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News / Re: Brian Bolland Apex Edition
« on: 20 May, 2022, 01:17:52 PM »
Just how big is it, like compared to a trade or a Marvel OSHC, or something like a Hellboy Library Edition?

I'm not sure Mike's response does this justice...the size is gargantuan:

Prog / Re: Prog 2282 - Out for Blood
« on: 18 May, 2022, 06:55:27 AM »
Dredd is great. I don’t think it’s too verbose. Squint and you could be reading a classic Wagner/Bolland strip here.

For me the look of this episode was closer to 80s era Cliff Robinson. Those bar punks could have stepped right out of West Side Rumble.

On another note, I loved that framed portrait on the apartment wall of his dear departed droid pals from the previous story.

Books & Comics / Re: Free Comic Book Day 2022
« on: 09 May, 2022, 04:15:49 PM »
Prices are starting to become more sensible as more listings appear. A Place In Space have put their copies up for £0.99 plus P&P.

thanks. Just ordered mine, along with FCBD 2020 which I'd missed.

Great episode.

There is some original Outcasts artwork for sale on Cam Kennedy's website, but since nothing is currently for sale this might be a moot point



Books & Comics / Re: Free Comic Book Day 2022
« on: 07 May, 2022, 07:25:40 AM »
Hope every one enjoys the goodies today.

My local comic book shop has told me they do NOT have the 2000ad offering so...if anyone can pick up a spare I'd be happy to pay for P&P.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote: I love supplements
« on: 27 April, 2022, 08:38:20 AM »
I like it as it is:

pretty fun pot luck every month: it's great having the encyclopedia in chapters but I also love having the DeMarco PI and the Judge Manners stories complete in collected mini editions.

The original outing was as succinct a piece of storytelling as you could ever wish for; The Return of...(crass racism aside) expanded the world beautifully; Revenge of...was both weird and charming.

Combined with one of the greatest covers of all time:

"You wanna end up in a tin, Sardini?"

Gold medal goes to The Taxidermist

General / Re: Sideshow Vote: The Bearded Wonder
« on: 20 April, 2022, 04:31:38 PM »
For me his best work is neither of those, its DR & Quinch. And his future shocks, like The Last Stand of the Platinum Horde or the English Phlondrutian Phrasebook.

I'm with you on the Future Shocks, Magnetica. The Reversible Man, Going Native, Wages of Sin, The Hyper-Historic Headbang : all time classics.

But in this pairing : Watchmen.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote: Just an average day in the city
« on: 20 April, 2022, 01:41:31 PM »
Guess I am too late to vote, but I think I somehow agree with both The epic had a few stories afterwards, but we do not see the effect anymore & The epic did not really change the landscape of what we are seeing

I enjoyed a lot of the aftermath stories in the year after the event, mostly picked up in the Day of Chaos : Fallout collection. Debris, The Forsaken, Wastelands were all particularly good. But other than these and perhaps the mini epic Dead Zone, you might be forgiven for thinking, ten years on, DoC had never taken place. 

The aftermath to Chaos Day could have led to all sorts of in-city experiments: imagine if the North West HabZone had been untouched by the virus and was now the richest part of the city. Or maybe more blocks went down the Debris route and started their own mini republics within MC1, under control of the judges but pushing for more autonomy. I know there have been have been a few stories that covered work-for-food programs clearing Chaos blocks but shouldn't the employment situation have been completely changed? DoC should have eradicated unemployment. And as Alex points out, should this not have led to a massive revolution in the way that news is both produced and consumed?

Maybe a naive opinion, but I've also been amazed people in MC1 and still so brutal to each other. I'd like to image if I was in the surviving 13% of the population wrecked by a virus I'd be a hell of a lot nicer to my fellow citizens.


General / Re: Sideshow Vote: I want my yearly fix
« on: 30 March, 2022, 02:48:09 PM »
There’s a wodge of nostalgia with annuals. Look back at them now and many are… not great.


For every Last of the Bad Guys or I, Beast there are 50 fillers (crosswords, spot the difference, word search; take your pick) so for me the xmas prog is good enough

General / Re: Sideshow Vote: Years in the making
« on: 30 March, 2022, 02:22:18 PM »
Day of Chaos

It contains at least four epics as part of its build up

Apocalypse War
Satan's Island / Sin City
Total War

25 years in the making

Announcements / Re: 45th anniversary online convention!
« on: 27 March, 2022, 06:52:37 AM »
Good to hear John say he is unretired and Spektor is on his radar.

Such great news - those episodes of Spektor from the Carlos tribute are some of the best things i've read in the last five years.

Kudos to whoever put this together. An impossible task since "The Best of" John Wagner would more or less encompass everything he has ever done.

Nice mix of

  • Mega City Zaniness (Sob Story, Full Mental Jacket)
  • Mega City Will Grind You Down (The Runner, Finger of Suspicion)
  • Detective Dredd (Cal Files)
  • Reflective Dredd (In the Bath, Class of '79, Death of a Legend, Bury my Heart)
  • Dredd playing cameo to a formidable foe (the trio of PJ stories)

Get Jerry Sing is the only odd one. Bit of a throwaway story but presume the inclusion is because it was the last ever Carlos.

This one is a right ol' tussle and I'm not sure which way its going

let's see if this tips the scale - Hope

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 March, 2022, 02:45:52 PM »
You cannnnott killll what doesssss not livvve!

You have no idea how on the button you are, Jim.

Putin's mum did, actually, come back from the dead.

I know this sounds like something right out of Fiends of the Eastern Front, but bear with me...

Both of Putin's parents, like little Vova himself, are natives of St Petersburg, formerly Leningrad. Between winter 1941 and January 1944, his mum and two older brothers, found themselves encircled by the Wehrmacht in the Siege of Leningrad. This was one of the grimmest sieges in history. Hardly any planes could land supplies and nothing could get through the German lines. Horses, dogs & rats became prized meals. Cannibalism was a fact of life few dared mention.

Adding to this was the Russian winter, and 1942 was a particularly unforgiving one. Wood was in such short supply, the crematoriums did not function and the ground was so hardened by frost few graves could be dug. The citizens of the city took to leaving bodies, stiff from death and in no danger of rotting due to sub zero temperatures, in piles on the street.

Both of Putin's older brothers, Albert and Viktor, died during the siege. A few weeks later Putin's exhausted and half-staved mother, collapsed in her apartment building. She was taken by neighbours and laid next to  a funeral pile.

She woke, apparently, just before the undertakers could cart her away.

Vladimir Putin was born ten years later.

One of many fascinating and brutal anecdotes chronicled in this amazing book

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