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Books & Comics / Re: Scarlet Traces: The Great Game...
« on: 31 August, 2006, 02:07:57 am »
Dweezil, it's FP Dublin.  You can almost guarantee that you're being misinformed.  No. 3 isn't out yet.  Try the guys in Sub-City instead, they're much better at ordering recent back issues.

Books & Comics / Re: Scarlet Traces: The Great Game...
« on: 19 August, 2006, 03:04:31 am »
" I *really* want Robert Autumn's kettle!"

It is great indeed.  But what was originally on the wall above the fire/brazier/stove thing, that left that 'V' of ragged holes?

I agree about the waste of precious pages on a Scarlet Traces recap, but the rest was a complete and unadulterated joy.  Loved the magnetic rail accelerator, but I do wonder whether even Victo-Martian-tech could stretch to a space elevator/beanstalk/skyhook.  That's pretty serious stuff!  

What a comic!

General / Re: Who is best artist for Dredd?....
« on: 22 August, 2006, 07:31:55 pm »
For the best compromise between Great MC-1 and Great Dredd, I'd have to go with specific moments rather than whole careers - all the good 'uns change their style so much (except Bolland, maybe?)that it has to be 'When?' as well as 'Who?'

Colin Wilson on 'Crime Files'.  Wow.
Ron Smith on 'The Graveyard Shift'.  Double wow.
Cam Kennedy on 'The Warlord'/'Sunday Night Fever'.  Gulp.
Carlos Ezquerra on 'Call of Duty' and 'Sector House' (ooh, controversial, but i love the solidity of his figure work on these).

Basing it on his record over the long-haul, combined with his current style, it'd  be Carlos by a nose, but for me, the ultimate definitive artist-at-one-single-moment that combines the best of Dredd and the City has to be:

McMahon around the time of 'The Fink' (to which title my teenage self can't help but add "He has come to kill!") .  Now that right there is yer definitive 'Judge Dredd' artist.  An unbeaten masterclass in style-meets-imagination-meets-storytelling.  Awesome.

General / Re: More ebay shenanigans............
« on: 28 August, 2006, 02:37:32 am »
"Actually, it WAS shown: I remember seeing it back in 1978 or whenever."  

Wow, this I did not know.  How did i miss it?  The only SW stuff I remember seeing on TV was the Muppet Show episode. And I was a boy obsessed - I even stayed off school to watch a 'Pebble Mill' slot with Lucas, which memorably compared Stormtrooper armour to plastic toilet pipes.  Explained a lot, I thought.

General / Re: More ebay shenanigans............
« on: 26 August, 2006, 10:07:52 pm »
I got a present of a copy of what appears to be matthewvic's friend's SW Holiday Special DVD, and grud help me but it was great - well, the old Kenner adverts were at least.  Awesome!  I sort-of don't feel too bad about owning this, my one item of e-bay piracy, becaue (a) it was a gift; (b) Lucas wants the SW:HS to be entirely forgotten, and I say 'bollix to that, Goebbels!'; (c)  It was never show on Brit/Irish TV, and has never been available in any other forma (d) it's mostly adverts.

What's a boy to do!

Off Topic / Re: Toffee crisis alert!
« on: 26 August, 2006, 01:17:20 am »
Oh thank God.  For a second there, I thought I was going to lose some weight.

General / Re: Morrison/Millar Interview circ...
« on: 13 August, 2006, 11:44:01 pm »
"Dredd's just a big bastard with a gun, never anything else. There's nothing under the mask. So I thought long and hard and then just wrote him as a one dimensional bastard with a gun."

That may be the most misguided thing I've read today.  Dredd is one dimensional:  he's a Judge.  That's what's under the mask, not a 'big bastard with a gun'.  How hard is to get that?  I grant you, it's bloody difficult to write Dredd well, but if you can't even understand the (oh God I'm going to use it in a sentence) Core Concept....

"I wanted to do a Dredd story which was just like a Big Arnie film, so 'Inferno' is full of mammoth explosions and things falling over and fast cuts and useless one liners. That's probably the big difference between my Dredd and the others we've seen; mine cracks more shitty jokes."

