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I saw that interview the other day via Facebook and its great BUT the thing I want most now is to see the full picture he has above his drawing board. The colour on that from the angle we see it look ASTONISHING!

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General / Re: Alan Grant or Pat Mills - Writers Solhiem Cup - Tie 1
« on: 24 June, 2021, 02:25:33 PM »
There's a whole post in the set up thread about my Mills call

https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=47640.msg1063035#msg1063035

As far as I recall Alan hasn't - unfortunately - written more than a few one-offs since Prog 2000 (2016) and hasn't done a series (or a load of Dredd) as per the benchmark.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2237 - Demons of the Deep
« on: 24 June, 2021, 10:09:42 AM »
Wow those pencils are astonishing. Its interesting to see in the final colour choices - which work really well to establish environment - which bits ping out more on the pencils than the final image.

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General / Re: Mark Millar or Kek-W - Writers Solhiem Cup - Tie 4
« on: 24 June, 2021, 08:27:57 AM »
Yet we had Pat Mills v Alan grant? Ffs lad.

Hey don't go blamin' me the draws the draw I'm just thew herald of fate, the hailer of happenstance, the hick who clicks*

*The on screen button that starts the spinny name picking process

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Last chance for this one votes - there's a count a coming and that count is coming in the morning so get a votin', get a votin' hard...

So my hard vote goes a little like this Garth Ennis is one of my favourite writers, outside the Prog. In the Prog its not even close. However since I do consider Crisis in my pantheon of work for Tharg some great work there needs to be considered BUT its not enough and ultimately Tharg's Palace was little more than a training ground for Garth, where for Rob Williams its been both training ground and home of his best work and so on that basis:

Garth Ennis 0 : Rob Williams 5

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General / Mark Millar or Kek-W - Writers Solhiem Cup - Tie 4
« on: 24 June, 2021, 06:26:52 AM »
Team Classic vs. Team Current
Only work for Tharg to be Considered

Whatever we think of Mark Millar there’s no denying he’s gone on to become one of Tharg’s highest profile alumni so he’s doing something right and he learnt how to do that in the pages of 2000ad. Kek-W can be rewritten off as a take-over writer - a trend he kicked off taking over from Mark Millar in fact on Canon Fodder BUT he’s clearly so much more than that and has become one of Tharg’s mainstays in recent years.

Time for you to decide your favourite as the droids square up to the tee…

Mark Millar - more info

OR

Kek-W - more info


Remember for this tourney you have 5 votes to distribute as you please between these two artists, whole numbers only. So you can vote 5 - 0; 4 - 1; or 3 - 2; either way depending on how much more you like one artist's work over the other.

If you can’t be doing with that just name your favourite - remember bold tags, or other ways of highlighting always appreciated - and I’ll give them 3 votes and nowt to the other droid.

Three day votes, so this one ends morning of Thursday 24th June

Remember we only consider work for Tharg in these Tourneys

What the heck is all this about - well we have a thread for that

How does this voting work? Look here

I don’t understand how this works, what are the rules of the Solhiem Cup - yep got ya covered there too

Anything else just ask and I’ll make something up. Most importantly, have fun!

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General / Re: Alan Grant or Pat Mills - Writers Solhiem Cup - Tie 1
« on: 24 June, 2021, 06:25:55 AM »
VOTING CLOSED

This one was close, as is fitting for such titans of the comic. In the end thoguh pretty early on Pat Mills started to establish a lead and from that point on Alan Grant was always playing catch up. So the first round has gone to Team Current and they certainly seem to have got some big guns firing early in this tournament - judging by other rounds. The question is can they sustain it and what do Team Classic have in reserve?

Team Current 1 : Team Classic 0

Team Current 48 : Team Classic 42

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Grey Area - Life on Earth

The delights of the contrast in 2000ad where my focus last time and this time its largely the same. 'Life on Earth' is a simple done in one character piece focusing on Resting Bitch Face and Compelling Male Musk Odor and its quite brilliant.

To this point these two Harmonious Free have largely been played for laughs alone the aliens in a strange land. They have played that part perfectly and their off kilter dialogue has made them fun character, really engaging and enjoyable. These five pages blow them open and take them from that into truly wonderful rounded souls.

The Harmonious Free are a hive mind, linked telepathically. So as well as seeing the amusing insights into the way Bitch reacts to different aspects of life on Earth she also reveals the depth of her loneliness isolated from her culture telepathic connection. The contrast of the character played for fun giggles and the depth of this isolation, this contrast, makes this revalation hit home incredible hard.

