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: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: sheridan 01 December, 2021, 12:16:26 AM
All a bit last minute, so there's still plenty of days to claim if you wish to contribute something - stake your claim for a date on the thread over here (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=48124.new#new).  If you've already got a day then post your entry on this thread but don't post any comments about entries - they go on a dedicated thread (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=48126.new#new)!


I'll kick things off with my daily "GN Blurb Translated Too Many Times" available on last year's thread (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=47146.msg1072822#msg1072822) * though the actual thing for today is going to be from Trooper McFad.
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: Trooper McFad 01 December, 2021, 07:01:15 AM
It's an honour to start this years Advent.

I've even named my efforts after a popular Xmas song.

I give you Driving home for Christmas

(https://i.imgur.com/mN2DkRO.jpg)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: AlexF 01 December, 2021, 09:15:13 AM
If it's not bad form, I'd like to add in the link for my 2nd Annual Advent Ranking:

It's the Xmas Progs!
https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/ (https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/)

To be updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in December - will post the next link here on Friday 3rd.
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: Trooper McFad 02 December, 2021, 06:59:47 AM
Morning all

My 2nd offering is called Psi-lent Night , Lawfull Night there's a song in there

(https://i.imgur.com/cyzSrlP.jpg)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: Colin YNWA 02 December, 2021, 12:23:38 PM
We don't do X-Mas in our house until after today (2nd December) as its the boy child's B'day and we like to have focus on that. To that end I drew him a card... which isn't 2000ad related (though I do mention The Phoenix on here every chance I get!)... so this isn't 2000ad related and isn't X-Massy ... and yet I want to post it here... go figure...

(https://i.imgur.com/f3yXKvT.jpg)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: sheridan 02 December, 2021, 06:14:58 PM
Yesterday's solution (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=47146.msg1072965#msg1072965)


And here's today's translated blurb (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=47146.msg1072966#msg1072966) (which doesn't even contain the name of the title character!)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: AlexF 03 December, 2021, 08:30:08 AM
Today's Blog entry on the Xmas Prog Ranking...
https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/ranks-22-20-worst-best-progs.html (https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/ranks-22-20-worst-best-progs.html)

(And if Sheridan/anyone can explain ot me how to do the more elegant link where you embed it in a word I will gladly try that! Swear I used ot know how to do it...)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: sheridan 03 December, 2021, 12:08:09 PM
My mistranslated blurb thread:

Direct link to yesterday's answer (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=47146.msg1073016#msg1073016) (and a hastily-written explanation of my process):

Today's quizzer (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=47146.msg1073018#msg1073018)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: Funt Solo 04 December, 2021, 10:18:57 PM
Since Franks entry err disappeared somehow i kinda wanted to fill in the day 4 hole so theres not an empty day so heres the time when me and my american buddy called Kazan talked about the stories that were in prog 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXZDnQ06j6M

It's both my birthday AND my day for the advent calendar! I signed up early to scoop everyone else who thought about doing one of these :D

A Visit From Judge Dredd
by Conrad of Space Spinner 2000
(based on A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Moore Clark)

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the cubes
Not a creature was stirring, not even a juve
The perps were all locked in their jail cells with care
And were well behaved ‘cause Judge Dredd was there
He’d come to Block-I on special assignment
With vision of jail break plans come into alignment
And Dredd in his helmet, and I with my loadout
Had just settled in for a long winter’s stakeout
When through the east wall there arose such a clatter
Dredd sprang into action to see what was the matter
Away to the view-screen I flew like a flash,
I pulled up security feed 801/
The moon on the breast of a refurbished bot
Gave a lustre of midday as two figures fought
For what to my wondering eyes did appear,
It was a powerful war-droid, knocking Dredd on his rear
But the little old judge so lively and quick
I knew in a moment he had the bot licked
More rapid than eagles his lawgiver came
And he aimed, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Standard! Now, Hot Shot! Now Hi-Ex and Incendiary!
On Dodge ‘em on Armor piercing, on stun shot and boot knife!
To the perp’s head! To the perp’s skull!
Now shoot away! Shoot away! Shoot away all!”
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, blow it into the sky
So out through the iso cubes the bullets they flew
To impact the war-droid, and Judge Dredd came too--
And then, in a twinkling, I opened up all the cubes
The jail cells were emptying, even the juves!
As i drew in my head, and was turning around,
In through the door the Droid came with a bound
He was clad all in metal, from his trunk to his hood
And his chassis was all tarnished with ashes and blood
The body of Dredd he had flung on his back
And he looked like a demon, his chest badge said TAX
His armor-how it twinkled! His gun barrels how scary!
His eyes glowed like roses, his mood set to bury!
His droll other chest badge was drawn up so to see
That was was the old guard, was marked ABC
The stump of a boot knife was jammed tight in his head
And back from behind, came the revived Judge Dredd!
He quickly got free and punched the droid in its belly,
And the robot malfunctioned, like a bowl full of jelly.
The war droid went down, with a right jolly old SQUELF
And I laughed when I saw it, in spite of myself.
With a shot to its core and twist to its head
Soon I was alone in the room with ol’ Judge Dredd
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
And beat up all the rioters, including the jerks!
And laying a finger aside of his gun
And giving a nod, the perps turned to run
They sprang to their cells, so fast that they whistled
And back down the doors clamped, the escape plan had fizzled
But then Judge Dredd grabbed me, I felt the cuffs tighten-
“Merry Christmas to all, you're going to Titan!"

