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Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 23 July, 2021, 08:06:01 AM »

My commute is the guts of two hours everyday, and this is by no means the longest out of my colleagues.

A 2 hour commute in Belfast ! Good god.(I do believe you. I’m just gobsmacked at it)

Lived and worked here all my life. Longest commute over an hour during the one year I lived in strangford and hitchhiked Down for a Saturday job.

Second longest was when I’d walk into town from the Ormeau road (about 30-45 minutes)

General / Re: The Science of Judge Dredd
« on: 20 July, 2021, 03:41:24 PM »
Well, Judges are not unthinking autonomous bots, so my post was merely suggesting one might do that (equally someone else might think - maybe I'll get that last idiot with a ricochet, no sense using a heatseeker with hiex going off everywhere...)

General / Re: The Science of Judge Dredd
« on: 17 July, 2021, 08:01:00 PM »
six seems mad low!

I'd have put the number upwards of 20...


General / The Science of Judge Dredd
« on: 17 July, 2021, 10:55:19 AM »
BPP posted this else where:

Genuine question - does the lawgiver only eject casings on covers? I’m sure I’ve seen it before om covers but not that I’ve seen it in stripwork.

And I took a stab at a legit answer on my blog https://www.pauljholden.com/2021/07/17/the-science-of-judge-dredd/ (where I also talk about how I think Dredd's helmet far from being vision obscuring, probably gives him close to 360 degree vision...)

But basically:
Here’s how I see it: Dredd’s gun is essentially a super sophisticated 3d printer. It holds multiple ingredients for building multiple types of bullet.

The device is primed (usually through spoken command, though it will default to smartly identifying the type of bullet) theory: maybe cadets are trained to shout out the bullet type so other Judges can have a better situational awareness. Dredd shouts “Armour piercing”? everyone else goes with Armour Piercing.

(Again, this is very much fan wank – the real reason Dredd shouts out the bullet type is so the reader knows what Dredd has fired…)

Why the shells? Well, the real reason is: they look cool. The in-my-head reason is that some of the raw material (but not all) is held in cartridges, and so they eject after they’re spent.

The question I have is, is it like my colour printer : where if you don’t have yellow ink you can’t (for some reason) print black and white. If you lack ingredient X can you still use bullet Y that doesn’t use it, or is the gun out of ammo?

I suspect some ingredients are common to all bullet types (projectile types? is bullet the right word?)

Books & Comics / Re: Small Press Suggestions
« on: 16 July, 2021, 03:01:31 PM »

Creative Common / Re: Why Not!?
« on: 08 July, 2021, 02:15:15 PM »
At last! Why Not!? is BACK! All new Monkey Arms, Head Bump Hero and much more - a 40 page bumper special.


Slightly scary Monkey Arms in this issue (clearly influence by Junji Ito, but still fun!) it's free! (and if you wanna donate to Tom via my paypal there's a link at the page)

Creative Common / Re: Masking Fluid and Paint Splatter
« on: 07 July, 2021, 10:22:43 AM »
Also! The viscosity of the pain will determine what you get! Gloppy thick paint and you'll get streaks (or long blobs) thinner paint and you'll get very small droplets - experiment!

Creative Common / Re: Masking Fluid and Paint Splatter
« on: 07 July, 2021, 09:43:02 AM »
Put some paint on the edge of a credit card, use a brush to fleck that paint from the card on to the canvas - can't remember where I first saw this, but it adds far more control.

(Mind you I'm all digital now, so I built a "paint splatter" brush and my life is so much cleaner now!)

I think it's easy to over think why there isn't more diversity in the prog but in all honesty it's nothing more than artist using themselves as reference

Which leads to arguably the bigger problem, which is that most of the creators are white males (like me…)

There was an advert on telly about 15 years ago, which had CGId the cast of Happy Days into it. I remember seeing some bloke upload it to YouTube as an example of an urealistic portrayal of history due to its ethnically diverse nature. He thought there were far too many people of colour hanging around with Fonzie and the gang and that this would never happen back in the 1950s.

The advert was for the Citroen C3. Everybody in the advert was driving one.

Happy Days, of course, the absolutely accurate portrayal of 1950s America, was the show that introduced us to Mork.

First person of colour in that advert (I looked it up on youtube, was curious) is young girl who gets her dressed ripped away from her by the car, leaving her embarrassed in her bra and pants, so it's not exactly a shining example of progressive values.

Also: I think there's so much of interest to be explored in other cultures, that it really behoves 2000ad (and other publishers) to grab those voices in, let's have afrofuturism, let's have Liu Cixin's Three Body Problem, let's grab that rich resource of people that we've been busy ignoring so we can GET NEW AMAZING THINGS.

There are various positions on this argument:

1. Ethnicity in historical fictions is not accurate - there's too much white-washing.
I think this implies there's a deliberate "let's remove poc from this narrative" when often it's the result of decades and decades of european / white people making media for their own consumption (where racism is a factor, no doubt in who gets to make that media) and centring it on their experiences (so ... incompetence rather than outright malevolence?). Witness the recent outrage about - was it 1917? when someone moaned about the insertion of a Sikh soldier into WWI, fundamentally there were battalions of soldiers from all over, but we're so used to seeing movies with nothing but white protagonists that one POC looks weirdly out of place to our eyes.

It's something I try and keep an eye on, as a white chubby middle aged bloke from Belfast, all my characters tend to be me, so I try - but my world experience is limited, to broaden that out as best as possible. Not always successfully, I joke I can draw three different white blokes, two different women and maybe one different POC, everything else are those with beards or moustaches.

2. Ethnicity in historical fictions is not accurate - there are too many unrealistic insertions.
I would pound to a penny bet for every "this insertion is unrealistic" there are about a hundred absolutely bizarre real life historical antecedents that would boggle your eyes and be so unlikely you'd never believe that they were real except for the fact they were. So I don't think it's POSSIBLE to have too many unrealistic insertions. But this will depend on what the fiction is - a realistic wwii story? Plenty of US black soldiers, but none mixed or mingled with the US white soldiers. So that would stick out. (But if you're writing a narrative where it's true to life, but fictional I think it's on you to make some sort of point abotu this) But you're doing a fictional wwii storey with monsters, knock yourself out - if someone is gonna complain about the realisim of a black sergeant in a white US army regiment, but have no complaints about everyone being eaten by a NAZI WEREWOLF I have zero time for that bullshirt.

3. It's muddy - on the one hand, there is some white-washing, and on the other, there are some unrealistic insertions.

I don't think it is muddy - complain about it in factual things, if it's fiction then you've no legs to stand on.

BTW: I draw too many white people in Dredd, I'm aware of it, it's something I try every day to change.

Books & Comics / Re: 2000AD issue 3
« on: 01 July, 2021, 09:57:44 PM »
Was this this week...? Because that shop sounds like it might have been haunted, I'd be wary of any thig I bought there in case it had some sort of ironic after effect...

Events / Re: Jock Team-up 2021?
« on: 24 June, 2021, 03:23:41 PM »
There must be somewhere a punch of middle aged men can get pissed in Scotland.

Bit aggressive there Del Boy!

Surely the collective term is paunch?



I mean I don't have much to say about Harvey, I mean who needs to hear more about another magnificent Dredd by Wagner - YAWN! Same ol' bloody same ol'.

The thing is I can never quite get my head into what the title is telling us about the story. Let's work with the basis that Harvey is a direct reference to the Jimmy Stewart film and work from there. If that's not right then we can forget all this.

I can't speak to how the title fed in to the story, but John (McCrea) is on record as saying Harvey the robot is named after his son, and John named him for that because "it fitted the story".

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