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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 07 July, 2019, 12:47:02 pm »
Art aside, I found the latest Slaine volume a drag, with the exception of the story in verse, which was fun. I know we have Uncle Pat to thank for us all talking about this stuff on here after so many years, but I found his scripts po-faced and confusing, and the whole thing just seemed a rehash of The Horned God. Ho-hum.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 05 July, 2019, 12:26:40 pm »
Could anyone who has received it please post which stories are featured in the latest Slaine book. Thank you.

Bowels of Hell
Treasures of Britain book 1
Ukko's Tale/The Cloak of Fear
Treasures of Britain book 2
The Demon Hitchhiker
King of Hearts
The Arrow of God

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 30 June, 2019, 09:14:59 pm »
Plus it stars the great Matt Berry. And Colin Robinson is unforgettablezzzzz....

Other Reviews / Extreme Edition issue 14
« on: 30 June, 2019, 06:52:27 pm »
Picked this up for a quid in Derby Market yesterday. Contents are Bad City Blue, Silo and Tribal Memories.

BCB I don't think I'd read since the original progs, and it's more or less an extended Future-Shock, with some fantastic art from Robin Smith.

Silo I didn't have too many memories of, and I'm not sure I'd seen The Shining or Die Hard when it was published. It's derivative of both, so, other than Dave D'Antiquis's atmospheric art, left me cold.

Tribal Memories is a thoughtful meditation on the nature of identity. I partly think there should have been more episodes or series, and partly think it was it was enough within the episodes published.

Overall, a bargain.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 24 June, 2019, 08:28:10 pm »
Started Too Old to Die Young, as I'm a fan of Nicolas Winding Refn's films. I suspect this will be as divisive, as an hour into the first episode, there have been several scenes of not much happening, with flickering neon in the background and a synth soundtrack. I understand fully those who will view this as pretentious claptrap, however I'm already mesmerised and plan to watch the whole thing.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 June, 2019, 07:43:10 pm »
Toy Story 4. Mostly enjoyed, possibly 10-20 minutes too long, but infused with much humour, (mild) horror and pathos to make it worth a watch. Think the toy box needs to be closed now though.

Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 22 June, 2019, 02:24:11 pm »
A great special, and a fantastic tribute to King Carlos.

Dave Kendall's art never fails to creep me out, in the best possible way - the man is a horror master.

I think that whoever draws the continuation of Spector, it will be an ongoing recognition of the great man's legacy. Some great dialogue in there too.

Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 20 June, 2019, 01:16:45 pm »
Not read mine yet, but I have a question for anyone buying this off the shelf.
Anyone else find this stocked very sparsely today? My town's WHS, which routine gets 10+ copies of the prog and meg, and usually stocks around the same number of the specials, only received 2 copies today. I bought them both- one for me, one for the boy, leaving none on the shelf on day of release before 1030am.
The other WHS, at the railway station, had none, despite also having stocked last year's and regularly having both prog and meg on its shelves.
Anyone else notice similar?

I bought mine from a WHS I don't usually go to, just happened to be in the vicinity. They had three copies, what looked like similar number of Megs, and no Progs yesterday morning at around 9.30.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 19 June, 2019, 01:43:27 pm »
As you might imagine, there's some classic stuff in the Alan Moore future-shocks volume. FSs from between progs 200-350, Time Twisters, a smattering of one-offs, the complete misadventures of yours truly, and a couple of Ro-Jaws Robo-Tales. Looking forward to getting stuck in, and hope it's not too long before subscribers can too.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 14 June, 2019, 09:30:42 am »
I thought it originated from Jack Nicholson's Joker in Tim Burton's Batman. You can never be over-educated, and all that.

There were undoubtedly some classics missing from the collection, which several volumes could have been much better served by. I'm still planning a re-read, probably after the Tooth collection has finished, and will document my opinions on the ups and downs on here. Current plan is to read the original 80 in volume order, dipping into the extension as relevant/appropriate - Anderson, mega-epics etc. Waffle to follow down the line.

Off Topic / Re: Basic Argumentation, And The Causing Of Offence
« on: 06 June, 2019, 01:14:42 am »

When I found out about debating societies I felt hugely let down that they didn't have one at my school. A grasp of, and practice in, proper debating might have proved hugely useful in my life, especially the most recent decade or two of it. (As a man with a great many axes to grind, I have only recently begun to explore the correct operation of the grinder.)

I do enjoy a good argument (not a slanging match - those are just tiresome), the way it stimulates and challenges the little grey cell can be quite exilerating. I sometimes hear a comedy program on Radio 4, I forget what it's called, where humorous debates are held under the title, "this house believes that..." The subject can be anything and they have an impartial chair and votes at the end and everything. I'd love to be able to participate in something like that.

Maybe we should have a go? Pick a subject, serious or silly, two debators and a chair. Start with opening statements, then cross questioning, then chair and audience questions, closing statements and a vote or/and general comments. No rancour, no name-calling, no expectations - just good natured and civilised debate.

I commend this notion to the House!

I'd like to start this thread, which the admins may wish to move, with the proposal: Stone Sour are better than Slipknot.

Other Reviews / Re: The Incomplete Case Files
« on: 04 June, 2019, 09:57:14 pm »
Bad Mother was also reprinted in the Mandroid issue of the Dredd Mega Collection - this volume is no longer available from Hachette, but i just saw one on ebay.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 June, 2019, 01:34:16 pm »
Loving the new set of covers. A couple of points /questions on potential contents:

Slaine: Steve Parkhouse's name on the cover suggests more annual stories. I know Slaine has its critics, but it looks like the collection will collect it all, which at least means there's a host of great art to enjoy.

Bad Company: the remaining stories excluding the most recent Rufus Dayglo collaborations total 168 pages, making it a bit on the slim side. Any ideas on potential other inclusions to bulk it out?

Dark Justice: will this include everything from Dark Judges Deadworld volume 1? Strip page count indicates yes.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 May, 2019, 12:50:11 pm »
New as in new to the collection. In this case, in the sense of a series, but also a writer. (Unless I’m mistaken, John Smith has largely been wiped from existence as far as TUC is concerned. While I realise there have been issues with Smith and 2000 AD, it would be a great shame to not have some of his greatest comics work collected in this collection, should the opportunity arise.)

Hoping for Cinnabar and some Future-Shocks, at least. But yes, it does seem odd given that the Dredd collection represented Mr Smith very well.

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