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Prog / Re: Prog 2208 - The Powers of London!
« on: 20 November, 2020, 02:55:28 PM »
No time for a proper review this week but Hookjaw and Fiends are blowing me away. That Hookjaw spread is something else!

Prog / Re: Prog 2208 - The Powers of London!
« on: 20 November, 2020, 02:52:11 PM »
Which I’m quite happy about, because I already have the other story on the shelf. I don’t want a retread. (See also: Hookjaw.) Fiends is currently by some margin my favourite thing in the Prog.

Same here. Much love for original fiends but it didn't need a return - bringing it back needed to add something different and IMO Tharg has nailed it with each new series has better than the last in terms of adding brand new elements to keep it really, really interesting and fresh. This series reads like a proper fairytale and it's so different to the last one with Black Max and his mad science craziness and that was so different from the Napoleonic stuff with Baba Yaga and so on. 

I'd be happy for a strip to run in the prog that's got that 80s style constant cliffhanger feel to it but I'd prefer it to be new and I think this is where something like Skip Tracer could shine.

Music / Re: Albums of the Year 2020
« on: 20 November, 2020, 02:40:11 PM »
the glory days of Starfire Burning.

"The bloodying is at hand!"
We used to listen to that a lot in my university days. I haven't heard any Bal-Sagoth in years.

Digging the Cirith Ungol. I skipped it on release because I thought it might suck, I was wrong.

Music / Re: Albums of the Year 2020
« on: 20 November, 2020, 02:31:58 PM »
God, this post makes me feel old - or you live in an alternate (death metal?) universe - I've never even heard of any of these groups, let alone listened to them  :lol:
I'm still very much one of those people that buys physical copies of music - you know, those shiny silver things - and I actually buy quite a lot.

I am also pretty old but I do live in a bit of a death metal bubble.
Physical consumption of music is 100% the way to go! 2020 has been good for me for having time to listen to records on Youtube / Bandcamp a few times to let them sink in, but then I much prefer buying an actual CD (or vinyl, if feeling flush) so enjoy properly with a sleeve and everything.

I have a strong suspicion this isn't your kind of thing... !!

Doesn't matter, hopefully everyone who comments will have some very different stuff! Outside of what you might hear on the radio, music needs to click with the listener on a personal level somehow so I wouldn't expect anyone to agree with me really.
I suspect it might be the case that these aren't my thing too, but I like hearing new music and I haven't heard of any of these records, so I'll check them out.

Music / Re: Albums of the Year 2020
« on: 20 November, 2020, 09:58:22 AM »
Kull - Exile
Ulver - Flowers of Evil
Cirith Ungol - Forever Black

That Ulver album is sublime and builds on ..Julius Ceaser which is the first time for a while I can remember where they haven't totally changed sound. Would have been in my top 10 but for it being a very sad listen, menaing I haven't played it so much in this dark year.
I'm listening to the Cirith Ungol now. Lovely 80s style production on it.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 20 November, 2020, 09:52:35 AM »
Oh my god, that Cornwell image is fanastic.

More regens - not into it, but understand the arguments in favour.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 19 November, 2020, 11:59:13 AM »
Comics "fandom" contains some incredibly toxic elements. 2000AD seems to attract a particular type of older man who resents the very existence of the comic. These men should be ridiculed or ignored, since they offer absolutely nothing.

100% this.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2020
« on: 19 November, 2020, 11:58:58 AM »
If Slaine wraps up, on Pat's terms and he's happy with it, then I'm happy with that too. It's big news, but I think all stories need an end sometime.

I've also had some run-ins on Facebook with people who seem determined to see the Rebellion fail: usually people who claim they don't read it anymore and then become enraged when it's not exactly the same as it was in the 80s. It's a bizarre point of view and a mindset I literally cannot understand. I know recently there's been a bit of moaning about the new Hookjaw strip simply because it's not a rerun of the original with one guy saying he was cancelling his subscription in outrage or something, which is just a crazy overreaction although I suppose that's the internet in a nutshell for you.

