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Megazine / Re: Meg 400 - 400th Issue!
« on: 17 September, 2018, 02:17:40 pm »
Great Megazine: Dredd excellent, Devlin and the giant glowing cock is a hoot, however I'm not sure what the previous editors pages add.
Lawless finally gets to the kickoff. No Dreddlines... not that Butt'man plays that game anymore.

Did I miss an announcement of retirement?

Creative Common / Re: Why Don't I Enjoy Art Any More?
« on: 17 September, 2018, 02:00:38 pm »
I always end up regretting throwing stuff away, even if I've come to terms with it at the time that I do it. 

In terms of creative output: I wrote the opening chapters of a book about twenty or so years ago and I've always thought I'd get around to finishing it one day.  So I still have those around, just in case I do find the time or the inclination one day.

Did you throw away those opening chapters?  No matter - have you heard of National Novel Writing Month?  People all around the world spend November writing a 50,000-word first draft of a novel (or autobiography, or cookery book, or whatever else they want to write).  The idea isn't to create great art on the first attempt, but to go from "I've always wanted to write a novel" to "I've written the first draft of a novel".

General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 17 September, 2018, 01:31:24 pm »
Reversing a death with time travel has already been shown not to work (in Rage) - death finds a way of claiming its own.

Is that a Time Drogue?  They've never been presented as anything other than a short-term fix (like, 30 seconds).

Off Topic / Re: Help with the Woman's Weekly puzzle page.
« on: 13 September, 2018, 02:41:56 pm »
Their names shall live forever. But this being a website for fans of a sci fi comic, I'm amazed there have been so few.  The first was a 14-year-old called Death Monkey, trolling before there was even a name for it then revealing his true self with a grovelling apology. He'd be in his 30s now - feck.

I doubt it pre-dates the use of the word - there are references to 'troll' going back to 1993 and 1994 on usenet...

General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 13 September, 2018, 01:14:47 pm »
It's so long ago that I can't remember if I immediately liked it or told myself to be open-minded about it. There's no denying that after years of Ezquerra it was one hell of a shock to the system. The same was true about John Hicklenton's Nemesis after Bryan Talbot, but I loved that.

Some of us didn't initially like Talbot's work - but then we had been waiting half a year for more O'Neill Nem Book III-style artwork, only to have two episodes of pre-Nem-style O'Neill followed by a completely different artist and art style.  Didn't take long for Bryan's work to grow on me though, thankfully!

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 September, 2018, 12:55:27 pm »
So come on then, Headmaster, tell me what I said that isn’t true? Unemployment is down, vacancies are up.
You know full-well it's all about context. Unemployment being down isn't in and of itself a benefit if people aren't earning enough money to support themselves. We have an economy that's increasingly having people be self-employed (removed from unemployment figures)

Anybody remember Job Clubs being brought in in the late 1980s / early 1990s?  People who were previously classed as unemployed go to a local job centre or other organisation, spend an hour or two looking at the job sections of newspapers and magically they're not counted as unemployed any more (the one morning a week is the only actually difference).

(See also the looming disaster of shifting the electoral boundaries and reducing the number of MPs to 600 under some batshit arguments about fairness and efficiency. In reality, all this does is sew up England for the Tories forever, and kick out the single Green MP as her constituency is carved in half and shared between a Tory and a Labour MP. As ever, it's a fucking disgrace, but people see "fewer MPs" and "money saved" and start cheering.)

Reminds me of the 'bonfire of the quangos', which got rid of such evil organisations as:
  • National Tenant Voice
  • Hearing Aid Council Executive
  • Disability Employment Advisory Committee
  • Cycling England
  • Renewable Fuels Agency
  • Advisory Committee on Packaging
  • Air Quality Expert Group
  • Young People's Learning Agency
Y'know, not anybody who tried to make the country a better place - nobody's interested in excessive packaging, clean air or young people learning things, are they?

News / Re: Warlord Stront game!
« on: 12 September, 2018, 09:52:59 am »
p.s. couldn't access the Warlord Games site when I posted my question, but it seems to be back up again.  Royal Mail, apparently.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 11 September, 2018, 10:49:52 pm »
Dare you doubt Tharg's explanations puny Earthlets!!!

