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Prog / Prog 1953 - BODIES OF EVIDENCE
« on: 17 October, 2015, 10:11:33 AM »

Must be a record for Paisley Posties with the Prog and Meg fall waking me up at 8.30 on a Saturday morning.

Lovely Ryan Brown cover and some great procedural developments in Dredd's 'Serial Serial'. That's all I've read so far - sue me! No letters.

Prog / Prog 1950 - YOU FEEL LUCKY, PUNKS?
« on: 26 September, 2015, 01:04:36 PM »
Lovely crisp card cover and some sexy contents. More to follow...

Film & TV / Stephen Watson of Paisley to Appear on 15 to 1 - 14th October
« on: 17 September, 2015, 09:33:34 PM »
Those of you living in a cave may not yet of heard that I am due to appear on Channel 4's premier quiz show 15-1 within the next month.

Followers of my quiz show career will remember my appearance on Weakest Link in which I emerged triumphant . Recent heart issues were no obstacle to a new attempt for glory and the tasty £40k prize.

I am embargoed from giving you the result but it was exciting stuff and I am in at least one memorable episode (you only get one show if you make the 3 person final and get up to 3 attempts).

Dog Deever of this parish deserves the credit (blame) as he gave me the flyer shown below at Glasgow Comic Con.

I chose to break out my lucky plum jumper for the occasion and wardrobe issues again formed the basis of many of my anecdotes.

Anyway the new series starts tomorrow and I'm on Show 19 and possibly others. Set your series link now as it's  on at 3pm in the afternoon so unless you are a comic writer or glue sniffer you are unlikely to catch it at random.

The date I have been given for my first appearance is Wednesday 14th October at 3pm. but it does sometimes get bumped for the racing.

I you have any questions about Sandi Toksvig, meeting Jeremy Vine and 3 Eggheads or the standard of the green room hospitality please list them below. Orderly queue now!

Classifieds / Action : The Story of a Violent Comic on eBay
« on: 12 July, 2015, 10:05:43 PM »
I've listed my copy of Action : The Story of a Violent Comic by Martin Baker on eBay HERE.

It's a lovely book with a lot of good stuff but I'm keeping my collection Thargcentric. Bid high and bid often!

Other Reviews / LETTERSENTERTAINYOU 2015 - The Beast Lives!
« on: 27 June, 2015, 05:07:55 PM »

Annnddd we’re back. Yes! Another thread of dull letter reviews and the same jokes - just what no one asked for! We’ve been away for a while, mostly due to The Beast developing a faulty part, but we’re back now and it’s not because of this week’s 2000ad letters page content or anything.

Our previous threads can be found here and   here.
and we can all remember the excitement when the Road to 10,000 was finally won by someone who didn’t claim their prize or probably even know their place in history! Can’t we? Still, this one will be better because rather than a Slaine beanie, which now forms part of our hill walking apparel, the prize is £100. Yes 10 tenners is the prize for the first person to get 100 letters across both 2000ad and the Judge Dredd Megazine. D.C. Dredd doesn’t count cos it was crap! Later down this thread you will see the leader board and it couldn’t be closer, with literally 27 people within a measly 90 letters, or less, of the grand prize. The usual LETTERSENTERTAINYOU T&Cs apply or details send an SAE to The Moon, Space.

This column will also review current letters to a high and impartial standard and provide stats direct from The Beast concerning the composer of each. You may also post requests for letters data but please don’t ask stuff like - ‘What Prog was that letter about Dredd appearing in a pizza in the 1990’s in?’ - The Beast isn’t wired that way!

In the last two years while we haven’t being dying, we haven’t been idle either with the first ever Letters Road Show containing top talents Stephen Watson and Alan ’Hollo’ Holloway penning missives to Tharg live in a Witherspoons in front of a frankly disinterested audience. Picture credit : Iz McAuliffe.

This was a great moment when two top 8 talents got together. Unfortunately Tom Proudfoot couldn't make it, because if he had it would still have been two top 8 talents.

Anyway to business. Prog 1937 had a fine back page foursome with a wide range of talent and experience.

The Letter of the Week prize when to new boy Nic Freeman of London who confesses his virginity in all things letters in his opening line. The Beast can confirm this statement to be TRUE! Nic has been reading 2000ad since he was 26 so he must be about 40 now. What a weirdo! Most readers are at least 44! We’ll be gentle on Nic due to his newness but his inspiration that “each issue is so varied” kinda states the obvious in what is billed as an anthology comic. We also had that all Rogue Trooper issue a while back so he’s technically wrong in his generalising. There is a lot of positively in his letter and Tharg sounds flattered in his gushing reply.

