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Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 23 January, 2020, 07:12:05 pm »

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Creative Common / Re: Folklore Thursday: Island
« on: 23 January, 2020, 07:08:23 pm »
The Keep on Truckin' thing I had only seen once before, from the Perry Bible Fellowship:


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Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 23 January, 2020, 03:14:30 pm »
Hey Colin - I love your Calvin & Hobbes inspired "Danny and Kano". My wife helped me with the fact that it's an homage to an actual C & H strip (as opposed to just the style) as she's a big C & H fan.

Also: great reading of Bad Company (First Casualties): it's a sort of metaphysical war poem in comic form. That sort of depth often escapes me: I'm quite a dullard when it comes to deep poetry.

It made me think of bands that have great success and then start doing more experimental music, losing lots of their original fans in the process who don't get the new stuff. A friend once said Metallica had gone too "twiddly", for example.

I can listen to Dummy and Portishead for days on end without a break and still be in a state of bliss. Third left me cold, though.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 22 January, 2020, 06:39:50 pm »
Terry in The Young Ones.

(At 2:55, just after the classic "Do you dig graves?")

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I use Wikipedia lots: I just know it's not perfect. But you can expand that out to almost any online research.

There's a truth I've noticed through trying to find help when I'm stuck on a coding or technical computer issue and I search for a solution online:

 - The first response is "you're doing it wrong altogether: do it this way instead". (But they're wrong.)
 - The second response is a personal insult - like "What are you, a doofus? Nobody codes in Cobol!"
 - The third response is gold.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 22 January, 2020, 03:42:45 pm »

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Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 22 January, 2020, 03:40:38 pm »
Thank-you, oh Buttonman of impeccable taste. Congratulations, by the way, on your letter centennial. I've considered writing in, but as I'm still a few years behind there's only so much mileage I could get out of "letters from the past".

"Dear Tharg, I really enjoyed something you published four years ago. Etc."

About "likes": I do check the number of thread views to try and ensure that I'm not just whistling into the wind.

I'm looking forward to 2016: it's got prog 2000 in it (you know, the real one).

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Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 21 January, 2020, 10:30:23 pm »
I don't disagree with any of your points, but I found The Headly Foot Job to be staid. Mind you, I'm a Marmite Strontium Dog fan: some I love (The Killing), some I loathe (or rather, feel that they don't say anything new).

Like you, I loved the art in The Shadow Warriors, but the warriors have been repetitive and sub-standard (story-wise) since Hellbringer (with Khronicles of Khaos being the last time they were really on top form).

(I say this having just been enjoyably surprised by episode #1 of Return to Ro-Busters in prog 1961.)

Bec & Kawl were cute but a bit one-note. I have no recollection of Dredd's Big Deal at Drekk City.

So, leading the pack at the time was Cabs with Creepshow.






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The crime isss wiki, the sentence is ... deletion!

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I like the term "fancruft". I wonder how much of my code is cruft?

I find it difficult to take Wikipedia too seriously. Their entry on Witchcraft starts with "Witchcraft is the use of magical powers".  Uh-huh, because magic is real, sure.

It's a good place to get a general feel for a subject, but a shit place to get reliable facts.

To solve the original problem: get the information that was deleted from the way-back machine, become a Wikipedia editor (I think this step is necessary, but I'm not sure), put the information about Death on the Dredd page.

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General / Re: Bad Company
« on: 19 January, 2020, 10:33:44 pm »
I appreciate that they're trying their best, but the production of the show reminds me of Nozin' Aroun' from The Young Ones.

Thanks for the summary of Bad Company 2002: I must have read it at the time but those brain cells have been overwritten with new data.

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Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 19 January, 2020, 07:39:08 pm »


2015 (Fourth Quarter)

Taking us up to the end of 2015 there's a strong reliance on well-established stories, with Brass Sun's fourth series being the baby as a three year old thrill. Defoe's sixth series comes eight years after launch. Sinister Dexter turn twenty with their latest Generica-set piece. Old hands Bad Company hobble into view at a stately twenty-nine and Dredd dimly recalls his childhood after reaching an age only possible through the use of repeated visits to the rejuve clinic: thirty-eight. In order of most to least thrilling...


