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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 17 May, 2022, 03:46:44 PM »
Seems quite a way after Scream! folded to dig the story out of the slush pile though.
Scream folded into Eagle which went on until 1994, so it may have been done for Eagle.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 29 April, 2022, 02:20:51 PM »
I had a vague feeling that we at home thought Inferno was just a bit silly, but that plenty of readers liked it, only to find that in the last 20 years it has become perhaps THE most despised Mega Epic.

From catching up with all the stuff I missed through getting the Case Files, Inferno and Crusade were the least enjoyable epics. I would now add that one from recently with the 4 horseman of the apocolypse to that list too.

General / Re: Probably going digital
« on: 19 March, 2022, 06:05:37 PM »
I am fully digital but I have to say the 2000AD app is not very good. It should be an embarassment for Rebellion who are after all an IT company to some extent.

The main problem is that it does not seem to store any of the images it uses locally, it downloads them all fresh each time and makes you wait while it does this. It can take several minutes to access purchased content and so it is far better to use a separate dedicated comic book reader instead.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 02 March, 2022, 06:26:00 PM »
Great to have it back. During the fallow period, I went back and started from the beginning and produced the following list of highlight quotes from the 1977 shows.

Episode 1 (progs 1 - 5)
Fox and Conrad enjoy the childish action nature of the launch strips, free gifts and the concept of 2000AD being robot produced and edited by an alien.
“So fucking awesome” - Fox’s first ever expressed opinion on any 2000ad story (Invasion)
“She’s the strongest female character in 2000AD” - Conrad on Old One Eye
“Dan Dare is the most boring character ever created” - Fox
“The team manages to win their first game, they beat the Baltimore Bulls which is a team of police officers and which is a weird commentary on 2016 politics somehow” - Conrad
“If we end up at prog 500...or even 100” - Conrad pondering how far the podcast will go
“Oi loik dinosaurs but I would loik them to fight cowboys!”  - Conrad speculating on the market research opinions expressed by 1970’s British youth

Singing: Conrad sings Anthrax’s “I Am The Law”

Episode 2 (progs 6 - 10)
Conrad highlights a letter that complains about how bad sci-fi films are and Tharg replies that readers should look out for the new film coming out in 1977 called ‘StarWars’ which might change the reader’s mind.
“You are reminded constantly that his wife and son are dead and he is just going to destroy everything” - Fox on Invasion
“This kid’s a prick” - Conrad’s assessment of the first child to die in the pages of 2000AD (Flesh)
“It’s 1977. man - you’ve just got to assume the USSR is going to be there forever” - Conrad  (Harlem Heroes)
“This wasn’t the worst this week but it was also definately the worst” - Fox (Dan Dare)
“As soon as he started saying his own name - Call Me Kenneth - I got really happy” - Fox (Judge Dredd)

Episode 3 (progs 11 - 14)
“When all you have is a shotgun then the whole world looks like something that can be shotgunned” - Conrad (Invasion)
“Authority figures who think they know everything but are in fact wrong is a continuing theme of 2000ad” - Conrad (Flesh)
“I did not detest it this time” - Fox after the introduction of The Mekon (Dan Dare)
“Oh no!” - Fox on learning that Walter’s speech impediment is permannent
“Is it racist? Oh, baby it’s super racist!” - Conrad on MACH 1

Singing: Conrad sings the Heavy Metal Kids song
Episode 4 (progs 15 - 18)
“There’s at least two ‘quarry’ based puns per page” - Conrad (Invasion)
Massimo Bellardinelli is the first artist credited in 2000AD and is discussed by Fox and Conrad (Dan Dare)

2000ad recurring themes
Danger acid makes its first appearance.
Explanation for the Bermuda triangle (MACH 1)
Call Me Kenneth is 2000AD villain who admires Adolf Hitler (Judge Dredd)
Stamp collecting ads

Episode 5 (progs 19 - 23)
“You wouldn’t think that what’s essentially kind of the same story over and over again...would remain the greatest thing ever - but it totally does!” Conrad (Invasion)
“I wouldn’t give it to some kid that likes polar bears as an educational book” Conrad /(Shako)

