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Messages - SmallBlueThing(Reborn)

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

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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.

SBT

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

SBT

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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

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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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Why on Earth would you think I meant Watchmen? Try Captain Britain and Marvel(Miracle)Man.

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5-0 Worley

I've never liked Zenith- it's just plainly a rip-off of Moore's work. And I've never understood why it's not seen as such. Plus Morrison is such an objectionable sod, the absolute epitome of 'Emporer's New Clothes' that I can't even give him a point for some of his prog work I did kind of like.

Worley wrote the excellent HookJaw and several other things that are never less than entertaining.

SBT

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Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 10 July, 2021, 08:39:59 PM »
And backed for #28, with the extra copy of #27.

SBT

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Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 10 July, 2021, 08:36:28 PM »
Thankyou and that's good to know!

SBT

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Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 10 July, 2021, 07:58:02 PM »
Do you have to have followed a story to get #28, or can one jump in?

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Books & Comics / Re: To Be A Hero launches 10th July
« on: 10 July, 2021, 07:57:00 PM »
Backed. Sentinel hasn't let me down yet.

SBT

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