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General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 17 July, 2019, 08:08:26 PM »
I haven't read it since it was in the prog, but wasn't Urban Strike more of a satire of those kind of things, but wrapped up in an "extended ad for a video game"? Wasn't it actually full.of clever dialogue and gags? Or am I getting it mixed up with Black Light or similar?
I loved Big Dave (haven't read it for years), Dead Meat (the "featuring Inspector Raam" cover is a personal favourite of that era), and Brigand Doom is perpetually on my list of things I want to see reprinted either in trade or Meg floppy.
Much of that period has a certain charm to me. I'd even give Time house another go if I came across it in the box stack.

Not Zippy Couriers or RAM Raiders though. Never them.


Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 17 July, 2019, 04:30:14 PM »
Quick question for subscribers- the wallet that served as a gift, is it in any way decent? I'm after a wallet to replace my Marvel one that's a bit knackered and would prefer a 2000ad branded one. None on the website, etc, but there's a subs gift one on ebay. Most importantly, does it have a *ZIPPED* COIN POCKET?
Thanks in advance.

Books & Comics / Re: Modern Spider-Man help!
« on: 13 July, 2019, 12:59:32 PM »
I'd also go as far as to say that if you start him from there, and let him work through the entirety of Amazing Spider-Man from that point, at his own pace, he will find the series just gets better and better and "grows" with him, in a similar way that 2000ad did for us.
After JMS, the series "blips" somewhat with the One More Day story- which serves a purpose, but serves it in the most awkward way possible. The new Status Quo set up in the Brand New Day immediately following it managed to annoy keyboard warriors in a similar way to how we see them react today to things they don't like. Dan Slott (and the contemporary team of writers, until Slott took over solo) ran with it though, and to my mind made Spidey the best book in Marvel's stable for years following. Arguably Slot should have packed it in after the extended Superior arc, but even later Slott was frequently better than much of what went before.

The jury is still out on the current run, which personally I found hamstrung by some horrible art- at least until recently.

Everything is available in trades, from the JMS run to date and if you shop around ex - library copies are available for very few pounds.


Books & Comics / Re: Modern Spider-Man help!
« on: 13 July, 2019, 12:44:08 PM »
Start him at 'Coming Home', the first arc by JMS (ASM "volume two" #30-35, 1999, drawn by John Romita Jnr). That was my choice when getting my two boys "into Spidey" and it's still their favourite all these years later.
It's also been massively reprinted in various editions over the years and is therefore available quite cheaply on ebay. Including as part of the Marvel Graphic Novel Collection.

Plus, it's a very, very good story.


General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 09 July, 2019, 10:39:36 PM »
Not prog related, but...
"Open sesame". Open, says-a-me.
Never got that. Not until tonight when it was made obvious by an eleven year old actor in a school performance of 'Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits'. I feel like an idiot.


General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 04 July, 2019, 01:33:23 PM »
I couldn't possibly point to a period when 2000AD came out of an "extended bad patch" and into fresh pastures. I've consistently enjoyed the prog throughout its lifespan so far- even in the 90s, when all common sense tells me it "wasn't very good", I remember buying it weekly and loving it. Even if it was merely a quick twenty minute distraction from whatever the week had thrown at me.
I suppose it can't be argued that it amped up the thrills when Matt Smith took over- and while he receives some stick, I have immense respect for the man. The comic has to be exciting and relevant, after 42 years. And it bloody is.  Yeah, it's not always on point- I am less with impressed with the current Anderson story for example, and not looking forward to more Indigo Prime. But! Lots of people really like them! And we have HOPE... just around the corner, which wouldn't have been commissioned ANYWHERE ELSE.  We have more BRINK coming,  more Scarlet Traces, some very very exciting new Slaine, Dredd is still moving forward, not stagnating (even though I hate seeing his face in 'The Samaritan') with an exciting "new" writer, or maybe an old one, who knows?
Yeah, I wish Matt would change the format and design a bit (a lot, a whole lot) but that's because I want the prog to LEAP off the shelves and hit people in the face, mugging them for their groats and forcing them to the counter.

So I guess maybe I'd have to say the new golden age started when Rebellion took over. It may have stumbled a bit at the beginning, but they made up for it and then some. "A shot glass of rocket fuel" is more than just a clever soundbite, it actually did set out the plan for the future, and for the most part they've achieved it.


Off Topic / Re: Forum Etymology Thread.
« on: 30 June, 2019, 02:03:36 PM »
No, not 687. You'll have to work out which one it is, like I had to!


Off Topic / Re: Forum Etymology Thread.
« on: 29 June, 2019, 08:58:46 PM »
That's brilliant, thanks everyone. I'm absolutely sure it was not anachronistic in a book set in 1983, but it did stick out a bit for me.

Please use this thread for discussion of ANY words of phrases that confuse the hell out of you, or just spark your interest.

The book, by the way is THE PILOT by David Gamer. Available on Amazon, and yes it does come with a specific reference to a particular 2000AD prog and the contents therein. It's definitely worth a read.


Off Topic / Forum Etymology Thread.
« on: 29 June, 2019, 01:27:37 PM »
So, insects then...

No, I joke.

I was fortunate enough to recently be asked to have a read of a friend's debut novel. It's a Sci-Fi story, and by lucky hap I've really enjoyed it. And yes, it references 2000AD at one point, so I'll be mentioning its name when I'm done with it. He asked me to basically proofread, point out errors and watch for any anachronisms, it being set in the early eighties, and featuring teenage boys- as I lived then and I was one. 

