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Messages - CalHab

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Games / Re: Freebies and/or bargains
« on: 21 June, 2019, 02:16:43 pm »
Dragon Age Inquisition + All DLC is £3.99 in a PS4 digital sale
Bah. I will never ever play this but when I checked and saw how much of a discount that is I couldn't stop myself from buying it.

It's good but, like many games, needs a significant time commitment that I struggle with.

I'm tempted to get it just to get the DLC, though. I've only got halfway through the vanilla version.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2136 - Last Chance To Shine!
« on: 19 June, 2019, 07:54:56 am »
Absolutely textbook use of the format in Dredd. Can't wait for next week.

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Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 17 June, 2019, 08:02:58 am »
Is Spector creator owned ?

Tharg says it's creator owned in the introduction.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2135 - Beware the woods...
« on: 09 June, 2019, 10:26:59 am »
Thistlebone is the highlight. This is a masterful use of the additional space given and covers as much ground as an American comic would in 3 or 4 issues, but doesn’t seem rushed. I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of this.

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Off Topic / Re: Basic Argumentation, And The Causing Of Offence
« on: 05 June, 2019, 09:42:19 am »
On a not entirely unrelated note, I have found the forum an increasingly confrontational and "cliquey" place over the last year. You expect clique, but hope for a little more tolerance. Expressing an opinion or preference here can occasionally feel like sticking your head above the parapet.

To be fair, it has always had that edge to varying degrees, but I feel like I have witnessed more people getting cut down (especially newer people) over the last year.

In my opinion. For what that's worth.

I think this is a friendly(ish) place. It's certainly better than some of the 2000AD Facebook groups, which can be absolute cesspits. That's probably a different topic, though.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2134 - Bow Before Quilli!
« on: 05 June, 2019, 09:35:49 am »
The Terror Tales might lead to some more later on. Who says The End is really the end ?

Laura Bailey seems keen to continue Quilli, Tharg willing, judging by comments on Twitter.

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That would be about 450+ pages every quarter, wouldn't it? Seems a bit much, both from a publisher's and a reader's  perspective.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 29 May, 2019, 03:20:29 pm »
Ghost in the Shell, the 2017 Scarlett Johansson version.

I dimly remember watching the anime twenty years ago. It didn't make a great impression, I suspect for similar reasons as this version.

The visuals in the 2017 movie are stunning in places and it definitely harks back to an 80s/90s cyberpunk future. Even the vehicles reflect that (is that a Citroen XM that Beat Takeshi drives?). There's a real problem with the script, though. Dialogue is incoherent and characterisation is broad-brush, at best. It's a seriously flawed film. The production design is top notch, however, and makes it worth watching for a fan of the genre.

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Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« on: 29 May, 2019, 03:09:55 pm »
Full trailer for the new Swamp Thing TV series, about which I am cautiously optimistic. Production troubles notwithstanding, Verheiden is originally a comic book guy, with some good TV stuff to his name over the years.

It looks interesting. They seem to be setting up Abby as the protagonist, so I'm curious to see how they use Swampy.

Verheiden's Aliens comics were good. I don't think I've read anything else by him.

Is this going to be shown in the UK or is it like the Doom Patrol show?

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 May, 2019, 08:15:18 am »
Labour continue to be utterly irrelevant in Scotland, finishing fifth. Their share of the dwindling unionist-but-won't-vote-Tory vote hijacked by the Lib Dems.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2132 - Bringer of War
« on: 27 May, 2019, 08:09:19 am »
I'd love to see more black and white in the prog, the clear & crisp line work of Tom Foster which (IMHO) gets lost in the colouring joins a host of artists work I'm finding dissonance between wanting to like the art and hating some of the muddy and lifeless colouring.

Just the excuse I need to post this brilliant video of Tom Foster's again:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DOXxco2WV0

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 27 May, 2019, 08:05:14 am »
SNP gain share in Scotland. The Greens miss out, unfortunately.

Bafflingly, 1.9% of Scottish voters put their X beside Change UK. A party whose candidate explicitly said not to vote for them as it was a waste of a vote in Scotland. If you follow the news enough to know who Change UK are, surely you'd have picked up on that? The only explanation I can think is that some people only watch the BBC news and listen to BBC radio, where Scottish news is not news.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 May, 2019, 10:45:12 am »
I can't wait to listen to all the insincere tributes to an incompetent PM.

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Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 24 May, 2019, 09:14:02 am »
I enjoyed the trailer. It doesn't reveal much, but left me curious.

I'll definitely be watching this.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2132 - Bringer of War
« on: 24 May, 2019, 08:33:42 am »
To be fair - double page splash pages became rare when 2000ad ditched the centre spread splash pages.  Not sure why they did that, presumably having an eye on the Titan / Fleetway / Egmont reprint collected editions?  Can't remember when they disappeared, but we had them for the Judge Dredd Oz epic, but not for Necropolis?

Now I'm going to have to look up the Case Files, as I'm sure I remember a couple of DPS in Necropolis with the sisters over the ruined city. Maybe the peak-Carlos art has been expanded in my memory.

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