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Messages - JayzusB.Christ

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Books & Comics / Re: Kiss His Cape..?
« on: 13 October, 2021, 01:52:24 PM »
Hasn't Constantine been bi for years (forever?)? He was certainly bi in the Spurrier run.

I have some vague notion that it was at least strongly implied in the Azzarello run (which I haven't read) and has been solidified since then.

Don't quote me on this but I seem to remember Constantine's bisexuality first being introduced by none other than John Smith; who wrote exactly one issue of Hellblazer in about 1992.  He wrote a very good Hellblazer too - would have loved to see him do a few more.

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Books & Comics / Re: Kiss His Cape..?
« on: 12 October, 2021, 12:59:22 PM »
The big surprise for me is that someone else is Superman now.  What happened to Clark Kent?  I mean, I suppose I could read the comics, but... nahh.

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General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 10 October, 2021, 06:56:15 PM »
Jeez, JBC. Glad to hear you survived, but bloody hell. Great to have friends and family for support at these times. I think you've had your share of bad things for this decade and the next. At least I hope so.

Thanks, Von Boom, and to Tips too.  Next time I get my retaliation in first.

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General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 09 October, 2021, 01:49:01 PM »
 :lol:

He was fighting them off with a shitty stick too.

(Well, he had that ghost wife for a while anyway.)

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 09 October, 2021, 01:41:45 PM »
'NEWS OF A GREAT FREE GIFT INSIDE'

Took me quite a few issues of Buster, Cor, Whizzer and Chips etc to stop falling for this shit.  The cynical feckers would break a child's heart sometimes. 

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Books & Comics / Re: bargins on Audible
« on: 09 October, 2021, 01:37:02 PM »
Just making my way through Stephen Fry's Edwardian Secrets.  Well worth a listen

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General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 09 October, 2021, 01:34:00 PM »
Not only a scar, but a dent in my skull I only realised was there last week when they took the staples out.  Covered by hair, but maybe when I go bald the Lynx effect will kick in!

Thanks again, guys.  In a weird way, it's a bit of a fresh start - my hoarding ways have most definitely been nipped in the bud.  I may have lost things but things are not people, and the whole thing has shown how amazing people are when you're in trouble.

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General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 08 October, 2021, 04:17:50 PM »
This will go down in history as one of the most destructive bong accidents ever. I've suffered some pretty serious issues from stray hot rocks myself, but nothing on this scale.

It's a tricky one to explain to the insurance company alright.

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Off Topic / Re: Friday chat - what's happening with you?
« on: 08 October, 2021, 12:40:24 PM »
Ah, I see. You feckers.   :lol:

Nah, the kitchen fireblanket incident was a separate one a couple of years ago - the boat actually is completely destroyed this time round.  I'm still standing though!

EDIT - I will still accept the offer of being thrown off the Forty-Foot in a binliner whenever I do pass.

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General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 08 October, 2021, 12:33:10 PM »
Thanks guys.  Really appreciate the sentiment re. gofundme but to be honest I never shared it myself - I felt a wee bit overwhelmed by it all and, well, I've done pretty well out of it already.


Feel overcome with embarrassment that I posted some dumb gag about you dying a few weeks ago, oblivious to the fact you almost did in real life.


I will hate you forever and exact a terrible revenge.  Being serious, though, I missed that and wouldn't have been remotely offended anyway - my mates, being my mates, knew they'd be able to throw some gentle ribbing in with all the sympathy. 

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General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 07 October, 2021, 11:22:30 PM »
Alright, I've been putting this off a bit as it's hard to talk about -

I lived on a boat for four and a half years.  Just over a month ago, I had just got back from a pleasant barbecue and few beers with a friend and was preparing for bed, then the boat literally exploded around me.  I managed to escape through what was a wall, but thought my face was melted off - turned out it was just numb with heat.  The boat, being made of fibreglass, was basically incinerated along with everything I owned. 

I spent a night in hospital and got some metal staples in my head - no idea how it happened but I was bleeding from a head wound.  I spent a month living with my parents and now live in a caravan in a neighbour's yard - another friend, though, is building a log cabin in a field which he'll rent to me at a very good price.  I got my staples out last week, but have since noticed a weird dent in my skull which nobody seemed to mention in the hospital. 

