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Shakara and Kingdom are both quite high concept gigs that just really work well. Kingdom breaks the rule of having your main character feature in the title: but you couldn't really call it "Gene the Hackman" - partly because for all his whetting, he's a caring soul.

I knew Kingdom would rate highly ... but now I can't put my finger on the top two.

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General / Re: The Megazine Rebellion Years Top 10 Series - Tournament
« on: 01 July, 2020, 11:02:11 PM »
1. Insurrection
2. Lawless
3. Strange and Darke
4. Fiends of the Eastern Front
5. Zancudo
6. Scarlet Traces
7. Lilly Mackenzie
8. Angelic   
9. Storm Warning
10. Evangelyne

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 30 June, 2020, 11:44:21 PM »

Frank is as Frank does


Looks like I missed all this.

So Frank was permanently banned from the forum?
In 2019?
For posting a drawing of Pete Wells' knob?

Well, it showed the aftermath of Tharg having been raped to death. If you wanted a graphical definition of tasteless, gratuitous and deliberately offensive, it worked quite well. Or it answers well the question “what image would persuade any potential reader to never pick up a copy of any comic, ever”.

The artist continues to appear baffled as to what exactly all the fuss was about, which seems either disingenuous or pathological.

It made me question the sanity of many that saw it and behaved as if it was somehow normal. If that’s normal, then maybe I’m in the wrong fandom.

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Off Topic / Re: The Death of Verbal Cultural Memes
« on: 27 June, 2020, 11:13:10 PM »
I thought a meme was a unit of cultural reference, but there's a whole new generation that think it's specifically some joke text on top of an image (and they'll win the long game).


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2010's thirteen Megazines (293-305) are in the shop for $19.99 (£?). That's 892 pages of concentrated thrill-power plus another 884 pages of floppy goodness.



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General / Re: 3rd place play off - Ian Edginton or Alan Moore - UNWT
« on: 27 June, 2020, 05:11:27 PM »
I love the yarns that Edginton crafts. Unfortunately, there's a sense of them often left hanging and incomplete.

Moore's tales have endings (even the separate books of Halo Jones).

So, my vote goes to Dirty Frank.

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Help! / Re: Help me Hive Mind, you're my only hope...
« on: 27 June, 2020, 05:07:04 PM »
Summarizing what's already been said:

Tharg's Terror Tales: The Death of Death-Man, FCBD 2016 - this has the writer as "Barry Island", which I presume is a pseudonym of Al Ewing. Art by Henry Flint.

Doctor Sin, 2000 AD Annual 1979. Barney says maybe it was written by Pat Mills, art by Horacio Lalia.
Doctor Sin: The Strange Case Of The Wyndham Demon, 2000 AD Action Special 1992. John Smith & John Burns.
Doctor Sin: Don't Call It A Comeback, FCBD 2015. Rob Williams & Luca Pizzari.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 June, 2020, 06:32:55 AM »
Hoping this is a good omen:


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Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 27 June, 2020, 01:11:43 AM »
Isn’t there something to be said for the Matt & El Sloano sequence providing a bit of frisson? I recall being more interested in a letters page that had a sense of continuity, regardless of whether the views on offer were reasonable or balanced. (It’s long enough ago that all I remember is their views being robust.)

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General / Re: FINAL - Dan Abnett or Pat Mills - For the Godpleton Cup
« on: 25 June, 2020, 03:37:46 PM »
Both great, prolific writers that (because of the volume of their output) have hits and misses over the breadth of their careers. Pat usually has a strong message and a clear ethical stance whereas Dan seems more of an out and out entertainer.

As is often the case with trying to think of who's better when both of the people under consideration are so highly talented, I need to use a gimmick. I'm going to use the "whose work would I most like to read if I opened a new comic today"?








It's Dan Abnett. And that was the scrapping of that day.

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General / Re: Obscurum Artem
« on: 24 June, 2020, 05:37:42 PM »
It was a weird kind of re-purpusing at the time though - some of those covers had appeared up to 2 years earlier, some were still sitting on newsagents shelves.

Oh, I never knew that. I'd known they got used for reprint covers but I had the timing backwards - I had assumed it was poster series first, covers second. It makes much more sense that those were covers (they're well above the Star Pin-Up quality of the time) first and posters second.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 24 June, 2020, 05:49:00 AM »
Why is Ro-Jaws' turd not brown? Is it supposed to be an "old white crumbly"?

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General / Re: Obscurum Artem
« on: 24 June, 2020, 04:29:44 AM »
The History of Justice
(1985-1986: series by Brian Bolland & Mick McMahon)

Click the image to see a larger version.

An interesting series that hides part of itself away inside the progs in a rare display of off-centre additional colour pages. Note that the second is an homage to prog 74's cover (which I've included here for comparison).

This is one of my favorite poster series, as it harked back to tales I hadn't been able to read and so gave Dredd a rich backdrop. Plus, it's Bolland and McMahon.

The Cursed Earth:
Progs 61-85 (436)
The Cursed Earth:
Progs 61-85 (437)
Judge Dredd / Flesh
(cover of 74)

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The Luna War:
Prog 51 (440)
Judge Death Lives:
Progs 224-228 (441)
Bring Me the Head of JD:
Prog 88 (444)

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Monkey Business:
Progs184-185 (445)
Punks Rule:
Prog 110 (447)
Judge Fish:
Prog 90 (448)

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Dredd's Guerilla War:
Prog 98 (449)
Dredd vs. Fergee:
Prog 101 (451)
Return to Mega-City 1:
Prog 59 (452)

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[Tech note: Barney didn't have these, so I scanned them myself. As my scanner delivers a fairly washed-out result, I dragged them through paint.net's "auto-level" adjustment. Not perfect, but okay as a rush job.]

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I wonder why I've never tired of Dredd, but definitely have tired of Sinister Dexter. Is it Mega-City One? The city is always in peril, and is a living, breathing beast that we care about. Downlode? It's a great setting: you can add bits on as needed, and fill it with puns. But it's not in peril, and it's not a place I (or the characters) care about. It's not even consistently home.

The formula is writ large, and so it comes across as formulaic. Even to the extent that when things got multi-dimensional and there was too much backstory to contend with, the solution was just to pretend none of it had happened. So that we could get more ... of the same.

Sinister Dexter works as a very character-specific Tharg's Future Shocks replacement. You can put it in any prog, in any order, as much or as little as you like. Any artist. Any writer? Tharg's Future Puns (featuring Irish Vincent Vega and Jules "Snipes" Winnfield).

I know - it's an anthology. I get to enjoy the other stuff. (And I did enjoy early Sin Dex ... it just got boring and repetitive. Perhaps the problem is that I continued reading the comic? For new readers, it would still feel fresh and exciting.)

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General / Re: Obscurum Artem
« on: 23 June, 2020, 03:12:02 PM »
Oz Gallery

Click the image to see a larger version.

It'd be good if there was some kind of rotation feature for images, but you'll have to just tip your screen (or your heid) for that one. (I'm cheating a little with the Glenn Fabry one, which was circa Song of the Surfer, but it fits with the theme).

Liam Sharp (559)Barry Kitson (566)Will Simpson (567)

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Barry Kitson (568)Liam Sharp (569)Glenn Fabry (662)

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Bonus (Chris Weston, real prog 2011):


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