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General / Re: The 2021 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar
« on: Today at 03:01:24 PM »
I won't go in to specifics here, but it's good news for Pete

He's the new CEO of Greggs, isn't he…? They foolishly introduced a "Get one share in the company for every ten steak bakes purchased" loyalty scheme and he had a controlling interest in the business in under a year.

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Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: Today at 02:58:00 PM »
Absolutely nobody in this thread has suggested that, so why are you pretending they have?

Because that's the entire schtick — strike a contrarian position on a fairly uncontroversial topic and then ratchet up the debate by erecting increasingly ludicrous strawmen and attempt to claim the moral/philosophical high ground by opposing statements that literally nobody made.

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Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: 29 November, 2021, 03:58:42 PM »
Further, I don't say that the armourer is blameless in this case, far from it, but neither is the actor.

For fuck's sake: yes, the actor is blameless. They were handed a prop weapon and told it was safe by the person whose entire job it is to make sure that prop weapons are safe. This is 100% on the armourer who is trained, qualified and paid to ensure that no prop weapon is put in the hands of anyone in a state where it might be dangerous.

I have literally no idea why you're arguing this point. It's like saying "Well, the Health & Safety man said the scaffolding was safe but I, with no experience or expertise in scaffolding, should take it upon myself to check the scaffolding because they might make a mistake."

I'm not saying no one ever makes mistakes, I'm saying that when a qualified professional gives you advice relating to something directy within their remit and which you have lesser or no skill/knowledge of, you're supposed to defer to their expertise.

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Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: 29 November, 2021, 01:39:06 PM »
Pilots are expected to check their aircraft before take off, even if it's just come out of the maintenance hangar after being worked on by expert aviation engineers.

That's exactly my point. I am not a pilot — it's not for me to check the pilot's skills before I get on a plane. An actor is not an armourer, it's not for the actor to check the armourer's skills before accepting a weapon which it is the armourer's literal job to ensure is safe.

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Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: 29 November, 2021, 12:16:36 PM »

And the actor being handed the gun should always assume that the person handing it to them is a human being capable of making mistakes.

The armourer is paid to not make mistakes. It's literally their whole job. They're paid to make sure no one kills anyone with the weapons on set. If I get on a plane, I assume that both the pilot and co-pilot are capable of getting the plane off the ground, keeping it on course to its intended destination, and getting it back on the ground without killing everyone. It's really not an unreasonable assumption.

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Off Topic / Re: Real life accidents on film/tv sets
« on: 28 November, 2021, 10:15:10 PM »
I notice stories about Baldwin being difficult and abusive on other productions are surfacing.

This is not the same thing as being handed a prop weapon that has been declared safe by the person whose job it is to certify a weapon as safe to handle.

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Film & TV / Re: Wheel Of Time.....
« on: 28 November, 2021, 07:33:23 PM »
OK. Watched two episodes of this now. I'm entirely unfamiliar with the books, but is this ever going to stop being sub-Tolkien, second-rate-D&D-campaign shit?

I mean, even the "No, it's fantasy but POST-APOCALYPSE FANTASY" thing was already thoroughly played out by the time Terry Brooks' execrable 'Shannara' books were done with it.

I'm really struggling to find a reason to watch another episode of this.

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Film & TV / Re: The Trailer Thread
« on: 27 November, 2021, 01:19:40 PM »
January 2nd on the Beeb: David Tennant in a new adaptation of Around The World in 80 Days that looks rather tasty.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 24 November, 2021, 08:39:10 AM »
A Love Like Blood is probably my least favourite Smith series from 2000AD proper

Great art, great concept. Unfortunately hamstrung by an edict from The Powers That Be than no series could run more than ten(?) episodes for a single story,* due to a reprint deal in the offing with a European publisher who had a specific page count for their books. The deal never materialised, and the edict was withdrawn, but not before it had forced some very truncated storytelling on both this and (I think) Storming Heaven.

*Note: this edict was not Andy Diggle's famous "shot glass of rocket fuel" memo, which is regularly blamed for the LLB/SH thing, but something entirely different.

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Megazine / Re: Meg 438: Homeland Security
« on: 22 November, 2021, 07:13:36 PM »
Here’s hoping Matt had an idea of where the series was going to end from Si. Even if not, I thought it ended well and was clearly in-keeping, since I didn’t notice the scripting switch.

I think there’s usually a synopsis of the whole series, giving at least a broad overview of the story and the important plot points, before a series is given the go-ahead for scripting. In that case, I’d imagine Matt had at least a general idea of how Si intended to wrap things up.

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Film & TV / Re: Accident Man 2
« on: 22 November, 2021, 10:18:54 AM »
'Uncle' Pat's championing of creators' rights has never extended to artists.

On reflection, and to be fair, I don't think Mills has ever really claimed to be championing all creators' rights… I suspect his position is much more along the lines of "nothing's stopping other creators making the same kind of ruckus as me", but I still find myself wondering about an alternate timeline where Kev O'Neill did exactly that, vetoing Nemesis BkII and then getting to the end of BkIII and saying "Right, that's your lot. No one draws Nemesis but me, so it's over."

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Film & TV / Re: Accident Man 2
« on: 21 November, 2021, 09:38:25 PM »
Of course. It seemed strange that the champion of only his own creator rights and originator of all those devastating Mills Bombs dropped on bullshit-spouting editors and publishers would meekly accept such an arrangement, but there you go.

'Uncle' Pat's championing of creators' rights has never extended to artists. You only have to look at his career and ask yourself how long any of his long-running strips would have lasted if he'd extended his own "no one works on this but me" position to his co-creators (the artists) to see that almost none of his creations would have got past the first series. It's abundantly apparent that he doesn't consider the artist an equal co-creator. I have a word for someone like that, and it's REDACTED.

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 20 November, 2021, 08:34:02 AM »
It's great. I mean, insert your (my) standard complaint about an over-CGI-reliant finale here, but, honestly, I really enjoyed it. It looks lovely throughout — it's worth watching for the early fight sequences (especially the much-praised bus fight at the start) but it's basically Marvel does Crouching Tiger/House of Flying Daggers.

Oh, and I forgot to say: a surprisingly pleasing guest appearance from another Marvel franchise character that I definitely wasn't expecting. :-)

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 19 November, 2021, 10:08:59 PM »
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

I can't deny it — there's something missing about not queuing up at a multiplex with a few hundred other people to see a 'tentpole' movie that adds something to the whole experience, but Cineworld's (my only easily-accessible IMAX cinema) covid mitigation measures are, to say the least, unsatisfactory. So, I have no expectation of going to the actual pictures in the foreseeable future, which is depressing.

So, we caught Shang-Chi on Disney+ tonight.

It's great. I mean, insert your (my) standard complaint about an over-CGI-reliant finale here, but, honestly, I really enjoyed it. It looks lovely throughout — it's worth watching for the early fight sequences (especially the much-praised bus fight at the start) but it's basically Marvel does Crouching Tiger/House of Flying Daggers.

Obviously, if you insert "Marvel" at the start of that sentence then for a non-trivial bunch of people that invalidates the rest of the sentiment, but I really enjoyed it. Stick with it for both the mid-credit and end-of-credit sequences.

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News / Re: Hawk the slayer coming to 2000AD
« on: 19 November, 2021, 02:43:35 PM »
So yes it looks like it will make the megazine a must get next year and do not forget Lawless will be in it as well

The new series is starting in the Christmas Meg, I believe.

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