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Books & Comics / Re: Comic legend Ian Kennedy Interview.
« on: 18 November, 2020, 02:57:53 PM »
I want him to be my grandad

Prog / Re: Prog 2200 - Beyond The Frontiers Of Future Fiction!
« on: 25 September, 2020, 03:17:21 PM »

Future Shock – It started as a very generic shock but ended in an interesting twist. It is maybe time that Tharg gives Rory McConville a bigger jab at a more substantial story than all these once-offs.
oint is maybe this opens the door for a return of certain polar beast to return to the fold as well.

Tharg did with Devlin Waugh.  It made Skip Tracer look like Bad Company and Zenith

That is one good looking book

Books & Comics / Being A Girl on Kickstarter.
« on: 08 September, 2020, 03:51:45 PM »
Being a Girl is a collection of five stories of a young man stepping out into the world in 90s London, as a woman. 

Written by Will Brooker who allegedly caused  Alan Moore to stop giving interviews, drawn by myself and Paul Barlow who wrote and drew Pheonix Square for Slave Labour and the self published Freedom Scorned
Pinups by Chris Askham, Robert Wells and Nigel Lowrey


Prog / Re: Prog 2195 - Master of Puppets
« on: 17 August, 2020, 01:00:14 PM »
" just realised tonight what my minor issue is with Harrison's art.  '2012' the terrible disaster movie was playing in the background, and I noted (again) how messy it was in the scenes of disaster, so much going on, all in very similar colour palette, resulting in an overblown confusing mess on the eye"

This is a problem Harrison has had for a long time, dating back to Glimmer Rats where everything was so murky green you couldnt see to tell what was going on, Durham Red was just dark pages with mucky colours, and now its a technicolour scream that confuses the eye and needs  tighter linework to bring it together rathjer than his extremely loose euro style.  Harrison is a very accomplished artist, but hes not a very good comics artist if it's difficult to make out what is going on storywise

Megazine / Re: Meg 421 - End of Watch!
« on: 02 July, 2020, 12:52:28 PM »
Another cracking Meg, even without the glory of Mike Dowling art.  Loved the floppie, apart from it has the one of two niggles of the issue for me in the incorrect credits of Leopard of Lime Street with Mike Western being credited as co-writer rather than artist.  It gets me that Eric Bradbury inked this as it's not at all like his inking style and I'd have never thought that a man so assciated with a style that I call  "sweaty men" could produce such delicate and careful lines and not detract from Western's glorious inks.

My main niggle is The Vigilent, which I have loved in issue form.  The story suffers being so cramped that very little actually happens and I dont remember what Blake Edwards and others actually contribute to the strip - and this was a problem before that they had to put the side stories in the issues.  Also Len's colours are overpowering at times and I have trouble making out whats going on but that gives me the bonus of spending more time looking at the glorious Coleby art so there's always a positive

Prog / Re: Prog 2181 - Reporting for duty
« on: 15 May, 2020, 10:49:06 AM »
Didn't Rogue and the others get brought back in the Friday timeline before Tor Cyan  was declared a clone?

Prog / Re: Prog 2178: Not all heroes are apes
« on: 23 April, 2020, 05:40:02 PM »
Comeo on, we all know Niemand is Mark Millar :D

Prog / Re: Prog 2150 - You want Thrills, Earthlets?
« on: 05 October, 2019, 02:02:39 PM »
Cover - The only way I can put this is that it sucked balls big style.  Listner was popular twenty years ago.  What was the point of hiring him to produce some TandA toss like this?  It's outdated, old wank material.  How is this going to bring new readers in?  Who's doing the christmas megaprog cover?  That modern fan favourite Hal Foster?

Dredd - John's script and Colin's artwork are a  gorgeous combination.  I know that people think of HFlint as the modern main Dredd artist but to me it's McNeill.

Hope - nice starter thats got me more interested than the whole of the first series

Brink - really happy that it's back so soon in comparison to previous stories.  Love INJCs art and Abnett has such a deft touch at dialogue and slow boiling plots.  I have to say that Abnett has produced three of the top five strips of the last ten years with Brink, Lawless and Kingdom.

Future Shock - I used to hate Will Simpson's art with the weak scratchy lines he used to do along with the murky colours .  This, like when Siku popped up the other month on Dredd, is a revelation

Anderson - Unoriginal story with ugly, hideous and inconsistant art. 

Deadworld - gorgeously weird and nasty

SinDex - it's attracting me more now that we have short blasts and one artist than when it was in every prog for a year and a different person every week drawing it.

Prog / Re: Prog 2151 - The Dark Side Of The Moon!
« on: 05 October, 2019, 01:39:11 PM »
Good prog all around with Dredd standing out.

