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Off Topic / Re: How Much!!!!
« on: 10 September, 2019, 05:21:24 pm »
I mentioned it on this thread, but without giving the scalper publicity.

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 10 September, 2019, 01:16:48 pm »
Quite bizarre to think that a “Graphic Novel No. 6” is the only print this thing’s ever had, as far as I can tell. At 64 pages, it’s slim. I do wonder how people would respond to a new hardcover that literally reprinted it in two versions, and then added a bunch of sketches and interviews (if the former exist and the latter are viable). That said, Miracleman HCs sold well enough, and those were quite a lot of not-strip.

Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill were among those disappointed when it wasn't reprinted a year or two ago - so I'd imagine they'd be more than happy to contribute.

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 10 September, 2019, 11:24:07 am »
It's still quite hard for me to believe that the remarkably sophisticated and still very readable Fall & Rise... ran alongside the tired drivel of later Dan Dare... they feel at least a decade apart.

The Dave Gibbons artwork is a large part of why it's even readable...

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 10 September, 2019, 12:17:53 am »
Actually a reprint of a DC Comics graphic novel (and here limited somewhat by lacking the original's full colour presentation)
I actually preferred the B/W version – the art looked sharper than in the colour version I have (a 1986 Titan reprint). I really wish a new version hadn’t fallen through. I’d happily buy this as a lush hardback with a bunch of extras (or just printing the B/W and the colour versions, one after another!)

I prefer the black and white version too (I have the DC and 2000AD versions) - though do appreciate the Kev O'Neill colours (and I'm sure I've also mentioned before that I'd happily buy reprints of the two versions collected).

General / Re: Nemesis the Early Heresies
« on: 10 September, 2019, 12:09:29 am »
Someone has flipped one of these on eBay already - £92! 😡

There's another flipper trying to sell one for £447.98!

Wow until folks learn to resist buying stuff at these silly prices they'll continue to do this.

No bids on that one when I saw it - hopefully that won't change!

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 10 September, 2019, 12:05:30 am »
All the droids who wrote stuff!

  • Peter Milligan
  • John Wagner
  • Alan Grant
  • Pat Mills
  • Jamie Delano
  • John Higgins
  • Steve Dillon
  • Grant Morrison
  • Mike Collins
  • Alex Stewart
  • G Bell
  • Alan McKenzie
  • Simon Geller
  • John Soanes
  • Alan Moore (reprint)
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Alan Hebden
  • Win Wiacek
All the droids who drew stuff!

  • Kevin O'Neill
  • Brett Ewins
  • Jim McCarthy
  • Bryan Talbot
  • Glenn Fabry
  • Nik Williams
  • Dave Wyatt
  • Carlos Ezquerra
  • Barry Kitson
  • Cam Kennedy
  • Mark Farmer
  • Johnny Johnstone
  • Robin Smith
  • Colin McNeil
  • Alan Davis
  • Massimo Belardinelli
  • Cliff Robinson
  • A Haddersley
  • Kev Hopgood
  • Garry Leach
  • Geoff Senior
  • John Nicklenton
  • Jeff Anderson
  • Mike White
  • Brendan McCarthy
  • Jose Ortiz
  • Kim Raymond
  • Dave D'Antiquis
  • Ian Gibson
  • Simon Harrison
  • Will Simpson
  • Dave Elliott
  • John Ridgway
  • Liam Sharp
  • Paul Hardy
  • John Richardson (reprint)
  • Tony Luke
  • Steve Yeowell
  • Intruder
  • Dave Gibbons
  • Huw Thomas

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 09 September, 2019, 11:56:46 pm »
      All the thrills!
      • Slaine the King
      • DR & Quinch's Agony Page
      • The Dead
      • Judge Anderson: Hour of the Wolf
      • Rogue Trooper: Hit One
      • Return of the Mean Team
      • Zenith (Phase 1)
      • Universal Soldier
      • Freaks
      • Bad Company (the first story)
      • Bad Company: The Bewilderness
      • Nemesis the Warlock Book VI: Torquemurder
      • Torquemada the God
      • Nemesis the Warlock: A Bedtime Story
      • Nemesis the Warlock Book VII: The Two Torquemadas
      Strontium Dog
      • Bitch
      • The Royal Affair
      • The Rammy
      • A Sorry Case
      • Bradley's Birthday
      • Bradley and the Bandit
      • Bradley's Xmas
      Tales of Mega-City One
      • Wreckers
      • Divorce
      • Quarantine
      • Taxi Driver
      • Taxidermist
      • Father Time
      Future-Shocks (and other shorts)
      • The Ark
      • Maniac for Hire
      • Fruitcake and Veg
      • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World
      • Prime Suspect
      • Bait!
      • Wrong Number
      • Brief Encounter
      • Star Traks
      • Fair Exchange
      • The Invisible Etchings of Salvador Dali
      • Big Trouble for Blast Barclay
      • The Star Warriors
      • Zap!
      • A Fistful of Neurons
      • With a Bang
      • His Name was Janus
      • Old Quagmires Never Die
      • Fair's Fare
      • Some One is Watching Me
      • The Junkyard Shift
      • Ro-Jaws' Robo-Tales: Killer in the Cab (reprint)
      • Alternators
      • The Night Shift
      • I'm a Believer
      • Tomorrow's Results
      • Resentment
      • What's in a Name?
      • The Jigsaw Man
      • Occupational Hazard
      • Corporal Punishment
      • Tourist Season
      • Letter to ERNIE
      • T.R.A.I.N.
      • LED
      • The Invisible Man!
      Judge Dredd
      • Varks
      • On the Superslab
      • Slick Dickens
      • They Shoot DJs, Don't They?
      • The Taxidermist
      • The Beating Heart
      • The Comeback
      • The Genie
      • The Shooting Party
      • Navel Manoeuvres
      • Night of the Ripper
      • The Interrogation
      • Blood Donor
      • Ten Years On
      • What if Judges Did Ads?
      • So You Want to be a Judge?
      • Pit Rat
      • The Raggedy Man
      • Simp
      • Reasons to be Fearful
      • Fairly Hyperman
      • Revolution
      • Bug
      • Alabammy Blimps
      • The Return of Death-Fist
      • Killcraze
      • Oz

