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Books & Comics / Re: The Cattle Raid of Cooley graphic novel
« on: 18 September, 2019, 02:57:54 pm »
Ordered late on Friday night, arrived on Monday morning. Blimey! Really professional-looking collections that nonetheless showcase an individualistic talent and aesthetic. Clearly a labour of love, and it shows.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 September, 2019, 07:45:38 pm »
I quite like Attack of the Clones - certainly more so than the other prequels. It's superficially exciting, astonishingly violent, and, whilst bits of it are like watching someone else play a video game, it also features Obi-Wan going for a drink, which is about the most human moment of the whole prequel trilogy.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 15 September, 2019, 07:20:19 pm »
For me, the highpoint is the Klarion stuff with Frazer Irving - very atmospheric, very unique ambience.

Books & Comics / Re: The Cattle Raid of Cooley graphic novel
« on: 13 September, 2019, 11:12:33 pm »
Well, as I said, there are excerpts from both books on my website.

I know, but that involved clicking an entire two links to get to the good stuff, and I'm an impatient man who wants it here and who wants it now. Anyway, very atmospheric work, particularly the pages from Ness.

Edited to add: plus, a recommendation from David is pretty much the gold standard of praise!

Books & Comics / Re: New British Comic - 'Mary Boys'
« on: 13 September, 2019, 06:43:03 pm »
All right then - I think your art looks smashing, and your influences sound right up my street. Backed!

(Oh, and like the total fanny that I am, I've managed to typo the city in which I live when filling in my address!)

Books & Comics / Re: The Cattle Raid of Cooley graphic novel
« on: 13 September, 2019, 06:17:54 pm »
Interesting, Patrick - care to show us some of the internal art?

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 01 September, 2019, 09:18:19 pm »
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen 2 isn't quite as good as 1 but its still a hoot.

I either read the first one and thought it was really good, or I read a review of the first one, and thought it sounded really good, and now I can't remember which. Oh well, thanks for the reminder this exists!

General / Re: Sorry to hear About Nigel Dobbyn RIP
« on: 31 August, 2019, 10:36:57 am »
So pleased 2000AD chose the page from How the Gronk Got His Heartses to illustrate the obituary.

The original (from my collection):


A sad loss at far too young an age. I'm lucky enough to own a few pieces of Nigel's work - it seems to me that, like Belardinelli, he had a particular strength in depicting the alien and unusual. A very under-rated artist - condolences to his friends and family.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 29 August, 2019, 02:28:14 pm »
It's been interesting to see some online Tories cheering the departure of Ruth Davidson today. She's personally and near single-handedly responsible for the recent resurgence of the Tory vote in Scotland - and they don't care. As a nationalist myself, I should be glad to see her go, because she was a potent enemy of the independence cause - but at least she actually seemed to be a sane, fairly reasonable human being, something that's getting increasingly rare in her party.

It's all over the place!

Pretty much exactly what makes it the (second) best book of Nemesis.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 26 August, 2019, 07:43:55 pm »
I can't say I'd considered any reasons outside of the film, though you may well be right. I just felt Finn - who was by far the best thing in TFA - seemed to have lost a lot of his charm and likeability as a character by TLJ.

Actually, I realise I'm being unfair on Adam Driver when I suggest there was a lack of charisma in TLJ - I think he does an excellent job with a character whose basic concept I fundamentally disapprove of. He actually manages to transcend what a godawful idea Kylo Ren is and make him compelling and watchable. No mean feat.

Film & TV / Re: Star Wars Episode IX
« on: 26 August, 2019, 07:23:31 pm »

I found Solo a pretty depressingly redundant affair

Everything past Return of the Jedi is redundant. But if we have to have new Star Wars films, and apparently we do, then Solo was mostly great fun and had a couple of charismatic leads. Emilia Clarke had more charm in her little finger than the entire casts of Rogue One and TLJ combined. (And I really liked John Boyega in TFA, but by TLJ, he seemed to have had his joie de vivre drained out of him.)

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 25 August, 2019, 05:21:06 pm »
Yeah but this is exactly what I mean given time and space Smith would have made them fascinatating characters. He vary writes typically likable characters but so often writes fascinatating engaging characters that draw you in and along whatever they do.

I take your point about Smith's undoubted talent, but I just think that 'Love Like Blood' doesn't have a particularly interesting or rewarding concept, no matter what Smith did with it. The vampire prince protagonist would undoubtedly benefit from more personality, since I seem to recall him being a bit of a dull, charmless drip, but I tend to think Smith was on a (very rare) hiding to nothing with this one. I'm sure he could have made it better but I dunno if it would have been great.

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 24 August, 2019, 10:12:12 pm »
I think even with extra episodes (and reinstated dialogue – Diggle chopped out some that he felt was needlessly tasteless) ‘Love Like Blood’ still wouldn’t work because the characters aren’t at all likeable. The lovers are horrible human-slaughtering bastards, so who cares what happens to them? On that basis, I chose not to support the lesser evil, when the best thing in the story was the vampire king, who at least had a brilliant visual design from Irving.

Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 23 August, 2019, 10:53:36 pm »
As expletive phrases go, "Weasel's bollocks!" (as featured in 'Jikan') is a pretty good one.

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