I didnt really take to the first series of Hope, too stylised for me, like it was trying too hard for that retro cool.  This one is slightly better and the art is good if too heavily reliant on photo ref, and am I the only one to find the stereotype black guy (Little Richard?) on drugs a tad on the racist side

I really don't like the new Defoe artist but then again I really don't like Defoe so I'm happy to skip that for the glories of Brink and Deadworld

Dredd really is excellent and McNeill's fifth era style* is a masterpiece in style and mood, or rather it would be if Chris Blythe didnt ruin it with terrible colouring.  We know its digital, the fake brush strokes don't make us think anything other than "oh, that looks really wrong" and distracts from the art.  It's like when letterers use stadard fonts such as Impact and Times New Roman, it looks odd and takes away from the reading experience.  There's a Yeowell drawn Devlin Waugh that is a prime example of this. I don't want the colourist showing off what he thinks looks cool, I want colours that reflect the mood and feel of the story and art.

* the five eras of McNeill are 1, Ezquerra lite on his early Stront stories with lots of little lines that Alex Ronald took on.  2, Fully painted lush colour work eg Chopper/America/Final Solution.  3, Fully painted grayscale Insurrection/Defoe, 4, Chunky B&W Days of Chaos. 5, His current looser, more open almost Mignola inspired big flat blacks and shadows

Prog / Re: Prog 2149 - Spiritual Awakening - 2000AD
« on: 14 September, 2019, 01:05:55 PM »
Is this a first, the cover going to a Future Shock?

If they're all this good I'm bang up for more

Prog / Re: Prog 2144 War Crimes and Retribution
« on: 20 August, 2019, 04:29:17 PM »
This is the first time in many progs where the cover hasn't worked for me.  Yes it's technically great, and Cliff is a master of the cover but for me it's too clean.  Cliff's bright and shiney style doesn't work for Jaegir.  It's a personal thing, I know, but it's totally misrepresentitive of the strip, and a bad choice of artist by editorial

Nope, not having that.

As Bolt said, the cover is meant to be eye-catching and exciting. As you say, the Robinson droid always manages this in spades. Yes, his style is nothing like that of the Coleby droid (who's is?), but he's evoking the character and the setting perfectly in my eyes.

 Must admit, I also love to see another artists interpretation on the cover from time to time, especially when the strip itself has one resident art-droid.

Oddly, when I first saw it, I thought it was by PJ, mainly due to how Atalia has been drawn. Just thought I'd throw that in there.

I also love to see other artists renditions of characters, such as Steve Dillon's Zenith covers, but ton the flip I didn't like Clint Langley's covers for LeatherJack (mind you Im not a fan of Langley so that could have something to do with it)

Apologies if that all sounds like I'm having a pop! Fully respect anyone's right to not like something  :thumbsup:

Prog / Re: Prog 2144 War Crimes and Retribution
« on: 20 August, 2019, 04:23:22 PM »
Nah, think it is a cracking cover. The flames are very eye catching which is sometimes all a new reader needs to be attracted. Dylan Teague may well have gone for a darker pallette of colour but the point of a cover is to catch the eye.

Don't think I've ever heard of Cliff Robinson being described as a 'bad' choice of artist before. Sounds wrong.

I didn't say it was bad, I said, in my opinion, it's too clean and shiney.  Jaegir is tonally a dark story as well as the art being dark.  Cliff's art is not tonally dark and that is where I feel it doesn't work.  It's too clean and bright and shiney and nice, the polar opposite of the content it is depicting.  Therfore, for me it's a fail. And dark covers do work, and can attract readers, you only have look at the sucessful Bartman covers of the last 70 years.  That is why I said it was a bad editorial choice.

Other Reviews / Re: The Vigilant Legacy.
« on: 20 August, 2019, 12:16:24 PM »
Compared to last year this is a more traditional book.  I like the development of characters rather than them all being gung ho.  There's a few niggles in the story but if we can have a suspension of disbelief for a man flying  then I have to have a suspension of disbelief for people smoking in a club. 

The lettering, allegedly by Simon Bowland, is poor, which is why I say allegedly by Bowland who is normally so spot on, plus the baloon construction doesn't look like his.  The cross bar I comes and goesso much that it even happens in the same balloon.  This just pisses me off as sloppiness on behalf of editorial for not spending the time to check and get corrections.  It makes me think that it's actually Sam Gretton as it looks like his work on various special projects.

Simon Coleby's art is as lustrous as ever, hwe even makes Brum look interesting and for the most part accurate to the streets I know so well, and Will Sliney makes the most of his few pages.  On the downside, Jake Lynch's pages don't do anything for me.  At least he had a go, although I wish he hadn't but that's my personal opinion and Im sure some people like it.

I agree that it being a continuing series on an annual basis is a terrible idea and would like to see Vigilant more often, preferably monthly like they did with Sniper Elite, but I also appreciate that had a computer game to boost sales and the old IPC characters have a limited audience

Prog / Re: Prog 2144 War Crimes and Retribution
« on: 20 August, 2019, 12:03:26 PM »
This is the first time in many progs where the cover hasn't worked for me.  Yes it's technically great, and Cliff is a master of the cover but for me it's too clean.  Cliff's bright and shiney style doesn't work for Jaegir.  It's a personal thing, I know, but it's totally misrepresentitive of the strip, and a bad choice of artist by editorial

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