This is then further emphasized when she mets her one link to what has been and his reality on Earth, the crushing bigotry of squad he has been placed in pushes even that release away. Deeper still it exposes the way life on Earth is crushing and isolating Musk even more. Unable to entrust his sore even with this one connection to the shared experience he has known before.

Its magnificently heart breaking and all the more so as these folks have been such fun in the past, to suddenly be submerged into their sad isolation is just compelling. 

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Ordered. Thanks for the heads up- though as usual, Rebellion seem to price the postage as if gold-plated robotic carrier pigeons are delivering it to my house in a silken envelope.

Oh don't you get that. I pay the extra and have an eagle swoop down with my silken envelopes.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 23 June, 2021, 02:02:23 PM »
I'm more than a little disappointed that the third volume of Janus Stark is digital only.

I'd not even noticed there was a third Janus Stark volume - yeah it would be a shame if that was digital only.

As discussed elsewhere, but just to note here as well a hardcopy version is now in the shop

https://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/RCA-B0121

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Well that's good news!

Well it would be if I wasn't such a numb nut.

Finding that I remember I had my 50% off sub voucher and so inspired by my desire to get this popped to the shop to do a quick trawl to add things I'd not ordered yet and get a nice big order in.

Managed to do that and I have a lovely big order in at a very good price... I of course forgot to add Janus Stark Vol. 3 to it - the very reason I started the order in the first place!

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Arh its now showing as Print - which might explain when I saw your message in the 'Upcoming Thrills' thread and went to the shop I couldn't see it at all. Maybe it was added in error as digital only?

https://shop.2000ad.com/catalogue/RCA-B0121

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 23 June, 2021, 11:06:34 AM »
I'm more than a little disappointed that the third volume of Janus Stark is digital only.

I'd not even noticed there was a third Janus Stark volume - yeah it would be a shame if that was digital only.

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General / Re: Alan Grant or Pat Mills - Writers Solhiem Cup - Tie 1
« on: 23 June, 2021, 06:32:47 AM »
So we hit the final warning on our first vote in the Solhiem Cup and if you've been struggling to make up your mind - well nows the time to knuckle down and make a call as I'll close this one down and count up in the morning.

So when I drew this one out the hat (well random name picker online, but hat sounds so much better) I thought straight away - damn that's a harsh draw for Alan (G) but then you think about it more and its closer than I thought. Worth noting straight away both are wildly inconsistant writers. Both have written strips I'm madly fond of, both have written strips I've not enjoyed. For every Nemesis the Warlock there's Blackhawk. For every Finn there's Anderson. The list at both ends of the spectrum for both writers goes on and on. All that said when you get down it it I surprised myself in terms of pure writing Mills probably has more misses than hits compared to Alan Grant. While Nemesis and Savage are favourite Slaine dropped off my popular list many many years again and Strontium Dog by Grant alone and his run on Anderson match Mills highs.

In the end I remember that Alan Grant co wrote one of the greatest comic runs of all time with John Wagner with thie Dreddand there's a danger of giving all credit for that to Wagner - but it was a partnership and so on that basis.

Alan Grant 3 : Pat Mills 2

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Team Classic vs. Team Current
Only work for Tharg to be Considered

Alan McKenzie is a bit of a controversial character around these parts, but we shouldn’t let that distract from how great Summer Magic was (and the whole Luke Kirby series come to that), Brigand Doom helped keep the Prog buoyant during dark times and Soul Gun Warrior was a mercurial delight. All that said when it comes to Pete Milligan we could just say Bad Company BUT his recent work which qualifies him for Team Current, Counterfeit Girl  show him as still relevant today.

Oh and on a side note Alan McKenzie is already our second Alan, there are many more to come… I mean it's not relevant but Jez the Alan’s are the writers equivalent of Simons for the artists! Ahem… Anyway...

Time for you to decide your favourite as the droids square up to the tee…

Alan McKenzie - more info

OR

Peter Milligan - more info

Remember for this tourney you have 5 votes to distribute as you please between these two artists, whole numbers only. So you can vote 5 - 0; 4 - 1; or 3 - 2; either way depending on how much more you like one artist's work over the other.

If you can’t be doing with that just name your favourite - remember bold tags, or other ways of highlighting always appreciated - and I’ll give them 3 votes and nowt to the other droid.

Three day votes, so this one ends morning of Thursday 24th June

Remember we only consider work for Tharg in these Tourneys

What the heck is all this about - well we have a thread for that

How does this voting work? Look here

I don’t understand how this works, what are the rules of the Solhiem Cup - yep got ya covered there too

Anything else just ask and I’ll make something up. Most importantly, have fun!

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