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Other Reviews / Tammy and Jinty
« on: 21 June, 2019, 07:40:03 AM »
Well, that was a nice surprise. I’m not sure what I was expecting from this special, and I have no experience of the original strips some of these stories were based on. But this was a breezy, well written and well illustrated comic. Although a number of strips were lightning fast origins, they worked as standalones – often moreso than those in the other specials. Surprisingly, I think this is my favourite of the specials so far this year.

Classifieds / Graphic novels clearout: 2000 AD | BPRD | Marvel
« on: 06 May, 2019, 03:42:40 PM »
I’m clearing out graphic novels, so they don’t take over our entire house. Feel free to make offers on the below. Postage at cost, or collection from GU51 (off M3, J4a).

2000 AD

£15 / ABC Warriors Mek Files (unread)
£5 / Absalom: Ghosts of London
£5 / Bad Company: Goodbye, Krool World
£5 / Bad Company vol1 (Hachette)
£4 / Banzai Battalion hardback
£4 / Dr & Quinch (Rebellion)
£5 / Judge Dredd: Total War (Hachette)
£5 / Meltdown Man
£5 / Robo-Hunter vol 2 (Hachette)
£10 / Shakara The Avenger/The Destroyer (Rebellion)
£5 / Shakara vol2 (Hachette)
£4 / Skizz (Rebellion/DC edition)
£40 / Sláine vols 1-8 (Rebellion) - Warrior’s Dawn; Time Killer; The King; Horned God; Demon Killer; Lord of Misrule; Treasures of Britain; Grail War
£5 / Zombo: Can I Eat You, Please?

£offers / Cam Kennedy subscriber boxed prints set
£offers / John Higgins   subscriber boxed prints set


£4 / Transformers: Stormbringer
£5 / War Within: Dark Ages (Hachette)
£8 / Space Pirates (Hachette)

£10 / Preacher Book One (hardback, 2009 edition)

£4 / The Pulse vol 3: Fear
£5 / Ultimate Iron Man v1 (hardback)

£5 / League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vol 1

News / New specials: 2000 AD, Cor!!, Tammy, Vigilant, and more
« on: 13 February, 2019, 07:03:07 PM »
A proper big slab of news today, with a whopping EIGHT new Rebellion specials over the next seven months. Six of them are available in a bundle, which seems quite the bargain. 20 quid for all six (saving six quid), free shipping, and sent as and when they're released.

You can order the 2019 specials bundle from the 2000 AD shop.

There's been speculation about a Hachette 2000 AD book collection extension. The Marvel collection rumbles on with no end in sight. Dredd, though, only got a ten-book continuation. Marvel's well is deeper than Dredd's, and I suspect commercial viability played a part. But assuming the latter works for 2000 AD as well, there are loads of strips that haven't yet been collected.

So if Hachette were to extend the series, which ONE book (in the ~200–250-page range) would you like to see? And it'd be great if in this thread, people didn't repeat anything that's been included previously.

Mine, unsurprisingly, is: Firekind/Leatherjack

Firekind remains one of the all-time 2000 AD classics, and it deserves a hardback collection. Leatherjack is also pretty great, and by the same team of Smith/Marshall. In all, there's 194p of strip, according to Barney, and so it should be possible to squeeze into one book. (Frankly, I'd love to see more Smith, but this above all others.)

Prog / Prog 2105
« on: 27 October, 2018, 02:53:48 PM »
On the cover, Hackman's back and growly. Turn the page and you've Dredd. He's angry. There's a revelation that'll possibly rock those who've been reading the Prog for a long while. And then at the end… oh my. I mean, we all knew there was something going on with Frank, but… I think I need a little sit down before I read the rest of this week's strips.

Prog / Praise for subscriptions emails from Tharg's Future Shop
« on: 02 June, 2018, 04:56:16 PM »
I resubscribed to 2000 AD and the Meg today. It just happened, because I'm on a rolling sub, but I just wanted to publicly note how well Rebellion deals with this. Three months ago, I got an email reminder about the costs involved, and when the subscription would happen. Then two more over the next two months. Loads of advanced notice. This is vanishingly rare these days with such things – mostly, it seems publishers hope you forget you're subscribing to something, so they can take your money. (And with some comics I subscribe to, the subscriptions portal no longer provides any indication of how long the current sub has to run – it now just says 'ongoing', which is useless.)

So anyway: hurrah, Rebellion! Good job!

Off Topic / Chunky NG comics reader for iPhone and iPad needs testers
« on: 27 April, 2018, 11:40:50 AM »
I know plenty of people here are fans of the excellent Chunky Comic Reader for iPad. The developer's just put out a call for testers for Chunky NG (for iPad AND iPhone). If you're on Twitter, bung him a DM for a TestFlight invite and give him some encouragement and constructive feedback. (If you're not on Twitter, you can email him via the website linked to above.)

Off Topic / Wordery and hardback books
« on: 09 February, 2018, 09:37:07 AM »
I buy trades from a variety of places, including 2000 AD's own shop. I am, however, trying to scale back Amazon purchases, in part because of the trend of that organisation towards monopoly, and also because its pricing is now frequently not that great. If I'm going to pay close to RRP, I'll buy direct.

