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Prog / Re: Prog 1957 - A Crash Course in Mega-City Law Enforcement!
« on: 23 November, 2015, 01:07:09 PM »
Brass sun trundles along. Is it just me who has trouble figuring out who's who at times?


No it's not. I know what you mean. I had to do a double take on who was who in the fight between Septimus and the other engineer.

It does get a bit Alien 3 at times!

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Prog / Re: Prog 1957 - A Crash Course in Mega-City Law Enforcement!
« on: 20 November, 2015, 09:59:22 AM »
Good prog but not great. I liked Dredd but it wasn't as strong a standalone as the previous two weeks IMO.

Defoe was good, I'm liking that Mills is showing us a 17th century take on superheroes and the artwork's great.

Brass sun trundles along. Is it just me who has trouble figuring out who's who at times?

Bad Company, I have no idea what's going on anymore!

Terror Tales, seemed a bit of a waste of space if I'm honest, six pages spent on a slender tale that could have been told in half the page count (or less) and the twist seemed to come out of nowhere, there's no indication in what we'd seen that the protagonist was anything other than shit scared of a monster coming to get him. This might have been easier to get past if the story hadn't taken so long to get to the payoff.

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Prog / Re: PROG 1955 the all seeing eye
« on: 06 November, 2015, 02:02:13 PM »
Dredd was the best thing in the prog this week, as people have said, hardly the most original but so well told. Given we didn't see the little boy's mum at the start I did wonder for a moment whether the woman outside was his mum!

Defoe was very good and I did love the bit where no one would go down the man hole.

Sinister Dexter was a whole lot of fun.

Brass Sun was interesting but as others have said it takes me a while to get up to speed on what's happening (and more importantly what has happened before!)

Bad Company, I haven't a clue what's going on here, and not in a good way, shame as I really enjoyed the opening episodes.

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Creative Common / Re: Rejection
« on: 29 October, 2015, 03:19:44 PM »
^ Stephen King as well.

I recall an interview with James Herbert many years ago. After a publisher snapped up The Rats they asked what else he had and were surprised he didn't have a drawer full of rejected manuscripts!


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Prog / Re: Prog 1954 Kingslayer!
« on: 29 October, 2015, 03:10:32 PM »
Excellent prog. Nice end to the Serial Serial storyline, though I'm slightly disappointed it took Joe so long to realise that the real PJ wouldn't be caught so easily. That said I'm with everyone else, it wouldn't surprise me if Gillo was actually PJ in a double/triple/quadruple bluff! It would have been risky, but maybe Maybe had something else up his sleeve in case Dredd didn't have his lightbulb moment?

Or maybe Gillo was just an innocent patsy after all. PJ's assertion that he just ran away from Death still strikes me as a trifle lame so I wonder if he is even still alive? A spirit PJ would be a heck of a foe.

Thanks for the explanation up thread about Arthur, I'd forgotten who/what he was! Defoe continues to look gorgeous. Still not sure where Bad Company is going but really enjoyed Sinister Dexter this week.

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Creative Common / Re: Rejection
« on: 29 October, 2015, 02:56:22 PM »
That's exactly the right attitude!
It's not a rejection, it's another chance to submit.

^ This ^

Keep at it and think about honing your skills in the small press.

I do wonder how many good writers just give up because they can't handle rejections, and how many mediocre ones have basically eventually made it through sheer dogged persistence!  :)

I noticed the other week that the novel which won the Man Booker prize had been rejected 75 times or something daft like that!

I definitely need to look into the small press.

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Creative Common / Rejection
« on: 20 October, 2015, 11:35:23 AM »
My latest attempt at a Future Shock hasn't passed muster, yet curiously I'm quite pleased about this, for two reasons.

Firstly because I got the rejection within a month, I'm pretty sure my last one took between 12 and 18 months to come back, so Tharg's new policy of submission windows looks like a great idea (and hopefully means less work for all those put upon droids wading through the slush pile)

And secondly, well because I came up with another idea I actually think works much better just after I'd posted my submission and hopefully I can get that one in before the subs window closes again. Never give up, never surrender!  :lol:

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Prog / Re: Prog 1952 - Suspended Sentence
« on: 20 October, 2015, 11:16:21 AM »
Dredd was the best of the bunch for me, slightly ashamed to say I'd forgotten who Judge Bender was! I'm now reacquainted!

I'm hoping Corrigan doesn't wind up dead in the line of duty like so many of Dredd's fellow judges (well at least not any time soon!). I'm curious as to how PJ survived the dark judges (if indeed he did)

Brass Sun was interesting but I always feel like I'm playing catch up with it. Defoe looks great, the details of the hanged is getting a bit tiring now, especially given they're not exactly shining examples of the downtrodden poor. Sinister Dexter is always fun even if it lacks much substance and as for Bad Company, I'm still not sure what to make of it, either the past is being revised by the writers or else something dodgy's afoot in that hospital! 

