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Incident on Mayger Minor, partly because of Barrington's impassioned promotion. I also preferred the stories with fewer magical elements.

The No-Go Job (which gets my vote) lit a fire under the strip after it had been coasting for a while - arguably, ever since Rage. The use of a new artist was part of it, but the job itself spoke to something different. (That the difference turned out to be, unfortunately, The Final Solution, is neither here nor there.)

The Rammy felt like a remix of a remix, in that it repeated the general idea of The Big Bust of 49, itself a retread of The Killing.

Thanks, tipsters - the more stuff I have at my electronic fingertips, the less rummaging is required in the nerd dungeon.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 26 July, 2021, 04:03:25 PM »
Under Siege - it's a Die Hard rip-off (including the jumping off tall thing attached to a dangly thing* to escape an explosion) and, on paper, it would be easy to argue that it's demonstrably not a good movie - so let's call it a guilty pleasure.

*Although Die Hard in turn borrowed the idea from Harold Lloyd.

Mork Whisperer for me - sorry to be negative, but I didn't like the character design on Blood Moon as I found it incongruous.

Just a general question related to Johnny Alpha stories: after the final solution what was the next Alpha story to be publish, was it "The Kreeler Conspiracy"?
Unless you count Judgement Day, then yes. Full listings here: Strontium Dog on Barney.

Plus a couple of Specials as well - see the new A-Z listing.


Roadhouse gets my vote.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 26 July, 2021, 03:46:28 PM »
American Vandal - a true crime mockumentary series. Other than saying that, you should go in cold.

General / Re: Now I Know My ABCs...
« on: 26 July, 2021, 05:41:59 AM »
Judge Cal's also in Behold the Beast from the '83 Judge Dredd Annual, and No more Jimmy Deans from Meg 3.39.

Thanks, DJ - I added those.

A-Z updates

 - The 86ers
 - 2000 AD Art Stars Winner!            
 - Ampney Crucis Investigates…
 - Armitage
 - Bad Company
 - Brass & Bland
 - Button Man
 - [Dolman]
 - [Feral Jackson]
 - The Grievous Journey of Ichabod Azrael…   
 - The Gronk
 - [Mrs Gunderson]
 - Helium
 - Hook Jaw
 - [Judge...Fargo]
 - [Kraken]
 - Middenface McNulty
 - [One-Offs]
 - The Order
 - Satanus
 - Strontium Dog
 - Strontium Dog: Tales From the Doghouse
 - Strontium Dogs   
 - Walter The Wobot
 - Wulf Sternhammer

Off Topic / Re: Debating online? You’d better read this.
« on: 25 July, 2021, 08:26:24 PM »
You seem to be skating (by the tactic of conflation) terribly close to a suggestion that because governments are capable of misinformation, that there's some question surrounding the efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccination program.

I realize you must be unaware of that, though, because you've been asked on so many occasions to stop spreading pro-virus propaganda here during a pandemic - presumably because of how dangerous that is. Just ask this guy:

LA man who mocked Covid-19 vaccines dies of virus

Surely you don't want to get all the threads on the forum locked just to prove a nebulous point? Of course not. That would be ridiculous.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 July, 2021, 03:29:22 PM »
The Wild Bunch is probably in the Top Five for westerns. An excellent movie. Ernest Borgnine has never been better.

General / Re: SORRY NO VOTES TODAY!!! And next week
« on: 23 July, 2021, 05:39:56 PM »
Vacation 3 : 2 Revolution

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 23 July, 2021, 06:56:14 AM »
Tharg slagging off the old strips is the last refuge of the scoundrel.  Even is Return to Armageddon and Fiends had been bad strips (which they were most certainly not!), its such a lame argument that is accepting that the stuff you re putting out now is shit.  "The Memory Cheats", my arse!

In reading the Megazine's Encyclopedia I've been wondering about the lack of critique. I mean, I get it: the remit is clearly to be descriptive rather than judgmental, and one person's Marmite is another person's Marmite, but there's something uncanny about it.

On the other hand, if editorial decry something from the past as being mightily pants, well - it's a bit like any reader saying something is mightily pants - that's just, like, their opinion, man.

I had pondered applying a five-Tharg rating (like the five stars in Empire) to each entry in my A-Z, but I avoided it because there's no methodical way of doing it - at the end of the day, it comes down to personal preference.   

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 23 July, 2021, 06:43:12 AM »
How much of the coast do you lose if the San Andreas fault goes?

None. It's not like an overhang. The two plates are grinding along the fault line, not splitting apart - and even if they were splitting apart, that would just make a big crack, neither side of which would fall or sink, as there's nowhere to fall or sink to, as each side is supported by its respective plate.

Did this idea come from Superman II?

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 22 July, 2021, 08:50:32 PM »
I watched Face/Off when it first came out. Now, I'd need paid (I can imagine quite a lot) to watch it again. File under "no redeeming features".

Off Topic / Re: Y'know what really grinds my gears?
« on: 22 July, 2021, 05:31:54 PM »
Autocorrection on a cellphone. Ugh!


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