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General / November Art Comp - Voting Thread...
« on: 15 November, 2006, 10:01:14 PM »
OK, entries all seem to be in so it's voting time again.

As always, pick your three favourites from the images below then post them in order from first to third. First gets 5 points, second gets 3 points and third 1 point. The votes will get tallied up and the three entries with the most votes will take the top three places. Voting will be open until next Wednesday with the winners being announced shortly after that.

54 Jones - sorry, but the Zenith & Bonjo piece is out of contention because it breaks the rules set out at the beginning. However, you are still due a prize from the last comp, and while you passed on that last time, I'd be chuffed if you'd take it now for turning out such a nice piece. Hope that sounds reasonable!

As for the December comp, I'm afraid I've gone ahead & picked the theme - hope it meets with the board's approval! I'll start up a fresh thread for that ASAP, and you can look forward to some bumper prizes for Christmas.

Best of luck to all who entered this comp - now get voting!

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54 JONES - BONJO VS. ZENITH
(Not eligible for the vote, but it deserves to be seen again!)





ALBION83UK - ACE TRUCKING VS. ARMOURED GIDEON





BART DIAZ - LOW LIFE VS. LENNY ZERO





BOLT01 & RAC - SLAINE VS. STRONTIUM DOG





BUTTONMAN - STONE ISLAND VS. STRONTIUM DOG





CARLSBORG EXPERT - MISSIONARY MAN VS. METALZOIC





DOG DEEVER JR - ACE TRUCKING VS. ABC WARRIORS





JOHNNYSTRESS - DURHAM RED VS. DEMARCO / MELTDOWN MAN VS. MOTHER EARTH







(Johnnystress also turned out a lovely couple of illos that didn't quite fit within the rules but are deserving of another look - Gronk Vs. Grobbendonk and Stix Vs. Stix Vs. Stix!)







LORD RUNNING CLAM - SLAINE VS. SATANUS







RADIATOR - SLAINE VS. SKIZZ







SI PENTER - ANDERSON VS. ABC WARRIORS





THRYLLSEEKER - SLAINE VS. SATANUS / ACE TRUCKING VS. ANT WARS







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OK - if I've missed anyone, or mislabelled any of the match-ups or if there's anything else that needs changed, let me know. Otherwise we'll see how the voting goes and tot everything up next week.

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General / November Art Competition - 2000AD Deathmatch!
« on: 28 October, 2006, 08:09:11 PM »
Late as usual ;-)

Anyway, a big thanks to LMS, the winner of last month's comp, who chose the theme for November:

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IT'S A FIGHT TO THE FINISH! A BRAWL TO END 'EM ALL! THE DUEL OF THE DECADE! IT'S...

THE 2000AD DEATHMATCH!


Something strange is afoot at the Nerve Centre...

An incompetent service bot has switched the oil feeds, and the pipe that supplies the sinister R-VING droid with his daily fix of petrochemical psychedelics is pumping straight into the writing droids cubicle!

Now, when they're not bombarding Tharg with proposals for 52-part Synammon epics or yet another Rogue Trooper revival ("He's a gay fisherman with a mysterious past, but when the invasion fleet lands his GI training gives him the skill to lead the resistance, armed only with a fishing net & a copy of the Angling Times!") the drugged-up droids are amusing themselves by scripting ever more outlandish crossovers.

Unfortunately, none of the art droids want anything to do with this madness so it's up to YOU to bring the droids' feverish fantasies to life!

However, even oiled-up loonies have rules:

1 -- The deathmatch must be between characters from two SERIES that begin with the same letter. So, Charles Fort from "Necronauts" could give a sound thrashing to the Grobbendonk from "Nemesis the Warlock", or start a brawl with Andreas Romanov from "Nikolai Dante".

If a strip is commonly shortened ("Dredd" instead of "Judge Dredd", or "Luke Kirby" instead of "The Journal of Luke Kirby", for example) then feel free to bend the rules a little.

2 -- The characters from each series must never have fought each other before.

If you want to draw something that's not on that theme or outwith the rules, feel free, but I'm afraid the winners will be picked from entries that stick to the theme & the two rules. Hopefully the restrictions will spark the imagination, and lead to some really unusual deathmatches (Shako vs Sinister Dexter?)

The thread will remain open for entries until SATURDAY 11th NOVEMBER and voting will begin that weekend.

