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: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
: sheridan 02 September, 2016, 01:33:50 AM
Is it to early to start a thread on this?  It's had it's launch party / signing, but is still on pre-release...

Tharg's Future Shop page (http://shop.2000adonline.com/products/the_mighty_one).
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: Rackle 02 September, 2016, 02:09:03 AM
Should be so long as you use spoilers in the event any juicy gossip about Tharg such as he actually comes from Eternia and is plotting to overthrow Skeletor. Other than that I don't see why the thread can't start already.

What Sheridan really means is:he's all excited about the book launch and woke me up to show me his signed book and comics when he got home.
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: sheridan 02 September, 2016, 06:00:48 PM
Should be so long as you use spoilers in the event any juicy gossip about Tharg such as he actually comes from Eternia and is plotting to overthrow Skeletor. Other than that I don't see why the thread can't start already.

What Sheridan really means is:he's all excited about the book launch and woke me up to show me his signed book and comics when he got home.
...and the pic of vidcast star Molch-R and me :-)
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: Mattofthespurs 03 September, 2016, 12:37:42 PM
Delighted to have had the foresight to have ordered the limited edition, especially as it was sold out the following day.
Really looking forward to getting the book.
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: jannerboyuk 03 September, 2016, 08:06:02 PM
Got this t'other day, about two thirds through. Really enjoying it, especially the lost world of British comics publishing. Seems pretty well disposed to everyone involved so far, except the management obviously. His outrage at the crass commercialism of judge Dredd pyjamas made me laugh as all I could think was I would have loved a pair of them :)
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: COMMANDO FORCES 03 September, 2016, 08:24:13 PM
I have a pair of them  ;)
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: Frank 03 September, 2016, 09:12:30 PM
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Though it accounts for a tiny percentage of the page count, the Crisis section is the best:


p.266: "Crisis didn't make money, but it established a market for comics aimed at older readers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance)"


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: sheridan 03 September, 2016, 09:39:36 PM
p.s. Steve was very gracious when I asked him to sign just underneath his toe-tag in the mortuary in part three of Judge Death :-)
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: moldovangerbil 03 September, 2016, 09:42:05 PM
Anyone have any idea when the limited editions will be sent out?

(Not that I've been keen to get my hands on this since January or anything....)
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: Frank 04 September, 2016, 11:19:14 AM
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It's an often bizarre read, equal parts Alan Partridge and American Psycho.

For every tale of Loony Dave from accounts doing something hilarious, there's an episode of appalling behaviour that concludes with the line nobody else knew what to say, so there was just silence.

There's lots of factual information though. The first one that grabbed me was that Battle was pitched at the 100,000 boys aged 8-12 living in Britain at that time (McManus, 75).
 
The first issue of 2000ad sold 350,000 copies (Bishop, 28), so almost every pre-teen in the UK must have read it. A million, if you use the rule of thumb that every copy was read by 2-3 people.


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: Leigh S 04 September, 2016, 03:52:51 PM
I would have thought there was more like a million boys aged between 8-12, even 40 years ago - maybe missing a zero?
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: Frank 04 September, 2016, 05:37:07 PM
I would have thought there was more like a million boys aged between 8-12, even 40 years ago - maybe missing a zero?

Typing that with one finger while enjoying red pepper soup, I managed a transcription error; MacManus claims the figure was 200,000. 2 million does seem a little more like it - there are apparently 5.6 million (http://5,6) boys age 0-14 (not 8-12) in the UK today.

If the actual figure was 2 million, one in every six boys in your school playground bought a copy. If that rule of thumb holds true, then every second boy in that age range read prog 1, which is pretty incredible.


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: Leigh S 04 September, 2016, 06:09:55 PM
I would have thought there was more like a million boys aged between 8-12, even 40 years ago - maybe missing a zero?

Typing that with one finger while enjoying red pepper soup, I managed a transcription error; MacManus claims the figure was 200,000. 2 million does seem a little more like it - there are apparently 5.6 million (http://5,6) boys age 0-14 (not 8-12) in the UK today.

