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Film & TV / Film encyclopaedias
« on: 29 November, 2008, 09:02:31 AM »
Turning to the board for Xmas present help...

Wanted: suggestions for a really good reference book on film.  

- Should be really encyclopaedic, with good coverage of world cinema, early cinema AND Hollywood blockbusters.
- Should actually give some idea of the quality of each film.
- Should be so good that the person won't need to buy another reference work for many years.

Any ideas gratefully received.

General / Region 1, Region 2, DVD
« on: 28 November, 2007, 11:13:35 AM »
Dear techno geeks of questionable morality (I've read the Demonoid threads, don't try that look of wounded innocence).

I am told that there is a way of watching Region 1 DVDs on my computer, and of copying them and turning them into Region 2 DVDs to play on my home DVD player.  Is this true?  Where might I find out about such a thing?

Links / Lost in the Static
« on: 19 November, 2007, 02:16:40 PM »

General / Scanner challenge - Stare into the face of Dredd...
« on: 18 November, 2007, 12:57:17 PM »
Which artists have drawn Judge Dredd's face? (clones count)

Off the top of my head, I have:
Simon Bisley
Simon Fraser
Charlie Adlard
Mike McMahon

And Will Simpson managed a few panels where you could pretty much work out all of Dredd's features.

Any more for any more, and can anyone locate all the instances above and scan them in here?

I accidentally let my subscription lapse.  Didn;t realise for two and a half weeks because I thought it was the UK postal service.

I don't have a great big collection of back progs, and since the first prog of the new sub won't be arriving for three weeks, I'm simply going to drift off into Thrill-Power Deprivation without your help.

So, the question is: if you were stuck on a raft in the middle of the Pacific, dying of boredom, heatstroke and thirst - what 2000AD story would you replay in your mind to keep from going mad?  If you were chained to a radiator in Fallujah, which 2000AD story could you use to help your fellow captives through the long hours between beatings?  What, in short, is the most enjoyable 2000AD story of all time?  Something with laughs, a bit of pathos, a bit of song n dance, great art, great cliffhangers, a rip-roaring adventure, entertainment rather than deeply meaningful stuff?

Links / I don't know much about art...
« on: 30 October, 2007, 06:22:51 AM »
...but I know I likes this chap's output.

Link: 3D street art

Off Topic / We're all Thatcher's children
« on: 15 October, 2007, 04:13:20 PM »
I looked for a funny sketch for PVS's thread.  I found the clip below.  Amazing how little seems to have changed in 20 years.  

Link: Spitting Image 1987 Election Special

Books & Comics / Observer graphic short story prize
« on: 14 October, 2007, 05:25:34 PM »
The Observer is proud to announce the winner of the first graphic short story prize.

First commentator's name is familiar...

Link: http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/10/observer_books.html

Prog / Caballistics, Inc: unsolved mysteries?
« on: 10 October, 2007, 02:40:01 PM »
Current issue spoilers.

Me no comprende.  Why would the story go to such lengths to establish that Kostabi's plan was bunkum and that he wanted Ravne to try to kill him, if all that was going to happen was that Ravne succeeds in killing him?

While we're at it, aren't there a few dangling plot threads left?  What are they?

General / Has 2000AD ever run a science fiction story?
« on: 01 October, 2007, 11:40:18 AM »
...in the old sense of science fiction, that is?

It's just something that struck me when I was reading the recent ABC Warriors strip, where Pat labours under the misapprehension that robots reproduce and shape their children with hammers.  Now obviously Mr Mills doesn't actually think that: he's using the conventions of fantasy/allegory, with all the suspension of disbelief that that requires.  Similarly, John Wagner and the other Dreddverse writers have never seemed too concerned with sketching out a plausible world with similar laws of physics to our own (see Psi-Division, Hestia, that bizarre ring of floating rocks in The Cursed Earth).

So that got me wondering.  Has 2000AD ever run a story that fits in with the old British genre of speculative science-based fiction?

Links / Quentin Blake interview in the Grauniad
« on: 28 September, 2007, 07:35:03 AM »
Rush out an buy a copy if you're in the UK - the online version I link here doesn't have most of the images.

Link: Lovely man, fabulous artist

Links / Impossible effin' quiz
« on: 20 September, 2007, 03:45:34 PM »
I can't get past the key one!  And that's in the very early stages!  Anyone able to help?

Link: The Impossible Quiz

News / Anthony Williams interview
« on: 12 September, 2007, 07:02:25 AM »
Now up on 2000adreview.co.uk.  Short but (hopefully) fun.

Link: Anthony Williams

Off Topic / Answer a question with a question
« on: 07 September, 2007, 09:04:35 AM »
Can you?

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