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General / Re: Prog 2146 'did not print' issue with newsagent.
« on: 09 October, 2019, 07:35:14 pm »
2146 seems to have had major distribution issues across the country. I had to order mine from Rebellion as well, which is the first time in 40+ years I've not found it in the newsagent.


General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 29 July, 2019, 06:00:25 pm »
The last series was definitely not the final one. So said Mr Abnett when I bumped into him recently in Eastbourne.


Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 26 July, 2019, 02:26:24 pm »
Thank you, everyone. I mean it. Its here that I feel secure enough to talk about these things, not Facebook, nowhere else. The last couple of days have been... tough. Thankfully, today is a little brighter. Or would be if not for the sudden storms and rain, obviously. But my head is in a slightly better place today at least.

This place gets a lot of stick elsewhere on the net. But it really is the very best. 


Classifieds / Re: For Sale: Judge Dredd: Mega Collection
« on: 24 July, 2019, 04:03:00 pm »
Magic cheers,
When you have a yay or nay on the other two, if you could message me your details for paypal that'd be great!

Classifieds / Re: For Sale: Judge Dredd: Mega Collection
« on: 24 July, 2019, 02:38:04 pm »
Any chance of books 48 (tour of duty) 55 (brothers of the blood) and 82 (day of chaos aftermath)?


Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 23 July, 2019, 03:53:42 pm »
I've had a few rough years, and this year has been the roughest I can remember. I'm not sure I have the strength to go any further to be honest. I think, after many close calls, I'm just about at the end of the line.
I had hoped that certain medical issues being resolved would enable me to turn a corner. However, while that's certainly been the case in regards to part of it, I've managed to push a certain person so far out of my life that they no longer give a toss about me. I can't cope with that and have no skills to draw upon with which to handle it.
My best plan (the only one that doesn't involve the obvious solution that we don't like to name in case we appear needy or drama queeny) is to cut all ties with everybody and everything, burn all my bridges and physically move far away from the people I know, to "start again". So I reckon that's what I will do, whether immediately or after the next eight months of living hell that I am contractually obliged to live through. I have no idea what my mood/ mental health will be like come next March, but it's spiralling downward every day at present and I'm not holding out for a last minute reprieve.
As far as meds/ cbt/ lifestyle changes go- I've done them all, continue to do them all, and none help one iota. 
Seriously considering developing an addiction just to allow myself a few months of much-needed escape from reality. Life cannot possibly be any worse.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 18 July, 2019, 01:06:44 pm »
Thanks- I feared as much. Oh well, plan (b).


General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 17 July, 2019, 08:08:26 pm »
I haven't read it since it was in the prog, but wasn't Urban Strike more of a satire of those kind of things, but wrapped up in an "extended ad for a video game"? Wasn't it actually full.of clever dialogue and gags? Or am I getting it mixed up with Black Light or similar?
I loved Big Dave (haven't read it for years), Dead Meat (the "featuring Inspector Raam" cover is a personal favourite of that era), and Brigand Doom is perpetually on my list of things I want to see reprinted either in trade or Meg floppy.
Much of that period has a certain charm to me. I'd even give Time house another go if I came across it in the box stack.

Not Zippy Couriers or RAM Raiders though. Never them.


Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 17 July, 2019, 04:30:14 pm »
Quick question for subscribers- the wallet that served as a gift, is it in any way decent? I'm after a wallet to replace my Marvel one that's a bit knackered and would prefer a 2000ad branded one. None on the website, etc, but there's a subs gift one on ebay. Most importantly, does it have a *ZIPPED* COIN POCKET?
Thanks in advance.

Books & Comics / Re: Modern Spider-Man help!
« on: 13 July, 2019, 12:59:32 pm »
I'd also go as far as to say that if you start him from there, and let him work through the entirety of Amazing Spider-Man from that point, at his own pace, he will find the series just gets better and better and "grows" with him, in a similar way that 2000ad did for us.
After JMS, the series "blips" somewhat with the One More Day story- which serves a purpose, but serves it in the most awkward way possible. The new Status Quo set up in the Brand New Day immediately following it managed to annoy keyboard warriors in a similar way to how we see them react today to things they don't like. Dan Slott (and the contemporary team of writers, until Slott took over solo) ran with it though, and to my mind made Spidey the best book in Marvel's stable for years following. Arguably Slot should have packed it in after the extended Superior arc, but even later Slott was frequently better than much of what went before.

The jury is still out on the current run, which personally I found hamstrung by some horrible art- at least until recently.

Everything is available in trades, from the JMS run to date and if you shop around ex - library copies are available for very few pounds.


Books & Comics / Re: Modern Spider-Man help!
« on: 13 July, 2019, 12:44:08 pm »
Start him at 'Coming Home', the first arc by JMS (ASM "volume two" #30-35, 1999, drawn by John Romita Jnr). That was my choice when getting my two boys "into Spidey" and it's still their favourite all these years later.
It's also been massively reprinted in various editions over the years and is therefore available quite cheaply on ebay. Including as part of the Marvel Graphic Novel Collection.

Plus, it's a very, very good story.


General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 09 July, 2019, 10:39:36 pm »
Not prog related, but...
"Open sesame". Open, says-a-me.
Never got that. Not until tonight when it was made obvious by an eleven year old actor in a school performance of 'Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits'. I feel like an idiot.


General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 04 July, 2019, 01:33:23 pm »
I couldn't possibly point to a period when 2000AD came out of an "extended bad patch" and into fresh pastures. I've consistently enjoyed the prog throughout its lifespan so far- even in the 90s, when all common sense tells me it "wasn't very good", I remember buying it weekly and loving it. Even if it was merely a quick twenty minute distraction from whatever the week had thrown at me.
I suppose it can't be argued that it amped up the thrills when Matt Smith took over- and while he receives some stick, I have immense respect for the man. The comic has to be exciting and relevant, after 42 years. And it bloody is.  Yeah, it's not always on point- I am less with impressed with the current Anderson story for example, and not looking forward to more Indigo Prime. But! Lots of people really like them! And we have HOPE... just around the corner, which wouldn't have been commissioned ANYWHERE ELSE.  We have more BRINK coming,  more Scarlet Traces, some very very exciting new Slaine, Dredd is still moving forward, not stagnating (even though I hate seeing his face in 'The Samaritan') with an exciting "new" writer, or maybe an old one, who knows?
Yeah, I wish Matt would change the format and design a bit (a lot, a whole lot) but that's because I want the prog to LEAP off the shelves and hit people in the face, mugging them for their groats and forcing them to the counter.

So I guess maybe I'd have to say the new golden age started when Rebellion took over. It may have stumbled a bit at the beginning, but they made up for it and then some. "A shot glass of rocket fuel" is more than just a clever soundbite, it actually did set out the plan for the future, and for the most part they've achieved it.


Off Topic / Re: Forum Etymology Thread.
« on: 30 June, 2019, 02:03:36 pm »
No, not 687. You'll have to work out which one it is, like I had to!


Off Topic / Re: Forum Etymology Thread.
« on: 29 June, 2019, 08:58:46 pm »
That's brilliant, thanks everyone. I'm absolutely sure it was not anachronistic in a book set in 1983, but it did stick out a bit for me.

Please use this thread for discussion of ANY words of phrases that confuse the hell out of you, or just spark your interest.

The book, by the way is THE PILOT by David Gamer. Available on Amazon, and yes it does come with a specific reference to a particular 2000AD prog and the contents therein. It's definitely worth a read.


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