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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.

Prog / Re: Prog 2223 - The Root Of All Evil
« on: 20 March, 2021, 01:33:55 PM »
By the way, is there a term for the period of self-imposed hiatus experienced by Squaxx of a certain age, when they left the GGC in the early 90's only to return in recent times?

Tooth break?

I’d suggest ”Haha, we’re all going to make a fortune from Toxic!  Oh no, wait a minute, we’re not”

Books & Comics / Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
« on: 18 March, 2021, 09:58:43 PM »
Will we get a second issue?

I'll be mildly surprised if there's a #2, and fucking astonished if there's a #3.

Prog / Re: Prog 2220 Regened: Earth-Shattering
« on: 23 February, 2021, 06:07:32 PM »
There’s certainly still a place for grittier and somewhat subversive content. But the nature of what’s served up isn’t going to work if it’s a facsimile of 1970s 2000 AD, with its black and white art, episodic nature, and strips full of 30-something white men.

SpaceWarp is 71.

Prog / Re: Prog 2216 - High Noon!
« on: 31 January, 2021, 11:44:02 AM »
“I can’t believe people are slagging off stuff I really like.”

/prroceeds to slag off stuff that other people must surely really like

Classic stuff.

General / Re: Wishlist for 2021
« on: 14 January, 2021, 06:18:55 PM »
There were only two strips in Crisis at the time - 3WW and New Statesmen. Neither of them are creator-owned. Or do you really think a neophyte John Smith would he given a far better deal than Pat Mills and Carlos Ezquerra?

The era of creator-owned deals offered to a few veteran creators on a few very specific projects was still about a decade away.

But, please, continue prattling on about this.

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