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General / I am the law in Murphyville
« on: 13 December, 2019, 06:04:19 PM »
Something just occurred to me while responding to Funt Solo's excellent Thrill Coma post.

Years ago when Mike Carroll used to frequent this board, I asked him to do an Emerald Isle Dredd story and make it better than Garth's.

He did so soon after. Probably nothing to do with me, but he did give the name Walsh to the Irish Chief Judge.  That was, and is, my name too.  I'm probably just feeding my own ego. But you never know; he did put my then-neighbour Johnnystress and his brother into Dredd as villains.

Anyway, that's my Christmas present to my own fragile sense of self-worth. Thanks, me!

Film & TV / Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
« on: 09 September, 2019, 05:50:30 PM »
Saw it last night.  I'd put it in the same category as Django Unchained - fairly entertaining, nothing special though, and with an obligatory bloodbath at the end; though admittedly not the one history had led me to expect.

The most fun to be had for me was seeing how new actors played old actors ; even though most of them were before my time. Steve McQueen was fairly spot on, appearance wise at least, as was good old Charlie Manson. Would have liked to see a bit more of both.

That said, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio have of course long since transcended their old pretty boy statuses and have become Hollywood legends. Top performances from both.

Film & TV / Braveheart 2: Robert the Bruce
« on: 10 August, 2019, 09:20:55 AM »
Can't get YouTube working so I can't work out whether this is a real thing or not.

They filmed a lot of the original near my town, and as a long-haired youth I always regretted not applying to be an extra, even though I was a scrawny wee bastard and would have been about as much use in battle as a daddy longlegs with a plastic butter knife.  (But I did make up for it by being in Vikings later on in life.)

General / Mechanismo
« on: 30 June, 2019, 01:36:03 PM »
I'm a little bit confused about it.  I really loved the Harvey storyline and I'm enjoying the new robots on the beat but I don't really know what their status is. Are they judges proper or just auxiliaries?  Has Dredd changed his mind about them completely?  Can they still outrank human judges?

General / Wondering about the Dredd TV series
« on: 30 June, 2019, 01:32:51 PM »
Anyone heard anything about it yet? It seems to be in limbo a tad, or maybe it's just me.

Music / Unexpectedly awesome Keith Flint tribute
« on: 28 May, 2019, 09:25:13 PM »

Well this is rather marvellous. 

Film & TV / HBO Watchmen
« on: 08 May, 2019, 11:59:15 PM »
I'm not at all sure if we need yet another undoing of the comic's ambiguous ending, but the trailer is out and it seems to be a sequel.

Books & Comics / John Constantine sightings
« on: 22 April, 2019, 12:11:34 PM »
While it's a criminal waste that a decent Hellblazer adaptation has yet to be made (and that he's been reduced to a bland DCU part-player), I'm interested that a number of his creators claim to have spotted him in real life.

Now, the reasons for this aren't entirely inexplicable to me- Constantine doesn't have a particularly unusual appearance, and if you spend weeks focussing on a character you'll unconsciously pick out a lookalike straightaway.

I'm familiar with the Alan Moore story, but does anyone know of the others?

Books & Comics / Doomsday Clock
« on: 14 April, 2019, 01:08:49 PM »
What I hate most about Doomsday Clock is that I like it.  I'll probably never consider it a real sequel to Watchmen - that terrifyingly uncertain ending should never have been followed up - but it has me riveted,  and all Alan Moore's characters are characterised perfectly.

I didn't want to like it, but I do.

General / Wagner and Dredd
« on: 25 March, 2019, 04:34:27 PM »
After John's latest Dredd masterpiece, it's got me thinking: is there a writer, in comics or otherwise, in history who has written so many pages about his own character over so many years?  And if so, has the quality remained as high?

I'm very lucky to have grown up with his work.  It's been a part of my life since I learned to read.

Books & Comics / Oink
« on: 19 March, 2019, 10:13:57 PM »
I've been joyfully perusing the online scans of my favourite comic as a child, Oink.  There is so much stuff that I couldn't possibly have understood that it's ridiculous; a lot of it by Jeremy Banx who didn't seem to care he was writing for children.  And I love him for it.

First of all there was Keith Disease, the living print of a punk kid on Hector Vector's talking T-shirt.  He calls his poor owner both 'hairless' and 'pre-pubescent' and later goes on to screech out the first verse of Anarchy in the UK while carol-singing. (As an adult he obviously went back to his real surname, Flint, and sadly left us a couple of weeks ago.)

There was also Burp the alien, who actually makes me far queasier as an adult than he did then.  He meets an alien king at one point: a Prince Charles lookalike called 'King Parasite the Inbred.'

Also the violence level of the comic in general was insane; families murdering each other for laughs, kids dying comic deaths, blood and guts flowing like the prog at its goriest.

A bit of Kev O'Neill there too: his Santa Claus is revealed to be a filthy, emaciated, child-hating  Steptoe-esque degenerate in a fat suit.

I loved it, and I still do. Shame the smutty little oiks that created it were never heard from again.  Charlie who?

Off Topic / Happy Paddy's Day
« on: 17 March, 2019, 11:53:58 AM »
Have a good one. Me, I'll be avoiding the Mad Max hellscape of Dublin city centre but planning to enjoy the festivities one way or the other.

Books & Comics / Rereading Crossed
« on: 02 March, 2019, 10:51:00 AM »
I've been looking mainly at the issues that Garth Ennis wrote.  It's amazing, but out of the schlockiest, nastiest torture-porn backdrop imaginable, he's managed to create something touching and beautiful.  Just finished the last episodes of the saga of Harry, Paddy, Jock and Taff, and even as the monsters wearing masks made of severed genitals closed in I found myself close to tears.

Other writers on the comic vary from those who think it's supposed to be a gory video-nasty knock-off to others who do a very fine job,  but Ennis outshines them all.  I never thought I'd say anything like this in the days of Judgement Day or even Preacher, but even Alan Moore's episodes of Crossed don't match the emotional depth of Garth's.

It's certainly not the best comic ever written, but for me it shows how incredibly far a writer can come since writing about mutant Cursed Earth teddy bears.

General / A confession
« on: 18 January, 2019, 11:20:28 PM »
Here it is: I'm not reading too much of the prog these days.  I ran out of cash a few years ago then realised I was a bit lost; and never found the time to catch up.  I buy batches of digi-progs sporadically but skip quite a bit, and am probably missing out.  Weird, after nearly 40 years of reading religiously.  Maybe it's the lack of a consistent Wagner Dredd (can't be helped, I know, and there are other fine Dredd writers but that continuity isn't as strong as it was). Or maybe I'm just getting old.

The honest-to-grud truth is, I keep coming here because I love you feckers.  I've been a boarder for about 18 years now and I still think this is the best little corner of the interweb, because you guys make it that way.

But I should probably start getting back into the prog.  What should I read from the last 4 or 5 years, and what should I not bother with?

Books & Comics / Toxic
« on: 09 January, 2019, 10:07:29 PM »
Only managed to read one back when it came out (which, I'm afraid to say,  I shoplifted).  Reading them now,  though,  I realise I'd been missing some really good stuff.  Loved the editorial style too, somewhere between Tharg and Uncle Pigg.

Pure punk rock comics at its finest.  No wonder Tharg was getting worried. Shame so many of its creators were stiffed.

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