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BTW - I've tried board-mailing Dark Jimbo, 54 Jones and Swimini Tulkas about their prizes but have had no replies yet. Please email me at cosmonaut_x AT yahoo.co.uk to sort those out. Cheers!

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Suggestions / Future 2000AD trades - suggestions?
« on: 26 October, 2006, 02:06:23 PM »
With the recent update to the 2000AD Books website, the schedule for the next 5 months is looking fairly solid, but what would you like to see the reprint line turn to next? Fire your suggestions up here - all welcome, whether they're picks for future collections in existing series, a favourite you'd like to see reprinted or just a completely impractical-but-fantastic deluxe collection (a Dredd version of Garth Marenghi's "The Ouevre", complete with reading supports?)

I'd love to see a few of the following cropping up over the next 12-24 months:


GO MACHINE: THE RICHARD ELSON COLLECTION

A.H.A.B.
Judge Dredd: The Moby
Judge Dredd: "Nobody"
Judge Dredd: Lawcon
Go Machine
The Scrap
Tharg's Future Shocks: Spare Parts
Tharg's Terror Tales: Krypt

Cover gallery - progs 1312, 1389, and Meg 3.79


NIKOLAI DANTE VOL. 6: HELL & HIGH WATER

The Return of the Gentleman Thief
The Romanov Job
Hell and High Water

Cover gallery - progs 1287 & 1328


NIKOLAI DANTE VOL. 7: AGENT OF DESTRUCTION

Agent of Destruction
How Could You Believe Me...?
Primal Screams
Usurper
The Depths
Dragon's Island

Cover gallery - progs 1421, 1429, 1434, 1487 and 1504


LENNY ZERO: THE JOCK COLLECTION

Judge Dredd: Shirley Temple of Doom
Judge Dredd: Crossing Ken Dodd
Judge Dredd: Rampots
Judge Dredd: Safe Hands
Judge Dredd: Ten Years
Lenny Zero: Lenny Zero
Lenny Zero: Dead Zero
Lenny Zero: Wipeout
Pulp Sci-Fi: Reapermen

Lenny Zero script
Cover gallery - progs 1203, 1227, 1258, 1304, 1318, 1397, 1450, Megs 4.02, 4.04 and 4.14


DEVLIN WAUGH VOL. 3: ALL HELL

Bite Fight!
Vile Bodies
All Hell
Innocence and Experience

Cover gallery - Meg 232

FLESH!

Flesh Book I
Flesh Book II

Cover gallery - progs 3, 8, 14, 17, 87 & 93


ALIEN INVASIONS!: THE HENRY FLINT COLLECTION

Judge Dredd: JD Megson
Judge Dredd: Turkey Shoot
Judge Dredd: Flood's Thirteen
Judge Dredd: Mrs Gunderson's Little Adventure
Judge Dredd: Turned Out Quite Nice Again
Judge Dredd: The Boston Crab
Sancho Panzer: Tanked
Sancho Panzer: Mojo Working
Sancho Panzer: Tank Tracks
Sancho Panzer: Tanks for the Memory
Sancho Panzer: Worms!
Sancho Panzer: Enemy Mine
Sancho Panzer: War of the Worms
Tharg's Alien Invasions: Mr Meat Bingo's Zombie Umbrella
Tharg's Alien Invasions: Mind Simulator Earth Edition
Tharg's Alien Invasions: Rain
Tharg's Alien Invasions: The Mysterious Petroleum Wedge
Tharg's Alien Invasions: The Orange Jellyfish Crisis
Tharg's Alien Invasions: Choir Visible
Tharg's Alien Invasions: Sign Here
Tharg's Alien Invasions: Stan's Pair
Tharg the Mighty: The Great Thrill-Power Overload!

Cover gallery - progs 1096, 1120, 1241, 1350, 1369, Megs 4.10, 2.18, Prog 2001, Dredd Poster Prog 5, Sci-Fi Special 1994 and Big Finish CDs 1-9



Any more suggestions?

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Books & Comics / Hugleikur Dagsson - Should You Be Laughing At This?
« on: 22 October, 2006, 01:15:54 AM »
I thought that fans of the Perry Bible Fellowship might find this amusing. Here are a few sample cartoons by Icelandic artist, Hugleikur Dagsson, featured in today's Grauniad. He has a collection of cartoons due out in November, so if you like what you see here, keep an eye out for that.
















