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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 24 May, 2022, 10:10:40 PM »
i think it was the most hackneyed work of garth's career. usually the master of confounding and shocking writing, in this instance everything is wholly predictable.
give me grant morrison's superb and disturbing subversion of dare instead, please.

Is that the one where Dan Dare gets bummed by the Mekon?

Oh yeah. Subversive.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 23 May, 2022, 10:02:10 AM »
the company address is a private residence in a very leafy part of Surrey.

Fuck me, you need a few quid to live in that neighbourhood!

Yes. Check out how many of the houses there have private pools, on Google Maps...

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 23 May, 2022, 09:37:28 AM »
My guess is that the Dan Dare Corp (and some of the other IP owners who seem to just be sitting on material) refuse to accept a lot of (what seem to be reasonable) offers because if they did accept they'd be setting a price below what they've valued their IP at.

They'd rather bring in zero income and claim it's worth X million pounds than make at least some money but have to admit that they previously over-estimated the value. I'm assuming there's a tax advantage or similar involved somewhere along the line.

if you look at the Companies House info on the rather grandly-titled Dan Dare Corporation, you see its only two personnel  have the same surname (husband and wife team, I'm guessing) and that the company address is a private residence in a very leafy part of Surrey.

There's little to no money actually moving through the company, and. yeah, the impression I get is someone just sitting on their IP in the fading hope it might be worth something again as a film or TV property.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 21 May, 2022, 06:12:06 PM »
they're definitely not running out - don't they own nearly all the history of british comics
I meant in the sense of readily available content. Having a massive archive is one thing. Spending a lot of effort cleaning strips up for a ‘free’ component of a magazine probably isn’t the best use of resources.


I don’t think many people commenting realise just what it takes to clean up these old stories to make them presentable for republishing.

Film Discussion / Re: Shako's cocaine rampage
« on: 21 May, 2022, 01:25:27 PM »
“The only bear on the DEA’s death-list.”

Necronauts ... predates League of Extraorindary Gentlemen, even, doesn't it?

Apparently not. LoEG is 1999, Necronauts is 2000. (Publication-wise, any road.)

A version of Necronauts was announced by Tundra Comics in 1992.  It was the exact same concept, but would have been a lesser story than the one that saw print 8 years later in the prog.

Film & TV / Re: New Doctor Who Picked.
« on: 10 May, 2022, 04:05:29 PM »

I was recently watching some classic Who as a man struggled with some green painted bubble wrap on his arm - it was fantastic! 

'The Ark in Space' is my guess for that one - things have rather moved on!

I do wonder if Dan O'Bannon ever saw this story.

Ex-BBC man Ridley Scott would be a much safer bet…

Film & TV / Re: Dr Who: Legend of the Sea Devils
« on: 20 April, 2022, 11:39:06 AM »
Doctor:  "Yaz, you're the most amazing person I've ever met!"

When did this happen? Was there an entire series or two we missed when Yaz became not just interesting, but the most amazing person a 2000 year-old time traveller has ever met?

You can't just have one character tell us how amazing someone is. You have to have invested in actually showing it.

Hookjaw because of how much it seemed to wind up the Cornish racist contingent of the readership at the time.
“It was different from the black and white strips about a shark eating people that I read in the 1970s! WAAAHHHH!”

His main objection was that it was ‘unrealistic’ because one of the characters in it was a POC, and (true enough) Cornwall has a tiny non-white population.

Weirdly, he didn’t complain the magic ghost shark was unrealistic, and not a real thing.  Just the black character.

He then went on to moan about wokeness just before he was shown the door by the group mod.

Hookjaw because of how much it seemed to wind up the Cornish racist contingent of the readership at the time.

Events / Re: BHP Glasgow Comic Con 4 June drinkies?
« on: 05 April, 2022, 11:21:13 AM »
Is this event good? I remember speaking to some of the BHP people at an Edinburgh Comic Art fest a few years ago and they seemed like a decent bunch. I'm tempted to head down if I'm around in June.

It can be a bit hit or miss TBH, but better that anything else on the go in Scotland now...

Bring back HiEx! I'm looking at you Rich!

Yeah, the Edinburgh Comic Con at the ECC is now an official victim of the pandemic, leaving the Glasgow Comic Con the last Scottish con that's actually about comics, AFAIK. (Might still be something in Dundee, it's a bit 'local' feeling?)

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 31 March, 2022, 11:41:17 AM »
Last I'd heard, Pat himself hadn't finished writing the scripts.

Did he mention that on his Twitter?
Don't think so, though I haven't checked. I was under the impression that the scripts were written years ago.

They certainly weren’t finished at the point when it had become obvious that Bisley had just given up all interest in it.

Whole thing has the air of an ongoing clusterfuck about it.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 30 March, 2022, 11:22:01 AM »
After reading Mills twitter related to the Joe Pineapple series I do not think it will be ready this year:

On subject of late-running series, I should mention Joe Pineapples. Simon first talked to me about his idea in September 2014. I wrote first treatment in December 2014. Currently, Simon has completed his two colour episodes. Clint continues. I know he's completed some, but ..

Lasgt I'd heard, Pat himself hadn't finished writing the scripts.

Did he mention thagt on his Twitter?

Announcements / Re: 45th anniversary online convention!
« on: 18 March, 2022, 07:21:31 PM »
There’s been some fairly appalling attitudes aired in the comments on these announcements on the 2000AD FB page.  And you’re absolutely right - they’re especially prevalent around women guests at the event.

I think - for maybe the first time ever - the decision was taken to ban the worst offenders from the page.

You can probably listen to some of them whining/boasting about it in their regular 2000AD podcast.

Film & TV / Re: Patrick Stewart back as Picard in new series
« on: 13 March, 2022, 09:16:59 AM »
That is a bit rubbish. Only now, at about 100, do I remember the childhood trauma that has propelled me through life.

Also, they haven’t half just blipped over any ramifications from the S1 ending that Picard basically died and what we’re looking at now is a robot copy of him.

I mean….

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