There have been three Tim Canterburys, sorry Freemen, in the Prog before with ‘JD’ in Prog 316 and Adam in Prog 840 who drew a smashing ‘Judge Mellie’.

Next up is attention seeking, ventricular tachycardia exaggerating, mash potato scoffing, Paisley resident Stephen Watson who celebrates his 88th letter and his first in over two years.

The letter is OK but is shamelessly namedrops Mike Carroll as a source of info (Hi Mike!) and is perhaps missing his usual cutting edge of wit and toilet references. Some good, albeit obsequious, points were made and he did get the always welcome reply from Tharg. He revealed on his well followed Facebook thread that he received the Dredd Heroclix for his letter and posted the photo below of his bounty.

Ivo Bochenski sounds like the baddie of some terrible Commando comic but he is in fact an old friend of the letters page having had his debut in 1997’s Prog 1044. He was previously seen in Prog 1517 in 2006 so he’s clearly another who has recently rediscovered his muse or at least Heroclix addiction. All Ivo’s letters have appeared in the Prog although two of them are credited to ‘Evo’ - must be Tharg’s mistake as The Beast is infallible.

Ivo’s letter notes his long-term absence from the letters page which The Beast has already confirmed. His letter has no shortage of whimsy as he sees some synchronicity to his writing a letter to a new story in “the fabric of things”. Maybe it’s really just a bunch of stuff that happened? Anyway Ivo’s daughter was the real critic here as she ran off before he could say any more!

We close out this opening salvo with Mike Morgan who has a bee in his bonnet, as those Americans say. He opens stating he “enjoyed the Prog immensely” but then goes on to damn with faint praise some thrills and lambasts others. A brave man who comes out with hotshots such as ”The Commercial Break 3riller was OK”, a statement that must have had Tharg jittering in his jumpsuit. Mike gets a near full column in a letter that could have been trimmed, but was left super sized - well he is an American!

Mike has a deserved place on the all time leader board which sees him in mortal combat with his near neighbor Doug Butler on 12. Mike is another returnee with this his first letter since his effort in 2011’s Meg 308. He has a lopsided 8 to 4 tilt towards the Prog and previous letters state he’s from Texas, so we won’t mess with him any more.

All in all a good letters page with some movement on the all time chart which is always welcome. We’ll try to run a column to coincide with each letters page or Dreddlines unless we get bored or snuff it or something. We leave you with the updated chart and as you can see the ba' is on the slates as far as the grand prize goes!

Games / Judge Dredd Online Slot Machine
« on: 26 June, 2015, 07:29:30 PM »
I stumbled across this online and was surprised it didn't come out with more fanfare. I'm assumng it's licenced so it must be the stigma of gambling that has kept it under wraps.

It's a pretty straightforward way of losing your money with the cracking city backdrop poster being used. I'm not sure who the 'bad guy' is on one of the reels. Dredd also dances out and shoots random wins - the big jimp - gambling is illegal!

You can play a demo version HERE with no risk to your Prog buying cash.

Off Topic / Please Feed the Troll
« on: 19 April, 2015, 08:04:59 PM »
Trolls are generally regarded as the nasty people of the internet but they do good work too. Inspired by this guyI thought I'd try my hand at baiting the odd unsuspecting newspaper comments box activist. I have time on my hands you understand.

The result have been mixed and I gave myself away somewhat with my massively right on approach to the question of immigration. Still I'm up to about 50 comments and a positive score of over 2000 so I must be doing something wrong.

I can see why people can get obsessed with this with the instant gratification and flame wars that blow up over any little thing. Does anyone else post randomly about the net  and if so what fun have you had?

Here are a few of my fledgling efforts...

Prog / Prog 1906 : LOVE IS A LIE
« on: 01 November, 2014, 02:33:45 PM »
Longer tage line but couldn't fit it all in. Nice John Higgins 'Greysuit' cover with us getting shot at - again!

Dredd continues his war on non-existent crimes with the law been bent all over the place. Why doesn't he just plant some sugar and be done with it?

No letters but a BIG cliffhanger for Gene!

« on: 30 August, 2014, 12:59:51 PM »
Longest tag line in a while!

Nice cover from the always reliable Alex Roland - I think he's trying to give the Lawlord an even bigger chin than Dredd!

Enjoying the Dredd but wonder if it's going to resolve by Prog 1900? If so a lot of set up for a quick resolution. I did think that the guns in space that can target individuals was very reminiscent of Captain America : The Winter Soldier - what came first off the ideas board?

I'm not convinced by the traitorous actions of the old Earth space lady = turnaround coming, wait and see! Not read the rest yet - sue me!

