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Ah, that's shit Tordelback. Had a similar thing with a car alarm outside our living room window years ago. Passing coppers just shrugged their shoulders and the battery wouldn't die. By the end, neighborhood youths were taking flying kicks at it while I applauded from my balcony but it didn't really help.

Ridgway - 19. 19. N-n-n-n-nineteen. Oh, wait...

A big bout on the face of things: The Dead Man faces off against the Last of the Bad Guys.

My initial reaction here is a whitewash for Higgins. However, I realise that a lot of my love for his work is about the colours. That palette of greens, pinks and oranges that nobody else dares to use. Which isn't all his own work.

Ridgway has his own very different, very atmospheric style but apart from The Dead Man and The Raggedy Man I'm not sure I really love anything else. I even prefer Steve Parkhouse's take on Luke Kirby.

Higgins 4 - 1 Ridgway

Elson 5 - 0 Ezquerra

This was a joke, by the way. I don't idolise Ezquerra the way many do but he was very good.

Ezquerra 4 - 1 Elson

General / Re: Some recent-ish 2000AD themed commissions
« on: 04 June, 2021, 02:10:14 PM »
Excellent stuff. Love that beach Dredd.

Elson 5 - 0 Ezquerra

Only knowing Critchlow from Thrud, I was surprised to see him pop up on Lobster Random when I came back to the Prog. Not in a good way. I really didn't like his work at the time: too many lines everywhere for my tastes. Not sure what happened but somewhere along the way that changed and I really liked his Dredd work: Out of the Undercity and the stuff he was doing around Tour of Duty in particular. He seemed to be in regular rotation for a while and then just disappear. Anyone know what he's up to now? I'd love to see him back on a Dredd story.

Simon Fraser, on the other hand, is inseparable from Nikolai Dante and my unconventional love for both knows no bounds. One thing I find quite interesting is that Fraser isn't afraid to let characters' faces bend and distort away from their normal shape as a way of conveying emotion. It's a cartoonish effect that I really like but sometimes seem odd alongside the astonishing architecture and backdrops.

With The Strip That Dare Not Speak Its Name, it was a bittersweet thing to see his work back in the Prog. Recognisably the same but maturing with age. The use of spot colours and an exceptional command of panel structure and layouts are delightful.

A result that reflects the strength of the winner rather than the weakness of the loser.

Fraser 4 - 1 Critchlow

Missed the deadline for this one last night as I started looking at their stats in bed then ended up having to fix the blinds and then fell asleep so glad to see my man still won.

Colin Wilson is a good artist but it seems like almost the entirety of his work for Tharg was during times I wasn't reading. I mean I'm probably the only person alive who quite liked Rain Dogs and his Rogue Trooper was fine but it wasn't Cam Kennedy.

On the other hand, I really didn't see how anyone could compete with Dom Reardon and then Tiernen popped up on Absalom and blew my mind. Beautiful stuff with its own unique aesthetic and a flair for the grotesque. The grey tones of that series made it stand out but the broader palette of the recent Fiends series works really well too.

Trevallion 4 - 1 Wilson

Prog / Re: Prog 2234: Plummet of the Ape
« on: 02 June, 2021, 09:39:02 PM »
I'm thinking this is the inspiration, possibly, but there's another bell ringing that I can't quite place - might be a false alarm, though.
Vertigo’s definitely the inspiration but that’s not the version of the poster/cover I’m familiar with. Was thinking there had been a previous Prog cover riffing on the same source. Really & Truly maybe? But this was the closest I could find.

General / Re: Festive Thrill-Tree: GN Blurb Translated Too Many Times
« on: 02 June, 2021, 06:23:10 PM »
Either Sin City or Day of Chaos.

Percival's style just isn't for me I'm afraid. Even if he wasn't up against one of the most expressive artists ever: you can feel the blubbery bits popping out of Torquemada in book IV!

Percival 0 - 5 Talbot

Nothing wrong with Lynch’s art at all but it still feels more the sum of its influences than its own thing. McMahon got bored of doing some of the best comic art ever and invented Howler. Which was even better.

Lynch 0 - 5 McMahon

Taylor 2 - 3 Redondo

Music / Re: What's everyone listening to...?
« on: 25 May, 2021, 10:09:42 PM »
Inspired by another thread, I dug out the Let’s Eat Grandma album from a couple of years ago. Still good: Donnie Darko.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 May, 2021, 05:06:44 PM »
I am glad that there is someone who disliked self-indulgent, pretentious Donnie Darko.
Impossible as it is to rebut such a cogent argument, I must confess that your silver tongue has swayed me to your way of of thinking. Tell me now, if you would deem to stoop, your thoughts on the subtle ouvre of Milius?
Don't be mean! Any film that needs a director's cut to explain its plot is mince.
You probably wouldn’t have liked it anyway but this is definitely where you’ve gone wrong. The Director’s Cut is notoriously shite and generally taken as evidence (alongside his next film) that the director himself didn’t understand what made the film good in the first place.

For what it’s worth, I really enjoyed the film at the time but haven’t seen it for at least ten years and my tastes and tolerances for certain things have changed a lot. On the other hand, I still love all sorts of pretentious guff.

General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 21 May, 2021, 05:15:07 PM »
I have ordered a Stainless Steel Rat... was worried I would miss out
Wasn't going to bother with this and then I saw the magic words: "including the stunning colour centre spreads as they originally appeared in 2000 AD"

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