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2000 AD => Welcome to the board => : BMCCOLL 01 March, 2018, 04:32:48 PM

: Back after 35 years!
: BMCCOLL 01 March, 2018, 04:32:48 PM
Hi, I'm one of the originals but lapsed about 1983... left school, started work etc but am now slowly catching up. Just another 1800 progs to go!
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: Dandontdare 01 March, 2018, 04:59:07 PM
welcome back! Tharg is a forgiving alien!

Have you come across the Spacespinner 2000 podcast? (http://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=44366.0 (http://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=44366.0)) it's my new favourite podcast as a couple of Americans review 2000ad from the start - they're up to late 1982 at the moment, but the earlier episodes should give you a wonderful nostalgia tingle!
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: Colin YNWA 01 March, 2018, 06:28:55 PM
welcome back! Tharg is a forgiving alien!

Have you come across the Spacespinner 2000 podcast? (http://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=44366.0 (http://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=44366.0)) it's my new favourite podcast as a couple of Americans review 2000ad from the start - they're up to late 1982 at the moment, but the earlier episodes should give you a wonderful nostalgia tingle!

Welcome aboard and what Dandontdare said.

Are you reading the current Prog or just catching up with trades and what not?
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: WhizzBang 01 March, 2018, 07:59:49 PM
Welcome back! Other than Dredd, which of the strips you have re-discovered have stood up best and which ones are not as good as you remember?

I second the SpaceSpinner2000 recomendation - start downloading now. Have you read any Nikolai Dante?
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: BMCCOLL 01 March, 2018, 08:46:31 PM
Cheers!
I'm slowly catching up, now on prog 247 (I obtained a set from ebay). I'm reading several issues a day so won't be up to date for a good few months yet... if I can keep up the pace that is! Of the strips I thought of as good in the past, Wolfie Smith, Blackhawk, Mean Arena, Harlem Heroes/Inferno and Ace in all honestly now leave me cold, maybe it's my age, also the speech in Ace leaves me bamboozled!
Nemesis is brilliant as ever if not more so, the artwork is incredible. Robo-hunter is still as funny while the Future Shocks never fail to entertain. Strontium Dog was/is a big favourite as well. I've never read any Nikolai Dante but is it worth waiting another 800 issues or so (I see from the complete index from wikipedia it starts in prog 1035)?
I see a jumping on point is coming up (prog 2073) but what would you suggest as a previous one. Until I've caught up I would feel kinda out of the loop! And I'll definitely try out the podcast!
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: Colin YNWA 01 March, 2018, 09:16:45 PM
Dante is possibly my favourite strip of all time and well worth the wait. You have LOADS of good stuff between 273 and getting there (I'm currently on a re-read and up to 660s) and the odd buffer. To be honest I reckon if you fancy just dive in 2073, you never know what will suit one fan over another so I say just go for it.
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: Fungus 01 March, 2018, 09:41:50 PM
Definitely give 2073 a try. Then a couple more, see what you think.
My own Wilderness wasn't as long as 35 years but the feel of the modern day prog to the 'original' is pretty stark, I found. Dredd's the obvious point of comparison, and mostly it feels it's written for a different audience. Which of course it is...
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: BMCCOLL 02 March, 2018, 06:08:51 AM
I used to buy the annuals and summer specials up to the point I stopped, they were standalone, but do the later ones actually contain episodes of the regular comic stories? For instance I'm sure I read somewhere that a Nemesis episode was in one ('part 7' comes to mind), or am I mistaken!
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: IndigoPrime 02 March, 2018, 09:44:28 AM
You bought a complete set of 2000 AD from eBay?
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: Pyroxian 02 March, 2018, 10:38:44 AM
I used to buy the annuals and summer specials up to the point I stopped, they were standalone, but do the later ones actually contain episodes of the regular comic stories? For instance I'm sure I read somewhere that a Nemesis episode was in one ('part 7' comes to mind), or am I mistaken!

The end-of year Christmas Prog contains regular stories, but Winter / Summer / Sci-fi always contain stand-alone stories AFAIK.
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: BMCCOLL 02 March, 2018, 11:35:37 AM
You bought a complete set of 2000 AD from eBay?

You kidding, the wife would kill me! Scanned versions I'm afraid, my own original set was thrown out decades ago by mother dearest who was clearing out my stuff after I moved out! I am now buying the latest digital editions (since prog 2055) but haven't read them yet until I caught up!
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: broodblik 02 March, 2018, 11:58:27 AM
When I returned I started by buying the digital editions. Unfortunately they only go back as far as December 2002. I also start buying the digital editions of The Judge Dredd Case Files.
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: IndigoPrime 02 March, 2018, 12:29:30 PM
I am now buying the latest digital editions (since prog 2055) but haven't read them yet until I caught up!
You might also find this of interest, then: https://hachettepartworks.com/2000-ad-the-ultimate-collection
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: BMCCOLL 02 March, 2018, 12:38:32 PM
I've looked at these and they look brilliant. But storage is at a premium in McColl Towers and my better half wouldn't be too pleased about her fancy ornaments being shoved aside! :lol:

Another question... are the graphic novel sets original stories or are they reprints from the comics? See how long I've been out of the loop! :D

Thanks again for the great welcome!
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: abelardsnazz 02 March, 2018, 12:40:05 PM
Welcome back! I was away for 19 years and thoroughly enjoying catching up. I'm reading Dante for the first time in the Ultimate Collection and it's tremendous. There's also the Judge Dredd Mega Collection, http://www.judgedreddcollection.com/, which got me back into Tooth, now on 82 issues out of 90. There's loads of info and lots of friendly people on here too. Enjoy!
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: broodblik 02 March, 2018, 01:14:24 PM
You can never go wrong with Dante, certainly one of AD's best strips ever
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: Richard 02 March, 2018, 01:39:51 PM
The graphic novels are all reprints from the comic, except for any Judge Dredd vs Batman ones you come across, which are original graphic novels. (Although they have all been reprinted in one volume too.)

There’s plenty of time to get to Dante. Simplest thing to do is just read them all in order and you’ll get to it in good time. If you jump back and forth, the change in tone between the early ‘80s and the late ‘90s might be weird.
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: Dandontdare 02 March, 2018, 02:15:20 PM
if you're not subscribing to the Ultimate collection, you can cherry-pick individual volumes - I've got the first 2 (of 9) Dante books and they are lovely hardbacks at a very reasonable £9.99
: Re: Back after 35 years!
: BMCCOLL 03 March, 2018, 10:29:40 PM
There’s plenty of time to get to Dante. Simplest thing to do is just read them all in order and you’ll get to it in good time. If you jump back and forth, the change in tone between the early ‘80s and the late ‘90s might be weird.

Duly noted! I've noticed the big change in character development from the very earliest issues up to around prog 260 (where I am now). Didn't notice this at the time obviously but the BIG change between the mid 80s when I stopped reading and the subsequent issues is very, very noticable, to me anyway. As for the spacespinner podcast, can anyone tell this old 'un how to view it, I can't seem to download it.  :)