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Books & Comics / Ron Smith destroys the Forth Bridge
« on: 12 April, 2013, 02:47:54 PM »

Here's an eBay find I thought the board would enjoy.

I picked up a bundle of French reprints of DC Thomson comics. They're branded as King Cobra, although you only get a few pages of Ron Smith-drawn, snake-themed superheroics and a lot of back-up strip. Mind you, the back-ups are often great fun, and include work by Redondo and yet more by Ron Smith, including the Forth Bridge destruction seen above.

One thing's for sure: this fella's not happy about it.

The story seems to be about a high-powered alien's visit to Earth. He appears to be pretty evil because he goes around destroying all sorts of landmarks, including the Scottish one above. I expect that caused much amusement in DC Thomson's Dundee offices.

The covers of these comics are all by Ron, and they're all great.

Take a look at the perspective on this one. It reminded me of a very similar scene with Judge Dredd.

Anyway, I hope everyone gets a kick out of seeing this stuff, especially with the Ron Smith signing coming up soon. The man's a genuine hero - as a Second World War Spitfire pilot - and a fascinating artist because of the quality of work he could produce at speed. My favourite thing to do in charity shops and car boot sales in the UK was to root around the old annuals in search of Ron Smith art.

I'll finish with the back cover of one of these digest-sized comics. Clearly, a French publisher had bought the reprint rights for a whole pile of characters, so we get strips from different stables all on one page. Great fun!

Sorry about the crappy pics. I had to use a phone.


- Trout

Film & TV / Hannibal: TV series
« on: 12 April, 2013, 03:46:43 AM »
Is anyone else following this? Bloody hell! It's disturbing stuff.

I spent the last seven years working evenings, and that pretty much kills your interest in TV. Now I have my evenings free again, I decided to watch this - and I'm regretting it a little! The last 10 minutes of episode one were horrible, and episode two, with the mushrooms and diabetes sufferers, is a real shocker.

This show has a strong cast, pretty good writing and some great plotting. I'm hooked.


« on: 03 April, 2013, 06:15:26 PM »

Yes, I received a parcel today. I understand some boarders got together to send me a housewarming gift after our move to Canada. I know Mikey was the ringleader but I don't know who else was involved. Whoever you are, you rock. What a great bunch you are. That Mikey has great leadership potential after the riots start in the UK. Smush the system!

When the 3A models were first available, I was very, very keen to get one but felt I couldn't justify it just before we moved continents. We were watching the pennies and I was also worried about the costs of getting all our stuff over here, not least because I was shipping 60 boxes of comics! So Mongrol is a very kind and thoughtful gift and I can't thank you enough.

It's often said that 2000AD fans are the nicest on the internet. I've been a member of this board for many years and I've met so many great people through it. Yes, there have been a very few... challenging... individuals but overall I know I can come here and find people of like minds and good hearts. I'm proud to be a Squaxx dek Thargo!

This is Mongrol after meeting me and my son Max, who was named after a certain wearer of pinstripes. Max is only three, so he's utterly fascinated by Mongrol but I'm keeping him out of reach!

Mongrol, meanwhile, has settled in well. He's been to Tim Hortons and has decided he's a Canadian now.

Great big thanks to you all!

- Tickled Trout

General / The death of Judge Dredd by John Wagner
« on: 18 February, 2013, 10:52:42 AM »
Well, I waited a couple of days to see if the news of this had circulated online, but it seems nobody's repeating it yet. So, given that it can't be a secret when it was said to a crowd of 150 people at an event which was open to the public, here we go.

John Wagner wants to write the death of Judge Dredd. He said so on Saturday at his Glasgow Film Festival talk, which also featured Colin MacNeil and was hosted by John McShane. John (Wagner) said he had asked 2000AD editorial if he could write Dredd's death scene and was told no. I got the impression the reply was polite horror.

However, Alex Garland has provided another suggestion. He told John he should write the death of Dredd then leave it with his will. That strikes me as an elegant solution, although one that I hope we do not see for many, many years.

