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General / Re: List of series in 2000ad and Megazine
« on: 04 October, 2021, 01:25:56 PM »
You are good people I, Cosh (Pete) - I'll worry about the fact there are 12 extra thrills on your list than mine - which is exactly why I'm doing this - I see Ack-Ack Macaque already - and use this to add / cross check what I've got...
Stuff like the Batman and Predator crossovers are listed separately. Interested to see what the others are: post them up and we can argue about it.

Oh, the evergreen "One-Off" category might be one. Covers stuff which wasn't printed under a recognisable banner like "Future Shocks" and the like.

General / Re: List of series in 2000ad and Megazine
« on: 04 October, 2021, 09:30:18 AM »
Here's Barney's list of Thrills with a count of appearances in Prog, Meg and Specials with a field for which "world" they're part of. I'm pretty loose with that last part: anything tangentially related to Dredd (Pussyfoot 5, I'm looking at you) is classed as Dreddworld but I'm not really interested in the idea that all Pat's strips are one huge continuity.

Barney - Thrill List (gSheets)

Titles for some Meg Dredd thrills probably aren't exactly right (the Janus conundrum) as Barney uses the same code for the character as the strip in some cases.

I've excluded anything which was only reprint and anything that was only in the Action Special. There's a potential issue that the bumper year end Progs 2000 - 2016 are classed as Specials in Barney and I couldn't be arsed to try splitting out those versus actual specials (which are all also included.)

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 03 October, 2021, 09:06:45 PM »
Its basically Lassie, if Lassie was a warlord rodent with an army of sweller dwelling manchompers.
Never heard of this but it sounds utterly bonkers. Weirdly, I did know that the Jacko song was about a rat but I guess I thought it was one of his pets.

Links / Re: The Judge Death Files
« on: 01 October, 2021, 10:33:28 AM »
Maybe they just think it's rubbish.
Maybe they didn't see it?

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 01 October, 2021, 10:26:49 AM »
I played some Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2.
Reckon I've played THPS2 more than any other game ever made. With the possible exception of WipeOut 2097. I've never been able to get the ridiculous combo scores into the millions but the general trick is to find a line that you can repeat indefinitely with at least one part where you can pick up speed again. If in doubt, cramming in as many extra grind and flatland tricks at the end to bump up the multiplier always helps.

Went back to Super Mario Odyssey recently after getting frustrated with it the first time round. Still think there's something a little bit off about it (mostly I just hate the little bit of inertia that stops Mario running at full speed from the off) that prevents it being a classic but there are so many fantastic, imaginitive little sub-levels in it that I can forgive some of the more repetitive tasks. Took a bit of bloody mindedness but I managed to get all the moons this time.

Currently back into Horizon Zero Dawn. Played about half of it before and really enjoyed it but just stopped for some reason I don't recall. Think I'm almost back at the same point now and I realise that the robot dinosaurs get a lot tougher once you get to the desert. Unusually, I'm quite engaged with the story (big fan of post-technological or mixed science/magic settings) and it's a beautiful world to run around in. I'm generally 100% against 100% realism in 100% of games so their fantasy version of dawn sunlight in the mountains does something special.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 01 October, 2021, 08:48:50 AM »
*I don't know which.  Not Halloween.  Maybe Child's Play and all the Hellraiser.  I haven't decided.

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.

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