But Jesus Christ, I'm alive.  My brother and my friends set up gofundme accounts to help me out, now closed, and I have more savings than I've ever had in my life.  That's it - life spugs but nearly dying is a humbling experience, and my friends and my family are even more amazing than I'd ever realised.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2252 - Depth Charge!
« on: 07 October, 2021, 03:02:15 PM »
He's always been really clear about that whenever it comes up. The second Indigo Prime volume from the UC goes into a lot of detail about what happened with the Smiths (Matt and John) and where everybody stands.

Really? I haven't been picking up the UC so that's passed me by entirely - what was said?

Well, to paraphrase a bit - Matt Smith explains that the first script for A Dying Art was delivered in July 2014. The second in October 2015. Then complete radio silence, and no reply to emails. In 2016 MS learned that JS had suffered a personal tragedy and gave him some breathing space. Conscious that he was sitting on 'the best part of three grand's worth of unpublished material', (Lee Carter had already done the art) MS tried to contact JS again from late 2016 onward, resorting to texts and postal letters. Everything went unanswered, so MS told JS that he's welcome to submit stories again any time but he has to give Indigo Prime to someone else to finish, and Devlin Waugh too (as JS had been promising the next DW story since 2008). At the end MS reiterates that JS would be welcome back any time, but that as far as he knows JS hasn't written a comic script since 2015 (which seems to be true).

It's a shame; I really miss his stuff.  Both times I was on Eamonn's podcast I was talking about John's stuff - I always thought he was easily up there with the best in the business.  I mean, Mark Millar wrote Judge Frankenstein, and he's one of the most successful comic writers in the world.

Still, though, at least I can say that one of John's scripts was adapted into a blockbuster movie.  Though I preferred his version of Avatar.

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Creative Common / Re: Steam punk Audrey Hepburn
« on: 02 October, 2021, 01:42:28 PM »
Sorry to bring this up - I'm pretty sure you're an honest type who means well, but the truth is you're asking for a lot of work for only a possibility of being paid; and I've noticed that quite a few of your previous posts are doing the same. 

Personally, I'm not a comic artist but I am a professional mural and portrait painter, and I've long since given up even a brief consideration of such requests.  I expect you don't know how much you're asking of people - it's an incredible workload and a massive chunk of someone's professional time, for which they could be doing something else that is guaranteed to pay the bills.

Apologies for being so blunt but it is something of a personal bugbear of mine.  Believe me, I'm speaking from experience - I took on many low-paid or free commissions, and they only got me the reputation of being a pushover.  It was the paid jobs that made clients start taking me seriously.   Imagine asking, say, an architect to fully design a building for which they may well never get paid. 

Here's something I found all too late, but it changed everything for me.

http://shouldiworkforfree.com/

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Prog / Re: Prog 2251 - Escape into the unknown
« on: 02 October, 2021, 01:28:36 PM »
I don't feel as absorbed in and excited by the prog as I used to and I really hate that fact.  I don't think it's the Tharg's fault either - it's probably a combination of my getting old, and also my Internet-fuelled saturation in other forms of entertainment to the point where I've become jaded.  I really miss the days when I would be excited all week to see what was going to happen next.

BUT... That cover is lovely, and shows just how versatile both 2000ad and Mark Harrison are - both can effortlessly go from dark and violent to colourful and upbeat in an instant, and do an amazing job of both.  And The Out itself is fricking awesome too - sorry to repeat the Halo Jones comparison but it really is reminiscent of that story, which is not bad considering the latter is still one of the best stories ever to appear in the Prog.

The only other ones I've read or Dredd and Diaboliks (and it's just occurred to me that there may be a bit of cheeky wordplay in that title - grud, I'm slow off the mark).

Dredd isn't really grabbing me - it's a nice read but the 'Dredd vs lots of other people in a big fight' reminds me a bit of Crusade.  Sorry - it is of course still fifty times better than Morrison and Millar's half-arsed efforts, and the Brit Mechanismo robot was great.

Diaboliks is splendid, though.  I'm beginning to prefer the art to the original artist that influenced it.  And that ending... feck.  Well played, sirs.


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General / Re: Life Spugs because...
« on: 30 September, 2021, 02:25:11 PM »
I'm reminded of this NSFW but absolutely fair response to a CEO's quesiton.

https://www.reddit.com/r/BrandNewSentence/comments/ol1tmz/soak_it_in_olive_oil_and_shove_it_up_your_ass/

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