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News / Re: Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
« on: 11 November, 2019, 10:41:13 pm »

I'm not sure what they mean by Rogue Trooper previews either - maybe they mean a pitch or proof of concept.

Possibly pre-viz but that's usually CGI.

Hard to say, often inaccuracies or crossed wires get into these reports, like when people talk about MC-1 being on Netflix.

Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2019
« on: 10 November, 2019, 11:46:52 pm »


Just got back home.

The journey up was pretty bad, with 3/4 of the London/Leeds trains cancelled and everyone piled in on the 4th.

I was standing all the way to Leeds, also with a fair bit of luggage, so even less nimble than unladen Steve.

Harrogate seemed very quiet for a Friday night, got booked into my hotel at the Yorkshire.

Room was pretty tiny, worse the bed was sandwiched between two walls.

Met up with Steve Sterlacchini, to drop off bits for the set up for the Joe and his Killer Robot table.

Steve had gone with a bespoke behemoth with a display stand for various bits and bobs that Dan (Planet Replicas) had printed from my 3D models...

Dan turned up from Brighton after about a 7-8 hours drive, so none of us were up to going out for a drink really.

After hardly sleeping because of said pokey bed, had an early start setting up/helping Dan take stuff from the car park at the Crowne Plaza to set up the PR stand.

Redshirts were fantastic as usual - we wondered how it would play out with the bad weather and relocation, but it seemed more consistently busy than the Royal Armouries where you definitely saw waves of business as punters wandered off to panels.

Harrogate itself was lovely, I thought the halls themselves were a bit stark in a similar way ExCel can be, and I do miss the cosiness of the RA.

There was a lot of the convention centre which didn't seem to be in use, I didn't get the chance to go to the panels.

Main downside (apart from not having power for a good of chunk of Saturday) were the PA announcements were pretty unclear above the general noise.

It was also a tight squeeze for us, as we only had one table with Mick signing/sketching,  and a few of us overspilling/helping out Dan, but also he had stock as well behind/under the table + associated bags/coats etc.

Anyway, we had a great time, and Mick and Chris are always lovely to chat to, as well as John W next door.

As usual when you're on a table you don't get much chance to wander/chat but did have a nice natter with Glyn Dillon in particular.

It certainly seemed like the show was a success from the footfall alone, particularly with it being a major move and terrible weather a day or two before.

Only the covers will be new as far as I can see.

Books & Comics / Re: Orbital to stop selling weekly comics
« on: 07 November, 2019, 11:10:13 am »
Yeah, the physical movie side of things did themselves no favours.

Format wars, region locking, unskippable ads/trailers etc.

I'm sure the convenience of streaming (for all its other problems) would have won out eventually, but I don't think it helped making things a pain in the arse for the buyer either.

Events / Re: MCM London October
« on: 28 October, 2019, 08:54:18 pm »
Busy as usual.

Although it seemed to be a bit more evenly spread - previously comics village was a lot quieter, but good footfall.

Had a chat with John for a bit, seemed to be doing good business with the Rok trades while I was there on the Saturday.

Rebellion was in the other hall with the games side of things, although also had books/previews of the RPG figs. Again pretty busy. Picked up the Deadworld preview and a few copies of the Small House HB for other people.

The attendance and number of cosplayers makes navigating a bit of a chore particularly in the area between the halls where the food courts are.

Had my fill of cons in general these days, just a bit bored of pop culture.

You might get some who want to replace their old Fleetway editions - I've replaced Watchmen once just because the old one got tatty.

A good few people on facebook pages are of the same opinion as me, hardback or will skip it.

I have the smaller hardback and the old Fleetway large softbacks, so don't really feel the urge to splash out again.

Same applies to most of the often reprinted ones - hardback original (or close to) size, or I'm not interested.

Books & Comics / Re: "The Whole Twoth" 2000AD Strip Cartoon
« on: 15 October, 2019, 01:28:21 pm »

Books & Comics / Re: "The Whole Twoth" 2000AD Strip Cartoon
« on: 15 October, 2019, 12:08:35 pm »
My query is would these strips be covered by the satire laws.

Given that (I believe?) you’ve been explicitly asked by the rights holder not to do a published version, for profit or not, I’d suggest that looking for some loophole to circumvent that request may not be the smartest idea anyone’s ever had.