2000ad recurring themes
 - Biker gang (Invasion)
Episode 7 (progs 24 - 27)
“Quack quack Volgs!”
“I am a wuss from 35 years in the past from this comic but even one person dieing in the course of a game seems like a non-trivial amount” - Conrad (Harlem Heroes)
“In real life I’m terrified of bear attacks but I love them in print format” Conrad (Shako)
“All eskimos secretly want to kill everyone with bears” Fox (Shako)

2000ad recurring themes
 - Size difference based story - Tiny aliems (Future Shock)

Episode 8 (progs 28 - 31)
Rico and Judge Giant first stories.
“ ...we see Judge Dredd becoming colder and more efficient, and speaking of things which are cold and efficient THRILL THREE SHAKO!!!”
Transition fro Dredd to Shako

“So this series has gone from shit and garbage and tat to really great and I love it” Fox (Dan Dare)

2000ad recurring themes
Stamp collecting ads (“more interesting than the feature”- Fox)
It was earth all along (x3) (Future Shocks)

Episode 10 (progs 32 - 36)
Credit cards introduced.
“Judge Dredd kinda Die Hards his way through the hotel” - Conrad on Judge Dredd Computel
“He’s got his puns working and that’s all anyone can have” - Conrad on Dan Dare
“It’s Gulliver’s Travels if that was about murder” - Fox on Dan Dare

2000ad recurring themes
 - Size difference based story - Giant pool table (Future Shock)

Episode 11 (progs 37 - 40)
“They are being billetted inside the same boarding house that Savage, Silk and the Prince go to because there is no third amendment in England - that’s right, shots fired again!” - Conrad (Invasion)

Episode 12 (progs 41 - 45)
“You’ve got to have these post kill quips otherwise what’s the point?” - Conrad (Invasion)
“That was a really, really, really, good episode! - Fox, “This one prog is one of the greatest things I have ever seen in my life” - Conrad (M.A.C.H. 1)

Books & Comics / Re: The 2022 Humble Bundle - same problem again
« on: 22 February, 2022, 05:50:21 PM »
I spoke to soon. The Mestizo pdf is 12MB and the first 10 pages or so are fine but later pages have white lines through them and the text could be more readable. I will try the cbr version for any pdfs that look bad.

Books & Comics / Re: The 2022 Humble Bundle - same problem again
« on: 22 February, 2022, 05:42:49 PM »
This is a great bundle - especially for the Charley's War and Lawless volumes. I only found out about this deal because of this thread so thanks for the notice. I have downloaded them all as pdf and the ones I have looked at (the smaller ones mainly) look okay to me.

Megazine / Re: Meg 441 - Surfing the Mega-City Skies !
« on: 22 February, 2022, 09:26:35 AM »
Another thumbs up for Hawk The Slayer from someone who has never heard of it before. Main Meg stuff is great too.

General / Re: Sideshow Vote - To warp or not that is the question
« on: 20 February, 2022, 02:20:25 PM »
No, it should have continued: he didn't think it too many

General / Re: Sideshow Vote: Favorite Chief Judge
« on: 06 February, 2022, 09:55:05 AM »

General / Re: Tharg’s 2021 in Review - Best Dredd
« on: 30 December, 2021, 05:12:37 PM »
1. A Penitent Man
2. How Do You Solve A Problem Like Francisco?
3. Removal Man

1. Megatropolis
2. Devlin Waugh
3. Angelic

General / Re: Tharg's 2021 in Review - Best 2000 AD strips (non-Dredd)
« on: 27 December, 2021, 03:53:54 PM »
1. Chimpsky’s Law
2. The Out
3. Pandora Perfect

« on: 20 December, 2021, 08:50:02 PM »
1) 2238
2) 2233
3) 2213

« on: 20 December, 2021, 08:45:39 PM »
1) 429
2) 434
3) 436

Very difficult to choose, so my selection could have been quite different on a different day.

Other Reviews / Re: Dredd: The Complete Case Files
« on: 20 September, 2021, 05:10:03 PM »
There was no contents page in the latest digital CF volume for Megazine stories but there was one for 2000AD ones.

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