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Colin YNWA

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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2625 on: 26 March, 2021, 12:20:30 PM »
Oh my heart fair sung when I saw this thread pop up. I've not been getting my comics delievered - my LCS has offered but I've gone for paying to keep things under control but not getting them to post as they will keep. When I'm back boy will there be a post, a mighty post.

But Link Prime thanks for keeping one of my favs alive.

Is BRZRKR the Keano comic - it did insane numbers on Kickstarter as I recall?

Oh and a $2.99 comic - wow - I almost want to buy Spawn just to salute that... almost...

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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2626 on: 26 March, 2021, 01:01:15 PM »
Is BRZRKR the Keano comic - it did insane numbers on Kickstarter as I recall?

I don't know what the split is between the Kickstarter orders and retail, but I believe BOOM have said #1 sold 600,000+
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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2627 on: 29 March, 2021, 11:23:46 AM »
thanks for keeping one of my favs alive.

One of mine too Colin.

Will add a couple more recent deliveries;

Ultramega issue 1. A friend who's recommendations I trust 100% pushed me to get this, and he's just dropped below the 98% threshold on Trustpilot. It was quite good - very fast paced, great artwork and a meaty read that felt more than it's 60 pages of no-advert heft. The overall concept didn't quite click for me however, and I won't be back for issue 2. If I see it going cheap as a trade or digitally at some time in the future I will defo pick it up though. It absolutely would appeal to 2000AD readers I will add.

Maiden issue 1. I'm a big fan of Bart Sears, going all the way back to his work for Valiant (Version 1) and his "Brutes and Babes" feature column in Wizard magazine. An extraordinary artist - and the good news is, he's as good as ever. This comic was co-written by (I assume) his wife Michelle, and the script is where the problems start and end. I had no idea - no idea - what was going on. So despite the lush artwork and lovely '2000AD size' printing, I won't be back for issue 2.

And that's my round-up for the foreseeable future - I am giving some new comics a try, but it is really hard to find something that appeals these days.
Seems that purchases of 70's / 80's / 90's back-issues and collections will pick up the slack of any comic related pocket money I've allocated myself.

Is BRZRKR the Keano comic - it did insane numbers on Kickstarter as I recall?

I don't know what the split is between the Kickstarter orders and retail, but I believe BOOM have said #1 sold 600,000+

The Kickstarter is just related to collections of BRZRKR - the 'Floppy' issue 1 is a huge hit it seems.


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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2628 on: 29 March, 2021, 11:29:08 AM »
I had a pang of jealousy when I saw this thread. My local shop is not open and not doing collections. This is seriously straining my loyalty, as the alternative shop in town (which is perfectly nice, but not "my" shop) is doing prearranged collections.

It's made me realise how much pleasure I get from a simple weekly walk in to collect a bag of comics.

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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2629 on: 29 March, 2021, 12:09:48 PM »
It's made me realise how much pleasure I get from a simple weekly walk in to collect a bag of comics.

It's still a minor and appreciable pleasure, but for me nothing can beat the late 80's / early 90's days of going for a weekly bus ride into Dublin city centre and the anticipatory 15 minute walk to Forbidden Planet on Dawson St.

There was a genuine buzz to that shop on a Saturday afternoon, and in the pre-internet days there were always surprises on the shelves.
The days when you'd have to pick your jaw up off the floor when you completely and accidentally came across things like Barry Windsor-Smith's Weapon X or The Killing Joke.

I've been Chasing Amy ever since.

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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2630 on: 24 April, 2021, 03:21:16 PM »
Well what does 4 a four month comic hau look like I hear you all cry. Well I popped into my LCS this afternoon for the first time in that long and got my comics which had been waiting for me. 43 comics (roughy only a quick count) now sit at my side waiting to be read ... this thread is going to come back and come back hard.

You have been warned!

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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2631 on: 24 April, 2021, 08:55:42 PM »
Before I get too far into my haul I've got a curious little warm up. 'Made of Steel.' by local Sheffield artist, Jim Coinnolly - who actually lives in Manchester these days but whose art is still seen around about our town quite a bit. Its a fun thing, supported by a Kickstarter - which I was oblivious too but stumbles across this in my LCS - and is a past. Firmly routed in Sheffield both in specifics but also in its straight forward tone and well worth a look if you stumble across it.

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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2632 on: 25 April, 2021, 09:06:46 PM »
Post Lockdown Haul - Part 1

Well I'm going to need to break this down. So here are the first comics I've read - slow start today for all sorts of reasons.

Way of X 1 - Spurrier and Nightcrawler what's not to like huh... well the comic is dense and I was too tired to appreciate it. I need to do a re-read already - which I will.