Judge Dredd: Serial Serial
(1950-1954)
Script: John Wagner, Art: Colin MacNeil, Colours: Chris Blythe, Letters: Annie Parkhouse


Wagner writing a PJ Maybe thriller, with Colin MacNeil on art: it's top quality before a page is turned. Here, PJ sets himself up as Dredd's assistant, drip-feeding information that leads to another serial killer: one who throws the Judges off the scent by updating his modus operandi after each set of eight kills (the serial serial killer of the title). PJ himself remains elusive (for us and Dredd, who finds the entire charade demeaning).

The final twist sees a patsy brain-washed to believe he is PJ, and locked up in a psycho cube. Of course, this gives Wagner the possibility of releasing a wannabe PJ into the wild at a future date.




Brass Sun: Motor Head
(1950-1959)
Script: Ian Edginton, Art: INJ Culbard, Letters: Ellie De Ville


This fourth series starts out bleak, with Wren captured and regularly tortured in an attempt to force her to reveal the secrets of the Blind Watchmaker: the AI remnants of a god that lives in her mind. There's something Brazil-like about her attempts at freedom and resistance in the face of surreal and implaccable foes. Ultimately, it's the decency of downtrodden folk that provide a spark of hope.




Defoe: The London Hanged
(1950-1960)
Script: Pat Mills, Art: Leigh Gallagher, Letters: Annie Parkhouse


The sixth book of Defoe sees the interesting characters of his wife and son soon sidelined as a new zombie outbreak leads Defoe to investigate the Vizards (aka Superior Heroes), who serve as utterly evil upper class perverts for Mills to vicariously beat up on. Wonderful art from Gallagher, strong storytelling and a compelling alt-history setting (grounded in strong research) lift this above the foundation of maniacal class war fantasy.




Sinister Dexter: The Taking of the Michael
(1951-1956)
Script: Dan Abnett, Art: Patrick Goddard, Colours: Eva de la Cruz, Letters: Ellie De Ville


On the positives: it's got great art and an interesting storytelling structure where most of the tale is told in flashback from the perspective of the investigation of a crime scene. Otherwise: it's not got much going for it. Sin & Dex are morally vacant glyphs with no arc who are so superhuman that their mistakes (allowing themselves to be spotted stalking their target) go unpunished: their skills so outstripping those of their opponents that they're effectively invulnerable. Perhaps, like Laurel & Hardy, the appeal is supposed to be that the characters themselves (deliberately arc-less) are so entertaining that to witness them at all is the prize. Probably this is best enjoyed by fans of The Fast and the Furious franchise, and Ocean's n.




Bad Company: First Casualties
(1950-1961)
Script: Peter Milligan, Art: Rufus Dayglo, Jim McCarthy, Letters: Simon Bowland


Hugely disappointing, given the source material. It's got Boris Johnson in it: reason enough to cancel any comic (even in 2015). It makes not one iota of sense, any of the time. Example: the head of a psychiatric clinic allows all of her patients to roam around heavily armed. When they kill people, there's no comeuppance. An insane general then ties the head psychiatrist (Doctor ... Malarkey - *groan*) to a chair so that they can shout at each other during moments that require exposition. It's just utterly, bafflingly bad: for seventy-four pages.

The plot is turgid nonsense: all the characters that died (or became alien god-beings) in previous outtings are now all living together in a retirement village. Danny Franks is still wearing the same hat and has the same haircut as during the war. Kano has a large chunk of open-air head and a wound that literally passes through his entire body, but still walks and talks. Maybe it works on some level as a comedy, but I don't think that's the intention.




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General / Bad Company
« on: 19 January, 2020, 04:15:12 pm »
Just stumbled across this Pete Milligan and Brett Ewins interview from 1988 about Bad Company.

I was trying to find a synopsis of the plot of Bad Company 2002, because despite reading it a mere eighteen years ago I have no idea what happened.

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Off Topic / Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
« on: 19 January, 2020, 12:29:34 am »

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Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 17 January, 2020, 10:17:29 pm »
Sorry: didn't mean to derail the thread. [Backing away slowly...]

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