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Books & Comics / Doctor Who - The Tenth Doctor collection
« on: 02 April, 2008, 05:48:03 PM »
Heads up folks. There's a second reprint title due, well, tomorrowish reprinting someof the more recent Tenth Doctor and Martha Smith, art by Mike Collins and Roger Langridge as well as the ever excellent Martin Geraghty. Not that the first two names aren't excellent, you kbow...

General / Nick Dyer,, New Artists, and the road to Dredd.
« on: 01 April, 2008, 01:15:03 AM »
Traditionally, when the summers lasted for ever and biotronic transfers were something to use and not hoard, Tharg had a pre plotted learning curve for new droids.

Future Shocks existed, in part, as a kind of apprentice piece for new artists and if they were good enough they'd maybe get another shot, and then maybe another and then things progressed in various directions. Some fell by the wayside. Some found work elsewhere. Some got to create new strips, Some were given jobs on established multi artist strips, which usually meant Dredd. I could be wrong and there could be dozens of cases of a novice droid debuting on the most important strip in the comic (1) but I don't think there are really that many.

These days things are different. Steve Roberts (2), for instance, was thrown in at the deep end on Sinister Dexter, though some would say that period circe the late 1200's saw that strip became a de facto apprentice piece with Dan Abnett commisioned for many, many one offs filling the slot Future Shcoks would have taken - but that's another debate entirely.

Which brings me to the point of the post (3). Nick Dyers work on Derdd has been, amongst the vocal minority (4) somewhat controversial. Some claim that he isn't ready for the biggest game in town. Others have been slowly won over, others already knew and liked his work from the staple gun and guilletine-tastic world of Small press. For my part I didn't realise it was his proffesional 2k debut and didn't realise it was controversial. I liked it though, and it reminded me of Cam Kennedy (5).

It was cartoony (6), energetic, full of interesting detail and the world was recognisable. Dredd was imposing, the kid was cute enough for a Robbie Morrison script, the panoramas some of the best this side of Ron Smith (7). In the whole of the first 24 pages there's only one thing I think a more experienced artist would have doen differently, adn that involved the sniffer droid. It's introduced as a small sketch drawing and we see it properly after four or so panels. New tech needs to be seen first, I suppose, otherwise the readers don't know what they're visualising. But what do I know? I'm not that bloke with the glasses (8).

It's a big gamble for an artist to take on a job like this, when it's not just Dredd but a strip that ties into the ongoing, popular story arc. For not just gibbering and panicing and wetting himself Nick should be applauded (9), and Tharg has made a brave move. I think it's one that's paid off and I hope to see more Nick Dyer art in the future, on Dredd, Dredd world stips, and original stuff.

So, that's what I think. What about you? I trust we can all remember that were talking about a new artist who may not be as used to the slings and arrows of outrageous fan reaction as a career hardened rust bucket.  Should Dredd be the testing ground of new droids? If so should it only be on one off strips by guest writers and not seemingly pivotal scripts by The Wag? (10) Future Shocks no longer have a place in modern 2k, it seems, so where else will new droids hone their skills? Is small press work enough evidence of talent? And really, really, really, at the end of the day should we care whether a droid is newly mintes or not when they tell the tale clearly and with enthusiasm. I can think of a few older droids who don't seem to be putting in half the effort (11).

Over to you. Or not, s the case may be.


(1) Yes Pat, only amongst British Comic Readers. Everyone else likes Slaine better.

(2) Oi! Tharg! Hire him more often!

(3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnHksDFHTQI

(4) Does he mean us? Surely not!

(5) That's a compiment.

(6) Or if you prefer Iconic. Now stop seething Si.

(7) Now that really is a compliment, trust me.

(8) You know the one. Black hair and glassed. Like a less Hogwarty Harry Potter.

(9) or for doing all that and still getting the work out. Same thing.

(10) Not going to catch on, is it?

(11) Cough! Ian Gibson! Cough!

Film & TV / Time Bandits Free. Or at least cheap...
« on: 30 March, 2008, 02:31:48 PM »
With the Mail on Sunday, if you haven't seen it. 1.50 gets yuo a classic piece of flawed genius. Wrapped around it is a paper with absolutley nothing of interest to any rational thinker apart from a piece by Frankie Howards sister on David Walliams.

You should also buy the Sunday Post while you're in the Newsie because, well, it's Sunday. CountryFile, Last of the Summer Wine, Roast beef, Port and Lemonade, Pot of Tea, mooch, tidy up, Sunday Post. It's traditional.

Games / Zelda - Minish Cap - remind me...
« on: 21 March, 2008, 10:55:40 PM »
Howdo nice gaming people. I'm partway through Minish cap and a bit stumped. I've foind three elements and now have to return to the elemental temple thang. I've forgotten where it is. Any clues?

