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Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 16 October, 2019, 12:25:27 pm »
Thought it was strange that there was no review thread yet. Mine arrived on Saturday with the Prog and the 13th Floor Special. I'm in Dorset.

The Meg and the special arrived Saturday with me, the Prog Monday.

Couldn't they save a few quid by combining these deliveries?

Film & TV / Re: Scorsese makes Joker movie - or The Death of Culture
« on: 16 October, 2019, 12:02:52 pm »
Roger Murdock weighs in with an unusually thoughtful and well-argued piece for someone who once fought Bruce Lee:


Celebrated British novelist and screenwriter Graham Greene (The End of the Affair) divided his fiction between “entertainments” and “novels,” with the latter being his serious art. He was making the distinction between melodrama (entertainment) and drama (art): Melodrama emphasizes plot over character, while drama (or cinema for Scorsese) emphasizes character over plot.

This argument all falls apart, of course, when one notes Marvel movies are their characters, not their plots.

I'm sure I'm not the only person who didn't think Goodfella's would have been massively improved by Batman bursting through the ceiling and kicking the shit out of everyone, then tying them up and leaving little greeting cards with bat symbols on them tucked into the ropes.



Absolutely! Gangs of New York would be immeasurably improved by having the Mike Mignola Victorian Batman as well.

Yours sincerely,

Alfred Pennyworth

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 11 October, 2019, 12:45:56 pm »
They were called clegs in the Highlands, as well: it says from Old Norse kleggi on the interweb. Feckin' horseflies.

Yup, always heard them called clegs in Scotland.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 10 October, 2019, 09:37:53 am »
But overall a very good movie and - unbelievably - I think this is the first role I’ve ever seen Phoenix in! He’s definitely well-cast and this is an interpretation of Joker I’m interested in seeing (unlike Leto’s).
You haven't seen Gladiator??
Or Walk the Line?

Books & Comics / Re: Rok the God Kickstarter
« on: 06 October, 2019, 01:10:50 pm »
The first series was just solid, fun, quality comics with a slightly retro feel. Honestly, whatever the theme, it’s just a really good comic.

Books & Comics / Re: Rok the God Kickstarter
« on: 04 October, 2019, 02:54:22 pm »
Yes, the daily data seems to indicate that it needs a push:

Books & Comics / Re: New Luther Arkwright coming - just be patient
« on: 03 October, 2019, 09:14:58 am »
This is great news! The first volume is very much a high point for British comics.

Books & Comics / Re: Rok the God Kickstarter
« on: 02 October, 2019, 04:50:01 pm »
I've been waiting for this!

Being a nosy stalker fan, I also checked what projects John Wagner has backed (https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/wagnerrok). I hope the dog toothbrush lived up to his expectations.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 25 September, 2019, 09:20:17 am »
I assumed... that there would be some subtext, knowing adult jokes or subversion of the genre

You.... did watch the film, right?

I don't know someone could watch the sword-fights, in particular, and not see that it is both a high watermark for the genre and a brilliant parody of it.

Horses for courses, I suppose.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 25 September, 2019, 09:16:27 am »
Apparently half of our media think that the government should be able to act outside the law and courts should not be allowed to hold them to account:

We are so f*cked.

General / Re: What to read after 9 years away?
« on: 25 September, 2019, 09:09:16 am »
Oh dear, Blood Trails. No-one's finest hour.

Artist-wise in addition to those already listed I'd suggest two big revelations were Tom Foster and Phil Winslade.

Good shout, nobody has mentioned Lawless yet. It's definitely a highlight.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2019
« on: 24 September, 2019, 09:35:02 am »
Presumably it's working, otherwise TMO wouldn't keep doing it.  As much as I like some artists, I can't imagine buying a copy of $insert-DC/Marvel-title-here just because the cover is by $2000AD-artist.

I imagine it gets them a bit of coverage on comics websites etc, which lets people know the prog exists. Dredd might be moderately well known outside of the UK but 2000AD doesn't have the same level of awareness.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 September, 2019, 09:21:42 am »
Anybody else think it's strange that there's a page of discussion on IP on the Political Thread at the same time that the news has been taken over with reports on the Supreme Court deliberating and the beginning of the conference season?

It's been a quiet week, to be honest.

Apart from the PM being exposed for giving gifts of government money to friends.

Apart from the government looking like losing their court case by acting dishonestly to stymie democracy.

Apart from the opposition collapsing into in-fighting.

Apart from the EU pointing out, again, that the UK isn't presenting any serious Brexit proposals, despite their grandstanding.

Apart from the US President using aid to pressure a foreign leader to intervene in US domestic politics against a rival.

As I say, it's been a quiet week.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 September, 2019, 09:12:09 am »
IP exists in order to incentivise creative individuals to continue to create things.

The problem is that it is abused. But that does not affect the underlying rationale or reality of it.

True, ideas as a thing cannot be protected. They cannot be property. Inherently, once communicated, they are in the wild (hmm... there's a future shock in that). IP law is, therefore, an artificial construct designed to creat and attribute value to them.

To that extent, they are property. But only because the law says that they are.

In fact, the alternative to most of the laws to which Shark objects, should they be scrapped, is anarchy. I disagree with a lot of posts here for that reason.

But that is not to say things should not be questioned or unchanged. The rules are good for all, but only if the rules are fair. The problem is that the rules are often rigged. But that does not mean they should be scrapped or sacrificed on the altar of principle.

I don't know where you think you are, coming here with your nuanced, balanced and considered views. Pfffh.

Off Topic / Re: The Progmuda Triangle
« on: 24 September, 2019, 09:07:48 am »
The prog rarely lands on a Saturday with me now (maybe 1 in 5). This week I didn't get it on the Monday either, which is unusual.

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