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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 20 September, 2019, 10:02:12 pm »

As pointed out by Jim Craig of the Megaverse group, Ezquerra's unusual boot holster design found favour with at least one fan:


   1976      1983

Art from Bank Raid, Wagner & Ezquerra's first, unpublished Dredd strip. Image taken from the 1981 Judge Dredd Annual, which printed the story with all the spicy dialogue about Dredd being an executioner excised.

Help! / Re: Help me Hive Mind, you're my only hope...
« on: 20 September, 2019, 08:26:56 pm »
Tales from Mega City One, Barney says the first is Prog 523, I have a memory of its being earlier, with a taxi! Ring any bells?

523 (Wreckers) is the first I have on my list.  There's Taxi Driver: a 2-parter in progs 532-533.

I love that story. The humour's so cruel and the characters so selfish, venal and unloveable. This was my introduction to the much-discussed concept that MC1 stories could work without Dredd.

Paul Hardy only ever drew this and 522's So You Want To Be A Judge?

Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 20 September, 2019, 01:36:56 pm »
Anderson's daughter


Anderson's daughter is good friends with Orlok's son, Kazan's clone, Vienna, Rico 2, America Beeny, The Hitman's Daughter, and Giant's son (who was himself Giant's son)

Books & Comics / Re: Rok the God Kickstarter
« on: 19 September, 2019, 08:37:22 pm »


A FREE digital version of CHAPTER 1 will be accessible to all on Rok's forthcoming Kickstarter (October 2nd - mark the date!) but for those who JUST CAN’T WAIT we’ve printed a special PREVIEW ISSUE - Chapter 1, 20 strip pages, full colour. Available NOW - just message Dan Cornwell and he’ll send it off, £4 plus p&p.

And here’s better news - we’ll even include a voucher for £4 off the eventual graphic novel. This won’t be valid for any Kickstarter reward, so don’t forget to check out the ROK THE GOD KICKSTARTER. Some AMAZING goodies available including:

* BRIAN BOLLAND variant cover!


* Amazing Neil Blackbird Sims ROK statuette - one of maximum 13 only!

* Original Dan Cornwell SKETCHES and much more!

AND the first five subscribers to the Rok Kickstarter will earn a chance to win an ORIGINAL ALAN GRANT BATMAN SCRIPT. Five names in the hat, one lucky winner!


Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 September, 2019, 07:52:05 pm »
Just the English..?

I'm assuming the Boris Bounce (see chart) is primarily an Anglo thing, but I don't have the data to back that up. The Welsh voted for Brexit too, so maybe they're delighted Dom Cummings is riding the mother of parliaments like a newly shorn merino.

There's a section of the green and pleasant land that just feels better being ruled by Downton Abbey.

Not that I think Tunnock-munchers will have to worry about England's midlife crisis for much longer - although the history of newly independent nations illustrates the nature of the Chinese curse. It's not as if we haven't been going quietly insane ourselves.

Hutus and fucking Tutsis, man.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 19 September, 2019, 05:42:30 pm »

I like most of you, and we've eaten the same food, read the same books, listened to the same music and watched the same telly for our entire lives, but I've given up hope of ever understanding The English:


Books & Comics / Re: Thrillpower Overload: the missing chapters
« on: 19 September, 2019, 05:00:19 pm »

One pill makes you Simon Bisley, and one pill makes you Pat Mills.

Officially, this was a Horned God signing tour, but, sometime during their Apocalypse Now-style odyssey, they appear to have become the horned god.

Prog / Re: Prog 2149 - Spiritual Awakening - 2000AD
« on: 18 September, 2019, 08:42:29 pm »
I hope Kapiten Jaegir regains her moral compass at some point, but it's certainly great character development.

Jaegir's Good German premise doesn't appeal to me, but a Bad German story could be interesting. No luck for poor McNulty and his request for happy endings - maybe it'll turn out to be the good kind of genocide?

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 18 September, 2019, 07:33:21 pm »
Bitch ... had a break of several weeks because of the change from squareish pages to A4-ish proportions.

Bitch didn't have a break: it ran for for twenty-four episodes straight through progs 505-529.)

Right you are. That'll teach me to check my facts before commenting.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 18 September, 2019, 07:28:30 pm »
It's a bit weird though that the GN cover and spine don't state "Book 1" anywhere. I'm pretty sure from the page count and creator credits we're only getting the first book out of three (or was it four?) in this book.

Presumably, like every other book, whether we get another volume depends on sales of this one.

We're gagging for this, but half the readership hate Pat Mills's politicking* and associate Crisis with the end of their personal Golden Age.

* Because the ideological bias in Nemesis, Slaine and Charley's War was subtle?

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 18 September, 2019, 07:12:56 pm »
If you don't like Ronald Reagan (see: any even slightly left-leaning British person who grew up in the 80s), then you'll struggle to enjoy watching him dropping the soap in the shower with Johnny Alpha

In 1985, if you'd asked me to name my favourite TV show I would definitely have replied Spitting Image. Grant & (the uncredited) Wagner were shamelessly copying that show's characterisation of Reagan as affable but dumb and psychotically hell-bent on Armageddon.

I don't remember feeling Bitch outstayed its welcome, but it had a break of several weeks because of the change from squareish pages to A4-ish proportions. In retrospect, I wonder whether Tharg asked for an extra few episodes, so it wasn't just returning for 3 or 4 parts after the change to tall, narrow format?

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 17 September, 2019, 10:26:59 pm »

Fish slime. You can see an eye and a tail, here:

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 17 September, 2019, 05:53:07 pm »
Maybe mixing him up with (Steve) Fastner & (Rich) Larson?

Beat me to it. Cheesecake doesn't bother me, but that's a wonky image.

Dredd's a difficult character to draw, even for people who have been trying since they were kids. Geniuses like MacNeil, Weston and Walker turned in wobbly Dredds at the first attempt, so asking a rookie* to do a cover is a bit mean.

All the attention is on Anderson: Size 44DDivision, but Dredd's got a thigh where his right bicep should be and I'm not sure what his left hand's doing or why it's growing out of his abdomen. The whole aesthetic isn't really my thing, but the top team on Dredd, SK Moore's debut on Defoe, Culbard and Broxton balance that out.

* As far as MC1 is concerned

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 September, 2019, 07:55:04 pm »

From the makers of Dogtanian.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 16 September, 2019, 07:39:50 pm »
Gaiman on the screenplay, innit?

Seamus Heaney had a better pitch, but he doesn't look as good in shades.

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