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General / Re: Thought Bubble 2021 submission question
« on: 23 October, 2021, 10:48:56 PM »
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should your pitch give away the whole plot, including the twist? I usually take a 'pitch' to be something that teases a story but doesn't give everything away.

I’ve seen people ask this before about Future Shock pitches, and it kind of confounds me.

Yes, if you’re asking someone to buy your twist-in-the-tail short story, you absolutely have to tell them what the twist is.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 18 October, 2021, 10:18:40 PM »
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He even acknowledged it afterwards.

Wow, that’s amazing.

Tell me, what  actual repercussions did he - or any of the rest of them - suffer for admitting they started an illegal war on knowingly fraudulent grounds?

Does it not bother you in the slightest how fast you come running to defend the powerful?

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 18 October, 2021, 04:35:46 PM »
As with David Amess, someone may disagree with his personal politics, but when it comes to the military issues, Colin at least wasn't that bloodthirsty unlike many of his military compatriots. "war should be the last resort".

Maybe when he gets to Hell he’ll find those weapons of mass destruction that, as part of the Bush administration, he spent years lying about.

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General / Re: List of series in 2000ad and Megazine
« on: 12 October, 2021, 02:17:00 PM »
Was Metalzoic a reprint? I thought it was published at the same time as the US version, or did I imagine that?


DC still own it, and apparently have no interest in re-releasing it or selling the rights on.

Which is a pity, since it's a great piece of work.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 02 October, 2021, 11:48:53 AM »
I mean not to be pedantic but PR can't be the solution to getting the Tories out of power, but the Tories won't pass it themselves. You do need to win a FPTP election first
You do, but how does Labour do that under current electoral maths? Scotland is lost to the SNP. Labour majorities always relied on seats there.

Yeah, that’s nonsense. All three of Tony Blair’s victories would still have happened without a single person in Scotland voting Labour.  It’s not the Scots abandoning Labour that causes Tory governments; it’s English voters voting Tory.

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Film & TV / Re: Laurence Fox as Hunter Biden
« on: 29 September, 2021, 04:35:55 PM »
I think he’ll be great in the role of a guy who’s only got where he is because of who his father is.

Really quite incisive casting.

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…and now valley-Psi Janus is back - someone we haven't seen since 1997's Faustus.

Deservedly so, some might say.

A character chiselled from a solid block of Deeply Irritating.

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Film & TV / Re: Foundation on Apple TV
« on: 27 September, 2021, 09:35:16 AM »
Given that most of FOUNDATION is just two or three people in a room talking, I would expect them to take plenty of liberties.

Yes, Minister, & it's successor Yes, Prime Minister, were pretty much three people talking in the same room every episode & that was some of the finest television ever. Just saying.

That’s a decades-old sitcom. Not a giant-budget modern SF drama series.  Sitcoms are three people in a room talking. Unless it’s Steptoe & Son, in which case it’s two people in a room talking.

You’re comparing two two completely different things.

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Film & TV / Re: Foundation on Apple TV
« on: 26 September, 2021, 07:53:24 PM »
Slightly amazed that anyone thinks a series of rather creaky books that are basically hundreds of pages of White Science Guys Talking, and written by a White Science Guy not exactly known for his dialogue or characterisation, ISN’T going to get a serious adaptation makeover.

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I haven’t seen any comment yet on another significant thing in this announcement  That the show will be co-produced with a non-BBC production company - Bad Wolf, run by RTD’s ex-partner in crime Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter, the BBC exec who commissioned the new series in the first place.

While they’re both a safe pair of hands, the BBC has ceded an huge amount of control over one of their flagship shows to an outside company.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2249 - Her father's PSIs
« on: 16 September, 2021, 11:39:09 AM »

I get the impression it might be something that's engineered to target Southers specifically.

It was stated at the end of the previous story that the bio-weapon only targets those with Souther heritage.

You may remember that Jaegir herself is half-Souther.

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News / Re: Pat Mills in The Times
« on: 07 September, 2021, 03:33:13 PM »
Bishop and Diggle saved 2000AD and kept it going long enough for Rebellion to buy it. It was their predecessors Richard Burton and Alan McKenzie who nearly destroyed it. (I don't know which camp John Tomlinson falls into.)

John’s one of the good guys.  Nicolai Dante was created on his watch. when Burt & Mackenzie wouldn’t even look at Robbie’s stuff.

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News / Re: Pat Mills in The Times
« on: 05 September, 2021, 07:02:28 PM »
Interesting.

Pat's role in creating Judge Dredd certainly seem to be increasing as time goes on!

He’s been steadily gaslighting about this for decades, ever since the Mega-History book that came out at the time of the Stallone movie.  Now he’s advanced to being the actual creator, apparently.

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Other Reviews / Re: Action Special 1992
« on: 24 August, 2021, 08:51:44 AM »
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but it does give off the vibe - not unique to Millar - that everyone on 2000AD had been really impressed by 'The Silence of the Lambs' and couldn't think about anything else for the next three years.

You have no idea how painfully accurate this is. I wasn’t writing for the prog then - still blacklisted, I think - but I remember two then-young scriptdroids of the time being obsessed with two things - Silence of the Lambs (or serial killer stuff in general) and Grant Morrison.

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Film & TV / Re: LOTR TV show to move to the UK.
« on: 13 August, 2021, 10:13:28 PM »
The attraction of Scotland and then New Zealand was to have Middle Earth-suitable landscapes within fairly easy access of your studio base.

London and Oxford, not so much there.

(Outlander, filmed at a studio base just outside Glasgow, barely has to go an afternoon’s drive away to find all those Highland glens, lochs, forests and castles it needs.)
It depends The Shire is supposed to be Middle England, and Oxford is as far as you can get from water.

It’s set thousands of years before the books.  How likely do you really think it is the Shire will play a major part as a location?

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