HaHa 1 -3 - the advantage of this catching up is you get to read multiple issues of the same comic and I started with a news series of... one shot so negated that advantage. Still these three dark, super dark slices of life (and death) all performed under grease paint hit hard. Quite superb.

more tomorrow.

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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2633 on: 26 April, 2021, 09:30:25 PM »

Way of X 1 - Spurrier and Nightcrawler what's not to like huh... well the comic is dense and I was too tired to appreciate it. I need to do a re-read already - which I will.

So I did and its really good, clever, smart with themes dripping from every inky line. The only risk it runs is not actually being fun. I mean its okay but I'm not sold just yet - however smart it is... for a better example see...

Post Lockdown Haul - Part 2

...we'll come to the better example in a second, couple more to dust off first.

Judge Dredd - False Witness 4 first part was good, second part poor, third part was good and... yep fourth and final part poor. Maybe this will be served better in a re-read, but there were bits here that really stuck in my throat. Shame at time this series was good.

Backtrack 10 - so needs a re-read. In the end I'd lost track and I've no idea if this was a satisfactory ending up I've enjoyed this series that run off the tracks so it'll get its re-read and I'll judge then.

The advantage of a 4 month lay-off from comics is most of what I read I'll not have the problems of those last two as I'll be getting a chunk of a series and be able to remember what happens issue to issue, or in the case of Superman Vs Imperious Lex 1-3 read the whole series in one go. Oh and remember what I was saying about Way of X being smart but niot sure its fun - well this one nails both - even if its pretty on the nose and comics best current writer* Mark Russell doesn't mess about in ripping into Trump and his supporters. With Steve Pugh on art its an absolute triumph and if anything is going to wrestle comic of the haul from this one its going to be a doozy!

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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2634 on: 27 April, 2021, 12:10:15 PM »
A bruised and grievously wounded Scotland is gradually emerging from lockdown. Yesterday "non-essential" retail opened. With child-like glee I skipped to my local comic shop to see what four months of accumulated orders would look like.

Except it was shut. With a sign saying "Open on Wednesday". What I said was unrepeatable on the forum.

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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2635 on: 27 April, 2021, 12:17:15 PM »
A bruised and grievously wounded Scotland is gradually emerging from lockdown. Yesterday "non-essential" retail opened. With child-like glee I skipped to my local comic shop to see what four months of accumulated orders would look like.

Except it was shut. With a sign saying "Open on Wednesday". What I said was unrepeatable on the forum.

I feel your pain. But Wednesday will come and then you'll be able to share what that four months looks like. I was a little scared of mine!

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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2636 on: 27 April, 2021, 12:52:18 PM »
At the end of the day, I'm lucky that it my local shop is opening on Wednesday. I'm very grateful for that, whatever my frustrations.

The rest of the high street is devastated and I don't see a recovery in sight. Retail in Scotland is on its knees. Support your local shops, people!

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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2637 on: 27 April, 2021, 01:27:31 PM »
The rest of the high street is devastated and I don't see a recovery in sight. Retail in Scotland is on its knees. Support your local shops, people!

Was chatting about this to my LCS folks when I went in. There are a swath of now empty shops in the main shopping street in Sheffield and many more in the immediate surrounding area (well and John Lewis as well but that's a whole other thing locally) and my LCS have long looked at opinions for moving to a more central location as the street they are on is quite out on a limb and pretty run down these days.

Alas options are still limited by the rents landlords are after which are prehibitively high. Apparently there's more money to be had converting the upper floors of shops into accommadation - though for the life of me I can't imagine anyone wanting to live on a dieing high street!

While towns and high streets are going to have to move to a more cultural / market aspect I guess (I mean that's a real guess based on what was written when John Lewis said they weren't reopening here) you will still have a place for specialist traders in a physical store - particularly local mainstays you'd think?

Or a I wrong there?

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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2638 on: 27 April, 2021, 02:15:56 PM »
Alas options are still limited by the rents landlords are after which are prehibitively high. Apparently there's more money to be had converting the upper floors of shops into accommadation - though for the life of me I can't imagine anyone wanting to live on a dieing high street!

Nobody does, but the property owners and builders can get away with cutting a lot more corners if they're converting a commercial property. Who needs housing regulations?
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Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« Reply #2639 on: 27 April, 2021, 02:25:04 PM »

While towns and high streets are going to have to move to a more cultural / market aspect I guess (I mean that's a real guess based on what was written when John Lewis said they weren't reopening here) you will still have a place for specialist traders in a physical store - particularly local mainstays you'd think?

Or a I wrong there?

I hope so. One effect of the pandemic has been to make me very conscious of the need to support local businesses. I think the death of high street retail should leave space for those kind of shops and hopefully some innovation.

Maybe the city centre malls that have been emptied out of chainstores can have small local shops and restaurants, and be open past 6pm? That would need an imaginative and supportive landlord.