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General / Re: ABC Warriors: The Black Hole - best version?
« on: 31 December, 2019, 09:27:49 am »
Titan for best repro. Hatchette for director’s cut art revisions.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 28 December, 2019, 04:14:37 pm »
Ha! Quite. TBH, it perhaps helps that Mrs IP and I both went into this film thinking we’d come out thinking meh. But we both found it very enjoyable – certainly, far more than most of the recent Marvel movies. (I liked Ragnarok and the first Spidey one; Mrs G would add Black Panther to that list.)

But then I’m also quite happy to do an Alan Moore (“the books are still on the shelves”) or just end a series in my mind wherever I like (such as there being no Matrix or Jurassic Park sequels). I’m glad I didn’t have to do that with this film, mind. Enjoyment beats dissatisfaction any day.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 28 December, 2019, 11:13:31 am »
I watched it yesterday with Mrs IP. And to bring some balance to the Force-rum – er, forum – I thought it was fun. Also, I prefer this trilogy to the original. Come at me with pitchforks. I don’t care. The first three are tighter but also messy in some major beats. They are men men menny men men + Smurfette. I just found these new ones interesting and fun, with a decent lack of really irritating major protagonists (the Ewoks can get to drokk), and it was nice that in the few decades since the original films that women were allowed to exist. So my take is:

I–III: irredeemable boring crap
IV–VI: fun but dated fantasy bobbins
VII–IX: fun but messy fantasy bobbins
Rogue One: fab but entirely unnecessary filler
Solo: it’s just there

I thought it stuck the landing. It worked for me. Perhaps it helps that Star Wars for me is just another property I grew up with. I’m not really invested in this to the degree some of you obviously are. But where as, for me, I–III were entirely unnecessary and detracted from the original, these new three at worst came out even.

Prog / Re: Prog 2162 : The gift of Thrill Power!
« on: 26 December, 2019, 11:15:03 am »
The rapid worldbuilding and artist for Proteus Vex put me in mind of Shakara – and that’s no bad thing.

Prog / Re: Prog 2162 : The gift of Thrill Power!
« on: 23 December, 2019, 03:57:13 pm »

For the record, people here are welcome to express their subjective opinions on someone’s work, but we will not tolerate rudeness directed towards creators, not least returning ones.

As you were…

Prog / Re: Prog 2162 : The gift of Thrill Power!
« on: 23 December, 2019, 02:08:03 pm »
Probably also worth noting that Hogan has a ton more experience now, and the Prog is a different animal anyway. And if you’re not reading Resident Alien, you should be. Hopefully, Tharg will be able to convince Hogan to pen something similarly excellent for the Prog once he’s done with Zaucer.

General / Re: 2000 AD Cover of the Year 2019!
« on: 22 December, 2019, 11:47:38 am »
1. 2119
2. 2130
3. 2153

General / Re: The 2000 AD Messageboard MEGAZINE Cover of the Year 2019!
« on: 22 December, 2019, 11:45:58 am »
1. 410
2. 415
3. 411

Prog / Re: Prog 2162 : The gift of Thrill Power!
« on: 21 December, 2019, 03:43:47 pm »
I dunno. His period in the Prog was mostly during the doldrums of the 800s and 900s. His work may not have been the best stuff in the Prog, but it was a long way from the worst. In 852, his fab Robo-Hunter (with Rian Hughes) was up alongside terrible Dredd tale Inferno, Alan McKenzie’s awful Mean Arena, the ho-hum Demon Killer Sláine, and the divisive Tyranny Rex. In the late 800s, his Strontium Dogs was there with Steve White’s noisy Rogue, Brigand Doom, an iffy Dredd, and the worst Armoured Gideon run.

Prog / Re: Prog 2162 : The gift of Thrill Power!
« on: 21 December, 2019, 01:04:14 pm »
At least one of the text articles hints that Hogan is mulling over more 2000 AD work. I hope so as well – his work was always solid, and there’s room in the modern Prog for more thoughtful stuff. Resident Alien is a superb series. Also, it’s good to know burned bridges can be repaired. I hope perhaps one day that might be the case with John Smith.

Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 21 December, 2019, 11:07:37 am »
I have a friend in Sydney who posted two pics, one taken a year ago, and one recently with a yellow sky. But is this issue in any way avoidable? As in, are these fires and their scale now inevitable, or have bad government decisions in terms of funding played a role (as they have here with flooding)?

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 December, 2019, 08:20:53 pm »
If the UK leaves the EU, then what would be the problem?
Increased costs. A basic lack of customs infrastructure and training. Obliteration of supply chains. (JIT is destroyed by ANY friction.) You know, the things people have been banging on about since 2016.

You are quite correct that the UK has been trading with other European countries for centuries, mostly without the "help" of the EU. It's not as if trade between European countries and the UK will evaporate without the EU - unless the EU actively causes it.
Seriously? This? Again? This is almost as good as “well, people worked in Europe before the EEC, and so I don’t see why losing free movement makes any difference”. Again: friction. Trade will continue. It’s just it won’t be frictionless. Ergo, we won’t benefit.

The question is whether the benefits outweigh the disadvantages which, to my mind, they do not.
What are the benefits for you in leaving the EU? What are the disadvantages?

2000 AD returns to Free Comic Book Day with Best of 2000 AD #0

2000 AD returns to Free Comic Book Day in 2020 in a blaze of glory – and with a thrilling taster for its brand new comic, Best of 2000 AD!
Best of 2000 AD #0 is a 32-page FCBD bombshell featuring a new and exclusive Judge Dredd story by Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk, Loki: Agent of Asgard) and Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Assassin Nation), as well as work by Lauren Beukes (The Shining Girls), Richard Elson (Thor) and more!
Featuring some of the best characters from the legendary weekly anthology by some of its top talent, Best of 2000 AD #0 will be available exclusively in print from participating comic book stores on Free Comic Day, May 2 2020.
It’s the perfect introduction to Best of 2000 AD #1, the 100-page anthology hitting comic book store shelves on 29 April – just in time for Free Comic Book Day!
Behind a new cover by Glenn Fabry (Sláine, Preacher), the 2000 AD FCBD issue sees Erica Henderson on her Judge Dredd debut in Democracy Soon! - written by acclaimed scribe Al Ewing; there are always plenty of ways to die on Nu Earth and in Rogue Trooper: Survival Lesson by Gordon Rennie (Judge Dredd) and Richard Elson (Thor), the last blue-skinned Genetic Infantryman tries to save a lone soldier from the worst this war-torn world can throw at him; will Mega-City One’s favourite psychic cop, Judge Anderson, find hope in the ruins of New York in ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ by Alan Grant (Batman) and Arthur Ranson (Button Man); and blood-sucking bounty hunter Durham Red teams up with Johnny Alpha in Durham Red: The Judas Strain by Lauren Beukes (The Shining Girls), Dale Halvorsen (Survivor’s Club) and Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd)!
Free Comic Book Day is the annual event day where participating comic book specialty shops around the world give away special comic books – absolutely free! It’s a celebration of comics as an art form and as popular culture, introducing whole new audiences to comics and supporting local comic book stores.
Ben Smith, head of publishing at Rebellion, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be involved in Free Comic Book Day again, especially as this year’s 2000 AD issue is a pitch perfect introduction to the world class storytelling that readers can get into a monthly basis from the new Best of 2000 AD series, which launches the same month. We’ve been speaking to new readers and learning lessons from retailers across the US and this year’s 2000 AD Free Comic Book Day issue is going to be a bigger event than we have ever had before!”

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 December, 2019, 07:10:25 pm »
LSE: "The EU isn’t protectionist – it’s one of the most open economies in the world”

FT: "The EU is no protectionist racket”

BBC: “Is the European Union a 'protectionist racket’?”

By any modern definition, the EU trade bloc is pretty liberal. I’m sure anarchists hate it. The thing is, most Brits aren’t anarchists. We as a country have relied on our links with other European countries for decades now. We’re about to get the shit kicked out of us.

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