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Other Reviews / Re: Tammy and Jinty
« on: 28 June, 2019, 11:50:16 pm »
I've just this minute put down the special, after reading it cover to cover. I didn't expect to say this, but that is *by a country mile* my favourite special edition from the 2000AD stable so far this year, or last.
Bright, breezy, never too silly or "girly" (whatever that may meam), there wasn't a weak strip in there and it really did squeeze the best out of everyone involved.
And yep, I'd very happily buy that on a semi, or even regular, basis. I hope it sells by the bucketload. 
A lot of the enthusiasm and wit in this is how I wish the prog was like more often. It very much reminded me of the comics I grew up reading, but with a touch of sophistication that kept adult me entertained throughout.  More please.


Bear with me on this. How much of a single issue of an American comic would you get away with reproducing in a printed magazine *for review/ critical purposes*?

I really love comics, as many of you know. As a "thought experiment" I was wondering about all the different editions of the same 20+ page comic strip I have in my collection. Multiple versions of The Night Gwen Stacy Died from ASM #131/122 for example. I was wondering what would be my "ultimate edition" as it were, and realised that if Marvel were ever to release every issue of ASM/ FF etc, individually (hardback or perfect bound) but with an equal amount of pages given over to critiques/ interviews etc, I'd probably buy each and every edition.

Now, Marvel aren't likely to do that. But imagine an enterprising fan publisher were to do something similar (much like in the world of Dr Who IN VISION released A4 magazines for each and every story back in the 80s, eventually covering the whole 1963-1989 period of the series. 

Obviously the imaginary publisher couldn't reprint the whole issue, but how much could they? Is it a percentage of pages? Panels? Could they reprint consecutive panels, or even a page if critiquing that sequence? Could they print an entire scene, maybe running 2-3 pages? At what point they receive a Cease & Desist?

Any ideas? 


General / Re: Steve Moore in Fortean Times
« on: 26 June, 2019, 04:56:41 pm »
Ah, that's brilliant. FT is always worth a punt for something to read over a pint in the afternoon. When was the last time I had a pint in the afternoon?  When was the last time I had a pint? When was the last time I drank any alcohol come to that? JULY, that's when. Go me!
Will have to pick that book up too.

Other Reviews / Re: Tammy and Jinty
« on: 26 June, 2019, 04:44:08 pm »
We are old, Jim. Old.
We are on a comic website, talking about a revamped version of a girls' comic we probably would not have been seen dead reading back when comics were a thing. And now they aren't a thing, we are tearing out what little hair we have left in deciding how best to support a publisher stoically continuing it's efforts to make them a thing again. And like the old people we are, we start talking about our health. I'll tell you about my knees if you like. Maybe Rebellion should start a monthly health/ moan/ top tips/ puzzle magazine?

Indigo: You can order mags from newsagents, though I understand WHS charge you for the privilege.  Maybe a regular order would inspire them to get more for the shelf? 


Other Reviews / Re: Tammy and Jinty
« on: 26 June, 2019, 04:07:32 pm »
I do. However, I much prefer actually buying my comics from shops if I can. My reasoning is simply this: if I show an interest in a title, or buy it, they may well be more inclined to stock it in future, usually in greater numbers (you'd think, though today's conversation with WHS man may have knocked my confidence in this). That was there's more chance of a member of the public chancing upon a copy and buying it. That's how I started with comics, and if Mighty World of Marvel, Super Spider-Man And The Titans or indeed 2000AD had been only available direct from the publisher,  I would never have read a single copy. But yeah, if my walk to that shop tomorrow (got to keep my Samsung Health app happy and my step count up) yields no results, I will have to order one.

Other Reviews / Re: Tammy and Jinty
« on: 26 June, 2019, 03:41:46 pm »
Absolutely zero copies of this in my home town. Four newsagents checked around the town centre, including WHSMITHS. 
This, after last week's Sci-Fi Special debacle, where there were a grand total of 2 copies in WHS, both of which I bought, and then had to travel 4 miles to find a single lonely copy in another newsie- which I then also bought for Locusts, formally of this parish now ensconced back in the States. 

I spoke to the magazine guy in WHS today, and suggested that maybe if something completely sells out within five minutes of being put on the shelf,  maybe they should order some more? He acted as though this hadn't occurred to him and said he would see what he could do. This, a week and an hour after the last copy had been purchased.
I also showed him the ad for T&J in this week's prog and asked why it hadn't come in. He again looked confused, took a photo of the ad on his phone, and muttered about "calling Easons" I think. I mentioned that the earlier Cor & Buster special had been fully stocked, and indeed they still had about ten copies on the shelf last week. They've now gone, so I assume they should have been replaced with the T&J, which they weren't. 
All the while they got 10+ copies of this week's prog, and still had six or so Megs left from last week, so it's not like they don't know the brand or the distributor.
Really annoying,  as I now have to trek out to that little newsie again on the off chance. 


