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Messages - JayzusB.Christ

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Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 28 January, 2023, 02:17:48 PM »
Another black man murdered by cops in the US, it seems. I'll never move to America.

There are FAR more reasons than that to never move to America. I would never even VISIT the place.

On a lighter note.


I remember something very similar to this happening in one of the Dirk Gently books. It turned out to be some kind of extra-dimensional anomaly or something and there was literally no way to get the sofa anywhere.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 28 January, 2023, 12:21:13 PM »

I should add that I have no experience at all in this matter. I’ve been living in a small inner-city terrace for the past 19 years and we all happily sign for each other’s parcels.

I lived on a boat in a boat community for 4 and a half years, and now live beside the same communities in a cabin that legally doesn't exist.  Locating your deliveries is a life-long Sherlock Holmes case.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 28 January, 2023, 12:12:17 PM »
And now it's stuck in my head as well.  Fuck you too, DDD :)

Re the Megazine podcast - As far as I remember, Judge Karyn appeared before in a Dredd story or two, the first being Raptaur if memory serves me right (which it generally doesn't).  Gordon Rennie told us on the board once that she was based on Dean Ormston's then-girlfriend, who, according to Grennie, was something of an eye-magnet when she turned up at comic cons.

Anyway, the latest two podcasts helped enormously to get me through a very boring job yesterday - I'm supposed to be a mural painter but somehow agreed to paint a concrete floor black.  Reminiscing about the progs and Megs of 28 years ago made it much more tolerable.

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 27 January, 2023, 10:13:04 AM »
Another black man murdered by cops in the US, it seems. I'll never move to America.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 27 January, 2023, 08:59:21 AM »
Yay! Really needed a good podcast for work today, and this will do nicely.

General / Re: Which do you prefer?
« on: 27 January, 2023, 08:58:23 AM »
That particular run of Flesh wasn't a great story by any means but Critchlow's artwork elevated it considerably and I still have fond memories of it. (Also, I thought Pat Mills had made up feathered tyrannosaurus for that story, before learning that they might well all have been feathered.

The most recent Flesh, though - just no. The script wasn't terrible but the artwork really let it down.

Off Topic / Re: Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments
« on: 27 January, 2023, 08:51:50 AM »
Best of luck, Sharky. You're a stubborn old fecker, you'll get through this no bother :)

Prog / Re: Prog 2316 - Taking Liberties
« on: 27 January, 2023, 08:10:30 AM »
Deadlock sounds like John Malkovich.  I just can't get past that.

General / Re: Which do you prefer?
« on: 26 January, 2023, 02:34:34 PM »
So... just wondering, do get more pay for fully painted artwork than linework you've coloured yourself?

Also, Kev Walker made me think of Carl Critchlow.  In his case, I'm not mad about his later linework and prefer the fully painted stuff he did on Flesh and Tales of Telguuth.

General / Re: Which do you prefer?
« on: 25 January, 2023, 02:04:55 PM »
Which do you prefer?
If I may elbow in here, JayzusB, and tread on your toes, and generally act like I own the joint: how about Kev Walker’s fully painted Khronicles of Khaos versus his pen and inks on something like Mandroid?
Walker’s early contributions to the prog were nothing special at all, and then he’s given The ABC Warriors and – oh wow. I used to smoke weed and go over those early episodes with a magnifying glass. Astonishing stuff.
Cut to the new century and it's minimalist as hell, shadowy as Mignola, utterly different, and still brilliant.
Which do I prefer? I’d have to say the newer style, because it’s more confident and because sometimes less really is more.
(Maybe I’d think differently if I started smoking weed again, but I’m just too damned old.)

No problem, was going to switch to another artist but couldn't decide which one.  Great choice though.

I think if you'd asked the younger me (who, along with a lot of creators and other fans, was still living in Bisley's airbrushed shadow) I would have gone for the flashy full-colour stuff.  But my current self would definitely go for the brooding planes of muted colour and shadow used for Mandroid, and especially Sin City.

EDIT - It's not really an option, I know, but I might possible take his inking on Dillon's stuff on Cinnabar over both of these.  It was just what was needed for the filth, smut and blood that made up Cinnabar's streets and Nu Earth's swampier, uglier zones.  I know he did the same for Harlem's Heroes but I mean, Harlem Heroes, for Jesus' sake.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 24 January, 2023, 10:56:51 PM »
You're a fecking legend, JWare.

Prog / Re: Prog 2316 - Taking Liberties
« on: 24 January, 2023, 10:54:51 PM »
That's a bloomin' AMAZING cover, that!

I haven't read the prog yet, but yeah, it's breathtaking.  I would say Cliff Robinson's best cover ever, and that's saying something.

(Remember when that torch-wielding hand was broken off and on its own ground-level plinth in America 2? They must have fixed it since.)

General / Re: Looking back
« on: 24 January, 2023, 06:11:51 PM »
I can't imagine any other time when the writing of 2000 AD's most important character suddenly became virtually the sole preserve of a writer with only one previous credit in the comic


Wagner?  or Niemand?

General / Re: Which do you prefer?
« on: 24 January, 2023, 04:39:14 PM »

Obvs this logic applies to a bunch of Slaine stuff, except I'm guessing many of the human faces WERE based partly on photos, and it took Langley a few books' worth to get good at this part of the job (for my money everything he did on Slaine post Books of Invasions, was great).

That's a fair point - he'd stopped doing the scrambled-egg backgrounds at that stage and it looked really good.  From Carnival onwards his work looked far better.

I'm pretty sure that the human faces were, by and large, slightly altered photos.  He pulled it off way better than the Nemesis photo strip.

General / Re: Looking back
« on: 24 January, 2023, 07:08:47 AM »
and you have to remember he was in his early twenties when he was given the comic's flagship character. The quality really declined after he left and was replaced by Mark Millar, Grant Morrison (who should have been really good but wasn't) and "Sonny Steelgrave".

I appreciate that Garth was a very young man at the time, but I just can't understand why Tharg would give near-exclusive writing rights of the flagship character to an inexperienced writer whose only prog-work to date had been Time Flies.  I wasn't a huge fan of Raider though I'm in a minority.

I didn't mind 'Steelgrave' (McKenzie?) Dredd too much - I thought Dredd sounded a bit more like Dredd than the Ennis version.  Mark Millar was just dire.  Inferno I kind of liked at the time, but looking back now, it really doesn't hold up.

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