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...and here it is! Many thanks David, it looks absolutely lovely as usual. You guys do a wonderful job on these.


There was a reason mine hadn't turned up- despite me ordering it on day one, the process didn't complete! Thankfully David managed to sort it and a copy is now on its way. As always, service above and beyond.

My phone just doesn't like the Comicksy website for some reason- when I did order it, it charged me postage to Australia, which David then again sorted. That man is a "ledge", as my youngest would say.


General / Re: Skip Tracer is strictly better than The Order
« on: 31 July, 2021, 11:16:47 PM »
Despite Skip Tracer being not my favourite thing in any given prog (except recently, when it had suddenly got good- note: I've still not bought this week's yet), I find myself being a lot more fond of it than The Order.

I think it's because I tend to buy and read 2000AD fairly rapidly these days, and don't spend an awful lot of time poring over it. It gets read, and filed away. The Order is obviously, obviously, a strip into which a lot of thought and effort has gone (as is Skip, just not in the same way), and requires a substantial amount of close reading.

And probably a series of charts, post-it notes stuck to folders, and reminders written on the back of your hand.

It's the strip I imagine people who haven't read 2000AD in decades get most scared of, and give up a couple of pages in, concluding the comic isn't for them. The people who belive that if one strip isn't to their taste, then the whole thing is soured and £3.10 a week is too high a price to pay.

The rest of us just mutter "c'est le guerre" and move past it, as we have always done. And then periodically try the fabled "complete reread because I won't let the bastard thing beat me" and then, in my case, fail.

But what do I know? I skipped Skizz originally in the prog, because it wasn't my thing. I skipped the first series of Brink, and all of Brass Sun. And Helium- because I "didn't like Culbard's art". It took a while, but I got them in the end.


Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 31 July, 2021, 06:44:36 PM »
At this point, the BBC assurances that the new team will be announced "in due course" is seeming very familiar. Did they get Alan Yentob to give that quote by any chance?

There's nobody being mentioned for prospective 'showrunner'- other than (excuse me, haha) JMS, and I think they were playing hideously safe as a result of panicking when they appointed Chibnall in the first place. Who looked at his previous work and thought he had the chops? It was a lazy hire, and it backfired.

As for the next Doctor. If they cast male, Whittaker will seem like a mistake to be quickly rectified (which, cards on the table, I think she was- ymmv) but they won't want to give that impression. If they cast white, that will be even more problematic. It will be a black or Asian woman. 

Sandra Oh (from Killing Eve and Gray's Anatomy). And she would be *brilliant*.



Prog / Re: Prog 2242 - Judging The Judges!
« on: 31 July, 2021, 12:33:00 PM »
I will just point out that as long ago as 2005, children's television programme Dr Who was using "Oh boll-" for comedic effect. Cutting off 'naughty words' is a standard technique- and even adverts broadcast during the day use it (see Green Flag's current campaign, "you're first words after an accident may not be Green Flag but maybe they should be your second", complete with "Ffff..." and accompanying mouthing- which is now covered/ blurred out when censoring swearing elsewhere on the box).

But yeah, I still prefer 2000AD to keep away from swearing- and sex. Don't mind the violence though. We are hypocritical as a species.


Prog / Re: Prog 2242 - Judging The Judges!
« on: 29 July, 2021, 07:07:16 PM »
I've put off buying this week's because I am sick to death of having to go into town three or four times a week- in an effort to just do every sodding thing I need to do on one day, I won't be getting the prog (and Shift and Panini Batman) til Saturday or Sunday.

That said, I've already read on one of the many Facebook groups seemingly dedicated to middle aged men who read the comic for a couple of years decades ago and who are a) unaware it's still going and b) absolutely convinced it must be rubbish (oh and c- not at all interested in comics in general, seeing them as entirely for kids) that this week's prog is so bad it's led to people giving it up entirely. Like they say every week. Without fail.*

So it's nice to come home here and see some positive comments and constructive criticism and jokes**.


*If I have to mention Brink/ Lawless/ Dante to another hairy-arsed Farage-follower with an England flag profile picture when they ask for examples of 'stuff as good as Sam Spade Robot Hunter' or 'that Dredd where he fights Russians' I will make a YouTube video of me burning a Judge Death Lives Titan volume.