:-D

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Other Reviews / New Rebellion trades - a Thrillpower sixpack!
« on: 22 October, 2006, 12:06:41 AM »
Haven't done one of these for a while! There are a few to get through, so it'll just be quick summaries rather than anything more in-depth. If you're interested in reading more about some of these books, you can try BEC & KAWL: BLOODY STUDENTS
SIMON SPURRIER & STEVE ROBERTS

THEY'RE HERE TO SAVE THE WORLD... KINDA!

Becky Miller and Jarrod Kawl are a pair of students sharing a flat in the less-than-salubrious Swineboil Apartments. He's a stoner movie geek, she's a power-crazed Goth artist - together, they're a magnet for every demonic incursion and ectoplasmic event going. They could be mankind's last hope against the terrors from beyond - if they could only get off their arses...

CONTENTS:

Bec & Kawl and the Mystical Mentalist Menace (progs 1291)
Beccy Miller's Diary (progs 1293)
Enlightenment (prog 1328 - 1351 - 1383 - 1401 - 1437 - 1477 - 1290, 1354, 1438, 1386 Star Scan)
Steve Roberts sketchbook - 7pp
Simon Spurrier interview - 3pp







156 - 156, 160, 163, 168, 170, 173, 180, 184, 189, 192, 197, 201 and JUDGE DREDD: THE HUNTING PARTY
JOHN WAGNER, HENRY FLINT, SEAN PHILLIPS, TREVOR HAIRSINE, CALUM ALEXANDER WATT, JASON BRASHILL & DAVID BIRCHAM

THE HUNT IS ON!

With a hunger for human flesh the dune sharks came out of the Cursed Earth and went into a feeding frenzy on the streets of Mega-City One. Now Dredd has gathered together a team of cadet Judges to track down the source of this alien menace. Along the way they will come face-to-face with cannibals, a rip in the fabric of time, a bizarre spider-cult, a child militia and an awesome secret going back to the days of Chief Judge McGruder!

CONTENTS:

The Pack (progs 1016)
The Hunting Party (prog 1034 - 1037 - 1041 - 1045 - 1047 - 1048 - 1038, 1046 and NIKOLAI DANTE: TSAR WARS VOL. 1
ROBBIE MORRISON, JOHN BURNS & SIMON FRASER

ONE FAMILY WILL FALL!

2669: The Russian Empire is being torn apart by the war between the Tsar and the Romanovs. Streetwise swashbuckler Nikolai Dante is in the middle of the action, leading a rabble called the Rudinshtein Irregulars; a ragtag army made up of thieves and murderers. The Romanovs see them as cannon fodder but when Nikolai Dante is your general, victory can almost certainly be snatched from the jaws of death!

CONTENTS:

Data Download - an introduction to Dante

The Rudinshtein Irregulars (progs 1190)
Love and War (progs 1207)
Battleship Potemkin (progs 1220)

Cover gallery (progs 1189, 1204, 1220







1301 - 1305)
Overkill (progs 1307)
Lions (progs 1309)
A Visit to the Boneyard (progs 1311)
Requiem (prog 2003)
Ghouls (progs 1349)
Realpolitik (progs 1385)
Condor Six Down (progs 1464)
New Model Army (progs 1479)

Cover gallery (progs 1311, 1383, 1479







2004 - 2005 - 1372, 1425 and 1420




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Phew!

First, a quick nod to the team behind the books. Every one of the books here is a high-quality release, attractively packaged and with generally fantastic art reproduction, and that quality is down to the people behind the collections putting in the time & effort necessary. Given how ropey 2000AD trades have been over the years, and how precarious the future of Rebellion's reprint line seemed when the DC collaboration came to an end, it's great to see so much material being collected so well.

As for the books, the biggest surprise for me has been how much I enjoyed Bec & Kawl in collected form. It's never going to climb to the top of my favourite thrills list, but reading it here has made me appreciate it more than when it was chopped up into weekly chunks in the prog. While the earlier stories are already looking dated - some shaky writing & art from Spurrier & Roberts, together with some naff pop-culture references - later episodes see the creators & characters settle into a rhythm that makes for a far more satisying read. The substantial sketchbook & interview make for nice extras, and the new cover from Steve Roberts caps this great little volume off perfectly.

