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Off Topic / 50th Anniversary Events
« on: 25 November, 2022, 08:59:05 PM »
This may seem a little morbid and a little bizarre but I do wonder about how we would celebrate half a century of 2000ad.

For me top of the list would be the line up for the anniversary prog.  I would love to see a Wagner / McMahon Dredd strip that played to their strengths.  Should it be something harking back to Dredd's early career or a reflection on how much has changed in the half century since we first met the character?

It would be great to see Dan Dare grace the pages of the prog once more, reflecting on the fact that we are handling multiple landmarks for British comic history.  Will Rebellion and the DDC be able to square that circle? 

Savage has managed to establish himself as a lasting character from those early days.  Surely there is a case for his presence at that point.  Mr Mills' unique political perspective surely still has a place too.  Should that not be given its respectful place?

Future sport has struggled in the years since we first saw Harlem Heroes.  Leaving aside the racial dimension, attempts at reviving this trip have struggled.  That said, how would we acknowledge Gibson's artwork and (presumably) Mills' writing?  Arguably there needs to be some acknowledgement of the source, Action Comic and Rollerball?

Then again, much of this is looking back at the last 40 odd years with the sensibility of someone who has followed the prog from those early days.  This poses the question of how to pay respect to those who have "built on the shoulders of giants."  Not just in artistic but also in literary terms.  The talent we have enjoyed through the years is staggering.

Personally I would love to see Tooth doing what it has always done; delivering astounding quality week in, week out.  The 50'th anniversary prog needs to be something spectacular.  If it involved creators from the earliest days that would be amazing.  Regrettably Ezquerra is no longer able to deliver something but McMahon is.  Perhaps it is worth considering this before too many creators are lost to us.

News / Re: Christmas Prog line-up revealed
« on: 25 November, 2022, 08:35:00 PM »
New Rogue Trooper. I’m at the stage where I think they shouldn’t revisit certain classic strips anymore. As well as Rogue you can add Ace Trucking and Robo-Hunter to the list.

Aside from the initial Verdus story, Robo-Hunter always left me cold.  Gibson's artwork was the only redeeming quality although Millar's run showed that nothing could redeem insanely bad writing.  Ace Trucking was a strip that I never got into, full stop.  I would have to place it below Slaine, a strip that benefitted from multiple insanely spectacular artists.

Rogue has however managed a number of semi-decent revivals over the years.  Granted some of the RT-verse strips are best left unspoken.  That was before the spectacular Jaegir.  Admittedly Coleby has delivered some amazing visuals, on a par with Wilson's or Gibson's work back in the day.  Perhaps this is in reference to the 90's strips that insult the intelligence of anyone who made the mistake of reading them (Mr Fleischer ...)?

Books & Comics / Re: Free Comic Book Day 2023
« on: 20 November, 2022, 07:30:36 AM »
Not sure why, given that FCBD has never been offered to subscribers at any level.

Because the entire point of FCBD is to get people to go into comic shops…? That's literally the reason it exists — if you can get a copy without going into a comic shop, it defeats the purpose of supporting FCBD in the first place.

Sorry Jim, there was a comma missing from that sentence that changed the meaning.  I meant to question why subscribers might go bonkers over FCBD for pretty much the same sort of reason you make.  My apologies there.

I wonder how much good it is going to do this side of the pond though given the scale of the Cost of Living Crisis and the decimation of the GBP/USD exchange rate in the last decade (and since that curious date mid-decade that we are apparently not allowed to talk about ...). 

I doubt I'm alone in having given up on American comics due to the insane cost per issue now.  Nearly had a heart attack when I did get into one the other day and saw what the current price is ...

Books & Comics / Re: Free Comic Book Day 2023
« on: 19 November, 2022, 01:27:44 PM »
Not sure why given that FCBD has never been offered to subscribers at any level.  Normally the issue is over promo stuff that is only for certain groups of subscribers.  TBF the last few years Rebellion has been much fairer to different subscriber groups.

As for the FCBD prog, given that so much of it is often reprint material and it is fairly easy to get a copy for a reasonable price online it isn't really an issue.  Will see what they do but since I'm not really part of the target market for this, I'm not too worried.  Hope it does go down well with newer readers.

Prog / Re: Prog 2308 - Knockout Blow!
« on: 19 November, 2022, 08:38:32 AM »
That's "2310!" ... an exclamation mark, albeit difficult to tell with that font.

