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Creative Common / Re: Pixel Dredd
« on: 08 July, 2019, 09:49:34 pm »
The puerile part of me is making farty noises every time JD bends down.

Prog / Re: Prog 2010: Your Move Eathlets
« on: 08 July, 2019, 05:54:35 pm »
Thanks, Frank: I feel a bit silly for not realizing that without help.  How many glowing-eyed characters are there, after all?

Prog / Re: Prog 2010: Your Move Eathlets
« on: 08 July, 2019, 05:12:19 am »

This is the 2009 (year) 100-page winter special prog 2010 (really prog 1665 and a half).  Just to be clear.

So: I've got a puzzler - there's a page just before the Nikolai Dante story: it's got a pair of glowing white eyes and above it the text "RIP?"

Those eyes look like Rogue Trooper, perhaps.  Does anyone know what this page is referencing?

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 06 July, 2019, 08:19:27 pm »
I've been reading The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael (and the dead left in his wake): One Last Bullet, and I thought "Fuck me: that's a long title - probably one of the longest titles in 2000 AD history".

Here's the top 10 in reverse order:

10: A surprise entry and a blast from the past, at 71 characters we've got the fondly remembered kascade of kolorful konundrums that was Kola Kommandos: Is Your Life an Okay Life? Hector Doldrum's Used To Be! (1992: prog 777)

9: Judge Dredd has some strong contenders with the likes of the argumentative The Ballad Of Toad McFarlane ('Cept It's Not A Ballad) or the sub-sub-sub-titling of The Mega-Rackets, Crime File 7 - The Stookie Glanders, but beating both of those into submission with a trusty day stick is the 72 character wonder that is Judge Dredd: They Shoot Deejays, Don't They? (Or At Least They Ought To). (1987: prog 506)

7=: Skulking out of the dark shadows of the Megazine and fueling our nightmares, at 73 characters of doom-laden prophesying we have Tales From The Black Museum: The Unfortunate Case of High-Altitude Albert. (2011: meg 317)

7=: Swaggering in from the Judge Dredd Annual and brushing dust from his dapper suit, with 73 characters of Shuggy skills and sass there's Max Normal: The Pinstripe Freak (He's Dredd's Informer!) - The Max Factor (1983: JDA '84)

6: Aiming for the top spot with a number four cartridge we leap to 80 characters with a true Matryoshka doll of a title in Strontium Dog: The Life and Death of Johnny Alpha: Chapter Three - Mutant Spring (2013: progs 1812.5-1821)

5: Just when you thought it was safe to trust the mayor of Mega-City One, PJ Maybe returns with the only mildly dyslexic 84 characters of Judge Dredd: Day of Chaos - Wot I Did During The Worst Disaster in Mega-City History (2012: progs 1786)

4: Only in 4th place despite being the unholy inspiration for the list, gunning his way through hell and back with a grumpy sneer there's The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael (and the dead left in his wake): One Last Bullet with 87 characters. (2014: prog 1901+)

3: Back when Johnny was dead, other Dogs took up the reins and Maeve didn't just have many arms - she also claimed many characters (89 to be precise) with Strontium Dog, Tales From The Doghouse: Maeve The Many-Armed - Niall Of The Nine Sausages. (1989: progs 636-638)

2: In second place, confirming the unwritten rule that it's not really a Time Twister unless Hitler's in it, defeating the opposition with a stomping jackboot at 93 characters we have Tharg's Time Twisters: The Absolutely And Utterly Authentic Story Behind "The Hitler Diaries". (1983: prog 328)

1: You're not really a Squaxx if you didn't already know that the Russian rogue who's too cool to kill was sitting here waiting, quaffing from a vintage bottle of Champagne as he carelessly tosses out (the 106 characters of) Nikolai Dante: How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life (2005: progs 1428-1431)

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 06 July, 2019, 07:26:16 pm »
I had a remote manager who insisted on an hour-long phone conversation once a week, whether it was needed or not.  Because it wasn't needed, he wanted me to read a book so that we'd have something to talk about.  I suggested a book on teaching (because that was my job) but he insisted that we read a book on management (because he was a manager) - and he chose "Getting Things Done" (as if I wasn't already).

I decided I would get more things done by not reading the book, so during our weekly review phone meetings I'd open up its wikisummaries page and read verbatim what it said about the chapter I was supposed to have read.

Problem solving: it's what I do.

General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 06 July, 2019, 03:37:13 am »
...is there a  ‘transition’ phase where Dredd / Dante / SinDex carry the prog before we get to a slew of ‘modern’ 2000ad strips like Lobster, Asylum, Caballistics...

I'd posit prog 1200 as being the hinge: in July 2000.

In 1999 the prog was heavily reliant on existing thrills: the only new episodic thrill in the prog was The Balls Brothers.  Things were feeling relatively fresh because SinDex and Dante were only a few years old (4 and 2, respectively).

In 2000, leading up to prog 1200 we get two new thrills: Glimmer Rats and Badlands.  Post-1200 we get Red Fang, Roadkill, Vanguard and Rain Dogs.  Whilst you can debate the quality: the difference is that we're getting fresher material mixed in with the established thrills at a much higher rate than before.

(Stats-wise, the average age of the thrills in the first half of 2000 was 12.71, and in the second half it was 8.84.)

We do have to wait a while before stickier thrills come along, but the attempt is being made in 2000, and continues in 2001 with Necronauts, Carver Hale, A Love Like Blood and Killer.

Once we hit 2002 things start to appear that get more than one series: Shakara, Ataver, Bec & Kawl, Asylum and The Red Seas. (With Storming Heaven, 13/Thirteen, Bison and The Scrap as new one series thrills.)  Cabs and Lobster are hot on their heels in 2003.