Case Files 04 is, as with the other volumes, a chunky ramble through some of Dredd's classic moments. Where earlier volumes were patchy as writers & artists got to grips with Dredd, this collection sees everyone involved producing some career-best work, from McMahon's substantial artistic contribution to Grant & Wagner's effortless, inventive writing. Although still lacking a story index - a glaring omission given the number of tales collected and the use of pseudonyms - this is another solid collection.

Carrying on with Dredd - though of a far more recent vintage - The Hunting Party is a collection that offers an enjoyable romp through the Cursed Earth, showcasing early work from a number of artists who have since gone on to great success in 2000AD and in the wider comics market. Unfortunately, this collection also features the patchiest reproduction of all of the books mentioned here. It often appears that pages have been scanned direct from the comic, rather than original art or films, and while great effort has been made to present the strips as best as possible, there are a few sections that aren't quite up to the high standards set elsewhere (Hairsine's work on "Lost in Americana" is perhaps the worst). The interview with Henry Flint at the close of book is a welcome - if disappointingly brief - inclusion, and the sketchbook is an interesting look at Phillips' working methods at the time, complete with thumbnail page layouts and character designs.

Dante hits the "Tsar Wars" epic in the fourth collection of his adventures & this book also marks the point when John Burns became primary artist on the strip, handling the bulk of this epic tale. For fans of Fraser's art this might be a little disappointing, but the work Burns produces here is some of his finest work for the prog & suits the tone of "Tsar Wars" perfectly. Morrison's writing - while occasionally mawkish - is generally very good, and the change in Dante's character over the course of this collection is handled deftly & effectively.

More Rogue is in store with the sixth (!) volume of his adventures, this time taking a leap decades forward from the material reprinted in the preceding volume, "Regene", skipping revinventions, crossovers & some terrible writing and moving straight to Gordon Rennie's "untold stories". Ian Edington's contribution is interesting, but this book is Rennie's show & while not entirely successful, it's interesting to see how much closer he gets to the magic of Finley-Day's time on the strip than other writers before him. There are a couple of stories here that wouldn't have looked at all out of place in any of the earlier collections, and it helps that he's well served by some gorgeous B&W art from newer 2K artists like Dylan Teague, Simon Coleby and Staz Johnson. There's a disappointing lack of extra material, and even the cover gallery included is a bit of a letdown - all of the covers are reproduced in greyscale, robbing them of their rich colours and leaving the art looking dark and muddy. Given that the strips reprinted are so recent, it would have been nice to see some comments from the writers involved, or some sketchbook material from the artists.

Finally, the second volume of Mills' & Langley's Sláine epic, "Books of Invasions", collecting books 3 and 4 in a gorgeous hardback edition. Unfortunately, the only copy I've been able to lay my hands on is the mis-printed edition which has a section of one book printed out of sequence. I believe a full recall was ordered, but it's probably worth erring on the side of caution and checking through the book before buying just in case you end up with a dud copy. That issue aside, this is another stunning addition to the Rebellion Euro line and a treat for fans of the character & CLint Langley's unusual artstyle, complete with extra material and stunning reprints of the wrap-around prog covers that Langley produced for the series. Mills provides some memorably gruesome moments, and while the Celtic barbarian is perhaps long past his best, the epic scope & loathsome Fomorians help make this his most enjoyable adventure for quite some time.

While still a little too reliant on the big-hitters in the 2000AD roster - Dredd, Rogue, Sláine, Dante... - Rebellion's reprint line appears to be in rude health, and with an upcoming release list packed with books like Leviathan, The Complete PJ Maybe, Origins, Button Man, Nemesis the Warlock, XTNCT and Caballistics, Inc., as well as second editions of earlier collections, it certainly seems that fans are in for a bumper Christmas & New Year.

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General / October Art Comp - Voting Thread...
« on: 14 October, 2006, 10:12:46 PM »
It's that time again, so here's the voting thread for October's competition. The theme was "Dredd Villains" and we had some cracking entries, so anyone who's had difficulty picking out a top three before will likely find this month a nightmare!

Pick your top three & list them in order here. Voting will run until next weekend when the winners will be announced. As suggested in another thread, we'll try something fresh this time and - in addition to the small prizes for the winners - the first place will get to pick the subject for November's comp.