Look on the bright side, I read it as the year 2310 first time round ... <facepalm>

Chimpsky was definitely the win for me this week mind.  Holden is perfectly suited to this type of strip.  Has the right manic / comedic feel to it.  Mind you, he went up massively in my estimation with Stringbags, a piece that really does need to be read by anyone .... full stop.

Enemy Earth does seem, as has been mentioned elsewhere, to be failing to live up to its potential from the Regened prog.  I would agree on the cliche-ridden dimension here.  Hope it doesn't fall into the trap of being another Walking Dead knock off. 

TBH I'm also struggling with Scott's artwork on this.  Not sure why the assumption that the only way of appealing to younger readers is to go with this type of artwork.  Perhaps that's because we had the likes of Ezquerra, Gibbons, Gibson, McMahon, Bolland, Turner, Smith, Ewins, .... to spoil us when we were that age.  Or maybe I'm just turning into a grumpy old git that is stuck in his ways ...

Then we get the utterly creepy, bizarre and frenetic work of Broxton.  Adams has created a fascinating alternate world that is equal parts noir thriller, Constantine knock-off and alternate-history.  Seems to add in a dash of American Horror Story to turn up something genuinely disturbing whilst tantalisingly absorbing.

I doubt very much that Dredd would have held my attention as much as it did had it not been for Flint's artwork.  Having not been overly impressed the last time Williams took us on a quasi-mystical quest in End of Days, largely to the point of having forgotten it, this has been a struggle to follow.  Might need to go back and re-read that story then try and pick up the threads on this one.

Jury still out on Hershey.  Another Williams one that benefits from the strength of the artist.  Excuse the pun but this one is leaving me a little cold ...

As for Thrills of the Future ... Niemand taking a stab at some early Dredd tales?  And again with the puns ... "The heat is on!"

General / Re: 10 Greatest Judge Dredd Comics Of All Time?
« on: 15 November, 2022, 06:52:16 PM »
TBH CBR has descended into clickbait territory a long while back and its list 'articles' are far and away the worst.  It has long moved away from being somewhere to go to find out what is happening in the world of comics (which admittedly was struggling before the pandemic and is no doubt heading for the crapper in the UK courtesy of the success of the government in achieving borderline parity between the GBP and USD ...).

CBR is effectively the Forbidden Planet of the internet comics world now ...

Megazine / Re: Meg 450: Skeleton Crew
« on: 14 November, 2022, 07:54:33 PM »
Meanwhile, in the Meg itself ...

The current lineup is not massively to my taste in all honesty.  I can't quite get into the current crop of Devlin Waugh tales, try as I might.  In all honesty I've never been a major fan but as things stand right now I'm completely lost.  The same goes for Death Metal.  It seems to have drifted in ways I can't quite get my head around.

Completing the supernatural trilogy for this month is Storm Warning.  Normally Langley's artwork leaves me cringing when he is on anything but cover duties but this works well.  He seems to have turned back the clock to his pre-digital era.  Colours are better suited to the work.  It's actually something I can follow for a change.  Of the three in this genre it's far and away the best.

Which leaves an Edgington / D'israeli Dredd and Wagner / MacNeil on Chopper.  Two strong creative teams.  Both at the top of their games.  Wagner running some oldies that suit Macneil's talents.  Edgington going with some fairly predictable elements too that let D'israeli strut his stuff.  One moving on their tale, the other wrapping theirs up.

All round then this month's left me a bit flat (although it might still be me rather than the meg).  The text piece on McMahon's Apex edition makes me wish I had the cash to spare.  Looks like a thing of beauty.  An interesting little piece on Baikie's connection to Scapa Flow and an advertorial for the Dredd boardgame round out the text pieces along with Bond's latest comic endeavour.

It's going to be interesting to see how things go with the return to the square bound format next month.  In all honesty I'm not too disappointed to see the loss of the floppies.  The news that the reprints are going to take in IDW's Dredd stuff as well as bits from the Treasury are certainly welcome.  I'd be more than happy to see variable quality treasury stuff if it means we get some lost gems from the past and as far as the IDW stuff is concerned whilst it hasn't blown me away in the past I'd be happy to see if does improve with a revisit.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 11 November, 2022, 04:35:22 PM »
Apparently Elizabeth Windsor is still dead ...