Books & Comics / League volume 3, beginning In 2009
« on: 20 March, 2008, 12:11:28 PM »
I'm not going to waste your time. Link below to the Top Shelf blurb on the next chapter of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemenses.

Link: http://www.topshelfcomix.com/catalog.php?type=2&ti

Film & TV / The Curse of Comedy.
« on: 13 March, 2008, 03:05:20 PM »
Next Wednesday Beeb 4 broadcasts the first in a series of four drama-docos about the private lives of public figures under the linking title 'The Curse of Comedy'.

Hughie Green, Frankie Howard, Tony Hancock, and the Corbett/Brable double whammy are the subjects.

It's an enduring, popular sourse of material this 'tragic clowns' thang but is there any truth in it? And if there is do we need to know all about it? Any thoughts and comments on the particular stories involved or the actors? For my money what I've seem as David Walliams Frankie Howard I wasn't impressed but I'll be tuning in for the Steptoe film.

And to kick things off here's an, I thought, interesting link to an article by Galton and Simpson inspired by the series. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article3484755.ece

I watched the pilot of Steptoe with my partner this week and was surprised by how perfectly formed it was from it's first step. Stunning stuff, and very funny still. I've seen it before but didn't clcok the signifigance of Old Man Steptoe quoting from the Bacharach and David song 'Tower of strength' before.

Off Topic / The Three Hares and other eccentricities.
« on: 09 March, 2008, 09:40:40 AM »
A small website that pleased and interested me very much. I hope you like it and if there's any similarly pleasant, eccentric websites out there that you'd like to share with me that'd be nice too.

I'll dig out the link to the Green Man site by Mike Harding at some point, if there's an interest.

Link: The Three Hares projest.

Suggestions / Dear Tharg, can we have a break from sports stories?
« on: 28 February, 2008, 01:52:50 PM »
I think it's telling that there doesn't appear to be a thread for Extreme Edition 27 nearly a month after it's release. It's the third future sports themed reprint in a row and, as it ends on a cliff hanger, there's another one to follow.

The fun, for me, of the reprints is the variety and for a chunk of this year there's been none. At all. Just more of the same thing. A friend of mine who picks and choses which comics to buy has steered clear of the last six months worth as he has no interest in sports comics of any kind, and I can't believe he's alone.

I genuinely feel bad to complain about anything when the Meg has improved so much and the weekly is going so well but please, please, please can we have something different from future sports in number 29?

There's lots to chose from. What about a Maria/Walter collection reprinting their post 70's adventures? Sinister Dexter isn't turning up in trades and the early volumes skipped a few stories anyway, so how about that? Canon Fodder always gets requested, or how about a Grant Morrison collection to appeal to his fan-base? Return to Armageddon is unlikely to be collected, or what about the original V.C.s? Strontium Dog oddments and bits and bobs? Ro-busters? Heck, I'd even like to see recent-ish short stories and serials collected like The Scrap.

But what do I know? These may be the bestest selling reprints ever in which case I'll stand corrected and apologise.

News / CBR on digital 2k.
« on: 13 February, 2008, 09:11:28 AM »
There's a neat little piece on CBR about 2k with news that I haven't seen before but everyone else probably has.

Link: News, Nikolai Dante, Digital archive

Books & Comics / Bone. The thread.
« on: 31 January, 2008, 12:20:20 PM »
A quick search suggests we haven't had a Bone-centric thread before - not quite - which really surprises me. A colleague sent me a huge box full of comics from her girlfriend and amongst them was a copt of the Complete Bone. I intended to keep looking through the pile but...a quick browse of the pages...hourse later Nick came home and found me still sitting where I was when she'd gone out, still reading Bone. Second time around it's just as good.

What a funny, warm-hearted, kind, clever, epic, heroic, magical book. Near perfection in cartoon form, with lovable heroes, hissable villains, comic relief that is actually funny...if you haven't read this book, well, why not?

Favourite moments please? I'm particularly fond of the snowfall sequence in chapter two.

Books & Comics / Edginto, D'israeli, Yeowell, and Captain Jack Harkness.
« on: 23 January, 2008, 05:01:18 PM »
Bought Nicky the first issue of Torchwood Magazine and read the comic on the way home. Fairly middling stuff from a 'legend' like Simon Furman. Their choice of word. Coming soon though are comics by, amongst others, Ian Edginton, D'israeli and Stevie Owl. Ian Edginton is the perfect choice for this sort of thing and could produce the best Torchwood in any medium. If he's teamed with his regular collaborators then so much the better.

I'll let you know when they turn up, shall I?

General / 2k in DeathRay! Gibbons, Erskine, Spurrious.
« on: 16 January, 2008, 05:57:03 PM »
The latest issue of DeathRay magazine, which should have shipped mid December, has hit the shelves in all it's slightly out of sate glory. There's a fair bit of 2k stuff in, which may be of interest.