Finally, some notes for the internet rumourmongers:

This does not mean John Wagner wants to kill off Dredd. It means he wants to write a particular story which, knowing John, won't be as simple as it looks.

Rebellion are demonstrably not planning to kill off Dredd.

There was never any suggestion that any comic was under threat in any way.

There is no suggestion of any antagonism between any of the parties involved in these conversations.

This does not mean you are getting a sequel.  ;)

- Trout

Classifieds / FS: Lost Girls by Alan Moore/Dredd roleplaying game/SNES/Wii
« on: 12 February, 2013, 12:32:38 PM »
Hello! With just one week to go before I move out of my house, I'm down to the last few bits and pieces I want to sell. I have been eBaying but time is now short so I thought I'd try here first. Anyone want a bargain?

Lost Girls by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie

Probably the perviest comic I have ever owned, this is still a very lovely set. It's the hardcover box set with a slipcase and it's in splendid condition. Be warned that its content is very adult. It's all yours for a tenner plus postage. If you want a pic or a more accurate price, let me know.

The Judge Dredd roleplaying game

This is the original one from waaaaaay back when. The little card characters have all been cut out and folded like you were supposed to, and the books and box are included. I've no idea what to ask - a token sum plus postage would seem fine.

Nintendo Wii console

This won't work in Canada so it has to go. All the bits are there, plus games including MarioKart (with steering wheel) and Just Dance. Game will give me about £40 all in so if you want to beat that price then let me know.


There's an old SNES here, too, with a couple of games. One is MarioKart which I'm told is worth a few quid. Any offers? It all worked the last time I tried it.

Other gaming stuff

I've unearthed a box with more consoles and games in it, including a PS One, PS2. It includes the Dredd games for PS One (no box or instructions) and the Dredd PS2 Game. There's also a Gameboy Advance and some other bits. Again, it's all yours for whatever you think.

I should be in Glasgow at the weekend for this night out, so I'm happy to bring any of this stuff along. This is the end of two years of clearing out my house. What an undertaking!


- Trout

General / Calum Alexander Watt
« on: 03 January, 2013, 01:00:23 AM »
Remember this guy?


I'm sure - just from memory - that he drew RAM Raiders. There's some very lovely work on his website there.

- Trout

Books & Comics / Collecting quirks
« on: 18 November, 2012, 01:53:17 AM »
I'm toying with an idea. I suspect it's a very stupid one but I just can't shake it.

When I was a kid, my dad sometimes brought me home DC Comics. I'm not sure where he got them, but he got them just occasionally and that meant I have just a few non-sequential comics from that time. It was of course a really kind thing he did, and I'm not complaining.

But lately I've filled in a few gaps from that time. Those Bronze Age comics are pretty cheap and they were good fun to read, so I find myself wanting more. In fact, I'm thinking of getting every DC comic from that year, just for fun... and out of slightly-unhinged completism.

I keep reminding myself that I ditched tons of comics this year so buying more would be wrong. But I can't shake the idea...

Does anyone else have any very specific collecting habits? What are you hunting down?

- Trout

Prog / Prog 1806: World Building
« on: 20 October, 2012, 11:42:56 AM »
A night off last night and an early start with the children does have a silver lining: reading the prog in the morning! It's a great prog, too.

The new Dredd story, by the top team of Ewing and Flint, is special stuff. A dark, brooding Dredd is brought a problem by an old friend, but there are malevolent forces within Justice Department...
A masterclass in tone and storytelling. When did Al get this good? I mean, I knew he was good, but this is particularly high-quality stuff. It's amazing to think this is the secondary writer on this strip - so how lucky are we? Class.

I also loved Brass Sun. Every week a little more story is teased out and I'm left baying for more. Again, art and story are meshing so very well, but this time the high concept of the setting is what has me really excited. Love it love it love it. Finally, we get to see another of the worlds...

ABC Warriors continues well enough (this is where I say "It's not me for me" and simply respect others' opinions) but I'm sad to see the obvious digital layering back. I was enjoying the line art. I'm not really following the story anyway.

