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Other Reviews / Invasion 1984!
« on: 23 May, 2019, 10:41:16 pm »
The exclamation point is theirs, not mine!

Has anyone read this recently released cracker from The Treasury of British Comics?

It was a must buy for me as I'd never heard of it and an alien invasion of the world is a good starting point for any story. Oh and it's Wagner/Grant with Eric Bradbury on art.

Firstly the book is lovely. Brilliant reproductions of the black and white pages with the covers in full colour inserted into the pages - two or three are story covers that are 'continued inside' so it's great they have been preserved.

It only runs for 128 pages but it crams a lot in and I gorged it down in two sittings.

With the three page episodes there is a lot of repetition with the hero, who's a linguist you know, introduced every week.

The aliens look mental - like skeletal Samurai warriors complete with ray guns and swords. They do take prisoners however, but don't ask what they do with them!

The story is endlessly nihilistic with characters bumped off every week and Glasgow getting picked for a practice nuke! Seemingly did millions of pounds worth of improvements!

The action is relentless and it's so grim you can't wait for the happy ending - bound to be one surely?!

A cracking book and along with 'Marley the Fox' the pick of the IPC litter to date.

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Film & TV / Black Mirror : Bandersnatch on Netflix
« on: 28 December, 2018, 10:17:49 pm »
This dropped today and was a lot of fun.

A choose your own adventure format with you choosing options via your remote throughout - Frosties or Sugar Puffs? Bury or cut up? You choose.

A Slaine 2000ad cover spotted on the hero's wall as well as one on the table of the games company office.

Great fun = think I saw five endings but no doubt plenty more hidden away.

Spoiler tag your best bits!

The 'Netflix' option was great as the character realised we were controlling his actions!

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Other Reviews / The Thirteenth Floor Volume One
« on: 20 October, 2018, 11:16:02 pm »
I just got the standard edition but what a lovely book with a nice foldout cover and some extras in the shape of some covers and intros from Alan Grant and Ian Rimmer.

The reproduction is mostly great with only a few episodes seeming a bit blotchy.

As an original reader of Scream and Eagle this was a real treat and even though the premise got a bit repetitive they soon branched out and hopefully that will all be seen in Volume 2.

Lovely book and well worth £15 -wish I'd splurged for the Max edition now!

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He's back and he's bad! (at answering questions).

After memorable stints on First Class (1987 - 1 win 1 loss), Weakest Link (2008 - win) and 15-1 (2014 - 4th, 1st & 2nd) our favourite (well mine at any rate) game show contestant returns for four shows on the tea time Quiz !mpossible.

The series starts on Monday with the venerable B'man showing up on Tuesday the 27th for as many shows as it takes to get the elusive jackpot - you come back each day until you get a crack at the final or when the block ends on the Friday. With a total of 24 contestants it'll be a tall order - tune in and see if his comments about 2000ad make the cut!

Don't worry this thread will be endlessly bumped and I'll live comment on the Wednesday episode as I'm off work and I like to irritate people!

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Announcements / The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 27 September, 2017, 03:36:49 pm »
The greatest day in history has arrived - the Beast is to be unleashed!

Yes! Every bit of reader added content has been compiled into one massive database. I managed this using my superior interweb skills - well I asked the venerable Pete McCosh to do it it any rate. Thanks also to Conrad from Spacespinner2000 for his input and promise that the Beast may achieve some podcast mentions too!

The link is RIGHT HERE! so get solving all those age old family arguments over who drew what and who has the fewest letters published amongst your peer group.

Pete has also added a column to identify droid offerings - look out for them so you can slag them off at future conventions!

I'll update this as time goes by so keep on writing and gain your moment of web based glory.

Any technical issues or comments to Mr McCosh please!

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Megazine / MEG 373 : STATE OF THE UNION
« on: 11 June, 2016, 11:47:05 am »
An unprecedented 9am mail drop from my Paisley postie - must be an Albania fan.

Excellent Dreddlines with three long letters, one great, but sadly no Editor comments.

All strips bubbling along but the standout has to be Dredd's 'People Like Us' the recently trumpeted Brexit special. It's good fun with cracking Dave Taylor art. I moaned recently about Irish politics getting too wide an airing in the Prog but this is more like the great satire 2000ad has always been known for. Great call back to a 30 year old story and a funny, if somewhat predictable, pay off.

Still to read the runner up placed entry in the Dark Judges writing comp (Andrew Hawnt) and the slightly reduced 17 pages of 'Realm of the Damned'.

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Prog / Prog 1982 : The World's End
« on: 21 May, 2016, 02:38:45 pm »
Lovely Mark Harrison 'Grey Area' cover.

Read the Dredd - not very keen on the Texan's assessment of British foreign policy. I love my Michael Carroll but this had an unpleasant soapbox feel to it. This is 2000ad not the Bray Bugle!