There's a brief interview with Dave Gibbons, accompanied by much, familiar, art work. 2k is pretty much glossed over but in terms of his career it is actually only a small part. There's about two pages of largely biographical interview and 4 pages of images.

To accompany the launch of the new Dan Dare there's an interview with Gary Erskine about how he's tackled the series. Brief but to the point.

Simon Spurrier has written a piece about the sci-fi fans love of guns. Read it, punk.

As well as that two out of the five in depth interviews are likely to be of interest. The five ost important releases of the month are afforded either a double page slot of a single page allowing, in theory, the product to be looked at more closely than a regular review. Dare is the third biggest event, The Black Dossier the fifth. I say in theory because this month a chunk of each review is jus a re-telling of the plot, or listing of page count.

DeathRay is a decent new addition to the stands. Telly watchers will find much to please and there's a decent feature on Brian Aldiss. Not as annoying as SFX, or as predictable as Starburst it's worth checking out.

Off Topic / E-bay help, please.
« on: 16 January, 2008, 05:25:54 PM »
I've just been to my mum and dads to pick up a C.D. and checked their e-mails. There's about a dozen saying I've listed a James Bond item to sale, and a couple saying the sale has been cancelled. I can't log into E-bay and, fool that I am, I think I went to one of the links in the message and tried to. It may be a bigger hoax than I thought.

Any ideas how to access my account?

Off Topic / Don't suppose anyone needs an artist?
« on: 10 January, 2008, 06:16:10 PM »
I bumped into a bloke I used to know at college last Sunday. Over a few pints of orange cordial we put the world to rights and I basically got over the fact that I'd always thought him as an enemy. The fact that he forgave me breaking his nose last time I saw him went some way towards that. The mate I'd been out with reminded me of a filme we'd all made at college which, frankly, I shudder at the thought of. Blakes 7 fan film. I was a chubby Vila...

Paul showed me some samples of his art that he had on his phone and they were pretty good. He makes a living from it and also, apparantly, has drawn several self published comics. He was keen to go further with it and asked me for any help I could give him. We swapped nu,bers and he promised to bring me some samples of his strip work.

In the meantime does anybody have any spec scripts going spare, or need an artist for anything. No promises as to his reliability but if you want me to pass on e-mail details then please get in touch.

Off Topic / Places that you love.
« on: 07 December, 2007, 01:40:21 PM »
My younger brother is a PAT man (or PA tester, never a PAT tester, that's the vocational equivalent of referring to a Scotsman as Scothman) and his work takes him all around the country. On his longer journeys he overnights in B&Bs (never Travellodes) but when he's returning the same day he's not averse to taking along a passenger as long as they don't hold him up, delay him getting to appointments, or try to dictate the route.

Yesterday his travels took him to Bangor, Llandudno, and Colwyn Bay. Knowing my love of North Wales in general and Llandudno in particular he sent a text late on Wednesday evening and very early on Thursday morning he picked me up. Apart from a disgusted refusal of an offer to share my breakfast (what's wrong with Tuna?) and a differing taste in music (he wanted Rod Stewart, I wanted anything else at all) it was a blinding day.

I'd rather have spent less time in Bangor. Since I last went they're changed the cathedral by addind a little shop and glaring lights. In memory it was gloomy and dark and full of histoical oddities. I liked it better when there wasn't a salesman. That said the rehearsing choir bursting into 'The Hallelujah Chorus' as we opened the door to walk in was well timed.

The point of this thread, and there is one, is to talk about my reaction to getting back to Llandudno again. I know that in reality it's nothing special, just another seaside town with little that's exciting and glamorous. I know that there are a dozen places like it, that it's full of pensioners having day trips. But I don;t care. To me it's both heave and a haven.

I've spent a lot of time in Llandudno, enough to be familiar with it's main street attractions and it back street pubs. To be able to orientate myself quickly and see all the sights in very little time. Enough to be comfortable, in short. And that's important to me. Whenever I need to destress, to get away it's always been to Llandudno. If ever I get enough money and time together for a break I'm very predictable. I wouldn't have it anyother way.

My brother spent a weekend there once and that was enough for him. He was desperate to get home and asked me what I do when I go there for weeks at a time. Well as well as two (count them) Ormes there are three museums (Alice in Wonderland, Homefront during WW2, General) there are two golf courses (one crazy, one mini), a bronze mine, a farm, a pier, and plenty of places within reach for SAGA coach tours to Colwyn Bay, Rhos on Sea, Anglesey, Conway...

I can't justify or properly explain my utter devotion to such a tatty, unlikely haven. Am I the only one utterly smitten with a seemingly mediocre place? What about you? Where do you love being?

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