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Help! / Re: A Moral Dilemma - separating the art from the artist
« on: 05 October, 2020, 12:52:10 PM »
To me, the character of the creator is completely irrelevant to the quality of and my enjoyment of their work, unless their views and values find their way into their work, in which case I'm then still judging the work on its own merits. I'm not going to enjoy a book or a song any less just because of who it's by.

I don't listen to Gary Glitter because his music is shit. I still listen to Michael Jackson, although I wouldn't have hired him as a babysitter.

Pat Mills could write a new episode of Charley's War for it. Who should be the artist?

Books & Comics / Re: Shift Comic - new UK anthology
« on: 02 October, 2020, 03:19:49 PM »
I love Geoff Senior's art -- please can Tharg get him back in the prog? Even if it's only six pages! Or even just a cover! (But preferably for 30 consecutive episodes of Proteus Vex.)

Steve Dillon drew it, can't remember the writer offhand.
That was Alan Grant and Barry Kitson.

I'm not much of a Millar fan, but I quite enjoyed Maniac 5 at the time, and Red Son is actually superb. If you're not familiar with it, the story is "what would have happened if the spaceship which took Superman to Earth had landed in Stalin's Russia instead of the USA?" and you should read it even if Superman isn't usually your cup of tea. It's just a shame he never did anything as good as that for Tharg.

John Smith's Slaughterbowl was great fun, but was very badly let down by some truly awful art and will probably never be reprinted for that reason. It should be made into a film.

That was Sunday Scientist in prog 2072.

John Smith has a recurring character (actually two different characters from a species of torturers) in Firekind and Tyranny Rex who would do all sorts of unpleasant things to people.

In Cannon Fodder Sherlock Holmes came to a very sticky end.

General / Re: Cliff Robinson
« on: 26 September, 2020, 01:05:21 AM »
Very good call. He doesn't get nearly as much credit as he deserves. He's a fantastic artist.

Off Topic / Re: Thought Police: Are we allowed to query 'woke'?
« on: 25 September, 2020, 06:09:49 PM »
Oh dear, I didn't know about the website she endorsed or who the other Robert Galbraith was. I only knew about the statement she released at the time. That does rather undermine my point a bit!

Off Topic / Re: Thought Police: Are we allowed to query 'woke'?
« on: 25 September, 2020, 05:18:52 PM »
What I find even harder to understand, is why the likes of ... Rowling, whose audiences I would assume skew liberal/progressive, are willing to sacrifice their reputations and credibility to knock a minority down a peg?

I don't think Rowling was trying to knock anybody down. She was only saying, in a measured and respectful manner,  that women (other than trans-women) should have been consulted before allowing trans-women to share their public toilets. She then got shouted down by lots of people who said that she must be anti-trans and evil. Weird that what women think only matters if they became women post-birth.

You don't have to agree with her. But to write her off as some kind of far-right bigot because she isn't "woke" enough for you is part of the problem -- it divides people into camps and polarises what passes for debate, instead of engaging with different opinions and arguing about them. It's an ideological purity test, and if you don't pass then your opinion doesn't matter and no-one has to consider your point of view because you're cancelled. It's just another kind of intolerance.

Other Reviews / Re: The Battle of Britain Special - BATTLE PICTURE WEEKLY
« on: 23 September, 2020, 01:50:56 PM »

Prog / Re: Prog 2200 - Beyond The Frontiers Of Future Fiction!
« on: 23 September, 2020, 01:35:24 PM »
Why is there a Judge's head in the maw of the main mechababyheadworm?

I don't know why, but it's my favourite bit of the cover! I love his anguished expression!

Other Reviews / Re: The Battle of Britain Special - BATTLE PICTURE WEEKLY
« on: 22 September, 2020, 11:52:02 PM »
I'm reading this slowly because I want it to last. Anyway I've just read Alan Grant's story (I'm not reading them in order), and I think it's the best story he's written in ages. That artist is superb too.

General / Re: Dredd's birthday???
« on: 20 September, 2020, 11:05:43 PM »
There would still have been a date on which the clone emerged from the vat.

General / Re: Dredd's birthday???
« on: 20 September, 2020, 06:12:47 PM »
His birthday has never been given. A story about his birthday was published in prog 829 which was dated 3 April, so you could argue that it's then, but it's hardly conclusive.

General / Re: Sinister Dexter - a 25th anniversary reading guide
« on: 20 September, 2020, 06:08:47 PM »
If there is a new reprint of Sinister Dexter, then it needs to include Downlode Tales and Malone. The original series of reprints left out Downlode Tales, which was an integral part of the story, so it skipped from Eurocrash (when Sinister and Dexter fell out with each other) and jumped straight to Exit Wounds when they're friends again.

Prog / Re: Prog 2200 - Beyond The Frontiers Of Future Fiction!
« on: 20 September, 2020, 05:59:17 PM »
Hook-jaw looks humanoid to me. His shadow looks like a head and shoulders, and he seems to have a human nose. So it may be a very different story to what went before.

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