**jokes not about immigrants, that is.

Still no sign, here at Small Blue Towers. Willow course let you know if this changes with the last post of the week tomorrow.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 21 July, 2021, 07:39:06 PM »
So, where are we? It's looking like on top of the tories threatening to put refugees in prison for fourteen years for the temerity to escape war zones without paying Tui for the privilege, they now want to lock journalists up for a similar length of time if they cause the government "embarrassment", by, er, reporting when they break the law. And their generous counteroffer to the recommended 15% NHS payrise is... 3%.

I don't often post on this thread because frankly I am not a.well man and my heart/ blood pressure couldn't stand the strain, but... drokk those motherfunting spugfunts.


General / Re: Comic and book storage ideas?
« on: 20 July, 2021, 10:36:08 AM »
A year of so ago I bought 2 Screwfix metal shelves- then I purposely put them together "wrong", spacing the shelves equally and so allowing my entire 17 boxes of 2000ADs/ Megs and 12 of my standard US comic short boxes to sit on them. I don't have room for shelving for the other ten boxes, so they are stacked. To be honest the spare room looks a bit of a disaster at the moment, but that's because I'm doing something very nerdy of which I am not prepared to speak.

All my progs are bagged, *most* are boarded (I think I need a couple of hundred boards to complete- and probably replacement bags for those as well). The whole lot sits in 13 magazine boxes. Last week's prog finished off box #13, and box #14 is sitting ready to be made up and used. The Megs I store in groups of five or so to a bag- but I intend to individually bag and board them sometime "soon". They take up four boxes and a stack. The specials/ Crisis/ Revolver/ Toxic/ Scream/ Starlord/ Tornado and sundries take up another two boxes- and there are another couple of boxes of 'other uk magazines and comics'.

The shelves though- they were a gamechanger. Strong, easy to assemble and quite pleasing.


I'm still waiting for mine- but I've also ordered *a lot* of stuff recently that has taken its sweet time to get to me. At this point, I'm only at Panic Level DefCon 1.


Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 16 July, 2021, 08:46:40 PM »
Alternatively... Finn was absolutely fantastic and completely, solely, responsible for keeping me involved in the prog when it was collapsing around my ears with every issue. Yes, this was because I was young and very into paganism, and so the strip was absolutely made for me (and, I think, a significant proportion of the readership at the time). And yes, it is the most Pat Mills of Pat Mills strips- but if you are as fond of Pat Mills' writing  as I am, and indeed as fond of your younger self as I am, despite now being old and not at all interested in paganism (and that, despite being now married to a witch), it's still a frequently hilarious and always angry action strip, with the best/ worst of nineties comic excesses and the most incredible visuals. Finn's mask alone is a thing of ugly beauty. It's mad, and I love it.


Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 16 July, 2021, 04:11:58 PM »
Old Man's War, by John Scalzi- I'm halfway through and it's reverberating with Starship Troopers echoes, but I guess Military Sci-Fi often does. I don't know, as I've not read an awful lot. It's pleasingly 'hard sf' in parts, and the central conceit- a wish-fulfillment fantasy of aged bodies suddenly becoming vigorous and young again to fight in a war and have lots of sex, is rather lovely. Enjoying it, and my eldest knows me well (he bought it for my birthday).

Also, Judging Dredd- edited by Scott Wratherly, the latest from Sequart Books. A 220 page collection of essays about... well, some old British comic strip. I've only read the first essay so far- by Dr Pritish Chakraborty and entitled 'A Fascist Hero: Rhetoric of Civil Redemption in the Comics or Judge Dredd'. It was very good, and the rest of the book looks similarly impressive. I've loved every other Sequart book I've read, so here's hoping.


Prog / Re: Prog 2240 - In with a bullet!
« on: 14 July, 2021, 12:14:03 PM »
Behind that Nineties-tastic (in the best possible way!) cover, lies a prog that may well be one of the few in living memory where -almost- everything is just magnificent. There is one strip I'm not feeling despite a great start- and that's Dept K. Every other page was just splendid. Skip Tracer has finally arrived- this story is excellent, and if it had been this good from the start it would have been a modern classic by now. Chimpskey ended with me now wanting a second series, like, immediately, Aquila is great (though a couple of bits of dialogue this week felt off) and how bloody fantastic was that Dredd?

Thanks Tharg, happy Earthlet here.


General / Re: Al Ewing or Ian Edginton- Writers Solhiem Cup - Tie 17
« on: 13 July, 2021, 12:18:25 PM »
Yeah, AlexF sums it up for me as well.

Ian 3
Al 2


I'm sadly still waiting for my copy here. My postie thinks I fancy him, as I always meet him on the doorstep these days.


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