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Books & Comics / Re: Shift Comic - new UK anthology
« on: Today at 08:04:09 PM »
Good news - be very interested to see how this does. Also be very interested to see who the other original art teirs might be - the Facebook page suggests there will be others. Would love a Kora page (if its not digital?)

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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 23 October, 2021, 10:48:15 PM »
There's a lot of love on here for 2003 western Open Range and I stumbled across it the other day on Prime and watched it with excitment... except I really didn't like it... well that's not fair. There is much to like but some key elements are just hollow and that makes the excellent relationship between Duvall and Costner, the superb gun battle and some good 'authentic work worth ... well if not nothing, then not very much at all.

The villains are the very worst of paper thin cliche. Thrown in to give something to rail against and not even 2 dimensional. The relationship between Costner and Benning is just terrible too. Its rushed, has no depth and just flow past like the very worst of love interest for the sake of it.

The music - poor and freeze frame in the last shot - just awful.

Its half a good western and half an absymal cliche.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2255 - Hag Reflex!
« on: 23 October, 2021, 08:58:27 PM »
The Prog hits the Regened next week and so we get one of this end not end Progs. Three thrills - kinda - end and two go into a break.

Dredd The Hard Way ends and its gone from the moment it does really. I mean its not bad, in fact it was great fun, but its no more than that. Maitland's final "We're going to make the Red Queen pay..." line is all action  movie forboding ... but not real forboding.

Diaboliks kinda ends really well and then plays straight into the next story which will present what Solomon Ravne has been up. It ends the present story really well, with a clink of light for Jennifer. The problem with the cliffhangers it uses to pull into the next story is when see Ravne lying victim on the floor I'm kinda glad not worried cos he is such a dick!... mind looking forward to seeing how it all got there so its worked!

Whoops premature posting and no 'Modify' to wipe up the mess so I'll just have to hammer on a second and hope that makes up for it.

Pandora Perfect has the perfect ending for this series. Brisk, fun and it perfectly wraps up the 6 parts - JUST 6 PARTS! Its testament to the wipe smart pace of this one when so much has been done - such fun.

Scarlet Traces nice way to cut to the break - in fact excellent way. This another good part and looking forward to seeing where it goes.

The Out okay that was interesting. In it own right that was another fantastic episode. Brisk, funny and charming. However it did the one thing this series doesn't do it repeated itself. It was another delight selection of short, entertaining and insightful insights into Humans on the Edge - we did that a couple of weeks ago and it felt kinda weird to return to it.

Decent Prog - let's see what the next Regened brings.

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Prog / Prog 2255 - Hag Reflex!
« on: 23 October, 2021, 08:52:28 PM »
The Prog hits the Regened next week and so we get one of this end not end Progs. Three thrills - kinda - end and two go into a break.

Dredd The Hard Way ends and its gone from the moment it does really. I mean its not bad, in fact it was great fun, but its no more than that. Maitland's final "We're going to make the Red Queen pay..." line is all action  movie forboding ... but not real forboding.

Diaboliks kinda ends really well and then plays straight into the next story which will present what Solomon Ravne has been up. It ends the present story really well, with a clink of light for Jennifer. The problem with the cliffhangers it uses to pull into the next story is when see Ravne lying victim on the floor I'm kinda glad not worried cos he is such a dick!... mind looking forward to seeing how it all got there so its worked!

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So there we have it, after 3 months and Tharg knows how many votes and ties we have a winner and  THE KILLING has been voted the Board’s favourite Strontium Dog story. And what a magnificent champion it is, well deserving of its prize.

But I want to stop for a second and take this right back to why I did this one now, while before it had been buried in a long list of tourney’s to get to and that is of course Bolt-01, Dave Evans a simply wonderful man who we have lost.

That makes me sad and I miss Dave. I have no idea if he’d have liked the weaving path I wove with this silly tourney as I tried my best to mark the fun, wit and wisdom he brought to this place. I have no idea if this is a fitting tribute, but it's best I could come up with, to spend some time talking about a strip that meant so much to him.