Along the way this has brought up a conversation about the etymology of the phrase "fuck-off" as used as an adjective. As in "that is one big fuck-off spaceship". I want to know when that particular adjective became commonplace, as I don't recall hearing it in my youth. Google is not my friend in this instance, and I had hoped I would be able to track down its first usage in either literature or film/tv, but to no avail
Anyone with a better education/ filthy mouthed older brother know the answer to this?


Other Reviews / Re: Tammy and Jinty
« on: 28 June, 2019, 11:50:16 PM »
I've just this minute put down the special, after reading it cover to cover. I didn't expect to say this, but that is *by a country mile* my favourite special edition from the 2000AD stable so far this year, or last.
Bright, breezy, never too silly or "girly" (whatever that may meam), there wasn't a weak strip in there and it really did squeeze the best out of everyone involved.
And yep, I'd very happily buy that on a semi, or even regular, basis. I hope it sells by the bucketload. 
A lot of the enthusiasm and wit in this is how I wish the prog was like more often. It very much reminded me of the comics I grew up reading, but with a touch of sophistication that kept adult me entertained throughout.  More please.


Bear with me on this. How much of a single issue of an American comic would you get away with reproducing in a printed magazine *for review/ critical purposes*?

I really love comics, as many of you know. As a "thought experiment" I was wondering about all the different editions of the same 20+ page comic strip I have in my collection. Multiple versions of The Night Gwen Stacy Died from ASM #131/122 for example. I was wondering what would be my "ultimate edition" as it were, and realised that if Marvel were ever to release every issue of ASM/ FF etc, individually (hardback or perfect bound) but with an equal amount of pages given over to critiques/ interviews etc, I'd probably buy each and every edition.

Now, Marvel aren't likely to do that. But imagine an enterprising fan publisher were to do something similar (much like in the world of Dr Who IN VISION released A4 magazines for each and every story back in the 80s, eventually covering the whole 1963-1989 period of the series. 

Obviously the imaginary publisher couldn't reprint the whole issue, but how much could they? Is it a percentage of pages? Panels? Could they reprint consecutive panels, or even a page if critiquing that sequence? Could they print an entire scene, maybe running 2-3 pages? At what point they receive a Cease & Desist?

Any ideas? 


General / Re: Steve Moore in Fortean Times
« on: 26 June, 2019, 04:56:41 PM »
Ah, that's brilliant. FT is always worth a punt for something to read over a pint in the afternoon. When was the last time I had a pint in the afternoon?  When was the last time I had a pint? When was the last time I drank any alcohol come to that? JULY, that's when. Go me!
Will have to pick that book up too.

Other Reviews / Re: Tammy and Jinty
« on: 26 June, 2019, 04:44:08 PM »
We are old, Jim. Old.
We are on a comic website, talking about a revamped version of a girls' comic we probably would not have been seen dead reading back when comics were a thing. And now they aren't a thing, we are tearing out what little hair we have left in deciding how best to support a publisher stoically continuing it's efforts to make them a thing again. And like the old people we are, we start talking about our health. I'll tell you about my knees if you like. Maybe Rebellion should start a monthly health/ moan/ top tips/ puzzle magazine?

Indigo: You can order mags from newsagents, though I understand WHS charge you for the privilege.  Maybe a regular order would inspire them to get more for the shelf? 


Other Reviews / Re: Tammy and Jinty
« on: 26 June, 2019, 04:07:32 PM »
I do. However, I much prefer actually buying my comics from shops if I can. My reasoning is simply this: if I show an interest in a title, or buy it, they may well be more inclined to stock it in future, usually in greater numbers (you'd think, though today's conversation with WHS man may have knocked my confidence in this). That was there's more chance of a member of the public chancing upon a copy and buying it. That's how I started with comics, and if Mighty World of Marvel, Super Spider-Man And The Titans or indeed 2000AD had been only available direct from the publisher,  I would never have read a single copy. But yeah, if my walk to that shop tomorrow (got to keep my Samsung Health app happy and my step count up) yields no results, I will have to order one.

Other Reviews / Re: Tammy and Jinty
« on: 26 June, 2019, 03:41:46 PM »
Absolutely zero copies of this in my home town. Four newsagents checked around the town centre, including WHSMITHS. 
This, after last week's Sci-Fi Special debacle, where there were a grand total of 2 copies in WHS, both of which I bought, and then had to travel 4 miles to find a single lonely copy in another newsie- which I then also bought for Locusts, formally of this parish now ensconced back in the States. 

I spoke to the magazine guy in WHS today, and suggested that maybe if something completely sells out within five minutes of being put on the shelf,  maybe they should order some more? He acted as though this hadn't occurred to him and said he would see what he could do. This, a week and an hour after the last copy had been purchased.
I also showed him the ad for T&J in this week's prog and asked why it hadn't come in. He again looked confused, took a photo of the ad on his phone, and muttered about "calling Easons" I think. I mentioned that the earlier Cor & Buster special had been fully stocked, and indeed they still had about ten copies on the shelf last week. They've now gone, so I assume they should have been replaced with the T&J, which they weren't. 
All the while they got 10+ copies of this week's prog, and still had six or so Megs left from last week, so it's not like they don't know the brand or the distributor.
Really annoying,  as I now have to trek out to that little newsie again on the off chance. 


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