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Other Reviews / Strontium Dog: Among The Missing
« on: Today at 07:34:28 pm »
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Among-Missing-Strontium-Dog-Sternhammer/dp/1781085862/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?keywords=matt+smith+strontium+dog&qid=1561055541&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmr1

I remember this coming out as an ebook, but had missed the fact it came out as a physical product - I know my mind was clearely elsewhere in October 2013, but for as big a Stront fan as myself to miss this, they must have urely sneaked this out!

no review yet, as only on Chapter 2, but looking forward to having something to say shortly!

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Prog / Re: Prog 2136 - Last Chance To Shine!
« on: 19 June, 2019, 07:33:05 pm »
I'm taking it there are good reasons for Neimand pseudonym and leaving it at that, but it would be somewhat hilarious (though I'm not suggesting this is likely in even a fraction!) if it was Wagner using a pseudonym to show the forum moaners who look for Wagner's name and complain about the story no matter what on the basis it isn't Wagner - obviously that would have backfired somewhat!

Though the reference to a "deluded" conspiracy around the Apocalypse War in the Megazine Dyer story did read like a writer ignoring what others were doing (specifically Smiley's confession over in the progs)!

Kenn(eth)y Who?

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Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 18 June, 2019, 04:31:45 pm »
Fay Dalton is an inspired suggestion, though would be very different to Carlos in style if not substance (or should that be the other way round?).  PJ is another good shout

Spector is insanely good. So much fun to see Wagner writing a robot protagonist and largely being on his (its?) side. No one does comedy 'robots pretending to sound human' dialogue quite like J. Wagner, although usually he's doing it to show how annoying they are.

I'd love to know what the man really thinks about the increasing presence of AI in real life. Does he fear it, welcome it, or just enjoy it as a source of comedic inspiration for his stories?

I'm also curious to know if he still hasn't watched RoboCop. Spector is to Robocop as Robocop is to Judge Dredd - discuss.

As for artists, I wonder if Tharg might consider PJ Holden - he's got great form at filling up panels with near-future fun, and he's got the requisite comedy chops, in my opinion. Not saying MacNeil and Coleby couldn't do a cracking job, but I do associate them both more with moody/atmospheric stories, and less with comedy procedurals. Or coming more out of left-field, how about Fay Dalton? Wasn't that long ago folk were bemoaning a lack of thrills that would match her style, and just maybe Spector is it..?

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General / Re: Oh no not another re-read thread (progs 336 to 729)
« on: 17 June, 2019, 08:56:32 pm »
He drew Sky Chariots first, then went back to draw the earlier stories.

Am I right in thinking Shoggey Beast was a bit of a last minute thing to fill a gap? May be getting that from Pat Mills "Kiss My Axe" preview, might be making it up!

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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 17 June, 2019, 08:29:09 pm »
Stegosaurus of Style?

When you described Ace Trucking Co as something that was previously funny but had got itself into a hole and kept digging, I think the technical term for that is "Doing a Linehan" 

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Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 16 June, 2019, 11:06:18 am »
A Thrill eruption?


Has this started to arrive for pre-orders? I got my subs but not this today.
Yeah, mine showed up this morning, albeit with a chunk out of the back cover/back few pages, for some reason. Not sure why/how, given that it’s shipped in a stiff card envelope.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 June, 2019, 04:56:50 pm »
#possibly, but the recurring theme of anyone who has worked for him in political office is his laziness and vaguenes, leaving all the decision making and anything approaching work to everyone elsse - he doesnt seem to switch off the bumbling to become a razor sharp political machine.  He certainly uses the bumbling to mask his many deficiencies, but the bumbling would appear to be ingrained.

If it wasnt for his massive ego, I wouldnt be surprised if he sabotaged his bid, if he had enough self reflection to consider what the job will ask of him

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Prog / Re: Prog 2136 - Last Chance To Shine!
« on: 15 June, 2019, 04:15:33 pm »
Yeah, Niemand does it again with this opener - fab stuff

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 15 June, 2019, 12:37:20 pm »
He is both - bumbling and lazy AND a nasty piece of work

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Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 15 June, 2019, 10:24:25 am »
MacNeil for me, but that would apply in just about any circumstance!  I'll lay off reading the script for the time being.

The rest of the special is great stuff - Wulf beats up Hipsters - hurrah!

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Other Reviews / 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 15 June, 2019, 10:07:51 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?


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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 10 June, 2019, 04:08:32 pm »
It's been a strange year and I think you hit a nail on the head when you talked about how "Tharg's Head's Revisited" leaves you with an uncomfortable feeling. 

1986 is a great year, but we have all but lost Ron Smith on Dredd, the last man standing of the "Big Three". Ably replaced by Cam Kennedy, McCarthy and Higgins true, and with some budding work from Kitson and Robinson, but you do get the sense of manic behind the scenes juggling, especially when Robin Smith pops up on a strip.  We even get "Kenny Who?" meta-commenting on the Brain Drain to the Land of Stars and Stripes/Capes and Tights.

Ace also runs out of steam, Wulf is gone and Rogue has been wrestled from GFD into something not quite "right". Moore does some of his finest work on HJ III, but that's all he wrote.

So for me 1984 remains my favourite year - as stront a run of Stront, but backed up with more Moore.  Dredd gives us Question of Judgement and if City of the Damned fizzles out, it does that in 1985!

Favourite artist of 86: Glenn Fabry

Favourite writer of 86: Begrudgingly Alan Moore, the splitter! :)

Favoourite Story of 1986: RAGE!






 

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Music / Re: What's everyone listening to...?
« on: 09 June, 2019, 06:00:08 pm »
By far my favourite artist of recent if not all time is inexplicably (to me) between record labels.  She is putting up some demos on bandcamp, hoepfully with a view to a complete album comng from them that she is in control of - I'd urge anyone with any interest in grunge, folk, country, infinite sadness and/or surviving to give her a listen, then maybe throw some coins this way.


https://jessicaleamayfield.bandcamp.com/

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Prog / Re: Prog 2134 - Bow Before Quilli!
« on: 05 June, 2019, 06:26:03 pm »
Ahyes, after knocking Dredd, I should at least have the courtesy of praising Max Normal - there were issues - at least 2 parts too long, the dialogue didn't always flow and they should have paid off the brats with half the loot - I don't buy the "too embarassed to come back and kill us in our sleep" line but it felt fresh and different yet curiously old school, like the annual tales that Max tended to be confined to - Fox will go crazy for it when (not if!) Space Spinner 2000 catches up with this!

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Prog / Re: Prog 2134 - Bow Before Quilli!
« on: 01 June, 2019, 04:10:03 pm »
Don't disagree, Colin, just feel that the conversation would have been more repressed - an undercurrent of "It's so funnnny, why we don't taaaalk anymore"  rather than this more Emo outburst

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