Yeah, it is still pretty good coverage - I know that a good chunk of my class read 2000AD, maybe a quarter to a third knew about it I'd reckon.  Wiki says there are about 3.7 million children aged between 10-14 so half that and you get 2 mill or thereabouts
If the actual figure was 2 million, one in every six boys in your school playground bought a copy. If that rule of thumb holds true, then every second boy in that age range read prog 1, which is pretty incredible.
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: The Enigmatic Dr X 05 September, 2016, 07:16:22 PM
I would have thought there was more like a million boys aged between 8-12, even 40 years ago - maybe missing a zero?

Typing that with one finger while enjoying red pepper soup, I managed a transcription error; MacManus claims the figure was 200,000. 2 million does seem a little more like it - there are apparently 5.6 million (http://5,6) boys age 0-14 (not 8-12) in the UK today.

If the actual figure was 2 million, one in every six boys in your school playground bought a copy. If that rule of thumb holds true, then every second boy in that age range read prog 1, which is pretty incredible.

At one point in the early 80s, it felt like every boy in my class was reading 2000ad. I even put a diary entry into every Saturday in my Letts diary (in advance): "Got 2000ad", and then added a "Didn't" if it was bought on a different day. Priorities. None of this stuff about girls and things. Just a record of weekly Thrill-Power infusion.

Sadly, I am the only one of my class who still reads it...
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: jannerboyuk 05 September, 2016, 07:45:12 PM
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It's an often bizarre read, equal parts Alan Partridge and American Psycho.

For every tale of Loony Dave from accounts doing something hilarious, there's an episode of appalling behaviour that concludes with the line nobody else knew what to say, so there was just silence.

There's lots of factual information though. The first one that grabbed me was that Battle was pitched at the 100,000 boys aged 8-12 living in Britain at that time (McManus, 75).
 
The first issue of 2000ad sold 350,000 copies (Bishop, 28), so almost every pre-teen in the UK must have read it. A million, if you use the rule of thumb that every copy was read by 2-3 people.
I thought the Alan Partridge crack was a bit harsh until I got to page 228: "I was still on my way out, but had been handed a return ticket, one that I tucked carefully into my metaphorical hatband...right next to the ace of spades." I could partridge saying that :)
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: jannerboyuk 05 September, 2016, 09:57:25 PM
Just finished this now - bad Steve is, er, interesting! Some might say mr McManus had a bit of a drink problem! Real interesting stuff on crisis and revolver, definitely worth a read.
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: sheridan 06 September, 2016, 04:07:36 PM
Just finished this now - bad Steve is, er, interesting! Some might say mr McManus had a bit of a drink problem! Real interesting stuff on crisis and revolver, definitely worth a read.
Don't know if it gets mentioned in the book yet, but at the launch, Steve said that this book was effectively written by Good Steve, and that there are plenty of things left that Bad Steve could reveal (so here's to a sequel).
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: Mattofthespurs 07 September, 2016, 10:24:02 AM
My hardback, signed copy arrived this morning. Hoorah!
107/200 for those that like that sort of thing.
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: COMMANDO FORCES 07 September, 2016, 03:15:31 PM
Mine just arrived as well. 88/200 for me :thumbsup:
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: Leigh S 07 September, 2016, 04:40:04 PM
Mine just arrived as well. 88/200 for me :thumbsup:

23 of 200 - just started and already hooked!
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: Mattofthespurs 07 September, 2016, 05:23:15 PM
I've read about half now and after discovery that Steve is a Spurs supporter I shall forgive his, occasional, flowery prose.
I now think Mick MacMahon's art is shit though.  ;)
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: Frank 07 September, 2016, 06:07:39 PM
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Imagine Matt's dilemma if we discovered Mike Fleischer had a season ticket at White Hart Lane.

My favourite Partridge moment is the board room meeting that ends in embarrassed silence when McM responds to the suggestion that poor sales of Crisis demonstrate that the kids don't want politics in their comics by snapping that Enya is at number one, singing about environmental issues ...

... only to realise she isn't singing save the whale, save the whale, save the whale*.


* link (http://i.imgur.com/f3rxKCa.jpg).


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: Mattofthespurs 07 September, 2016, 08:52:29 PM
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Imagine Matt's dilemma if we discovered Mike Fleischer had a season ticket at White Hart Lane.

