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I got my book this week
Really nicely protected - highly recommended.

Suggestions / What if the Megazine had a different remit?
« on: 03 June, 2021, 03:46:39 PM »
So this week 2000AD ended up this week with three Dredd-world strips.
I didn't mind but online this concentration was greeted with a resounding "But that is the job of the Meg"

So what if the remit of the Megazine was changed. And it featured old-school 'classic' characters set in their prime continuity. So more Rogue Trooper (a la Cinnabar) or Zombo or Nikolai Dante adapted from the novels.
Anything goes but old-school characters in new stories.

And then 2000AD is Dredd with the new world stories. The Brinks. Feral & Foe. So unchanged.
Would this attract more than 50% numbers to the Meg?

PM'd you...

Suggestions / It's time for the Summer Offensive: Complete Edition
« on: 25 April, 2021, 08:55:06 PM »
Dear Tharg
I've made many suggestions with no acknowledgement. Big Dave says 98.7% of 2000AD readers would enjoy a Mark Millar edited collection of Purgatory + Inferno and all the Summer Offensive stories with a new art bookplate by Steve Parkhouse and Steve Yeowell with Big Dave and Maniac 5 in the pub.

Compile it with all the excesses of the 90s so maybe the failed 90s advertising campaign, the Loaded Dredd cover and a repro of both SEX issues.

Tharg you know it makes sense. And thanks for the chat.

Suggestions / Print-on-demand Dust Jackets for the Hachette books
« on: 19 April, 2021, 05:04:58 PM »

Hachette are no longer allowing new subscribers to 2000AD as they dont have early books
I'd buy a lot of the books but the spine image looks ugly unless you have the full set

Sell Dust Jackets that have the title on the spine.
I'd buy Dominion, Insurrection and the Nemesis ones if this was the case. Heck put me down for Dante in HC.

Suggestions / A different type of combi-subscription... (read on)
« on: 18 April, 2021, 10:07:56 PM »
i prefer to read the print versions of 2000ad and the Meg
i like getting them early and I decide which tpbs I'll buy. So now Megatropoils and Dreadnoughts are on my list.

But I haven't got the space to keep 52 progs and 13 megs a year.

I know Rebellion don't want to offer a combi Print & Digital subscription simultaneously, so how about this...
A physical subscription that offers you Digital versions at the end of the calendar year
So you read all year the physical copies and then in the full knowledge that at year end you will get Digital versions, you can either keep or share the physical copies.

No-one has enough room for 45 years worth of progs & megs. It's now more than a rooms worth. I would pay Physical + £2 extra a month for this option.

Both Dave Taylor and Kenneth are relatively accessible. So also Higgins & Mike Carroll
So could we have a signed and even sketched edition?
It's a pretty cool package so maybe worthy of a bookplate of each.

Announcements / Re: Zenith omnibus last chance
« on: 13 November, 2020, 01:36:15 PM »
Hi Rob

I suspect because this short run of books was in practice a way to assert copyright.
Marvel had done a very similar thing for Marvelman.

Uncontested this then paved the way to print more in a mass market edition.
Just a guess on my part...


General / Re: Favourite CLASSIC art droid Round 1 - Simon Bisley or Jock
« on: 13 November, 2020, 07:26:35 AM »

That's fair.

I guess seeing a PDF isnt going to scream out "there's a double page" as much as the book.

They still are very good value. Maybe short staffed as well.
It doesn't bother me enough to return.

Help! / Re: Rebellion and Rights to Eagle Strips
« on: 07 October, 2020, 09:56:17 PM »
I always enjoy a spirited response.

Sorry I was not judging the possibility of reprinting photo-strips just making the small point that Dan Dare is really the crown jewels and everything else is nice crumbs. I'd love to see the Doomlord photo-strips back in print and TBH I think they could risk reprinting old photos if the run was sub 200. I mean what are the actors really going to sue for? A few hundred pounds?

Cheap shots aside. I do agree with Pat Mills long-term point that you 're-invent Dan Dare at your peril'. He belongs in the 1950s view of a sci-fi future. I'm not sure it's a 1950s that ever happened but who can argue with post-war optimism of a better world (if still slightly colonial). I wasn't arguing to re-invent his world again. No-one needs a great-great-x-grandson but just that probably only a top-tier current actor combine with a top-tier show runner could pull it off. I hope it happens. And so do the DD Corp but until then whether they approve tiny reprints of obscure stories (however fondly remembered from the old 1982 bird) aint going to pay any Studio Execs child's school fees.

Dan is worth doing right but it's a tough proposition. Probably tougher than any top-tier 2000ad IP especially as the first set of fans are now in their 80s and sadly dwindling in terms of a built in audience.

Hi guys

I got the Thirteenth Floor Vol.2 today.
It was in a card envelope. It arrived with the lid open and unglued. The corners are foxed and I wouldn't accept a hardback in that condition.

The 'limited' hardback repeats the biographies of all three writers/artists on a duplicate facing page
And the book ends with 4 pages of promotion/adverts which are advertising... Thirteenth Floor vol. 1

Nope. it makes no sense.

Take more time. Package and protect hardbacks better. And do more Quality control please.
Apart from that the repro on the old Eagle & Tiger covers was great. And I'm really glad you're doing this series.

Help! / Re: Rebellion and Rights to Eagle Strips
« on: 07 October, 2020, 04:23:55 PM »
It's always slightly worth remembering the facts

The Dan Dare completed a 22-part animated cartoon series that was according to IMDB as being sold to 40+ companies but it was unsuccessful to the point where I think the DDC was being challenged for a £15 million dollar loan that one of the funding partners had borrowed.

They are sitting on an anachronistic character forever stuck in a 1950s that doesn't chime well with modern audiences as a setting for a Sci-fi drama. But if a tryst of Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Gattis and HBO came calling it could be worth a great deal for the value of their IP.

And why they are hoping that reprinting Thunderbold & Smokey et al. probably isn't moving the dial but that said Hibernia clearly did broker multiple deals (include Dan Dare in the Holiday Special) that made sense to both parties so it can be done.

Prog / Re: Prog 2199 - Death Becomes Him!
« on: 17 September, 2020, 05:37:07 PM »
it's speculation to a point but maybe End of Days was the victim of being reduced in weeks but not being able to reduce the plot.

Maybe the filthy Sov's capturing the third Horseman was meant to be shown. Maybe there was less exposition. So perhaps not being able to cut down Four individually shown Horsemen was the problem and led to talky-talky episodes.

Maybe the big beats and reveals would have come in a story that just breathed a bit more.

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