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Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 03 August, 2021, 05:54:22 PM »
That speech at the end of Capaldi’s run was cringeworthy. It went on forever and felt like the antithesis of what is Doctor was all about—although it was off course a Moffat blog post about what he thought the character should be. Awful. I kind of hope Whitakker’s doesn’t do something so overblown. “Bye, then!”

The speechifying definitely got more blatant, self-indulgent and pompous as the Moffat era went on.

Suggestions / Re: Could we have a 2000AD 45th Anniversary bash?
« on: 21 July, 2021, 01:17:49 PM »
Even a series of signings around the countries, not just in that place Italy beat. :lol:

Because the record for attendance at 2000AD events outside of London isn’t generally terrible?

General / Re: Big plans for 2000ad 45th - details of releases
« on: 26 June, 2021, 02:12:27 PM »
On paper, Andy Helfer felt like a great fit for US Dredd. He was an Anglophile 2000AD fan, and his reboot of The Shadow title was highly regarded and had a Dredd-ish black humour tone.

In reality, though…

I knew him when he was an editor at DC, and remember trying to look politely non-appalled as -over a meal at DC’s expense - he told me his planned story arc for his Dredd book.

Events / Re: Jock Team-up 2021?
« on: 24 June, 2021, 02:44:31 PM »
They’ll never surpass the giddy heights of Kirkintilloch and Balmaha Comic Cons.

Events / Re: Jock Team-up 2021?
« on: 24 June, 2021, 08:36:08 AM »
Looking at the organisers’ page (Big Glasgow Comic Con) I see the date is now just ‘TBA’, so obviously they’ve been told there’s no guaranteed re-opening date for the venue yet.

Looking at the page, they’ve got plenty of other regional Scottish events listed.  How about a trip doom the water to Dunoon, or the exotic climes of Rutherglen? 

Events / Re: Jock Team-up 2021?
« on: 10 June, 2021, 04:56:09 PM »
The venue - which is a bar-free sports and leisure centre - currently closed as it’s being used as a vaccination centre.  No word on whether it’ll be open by August.

Enjoy your Perth Comic Con, guys.

Would Pat Mills be mollified if someone did a very different version of ABC Warriors?

Coming soon: Rory McConville’s XYZ Guardians.

Always a joy to see Pat take a pop at the abhorred middle classes....from his ex-pat gated community home in Spain.

General / Re: Noel Clarke
« on: 09 May, 2021, 04:28:50 PM »
Mm. It’s interesting how Clarke’s story never came out widely at the time. There was lots of shit at the time about Barrowman, but never Clarke. All we heard was that Who was “toxic” and Eccleston walked because of that atmosphere.

I have a vague memory of hearing a while back that he was Mr Grabby with female fans at cons.

But, you know what?  You depressingly hear that about a surprising number  of ‘terrific fella’ fan favourites.

General / Re: Noel Clarke
« on: 09 May, 2021, 12:03:45 PM »
No.  It really didn't age well, did it?

Not only talented, but a terrific fella by all accounts. And regularly fighting the good fight on social media.

Prog / Re: Prog 2229 - Crunch Point!
« on: 06 May, 2021, 12:36:20 PM »
Short version: it’s a VR Prison story.

Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 30 March, 2021, 10:09:37 AM »
It you read the news stories of the time, then it’s obvious there was a major changing of the guard at IM Global, with new management doing a 180 degree pivot away from investment in film & TV production, and back toward the less risky areas of distribution.

Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 29 March, 2021, 07:49:35 PM »
Tales from Development Hell by David Hughes is well worth reading if anyone wants insight into the process of making movies.

Complete tangent from the "it's a small world" department. I worked extensively for Dave's Intellect Devourer and Skeleton Crew* fanzines in the late 80s and got quite savagely drunk with him a couple of times. Dave also edited the features for the Dark Horse International repackaging of the US Aliens material and wrote the alien biology articles for him that ended up (largely uncredited) in the Aliens Technical Manual book. I moved with Skeleton Crew when it turned into a pro magazine, and then Dave managed to get himself fired from his own magazine, then sacked from another one for (I believe) transcribing other people's movie reviews for his own column.

He seems to have found his way back to respectability after a number of wilderness years that began in the mid-nineties and seems to have his shit together these days, which I'm very pleased to see.

*Both the fanzine and pro incarnations of Skeleton Crew used 'The Creep's Kevin Cullen extensively for spot illos in text features, if you want a House of Tharg link in this otherwise pointless digression.


I remember Dave.  And I remember him getting fired from a magazine I was doing bits and pieces for when they found out he was just verbatim copying his movie articles from daily newspapers etc.

It was probably easier to get away with this stuff before the interwebz.

Prog / Re: Prog 2223 - The Root Of All Evil
« on: 26 March, 2021, 07:42:33 AM »
Which makes me wonder if the abrupt conclusion to 'Nemesis' was down to his abrasive working relationship with David Bishop and/or a fortunately unfounded suspicion that 2000AD wasn't going to be around much longer?

I have a vague recollection that Kev O'Neill said he'd draw the 'last' episode on condition that it was the last episode.

That’s the one.  Trust me, if Kev hadn’t imposed that condition, Nemesis would have been joylessly grinding on to this day, like Slaine and ABC Warriors.

Prog / Re: Prog 2223 - The Root Of All Evil
« on: 25 March, 2021, 04:41:20 PM »
It was nice to see that—and his positive words about Matt Smith. But he also branded Rebellion as “profit first and creativity second”, which is quite something. If Rebellion only cared about profit, it wouldn’t take any risks, and that slew of specials and niche reprint—a chunk of which is Mills’s work—definitely sits in the ‘risk’ category.
I just can't get on his side when he lobs out jabs like that. Is there a Rebellion-hating audience he's trying to pander to with those kinds of comments?

You’re obviously not on Facebook, then.

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