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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: Today at 11:45:03 AM »
Mrs IP now so upset at the fuckwits running this country that she’s going offline for the foreseeable. Her final tweet, directed at me, was “we have to move”. Somewhat related, we just instructed an immigration lawyer to explore how the latest bit of goalpost shifting will affect the citizenship application that’s already cost us well into four figures, and this will add another £360. Fun times.

(Edit: And sorry for lumping this here, but I need to vent a bit, and this is basically the only forum I post on these days.)

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Prog / Re: Prog 2183: Regened - Five knockout thrills!
« on: Today at 10:43:20 AM »
Children don't want to read stories about children anyway.
They don’t? I mean, they certainly don’t always, but my kid tends towards strips that feature kids/tweens. Not fussed about adults at this stage.

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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: Today at 09:29:26 AM »
They’re fighting a PR war. That’s all it is to them at this point. The one good thing is that the public en masse appears to be seeing through it to some extent. The polling shift is almost unprecedented, and the Tory lead has dropped around nine points. It’s still not enough: that result would suggest a majority of 20–30, unless the Lib Dems have also had a bounce. (If Con 44 and Lab 38 also has Lib 12 rather than ~7, that’s probably enough to tip the scales. Or Con 42/Lab 40 would swing it as well.)

I’m just happy we have the internet. If not, this lot would be able to go full 1984 on COVID and everything else, rather than just trying to convince everyone they don’t believe their own ears and eyes.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 27 May, 2020, 10:57:19 PM »
Leviathan is superb but really short. Hard to know what you’d twin it with. Possibly Cradlegrave, but even that feels like a push. FWIW, a HC of the original run exists and does pop up on eBay at non-ridiculous prices.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 27 May, 2020, 10:52:16 PM »
Havn seems an odd choice, given how recently it appeared. Annoyed the piss out of my Icelandic wife too.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 27 May, 2020, 07:44:24 PM »
One thing I’m finding interesting about this collection is that, for the most part, even the content I’m not personally keen on is objectively good. That was less the case for the Dredd collection (where multiple editorials would basically admit the book you’d paid ten quid for was shit). I hope this extension succeeds, too. It feels like the first 80 books were the “heavy hitters”, and now we’re into the best kind of fan service, digging deeper into 2000 AD’s history to unearth top-quality strips that don’t happen to have a big brand.

Also, I was going to do a bit Red Seas re-read with my digital copies. I’m tempted now to just hang on until next year and read the entire thing in glorious HC. Thanks to whoever compiled this list (Matt?), because it’s fab. (Also, the 111 is an oddity. Perhaps that’s just the final decision on length. Or perhaps it’ll do a Marvel and continue on a bit further.)

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 27 May, 2020, 02:31:20 PM »
Has Tyranny Rex ever been collected in trade before?
Not that I’m aware of. It got some reprint in magazines though, and a pseudo trade from Fleetway Quality (with a truly risible, sexist cover).

Well done that man for keeping on asking! An excellent bit of news. Sad there's no War Machine though.
I’m more surprised than sad. Perhaps the repro is a nightmare, or Tharg’s already happy with the existing War Machine trades in the wild. I dunno.

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Other Reviews / Re: SMASH! Special May 2020
« on: 27 May, 2020, 11:29:38 AM »
I'm surprised we dont appear to have a thread for this- which arrived yesterday
Alas, I don’t have mine. The Prog arrived, but this did not yet (and nor did The Beano this week).

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 27 May, 2020, 11:16:19 AM »
Only slight dissapointment is the lack of continuing volumes - Kingdom, for instance, and ABC Warriors. But even there, we do at least get thd final S/D volume.
Kingdom: yeah. ABC Warriors… I dunno. I’ve had enough of that, frankly. Happy to let that slide. Plus they’re all in HC elsewhere anyway, albeit in a different size format.

Very unlikely. ISTR when Hilary Robinson parted company with the House of Tharg, she got the rights to all her stories back.
Ah, good point—I’d forgot about that. Mind you, perhaps she’s permit reprint now, given that 2000 AD is a very different entity to then, assuming she has no plans for the strip itself. (She wouldn’t have to relinquish rights; would be easy enough to do a single-use thing.)

