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Prog / Re: Prog 2310 - High Plains Shifter
« on: Today at 01:29:23 PM »
That story was George Michael Vs Andrew RidgeleyBlock IIRC, so this is another fight.

That and the use of Gribligs is making me think that Neimand isnt so much a pseudonym for Rennie, but an actual AI that has been fed the first 10 years of Wagner Grant and is churning out effective homages - if they can do it for art, then surely you could do it for scripts?

Prog / Re: Prog 2310 - High Plains Shifter
« on: Today at 01:02:03 PM »
The 10 post drought has broken, but no 2310 or 2311 (just bills and chritmas cards!)

Glad I bought a copy yesterday - don't like to put the onus on Tharg to sort out a problem not of his making, but dont like to let it go off sale and make it a mission to replace if it doesnt turn up!

Review to follow from the shop copy!

Prog / Re: Prog 2310 - High Plains Shifter
« on: 06 December, 2022, 01:04:44 PM »
not had any post of any kind for a week now, so expect a double prog at some point....

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 05 December, 2022, 05:59:27 PM »
Hurrah! No need to apologise for the delay, Conrad - your lungs are more important than our ears!

Fox has clearly been broken by mid 90s progs and has become hysterical - the only reason for his gushing over BR2000!

That said, I do think you hit ona  good point - the 'ugliness' of the art works in its favour and gives it some cover - that's Williams "unsexy" style though, so I'm sort of thinking that might just be a further mistake by editorial, and the intention from Millar was to have it full on cheesecake - imagine if Greg Staples had done the art instead. 

Film Discussion / Re: Dredd 2 moving forward
« on: 25 November, 2022, 08:21:44 PM »
I am Dredd 2 and so is my wife

Got there in the end - a very passive/aggressive way of getting my phone number!


Tried twice to order it but it just hangs - might be a problem my end, but is there a phone number you can order fro the shop on?


Tried twice to order it but it just hangs - might be a problem my end, but is there a phone number you can order fro the shop on?

General / Re: 10 Greatest Judge Dredd Comics Of All Time?
« on: 16 November, 2022, 10:07:21 PM »
Morrison coming across as arrogant??  Well I never!

I love the way he thinks Big Dave was going over peoples heads and the irony was hidden by the complexity of his incredible conceit

To quote a bald twat I once overheard, "At least Batman has two dimensions".  Big Dave was just saying the most obvious thing in the most obvious way - Viz was doing it better, or at least first, so what was the benefit of Big Dave repeating the very same joke over and over and over.

The idea that Millar & Morrison (and also Ennis) werent writing stuff that just came across as homophobic seems laughable to me let alone they were trying to make the comic "gayer" - Ducky from Robohunter is a positive portrayal?  If they were truly wanting to make a point about "macho" men in 2000AD, rather than parodying them (in the case of Dredd, utterly misunderstanding the character), perhaps creating alternatives would have been a better approach? Devlin Waugh went down pretty well, so maybe having a low opinion of your publication and their audience is not going to endear you to said audience?

In the late 80s and early 90s, punk/metal and very shortly grunge were all doing very well with working class people - just because Morrison was off his trolley on E and Acid House doesnt make him more working class - His poster boy Morrissey was as far as I can tell totally a Middle Class pursuit - never got the sense Morrison was Working Class or fighting for the working class at any point when he was writing for and being interviewed about 2000AD at the time. 

2000AD was heavily racist and sexist? While it wasnt lily white, it certainly was more progressive than most of culture that existed alongside it and the idea that Big Dave was a direct commentary on 2000AD seems totally off base... If my hate of Big Dave makes Grant laugh a bit harder at Big Dave, so be it. 


Film & TV / Re: Guillermo del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities
« on: 16 November, 2022, 09:31:54 PM »
I'm the opposite in that I am always disappointed by HPL adaptations and no change with Pickman's Model

I get why the story as is doesnt make for an hour, so dont do it in an hour format maybe?  It just took teh idea of eldritch paintings and did a King in Yellow with paint rather than actually tell the story HPL wrote.

I'm suitably warned for Dreams in the Witch House

I've only seen three- Graveyard Rats, which I very much enjoyed as an adaptation of Kuttner's story, and which I thought benefited from crowbarring in the Lovecraftian Mythos stuff, seeing as Kuttner was originally part of that circle. Also, Pickman's Model was, I thought, a half-decent adaptation stretched beyond its limits, which ended up just about breaking even. Dreams in the Witch House, however, was beyond awful. Lovecraft's story turned into a limp Harry Potter fan-film. It's not often I watch an HPL adaptation and fail to find anything within that arguably added extra (if completely different) elements of enjoyment, but Witch House managed it. Pitiful. Shits in the Shit House, more like.


