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Books & Comics / Re: Captain Britain and MI:13 - Gone man it's gone
« on: 19 May, 2009, 09:23:22 PM »
Good book from what I've bought (the trade collection of the first five issues, courtesy of Amazon) and downloaded (the last six issues).  Had to download the latter stuff as FP flatly refused to get me a copy, and it's not the only comic they refuse to get their hands on for me, either.
You have to wonder why the comics market is shrinking, don't you?

Film & TV / Re: Star Trek
« on: 19 May, 2009, 03:35:23 PM »
Quote from: "Mardroid"
 And if your in deep space, it makes sense to me that you'd use it to do earth based activities like sailing and rock climbing.

Or you could climb a mountain to get to a brothel - all bases are covered.

Quote from: "Mardroid"
(And not everyone's into porn.)

Please explain.

Film & TV / Re: Sherlock Holmes new 1st Trailer...
« on: 19 May, 2009, 03:32:18 PM »
Churchill: The Hollywood Years was ahead of it's time.

Almost inevitably:

General / Re: Write to Ron Smith
« on: 18 May, 2009, 11:14:07 PM »
Others have covered all the relevant ground and left me with nothing to say beyond that you were my favorite Dredd artist growing up.  Away from Dredd, I can't think of a single strip you illustrated where the writing was more noteworthy or enjoyable than the artwork that graced it.
Thank you for fueling a young imagination and I hope you are enjoying your retirement, even if it does keep you from us.

Film & TV / Re: Star Trek
« on: 18 May, 2009, 07:39:33 PM »
Quote from: "the shutdown man"
One example that springs to mind is something happened to Hoshi, a transporter accident or something, and she was left wandering around the ship invisible and intangible, while everyone thought she was dead, which was basically the same plot as a TNG episode involving Geordi and Ro Laren from years before.

That was actually a rip off of two episodes of TNG - the 'twist' was exactly the same as that one where Troi fantasies the events of the episode.
Which brings up the most obvious failing of the TNG Treks - a holodeck that can create any fantasy a man can think of and he uses it to go sailing?  I can only speak for myself rather than the entire male population of the planet Earth, but I'm going on the record right now as saying that's not how I'd spend my time, and no, I wouldn't give a toss if someone walked in halfway through.

Film & TV / Re: Star Trek
« on: 18 May, 2009, 01:44:41 PM »
I would argue the Trek movie outings have always been populist entertainment, with moral or philosophical musings superfluous.  They enhance the movies by occasionally giving them a bit of heart, but they're hardly a prerequisite for what has always been essentially SFX showcases with some punching of rubber-faced goons on a polystyrene set.  The slow-Motion Picture and Wrath of Khan being arguable exceptions, though TMP doesn't exactly have a great reputation outside genre fandom.

Enterprise, for all it's faults, was a serviceable product that got bogged down by a lack of identity.  It was still too insular to be  a breakout series, yet trampled over too many sacred fan cows (what those may or may not be is entirely subjective, obviously) to hold their loyalty in the long-term, as seeing a Tribble cameo is fine, but having Archer be the guy who did what Kirk already had, or even what he couldn't (beating a Gorn) every week sure got old, especially when coupled with the script jumping through hoops to avoid compromising continuity: the Federation doesn't exist yet so Spock was still the first Vulcan to join Starfleet, they never actually physically meet a Romulan so kirk's Enterprise was still the first ship's crew to see one, they didn't actually know it was the Borg and chalk it up to "hey, shit happens - let's destroy all records of our Borg cure and never speak of this again." so Picard and co were still the first to meet the Borg -  a couple of times is cute, but they just seemed to be doing stuff like that every other week.
Personally, I wish they'd stuck to the daft one-off episodes like the time they went to a planet full of cowboys, or that one where they're stuck on a disintegrating spaceship full of zombies.  Plenty of potential, that show, just no long-game plan or vision to see it through.

Books & Comics / Re: Green Lantern advice..
« on: 18 May, 2009, 12:22:59 AM »
The destruction of Coast City was collected in one of the Death of Superman trades - the one dealing with his return - and included the follow-up issue of Green Lantern, which in turn led into Emerald Twilight.

Film & TV / Re: Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
« on: 17 May, 2009, 12:55:17 PM »
It stars Lorenzo Lamas, star of 'just in from the pub but not ready to call it a day' viewing staple Renegade, so how bad could it be?

If this is the same company behind Alien vs Hunter, I Am Omega and Monster, I'm there already.

Help! / Re: Operarting System Not Found
« on: 17 May, 2009, 12:49:44 PM »
Also check there aren't any memory cards, flash drives or MP3 players plugged into it during startup, as windows has been known to try and boot up from pretty much any kind of storage device.

Welcome to the board / Re: Greetings and Salutations
« on: 16 May, 2009, 02:41:06 PM »
Welcome, fellow Pratchett fan.

General / Re: Al Ewing interview on FP
« on: 15 May, 2009, 03:44:17 PM »
the Marvel Adventures line is probably the thing that gives me the most hope for the comics industry at the moment simply because it exists, it’s growing and it’s great. It’s rapidly becoming the ‘real’ Marvel Universe in my eyes, just by unassumingly being so ace.


So good to see a writer who doesn't think the Marvel all-ages stuff is beneath them.  I agree with the comments about it being the 'real' Marvel universe, too, what with the 'proper' books being increasingly insular and impenetrable to me - and I say that as someone who actually reads them and know who the characters are.
My favorite line from Al's Ant-Man: "oh no - I'm being swallowed by this portal!  If only I had become a doctor of arts!  Curse you, dyslexia!"

Creative Common / Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« on: 15 May, 2009, 03:33:31 PM »
I've been up every street, me.

Inking in photoshop - Scan pencils as a colour document at 300dpi minimum.  Make sure the file is roughly that resolution when you start inking, too, as any lower and the artwork looks blurry or pixellated when printed.  I presume print is the endgame, but if not, you can work with a lower resolution for the web.  Try mucking about with image/adjustments/curves (ctrl+m) or image/adjustments/'brightness/contrast' for approximate inking effects, but bear in mind this is only half the job unless your pencils are super-tight.

Many recommend Illustrator for inking, but I can't speak of such things.

Creative Common / Re: How to make inking enjoyable...?
« on: 15 May, 2009, 12:27:44 PM »
I have found the most reliable way to make inking enjoyable is to get someone else to do it.

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