Summary: the hinge appears in mid-2000 and by the time we get to 2002 we're seeing new multi-series thrills exploding onto the scene.

The hinge:

General / Re: Ampney Crucis
« on: 05 July, 2019, 07:47:45 pm »
Entirely dangling, I'm afraid. 

Series structure looks like this:

This is my (Thrill Coma) entry for the last series recorded either by me or Barney: not sure if anything got published past where Barney's up to.

Ampney Crucis Investigates The Entropy Tango (1812.5-1822)
Script: Ian Edginton
Art: Simon Davis
Letters: Ellie De Ville

We're well and truly down the rabbit hole now.  Ampney is perhaps in an alternative reality, but possibly it's just an altered reality where he hasn't altered.  There are friendly martians (like from War of the Worlds, but passive), cyborg cultists and assassins, and possessed relatives attempting to resurrect a long-dead god-race. 

It's a lot of fun, a little confusing, and opens up more threads than it closes.  It doesn't have an ending, which is a downside in a story.  Ampney, perhaps quite sensibly, forgets all about it.  As always, beautifully painted:

General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 05 July, 2019, 06:10:38 pm »
û Dash Decent
I think you've mixed up your cross and your tick there.

Clearly!  :D

My Yay/Nay system doesn't quite tell the whole story, either.  How to rate a single prog with a single value?

It could be yay/nay per thrill, or it could be yay/nay/meh.  And some thrills are only 1 page (like everyone's favorite thrill ever: Dash decent), so do they count for as much as a 6-pager?  Do we separate out a thrill by art and script?  (Obviously not by lettering: because it's always wonderful.)

General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 04 July, 2019, 03:19:16 pm »
I've always loved 2000 AD and only stopped reading for a few years when it became economically out of reach: an error (in the universe) that I'm steadily rectifying.  So, from about 1980 (when I started) to 2014 (where I'm at now) - I can't say there's an entirely bad prog.  Usually, there isn't a 100% great prog either.

Even in the case of clunker stories, often the art is great: and so at least you have something to admire as you go through it.  And then things land sometimes in the realm of curiosities, or reader Marmite.  But in amongst all of that opinion and conjecture there sits me being entirely correct about everything. 

Here's a snapshot of the first half of the 80s:

Prog 178 (1980) scores 91%:
ü Strontium Dog: Death's Head
ü The Mean Arena: [Tallon]
û Dash Decent
ü Judge Dredd: The Judge Child - Fallen Angels
ü Meltdown Man
ü Killer Watt

Prog 225 (1981) scores 80%:
ü Strontium Dog: The Gronk Affair
ü Nemesis the Warlock: [Book 1]
ü Judge Dredd: Judge Death Lives
û Tharg's Future Shocks: Seeing is Believing
ü Meltdown Man

Prog 277 (1982) scores 100%:
ü Robo-Hunter: The Killing of Kidd
ü Rogue Trooper: All Hell on the Dix-I Front
ü The Mean Arena: [Mother Vlad's Vampires]
ü Judge Dredd: Fungus
ü Ace Trucking Co.: Too Many Bams

Prog 329 (1983) scores 78%:
ü Robo-Hunter: The Slaying of Slade
ü Tharg's Future Shocks: Dad
ü Skizz
û Judge Dredd: The Weather Man
ü Rogue Trooper: Eye of the Traitor

Prog 382 (1984) scores 50%:
ü Strontium Dog: Outlaw
ü The Ballad of Halo Jones: [Book I]
û Tharg's Future Shocks: Class of '65
û Judge Dredd: Dredd Angel
ü Rogue Trooper: Death Valley
û Ace Trucking Co.: On The Dangle

Creative Common / Re: Pixel Dredd
« on: 03 July, 2019, 06:22:19 am »

General / Re: Oh no not another re-read thread (progs 336 to 729)
« on: 02 July, 2019, 05:40:56 pm »
Rebooted Robo-Hunter perhaps hits the top of my "Worst Things in 2000AD" list: mostly because it's wearing the coat of the real Robo-Hunter whilst otherwise being utterly turgid.

It's like someone trying to sell you a 1961 Jaguar E-Type but they've scooped out the insides entirely and replaced it with dung.

(I don't speak to the artwork: no art could have saved it.)

Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 01 July, 2019, 10:29:30 pm »
I was definitely going to show her the Tammy & Jinty special: she goes through books and comics like a hot knife through butter.

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 01 July, 2019, 05:51:12 pm »
I wanted to use three or four feet of the hosepipe but had to un-roll the entire thing because some drokker had rolled it back up all full of kinks and knots.

I invested in a non-kink hose a while back (assuming that it was all hokey advertising bollocks and that I'd remain as knotted, kinked and unhappy with hoses as I was before I spent even more money on a new one) and have been happily surprised at how well it works at being a non-kink hose.

Wait, though: this is the negative thread.  I should say something negative. 

How come they changed the penalty rules only after the Scots got kicked out of the World Cup?

Off Topic / Re: Life is sometimes sort of okay because...
« on: 01 July, 2019, 05:34:42 pm »
My young daughter was telling me she was scared of the monsters under the bed, and so I told her that if the monster came out we would smack it with a broom and it would run away, and I did a stupid voice and we laughed at the plight of the monster.

Anyway: her younger cousin was staying with us in a beach cabin, and after we'd put them to bed, we could hear them chatting.  The younger cousin was saying she was scared in case there were monsters - and my daughter told her that if the monster came out they could smack it, and she did a stupid voice and they laughed at the plight of the monster.

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