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 27 May, 2020, 10:48:35 AM »
So, its a bit good then?  :lol:
Everyone has their favourites. Firekind is one of mind — a beautifully designed and written piece of storytelling by John Smith and Paul Marshall, which was subsequently pillaged by James Cameron for Avatar. Firekind was, however, described by Matt Smith in a podcast as one of those ‘awkward’ strips that doesn’t really fit very well into reprint. Looking at Barney, it’s 78 pages, which would just about make it work as a skinny Rebellion trade — but it almost certainly lacks pulling power on its own. (To date, the only reprint version is in Rebellion’s Extreme Edition reprint comic, years back.) But as a spot in a partwork, it makes perfect sense.

Also, looking at Barney, the strip ran from #828–840. Although not quite surrounded by dross — it started when the reasonable Kano and fun Armoured Gideon Book 2 were running — it did help offset the stink of Purgatory and some seriously dodgy Dredd.

Speaking of, the one omission from that list I’d loved to have seen in there: Armoured Gideon. Ah well. Perhaps one day I’ll make my own custom HC of that…

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 27 May, 2020, 10:43:14 AM »
Er, and now for a slightly more measured response. Ahem. So for me personally, that’s a pretty fine ratio of good to not good. I don’t care for Greysuit at all, and can take or leave VCs. I’m also a bit hmmm about The Order, since it’s an ongoing, so we’ll end up with Billy Half a Story. But:

— Firekind in HC. And it’s not big enough to fill a book, so that means… something else? Leatherjack?
— The COMPLETE Red Seas in HC. YASSSSS
— Lobster Random, which was fun and bonkers, and had only a tiny chunk in HC before
— More Savage, which is my favourite modern Mills effort, so, yeah, good
— Brink, which is brilliant; not sure how much they can squeeze into these three vols, mind
— Indigo Prime AND Tyranny Rex, obliterating my fears this extension would omit John Smith fare
— Jaegir in HC — fuck yeah!
— Fiends in HC — ditto
— Ten-Seconders — MWAH
— More Absalom

Mercy Heights is the one real oddball here. It was a strange strip at the time, and only for me really become something interesting when Tor Cyan buggered off on his own. Could be a really good excuse to reprint Medivac, if it’s an ER in space issue.

Anyway, yes, very happy with this. Thank you, Matt Smith (assuming you compiled this list), and I really hope the first two books don’t change in the sort order, because that means Firekind HC around Sept/Oct.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 27 May, 2020, 10:36:59 AM »
FIREKIND GET THE FUCK IN

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Creative Common / Re: PJ's Weekly Live Sketch Show
« on: 27 May, 2020, 10:36:34 AM »
So a wee card envelope plopped through the letterboxed, and I was all: what is that? It was, fortunately, opened quite carefully, and out slid a PJ original Dredd head. It’s now framed and on the office wall. Very happy.

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I assume that Chunky can be used to read the prog on ?
Yes. You can load — from various sources — basically any DRM-free comic into the thing. (Which means PDF, CBZ, CBR, etc.)

I've downloaded Chunky but have no clue what to actually do to make comics appear within it - I assume there's some way to link this app to my 2000AD app? It might also be useful for reading stuff I've bought off Panel Syndicate, which I'm otherwise reading through the ipad's book reader app. Like I said, I am an unimaginative guy when it comes to digital stuff. If it's not super obvious what to do, I'm unlikely to try very hard!
With 2000 AD, you can download your comics from the 2000 AD shop, which I would advise doing anyway, so you always have a copy somewhere, whatever happens. With Chunky, you can use its browser to grab stuff directly from any website, or upload files to it from whichever source you like.

If you’re very much not tech-savvy, that might be a step too far. But if you store comics in Google Drive and can sign in, that’s all that’s needed. Or if you buy the IAP, you can grab comics from local PCs/Macs/servers. (I have a USB drive plugged into my router, and that’s used as a cheapo sort-of NAS.)

Might be worth a look for your Panel stuff, mind. I can’t really imagine reading too much comics stuff in the Books app.

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AlexF: if you’ve an 11in iPad, do check out Chunky. It’s really great, and the creator is a one-man indie.

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