As always, a massive thank you to everyone who took the time to enter something for the comp & don't be disheartened if your own entry doesn't come out on top - with only three places and so many great entries, some nice work is bound to slip through the cracks. If I've missed anybody out, or if I've included something you didn't want posted, let me know.  

Finally, a quick shout-out to both Simon Penter & Dark Jimbo - I don't know if either of you got my board mails, but your prizes from last month's comp are waiting for you, so drop me a line.

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54 JONES






ALBION83UK








BOLT & RAC




BUTTONMAN




CARLSBORG EXPERT




DARK JIMBO




DOG DEEVER




JAMES








JIM CAMPBELL










KAMBEI










LONGMANSHORT




LORD RUNNING CLAM




MIK




MINI-BOLT




RADIATOR






SIMON PENTER




SKOI




SWIMINI TULKAS




THRYLLSEEKER










WILS








WOOLLY








...and I know Jock didn't want to put this forward as an official entry, but it's such a nice piece that I think it at least deserves posting here for everyone to see:

JOCK




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General / 2000AD Artist Blogs...
« on: 02 October, 2006, 11:50:15 PM »
Bouncing off the thread on D'Israeli's blogging about his work on "Stickleback", I thought readers might be interested in knowing more about the artblogs out there.

Here are just a few of the 2K-related artblogs out there - and if anyone has any more, feel free to chip in!

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CHRIS WESTON
http://wilco4400.blogspot.com

A little quieter than some other blogs, but there have been some interesting posts recently including previews of his work on Battler Britton and a sneak look at his contribution to this week's Tom Frame tribute:



D'ISRAELI
http://d-taylor-comics-music-ford-mustangs.blogspot.com/

I wasn't a great fan of Taylor's work on his most recent Meg strip, but the previews of his next story, "Anderson: Big Robots", have almost got me converted. You can see a great array of work-in-progress & finished pieces at his blog - and hopefully we'll see more of his work in the comic after "Big Robots".



DYLAN TEAGUE
http://www.pauljholden.com/wordpress

Everyone's favourite Irish artist blogs about his work for 2000AD & the Meg, inking advice, his early Dredd art, the mysterious Project F & his watery eye. Some instructive step-by-step art in there as well:



ROGER LANGRIDGE
http://surebeatsworking.blogspot.com

One of my favourite artists, but sadly too long absent from the pages of the prog. Still, his work on "Marvel Zombies" was a recent pleasure, and the previews of its sequel on his blog suggest that it'll be another does of cannibal-superhero-holocaust goodness!



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Rightio, that's it for now. If anyone knows of any other blogs I've not yet mentioned - or if any artists want to pimp their own sites - feel free to pitch in!

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General / Stickleback - a work-in-progress...
« on: 02 October, 2006, 09:45:57 PM »
Dunno if anyone else will find this interesting, but D'Israeli is currently blogging on the progress of his latest work for 2000AD, Stickleback. It's due to start in Prog 2007 and it seems that work has started in earnest with semi-regular updates being posted on his blog.

Not much so far, but there are some interesting comments on his influences for this particular strip, a striking test image & the first glimpse of the strip's lead character. I've posted the relevant posts & pics below, but it's worth taking a visit to his blog as it's always an interesting read.

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2006

Did a trial page for Stickleback over the weekend - I'm using a new (for me) technique, inspired by the collage work of Argentinian comic artist Alberto Breccia (specifically, his work on Perramus in the 1980's).
It's always a bit nerve-wracking trying a change of direction - new techniques that seem great in trial runs can prove unwieldy when faced with the day-to-day grind of comics production, but the trial page went well. It does you good to shake things up every so often... the slight uncertainty of not completely knowing what I'm doing adds a definite frisson to the working day. I find I'm much keener to get down to work than I have been for months.



OCTOBER 2, 2006

Deadlines on part one of Stickleback are biting a bit, due to the time lost because of the move... I'm pencilling the last batch of pages from the first episode (a ten-pager, to go in Prog 2007). Having to draw the hero, Valentine Bey, for the first time in earnest; it's funny, you can do all the character sketches you like, but it's only when you draw a character in action that you really start to get a feel for them. At the moment, though, it's mostly about drawing him so he doesn't look like either Robert Autumn from Scarlet Traces, or Devlin Waugh...