To that end, I've been increasingly using Wordery, which has excellent customer service, decent prices (not least when Sterling strengthens), and happens to be British. (No, I don't subscribe to BRITAIN FOREVAR, but if you've the option to support local companies, it's good to take them before said companies are eaten or vanish entirely.)

So, the point: is anyone here using Wordery, and, if so, how have things been for you with hardbacks? I've just had two cracks at buying Deadworld, and both books arrived in a sorry state. The problem is Wordery whacks books inside card containers, but doesn't stop them moving. A ding on a corner and the book's done for. First time round, they made a three-way offer: refund; 50% off; replacement. So they cannot be faulted on that scale. But it feels wasteful to be returning damaged books, and I'm therefore wondering if this has been bad luck, or if it's typical of Wordery with this kind of book.

(Basically, they need to do a Hachette. Since that company changed its packaging, the partworks have been arriving in much better condition. They're not perfect, but I've not had to ask for a replacement for damage – only for misprints.)

Books & Comics / MOVED: HELP with collection for sale
« on: 16 September, 2017, 11:05:03 PM »

Prog / Prog 2033: I am the resurrection
« on: 26 May, 2017, 02:05:12 PM »
A Friday Prog. Bar post-Christmas issues showing up early, I think that's a first. Not had a proper read yet, but lovely to see a little Edmund Bagwell tribute on he Nerve Centre page, and Brendan McCarthy is back on Dredd! \o/

Oh, and it's the last part of Fall of Deadworld. Boo, hiss, and all that. (But it will return. Oh yessssss.)

Books & Comics / Robert Kirkman tropes
« on: 29 September, 2016, 10:15:52 AM »
In some Humble Bundle or other, I got hold of the first Invincible compendium. It's a comic I'd always been interested in (I got a few free issues a long time ago) but I'd been put off by Walking Dead. Although I enjoy the Walking Dead TV show (well, enjoy might be a stretch much of the time, but it's generally compelling), I found the comic leaden, tiresome, and full of minutiae, over-long unnatural dialogue, and a weird obsession with teenage romance.

Invincible, though, starts really well. It's a breath of fresh air that at once feels rather subversive, but that's also extremely accessible. It's superheroes done right. At least at first. At about the halfway point of the compendium, I notice the same problems I found in Walking Dead appear. We get pages of rambling dialogue, loads of screen time given over to dull relationship wrangling with the depth and insight of a 14-year-old. Some of the plots are still decent as I approach the end, but it's strange that yet I find I'm initially really interested in a Kirkman book, before figuring I might not even continue reading.

Looking at the timelines, it does feel a bit like he suddenly lacked time when juggling both. The thing the latter issues in the compendium lack is refinement. It feels like there's no editing going on – no-one there saying "you know, less can be more".

So are the mid-30s and 40s in Invincible 'it' for how the writing continues, or does it freshen up again? Perhaps I just don't gel with Kirkman's writing style!

Books & Comics / Transformers: partworks in disguise
« on: 23 September, 2016, 10:20:16 AM »
So it looks like Hachette's warming up a Transformers collection. It talks about "remastered stories and exclusive bonus content" and word is Furman's been editing. The first four issues are pretty good on the whole: the rather fab Target 2006, IDW's fairly decent Stormbringer, The Primal Scream (TF origins), and Edge of Extinction (Unicron Saga). Issue five, though, is War Within – an unfinished chunk of the unfinished Dreamwave series.

Rumblings on Transformers forums have questioned the viability of this series, but I can't imagine Transformers doesn't have the nostalgia factor and fan base to succeed. I'm interested, though, in where they are sourcing the material. IDW's Classics books are on the whole dreadful, artwork on the US books ruined by boneheaded remastering, and the UK books with weirdly tiny art (double gutters) and poor scanning. I know Dredd partwork subscribers have grumbled about the repro there now and again, but, really, it's nothing on the IDW Transformers books.

Anyway, good to see Hachette's still trying new things rather than just flinging out Marvel books again and again. And I must admit that if I see issue 1 knocking around anywhere locally for two quid, that at least will be a must-buy.

General / Storing 2000 AD GN paperbacks and avoiding bend – help!
« on: 10 September, 2016, 12:05:58 AM »
I have a lot of paperback trades, many of which are 2000 AD books. These are on IKEA Billy cases in our den. I've noticed of late that quite a few books are curved/bent, presumably due to the spines being wider and sturdier than the rest. Over time, I only imagine this will get worse. In some cases, it's already pretty bad.

So does anyone here have any tips for storage? (Beyond "only buy hardbacks in future", natch.)

Megazine / Meg 375: Crazy Train
« on: 13 August, 2016, 11:41:36 AM »
Double wraparound cover for Lawless, which very much needs to be collected—and soon. This was a breathless and exciting double-length penultimate episode, in what for me has become the Meg's standout strip. But fuck me, there was a lot of shitting swearing in the fucking thing. Fuck! (No drokks in the colony planets, apparently.) Looks like Damned is ending next month, too. So 'all change' for 377 (although what's coming looks pretty good).

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