Megazine / Meg 348 - DIE HARD!
« on: 17 May, 2014, 12:38:30 PM »
Nice Glenn Fabry cover with Dredd the breakfast of one of the cast of 'Where the Wild Things Are'.

Floppy is Book 2 of Janus with added Karyn if the excitement wasn't enough. More Karyn next issue!

Features include a Mark Buckingham interview and a preview of the Summer Special.

Will gorge on the strip shortly but NO Dreddlines again! Why do Tom and I bother?!

So it's not lost to the ages here is my unworthy effort concerning Meg 347.

Dear Dreddlines,

Thanks for Meg 347 which was a great medley of all that you do well. All the strips from the Dreddverse (as it should be) and each had something different to offer.

My favourite had to be Anderson which has quietly become the stand out and most intriguing strip you have on show. Mike Dowling is the heir apparent to the master who is Arthur Ranson and Alan Grant hasn't written a script with this sense of unease and foreboding for some time. Basically it's a return to Anderson's glory days - who saw that coming?!

The Dredd strip followed a similar path to Cass' with an unknown yet familiar villain doing the dirty while our hero stands by, unable to act. No doubt Anderson's resolution will be more thoughtful and subtle but I'll let you know whose I prefer!

DeMarco offered a second heroine of the issue and, again,  gave as good as she got. The female heroes have always been given a fair crack of the whip at the Megazine and it's a credit to you that they aren't seen as tokenism but equal players to the more macho elements.

All the best

General / Who's This Dredd?
« on: 10 April, 2014, 08:00:29 AM »
Number 11 - doesn't look like one of the  usual suspects. Good to see that Cosplay is giving Dredd some exposure following yesterday's 'Good Morning'.

Nice Eagle

Prog / Prog 1871 : Eat the Rich
« on: 01 March, 2014, 01:04:04 PM »
Early Paisley Prog - Letters free.

Damage Report takes the huff with those who felt the new line up of Dark Judge were less than stellar. Judge Sourpuss will see them off.

Dredd continues on his tapeworm hunt and the rest awaits my next visit to the can!

There is a new 3riller (which also features in Jon Davis-Hunt's cover) and a Terror Tale so a lot to dip in and out of.

Megazine / MEG 338 - Dredd Comes Down Hard on Crime
« on: 13 July, 2013, 09:54:56 AM »
A Prog / Meg double? I say yes! Early rise for Glasgow Comic Con rewarded with an early post droppage.

Cracking Cliff cover woth some real squelch action.

Nice looking Dredd by Boo. It's one of those jumpabouty timeline jobs with a start in the middle and then '6 days ago' - non-linear narrative to all you boffins. One shot story - good fun.

Interview with TC who wrote the dredd. Wait until the toilet calls for that one.

Ditto Q&A with Lee Garbett.

More Boo and TC in a 'Tales from the Cursed earth'. Still to read but not ticking the 'variety' box so far.

Bit of action in Dan Francisco and a Twisted Tale from Bob.

A full Meg rounds off with Insurrection and a Dreddlines page with only 3 letters which are a bit longwinded and belong to none of the main contenders (me). Ade Bowen , Dan Banks and J. Cowie take a bow!

Good Meg stuffed with content. A treat that keeps on giving!

Prog / Prog 1841 : BLOW OUT
« on: 13 July, 2013, 09:48:01 AM »
Lovely Dave Taylor Dredd cover - the skeleton doesn't jump out it's a great image.

Dredd : Concludes Wastelands. A little bit quick and neat at the end but a good arc with cracking art. Reminded me of a 1950s film noir but with more robots. Top thrill!

Defoe : Defoe fires up his wheel but has to wait for the kettle to boil before taking off. Good fast paced episode.

Age of the Wolf - Not a fan but a decent big double page spread.

Sinister Dexter - A look at Ramone & Tracy's happy relocation - that ain't gonna last! Decent outing but no action.

10 Seconders : Not entirely sure who is doing what to whom and for what purpose but it looks nice.

No letters.

Good, enjoyable Prog with nothing too amazing but plenty of thrills bubbling away.

Film & TV / New Arrested Development Episodes on Netflix
« on: 27 May, 2013, 02:47:41 PM »
Anyone watching these?

I've seen the first six and the quality is pretty good - plenty of guest stars popping up - Ed Helms, Seth Rogan, Conan O'Brien - and some great bits. Best episode so far for me was Tobias' with him dressing up as the Thing from the Fantastic 4. Targeted in a reality show sex predator sting he has lots of great lines like "I wanted to show my daughter my thing" amongst others.

Will try not to gorge on thes rest but I probably will - it is a rainy bank holiday after all.

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