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 07 November, 2022, 07:04:34 PM »

succinct ... and totally apposite ...

So much of his work has been absolutely amazing. Words fail ...

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 03 November, 2022, 07:53:59 PM »
Anyone heard from TJM? Hopefully he's just taking a break ..

For what it's worth, I did search death notices and obituaries for Wales, and his name doesn't seem to bring anything up. Hopefully it means that, as you say, he's just stepped back from online stuff.

Sorry for causing any consternation.  Last month or so (hell, last few years ... okay, decades ...) has not been great.  Wife has threatened to call police a couple of times because she was worried about my reactivity.  Didn't fully appreciate how bad things had gotten. 

TBH I'm still not completely clear why I descended so badly.  Possibly with trying to sort out medication (SSRI's not worked great) alongside the general background right now.  That on top of trying to move forward after redundancy, failed job searches and starting off afresh in a completely new field ... I don't know.  I never cope with change particularly well and there has been too much recently ...

Thanks for the concern though.  Right now I'm just plodding forward, despite the recent crisis.  Reading some of the crap folks are dealing with I feel like I'm being incredibly selfish since I don't think I'm dealing with anything even approaching the worst others are dealing with right now.  Just a bit of a meltdown after thirty odd years of failing to cope with BPD (or whatever it is I am dealing with ... you know medics ...)

Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 29 September, 2022, 07:13:04 AM »
Goodby, Farewell and Amen.

Finally decided to stop pissing into the wind.  Fed up bouncing from one fuck up to the next.  Time for the black pill.

Good luck to all. hope things go better for you.

Prog / Re: Prog 2301: Primate Scream
« on: 26 September, 2022, 06:37:51 PM »
I can't disagree with much of anything here.  Be interesting to see where Enemy Earth goes although I'm not a massive fan of the artwork.  Bit like early Jake Lynch ...

The FS feels like a clever idea that lost it a bit with the execution.  Bit too much exposition rather than revelation.  Old FS's tended more towards the latter with minimal revelation.  A quick gander at the Gary Leach collection would give an idea ...

Think I need to go back and revisit Hershey to remember what is going on ...

Dredd.  Taylor's artwork lifts a fairly predictable piece that does a better job on social media commentary than the FS.

... and then there's Chimpsky.  Holden in his element, on something he's made for.  Love the Midwich CBeebies vibe.  It's almost hard not to channel too many of those shows that we used to have to sit through as parents when the kids were younger with a sort of disturbed fascination.   I still have to remind myself that it's not "In the Midnight Garden" or "In Night Zero," confused my thrills and chills.

An uptick after last week's Zombie-fest for me but still pootling along rather than firing on all cylinders.

News / Re: Subscriber Gift 2022 - Star-Lord Badge
« on: 23 September, 2022, 06:17:40 PM »
... and my friend is a very happy bunny.  Badge arrived today and now takes pride of place alongside the rest of the Starlord collection.

Prog / Re: Prog 2300: On the Day of Judgement...
« on: 22 September, 2022, 07:08:33 PM »
It's interesting to see more experimentation with trying to thematically tie in all strips in the prog and the meg.  Given attempts in recent specials it is arguably a bit of a gamble.

Did it work?  Well, the inter-dimensional cluster-flob was arguably a better hook than the "planet Earth is out to get the human race" hook from a recent SF special.  The rather poorly-regarded Judgement Day epic does actually provide one of the better rationales here.

I would agree with the idea that the scenario did present significant challenges for some writers over others. One or two episodes across the two volumes barely merited more than a 'flick n follow.'  That said, nothing was so dire as to qualify for offensive (whereas some of the American offerings of recent years can leave you wanting to gouge out eyes and brain matter).

Overall though there was more positive than negative.  As an anniversary event it worked well for my money.

News / Subscriber Gift 2022 - Star-Lord Badge
« on: 21 September, 2022, 08:31:02 PM »
As always the devil is in the detail but given my failing eyesight I might not be seeing clearly.  So it says print combo-subscribers will get the Leach collection, Star-Lord badge and 50% voucher.  Is that monthly and annual or just annual (I know in the past you've had to be an annual subscriber for some of the freebies). 

Just asking for a friend who has a monthly subscription and would dearly love to add the badge to his complete collection of Star-Lord #1's with stickers ...

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