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Prog / Re: Prog 2288: Law versus Claw
« Last post by Funt Solo on Today at 06:11:04 AM »
Summary - I get this as a sort of training ground for new talent. That's how it seems, at any rate. Sorry if that's patronizing to the creators. But, it makes it difficult to read. Maybe it needs more close-in editorial steering? I wonder what this would be like if it were five-page stories instead?

The Regened idea of the first FCBD issue focused more on existing properties - it might be interesting to see other creators tackle existing characters. Young Slaine? Flesh: Origins? Maybe this is actually good and I'm too old to get it anymore. The Regened issues are mostly depressing. Sorry. Wish I could report otherwise.


In order of most to least thrilling:

Pandora Perfect - this was just perfect, and stood out head and shoulders above the rest of the comic. A page turner, with real laughs. Makes it all look so easy.

Future Shocks - Into the Void - this was an interesting concept that felt like it could have legs, but then abruptly ended (as you'd expect from a Future Shock).

Cadet Dredd - had to force myself to keep reading this to the end, because it was over on page #3, then again on page #9. Cadet Dredd can't seem to keep his age straight - last time, he seemed not much different in height from his supervisor, then this time he looked ten. That, and the Scooby Doo plotting and dialogue ("and I'd have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn't been for you pesky kids") made this not very good at all. Just reprint The Alien Zoo. It's SO good.

Lowborn High - too many characters, the breadcrumbs at the start didn't take us anywhere, I never got into Harry Potter so I don't like something that's riffing on it, the main character is behaving like his own antagonist and I keep wishing he'd just die (the moping git), everyone is shaped and posed like a supermodel & some of the dialogue seems actually copied and pasted from the HP books. I had to force myself to keep reading.

Scooter & Jinx - another forced read. It's got some pretty poor story-telling. Brink gets away with lots and lots of dialogue because of the nature of its story - really, the dialogue is the story. Here, we keep getting talking heads telling us that things are happening. Just show us! Then, when they do show us, the perspective on the robots is all wonky - they seem giant, then normal sized all of a sudden. And their font is awful unless you zoom it way up. Bah!
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Prog / Re: Prog 2288: Law versus Claw
« Last post by broodblik on Today at 04:46:49 AM »
Pandora Perfect was fun, but needed the central premise that Pandora is stupid, and she isn't.

I felt more it was a case everything she did went wrong and that is what made it a fun strip
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That's about something else.

Also, Colin's link doesn't lead to anything relevant.
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Other Reviews / Re: Battle Action Special 2022
« Last post by Richard on Today at 12:37:57 AM »
Read it today and thought it was great. Kids Rule OK was very well done. I would love to see a multi-episode Nina Petrova & the Angels of Death story (by Ennis) in the prog.
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Off Topic / Re: Thought Police: Are we allowed to query 'woke'?
« Last post by Funt Solo on 01 July, 2022, 11:53:17 PM »
No, it's a good point - and I appreciate your adjustment to my Wagner analogy.

Having people be confused or befuddled by modern gender politics, I can entirely understand. I can even understand a frustration with feeling as if a special grouping is under threat by being expanded. But as soon as someone makes the "dangerous toilets" argument, they've lost me. It's that assumption of a worst-case that's problematic.

I would say that, in the case of JKR - I think she's become stuck in a mindset that says trans women are actually men - and she finds men threatening. Ergo: she feels threatened by the very idea of trans women - for her, it's like a "wolf in sheep's clothing". I do want to be able to understand her position as something other than just "oh, look - a nasty bigot" - because I need to be able to position her other principled stances on things like race, and thereby make sense of her as a whole person - and not just a newspaper headline.

Oh, and I do appreciate that ContraPoints video - it does a good job of illustrating the complexities at issue.
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This is all going well, but we are happy to take on additional creators.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2288: Law versus Claw
« Last post by Bad City Blue on 01 July, 2022, 11:03:19 PM »
Usually a fan of these, but this one was poor

Dredd was okay, but zero cleverness just a bog standard Dredd story

Lowborn High was so Harry Potter rip off it hurt.

The Future Shock was pretty good

Jak and Dexter, I mean Scooter and Jinx was so slow and non fun, yet still better than Peatty's other strip. Can we just send him back to AMerican comic please, as he's not very good at these.

Pandora Perfect was fun, but needed the central premise that Pandora is stupid, and she isn't.

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Off Topic / Re: Thought Police: Are we allowed to query 'woke'?
« Last post by Leigh S on 01 July, 2022, 10:50:55 PM »
No apology necessary, Funt.  I just saw Corinthians post and my reading of it as "if you agree with X then you also support A,J and @" got me slightly incensed.  I got as far as Jim's reasoned response, wanted to echo what he was saying and throw a few thoughts on the prog itelf, so just hit quote on that without scrolling any further. 

While I think there is a lot of nuance that gets buried in the Trans debate, I can;t help but see the parallels with the struggle for Gay Rights echoed in a lot of the rhetoric of the (lets call it) Anti-Trans sde of the argument - a lot of demonising and assuming bad intentions - "they are after your children, public toilets arent safe" etc.

We've seen more than a fair share of political/moral positions shut down by arguing that if you support one thing you must be soething else as well - I was among a fairly large group of people who supported Corbyn, but wasnt an Antisemite - not thatyou would know, but there were a few of us.... I just dont think its helpful as a way to win arguments (Though Kier Starmer may beg to differ!)

Sorry, Leigh. I should have taken more care to allow for that scenario. I often post on threads without having read all of the preceding points.
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Off Topic / Re: Thought Police: Are we allowed to query 'woke'?
« Last post by Funt Solo on 01 July, 2022, 10:37:34 PM »
Sorry, Leigh. I should have taken more care to allow for that scenario. I often post on threads without having read all of the preceding points.
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