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Help! / Re: Name that Stront!
« on: 12 December, 2017, 07:40:34 PM »
I thank you, and so does my friend.


Help! / Name that Stront!
« on: 12 December, 2017, 07:32:17 PM »
Hivemind, I have just received the following message from an old friend, and my memory is failing me. Can any of yous guys help him out?

"hello mate, my Strontium Dog collection is buried in the garage and you're the only person I can think of that might know the answer to this. There is a SD prog where Jonny and Wulf enter a competition which is essentially last man standing in an enclosed environment to win a prize and they enter because they'll get bounties on many of the people in the competition. It's driving me nuts and it doesn't Google. IF this even vaguely makes sense let me know. Cheers."

Many thanks in advance

General / Re: 2000AD Cover of the year Vote 2017
« on: 09 December, 2017, 12:15:35 PM »
1. Prog 2018 by Ryan Brown
2. Prog 2050 by Simon Davis
3. Prog 2023 by Cliff Robinson/ Dylan Teague


Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 04 December, 2017, 04:45:48 PM »
Absolutely adore Scalped, and crack it open once a year to reread. There aren't many series that inspire me to do that, but it never disappoints.

Currently I'm a hundred pages into Andy Weir's follow up to The Martian, Artemis. While it's a bit more pedestrian than his first novel, reminding me in both setting and tone of numerous other "near future moon-base hard sf" stories, it's another page turner and written in a similar amiable style.

Also, nerds, it has a discussion between two characters about classic Star Trek and a pub called "Hartnell's", owned by an Englishman called Billy.

Watch as Hollywood makes a meal/ has coniptions over how to represent it's lapsed-muslim female lead and her religious father.


Other Reviews / Re: Another 2000AD read thread
« on: 25 November, 2017, 04:58:34 PM »
He's had a weekly comic bought for him since before he could read. Started off with CBeebies magazine, then Scooby Doo, Spidey and Dr Who Adventures. Eventually grew out of them all, and having been reading my 2000AD trades since he could string a sentence together, he asked me to get him the prog every week. Initially it was mainly for Dredd, but he's really liked Jaegir, Threeeeellers, ABCs and Savage. Like all of us, he has things he doesn't get on with (Brass Sun, Counterfeit Girl, Slaine) but he says it's always worth it because something will be good. I got him to give Brink another go, after he was skipping it in the prog, and he really liked it- as did I when I read it in one go. Obviously, being my son, he would be at least a bit like me, but I think 2000AD is now in his blood. I'm sure he'll drop out at some point, but I'd imagine he will always now come back to it from time to time.

Youngest son, the one who really IS a lot like me in most ways, on the other hand can't be arsed with it. He will read Dredd case files, but has no interest in comics really.


Prog / Re: Prog 2057 - A Witch in Time
« on: 17 November, 2017, 07:48:34 AM »
I will take Tordel's baked confectionary metaphor and add to it, by saying the strips in this prog were positively huddled together playing a game of "Thrilly Biscuit".
Dredd, Slaine, SiniDex, Absalom- all were frantically bashing out the Thrills, with an eye on the dormitory door in case Tharg came back.
In such games there always has to be a loser, and I'm afraid Indigo Prime has to munch the digestive this time, but even that can't detract from the overall feeling of being well-spent as you turn the last page.

Film & TV / Re: Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
« on: 14 November, 2017, 02:04:48 PM »
I completely fail to see anything "generic" about Ragnarok. I could understand that levelled against Dr Strange or Ant-Man, because despite loving both they didn't once push the envelope either in content or style. But Ragnarok was about as far from the norm for these things as it's likely they will ever get.


Books & Comics / Re: Done with everything?
« on: 11 November, 2017, 10:37:09 AM »
I'm not sure I could ever be "done" with comics. That would be like saying "I'm never going to read a book/ watch TV/ see a film/ listen to music" again. But just as my tastes change with regard to what movies, albums, TV shows, books I read at any given time, so do my tastes on comics change.

At the moment I'm actively avoiding TV drama series- am two seasons behind on all the ones I like, and have no inclination to catch up. Prefer filling my TV time with The Chase, the news, Corrie, Emmerdale, and Jeremy Kyle. Similarly I can't be arsed with horror at the moment, and the only movies I'm watching are the Marvel adaptations and light comedies.