Imagine!
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: Michael Knight 08 September, 2016, 03:41:01 AM
25/200 signed. Really love this! Worth the money for the Hardback in my opinion. Cheers Tharg!  :)   
: The Mighty One: My Life Inside the Nerve Centre by Steve MacManus
: Arkwright99 08 September, 2016, 04:20:53 AM
My signed hardback was waiting for me when I got home from work last night; wasn't sure what it was until I opened the package so was a nice surprise. Have only read the first couple of chapters but MacManus's writing style is very relaxed and conversational so I look forward to ploughing through it quickly over the next few days. 197/200.


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: Trent 08 September, 2016, 12:59:54 PM
Just dropped through the letterbox. Paper quality is like 1978 2000AD but I just got a huge rush from the photo of Wagner et al signing the 1981 Judge Dredd Annual.
I was there!
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: Fungus 08 September, 2016, 01:29:31 PM
Paper quality is like 1978 2000AD

As it should be. Looking forward to this hugely.
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: Frank 08 September, 2016, 02:05:07 PM
197/200

25/200 

88/200

23 of 200 - just started and already hooked!

For the first few of these posts, I thought readers were offering a critical score. Baffled as to why marks out of 200 was chosen, and mystified that Burdis rated the book so low, given that it had only just dropped through his letterbox.

This thread is definitely the best of the two competing, identically named threads about this book.


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: Mattofthespurs 08 September, 2016, 03:37:19 PM
I finished this book this morning less than 24 hours after receiving it which should tell anyone who hasn't got it yet what and easy read it is.
It was only after closing the book up that I realised I had just read a book about working in an office in the 70's and 80's and yet still thoroughly enjoyed it.
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: sheridan 08 September, 2016, 04:12:00 PM
197/200

25/200 

88/200

23 of 200 - just started and already hooked!

For the first few of these posts, I thought readers were offering a critical score. Baffled as to why marks out of 200 was chosen, and mystified that Burdis rated the book so low, given that it had only just dropped through his letterbox.

This thread is definitely the best of the two competing, identically named threads about this book.

Yes - about that - I looked in the 'reviews' section and didn't find anything, not realising the thread sort-of existed in 'news'.  What's the protocol for something that has an announcement in news but has actually been released?  Carry on reviewing it in the news section, or start a new thread, like I did?
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: sheridan 08 September, 2016, 04:13:35 PM
This thread is definitely the best of the two competing, identically named threads about this book.

Yes - about that - I looked in the 'reviews' section and didn't find anything, not realising the thread sort-of existed in 'news'.  What's the protocol for something that has an announcement in news but has actually been released?  Carry on reviewing it in the news section, or start a new thread, like I did?
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By which I meant that the initial thread had been when it was announced but not released (and so is news and speculative) but the secondary thread is after it has been released and is a review?
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: Keef Monkey 08 September, 2016, 05:18:00 PM
Just arrived, 6/200 for me! Looks like it'll be a good read. I'm off on holiday next week and needed a poolside read and this'll do more than nicely.
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: Frank 08 September, 2016, 05:33:00 PM
I realised I had just read a book about working in an office in the 70's and 80's and yet still thoroughly enjoyed it.

Haha! Pity it's too late to put that endorsement on the dust cover.

What's the protocol for something that has an announcement in news but has actually been released? Carry on reviewing it in the news section, or start a new thread, like I did?

I consulted the forum rules (https://forums.2000adonline.com/index.php?topic=26148.0), and the appropriate etiquette is to light a massive joint and relax. These are also the forum rules regarding the Politics Thread*. Someone should create a sticky.


* ... and that story where they made Dredd young again
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: Fungus 08 September, 2016, 05:46:35 PM
You mean Tharg lied about the spaceship?
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: sheridan 08 September, 2016, 05:53:04 PM
You mean Tharg lied about the spaceship?
What about Ghastly McNasty?  And Ernie the Eagle?
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: Mattofthespurs 08 September, 2016, 05:57:11 PM
You mean Tharg lied about the spaceship?
What about Ghastly McNasty?  And Ernie the Eagle?

