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Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 16 June, 2019, 03:59:59 pm »

Anyone questioning the factual accuracy of anything I wrote in my lengthy footnote, rather than talking about the Sci-fi Special, should feel free to contact me by PM.



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Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 16 June, 2019, 02:44:13 pm »
As Edginton & Brooker had to for Scarlet Traces

Had to? They didn’t have to do anything. They decided to.

I'm not going to split hairs or derail the thread with tedious forum-drama. Get to footnote*


* Edginton and D'Israeli took the decision to surrender copyright because they wanted to finish their story. Presumably, they felt they'd exhausted all possibilities of continuing the story as a creator-owned proposition. I can't find the quote, but they said they had a good working relationship with Tharg and trusted him to do right by their creation. If you know Tharg offered to publish new chapters as creator-owned work but Edginton and D'israeli decided they'd rather surrender copyright and take a flat page rate (with royalties on trade collections) instead, I'll be happy to take a look at your working, but as far as I'm aware Tharg agreeing to publish more Scarlet Traces was conditional on the sale of all rights. That's the decision Edginton & D'Israeli made.

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Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 16 June, 2019, 01:15:18 pm »
Is Spector creator owned ?

Wagner said he and Ezquerra had been developing the character for decades, so I'd expect it to be creator-owned. I haven't heard him say he and Ezquerra had to sell Tharg the rights*, but maybe they did.


* As Edginton & Brooker had to for Scarlet Traces

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Prog / Re: Prog 2136 - Last Chance To Shine!
« on: 15 June, 2019, 03:30:13 pm »
I've only had time to read Dredd so far, but that is a hell of an opening episode. More from the Kenny droid please.

Niemand?



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Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 15 June, 2019, 10:45:23 am »
At Enniskillen, Wagner suggested Colin MacNeil or Simon Coleby could join him on Spector, presumably because of their experience drawing Wagner strips with heroes who set off the metal detector at airports.

Which would you prefer?

Both of them are a good choices. If you want more gritty art, Coleby will do.

They're both great artists. I suppose it depends on their availability, but you have to think the idea of royalties going to the Ezquerra estate would be a big draw.



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Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 15 June, 2019, 10:16:26 am »
HOW GOOD IS SPECTOR??

So glad to hear John wants to keep writing him, though this means I shouldn't read the included script if I dont want to be spoiled?

At Enniskillen, Wagner suggested Colin MacNeil or Simon Coleby could join him on Spector, presumably because of their experience drawing Wagner strips with heroes who set off the metal detector at airports.

Which would you prefer?



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Prog / Re: Prog 2134 - Bow Before Quilli!
« on: 15 June, 2019, 09:57:35 am »
* I know he grew up on the streets, but I'm pretty sure Giant's mum gave him a name before she succumbed to Queen Amidala disease. Given the way Williams blesses Giant with the speech patterns of a blaxploitation movie, Isaac or Curtis seem appropriate. Dolemite, at a push.

It’s Josiah or Josssy - as he’s known to his peeps in the rec-room.

Tek-Division's just a branch of science.



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Prog / Re: Prog 2134 - Bow Before Quilli!
« on: 15 June, 2019, 09:32:49 am »
I thought the Dredd, beautiful art aside was off to be honest - Giant whines because Dredd hasnt sent him a text? I could see a story where Giant and Dredd meet up and there's an unspoken "first time we've talked since the "dunking digestive incident"... " (as it is now recorded as in Justice Dept annals), but having a tizzy fit about it?

Objectively, this is a well-written story by an intelligent and skilful writer, and I admire the fact that he's taken Giant under his wing and is making use of him. Subjectively though, I couldn't get on with it. It's a great idea for a story, but the characterisation of Dredd and Giant just didn't ring true.

Discussion on those evil groups on social media - the ones that are so much less harmonious than here - reminded me of Giant's origins and relationship to Dredd.

Young Giant (651-655) revealed ... Young Giant* to be a feral street kid whose defining characteristic is his inability to control his emotions. Dredd talks him into foregoing the immediate emotional catharsis of revenge upon his mother's killer and dedicating his life to becoming a judge.

[SPECULATION] Dredd is probably the closest thing Giant has to the father he never knew [/SPECULATION]


* I know he grew up on the streets, but I'm pretty sure Giant's mum gave him a name before she succumbed to Queen Amidala disease. Given the way Williams blesses Giant with the speech patterns of a blaxploitation movie, Isaac or Curtis seem appropriate. Dolemite, at a push.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 June, 2019, 05:14:51 pm »
There is no movie ever made that would not be improved at least 50% by the inclusion of a giant spider


I try to watch this once every year: https://youtu.be/Wo2KB1dEDdk


... and you and your friend have been reinforcing each other's false memories for three decades

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Prog / Re: Prog 2135 - Beware the woods...
« on: 13 June, 2019, 10:30:40 pm »

Don't get the extreme reaction to Miranda's art. Some of the poses and anatomy are more Ron Turner than Ron Smith, but his linework and character design are really good.

I'm 100% more interested in seeing what he could do with his own strip than Dredd, but that's true of almost anyone whose name isn't Flint, MacNeil or >sniff< Carlos.

Nice to see the Black Eyed Peas back together:








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Film & TV / Re: Swamp Thing cancelled
« on: 13 June, 2019, 07:18:46 pm »

Mash, surely?



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Other Reviews / Re: The Complete Case Files 33
« on: 13 June, 2019, 06:29:41 pm »

Ochone.



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Help! / Re: I'm dumb
« on: 13 June, 2019, 12:47:35 pm »





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Prog / Re: Prog 2135 - Beware the woods...
« on: 12 June, 2019, 08:03:14 pm »





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Off Topic / Re: Basic Argumentation, And The Causing Of Offence
« on: 12 June, 2019, 04:26:51 pm »
Does this mean that knowledge can only come from pure sources? And who decides what is a pure source and which are impure?

This might prove a more productive strategy, mate:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/jan/18/death-on-demand-has-euthanasia-gone-too-far-netherlands-assisted-dying



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