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There are various positions on this argument:

1. Ethnicity in historical fictions is not accurate - there's too much white-washing.
2. Ethnicity in historical fictions is not accurate - there are too many unrealistic insertions.
3. It's muddy - on the one hand, there is some white-washing, and on the other, there are some unrealistic insertions.


General / 2000 AD Reoffended
« on: 18 June, 2021, 06:01:59 PM »
I figure with the Regened project being such a success, we should also try to recapture the lightning of the mid-90s Summer Offensive by having four progs a year be under the banner of 2000 AD Reoffended!

Of course, I've had some ideas for the five stories:

Judge Fred: Serial Killer
Fred Smyth is a High Court Judge who dearly wishes that capital punishment had never been abolished - especially for littering! By day, he applies the most severe sentences allowable under English law. By night, he dispenses true justice!

Rouge Torpor
The story of an opium addicted prostitute during the French revolution. Her street name is Venus, and she's an agent for the British Crown, helping to smuggle aristocrats to freedom. Unfortunately, her mind is pretty blown from all the drugs, and she holds hallucinatory conversations with her purse (Bourse), her syringe (Aiguille) and her douchebag (Sac).

Strontium Fog
When the British release their new radioactive gas in a chemical warfare assault on the German positions during World War II, rather than kill the enemy, it transforms them into ravening, mutated beasts that spread the condition through their poisoned breath and venom.

Missionary, Man!
A Christian porn star... [that's enough - ed.]

Walter's a Cripple
This hilarious, Dickensian tale... [no, look, just stop! - ed.]

Prog / Guatemala
« on: 05 June, 2021, 08:15:42 PM »
So, I'm reading Guatemala for the first time, and it's been revealed that Hershey has a daughter - but the way the story is told it seems like I should have known this before.

Was this revealed in a previous story?

« on: 20 May, 2021, 07:37:37 PM »

And when writers have taken over my stories, it’s always been a disaster.

Well, of course I'm going to bring up the superlative (ABC Warriors strip) Red Planet Blues by Alan Moore (1985 Annual). Oh, and Bax the Burner! Moore, again. And Satanus Unchained - probably the most credible storyline about a dinosaur with a grudge.

The key thing that grates when Mills goes on about his rights is the shifting sands of who "owns" a character. Of course, he always finds in his own favor. So, if it's him that's borrowing someone else's work to riff on, then it's all just an innocent blending of creative forces. But if he's decided to apportion himself ownership, then it's a crime to tread on his hallowed ground. He's like a dog with a bone - that he took from another dog.

Given that Gerry Finley-Day wrote the vast majority of Invasion!, does that mean Pat shouldn't have written Savage? Or that he owes GFD some cash? And should he have given up on Slaine when his co-creator (Angie Kincaid) was shelved off the project?

I do agree with him to an extent. Flesh should have died with Twentieth Century Mills.

Suggestions / Encyclopedia Errata
« on: 15 May, 2021, 12:43:08 AM »
The Megazine's 2000 AD Encyclopedia probably has a few mistakes. Figured I'd jot them down here when I notice them.

 - The first Banzai Battalion story runs from 1135-1137
 - For Oola, Blint, the notable appearances section has skipped Christmas With The Blints from Xmas-prog 2005.

General / Promises, Promises...
« on: 27 April, 2021, 02:26:15 AM »
From a discussion on another thread. Thrills that have been promised, but have yet to materialize.

Last part of Flesh: Gorehead, from prog 2010 in 2016:

General / Now I Know My ABCs...
« on: 31 March, 2021, 05:43:21 AM »
I've started my own A-Z of 2000 AD project and (of course) started with 'K', and Kingdom.

It has to be off-forum because the chart and table have some groovy, interactive functionality that can't be replicated here.

Tech note: table hover components sort-of work as long-holds on touch-screen devices, but really this is designed for pointer-driven interfaces.

General / Six Degrees of Shako!
« on: 19 March, 2021, 04:48:45 AM »
How many links does it take to connect Shako to any other 2000 AD or Megazine character?

For example, Gene the Hackman has a Shako number of one, because they starred together in "Shako's Kingdom" in the 2020 Sci-Fi Special.


What about The Gronk?

General / What Defines a Dredd Epic?
« on: 06 March, 2021, 04:37:41 PM »
Is it number of episodes? Most people want to include Robot Wars (8), so then you also have to let in Destiny's Angels, which feels less epic.

Robot Wars is 41pp long (actually, it's forty and one half), so perhaps we should go by page count - and Destiny's Angels trumps that at 66pp. Cry of the Werewolf is 48pp and The Graveyard Shift crosses the line at 45pp. We can add in Dredd Angel, Death Aid, then, when the Meg starts up, the page count is often higher per episode, so in comes Midnite's Children (48pp over 5 parts) and America.

Or, does an epic need an epic narrative? A city-wide effect of some kind? Or Dredd teaming up to solve the case?

What makes an epic?

General / Favorite Cover Lines
« on: 19 January, 2021, 03:25:36 PM »
Cover punnage is an art form, and "Hack to the Future" (from prog 1091) caught my eye yesterday as I was doing a bit of letterer indexing:

If you want to post up a favorite all you need to do is paste the following URL into img tags and swap out the "???" with the prog number: http://www.2000ad.org/covers/2000ad/mediumres/???.jpg

General / Dreddverse Map
« on: 16 January, 2021, 01:59:26 AM »
By my reckoning, every strip that's been set in the Dreddverse...

General / Thrills Over Time
« on: 09 January, 2021, 07:06:33 PM »

Film & TV / Endlessly Re-watchable
« on: 08 January, 2021, 03:37:03 AM »
Inspired by the idea (over on the Last Movie Watched thread) that a top list of movies doesn't need to consider quality when instead it can consider enduring longevity, I wanted to think about those movies that you watch again and again. Maybe they're those movies that, even if you happen upon them, you're stuck for the duration, unable to tear yourself away.

For me, there's:

 - Goodfellas
 - Aliens
 - Blade Runner

Games / MMOs and the single-player experience
« on: 04 January, 2021, 09:28:01 PM »
Saw a GDC talk the other day that was exploring this argument:

A. Single-player content shouldn't be part of an MMO because the USP of an MMO is not that.

B. Single-player content should be part of an MMO because Conan (the Barbarian, not O'Brien).

General / Judge Dredd Script Droids
« on: 19 December, 2020, 02:20:00 AM »


- It starts in the center ring with 1977.
- Order of droids is weighted by contribution, then by year.
- The big Pat Mills chunk in 1978 is The Cursed Earth.
- Wagner's voluminous dominance is obvious from the first year.
- Noteworthy long-form stories from this era are Robot Wars, Luna-1, The Cursed Earth and the Judge Cal saga.

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