Have some more rope, Mr. M?

Classifieds / Re: Free DVDs!
« on: 18 August, 2006, 12:48:56 am »
"For the grumble-mags to contain truly magical powers of arousal, they must first be found stuffed in a hedge."

This is the funniest thing I've read all day!  And so true!  

Mind you, I once found such items lying in the middle of a cycle path on my way to school... and they were Not Nice to Look At.  It's definitely the hedge that's the key.  

Games / Re: Warhammer Rip Off
« on: 18 August, 2006, 12:36:16 am »
Oh its EBay's price, alright, but with randomised product you're going to spend a lot more than that hoping to pick up a specific Very Rare mini in successive 7-mini booster packs - assuming the damn things were even still in pront.  There's more than one way to make a buck off miniatures.  The fiends.

Games / Re: Warhammer Rip Off
« on: 17 August, 2006, 10:18:01 pm »
As an addict to the pre-painted plastic crack foisted on us by Wizards of the Coast, I think GW followers have it easy!  USD$80 for an out-of-print Aurra Sing figure, a character who 0.25 seconds screen time in the Phantom Menace!  Fer feck's sake!

Books & Comics / Re: RIPPED OFF.......................
« on: 11 August, 2006, 02:11:01 pm »
I dunno, garageman, not sure I agree with you... I have grammar/spelling-nazi tendencies myself, but these usually cone into play where poor use obscures meaning. I thought ThryllSeekyr made his point pretty clearly, creative spelling aside.   Spelling is a just a local short-term convention after all, and if you can make yourself understood it's pretty unimportant.

I also feel ThryllSeekyr's pain.  Back in the 80's, my newsagent used to write the Irish Punt price all over the cover in blue biro, in several places if the cover was cluttered.  Biro!  Bastards.

General / Re: Abaddon Guy - an appreciation ...
« on: 10 August, 2006, 02:05:49 pm »
My Dok, but I should have proofed that last post... Apologies to the punctuation/spelling/grammar/decency police.

General / Re: Abaddon Guy - an appreciation ...
« on: 10 August, 2006, 02:04:21 pm »
That's clearly Harry Exton, you fools.  He's just received dertails his next contest  from his Voice, concealed in the pages of a trashy novel slipped to him by an attractive dentist's wife... and it's to take place in an exlcusive girl's finishing school in the Tirol.  With sexy results.

Books & Comics / Re: 2000AD Prog 1500: Disappointed...
« on: 13 August, 2006, 02:19:46 pm »
I thought it was a very brave line-up for a 'milestone' issue.  
Far from wallowing in nostalgia or rebooting the bejaysus out of everything, it had a positive forward-looking feel, and looked like a durable quality production. Does this look like a comic that's 6 years past its title date?

Dredd:  Essential reading. Slow, stripped down, moody, mature, portentious... reminded me of a Rick Rubln Johnny Cash album.

Malone:  New Story!  Good dialogue, good SF, adventurous art.

Stone Island:  New Story!  T'n'A, Ian Edginton's trademark Ur-Britain (loved the Dartmor prison design), quite a shocking twist.  See, Pat?  Simon's art is perfect for storytelling, if you actually have a story for him to tell...

Dante:  Fan-fave character returns, playing to the PotC zeitgeist (maybe this time he'll escape the piratical doldrums he's beclamed in - c'mon lads, how can you make futuristic pirates boring?!?).  

And FIFTEEN HUNDRED issues, fer feck's sake.  That's insane. It reminded me a lot of my beloved Prog 500, where you had the nostalgia cover,  a slowish Dredd with awesome art, a startlingly mature-looking Slaine story, the already-tired-and-convuluted bit still-popular Nemesis, and the out-of-nowhere googly that was to be  Bad Company.  All that was really missing was a Tharg's Head Revisited analogue, but as others have pointed out, that may play better for the 30th.

Books & Comics / Re: Henry Flint DC work
« on: 10 August, 2006, 08:03:14 pm »
Holy crepe, there's no way he can keep that up that level of quality for long, surely?!?  Kirby's bastard heir or what!

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