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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by Tiplodocus on 23 September, 2018, 10:35:11 pm »

Apart from the last thirty seconds (where I was expecting Arnie), I really enjoyed it.

There's enough material for two films rammed in there, the jokes work for me, the gory kills work for me, the bigger emphasis on laughs works for me, the way it turns into a treasure hunt with four conflicting parties after the prize worked for me.

Like I say, up until the last thirty seconds, I was ready for more.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« Last post by The Legendary Shark on 23 September, 2018, 10:27:06 pm »
Here's a good one...

Type "itanimulli" (illuminati spelled backwards) into a search engine and see where you end up...

Suggestions / Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Last post by TordelBack on 23 September, 2018, 10:22:06 pm »
The main issue here for me is not that sexy art has no place in comics (there's a full spectrum of comics from cheery cheesecake through the hardest of porn, that's true of ANY medium), but that Halo is a fully-rounded, highly regarded and largely unsexualised female character, one of the first in 2000AD's almost-all-male history - slapping her name on (to my mind) an unconnected bit of boob art to sell more prints is just very poor form. 

Halo's other creator has written more than his share of pornography, both explicitly (Lost Girls) and implicitly (LoEG I'm looking at you), with other writers' characters that were never intended for that purpose.  But with Halo Jones, a regular woman in a milieu desperately short of them, it just seems wrong.
General / Re: 2000 AD Art Stars Summer 2018 - Judge Dredd
« Last post by CrazyFoxMachine on 23 September, 2018, 10:00:17 pm »
Grange Wallis -- Dredd

In the last week before the announcement of the finalists we'll be endeavoring to also upload every single entry we received (300 IN TOTAL!) to the Facebook gallery here!
Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Last post by Colin YNWA on 23 September, 2018, 09:54:44 pm »
Well get Bat-Penis while you can. Seems Bruce's junk has coursed quite the stir. Anyway

Well, you woke up this morning
Got yourself some comics
Your mama always asked if you'e the chosen the right ones

She said, there's about a million of um which ones to burn or shine?
But you were born under a Bat sign, which has Bruce and his chaps eye?

And you woke up this morning
All that bat junk had gone
Your papa never told you which comics was right and wrong
But you're looking good, baby
I believe you should be reading mine (shame about it)
I read and review um to avoid bad ones and tell which to put in front of your eyes

Leviathan 2 continues this comics thrusting confident start - trouble is I worry it might be all (gnashing teeth filled) mouth and no (Bat) trousers. Its big and brash but does it have something to say? Well its got 1 more issue for me to see.

Some new titles came my pull list's way. Firstly James Bond Origins 1 I'd actually ordered the new ongoing but my LCS put this aside for me. But I've enjoyed Jeff Parker stuff before and the art looked fine so I tried it... trouble is I'm not sure I'm interested in Bond's school days so this will have some work to convince me... its not made much progress to date. Dick Tracy - Dead or Alive 1 I got on the strenght of Mike Allred's name. Alas didn't settle on the art (double bad as Rich Tommaso on pencils here (with Allred on inks) is doing the next two issues of Black Hammer (see below)) but story was simple, efficent and interesting so we'll see how we go. Lastly Hillbilly - Red-eyed witchery from beyond 1 starts pretty well, if not as good as the old ongoing... yet...

Judge Dredd - Under Seige 4 is my one ending and its solid but lacks the punch I've seen from Mark Russell before. It was all - this will be a suicide mission... oh we kinda did okay there... oh look all the baddies are dead. Still this was really all about the reflections on society and it did that pretty well. Weather Man 4 saw this series I've been enjoying stall a little. While Paper Girls 24 continues this series return to form.

Immortal Hulk 5 AND 6 Al Ewing one two punch and while I'm not 100% on his Hulk series yet its building into something that could be special but I'm not quite seeing it yet.

Leaving two other comics to duke it out for book of the haul Mage 12 cranks up the excitment in this wonderful series but I can't ignore Black Hammer - Age of Doom 5 (lots of 4s and 5s this haul) the secret is out. The world is revealed and its no disappointment and then... wow this comics keeps it going on!

Suggestions / Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Last post by Modern Panther on 23 September, 2018, 09:11:15 pm »
The participation of women in the industry is not helped by overtly sexualized imagery produced by men, for men.  When women are producing art in to express their own sexuality they rarely paint women on their knees.
Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« Last post by Colin YNWA on 23 September, 2018, 09:05:17 pm »
Prog 900

DREDD vs ROGUE TROOPER - first ever Prog long story. Wagner and Higgins for like 28 pages. Roxilla ... well okay let's skip that... all out ACTION...

... you'd think I'd have a lot to say about it wouldn't you. After all I've woffled this much nonsense so far... trouble is its all a bit bland. Feels cranked together and weak. Even Higgins art feels half hearted and washed out.

Such a shame, such a wasted opportunity.
Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by Frank on 23 September, 2018, 08:54:27 pm »

Now you've explained it, I think you're right. Sorry.

Suggestions / Re: Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« Last post by BPP on 23 September, 2018, 08:33:21 pm »
Sexy is one thing. Exploitative pseudo-porn bollocks (Red) or 'glamour' model Page-3 poses (Halo) is another. Not least in an industry that still has massive problems with representation, and from a publication that has historically been very male.

Such a weirdly conservative Anglo Saxon view of sex and erotica. One highly prescriptive of women’s views on their representation and ability to be portrayed as sexual beings. One that also denies the proven popularity of sexual imagery through millennia. I realise twitter might be on the side of your argument but twitter is about as representative as the people’s front of Judea.

Not sure what ‘an industry that still has massive problems with representation’ has got to do with this unless of course you’re arguing that Ian Gibson and Carlos Ezquerra have somehow limited the participation of women in the comics industry. And that we should pulp vast works of many of the greats of comics or let Alex di Campi decide whether Manama is beyond the pale but Crepax okay.
Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« Last post by Funt Solo on 23 September, 2018, 08:22:48 pm »
I'm not a fan of the Chinese government: it's a totalitarian state.  But I'm also not a fan of people who conflate that with the Chinese nation. 

The following statement does not attack the Chinese government, it attacks the nationality:

as soon as I saw the Chinese logos in the list of sponsors at the start of the film I knew this was going to be sunk by some Chinese actress with the charisma of a short plank

The follow up "The sooner we go to war with China the better." just comes across as intensely jingoistic.  Frank's suggestion that if I read another 6000 or so posts I'll see the funny side is (frankly) ludicrous.
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