That will no doubt change.

But to think that I've read everything in comics and there can't be anything out there that would interest me, is to deny the breadth of the medium. Comics are my favourite thing. I could go without music, film, books and TV, but without comics I'd be very unhappy. It's the single greatest medium yet invented, and when I genuinely think "I've got nothing to read", I walk into Waterstones and take a punt on something that takes my interest. Did this last week with the first volume of 'Black Hammer', which turned out to be sensational. I'm eyeing a bunch of graphic novel adaptations of the lives of old musicians that I found in our local arty-farty bookshop too. And if that fails, then fuck it, I'll just break out my collection of Toxic, and read through them for the umpteenth time.

There's a whole bunch of stuff out there to read. Unlike a lot of you, I love American superhero comics with the same kind of passion we all reserve for the prog. To see them collected in beautiful editions on the shelves of bookshops (plural!) in my piss-poor and dying seaside town, fills me with unquenchable joy. You'll pry my last comic from my cold, dead fingers.


Prog / Re: Prog 2056 - Bringing the House Down!
« on: 10 November, 2017, 04:37:59 PM »
Top Thrills: Slaine, Absalom
Ticking over: Dredd, SiniDex
Not my thing: Indigo Prime

Glad to see Slaine getting a bit meaty again this week, with the question of his parentage being addressed. Am I the only one genuinely interested in this, and feeling that the answer is going to change things for the foreseeable future. I still don't get on with Simon Davies's art here I'm afraid, which has curtailed my enjoyment a bit, but I also know a lot of folk love it, so I'm happy to see it continue, for now.

Absalom is just completely readable, whether in weekly form or as a collection- which isn't something you can say about all of Tharg's strips over the last ten years.

Dredd isn't doing much for me of late, and SiniDex was a bit of an anticlimactic end to what was a fun story. Indigo Prime, I'm very to concede, has lost me and I'll be skipping it from here on in.
Nice Droid Life too. Shame no letters, and the cover was a bit dark and fugly for me.

A 6/10 prog for me.


Other Reviews / Re: Another 2000AD read thread
« on: 07 November, 2017, 09:30:39 PM »
My eldest is now fourteen and has been reading the prog, weekly, since he was eleven. Before that he read all the Case Files up to that point and a huge swathe of my trades. The early stories were his favourites, especially Dredd, Flesh, Rogue Trooper and Future Shocks. The only modern stuff he really liked before getting it weekly was Kingdom.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 07 November, 2017, 10:04:12 AM »
The first one I remember is The Target Book of UFOs, which smelled sweetly of sick. In later life I was disappointed, on getting a copy from a junk shop, that the smell wasn't there.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 06 November, 2017, 09:07:39 PM »

Sure, but that gets in the way of our "everything is stolen from 2000AD" agenda!

The first annual is episode 9, if that helps! Both episodes seem to working on the feed, maybe you just got further along than you though?

Ah, reckon I accidentally pressed play on the wrong file. Much obliged.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 06 November, 2017, 01:54:25 PM »
Okay, a bit weird. I thought I was listening to episode five, and was enjoying them tearing the first annual apart... Then my phone went tits up, and now I can't find it again. Episode five seems to be something else entirely. Anyone point me in the right direction? I have 1-11 downloaded.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 05 November, 2017, 08:11:02 PM »
I'd say that, from my point of view, Slaine is the most consistent strip in the whole of the prog. In fact, barring the Secret Commonwealth, which reads okay as a collection, I'd say it hasn't ever put a foot wrong. The current stuff may not be to my taste due to the art- but I still look forward to it more than any other strip bar SiniDex.
Thirteen high quality Slaine hardbacks is great- but I already have all volumes, as well as all the progs. Can I justify them all again? I thought I'd dip in and out of this collection, due to the aforementioned complete set of the progs and hundreds of reprint volumes, but do you know what? I've found myself reading Nemesis again, despite having the phonebooks, which I didn't think would happen. I think I'm in it for the long run.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 04 November, 2017, 03:01:53 PM »
Just discovered this. Listened to one of the more recent ones last night, then the very first. Have now downloaded 2-8 to cram in when herself is at work. Absolutely wonderful, the joy is tangible and I sincerely hope they go all the way to current progs.

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