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Prog / Re: Prog 2160 The missing Prog!
« on: 03 December, 2019, 03:48:28 pm »
Well, I have mine right here.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 03 December, 2019, 10:05:34 am »
The customer service is atrocious. Errors in the books are frustrating. The spine art is divisive. But the product as a whole is excellent – and it’s not like Rebellion is churning out HCs itself. If the company was in a position to mirror Image’s excellent oversized hardcovers, I’d buy them instead.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 02 December, 2019, 07:49:31 pm »
As the polls narrow I just become increasingly convinced that a few million Tory voters are going to appear magically from somewhere.  I'm not sure where right now
The final twist of the knife will be the remaining Brexit Party voters (c. 3%) all going Conservative.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 02 December, 2019, 02:15:05 pm »
I’d quite like it if they from the 81st one just ditched the spine art and went for normal spines, but I can’t imagine that’ll happen. Gotta keep people adding to that art.

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Website and Forum / Re: Shiny New Website?
« on: 02 December, 2019, 02:02:34 pm »
The forum still exists, and so we should probably be thankful for that. I’ve no idea what’s going on with the shop, which manages here to be basically unusable on my Macs, iPads and iPhone. That’s quite an achievement. (The problem appears to be all the animations and faff. Shops should be insanely fast, not fiddly, and so I do hope a change is on the way there.)

As for the new site, good to see some investment in it.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 02 December, 2019, 12:35:56 pm »
To stop people freaking out, the entire 2000 AD line will be unavailable on the Hachette site from 9 December for a month, according to an email I just received. (Warehouse move. Same happened with the Marvel one.)

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 02 December, 2019, 11:41:15 am »
I wouldn’t worry about the Zenith books – you’d easily enough be able to sell them on eBay for at least as much as they cost in that sale.

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Announcements / Re: Black Friday sale heads-up
« on: 02 December, 2019, 11:20:09 am »
Just a quick bump for the 2000 AD Black Friday sale, which is still on until midnight. You’re too late for a complete set of dirt-cheap HC Zenith, but there’s still plenty of great stuff in there, such as Luke Kirby (£7.99), the Sláine Book of Invasions series (£5.59 each), the entire Dredd: Restricted Files run (£7.99 each), Daily Dredds vols 1 and 2 (£11.99 each), Jinty Land of No Tears/Human Zoo, and Bella at the Bar (£4.39 each), and both Dan Dare HCs (£11.99 each).

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 02 December, 2019, 11:02:43 am »
I see Electoral Calculus has now added a ‘low’ predictor alongside the terrifying ‘high’ one that predicts 437(!) Tory seats. Although this also suggests that every Green voter in Brighton will somehow forget to vote.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 02 December, 2019, 11:00:36 am »
Once these things get past a certain point, it’s all about subscribers and retention. The Marvel series hasn’t been in local stores for years (and I’ve also not seen it in big London WHSmith outlets), but it’s still going on, presumably until the heat death of the universe.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 02 December, 2019, 10:52:59 am »
That’s… a curious number. Dear Tharg, who is curating this: PLEASE now find room for Firekind. I know you said in the podcast that it was an awkward fit, but you’ve mashed together other series to create a 200pp volume. And Firekind + Leatherjack would fit very, very nicely. Pretty please and a cherry on top.

Here is the relevant post, by the way. It’ll be interesting to see how this goes. There’s no obvious reason (bar Rebellion licensing/subscriptions retention) why this series couldn’t do a Marvel. There’s plenty of content knocking around. But 30 books gives them a ton of scope to:

- Expand beyond the usual suspects (since Sláine and Strontium Dog will basically be done)
- Add a few modern Dredd volumes
- Delve into lesser-known titles that are OOP from Rebellion or that have never seen collections (or collections beyond paperbacks/Meg floppies)
- Get some key series to logical breakpoints (like Kingdom)

Interesting stuff.

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Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 30 November, 2019, 02:42:26 pm »
Hard to say. Locally, we had nothing from 18–22 Nov, and then 11 items on the Saturday, which clearly isn’t normal. That included two issues of 2000 AD, a week-late Meg, and stuff that had clearly been stacked across the week. Royal Mail said nothing had been reported, but they could if I wanted investigate directly with the depot. I figured what’s the point?

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Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 30 November, 2019, 02:20:31 pm »
I think Royal Mail is being shit of late. Mini-G’s clockwork Phoenix has now started arriving on Saturday or later, after a run of Fridays. 2000 AD is all over the place.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 30 November, 2019, 01:05:57 pm »
The methodology for polling right now isn’t equipped to deal with hyper-local shifts and tactical voting. So it’s a generalist view. It may well turn out to be accurate. But for Johnson to get a majority, all of the following have to come to pass:

- Con MPs all hang on in Scotland
- Labour > Conservative gains
- No Conservative > Lib Dem gains

Because the Lib Dems and Labour have spent so much time kicking each-other’s faces in, rather than recognising the enemy is Johnson, there is a real possibility we’ll see a lot of Richmond Parks – seats Lab or Lib could have won/retained had the other side voted tactically. And yet constituency polling suggests although some seats under threat of being lost to Con, some are also heading the other way. A little nudge here and there and the Tories may well lose the likes of Wimbledon.

My concerns right now are:

- The first of the list above does come to pass, and SNP only gain from Lab, not Con
- The LD vote falls back en masse, rather than merely strategically, meaning Con seats in south remain safe
- The lack of noise from LD in the SW, suggesting they just aren’t making inroads there
- Idiotic decisions being made by opposition parties in key marginals, like Stroud, Richmond Park, and Canterbury

I totally get why Greens and Lib Dems don’t want to stand aside for Labour. Labour is supremely arrogant. They assume they ‘should’ rule. They’ve stated that even under a minority scenario, they would ‘expect’ other opposition parties to simply back its policies and get nothing in return. But right now, we’re staring at the abyss. And as much as I value the likes of Molly Scott Cato as an MEP, she’s making a catastrophic error in Stroud.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 29 November, 2019, 03:49:24 pm »
Dan Dare is unlikely to appear in the Hachette run, due to the additional licensing bullshit that would be required. Zenith… hard to say. It’d certainly fit nicely into a couple of Hachette HCs, but the larger Rebellion volumes are lovely.

My take on these is that you’re very, very unlikely to ever see the Dare books at that price again. And even the Zenith ones are only ever that low second-hand on eBay. Er, not that I’m suggesting you be a bad boy or anything.

(Actually, that is exactly what I’m suggesting.)

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