I deliberately made it ridiculously complex (well I’m not sure what my options were!) as it represented that life is just the same. That we don’t always understand what is going on, but if we reach out and talk to those around us we can find an answer, and hopefully it's the answer we need…. or at least an answer to just give us enough to carry on to the next thing.

Dave loved this place, that much I do know, or at least he told me several times. And so talking about the things he loved, in the place he loved was the best I had to offer. Let’s keep doing that here and make this place one great tribute to Dave, who gave us so much.

Let’s keep talking about something, and nothing. But let’s keep talking to each other.

I miss you Bolt-01. I miss you Dave.


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General / Re: FINAL!!!! - The Killing v Rage - Bolt-01 Cup
« on: 23 October, 2021, 07:14:42 AM »
VOTING CLOSED

Well in the end it wasn't even close and Portrait of a... oh thats a different world... okay so in reality in the end it was even close and from a strong start there was just no stopping Rag... oh ... what.. hold on...

...wow I was NOT expecting that... what a fantastic final. Rage did indeed storm out the blocks and it seemed as it the firm favourite (well in my mind) was going to take this with ease as expected... but then The Killing started to pull votes back and pull level and then relentlessly, brutally pull ahead and was unstoppable. By the end votes started to reappear for Rage, but by then it was far too late.

The Killing seems to represent the purity of Strontium Dog as a high octane, rough and humorous thrill. Shot through with fantastic characters, stunning art and design, action and the element, possibly, Rage misses most, a buddy 'action movie' vibe.

Its testament that Strontium Dog as a thrill that there is such variety in these two stories. Yet they both feel right. In the end though we must celebrate the forum favourite Johnny Alpha thrill

THE KILLING

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All other comics reading had stopped tonight cos NEW ASTERIX.

Now I approach a new Asterix with a delight and equal fear. Asterix hasn't aged well. Its dated in both tone and detail and the new volumes haven't been brave enough to push beyond what they were to what they could be and have just tried to emulate the past. This will never work as the past was Goscinny and Uderzo and no one is as good as them. So to try to emulate them is foolish. To not move the tales forward and re-invent leaves it bound in dangerous shorthands of old.

In that context, this book is still a triumph however, and just like the previious volume The Cheftain Daughter it works really well for what it is - even if what it is is time bound and unable to live up to its past. The art is glorious, just glorious as Conrad does his damnest to ape Uderzo. The story is also strong. Its funny, sharp and if again it relies on the same jokes rolling around they are still decent jokes.

The story has some really brilliant touches too. The magic potion is fantastically sidelined pushing other strengths of our Gallic hero to the fore. The Romans are given more time and space and are developed well. I also adore the reveal of the Griffin at the end - I'll not spoil but its based on historical theory quite superbly.

Yeah overall this does feel dated and treads a very conservative line BUT its also very good comics in that context.

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Welcome to the board / Re: PHIL...
« on: 22 October, 2021, 08:23:51 PM »
Oh don't be such a Philistine!

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General / Re: FINAL!!!! - The Killing v Rage - Bolt-01 Cup
« on: 22 October, 2021, 06:28:21 AM »
Well it all comes down to today - this wasn't the final I expected, and the final isn't going the way I expected. On the one hand that's what I love about these tourneys, they shake my expectations, on the other hand RAGE! Well you still have a day to put this right and I'll count up in the morning.

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Rules(ish)

Look this is for Fun (and as ever I’ve copied and pasted these and done edits, so ya know if this feels familiar…) this means the rules are what the rules are. Guidelines to help us all chug along and enjoy this and find some consistency and understanding of what the heck we are doing.

1. For each vote during any round in this tourney simply type the name of the series / thrill you like most and want to progress to the next round at the top of a post - feel free to say what you will after that, but it will help me (being lazy and all) if you type the name of your votes at the top of the comment - or make it clear otherwise by adding Bold tags.

