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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 25 August, 2019, 01:01:51 pm »
Instant buy if so!

General / Re: Would the Megazine be better off with fewer strips?
« on: 25 August, 2019, 10:24:06 am »
Can't say I've noticed much of a problem remembering things month-to-month, but there's no doubt that proggish-length installments once a month kill the momentum of a story (even Lawless and Insurrection): it's why i can look at a Meg on the shelf, look at a tenner in my hand, and say 'nah' more often than not.

When I'd a spell of decent income a couple of years back I bought up a good long run of backMegs I'd missed, and I was genuinely surprised how very good it all was compared to my memory of sporadic issues - even American Reaper was a really good read. The exception was Dredd, that was much the same, exvept for putting Al Rwing's Deller run togethet in my head.

I interpret my contrasting reaction as down to reading stories without a month's break every half dozen pages.

I don't know how this would translate into the 'fewer  stories' model, but it's probably worth trying.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 25 August, 2019, 09:46:35 am »
Disney book-canon has the Empire struggling on as a sometimes-squabbling sometimes-united military force for several (?) years up to the battle of Jakku. After that areas of imperial control still exist within the bounds of treaty, and of course it turns out that this is all basically a front for squirelling away the bulk of their resources in unexplored regions of the galaxy.

General / Re: Trump and Judge Cal
« on: 24 August, 2019, 07:35:21 pm »
Yes but who's Donald's Goldfish?

As if Trump could ever care enough about another living thing to have a pet. Petlessness should have been warning enough.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 24 August, 2019, 06:48:14 pm »
Perhaps, but as with serious criminals I'd *definitely* rather all the evil pricks saw the error of their ways and used their time to work towards redemption. Imagine all that power and wealth being bent to good. But I'll settle for them just stopping.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 24 August, 2019, 06:16:09 pm »
I dunno lads, I can be very glad, celebratory even, that a Koch has ceased being an evil world-wrecking shit at long last, without being happy that they had to actually die to stop it.

Prog / Re: Prog 2145 - Body Horror!
« on: 24 August, 2019, 06:09:05 pm »
Plenty of that already though, with Buell, Garcia and Gerhart, all upright joes working the SJS from within. Only Bell left, mind.

Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« on: 24 August, 2019, 10:02:02 am »
Helmeted Bounty Hunter backlit by the sun?

Steve, just take pride that your unpaid design chops are more than equal to an entire legion of Disney's best troops.

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 24 August, 2019, 09:56:54 am »
Good mate (who is painfully familiar with my strengths and weakneses) encouraging, nay, nagging me to go for a public-facing plum of a job that she reckons I have a fair chance of getting.

But I know that I couldn't actually do it, couldn't keep my head up long enough to get through the long application process, never mind be consistent throughyears of day-to-day interaction with people. It's all I can do to get out of bed and go out to do the simplest of work largely on my own, can't even answer the phone or reply to emails many days. I turned down the chance ofa simpler, nicer job last year because it filled me with terror of letting people down again.

After a lot of work I've made my peace with this state of affairs, keep the self-berating to a minimum and even congratulate myself for just keeping on keeping on, but... it's all a bit shit innit?

Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« on: 24 August, 2019, 07:03:36 am »
Very very pretty, but in a better world Herzog would be playing Harvey: "Have a bounty for you Alpha, this one will make you consider the essential emptiness implicit in our standards of genetic purity, a mirror that only shows the one reflection; 250K dead or alive".

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 24 August, 2019, 06:57:56 am »
heh, when I saw a new post on this tread, I wondered if it was Koch

I was surprised, TBH. I thought Vorlons were essentially immortal.

Books & Comics / Re: New Luther Arkwright coming - just be patient
« on: 23 August, 2019, 09:01:01 pm »
for literally every other comic on the horizon.
I'll almost forgive ColinYNWA for linking us to an article by humanoid mollusc Rich Johnson.

I read this as RIan Johnson, and was warming up my well-thumbed Last Jedi defence...

...no such intervention will be forthcoming on behalf of Rich or BC.

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 22 August, 2019, 06:55:37 pm »
These might make you feel better:
PYNK, 2018

Wow, that Janelle Monae song is fantastic. Cheers, Funt!

Prog / Re: Prog 2145 - Body Horror!
« on: 21 August, 2019, 10:28:59 pm »
So while I thought Jaegir was Top Thrill (Rennie is the solid bedrock of the comic these days, his strips are now consistently excellent week after week), I actually thought the Dredd wrapped really well.

Even though it was Maitland's bullet that knackered the Mechanismo, leading to Dredd's escape, it was the grit of the man himself that got him out of there. I also liked that Pin didn't stick around (although we didn't see her die...). Unless she had/was developing some sort of Dark Judges connection, I think her story was done.

And dear sweet Grud the art! I can't believe no-one has done the noose badge-chain thing with Death before, it's inspired. That corpse-pit will take sons beating too. Weston is a treasure.

Very good news that Thistlebone is coming back. It worked great as a one-off, but I'd love to see more.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 20 August, 2019, 10:34:03 pm »
I strongly doubt that. The best chips are always to be found in the grungiest chipper. There's nothing worse than a gentrified chip.

There's also nothing wrong with going to Oxford per se, it's a very fine university once you past all the institutional bollocks and the tendency for the rich to foist their disprortionately inadequate children on its negotiable mercies in the hope that a posh-sounding degree will make up for a complete absence of learning.

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