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4557/37930138245_d71312e4ec_o.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4554/37930137825_de522e54ce_o.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4525/27040545839_a00c1002b5_o.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4567/37930136625_7e97d8a244_o.jpg)

Merry Christmas!
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: Pete Wells 05 December, 2021, 09:20:40 AM
Merry Christmas everyone!!!

As Sheridan rightly said, my big news and reason for my absence from the forum over recent years is that I've been working on my dream project - a collection of professionally animated and narrated Multisensory stories for children and adults with severe special needs. It's finally released early next year and is looking AMAZING! I'm extremely proud of what has been achieved.

Check out a little preview here: https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/inclusive-stories-coming-soon (https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/inclusive-stories-coming-soon) and some very cool behind the scenes stuff here: https://scotttyrrelldesign.com/inclusive-stories-animated-films (https://scotttyrrelldesign.com/inclusive-stories-animated-films)

A recurring character in my stores is Sheldon Snail (he makes a little Easter Egg style cameo in every story) so, for the advent calendar, I thought I'd write his one and only 2000 AD crossover sensory story. Hmmmm, it explains a lot...

Hope you like it:

(https://i.postimg.cc/L6ScGsjM/Untitled-Artwork-186.jpg)

Merry Christmas everyone, and well done (particularly to the tireless Colin) for keeping the forum homefires burning in these times of social media! Love to you all!

Pete.
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: Jim_Campbell 05 December, 2021, 01:00:35 PM
Every day that my schedule allows, I'll endeavour to post a festive sound effect, drawn with my own fair hands. :-)

(https://i.imgur.com/kr2F1n0.jpg)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: AlexF 06 December, 2021, 09:26:32 AM
Today's ranking (https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/ranks-19-16-great-stories-not-enough.html)

(Thanks for the coding assist Sheridan, still not sure if I've understood correctly so doing it the old way as well just in case...)
https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/ranks-19-16-great-stories-not-enough.html (https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/ranks-19-16-great-stories-not-enough.html)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: sheridan 06 December, 2021, 01:17:16 PM
Today's ranking (https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/ranks-19-16-great-stories-not-enough.html)

(Thanks for the coding assist Sheridan, still not sure if I've understood correctly so doing it the old way as well just in case...)
https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/ranks-19-16-great-stories-not-enough.html (https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/ranks-19-16-great-stories-not-enough.html)


For the record - you got it right in the first link!
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: AlexF 08 December, 2021, 08:55:01 AM
More Bumper Xmas Prog rankings! (https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/ranks-15-13-more-good-stories-still-not.html)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: AlexF 10 December, 2021, 07:54:49 AM
Hitting the 10th best Xmas Prog this morning on the Ranking (https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/ranks-12-10-average-all-rounders.html).
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: Funt Solo 12 December, 2021, 01:09:45 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/Wg8UxZk.png)

Art by Chris Weston & Gary Caldwell [gwabbed from pwog 2260 & then cwuelly edited in paint.net]
Font: CrimeFighter BB
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: AlexF 13 December, 2021, 07:05:35 AM
Ranks 9-7 (https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/ranks-9-7-still-not-perfect-but-getting.html)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: pauljholden 14 December, 2021, 11:17:07 PM
(https://www.pauljholden.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/pj-xmas-card-2021_026.png)
For Jnr Members who want a colouring in page (2000AD MESSAGE BOARD EXCLUSIVE!)
(https://www.pauljholden.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/xmascard-bw_026.png)

And a link to a youtube video where you can watch the inks and colouring take shape (I forgot to record the pencils!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8NrmNtYOt8

And here's a cut out and keep Judge Dredd standee ...
(https://www.pauljholden.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Dredd-standing.png)

And my card from last year...
(https://www.pauljholden.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/dreddcard.png)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: AlexF 15 December, 2021, 09:26:31 AM
The Great Xmas Prog Ranking marches on... (https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/ranks-6-5-seriously-scrotnig-progs.html)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: Pete Wells 15 December, 2021, 01:17:49 PM
Not 2000 AD related (sorry) but there's a lovely(!) festive video from me here - Norbert the Green Nosed Reindeer! I hope you all like it!

https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/inclusive-stories-coming-soon (https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/inclusive-stories-coming-soon)

(https://i.postimg.cc/tJrpsfNK/Norbert.jpg)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: The Legendary Shark 15 December, 2021, 10:00:27 PM
Hope it's okay to pull a P.J. and just dump this here...