As to Pat Mills, I admit I'm one of those who hasn't been too keen on a lot of his recent work for Tharg but his imagination, his passion and his sheer ire are wonderful things and I'd really like to see the Spacewarp project kick on and, if he is dialling back his commitments to 2000ad, for him to return with something fresh and amazing in year or two.

Music / Albums of the Year 2020
« on: 19 November, 2020, 11:44:12 AM »
Despite almost everything else being awful 2020 has been a good year for music for me - one of the benefits of 8 months working at home is that I've had time to explore new releases and really get into a lot of new music whereas in previous years I've got a bit jaded and struggled to get into more than a couple of records.

I think my 2020 top ten in terms of pure enjoyment (in no order) would be:

Magic Sword - Endless
Temple of Void - The World That Was (topical title on this one!)
Wayfarer - A Romance with Violence
Eternal Champion - Ravening Iron
Just Before Dawn - An Army at Dawn
Black Royal - Firebride
Lord Vigo - Danse De Noir
Paradise Lost - Obsidian
Villagers of Ionna City - Age of Acquarius
The Wizar'd - Subterranean Exile

I've also enjoyed the new stuff by Ulver, Moscow Death Brigade, We are Magonia, Bergeton, Graceless, Ectoplague, Elay Arson..

With music being highly subjective and emotive I don't expect anyones choices to align with mine, but I'm interested to hear what fellow Squaxx's favourite records of 2020 were and I'll totally listen to them if I can.

General / Re: Prog drought!
« on: 19 November, 2020, 09:22:00 AM »
Agreed - I never honestly thought people would be kicking off over this and everyone realised delays would be down to the post office (which isn't really their fault either, having been bollocksed up by being privatised, in the middle of a global pandemic and it being Chritsmas - as Christmas where everyone's shopping is being done by post, pretty much) so the fact 2000AD had to put out this statement is a bit of a surprise.

Anyway - my prog has just ARRIVED! So there is hope for us all.

Games / Re: The Board Game Thread
« on: 18 November, 2020, 09:45:45 AM »
I'm eyeing Iron Crown's Middle-Earth Roleplaying game online.

MERP was my very first introduction to tabletop roleplaying and led me down a slippery slope. I had the box set GW put out of it, and I'm pretty sure even now my parents regret buying it for me.
Being basically a child at the time I ignored most of the Tolkien-y elements of the setting and basically just played it as D&D but with a more complex ruleset and character generation. I've never played it as an adult but I suspect it'd be pretty cool. The main thing I remember from it, apart from being able to play about 100 different types of human, was the amazingly gory and descriptive critical hit tables.

General / Re: Prog drought!
« on: 18 November, 2020, 09:33:48 AM »
Wednesday. I arise, blearey eyed and sleep-starved, dragging foosteps and clumsy fingertips at my morning routine. But then from outside - what is this? A cheerful whistling, the crunch of footfall on gravel as the postman approaches. The letterbox rattles as a mornings treasures drop to the mat below. My heart sings, my mornings toil is forgotten as I scramble to retrieve them.

... but no. As postman departs and I stand alone in the hallway like a forgotten statue, clutching a bank statment and a Grazebox with empty eyes. Upstairs the cat meows excitedly as he savages a mouse of cloth, it's innards shredded like my hopes of reading the next installment of Hookjaw. All is darkness.

General / Re: Prog drought!
« on: 17 November, 2020, 04:58:14 PM »
No prog here either after a little run of Saturday arrivals. It's rare for it to be this late, but our post seems to be running on alternate days at the moment - it wouldn't surprise me if this is actually the case, to enable them to cope with the increased load from Christmas shopping parcels etc.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 13 November, 2020, 10:30:48 AM »
Definitely not an RIP in his case. Some people are better removed from this earth.

Prog / Re: Prog 2207: Welcome to the Clownshow
« on: 10 November, 2020, 02:04:43 PM »
I didn't spot Tharg until now!

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