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Prog / Re: Prog 2139 Sympathy for the Devil (Aneke cover)
« on: 09 July, 2019, 07:43:36 am »
The Indigo Prime recap was entertainingly incomprehensible. But then IP has always been a bit “go with it”, bar the fairly straightforward (and superb) Killing Time. I do wish John Smith was still involved with the Prog, mind. Kek-W is doing a very good job on the strip (and what an insanely difficult strip to take on), but the loss of Smith is felt.

News / Re: Mills/Ezquerra's Third World War Collection
« on: 07 July, 2019, 11:14:31 pm »
Richard Karslake makes a good point, ten years ago me things. More recent me thinks that’s bollocks, on seeing the massive warping that’s happened to many of my paperbacks through sitting on shelves for years. Smaller books (as in, non-comic ones) can deal with this; trades just can’t. So it’s hardback all the way for me now.

General / Re: Wondering about the Dredd TV series
« on: 06 July, 2019, 03:21:40 pm »
If Netflix (and presumably the other streamers) have a business model that encourages self-contained 1-3 season shows, then I'm all for it.
Agreed, but they need to be more upfront about it. Santa Clarita Diet got caught in this shit. The people behind clearly stated the last episode was a launch pad for a concluding two seasons. Had they been told everything was ending with S03, they would have given us, well, an ending. (Personally, I thought it ended reasonably well anyway, with few dangling threads. Still, a quick edit to a couple of scenes would have been enough.)

Whatever the future for Netflix, they need to be applauded for the last few years where they've brought huge value for their subscribers (well, for me anyway).
I agree. I’m broadly pro-Netflix. Despite the fucking UX disaster of the current interface, they’ve been broadly pro-consumer, and have shifted smartly from being a bargain basement DVD bin to churning out reliably good telly (along with, sadly, mostly shit movies, and buying in inexplicably bad IP, such as Lucifer).

They changed the industry in a way big studios always wanted but never had the gumption to do: cut out the middle-man — cinemas — and distribute directly to the customer.
They did for telly what Apple did for music. Netflix’s problem, though, is it’s not Apple – in the sense of having piles of cash to roll around naked on. I suspect when these companies fall, it’s going to happen horribly quickly. Still, as I noted above, I suspect Spotify will vanish before Netflix (either in the sense of being eaten by a large corporation, or by basically running out of cash).

General / Re: Wondering about the Dredd TV series
« on: 05 July, 2019, 09:21:48 pm »
Basically, they want to spend less money, yet have content that brings in massive audiences, and yet that’s also somehow good. That doesn’t seem a likely mix.

I was recently chatting to an industry person who reckon Netflix is basically fucked. I was quite surprised by this, but he had a point. They’re now going to come up against the big guns, who are finally taking telly seriously. That’s not a fun place to be – although arguably a better place than Spotify, which must have five years left, tops.

General / Re: Wondering about the Dredd TV series
« on: 05 July, 2019, 03:48:07 pm »
Rumour has it you get three seasons on Netflix because after that point the contracts change, meaning less cash for Netflix and more for the people making the content.

General / Re: Ampney Crucis
« on: 05 July, 2019, 01:51:47 pm »
It’s also perhaps an argument for trying to make more things work in a self-contained manner, rather than being sprawling epics with cliffhangers.

General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 05 July, 2019, 11:46:01 am »
We are further today from the launch of 2000 AD than 2000 AD was from the launch of The Beano.

Classifieds / Re: Hearing Protection
« on: 05 July, 2019, 11:25:40 am »
As a first post on the board, in the classifieds, this comes across as spam.

General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 04 July, 2019, 12:41:59 pm »
Yep. Matt Smith’s spell as editor in particular has been quite something, given that creators keep buggering off to the USA. He’s helmed a remarkably solid run, and I suspect most people griping about 2000 AD are just jaded, or have rose-tinted glasses for the good old days. The amount of crap he gets from some quarters just astounds me.

(Going back to re-read old Progs, there are some genuinely classic runs. But even in the so-called golden age of 2000 AD, there’s a lot of shit to wade through. And even many of the series people cite as great don’t actually read that well these days – they need a shot of nostalgia, to say the least.)

General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 04 July, 2019, 12:29:38 pm »
I suppose everyone will have their own opinion. For me, the 800s and 900s were rocky, albeit with glimpses of greatness. The Pit was of course towards the end of that time. And there were other crackers fighting to be seen among the dross. Many of them were John Smith efforts, but also you had the likes of Button Man 2 and Luke Kirby. (I also still personally rate a lot of Armoured Gideon, even though I know it’s not quite so widely loved!)

Rummaging around Barney, the rot continued into the 1000s though. Early post-1000 Progs had Wagner Dredd but some so-so Sláine, Steve White’s divisive Rogue Trooper, and the forgettable pairing of Black Light and Outlaw. 1034’s reboot, though, is interesting, bringing with it a run of Al’s Baby, Dredd, Mercy Heights, Nikolai Dante and Sláine. It dips again around 1060 (A Life Less Ordinary; Spacegirls), but from 1100, you’re on pretty sold ground again.

Books & Comics / Re: ComicScene Sale
« on: 04 July, 2019, 09:35:39 am »
Yep – would be interested in more details about digital here. Are they just PDFs or something that you can open in any app, on any platform?

Prog / Re: Prog 2138 - Nightmare Fuel!
« on: 04 July, 2019, 07:35:30 am »
I see him as a modern-day Mick McMahon. He has rich and varied styles and to my mind should be living in a gold house. But as Greg says, in the wider world of comics he’s still relatively unknown.

Prog / Re: Prog 2138 - Nightmare Fuel!
« on: 03 July, 2019, 01:20:26 pm »
I’ve long considered D’Israeli one of the best artists in 2000 AD’s entire history. He’s vastly under-rated. I’m not overly taken by his Dredd (I mean, it’s fine, but it’s not shoulder to shoulder with giants), but look at what else he’s done: the superb Leviathan; Low Life; Stickleback; XTNCT; Scarlet Traces (which has been wonderful right from the start); Ordinary. His style shifts and changes, like a great band – you never know quite what you’re going to get next, but you do know it’s going to be fantastic.

But, yes, that spread ups the ante even for him.

I have the old Dark Horse WOTW and Scarlet Traces hardbacks. They are lovely items. But this new D’Israeli art makes me increasingly tempted to double dip – or at least to grab the newer volumes when they’re made into trades. (How I wish Rebellion could have done the same format as DH, though.)

Books & Comics / Re: The Walking Dead comic shocker issue #192.
« on: 02 July, 2019, 09:14:36 pm »
OK, I will admit I wasn’t expecting that twist.

Off Topic / Re: PayPal Fees and EBay Fees?
« on: 02 July, 2019, 12:14:33 pm »
eBay charges for the total sales fee. This was to stop people selling things for 1p and then charging 15 quid postage.

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