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Messages - IndigoPrime

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Suggestions / Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« on: 21 September, 2018, 12:12:01 pm »
Well, like I've said elsewhere, I've nothing against his body of work, nor the prospect of more Gibson art in 2000 AD if his health allowed. I just take umbrage at the nature of responses along those lines in interviews. It feels very much of a certain kind of way of thinking these days, arguing that people are somehow being 'PC', despite someone's actions being knowingly provocative and crapping on a legacy for the sake of some press attention. (And 2000 AD _itself_ has form here – remember that Anderson centrefold in some special or other, or that DeMarco cover? So I'm not singling Gibson out. But I am rather hoping this kind of crap becomes history, and also that people who partake in it understand why perhaps they shouldn't have done so.)

EDIT: And having now seen that Durham Red image, I kind of wish I hadn't. The comments thread beneath it is a fucking sewer as well (where the one person who says he's disappointed in the picture is naturally ridiculed).

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Suggestions / Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« on: 21 September, 2018, 10:05:53 am »
As he has always been a cheesecakey artist (Maze Dumoir a well-established fave of my adolesence), Tharg has paid him to draw a fair few boobs in his time, and artists have to make a living,  it's hard to hold the Halo business against him.
If it had been 'Gibson does topless print', then fine. The second he knowingly aligned it with Halo Jones (and it's pretty clear he's very media-savvy, not least with his sound-bites and slogans), it becomes something else entirely – riffing off of a property he doesn't have ownership of, and repositioning one of 2000 AD's very few prominent female characters in a manner no-one would ever have done under normal circumstances.

Occam's razor suggests his hand-waving dismissal of the people who were pissed off about this means he either doesn't understand that element of the importance of Halo Hones or, more than likely, he just doesn't give a shit.

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Film & TV / Re: New Dr Who Trailer
« on: 21 September, 2018, 09:54:31 am »
I think she'll be great whatever. My concerns rest with Chris Chibnall's previous Who work being extremely variable, and the weird decision to shoe-horn in three companions, thereby presumably reducing the Doctor's screen time somewhat. (As for the earlier comment about approach, that always changes. But also I get the sense many people are sick of the Doctor's overly authoritarian approach over the past two generations, and so could do with that being toned down a bit.)

New bloke behind the music too. Let's hope he and his team understand the basics of mixing.

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Suggestions / Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« on: 20 September, 2018, 07:46:59 pm »
Just like Carlos was when he recently drew topless Durham Red? Don't see anyone throwing shade at Carlos...
I'd not heard of that one. Frankly, I'd say that's also a crappy thing to do, despite his original design for Red was cheesecake (vs Halo's rather more standard appearance). But really Gibson's OMG SJW-style response to the anger about what was done speaks volumes.

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Suggestions / Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« on: 20 September, 2018, 03:33:08 pm »
His ongoing dismissal of that sort-of-but-not Halo pic irks too. Just own the fuck up. Stop blaming other people.

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Suggestions / Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« on: 20 September, 2018, 12:45:45 pm »
Perhaps the tone comes across poorly, but to me the interview read rather arrogantly.

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Welcome to the board / Re: New Readers Start Here!
« on: 19 September, 2018, 06:54:47 pm »
Although given how sickeningly young the Brown droid is (at least compared to me), he's lucky to be getting those five stars. Kids these days. Tsk. Etc.

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Other Reviews / Re: Brink - Book One - Dan Abnett & INJ Culbard
« on: 19 September, 2018, 10:26:56 am »
You're not the only person who's had that UI issue with the site. I thought the same with something, and only ended up buying because I accidentally clicked on what I assumed was a 'out of stock' greyed out button.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2099 - Unleash Hell!
« on: 16 September, 2018, 01:38:24 pm »
Dredd: I wasn't entire sure what the journo was on about regarding justice. Did he suddenly feel empathy for the Sons of Booth or the judges? I thought it was fine overall, if a bit inconsequential.

Survival Geeks is always welcome from a variety and pacing standpoint, and the art is great. I often find it veers dangerously close to being problematic from a gender/sexism standpoint, and seemingly usually aims to get around this by way of subversion or "stupid blokes are being stupid blokes". I know Rennie's not, say, a Big Bang Theory writer, but there's something that niggles with me about this strip in that area.

The Order: I need to re-read this from episode one, because I've no idea what the hell's going on now, nor even what the motivations and aims are of the various protagonists. I feel a bit sorry for Armoured Gideon, too. It would have been quite fun to have him just stomp about the place yelling ANNIHILATE, like an angry metal Groot.

Mechastopheles: lovely art. As for the strip itself, I'm not really sure what I think of this. I don't think I'd mind if it comes back and gets expanded on, but it seems have have concluded well enough as well.

Future Shock: That was appropriately nasty. As noted earlier, that felt equally like it would have worked as a Terror Tale. But, well, yikes. Good stuff. Also: horrible stuff, in the sense of what was happening.

Roll on 2100!

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Creative Common / Re: Why Don't I Enjoy Art Any More?
« on: 16 September, 2018, 01:31:38 pm »
Perhaps, if I found a better source of income, stopped pursuing art as a career, I might enjoy art again as a hobby...
Another side of this might be to revisit how much you're charging for commissions. I've no idea on that score, but I know someone who does pet portraits, and said it was becoming a chore. Then I found out how much she was charging (about a quarter of what she should be, which put her efforts below minimum wage) and that suggested where part of the increasing resentment for the task was coming from.

Colin MacNeil talked about art going from a paying hobby or passion to just a Job after America.
I recall when I was games editor on a magazine getting in touch with one of my favourite writers from the old school. He thanked me for the offers of work but said that, no, he was happy that for the first time in his life that gaming was again a hobby rather than a job. He then warned me about the same. And so it's been since that point. I play games for work – very rarely for myself. I almost never finish any. I don't harbour any resentment towards gaming, but the relationship with something is changed forever when it becomes work. (The possible exception there is if you can make a very good living from something you live. For example, I can't imagine too many A-list musicians are unhappy about having to write an album every year and do some touring.)

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Creative Common / Re: My Artwork Collected
« on: 15 September, 2018, 01:48:00 pm »
That last one's ace. (I mean, the others are ace too. So, er, that one's extra ace.)

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Creative Common / Re: Why Don't I Enjoy Art Any More?
« on: 15 September, 2018, 01:43:17 pm »
I have the same with some skills, whereas others (notably music creation) have never really left me. The only advice I would give is not to be too hasty about dispensing with the materials. By all means back them in a box and stick them in the loft. If you go a couple of years without the slightest regret about them, give them away; but if that doesn't happen, you can always drag them back out again.

Sometimes, perhaps what's really needed is just a break and a bit of reflection. Othertimes, it might just be that the is not 'you' any more. But you need time and space to figure out which.

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Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 14 September, 2018, 09:53:26 pm »
Supersurf 13 was rather pointedly excised from the Dredd Hachette collection.

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Classifieds / Re: Wanted: Two issues of the Judge Dredd Mega Collection
« on: 14 September, 2018, 03:55:56 pm »
A load of them are now out of stock. Even the 2000 AD collection appears to have surprisingly low availability.

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General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 13 September, 2018, 09:10:08 am »
it all feels kind of rudderless. But what's really missing is Wagner's voice.
Or a rudder.

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