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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 24 June, 2019, 09:19:50 pm »
Got as far as Kano as Alex Jones and was guffawing so hard I thought I might get thrown off the bus - genius!

what Jim said - by (un?)happy coincidence, Rebellion wanted 44-46 page (self contained?) tales for a reprint deal that was about at the time, so some great ideas got squished.  I seem to recall Rennie's Storming Heaven as a possible victim of that - could have been a great reinvention of the 60s counterculture as Super Hero,  but needed time to breathe - like introduce Manson in book 3! That said, not sure what the outlook was for doing Book 1, Book 2, Book 3 etc

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 23 June, 2019, 05:55:33 pm »
Funt's got it!


Just to add, I think Diggle as deputy was a good thing for Bishop, as he brought an old school fan sensibility that balanced old and new pretty well - I really must doa  prog slog myself to see what I think of his solo editorising!

it's a blurry editorial line I suspect due to Diggle being deputy Ed with Bishop for a good while before his short but eventful time in the command module hot seat?

Other Reviews / Re: Tammy and Jinty
« on: 21 June, 2019, 03:48:54 pm »
Yeah it's a great package - will try it out on my 10 year old daughter.  the only thing I thought was a bit of a misstep was the plot resolution of two stories being basically the same - bullying a bully makes you a bully.

General / Re: Oh no not another re-read thread (progs 336 to 729)
« on: 21 June, 2019, 03:40:03 pm »
The Tower King for me! Superb art there, but yeah, for some reason Rogue didn't quite work

True - for artwork that he truly made his own, see The Thirteenth Floor (from the pages of Scream! and Eagle).

I'm a House of Daemon man, myself! :-)

Megazine / Re: Meg 409 - The Death of Dominion?
« on: 21 June, 2019, 03:36:19 pm »
Thirded - at least it gave me an excuse to pore over that beautiful Redondo art looking for tell tale signs - if it WAS an art assist, it was pretty seamless - the Gibson pages stand out a mile to me, and Gibson's tyle isnt a hundred miles off Redondo's - certainly closer than Whites is to Redondo I would say - Did Mike White have art in that issue elsewhere?

I enjoyed this month’s Meg a great deal, but I have to say that if Mike White did draw that episode of Mind Wars that’s credited to him, it’s a genius-level imitation of Redondo’s style. My suspicion is that it’s maybe an art assist of some kind on his part, and a mistake in the original credits…

Other Reviews / Strontium Dog: Among The Missing
« on: 20 June, 2019, 07:34:28 pm »

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!

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?

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..?

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!

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" 

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.

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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