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Film & TV / Darkplace DVD finally here?
« on: 01 October, 2006, 08:42:12 PM »
I hope this hasn't been posted yet, but Play are advertising the Darkplace DVD as being available within the next fortnight. They've got cover art and contents & extras, and it certainly looks legit. Good news if it holds up!

Link: Garth Marenghi's Darkplace


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General / September Art Competition - Voting thread...
« on: 24 September, 2006, 08:23:48 PM »
Rightio, finally found time to set this up. As the site is still a bit flaky, we'll go ahead with thread voting again - hope this doesn't cause any inconvenience.

Pick your three favourites from the pics below & list them in order from first to third. Your first place pick gets 5 points, the second place 3 points and the third 1 point. Voting will run until next Sunday at which point the winners will be announced.

In the meantime take a look at the thread for next month's comp - Dredd Villains is the theme this time -  enjoy the pics here and get voting!

Albion83uk





Bolt01 and His Lordship Rac




Buttonman




Dark Jimbo




Dog Deever





Dog Deever Jnr





Dounreay




Finnigan Sinister





Jacob Turner




James




Johnny Stress






Lord Running Clam







Mini Bolt





Monarch Henchman Number 21





Natsan




Radiator




Redman




Simon Penter




Thryllseeker





Woolly



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General / Your 2000AD Art #4 - October
« on: 18 September, 2006, 02:45:53 AM »
Voting will start soon on the entries for September's competition, but in the meantime this is the thread for October's art comp. This month's subject is:

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THE PERP WALK - DREDD VILLAINS!



30 years of super-criminals, intergalactic bounty hunters, crazed warlords, alien superfiends and timid Scottish artists - plenty there to spark the imagination!

To get you started, how about this brief list of notable Dredd perps:

The Angel Gang
Chief Judge Cal
Call-Me-Kenneth
Chopper
The Dark Judges
The Chief Judge's Man
The Judda
The Judge Child
Nero Narcos
Orlok the Assassin
Trapper Hag
The Kleggs
Judge Rico
Satanus
Kenny Who?
Oola Blint
Stan Lee
PJ Maybe
War Marshall Kazan

Of course, if you've got a favourite Dredd perp feel free to produce something based on them instead. Your entries don't have to be serious, so feel free to play around with the concept - if you've got a great idea for a Judge Death record sleeve (perhaps one of the Death cults have their own recording label?) or a Trapper Hag cuddly doll (sold in all good Sector 34 Mega-stores!) then fire ahead.

The comp will run until Friday 6 October & I'd hope that will give everyone plenty of time to submit something they're happy with.

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Games / Wii - launch details...
« on: 15 September, 2006, 05:30:06 AM »
OK - for anyone who's interested, Nintendo have concluded two of three press conferences to announce the launch details for Wii, their new console. The European release date and info is due tomorrow morning but there are pretty solid rumours pointing to a particular date.

Anyway, here's how it breaks down:

RELEASE DATE

November 19th in the United States
December 2nd in Japan
December in Europe (rumoured)

LAUNCH PRICE

$249 in the US
25,000 yen in Japan
Between £150-200 / Euro equivalent in Europe (rumoured)

BASIC PACKAGE

Console (white only at the moment)
One remote
One nunchuk attachment
Wii Sports (confirmed for the US only so far)
Sensor bar
Console stand
Composite/component cable & power cable

LAUNCH TITLES

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Wii Sports (features Baseball, Golf, Bowling, Tennis & Boxing)
Excite Truck
My First Wii (a very rough translation of the Japanese name! A collection of quick, simple minigames)
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
Red Steel
Trauma Centre: Second Opinion
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz
Elebits
Rayman Raving Rabbids

...plus a number of other third-party titles & plenty of games to come later - Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, Super Mario Galaxy, Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy, Metroid Prime 3...

Also available at launch will be 30 Virtual Console games - including Super Mario 64, Super Mario World, Donkey Kong etc. - with 10 a month every month after that.

FEATURES

Wii Channels - always-on connection to the internet with dedicated weather & news channels and a mailbox/bulletin board to contact other users. Also features a Photo Channel that lets you download photos from your digital camera, edit and send them to other users

Mii Channel - create a virtual you for use in games like Wii Sports. You can then save this to your remote, take it to a friend's house, connect to his console and play with your avatar.