Don't forget the Big E. I'm still trying but always end up having nightmares about him.
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: sheridan 08 September, 2016, 06:02:21 PM
You mean Tharg lied about the spaceship?
What about Ghastly McNasty?  And Ernie the Eagle?

Don't forget the Big E. I'm still trying but always end up having nightmares about him.
Where did the Big E live?  I know Ernie lived in the heights of Kings Reach, and Ghastly was way below in a sub-sub-dungeon somewhere...
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: Mattofthespurs 08 September, 2016, 06:03:43 PM
I shudder to think.
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: matty_ae 09 September, 2016, 11:50:16 AM
Orbital London still has signed copies of the paperback at £9.
Also Gosh still has Cursed Earth if you're down in the smoke soon.
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: sheridan 09 September, 2016, 12:46:22 PM
Orbital London still has signed copies of the paperback at £9.
Also Gosh still has Cursed Earth if you're down in the smoke soon.
It has?  It had sold out on the day of the signing, so I guess they must have had further deliveries?
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: WhizzBang 09 September, 2016, 05:56:59 PM
Is this likely to become available digitally on Amazon?
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: Steve Green 09 September, 2016, 07:43:09 PM
Digitally via the 2000AD shop I believe.
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: matty_ae 10 September, 2016, 05:12:23 AM
Re: gosh

I think they allowed customers to reserve them by email and are now selling the books that were never picked up.
That's my guess.
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: james newell 11 September, 2016, 07:17:22 PM
am reading it now, only got to the launch of action and the move to new offices, already loving it, it is a great, in depth read so far of comic publishing in the 70's.
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: sheridan 12 September, 2016, 02:18:04 AM
Page 72, they're in Kings Reach and Pat is working on a top-secret new project, having passed Action over to other hands.  Interesting take on the fall of Action, and contrary to what I've read before (never actually having read the comic itself).  It appears it had lost its way before being subject to censorship...
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: james newell 03 October, 2016, 08:32:45 PM
Finish it last week, thoroughly enjoyed it, thanks to Steve for giving us a great in sight in to comic publishing in the 70's, 80's, and 90's.
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: Spikes 04 October, 2016, 10:56:21 AM
And popping down to London for the Prog 2000 signing, I managed to snag a signed copy. Mightily looking forward to reading this.

(http://i.imgur.com/Lbnhkbk.jpg)



(http://i.imgur.com/VuiwF5p.jpg)
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: Fungus 06 October, 2016, 01:37:51 PM
Only 3 chapters in, but this is a joy to read. Who knew Tharg was so entertaining?!
Makes this comics publishing lark sound like the Best Job in the World  :)
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: Dash Decent 07 October, 2016, 03:17:40 AM
197/200
25/200 
88/200
23 of 200 - just started and already hooked!

These must be selling like hotcakes.  I went for the general paperback and the number on mine is 9,781,781,084,755!
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: sheridan 08 October, 2016, 08:26:05 AM
197/200
25/200 
88/200
23 of 200 - just started and already hooked!

These must be selling like hotcakes.  I went for the general paperback and the number on mine is 9,781,781,084,755!

Very droll :D
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: Michael Knight 08 October, 2016, 11:38:40 PM
Bought this from the 2000ad Store, but yet to finish. Enjoyed it so far. Those Winter nights drawing in will be perfect chance to catch up  :)
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: AlexF 19 October, 2016, 11:51:10 AM
Anyone who's read the book might appreciate this little Nerve Centre in-joke that I stumbled across in Prog 1029:

(http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m251/alexfrith/FullSizeRender.jpg)

It's part of a spread showing a spaceship design by Chris Foss
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: Magnetica 08 December, 2016, 09:06:11 PM
Just finished reading this. Thanks for the recommendation Sheridan. I enjoyed it very much. I did think it wrapped up quite quickly and would happily have read more.
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: Tiplodocus 17 January, 2018, 10:52:38 PM
Enjoyed this quite a bit. Lots of stuff (mainly not 2000ad) that I Didn't know before. 

Some bizarre daydream sequences seem a bit like padding. And "Bad Steve sounds like a cop out equivalent to me referring to any of my past indiscretions being performed by "Him".

But overall a fast paced and enjoyable read.