Looks like they hsve done an impressive job refining the ruleset so as not to transform it from what it was to something too different, but shave off some of the older edges and remove some of the swingier elements - may have to persuade my daughter to play at the weekend!

Prog / Re: Prog 2307 - Grub's up!
« on: 09 November, 2022, 11:11:41 PM »
The new Sov flavoured Judge Death Lives sure is pretty - it's better than End of Days I suppose, but psychic threat Dredds should be very very limited and using the same beats ("I Lied") might be homage, or might justcome across as lazy depending on your mileage - given PSI div are all goners, maybe we are in for a sychich trhreat free future, cos otherwise...

Chimpsky is also psychic threating it, which doesnt help either story, but at least here I'm getting some thrills, even if each episode feels a bit light for some reason I cant pin down

The rest remans unread, despite a pledge to myself to read everything that I made a year or so back

Prog / Re: Prog 2305 - PSI of the Storm!
« on: 27 October, 2022, 05:17:05 PM »
I'm the other end of things - The comic feels like it is dodging the venn diagram of things I like.

If it wasnt for Chimpsky, I'd not have read any of this and last weeks prog.  Having made myself read the Dredd, I just find it totally off my tastes, so for my groat, a complete waste of Flint's incerasingly beautiful art.  There is one thing tying a pair of stories togtehr, and its my least favourite modern Dredd scrbe dabbling in his own continuity - not good.

I assume the only reason Hope is still going so if can break Brett Ewins record for reusing the same panel / pose?

If Wagner announced he was retiring for good, I think my sub would be on the line, which if you'd asked me that at any point prior to this would have sent a cold shiver, but now its the lack of money to afford heating that is likely to do that....

Well. That was cliffhanger city. Waiting two weeks for the next lot of these tales is a bit ARRGGHH.

Dredd was good, even if Huang’s fate was signposted. The new foe looks suitably spooky. Chimpsky remains a delight, while Hope remains barely comprehensible. Needs a re-read. Enemy Earth steps things up, and Hershey was a relatively slow one, but I’m still really enjoying it.

Cohesion was absent this week. Tonally, the Prog is all over the shop. It’s not like that hasn’t been the case even during the original golden era – Sam Slade vs Sláine, say. But, man, that run of Chimpsky > Hope > Enemy Earth > Hershey is like a series of jolts, to the point it feels like two separate comics. Fortunately, they’re two very good comics.

Anyway: Chimpsky > Hershey > Dredd > Enemy Earth > Hope

Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 20 October, 2022, 09:09:43 PM »
John Major?  I'm assuming we arent counting Dimensions in Time here!

According to Yorkshire Bylines, she's the first British prime minister not to have an episode of Doctor Who air during her term in office since the show began in 1963. If she'd only hung on until Monday.

Books & Comics / Re: The New Adventures of Pat Mills
« on: 13 October, 2022, 07:00:30 PM »
I am dubious of NFTs, but admit that is due to the general air of pyramid scheme that surrounds the word, and my entre lack of understanding of what the hell they actually are.  I read Pats explanation and couldnt really see how it was any different from a very liited edition run, that he can continue to monetize (though you could sell the physical copy and not the digital bit surely, thus cutting him out of the revenue stream?)

The other angle he seems excited about is "interaction" with fans, but I worry that is just franchising his characters to anyone willing to stump up cash?

AI art is not something I particularly like the idea of either - mybe for concepting it might have some uses, but thats using the prior work of others  - you could argue Pat has always had that approach when he sent his artists tons of reference - using others orior work to buid on your own. 

Both of those leave a sour taste - I see he is trying to defend the NFTs more than the AI art presently.

More of a problem for me would be any apologising for Putin, which I would hope Pat's self professed career fight against Authoritarianism would make impossible for him to dabble in.  I understand that the difference between a Mask on and Mask Off authoritarian might be smaller than you think, but that doesnt make the mask off one any better! It's clear that Ukraine were not gagging to be subsumed into the Motherland and are fighting for Freedom.  Thats the end of the debate as far as I'm concerned.  If Russias neighbours ahve all been queuing up to join NATO, perhaps Russia needs to look at itself for the main reason why that might be.

Film & TV / Re: Sydney Sweeny In New Barberalla Movie.
« on: 12 October, 2022, 08:37:21 PM »
I'd love to see a faithful Flash Gordon movie (well, minus the 30s racism, so visually some characters would need an overhaul) - the 79 one is pretty good as an update that keeps most of the pulpy goodness, but I just imagine what you could do with the SFX of today and think it'd be visually insane

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