and get them under the Marvel banner, that would seem to bode ill for BOOM’s Buffy and Firefly books. I’ll confess to not having read the Buffy stuff, but it’s consistently well-reviewed, and the Firefly ongoing is excellent.

News / Re: Dredd Animation (wow)
« on: 30 June, 2020, 11:38:47 PM »
I thought he spoke about the software he used?

The bloke introducing the video on your link clearly says it’s something he found on Vimeo, not something he made himself. 

News / Re: Dredd Animation (wow)
« on: 30 June, 2020, 09:49:36 PM »
Pretty sure that wasn’t done in someone’s bedroom. It originally surfaced as a ‘proof of concept’ clip from a pro operation.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 30 June, 2020, 02:43:19 PM »
And in all that weirdness and hits of darkness it can be quite sweet too.

In that respect, it very much nails the Morrison/Case run which remains some of my favourite comics ever.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 29 June, 2020, 11:27:52 PM »
Elsewhere in our new TV landscape… is anyone else watching the Snowpiercer TV series on Netflix…? I’ll confess to being entirety unfamiliar with either the film or the original comic, but I’m really enjoying this. Also, Jennifer Connolly. :-)

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 29 June, 2020, 09:59:59 PM »
As way of example of the crazy stuff

Have you read the Morrison/Case DP run? That’s not snark, it’s just that, for me, the TV series does a remarkable job of capturing the quite deranged tone of the comic. It’s not exactly there, but it’s closer than anything I ever expected to see on TV.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 28 June, 2020, 06:05:31 PM »
I may one day watch it when I'm coerced by someone else, but unless that happens I think I can live a happier life not having seen it.

Yeah. Having not really enjoyed either of the previous two movies, I very deliberately gave this one a miss. I never watch a movie with the intention of disliking it — life’s too short. When this popped up on Disney+, I hoped my expectations had been sufficiently pre-lowered but apparently not.

I’m glad lots of other people enjoyed it more than I did, though.

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