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Messages - SmallBlueThing(Reborn)

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My kids (now really adults) read comics. My eldest reads both the prog and the Meg each week/ month, as well as multiple Marvels. My youngest is more of a DC fan and reads whatever is put in front of her.

They've always read them. But then, they grew up in a house with 13000 comics freely available.

Are comics their "main thing"? No, that would be games, but they consider comics as legitimate as books, films and streamed tv shows- certainly neither have ever mentioned comics being something they should "grow out of".

But walking into WHSMITH, I see the main reason most kids don't read them: they are still plastic-wrapped shite that appeals to no one except the editorial team involved. I still can't quite see the logic of the media tie-in comics that choke up the shelves. Unlike when we were small, those media properties are available *at any time*. There's no waiting a week between installments, they are streamed, and can be accessed 24 hours a day. If a seven year old wants Ben10 or whatever- it's there with a click of a button, not once a week on Saturday mornings if mum and dad let the TV go on.

And anything that isn't a tie-in is shoved at the other end of the shop, where 2000AD (and, horribly, Monster Fun) sits with the adult mags- where the kids don't see them.

There are many other reasons of course, but I'm in a rush. And this kind of stuff makes me cross.

SBT


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In these instances, the only way to scientifically choose is to place both series on the side table for a couple of days and record which one gets picked up first/ most.

Helltrekkers.

SBT

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General / Re: Forum’s Fav Thrill - Dandridge vs. VCs Rd 3 Heat 57
« on: 27 June, 2022, 07:52:04 PM »
Hmm. I liked Dandridge an awful lot, but The VCs gets this.

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General / Re: Side-side-vote - The golden goose-stepper
« on: 27 June, 2022, 07:46:05 PM »
How about: Rico disappears from the strip for ages, Dredd gets very banged up in one episode and has to have surgery. Then a year of normal Dredd stories before it's revealed he had the body/ brain swop a year or so ago, Rico is gone for good, and Dredd has just accepted it and moved on. No fuss.

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General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Does it tally up?
« on: 27 June, 2022, 07:42:47 PM »
However the droids want to tell the tale.

That said, I *really* don't like the "3reeler" format, not.one bit. So, one-parters or six parts plus, please.

SBT

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Dreadnoughts. One of the beat things Tharg has done in years. Full-Tilt Boogie is okay, but a lot rides on the second series.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 25 June, 2022, 10:24:50 AM »
Well, that's all a bit exciting.

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General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Slippery Jim is my name
« on: 24 June, 2022, 07:34:15 AM »
Leave Slippery Jim where he is, but by all means look to other properties to adapt.

The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells would seem like a perfect 2000AD fit. And a massive wide-screen graphic novel of Rendezvous With Rama drawn by Culbard would be astonishing.

SBT

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General / Re: Sideshow Vote II: Simply the best – Número cinco
« on: 24 June, 2022, 07:31:06 AM »
I'm going to vote for the current book, running in the prog now. Brink is such a masterpiece, it seems to get better- the tension building- with every episode. Therefore the experience of reading Book 2 was more enjoyable than Book 1, and Book 3 likewise improved on 2. It's absolutely the best exercise in episodic storytelling and worldbuilding that we've seen in 2000AD since at least Nikolai Dante. And it is probably better than that.

And, weirdly, it translated perfectly to audio- which I don't think was true of any of the other strips they adapted. I await a Netflix adaptation with a sense of inevitability.

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Sancho Panzer. It may be time to admit that MACH 1 was a bit rubbish.

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General / Re: Forum’s Fav Thrill - Inspectre vs. Defoe Rd 3 Heat 52
« on: 23 June, 2022, 06:52:10 PM »
I liked Defoe more at the start than at the end, and I remember being impressed with The Inspectre at a time when the Meg wasn't all that great.

I will vote The Inspectre, largely because of the disappointment I felt with how Defoe ended up going.

SBT

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It's definitely Stronty, but that's no shame on Absalom- which is a lovely thing.

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Capaldi.

The most Doctorish of Doctors, and cruelly overlooked.

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I'd go for a Thrax series, and the special a while back showed the promise of a solo Wulf run.

So we will say Wulf.

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Skizz

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