Virtual Console - perfect emulation of NES, SNES, N64, Megadrive, PC Engine and MSX games. 30 available at launch with 10 a month made available thereafter. They can be purchased with a credit card & downloaded straight to the system where they'll be available through the Virtual Console channel. If you don't have a credit card, you can buy points cards and use them instead. Games will cost the equivalent of approx. $5 for NES games, $8 for SNES games and $10 for N64 games.

Full backwards compatibility - all of your GameCube games will be playable on the system from day one.

Wi-Fi link-up with the Nintendo DS - no real details yet, though the new Pokemon title for the DS will connect with Pokemon Battle Revolution for Wii.

I think that's most of the basic info so far. Looks really promising, though the price is a touch higher than expected. The built-in Wii Channels look pretty nifty, and the idea of personalising your remote & console is fun. The games are looking solid - I've already got a dozen pegged out as must-haves - and while the console might not be able to compare to the 360 or PS3 in raw power, it looks like being a really polished, fun system.

Press release over ;-)

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General / August Art Comp - Winners & Suggestions...
« on: 05 September, 2006, 02:49:19 AM »
As it appears that everyone who wants to vote has voted and the closing date has passed, it's time to announce the winners of August's Art Comp. Hopefully my failing brain unit has calculated the vote totals correctly, but if anyone notices an error, please let me know! The prizes have been juggled about a bit, and thanks to both DavidXBrunt & petemaskreplica for their generous contributions to the prize stack.


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In first place, with his striking Torquemada & Nemesis portraits, is Wooly. First place nets the Don Uggie print by Ade Bamforth, together with a graphic novel of your choice - up to a max of ?15 - so drop me a line off-board to sort out delivery.



Second place goes to Radiator's witty, left-field take on Nemesis. My personal fave, and only just pipped to first place. Second place gets you a panel from the Doctor Who story, "The Glorious Dead", drawn by Martin Geraghty specially for the recent collection of the same name. In addition, you'll get a the 2006 Who Annual & novella. Message me to sort out shipping.



Last - but certainly not least - is Dark Jimbo and his remarkable Gothic Empire-era Nemesis & Purity. That takes third place & wins you a trade of your choice, up to a max of ?15. Again, board-mail me to discuss.



Congratulations to the winners, and a big thank-you to everyone who took part, especially Dog Deever Jr and Pablo Doce - I hope we'll see more from both of you in future competitions.

Talking of which... I'm looking for suggestions from boarders for the subject of the October competition. Would you rather see a themed contest, or simply stick to a set of characters? Some suggestions were posted on the September Comp thread which I've reposted below. Does anyone have any other suggestions? If so, post them here.

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Larf suggests:

You could go for a traditional letters page remix for the next one. You know when some clever sod would send in Boy George dressed as a Judge and win a fiver for Judge Boy - so how about mixing music with 2000AD characters, i.e.:

Pogue Trooper
ABBA C Warriors
Snoop Strontium Doggy Dog
Slaine(d)
Simply Durham Red
sisters of Mercy Heights

etc, etc, etc.


Mcwild's suggests:

Maybe make it a bit more general, e.g. Heroes, Villains, Cyborgs, Robots, Aliens etc?

The music-themed one is quite cool.

Or go the what-if route, Dredd as famous fictional detectives, e.g. Columbo, Sherlock Holmes, Poirot etc?

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Games / Rogue Trooper now playable on Xbox 360...
« on: 29 August, 2006, 05:28:52 AM »
The latest backward-compatibility update has just been released over Xbox Live & amongst the titles now playable on the 360 is Rogue Trooper.

Hopefully this wee piece of news will be of interest to the 360 owners on the board!

Link: 360 BC update...


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General / Pick your three favourites from August's Art Comp
« on: 18 August, 2006, 06:41:52 AM »
I think all of the entries are in for August's competition, so voting can start now.

I've rehosted all of the pics, so take a look through and pick your three favourites then post your choices here. First place is 5 points, second 3 points and third 1 point. Voting will run until 31 August & the winners will be announced then.

Remember, you're not necessarily voting for the most technically-accomplished pieces but for the ones that appeal the most.

If I've missed anybody, or if anybody doesn't want their entry put up for the comp, just let me know.

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