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 09 September, 2019, 11:10:25 pm »
Onward ever onward!  I'm three visitors off of this being the most popular year for the prog slog blog (not views but visitors).

2000AD and Starlord Prog 106: Blow Their Circuits Out, Kidd! What do you Think this is – a Baby’s Rattle?.

For the second time, Cal sentences MC1 to death.

Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 09 September, 2019, 07:28:32 pm »
Good list. Some great stories there.

Nah, rubbish list - it doesn't include $insert-favourite-here :-)

General / Re: Nemesis the Early Heresies
« on: 09 September, 2019, 07:20:27 pm »
Someone has flipped one of these on eBay already - £92! 😡

There's another flipper trying to sell one for £447.98!

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 08 September, 2019, 11:42:13 pm »
I don't have such the background of video games, though have played a few with a narrative where you end up with a companion but they don't stay around for long.  If anything more advanced than Pong and Space Invaders had been around, the late Dare would have been a prime candidate for ripping off (or even licensing, if IPC got it together enough).

Oh sorry, I made an assumption (of course Kidd will remember these lights in future progs). In a lot of those games you get computer controlled party members, and they often have a "relationship" statistic, like what they think of your character. Sometimes in the game you'll choose a dialog option that either pleases or pisses of the party member and a message appears on the screen like "XXX approves" or "XXX will remember you said that" things of that nature.

I'm trying to click through, but am reading a lot of the posts on my RSS reader, so I'm not sure how that effects metrics. Very interested to hear about Tornado!

No worries - I've played a few of those types of games, just not that many (I'm definitely looking on later episodes of the last Dare story differently now though!)

As for Tornado - it's telling that the stories contained within didn't have as long a life as those from Starlord.  I'm a great fan of 2000AD Blackhawk, but that's because of Belardinelli.  Tornado Blackhawk is entirely different, and shares about half a panel worth in common with the merged version (just before he gets teleported from Rome).

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 08 September, 2019, 12:37:21 pm »
I've had no clicks so far today!  Must be a post-Day of Dredd comedown.  Also I haven't posted on this thread for three days which obviously affects how many people read the posts!

Day 1: 2000AD and Starlord Prog 104: Death on the Mutant Express!
Ron Smith's debut!  Also other things, but surely Smith's first work for 2000AD overshadows all?

Day 2: 2000AD and Starlord Prog 105: Judge Dredd is a Wotten Cweep Twue by Judge Walter Dredd Betrayed!
Slocum gets pickled!  Miss Marilyn's last appearance, timeline-wise (she'll be back in stories in the annuals which take place before this story).

Day 3: Tornado No 1: Free Turbo-Flyer! Plus The U.K.’s First Real Live Super Hero!
Starlord launched with a bang, with the 22 issues bringing us Strontium Dog and Ro-busters: memorable characters who are with us to this day - or at least to this decade - it's still unclear what exactly will happen with Strontium Dog after Carlos :-(
Anyway, dwelling on the present ruins the joke - for this is the first issue of Tornado, whose 22 issues won't have quite the same impact on the history of British comics as Starlord did...
Also - this is the first comic I've read since starting the prog slog blog that isn't a re-read - I bought the weekly run of Tornado for the blog and have held off reading them until now (I already had the special and annuals).

Love the Mass Effect/Dragon Age reference with Kidd (Kidd will remember this). You're entering a section of Dan Dare that always felt very video-gamey to me. Like Dan starts picking up new party members with specific special abilities, then gets an upgradeable super weapon of his own, then gets kicked out of the organization where he had a lot of power so he has to start a new one. It's basically Dragon Age: Inquisitor with ray guns :D

I don't have such the background of video games, though have played a few with a narrative where you end up with a companion but they don't stay around for long.  If anything more advanced than Pong and Space Invaders had been around, the late Dare would have been a prime candidate for ripping off (or even licensing, if IPC got it together enough).

Website and Forum / Re: How to make a healthy vibrant forum?
« on: 07 September, 2019, 10:07:36 pm »

All the posts on here going back to the early aughts were originally made on a fan site, created by Wake*, weren't they? Tharg only slotted those years of waffle into his spare USB port a short while before I joined (I think) - so it's a fan site gone corporate.


* The genius responsible for Barney

What a lonely thread - despite claims to Eternity, it hadn't had a post for seven years.

Until today.

General / Re: Welcome
« on: 07 September, 2019, 10:06:13 pm »
How have I never seen the Eternal Thread before?

General / Judge Eustace Fargo
« on: 07 September, 2019, 09:57:25 pm »
Born to Nathan and Mary Fargo on January 6th 1999, in the town of Jaxville (later to be renamed Fargoville).

Graduates from Harvard University in 2019 with full honours and a law degree.

He'll be on his way to Washington by the end of this year :-)

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