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Help! / “One of the best runs ever. This is special.” – Mark Millar
« on: 14 October, 2019, 05:06:55 pm »
Why do we think this fantastic quote doesnt appear on the Small House book itself?

Does Mark Millar's Netflix deal prohibit it? Or is it just 2000ad dont usually use quotes on the front or back?


Events / Day of Dredd reaches Bedford at NICE Con
« on: 23 August, 2019, 12:32:45 pm »
Hope you can join us. Much more friendly than that there London

Prog / Prog 2139 Sympathy for the Devil (Aneke cover)
« on: 06 July, 2019, 02:52:21 pm »
I think the prog is really on an upwards trajectory with some bumps.

Dredd - there's a good resolution to the four parter 'The Samaritan'. Staz Johnson draws a bandaged Dredd up to the standard of Jim Bakie in that post Oz attempt on his life. There's a great feeling of weight and good anatomy as Dredd pulls himself off the operating table. Love it. Maybe it could have been a shorter story overall.

Indigo Prime returns with a re-cap that is one of the funniest things ever to read aloud. It also has a typo in the second line. And the story continues at a million miles an hour but is great fun. I love Lee Carter on this. Great fit. Is it bonkers? - Yes.

Anderson - Aneke's art a bit like the cover is hit and miss. It reminds me a bit of Mick Austin's Anderson one-off with Buddhist monks but there is some really weak anatomy under some nice finishes. It moves along but I'm not sure Karyn is working at all as either a character or a plot device. Two double page spreads are unusual for the prog but welcome.

Absalom - great confident funny work from all involved. Yup the prog benefits from this character.

Art-Star Winner Pin-up - Great Durham Red fully painted by Chris Skinner which is actually better controlled than the second character (Karyn) in the vampiric cover by Aneke. So maybe he should have been given the cover. That said Anderson on the cover is nicely done.

Suggestions / #2 A Netflix style way to read old progs
« on: 20 April, 2019, 02:11:09 pm »
So as I understand it Rebellion can't reprint all the old progs due to historic licensing issues (Dan Dare, old adverts for Star Wars toys) some either creator-owned/creator-contested stories and also some oddities like data protection and even clearances of reader's art.

But I'm pretty sure that they could certainly offer a Netflix type reading service for:
- Everything that remains in print i.e. everything Hachette are putting out
- Prog 1300 onwards

So I get that you don't want to either put off subscribers or purchases of recent reprints so maybe do the old IPC Annual rule of not offering any story less than 5 years old.

As long as progs could be index linked to read complete stories I'd pay to have them on an App just so I could plough through the thrills.

Suggestions / #1 A full-size version of Nemesis Book 10 by Henry Flint
« on: 20 April, 2019, 02:04:42 pm »
So this would be my dream.
Issue Nemesis Book 10 to same specifications as the old Titan Books for a premium price
It's the only Nemesis book never to be reprinted full-size and I do think the detail in the artwork justifies it.

Help! / Can the FX in the prequel Star Wars be in 4K?
« on: 13 December, 2018, 05:12:30 pm »
I might be being thick
But in the Prequel Trilogy is there actually enough information on screen CGI to create a true 4K version.
Or were the FX a lot softer in those days?
Would they render it all out again?

Suggestions / Let's bring Ian Gibson back in the from the cold.
« on: 19 September, 2018, 03:54:35 pm »
I thought Ian Gibson's interview in today's Megazine 400 was excellent.

Clearly if his health allows, the man is willing to work for 2000ad again so let's make it happen.

That is all.

Suggestions / 2000AD Uncensored hardback
« on: 12 July, 2018, 10:21:29 pm »
I know except for the coloured Halo Jones my suggestions are largely crap but this is the motherland.

A spiritual successor to Judge Dredd: Cursed Earth Uncensored, this would feature the outrageous and in some case libellous first offerings by writers/artists that the IPC censors requested changes to.

So it would include:

Judge Dredd: Bank Raid by Carlos Equerra with all the hotshot violence re-instated
Judge Dredd: Courtroom by Rufus Dayglo re-drawn for the Class of 79 unless you could get Carlos or Mick to have a go
Tharg's Head Revisited #1: Bloodsuckers by Mick Mahon (reprinted already in Judge Dredd The Mega-History
Tharg's Head Revisited #2: Tharg on a pitchfork by Brian Bolland with the original art and wording re-instated from 1988 Dredd Annual.
Judge Dredd: City of the Damned: Steve Dillons missing pages for prog 404 reprinted in 620.
What a difference an inch makes: How Eagle comics put an extra inch into Brian Bolland artwork to reprint the Judge Death Lives artwork at American sizes (it is funny how they did it)
Uncle Baal's chair and other filth - how the blood was tippexed out of Nemesis the Warlock
Judge Anderson Wolf in a sheep's clothes - a comparison of how the title page should have looked before speech bubbles were added.
Judge Dredd Fortnightly - a completely re-instated version of how the first issue would have looked with:
Anderson - Judge Death Revenge (unchanged)
B.A.D Company by Ezquerra
Soul of a Judge/Blood Cadet - already started by Ian Gibson (?)
Alan Moore's Dredd script (Badlanders? reprinted in Millidge / Story teller)
Frank Millers 2000ad/ Dredd cover
And also the first stories by significant creators in Lawman of the Future (Simon Fraser, Alex Ronald and Dylan Teague including the alternate Death storyline which was pretty cool - Robbie Morrison)
Add in some fun salacious covers and I'd buy it.