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Megazine / MEG 370 : THE KRAIT BARRIER REEF
« on: 12 March, 2016, 01:24:42 pm »
Terrible pun strapline apart I like the action packed cover. Straight out the Gyre the full page lets us see a lot more detail in Nick Percival's glorious art.

A great letters page with three well reasoned letters (no Huff, natch) with one modest reader notching up his 50th Meg letter and 91st overall!

He must kiss a lot of ass to get printed - but no! Stephen Watson of Paisley tells it as he sees it and gets a strong comeback from the editor who tells him off for judging something (Realm of the Damned) after one episode. Frankly if I bit into a shit sandwich I know I don't like it without consuming the whole thing!

It will however be read and reappraised as we go on. Still to read the rest but the bonus book is 'Angel Zero' with next month's 'The Best of Tharg's 3rillers Vol 1'.

Lots more strip this month with a feature and sample of 'Goldtiger' which has intrigued me as they try to layer it into 2000ad's past.

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Classifieds / Action Comic - Full Run For Sale on eBay
« on: 21 February, 2016, 05:44:35 pm »
Here's the one you've been waiting for!

Having become bored of losing out on auctions for the Summer Specials I've decided to put my full run of Action comics up for grabs. No doubt I'll regret it later like I did with my 'Scream ' comics but I can always buy them back later.

The auction is live from 9.00pm tonight - bid hard and frequently!

Here Be Bargains!

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Prog / Prog 1967 : HARD REBOOT!
« on: 06 February, 2016, 11:21:48 am »
Early Paisley Prog to make up for last week's late one.

Great issue for me!

Cover by Dylan Teague is fine but I need something more exceptional if it's not a tier one strip on show - this one for 'The Order' is good but not that memorable.

Dredd is going great with a great reveal this week. My only moan is so much story and back story is being crammed in that it's going to be over too soon!

Gene does what he does in Kingdom, it's fine and looks good but it just seems to go around in circles.

I'm enjoying the retro fun of Ro-Busters - this could have been pulled from the 1978 2000ad annual and I'd be none the wiser. Fun stuff.

The Order isn't really doing it for me but I'll take a few luch John Burns pages in any Prog.

Alpha keeps looking for his brain - I've never really bought into the reboot stories and this isn't changing my mind. OK but just by-the-numbers stuff.

Overall a good and enjoyable Prog with no letters page.

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Megazine / Meg 365 - BRING ON THE NEXT TWENTY-FIVE
« on: 17 October, 2015, 10:24:37 am »
A Prog and Meg breakfast treat for me today. Lovely Barry Kitson cover with plenty of bad guys to sort through.



Dredd and Beeny start out on a new Total War battle - interesting that the City's population is already up to 72 million - that's a power of shagging although Dredd puts it down to refugees - topical!

There are four letters none of which were mine!

Andrew Honan, London :7th - last Meg 341
Alex Frith, London : 18th - Last Prog 2013. Remains at Number 12 on the all time Beast List.
Christy Law, London : First
Kevin Hennessy London, actually Co Wicklow : 2nd , previous M169 V3.66


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Prog / Prog 1953 - BODIES OF EVIDENCE
« on: 17 October, 2015, 10:11:33 am »


Must be a record for Paisley Posties with the Prog and Meg fall waking me up at 8.30 on a Saturday morning.

Lovely Ryan Brown cover and some great procedural developments in Dredd's 'Serial Serial'. That's all I've read so far - sue me! No letters.

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Prog / Prog 1950 - YOU FEEL LUCKY, PUNKS?
« on: 26 September, 2015, 01:04:36 pm »
Lovely crisp card cover and some sexy contents. More to follow...


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Film & TV / Stephen Watson of Paisley to Appear on 15 to 1 - 14th October
« on: 17 September, 2015, 09:33:34 pm »
Those of you living in a cave may not yet of heard that I am due to appear on Channel 4's premier quiz show 15-1 within the next month.

Followers of my quiz show career will remember my appearance on Weakest Link in which I emerged triumphant . Recent heart issues were no obstacle to a new attempt for glory and the tasty £40k prize.

I am embargoed from giving you the result but it was exciting stuff and I am in at least one memorable episode (you only get one show if you make the 3 person final and get up to 3 attempts).

Dog Deever of this parish deserves the credit (blame) as he gave me the flyer shown below at Glasgow Comic Con.



I chose to break out my lucky plum jumper for the occasion and wardrobe issues again formed the basis of many of my anecdotes.



Anyway the new series starts tomorrow and I'm on Show 19 and possibly others. Set your series link now as it's  on at 3pm in the afternoon so unless you are a comic writer or glue sniffer you are unlikely to catch it at random.

The date I have been given for my first appearance is Wednesday 14th October at 3pm. but it does sometimes get bumped for the racing.

I you have any questions about Sandi Toksvig, meeting Jeremy Vine and 3 Eggheads or the standard of the green room hospitality please list them below. Orderly queue now!

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