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Film & TV / Alien vs. Aliens
« on: 11 October, 2013, 12:51:28 PM »
I have often heard it said that Aliens is one of the rare cases that a sequel is better than the original.  I have thought about it for years as to which was my favourite Alien flick (Alien 3 held the post the longest time).  These days I feel more inclined to say the original is the best and that Aliens is way down the list now.  This has probably been done to death already but I'll throw it back out there.

Which is your favourite, Alien or Aliens?

Classifieds / Wanted: 56 Back Issues from progs 500-900
« on: 03 October, 2013, 11:41:08 AM »
I am looking to fill in some gaps in my collection.  This may be a long shot, but I figure it's still worth trying.

I am looking for progs 500, 541-550, 552, 558, 559, 589-598, 650-662, 667-670, 678, 791, 794-799, 846, 848, 850, 851, 870, 872 and 891.  I'm not too bothered about newsagent marks so long as the progs are in a good condition.

I am also on the lookout for Megazine vol 2 issues 46-55.

I can't really afford to pay a large sum and I am looking to buy for about 20-30 pence per prog as that's about what I've been managing off ebay.  I thought I'd ask here as well because it might take a long time to fill in these odd and sods through ebay.

General / Which one are you?
« on: 01 October, 2013, 06:31:56 PM »
With music you have those who prefer vinyl, those who prefer CDs and those who prefer MP3s.

When it comes to your thrill power which do you prefer?  Back issues, collected volumes or digital progs?

Although I do enjoy collected volumes for the convenience, reading a load of back issues is somehow more satisfying for me.  Even if I'm just reading one story, it can be really nice to see what else was in the prog as I go along and maybe start reading other things.  Or you can see if there is anything interesting on the Nerve Centre and Input pages.

(As for music, I prefer MP3s simply because I use my desktop as my home sound system and my mp3 player when out and about.  It's pure convenience)

General / Curious About Old Stories
« on: 01 October, 2013, 05:48:43 PM »
Today I received my second batch of 2000 AD back issues from a time before I started to collect.  I have from prog 445 - 896 minus around 50 missing progs.

I have been so excited about these back issues, there are so many stories I'd really love to read - many from the early days of being a Squaxx.

So I thought I'd through it out there.  I'm sure there are plenty of people on the forum who didn't start at prog 1 and don't own nor have read the entire catalogue of 2000 AD.  Do you hear talk of stories past or have you caught the end of the run of a story and you wonder "what was all that about?"  Whether good or bad, what are you curious about?

To get the ball rolling, here is a sample of my list that I now have the opportunity to read (but obviously haven't yet).

Original Rogue Trooper after Re-Gene.  I bought the first lot of the collected Rogue Trooper editions by Rebellion before they released in the Case File format.  IIRC publication stopped before the Hitman stories.

New Rogue Trooper Friday.  I caught the end of Fridays run and I haven't seen much of a good word said about him, but I thought he was great and to this day I still prefer him over the original.  I really want to read those earlier stories as I doubt there will ever be a reprint.

Zenith.  I know that there is word that a collected edition is coming out but I now have the old progs.  I saw a few episodes of late Zenith as a kid and loved Steve Yeowell's artwork.  The whole thing has been this intriguing mystery, even now.

The Journal of Luke Kirby.  I caught the last printed story of Luke Kirby and was again drawn in by the artwork.

Tyranny Rex.  I've heard mixed things about this strip but I enjoy John Smith's work and I reckon I'd probably like it.

There are more, but I think that will do for now.

Also would love to hear views (spoiler free, of course ;)) from people who have read any old stories mentioned in the thread.

General / Why do you love Judge Dredd?
« on: 26 September, 2013, 05:39:43 PM »
So I'm still engrossed in my big 2000AD read.  Starting at my very first prog (897) and working my way towards the most recent.  I have not long finished reading prog 1461 which features the excellent Mandroid story line in Judge Dredd.  My big read has a great deal of nostalgic value for me, but currently I'm in new territory as there was a five year gap in my collection that I have only recently filled.  It's a fantastic experience.

I find myself, therefore, thinking about what draws me towards Judge Dredd.  When I was a little 10 year old the initial draw was the action and violence.  Judge Dredd has certainly not been a role model to me.  I don't agree with his actions, motivations or values.  As time has gone by I find that I am most endeared towards the depictions of the dystopic world he resides in.  The satire and commentary.  OK, the action and violence still has its place as well, but that's not why I like reading the stories.  I am reminded of one of the first strips I read when I first started collecting 2000 AD with a guy on a pedway, fed up, demanding he is not a sheep and subsequently causing a riot.  That one shot story has stuck with me for twenty years - as much as reading the Apocalypse War or Judgement Day (thanks to the Titan books).

So that is briefly why I love Judge Dredd.

Why do you love Judge Dredd?

Welcome to the board / Introducing Myself
« on: 05 September, 2013, 05:17:58 PM »
Hello, I'm Pictsy and I'm a budding illustrator.

I have been collecting 2000AD for about 20 years now - minus those five years when I stopped.  Never fret though, for I have recently purchased back issues to fill the gap in my collection and I am currently making my way through them.

I am currently enjoying reading Cabalistic Inc. the start of Low Life, The Red Seas, Samantha Slade, the aftermath of Total War and the continuation of Nikolai Dante - as of writing this I have just finished reading Prog 1431, so I still have a long way to go until I am caught up.

I am also enjoying the currently released Progs as well.  The highlight has certainly been Chaos Day - especially the aftermath.

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