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Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« Reply #15 on: 29 May, 2019, 03:43:13 pm »
I'd get it mind you I'd like to see a collected banjo and captain clepp and any thrill sucker strip

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Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« Reply #16 on: 30 May, 2019, 12:06:18 am »
I'd get it mind you I'd like to see a collected banjo and captain clepp and any thrill sucker strip


*pssst* it's Bonjo (took me about ten seconds to work out who you meant!)

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Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« Reply #17 on: 30 May, 2019, 03:13:57 pm »
I'd buy a copy if it was ever released, not for the stories but definitely for the art :)

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Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« Reply #18 on: 24 June, 2019, 12:00:36 pm »
Count me out! I have some fondness for the Tharg strips when they turned up once every few years and were mostly about behind the scenes droid shenanigans, but the ones where he speed-dials Thatcher and beats up aliens did nothing for me, even as a 10-year-old. I don't mind them turning up when I'm reading old progs but wouldn't go anywhere near a complete collection...

That said, I'd be quite keen on a floppy that charts the history of Tharg, including snippets of some of those stories from the Prog, but moreso anecdotes from MacManus about dressing up, and lots of bits of art showing Tharg over the years from the Nerve Centre / House ads. There's something about the artists picked to illustrate Tharg that acts as a bit of a 'what's the tone 2000AD is trying to set just now' stand-in.

We've had Henry Flint's Tharg for quite a few years now, and it's a great Tharg, but I'm ready for someone new to take on the mantle. Simon Davis, perhaps..?

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Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« Reply #19 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? 
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Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« Reply #20 on: 24 June, 2019, 12:35:46 pm »
That said, I'd be quite keen on a floppy that charts the history of Tharg, including snippets of some of those stories from the Prog, but moreso anecdotes from MacManus about dressing up, and lots of bits of art showing Tharg over the years from the Nerve Centre / House ads. There's something about the artists picked to illustrate Tharg that acts as a bit of a 'what's the tone 2000AD is trying to set just now' stand-in.

We've had Henry Flint's Tharg for quite a few years now, and it's a great Tharg, but I'm ready for someone new to take on the mantle. Simon Davis, perhaps..?

That's a great idea.

Regarding the Tharg illustrations; hard to beat Brett Ewins. The quintessential 'Thargs head' artist.
I've a real fondness for the Paul Marshall fanged Thargs head from the original run of Terror Tales too.

Simon Davis is a good idea as successor, I think Boo Cook could do a great job of it too.

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Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« Reply #21 on: 24 June, 2019, 12:38:20 pm »
Always keen on a redesign - the more drastic the better!
Feels like it was fiddled with recently, but I suspect if someone listening put together a graph of redesign over time, it's been overlong. When the strips feel samey, redesign helps jolt the reader?

Different world now, but it was great to see big changes every couple of years, back when the prog started. Short/long stories, experimental stuff, etc. It never settled, even once the Golden Age kicked in.

Rambling now, and as a bog paper fan I am hopelessly out of touch  ::)

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Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« Reply #22 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.

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Re: Collected Tharg Strips
« Reply #23 on: 24 June, 2019, 01:13:43 pm »
From what I understand in my dealings in the industry:

- Stockists get really fucking grumpy when you change a publication’s dimensions
- Paper stock adjustments can be used to cut costs, but tend to impact very badly on the feel of a product – I can’t imagine that doing well for a modern comic, where detail legibility is of paramount importance
- The lion’s share of income is in editorial costs, rather than e.g. number of pages and such

Ultimately, though, unless you have a lovely indie comic store nearby, your best bet to keep 2000 AD in rude health is to subscribe.