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Prog / Re: Prog 1949: Murder Most Foul
« on: 24 September, 2015, 11:14:09 AM »
I'm in the camp that found Dredd a little disappointing, from the old school portrayal of Old Stony Face last week we now end up with the familiar better the devil you know trope from Doe, plus deathbed "You can make it better, Dredd". This might be going somewhere interesting, could Mega City 1 become a functioning democracy with the judges existing with civilian oversight, but if not this was a touch forgettable. Shame as if the other characters had been fleshed out more, and if Dredd hadn't been 20th Century Dredd this might have been a lot better.

I had a moment's deja vu at the start of the classic Future Shock remembering the shock where everyone could trace their ancestry back to someone famous, but thankfully this was something new. Great premise but I thought the resolution was weak, why the company wouldn't have anticipated he'd survive and just tinker with his memories was a hole in the plot for me. Like I say though wonderful idea, and lovely art.

I think I guessed early on that Death would be the murderer but it was still amusing. As others have said I'm not sure about the other cenobite Dark Judges but I did like the fact that Death can justify what he does and his "Otherwise we'd just be monsters" line was chilling as it was funny. I'm not sure the series has added too much to the Dark Judges mythos but its been enjoyable (think the Mortis one was my favourite)

The Alienist was ok, but probably the weakest thing in the prog for me.

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Prog / Re: Prog 1948 - On The Edge
« on: 17 September, 2015, 10:13:42 AM »
I’m glad I’m not the only one to think Dredd seemed a little old school in this, it seemed like the second half of this was from Jane Doe’s POV, so I’m wondering if she’s an unreliable narrator and in fact this isn’t how things went down? “First Dredd gunned down this poor mutie, in front of his daughter no less, then he killed all these eldsters. People I tell you, it’s time for a change!”

Given how weakened MC1 is now I’m amazed no one has tried to take advantage. I guess however depleted the populace they still have TADs or something similar. I’m also surprised they haven’t put any measures in place to up the populace. I know they’ve taken in Judges from other cities but you’d think they’d be encouraging immigration from the other Mega Cities, and from their own off world colonies.

Anyhoo, the rest of the prog was enjoyable enough. I’ve been a fan of Grey Area pretty much from the beginning but it does seem to be meandering along a bit now. Dreams of Deadworld was intriguing, Fear’s anxiety was amusing, though you’d imagine there must have been people on Deadworld with natural psi abilities immune to some of the Dark Judges’ evil, so it’s surprising he hadn’t come up against someone immune before now.   

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Prog / Re: Prog 1947 - Rider on the Ice Storm
« on: 11 September, 2015, 03:23:04 PM »
Enceladus has been excellent but, along with others, I was slightly disappointed at the end. It felt like Dredd and the horse being attacked by the Titan inmates should have been the cliff-hanger of the previous episode, this would have left a bit more breathing room in the final part for more of an epilogue. You could have still ended with the same quip, but it would have been nice to know if Judge Sam made it or not. It’s still been a very good epic though.

The Alienist and Grey Area continue to trundle along enjoyably and I liked Dreams of Deadworld a lot, I quite liked the Fire one but the Mortis story had a lot more to it I thought. I’m intrigued to see what they do with Fear.

The only damp squib of the prog was really the 3riller, I agree with what someone said up thread, it felt like a pitch for a series, but I didn’t find the characters or the situation that engaging. 

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Creative Common / Re: Synopsis / submission letters for futureshocks.
« on: 02 September, 2015, 09:44:06 AM »
I'd like to make it perfectly clear that I've never submitted a Future Shock about a kid with lasers coming out of his backside!  :D

And that is why you fail

And now someone else will probably nab a wonderful idea  :(

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Creative Common / Re: Synopsis / submission letters for futureshocks.
« on: 01 September, 2015, 11:52:42 AM »
I'd like to make it perfectly clear that I've never submitted a Future Shock about a kid with lasers coming out of his backside!  :D

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Prog / Re: Prog 1944 - House of the Unholy
« on: 27 August, 2015, 01:13:41 PM »
ha that's very true!

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Prog / Re: Prog 1945 - The Long Walk
« on: 27 August, 2015, 01:12:12 PM »

The Alienist is fun, I'm suspecting there's something of a Remington Steele scenario occurring between the Alienist and his "assistant".

All is revealed...Ta da: http://shop.2000adonline.com/products/2000_ad_winter_special_2014 ;)

Which I have actually read which probably explains my startling insight! :-[

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