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Dynamite’s statement is the worst of all worlds. Not an apology to those affected by CG, but also seen by CG as throwing in the towel to the ‘SJWs’. What a toxic mess. Hard to see how Dynamite can sort this now. (Although, in reality, the real world is not Twitter, and so the real knock-on effect will be the loss of a few creators, and a lack of as much press.)

Books & Comics / Re: new coloured version of the Walking Dead
« on: 19 July, 2020, 03:48:47 PM »
And then, eight years from now (assuming the run survives), people can get all annoyed again about the strip ending so abruptly.

Books & Comics / Re: new coloured version of the Walking Dead
« on: 19 July, 2020, 01:55:19 PM »
Not sure what deluxe means in this context, given that it’s ‘reissued and coloured in’. Doesn’t sound that deluxe to me. Also, quite odd, given Image’s general tendency towards bonafide deluxe volumes (albeit some that need reprints—come on re Fatale…)

Books & Comics / Re: new coloured version of the Walking Dead
« on: 19 July, 2020, 11:23:00 AM »
Money money money money money money money money money money money money

I don’t see the point of this either. But, well,  money money money money money money money money money money money

(I’d sooner pay for the reverse in some cases: a B+W V for Vendetta, say; or the new IDW Usagi volumes in B+W.)

Website and Forum / Re: Spam, pornspam, and morespam
« on: 16 July, 2020, 03:56:17 PM »
We’re clearing it up when it arrives. The web team has been notified, but the forum is not a priority, and there are loads of other things they’re dealing with ATM. Please just keep messaging mods/admins if something doesn’t get spotted, or mention infringing user accounts here.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 16 July, 2020, 01:57:14 PM »

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 16 July, 2020, 01:24:36 PM »
the city looked great
Apart from that pipe that was in about 15 different scenes, thereby showing it up for being a repeatedly re-dressed soundstage. Sigh.

Agreed about Armoured Gideon. It’s not a tier-one thrill, but it was a lot of fun. Its omission from the Ultimate Collection is not a surprise, but nonetheless a shame.

As for the rest of this stage, I half the time eye-rolled so hard I thought my peepers would roll out of the room. Finn was dire. Harlem Heroes was pointless. Rogue Trooper was a painful attempt to merge continuities that precisely no-one asked for. And that wasn’t even the worst of it.

Prog / Re: Prog 2190 - Slice n' dice!
« on: 16 July, 2020, 01:12:34 PM »
“permanently debilitated”

I suspect all the references to ‘rapi-heal’ mean the ‘permanently’ aspect is unlikely. 

Help! / Re: Spotify or Amazon Unlimited?
« on: 16 July, 2020, 01:11:21 PM »
On streaming services, I’m a bit out of the loop, because it’s been a while since I did a group test. But, in all honesty, Amazon was the worst of them last time I did—and the now-dead Google Music was also pretty poor. My favourites were—and remain—Spotify and Apple Music. Both have solid user interfaces and are great for discovery. The engines that drive them are much better at getting new and interesting music to your lug-holes, versus Amazon’s tendency towards “more of the same”. (Spotify beats Apple for general catalogue layout by some stretch, if that’s your bag. But I prize Apple Music’s For You feed over basically everything else, hence sticking with that service for now.)

As for the deals artists get from streaming, I agree with that too. But then that all comes down to the same thing: support what you love, because if you don’t it will disappear. So if you love a band, buy the album—even digitally—so they’ll get a few quid, rather than the fractions of a penny they might get from streaming. (I don’t know how many people realise that even multiple plays of a thing you like make little difference with streaming. Income isn’t carved up in a representative fashion.)

“On the subject of CDs, if hipsters can make cassettes cool again then I'm confident that CDs will have their turn one day.”

Probably. Honestly, I get vinyl fetishism, although I don’t share it. Records are big and bold, and the cover art can be amazing. That notion of settling down to listen to a record has appeal, even if the sound quality does not. But tapes were always shit. I hated the things growing up (same for video cassettes). That they now find a market genuinely baffles me. CDs are something of a halfway house. For me, they were exciting for a number of reasons: you could skip to the track you wanted; CDR was fast and simple when it arrived; loads of impossible to find stuff rocked up on archival CDs, introducing me to loads of new bands; they were quite often cheap, like when HMV London did massive stock dumps. That said, I don’t really care about my collection, which has basically turned into a dust-trap in our living room, and is currently added to at the rate of perhaps two or three CDs per year.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 15 July, 2020, 02:10:12 PM »
Don’t get me wrong: I’m tempted by the Absolutes. And we now have appropriate shelving. But they are expensive, and I’ll be just as happy with the Deluxe editions. (Omnibus editions, however, I will never understand.)

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 15 July, 2020, 01:11:40 PM »
Sandman’s finally being collected in OS HC as of this year. I’ve been working my way through my trades collection, replacing softbacks, and that’s one of the few remaining series I really want to shift format for. (Others would be: Brink—on its way From Hachette; Fantagraphics-era Usagi Yojimbo; Lucifer; and Atomic Robo.)

EDIT: Deluxe Edition is the moniker. Volume 1 is #1–16. Vol. 2 will be #17–31 and a few other bits. That suggests there will be five in all, for a total outlay of about 200 quid. (Way cheaper and smaller than the Absolutes; but also more manageable than those monstrous omnibus editions.)

Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 15 July, 2020, 08:55:08 AM »
It’s all about short-termism, isn’t it? No thinking about what’s next, nor even investing in it. Frankly, I’m dumbfounded all of the big energy companies aren’t making a shit-ton of solar panels to ‘loan’ out to individuals or other companies.

General / Re: Behind the Scenes
« on: 15 July, 2020, 08:38:38 AM »
And then you get those weird overlaid comic font SFX that stick out like a sore thumb, presumably introduced by editorial. Over never understood those. They never add anything and are often a distraction—not least the colour ones on B+W art.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 14 July, 2020, 11:43:30 AM »
I saw a piece earlier about how this lot are more or less running govt like people writing op-eds for a newspaper. It’s perhaps not surprising, given their backgrounds, but it’s all about the bubble. They genuinely don’t try to see what’s outside it. Combine that with a genuine talent for campaigning but not for governance and you get government by sloganeering.

That's all this is, I think. There’s no grand plan. Previously, they have succeeded by saying a clever line, and dismissing those who don’t agree with them, and so they repeat the pattern. Only, a virus doesn’t care about Johnson’s stupid hair and Latin bullshit. A virus doesn’t care about cherry picked ‘science’, chosen for ideological reasons.

A lot of countries made a mess of this, to varying degrees. The US and England, though, take the prize in the west. Others nearly messed up badly, too, but at least the likes of Sweden recognised the failures and did something about them.

Books & Comics / Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
« on: 14 July, 2020, 11:08:45 AM »
There are no economies of scale for what Mills is doing. On that basis, I’m not against the price per se, but I do hope DRM-locked isn’t the only model being used here. If it is, that instantly eradicates my interest in it, on the basis I won’t be able to safely read the comic.

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