To my eye the art has that oily inks look (and letratone!) that the earlier O'Neill has, though he appears to have redrawn some panels  - the soul sucking on the restaurant manager being the most obvious.

As for the strip swinging insanely and unexpectedly from Killer Watt.... well it is Pat Mills - you'll get ued to it!  :D

Agreed, there's no doubt in my mind that the first two episodes of Book IV were drawn between Killer Watt and Book I.  Not noticed if there's any evidence of re-touching (or bodging, even) by O'Neill, but I'll have to look out for it next time I read it.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 11 September, 2018, 10:27:13 pm »
A bad week for Carry On fans.

Fenella had been due to give a reading from her autobiography at Zedel (underground restaurant and bar near Piccadilly) tonight.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 10 September, 2018, 11:29:54 pm »
the murder spree epic, Forest of Doom.

When I first got into D&D, it was the old Basic Set from 1981, and it came with a bundled adventure module: B2 - The Keep on the Borderlands.

The basic story was that you get tooled up in the Keep and then go to this terraced wilderness area that housed a whole bunch of humanoid creatures: kobolds, goblins, bugbears, orcs and so on.  These guys were all living peacefully in their various tunnels, and the module even listed the amount of non-combatants in each location.  There was no story about them causing any harm to anyone.

Then you systematically murder them all and steal their treasures.  So, like, Genocide on the Borderlands.

Dude, the clue was in the name - nothing good ever came out of the Caves of Chaos (though our version had loads of pit ponies which I freed).

News / Re: Warlord Stront game!
« on: 10 September, 2018, 11:28:05 pm »
Which delivery company?
DPD - completely unrelated to the order I've recently experienced, they collected an item to be returned, there first action being to take off the return label and replace it with their own, so it got taken to a third party warehouse completely unrelated to the delivery company and the company the item was supposed to be returned to, where it languished for a few days until someone could figure out what the item was and what it was doing there.

Probably not explaining just how incompetent they are because I'm really tired and want to have a rant about them before falling asleep!

News / Re: Warlord Stront game!
« on: 10 September, 2018, 11:26:22 pm »
Which delivery company?
DPD - completely unrelated to the order I've recently experienced, they collected an item to be returned, there first action being to take off the return label and replace it with their own, so it got taken to a third party warehouse completely unrelated to the delivery company and the company the item was supposed to be returned to, where it languished for a few days until someone could figure out what the item was and what it was doing there.

Film & TV / Re: British TV horror help wanted...
« on: 10 September, 2018, 04:51:34 pm »

As good a place to start as any.

I was a wee nipper but watched many of these.

My own initiation, according to this list, was on the 22nd of August 1981. I did not see 'The Body Snatchers' but I did see 'Theatre of Blood'.

They also used to do a series which featured either a Twilight Zone or Outer Limits followed by a horror movie. My Dad was always asleep by the time the movie started.

I think I remember the 1992 one - though I remembered it slightly differently so maybe there was one not appearing in that list.  I fell asleep during one film and woke up during the next, one of which had things going on on the underground - but the films on either side don't match up at all with my experience...

Prog / Re: Prog 2097 - Psychos A-Go-Go!
« on: 10 September, 2018, 03:00:56 pm »
I was thinking of Bix Barton also, although it's been so long since I've read any that I can't remember it very well.

I'll see your Bix Barton, and in response I'll raise you a Bec & Cawl.

In all honesty, all I can remember about Bec and Cawl is that I didn't find it funny and I think there were lots of jokes about smoking weed?
If you say they were occult investigators I'll take your word for it!

I thought Bec and Cawl was okay, but can't remember anything about it - including if there was any occult stuff in it!

General / Re: How old is Johnny Alpha?
« on: 10 September, 2018, 02:53:10 pm »
I think it's time to stop griping about Life & Death too - the last few SD stories have been good fun, I'd just keep my fingers crossed that John and Carlos have got a few more in them yet.

Long as Carlos keeps drawing them, I'll keep enjoying them.

I think we can all agree to that!

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