2. I will count up votes in each thread after 3 days of starting it and announce the thrill moving onto the next round in that thread. Simply put the one with the most votes - once I've done that feel free to add comments, but your vote won't count and you might be charged (if I can work out how to charge you (?!))

3. In the event of a tie I will have the casting vote - ‘cos ya know I'm self absorbed. But I won’t vote beforehand therefore - sigh I miss voting it was fun!

4. We are voting for our favourite, so not which thrill had the most impact, or is most important. There are no scales for objective what’s the best thrill - it just the one you like the most and who cares what anyone else thinks.

5. I’m winging this so anything thing I've forgotten I'll make up as we go along.

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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 21 October, 2021, 12:49:39 PM »
I enjoyed Last Driver, nice one Colin!

Phew!

... Bulletproof Coffin is great and Monster Truck is also a lot of fun!

Just re-read all of them - bit of a Shaky Kane spell at the moment and adore Bulletproof Coffin (both books and the one off). I admire Monster Truck as an inventive piece of work rather than actually enjoy it though.

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Books & Comics / Re: Comics we're excited about in 2022
« on: 21 October, 2021, 12:43:17 PM »
- The Legend of Luther Arkwright.

Oh I forgot about more Luther Arkwright

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Maybe we could have a separate forum category for contests?  Not that I don’t love them and your effort but the first 2 rounds here are 200 new posts..

I'd be entirly happy with that - as it a point thats been raised before - but a bit above my pay grade alas. i did suggest one of the older unused sections could be repurposed but nothing came of it. I do leave it to four days a week to allow other stuff to breathe a bit but it has been flagged before.

The flipside to that is we get a lot of great conversation in the threads (which is the man purpose of the tourneys anyway) and so to a degree I'm also happy with the volume.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 21 October, 2021, 07:52:54 AM »
Been keeping my eyes peeled for this for sometime and finally we have a listing for the 45 Years of 2000AD book that was announced sometime back.
Not able to preorder yet, but there's some preview images that promises it to be something very special!!!
https://www.amazon.co.uk/45-Years-2000-Ad-Anniversary/dp/1786185717/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=judge+dredd+45+years&qid=1634732564&sr=8-1

Good catch - I was quietly oblivious to this and it looks great. Straight off Michael Allred drawing Zenith is something we should all have in our lives!

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Tourney Format

So there are 343 thrills in the Tourney - this doesn’t neatly go into a knockout so we have a 1st round where not all thrills appear. I gave 90 a bye cos they are big, established favs, or one-offs with really good reps, it was done quickly and will be riddled with bias from me. I image this a bit like Premiere league and Championship clubs joining the FA Cup in the 3rd Round.

The remaining 253 thrills went into a completely random draw for 87 head to head ties - with 79 also getting a bye based on the fact that they aren’t drawn in this round. So schedule is:

Round 1 = 174 thrills in 87 ties; 87 winner progress into Round 2

Round 2 = 256 thrills (87 winners from Round 1 and 149 Thrills that got a bye in that round) in 128 ties

Round 3 = 128 winning thrills from Round 2 in 64 ties

Round 4 = 64 winning thrills from Round 3 in 32 ties

Round 5 = 32 winning thrills from Round 4 in 16 ties

Round 6 = 16 winning thrills from Round 5 in 8 ties

Quarter Finals = 8 winning thrills from Round 6 in 4 ties

Semi Finals = 4 winning thrills from Quarters in 2 ties

Finals = well you’ve worked this out by now haven’t you.

All draws will be fully random (see exception from Round 1) with no seeding - just like the FA Cup - this keeps things more interesting and less predictable. You can get some big hitting ties early and some ‘lesser’ thrills can sneak through to later rounds by getting a good draw.

Who knows how long this will take and I MAY have a break in December for an X-Mas themed Tourney… if I can think of one...oh actually when typing this I might just have thought of one….

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