There are twists and turns in The Simping Detective. His online story for Crossed is so good that I've turned into a major fan of Si Spurrier. I've always found The Simping Detective a bit too wordy, although I freely admit that is the point of the strip, but I'm sticking with it. I'll re-read it all in one go later. I will say, though, that I'm enjoying Simon Coleby's work on this strip. It's dark and flows well.

Finally, Low Life is bonkers. What in the name of buggery is going on? Not even Dirty Frank knows! Such magnificent lunacy. The shark character had me sniggering, too, because I've worked with a fair few people like him.

Four out of five from me. A strong comic and a pleasure for my Saturday morning.

- Trout

(PS: A bit of blue to decorate this post. Experimental!)

Film & TV / Doctor Who - The Angels Take Manhattan
« on: 29 September, 2012, 08:23:15 PM »

General / Manly Guys Doing Manly Things... doing Dredd
« on: 29 September, 2012, 05:17:36 PM »
I like this webcomic:


This is a new one, and it's about Dredd:


(I suppose this arguably could be in the film section, but Dredd's drawn in the style of the comic and there are no spoilers.)

Books & Comics / Alf Tupper, Tough of the Track, runs again!
« on: 15 September, 2012, 11:40:24 PM »
By Ferg Handley and Barrie Mitchell.


I love this. Look out for Batman!

Books & Comics / Brass Sun interview with Ian Edgington
« on: 13 September, 2012, 03:49:22 PM »
Intrigued by the first part of Brass Sun? This interview at CBR gives a lot more background:


That's a bit spoilery, by the way. I normally hate spoilers but I was pleased to find out more. It's an amazing strip and I can't wait for more. I'm utterly thrilled that it will be an epic, with art by D'Israeli too.

- Trout

Classifieds / For sale: Dredd calendar and other items
« on: 11 August, 2012, 04:17:15 PM »

I'm eBaying a few bits and pieces this week.

Here they are: http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/king_trout/m.html?item=190713366152&sspagename=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649&_trksid=p4340.l2562

They include the Judge Dredd calendar from 2189, and Prog 1208. Also, my recommendation for the Astro City comics is genuine. They're really great.

All the best

- Trout

PS: I hope Grant doesn't mind me linking to his blog! It seemed as good an explanation as I could find on the web.

Megazine / MEG 327 - Dark Reflections
« on: 11 August, 2012, 11:59:57 AM »
Anderson is on the cover this month as she returns to the Megazine.
I enjoyed the story, which has her undergoing a re-evalution for return to duty. Didn't she do that before, when she came back from space? It's an intriguing idea that she has stronger psi-powers now, and I'm looking forward to seeing how that pans out. As ever, Boo Cook creates beautiful art.

The lead Dredd - the Dickens-inspired story - comes to an end. I thought it worked very well, although I admit I haven't read the source material. Often, Robbie Morrison's emotive storytelling doesn't work so well on Dredd strips but here, where Dredd is effectively a supporting character, I thought it was successful. Also, again we have some very special artwork. Every page Dave Taylor produces is a treat.

I'm sticking with Snapshot and enjoying it well enough. As can happen with action-packed strips, its episodes tend to fly by, so I'll do a full re-read at some point. But Jock rocks.

I'm saving the text story and Barry Kitson interview for later, but I did enjoy Molch-R's review of Century: 2009. Are we certain, however, that League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has come to an end? I thought Moore had hinted he might do more.

Finally, the highlight of the Meg for me was the Black Museum tale by Alec Worley. It is just filled to the brim with great ideas. It's well-paced, exciting, has a story to tell and takes pure SF elements (talking to machines, etc) and treats them well. Sometimes - and I know it seems odd - I feel that SF elements can jar in a Dreddworld strip but this was great. Also, a European character who isn't a caricature? Nice work!

As for the art, where have you been, David Roach? I am head over hells in love with his style. I remember loving his depiction of Purity Brown when I was younger and I cannot express strongly enough how happy I am to see his work back in the House of Tharg. It's kind of old-school but still inventive, attractive, workable. Love it.

Overall: the Meg's a great, readable package with a high standard, especially for the art.

- Trout

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