Film Discussion / Re: Expert film knowledge needed please
« on: 25 June, 2019, 08:53:59 pm »
You are very welcome. I confess I found the quote first time by searching for it in "" speech marks, which is I reckon the trick to these things.

Film Discussion / Re: Expert film knowledge needed please
« on: 25 June, 2019, 08:42:55 pm »
Leigh, not "Leighton". That was my phone inventing people.

Film Discussion / Re: Expert film knowledge needed please
« on: 25 June, 2019, 08:41:48 pm »
Career Girls by Mike Leighton,  1997.


General / Steve Moore in Fortean Times
« on: 24 June, 2019, 11:21:54 pm »
I was sure we had a thread somewhere about mentions of 2000AD in other publications and other media, but I can't find it. If it exists and a mod would like to merge this into there,  I'd be grateful.

Anyway, Steve Moore- known to us predominantly as writer of Tales of Telguuth and various one-offs in the prog, as well as many other seminal British strips going back (for me) as far as Warrior magazine, receives a two page article in the current Fortean Times. Written by his lifelong friend Bob Rickard, FT'S founding editor, it goes into some detail about his life and beliefs, his work and obsessions, as well as revealing what happened to his frankly astonishing library after his death, and the contents of said library.
Absolutely worth the £4.50 cover price alone, but when taken with the major feature on the resurgence of Folk Horror, it makes for a package that no squaxx of this parish will wish to miss.


Suggestions / Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« on: 24 June, 2019, 12:50:01 pm »
I've long thought it should go to Beano dimensions and paperstock, which feels both like it stands out more on the shelves (the prog and meg always look weirdly short and small in WHS) and should be cheaper to produce. Although it should be noted that I have no idea if it would be.

This kind of ties into my wish that US comics,  instead of being printed on shiny paper, would go back to something a bit cheaper for the monthlies,  so as to further reinforce the longterm collectability of the trade editions. Stick them back in normal shops, drop the monthly price, and allow more people to see them as affordable entertainment, with the trades/ hardbacks for we collectors.

But as I say, I know nothing about how this works. All I know is that 2000AD used to stand out on the shelves  (or at least hold its own) and now it does look a bit hidden. And don't get me started on putting The Meg in an opaque bag.


Suggestions / Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« on: 24 June, 2019, 12:15:05 pm »
That brings up a whole other issue about whether it is LONG OVERDUE that the prog has a complete redesign? How long has it looked like that,  been that size, had that paperstock, and had the same interior "branding" (Tharg, Nerve Centre, text print size, etc etc)?
But that may be for another thread? 

Prog / Re: Prog 2136 - Last Chance To Shine!
« on: 20 June, 2019, 12:33:49 pm »
Well if that wasn't a corker of a prog, I don't know what is. Every page was riveting, and that's even with reading it at close to 2am after the most stressful day I can remember in years. If I had to choose a favourite strip it'd be Scarlet Traces, simply because I haven't seen a comic strip that looked that beautiful- and dragged me from panel to panel so effectively for a long time. Oh my god those colours!
But everything was top notch. That last page of Dredd!  Thistlebone! Hazzer back with a kentic opener! A cover featuring an old man on a deckchair! Haha! Letters!
Perfect prog.
And next week... oh bugger it's another Anderson strip. Arse.
Still, four out of five will always be good in my book.

Other Reviews / Re: 2019 Sci-Fi Special: A Tribute to Carlos Ezquerra
« on: 19 June, 2019, 01:20:11 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?

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 June, 2019, 04:30:26 pm »
Tarzan and giant spiders seem to go together,  I feel. At least on screen. In the original ERB novels I'm not so sure, as I've only just started reading them. Maybe it's the cryptozoological stories of the J'ba Fo'fi, but deepest colonial Africa and giant arachnids seem a good fit. So much so I would be surprised if they weren't featured on a semi regular basis.

That said, extensive Googling has revealed only Desert Mystery. I would LOVE to see any more.

The Ron Ely tv show, which was the Tarzan of many people now between 35-45 (being slightly older, my Tarzan is Weissmuller) was surely too low budget, and low on special effects to have featured them? And in colour, which my memories aren't. But- we had a black and white tv until at least 1973, and I had one in my bedroom a lot later than that. And memories, eh? Who can trust them?


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