Suggestions / Could we have a Judge Anderson Special?
« on: 06 June, 2018, 05:17:20 pm »
It could be quite a nice opportunity to invite back as many of Anderson's artists to tell a new story or contribute a pin-up.

I can imagine it being quite commercial if it had a Bolland cover.

Dredd got his first special in 1988, so maybe it's time?

Help! / Have I missed any 1st appearances by notable artists/writers?
« on: 07 April, 2018, 06:50:45 pm »
Hi guys
I'm trying to get signatures in order of appearance in the prog.
So far I've got the signatures of (almost) everyone on the convention circuit who contributed to progs 1 - 26

But to your knowledge is there anyone else missing from 1st appearances in the first 600 progs

So far on my list to get is...

2 Gerry Finley Day
11 Brian Bolland
14 Ian Gibson Dredd

25 John Higgins
33 Brendan McCarthy / Brett Ewins
101 Alan Grant Futureshock
104 Ron Smith
142 Cam Kennedy VCs
170 Alan Moore
189 Steve Dillion
257 Bryan Talbot
287 Alan Davis / Harry Rock
362 Cliff Robinson
372 Mike Collins Futureshock + Mark Famer
410 Glenn Fabry Slaine Time Killers
555 Bisley ABC Warriors
651 David Hine Dredd Pin up
873 Clint Langley Dinosty

Anyone else? There's some I've left off as I just don't think they do the rounds i.e. Angie Kincaid but I'd take your advice if you think that's not the case

Film & TV / Black Panther - Please add your review
« on: 14 February, 2018, 09:14:56 am »
Hi guys

I saw this last night and it is really good to see a full Black cast celebrating African/Wakandan heritage. The cast is stellar and the script poses some interesting challenges about slavery, refugees and at what point you are responsible for your fellow man.

But I've got to say the second half is very formulaic with a final reel that isn't unlike Phantom Menace ("Now this is pod racing") with a Gungan like battle. And Black Panther battles another Black Panther in an identical costume (a plot last seen in Iron Man1, Iron Man2, Ant Man, Incredible Hulk)

Go see but measure your expectations - please add your reviews - happy to be talked into seeing it again.

Suggestions / Dredd: Helter Skelter REDUX
« on: 31 January, 2018, 05:37:49 pm »
Hi guys

I know 2000AD has never really had an all Universes cross-over and Helter Skelter had a difficult production process as Ezquerra's house was falling down.

So I'd like a new expanded edition with new pages seamlessly bridging as many 2000AD worlds and stories as possible. Garth has always expressed a love of the character so might write some more pages.

Other Reviews / Steve Dillon Memorial Charity Sketchbook
« on: 06 November, 2017, 11:52:59 am »
Hi guys

Less of a review, more of a recommendation.

This book arrived today. It's on really nice stock paper and b&w with a lovely Tula Lotay colour image on the inside back cover. All the artists make a real effort and the Garth Ennis introduction is very touching.

100% goes to The Hero Initiative and there's no postage charge, so why not buy a remaining copy today.

Other Reviews / Scream & Misty - All new stories inside
« on: 14 October, 2017, 03:12:31 pm »
Arrived today and it’s absolutely packed.

There’s a very affectionate feel here with Editorial pages, Horoscopes and even a Spot the Difference.

Standouts for me were Deathman the Gathering (Henry Flint) with a great final team-up panel with some familiar faces and The Return of the Sentinels (Ben Willsher) which felt very much like a modern Dr Who type tale.

13th Floor didn’t work for me getting John Stokes to do the ‘real world’ and Frazer Irving to do ‘Max’s’ world but it was an interesting attempt to bring a new storytelling device. I love Ortiz and I get what they were attempting.

It’s a really good package. I misremembered paying 5.99 and it’s not, it’s only 3.99 so really good value and quite bold in terms of innovating. Includes house ads for Ant Wars, MACH1, Future Shocks, Dracula Files, Misty 2 (Sentinels) and Dracula File.  13th Floor gets a whole page to itself. Includes helpful bios on obscure characters.

Not wanting to do more than have a bit of fun.

This might be Halo, but its not my Halo.

Anyone else got a favourite misinterpretation of a character?

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