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Messages - Tjm86

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Now I'd buy that for a dollar!   :P

Off Topic / Re: Life is riddled with a procession of minor impediments
« on: 18 April, 2021, 08:07:37 AM »
Well, after an 'interesting' year of shifting back and forth between face-to-face and virtual teaching, having to completely repurpose materials to both situations due to timetable decisions that basically meant 100 minute rather than 60 minute lessons with mixed ability form 'bubbles' rather than sets, and a set of assessment requirements so obscure that Stephen Hawkins would have balked at them (whilst trying to manage the impact of one colleague's behaviour on my BPD)

... anyway, on top of all this, the head announces this week that they need to make one of us redundant because of the funding impact of the loss of the school 6th form (a process that was completed last year after 5 years).  Possibly we might all have been a little less put out by the announcement if she hadn't given someone a permanent contract last summer knowing full well this was coming.

Now I know that this is a situation that several million people across the country have become familiar with this year.  So its nice to know that even so called 'secure' jobs in core subjects at secondary can share the experience.  Just hoping that I can leverage my skill set into new, gainful employment at this ripe old age in a time of escalating unemployment.

Oh, why 'minor impediment'?  Well, arguably there are people in a far worse position than myself.   :|

Prog / Re: Prog 2228 - The Slayer & The Slain
« on: 17 April, 2021, 12:23:20 PM »
Billing this as the end of Slaine?  TBH it reads a bit more like ... just packing it in and leaving it there.  Feels a bit like the ending of Lost if i'm honest.

Sorry.   :(

General / Re: 2000AD Original Art Thread
« on: 14 April, 2021, 06:40:49 PM »
In all honesty I'm not sure it's a major loss.  Not much happens of interest.

General / Re: 2000AD Original Art Thread
« on: 14 April, 2021, 05:55:53 AM »
Out of interest does anyone know if somethings happened to the 2000ad Original Art Facebook page? (and 2000ad Tat and Chat group?) ...

Same here, not a problem.  Dale has apparently just returned after having been given a short ban for some indiscretion.  Maybe you've selected some link to cut them off?

Let's be honest, we all know that Apocalypse War is going to win this, hands down.  Not just this round either.  Easier to acknowledge this right now and focus on who are going to be the runners up.

You have the Grover / Ezquerra team at their absolute pinnacle.  More iconic scenes than you can shake a stick at, death and destruction on a massive scale, Dredd's drive and determination to do whatever it takes to protect his city ... and that's just focusing on the main tale.

Expand to include Block Mania and you add in a roster of the greatest Dredd artists of all time.  Even more iconic scenes, death and destruction, "I'm with Rowdy Yates ..."

Let's face it, AW / BM is the yard stick against which all other 'epics' are judged.  It's legacy has been felt for literally decades.  It is a seminal piece of work.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 10 April, 2021, 05:25:42 PM »
It feels at times like she and Philip did try to make an effort to bring some humility to what is so anachronistic.  At the end of the day you're absolutely right about a degree of respect. 

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 09 April, 2021, 04:12:19 PM »
... and of course there's this one from the Rochdale Herald.  Few years back but still ....


... or if you want a real chuckle, the Express is frothing at the bit over Corbyn's tweet about elections in South America and the fact that Channel 4 is doing exactly the same as they did when Diana carked it .... absolutely adamus cum flabello dulci ...

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 09 April, 2021, 04:02:58 PM »
Well, finished Century Rain.  An interesting little piece.  You can see some of Reynolds' standard tropes in it but it does feel a little like a one-trick pony.  An easy enough read but not his best so far.  There we go though.

... and on to the Gap series ....

Okay, so the first volume definitely should have included a trigger warning!  F***!  I don't think I've read anything this brutal since the first volume of Bio of a Space Tyrant.  A fast paced and easy read on some levels but not one I'm going to be revisiting for a loooong time. 

It also got me thinking about Donaldson as a writer.  I mean, I get that there was a purpose to a lot of the plot but at the same time there was also something disturbing this time.  Arguably something that seems to crop up from time to time in his writing.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 09 April, 2021, 01:49:10 PM »
Well, Newsthump is reporting in their characteristic style:


TBH I'm watching myself really carefully when I visit that sight.  Dropping in after a brief perusal of the Mail and the Express, it actually took me a few minutes to realise that the article about pre-reporting Yodel assignments as 'undelivered' was a spoof.  My satire detector is now well and truly shot!   :-\

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 09 April, 2021, 12:26:50 PM »
Well, there'll be sod all on telly this weekend now ...

General / Re: Artists at their best
« on: 08 April, 2021, 07:56:21 PM »
I'd go with Kirby as some of Ridgeway's best works well.  It feels like something he is so heavily invested in.  Talbot on the Gothic Empire really makes sense when you turn to Luther Arkwright. 

As for Dillon, his Dredd work always feels like some of his best to me.  I feel like a stuck record on "Alone in a crowd" but when you take a look at the rest of his stuff ... Werewolves, Orlok, the Undercity, ... and yes, City of the Damned ... then look at his Punisher stuff, it's just not in the same league.

Little surprised that Gibbons hasn't had a mention yet.  His early Rogue stuff?  The Dan Dare Space Ark?  Hey, the last Dare series might have been absolute pants in terms of script but you can't fault his artwork, surely? 

Talking of Henry Flint on Shakara, surely we have to mention Alan Davies?  That courtroom scene in D.R. & Quinch?  Harry Twenty?

Bagwell?  Cradlegrave is something else, then we've got his Indigo prime stuff ... and we're back to bonkers alien scenes.

Coleby's work on Jaegir has been absolutely sublime.  A perfect match to the story that has reinvigorated a rather tarnished 'franchise' (if we can call it that ...)

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 08 April, 2021, 04:17:09 PM »

Stars. They're an odd bunch.

Puts me in mind of my experience with politicians.  Upset Nicholas Ridley when he was in the cabinet (this was about the time he was all over the news with some rather unpleasant comments about Germans ...)

He turns up at Brize one Sunday afternoon for a flight to Brussels.  Turns up on his tod and then gets really upset when I ask him for some identification ... "I'm the secretary of state for trade and industry!" ... "Thank you, can I see some identification please sir ..."  Not a happy bunny!

General / Re: Artists at their best
« on: 08 April, 2021, 04:13:25 PM »

Black and white, maybe Strontium Dog - Rage, when he really got Johnny's look and the dusty Wild West style down to a T.

See for my money the very earliest Strontium Dog stuff was some of his best work on the title.  The Starlord work in particular seems to be more intricately crafted to my mind. 

The Western elements of the title are far more pronounced.  Certainly it comes back to it so much on Rage compared to some of the tales that ran before it.

Plus you just have to love those double page spreads and the insanity of Journey into Hell.

I would have to say other than the minor blip when he started exploring computer colouring there is a degree of consistency to his work that few artists can match.

Opening up to other artists ..

Cam Kennedy ... his VC's work, so much of his Rogue Trooper work, his Dredd work ... Tough call.  Arguably the work he did on the second Chopper strip and the plethora of Dredd's he did around that time are amongst his strongest. 

... and Colin Wilson?  His technological perfectionism gave a level of realism to Rogue Trooper that matched Gibbon's early, formative work.  The Traitor General cover of one of the earliest strips is one of my personal all-time favourites.  The Dix-1 offensive work .... superlative.

Worth remembering the plethora of talent we've been privileged to admire over the last four or so decades (f***!)  :o

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