I don't have a stake in this, but I'm genuinely curious too.

Rebellion made a big deal out of being able to reprint a Judge Dredd story which includes Ronald McDonald a corporate mascot shooting dead a member of staff and throw in Burger King, Colonel Sanders, The Jolly Green Giant and many more.

What is the exact difference between that and something like their strip?

Is it percentage? If characters were being parodied as part of another strip, would that be acceptable?

I'm genuinely curious too where the line is on something like this, if one even exists.

Books & Comics / Re: "The Whole Twoth" 2000AD Strip Cartoon
« on: 14 October, 2019, 04:52:06 pm »
Not being funny though but fan 'art' was a staple of the prog back in the day.  Quite a few alumni had some of their earliest work published in exchange for galactic groats.  Arguably one of the greatest losses of the current prog.

I'd agree on it being a loss, I'd put it down to there being a clear division between fandom and the comic way back when.

Now it's effectively fans owning and running the comic, there appears to be a different attitude to it, whether consciously or unconsciously.

I see why they might want to keep a distance from it, it's easier/simple just to give a blanket 'no'.

Back when we were doing the Strontium Dog fan film, we asked about doing internal cast and crew t-shirts just for ourselves, and were told no, because (broadly) it makes it a lot simpler to crack down on unlicensed t-shirts if you're not making exceptions.

Same with that recent thing of bootleg Dredd badges being done at NYCC.

Or when cosplay groups were having some ridiculous spat, or trying to claim copyright on 'their' version of a Brit-Cit logo.

I don't blame them if they want to have nothing to do with any of it.

If you've got limited staff, how much time do you want to spend dealing with something that you're not financially involved in?

I get the feeling that Zarjaz/Dogbreath are a holdover from a time when it rules were more relaxed.

Sector 13 has said they're avoiding major characters, too.

Not even that... 250.

Yeah, I don't know why either.

I know they were still trying to shift Fiends of the Eastern Front, Rain Dogs etc a decade later, so maybe they just don't want to risk it, especially if it's just had a h/c in the Hachette one.

General / Re: Judge Minty (Judge Dredd fan film)
« on: 13 October, 2019, 01:10:27 pm »
Thanks, I'm not sure I'd totally agree on that one - there are a few people who don't like Alpha's helmet for example - although I think beefing up the undersuit with padding and greeblies would help.

I referenced the stillsuit from Dune when we were making it, and the Russian suits from Pacific Rim have a good feel too - just beyond our budget really.

It's hard to get that distance when you're a fan, and how it plays out to a wider audience.

Dan pitched a more manufactured version of the Stront helmet, and Carlos was very much not keen on that ;)

Glad we went comic style though - Minty was originally pitched as being more like the Urban version (before we even knew about the film, let alone saw it)

The Rogue Trooper guys went with an update, and there were comments about wanting it more like the comic, I understand both sides of the argument.

Certainly with Strontium Dog it has Carlos' design running through it like a stick of rock, we really tried to keep that look throughout, even with the off-the-shelf costume bits, like the guards.

I'm curious to see how the Rogue movie pans out design wise, or if it ever happens Edgar Wright's Strontium Dog.

I think the former (like Dredd) has a bit of room for interpretation, Strontium Dog less so.

General / Re: Judge Minty (Judge Dredd fan film)
« on: 12 October, 2019, 07:19:59 pm »
Cheers Jim, yeah we are - there's obviously stuff that we would have done differently with hindsight.

But 'past me' is telling 'present me' to cut 'past me' some slack :)

I'm pretty happy with what we managed on the crew we had, with the money we could put in, starting from scratch. Rather than a Minty sequel.

I'd loved to have spent another 6 months or so on it, but there's always that danger of it never being finished the longer you leave it.

Having done those two, and pretty much walked straight into that Rogue pitch, comparing a much bigger crew with what we had, it made me appreciate our two films even more.

General / Re: Judge Minty (Judge Dredd fan film)
« on: 12 October, 2019, 05:59:21 pm »
Thanks, was good to have you on board, it couldn't have been made without the rest of the fans getting involved!


I'd skipped a few of them, must have forgotten and that's why I didn't bother with that volume.

hoping for a Vol 2 in this style then.

There are a few things that could be added for that - some colour annual/special stories for example.

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