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Events / Re: FCBD 2021
« on: 26 September, 2021, 12:42:13 AM »
2021: 6

What was Obmoz?

The anti-Zombo.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 17 September, 2021, 07:41:08 PM »
Ah! Interesting. Anywhere near Lascaux?

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 17 September, 2021, 03:50:48 PM »
True. Whatever happened to that Milligan and Dayglo strip: The Underground Railroad?

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 17 September, 2021, 03:31:54 PM »
That run of single episode appearences from the end of year specials must have been somewhat infuriating when it was in the prog though.

It wasn't quite as bad as it seems in the book; the first one-off, Sick Leave, originally ran between Absalom's first and second series.
Don't remember if being infuriating at all. Rennie and Abnett are basically the only two current* writers who understand how to make a single episode work as both a complete story and part of the overall strip. Much preferable to get a one-off like that to keep the strip in the mind than nothing at all

*Wagner doesn't count here

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 17 September, 2021, 03:17:20 PM »
Also the possible opening line-up for the 2022 Prog - Dredd, Kingmaker, The Order, Deadworld and Proteus Vex is super strong in my eyes.
Might be jumping the gun there. I'd guess a one-of, as all the ongoing Fall of Deadworld stories have had a one word adjectival title (despite what Barney says about the first one.) Plus Tharg normally likes to keep one of the January strips under wraps until nearer the time.

Brink is definitely due back sometime soon.

Events / Re: FCBD 2021
« on: 13 September, 2021, 01:31:33 PM »
If anyone is still after this my LCS still has some. I took another two today (didn't want to take the piss) so if anyone wants one happy to post out - let me know if you are still looking.
Ooh. Yes please.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 September, 2021, 06:10:26 PM »
Finally caught up with some of those recent Marvel movies last weekend.

Avengers 3: Infinity War I: Infinity War. I'd actually seen most of this before on a very long flight and had wanted to give it a proper watch ever since. This was quite brilliant. It manages the same trick as the first Avengers to have a pretty huge cast and give almost all of them something to do. I've seen less than half of the MCU films , but it was generally fairly easy to work out what was going on and what was important or could be glossed over as being explained in another installment.

The mixture of serious plot stuff and superhero banter was just right. Some pretty heavy plot beats tempered just enough with jokes and leaning into some of the ridiculous, cosmic awesomeness that only comics can give, like Thor having to restart a star to get his new axe. The villain fits into that too: patently ridiculous but played completely straight and with enough gravitas to carry it off.

Probably my favourite thing about it was something completely incidental. Something that mildly irks me is the way that 99% of films are filmed with everything happening in the dead centre of the screen with just the occasional change of focus. I really liked how this had lots of little background jokes, e.g. Mantis bouncing around in low grav, that you catch out of the corner of your eye. The cinematic equivalent of the little details that can be packed into a comic panel and only noticed on third or tenth read!

Avengers 4: Infinity War II: Endgame. Shite.

Moses Incident.

Other Reviews / Re: Firekind
« on: 04 September, 2021, 11:06:52 PM »
The story feels like an Avatar rip-off, but roles should be reversed.
As much as I love Firekind (and I really, really love it) John's been quite open about how much Ursula le Guin he was reading at the time. Both Firekind and Avatar are fairly shameless rip-offs of The Word for World is Forest. It's all in what you do with that source though and Firekind's hallucinogenic tone poetry is somehow more satisfying.

News / Re: Henry Flint's new 2000AD Project
« on: 03 September, 2021, 01:07:44 PM »
Was End of Days before or after Henry's work on Proteus Vex?
After. The second book of Proteus Vex was Jake Lynch.

The Moses Incident.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 29 August, 2021, 09:33:41 PM »
The Upsetter himself. The great Lee “Scratch” Perry. A truly original and innovative artist.

The Rammy yer Jamesship.

Portrait of a Mutant

The best thing about Durham Red was the Abnett and Harrison series. The Final Solution

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