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Megazine / Re: Meg 375: Crazy Train
« on: 08 September, 2016, 03:30:25 PM »
For me it doesn't necessarily need to be an out and out chuckle fest, 'classic' epics such as The Judge Child Quest, Block War, The Apocalypse War, Necropolis - even more recent Wagner epics like Tour of Duty and Day of Chaos featured the odd wacky citizen aside.

If nothing else, it helps to give these alarmingly regular catastrophes a bit of scope when we see the regular folk reacting in a Mega City stylee.

Megazine / Re: Meg 375: Crazy Train
« on: 07 September, 2016, 03:58:20 PM »
I must say, whilst being a fan of Carroll, I'm SO sick of almost all Dredd stories being about Judges clashing with other Judges.

I like to see a bit more satire/social commentary centred around cits rather than endless power struggles within Justice Department.

Off Topic / Re: 5000th post! Go me, and thanks to all
« on: 06 September, 2016, 01:26:32 PM »

Events / Re: Thought Bubble 2016 5-6/11/16
« on: 26 August, 2016, 01:36:24 PM »
After a couple of years off, I think it's time I went to this again.

Now I live in Leeds, I can stay and play out with you lot afterwards too.

Be...gentle...with me...

You just made yourself a sale, sir.

News / Re: New 2000AD Covers Blog
« on: 23 August, 2016, 03:21:01 PM »
The making of Jake Lynch's fantastic cover on Prog 1990 is on there today - I can't make my mind up whether I like the version with the people and cool stylised blocks or the stark white version best...

See it here: http://2000adonline.com/post/610

Dear Tharg: This is a t-shirt waiting to happen. Just take my money.

Megazine / Re: Meg 375: Crazy Train
« on: 23 August, 2016, 02:54:42 PM »
I wouldn't worry too much about the rejuve issue. I imagine it will never be referenced again, and other artists will continue to depict Dredd as an ageing, scarred monstrosity.

As Mike pointed out when he pitched the story, Chief Judge Goodman is shown leaving a rejuvenation clinic 'after his monthly treatment' in the first panel of the first page of The Day the Law Died. So there is certainly historical precedent for Judges of a certain age receiving this kind of rejuve.

Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about that. I don't have a problem with Dredd receiving the treatment, and I enjoyed the story, I just couldn't imagine that a memo had gone out letting all prospective Dredd artists know that they should draw him looking a bit younger from now on.

I suppose the acid test will be if and when Leigh Gallagher draws the old bugger again, with or without his trademark prune face. 

Megazine / Re: Meg 375: Crazy Train
« on: 23 August, 2016, 09:42:09 AM »
I wouldn't worry too much about the rejuve issue. I imagine it will never be referenced again, and other artists will continue to depict Dredd as an ageing, scarred monstrosity.

« on: 18 August, 2016, 10:31:36 AM »
Please can we not throw our hands up about the spectre of censorship AGAIN. This is a private company's forum, free speech is not a right anyone enjoys here, and moderation is extraordinarily light and sensitive. Stuff that appears here has to adhere to basic and broad guidelines, and the guiding principle would be mutual respect. However, all that aside, bieng considerate of peoples' feelings is not censorship, it's decency.

James said something silly, as each and every one of us has at one or (many) more times, reactions snowballed in an initially very amusing but ultimately cumulatively unpleasant way, as so often happens online. No-one wanted him to leave, or to stop being the terrific contributor to this competition that he always is, any more than they wanted Pete to stop lowering the tone in his delightful way. Acknowledging that things went awry and looking to fix them is not censorship.

Perhaps censorship was the wrong word to use, but I certainly don't think anyone can be accused of being inconsiderate of anyone's feelings in the entries they submit. Attempting to pre-empt any kind of offense is where dreadfulness will arise.

« on: 18 August, 2016, 09:55:02 AM »
I'd rather be misguidedly even-handed than think that "act like a dick, get called out for acting like a dick. Throw your toys out of the pram. I hope he calms down and reconsiders," is a response, seen by James that would genuinely make him (or anyone really) think, "oh fair enough I'll give those guys another chance."

Another chance to do what exactly? What he said was ridiculous and people, rightly, pointed that out in a generally even handed manner.

He probably should have done a lot of things, he definitely shouldn't have said what he did but the massive tidal wave of cumulative abuse aimed at him after the fact isn't going to change anything beyond making  other folk that aren't him really consider whether this is the nicest atmosphere in which to put their artwork. I think more so than if his original comment was left to die in embarrassing silence.

There was no abuse. Just utter disbelief and sarcasm. And the ONLY member of this forum to make disparaging comments about someone else's artwork is James himself.

Again - I can't change that. What I can do is take serious stock about the function of the competition and think about whether this echo chamber of in-jokes and bullish banter is genuinely the best place to center it. The really grim reality that old forumers have even rushed back in from the wilderness just to get some swift kicks in to an already one-sided fight because they read about it on Facebook is ... really not showing our best side. Certainly not as a loose social group but definitely not as a fandom.

I might not be very active on the forum these days, but I regularly stop by to read what's going on and I love the Art Comp and admire ANYONE who enters it. I didn't come by to get some swift kicks in, merely to humourously draw attention to the TOTAL ABSURDITY of the argument.

If the spirit of the art comp is letting everyone of all abilities have a go which everyone has been so bold to defend then honestly we need to think about the POV of "everyone" not just people who know and are endeared to Pete and our 'way'.

Again - I'm not defending what was originally said, I'm just providing another perspective.

Here we go. Nobody say anything that isn't entirely vanilla in case someone is "triggered". Are you suggesting some sort of censorship? Where will that end? Nowhere good I predict.

The only abuse and bullying I saw came from James Dilworth and was directed at Pete Wells. His position is indefensible.

I sincerely hope the art comp continues as it has done and isn't thrown off the rails by the, frankly, incomprehensible opinions of one person, and I hope James calms down a bit, stops taking himself so seriously and decides to come back to the forum.

« on: 16 August, 2016, 03:32:01 PM »
The only way forward seems to be that every entry to the Art Comp comes with a sworn affidavit from a reliable witness, certifying that a set amount of time and furrow-browed earnestness was spent on the piece.

That, and a video of the artist weeping bitterly over the immeasurable emotional toll the artistic process took on their mortal soul.

The trouble with fun is that it ruins EVERYTHING.

General / Re: The Great Unreprinted list
« on: 10 August, 2016, 12:34:43 PM »
If anyone at Rebellion feels like making me happy, I'd really like a Tales From the Black Museum collection please.

Help! / Re: Artist Wanted for 'British Showcase' Graphic Novel
« on: 26 July, 2016, 01:09:15 PM »
Pm and email sent...

Woooaahh!!! Slow down there. Don't all rush at once.

I've had a bit of a calculation and I reckon £220 is a fair price. that's around 690 progs at 20p each, 168 Megs at 50p each and a load of Extreme Editions thrown in.

Any takers?

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