Dim and Jello

~~~^~~~

(Inspired by O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi (http://webhome.auburn.edu/~vestmon/Gift_of_the_Magi.html))


Take a look around this humble hab. There are countless like it in the Big Meg, a few are very much worse than this one but most are better. 8 creds a week does not purchase opulence, nor a functioning heating system, but for Dim and Jello, Lord and Lady of this hutch, it is home. You or I would not feel so content with the place and our mothers would swoon at the sight, then recover into reluctant consciousness, then disown us as hopeless cases. Indeed, even the rats and roaches here profess only to be passing through on journeys to more well appointed nests.

Jello, her cheeks flushed with triumphant anticipation, sits on the threadbare couch waiting for Dim to return. In her slim hands she turns a small box, wrapped in a tasteful piece of paper she'd found trapped in a lethargic whirlwind gambolling in the corner of a grimy alley on her way home from the shops. Every so often, and far too often, her slender fingers pinch and caress the scarf covering her head, just as Scary Mary's fingers had worried at her own scarf in the tale of the Nativity.

Religion was not an important part of Jello's life but now, on this day, she felt a fondness for it. She felt close to that Blessed Mother, Scary Mary Crust, who bore the saviour Jovus in a mangy unstable garage down Bethnall Green way in Brit Cit all those years ago. Like every Mega Citizen she knew the story of Crustmas, and how the Three Wise Mice, each of them blind, followed a luminous mutant stork to Jovus Crust's squalid birthplace. The mice carried gifts for the infant, gifts of cheese, cheese, and cheese, thereby inaugurating the tradition of the Crustmas gift. Or so the Crustians believe. The Mouselems, on the other hand, maintain that the mice ate all the cheese on the way and arrived at the birth empty pawed, while the Mews say a cat ate all the mice before they got there. Wars have been fought over this, for such is the way of religion.

But Jello's grasp of theology is not so firm and she likes the idea of the Crustmas gift, of displaying the depths of her love through the giving of presents. Thus the humbly wrapped box endlessly turning through her fingers represents to her a perfect reflection of the soul deep adoration she holds for her husband, Dim. Those of you who have read The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry will know that the box contains a simple gold chain destined for her husband's most cherished possession, and that Jello sold her beautiful hair to buy it for him, and that if the judges find out you've read it they'll lock you up for perusing banned media. Best to keep quiet about it, then, for happy endings in Mega City One are rare enough without admitting to having read stuff. Jello hasn't read the story and her and Dim's situation is entirely coincidental, though good luck to her if she ever has to explain these unfolding events to Justice Department's Literary Division.

The sound of footsteps coming up the landing quickens her heart. She jumps from the couch, clutching the present to her thin stomach as if to quiet the sudden eruption of butterflies, for this must be her beloved Dim returning home from jobhunting. She knows it must be him, for the verminators rarely visit this part of the Dale Winton Underhang, and never on a Crustmas Eve. She waits, breathless as the steps come nearer, and she briefly wonders whether to put on the pan to heat up the munce-based mockchops but decides to wait until Dim has his special present.

The thin, mouldstained door bursts inwards in a shower of splinters and a judge erupts into the 8 cred a week hab. Jello gasps as the judge grabs her thin arms and locks her slender wrists into cold, tight handcuffs.

"You're under arrest, Citizen," the judge growls.

"What?" Jello, her world imploding, tries to maintain her grip on the meagre gift but the judge pulls it from her grasp and tosses it onto the couch like so much trash. "But... why?"

"Selling your organs is a crime, Creep," the judge says.

"My... my hair? Hair isn't..."

The judge pushes her towards the smashed door. "Hair was reclassified as an organ in 2129," the judge barks, "ignorance of this law is no excuse. Move!"

"But wait, my husband, Dim, he'll be expecting me..."

"I doubt it. He was arrested an hour ago for purchasing tortoise shell combs in contravention of the Endangered Species Statutes."

"Combs?" Jello bursts into tears.



It would be nice to record that Jello and Dim were allowed adjacent cubes, or permitted to see each other during exercise periods, but this is not the case. Their cubes, though, are cleaner and warmer than an 8 cred a week hovel - and this is as close to a happy ending as anyone gets in Mega City One, even on Crustmas Eve.

: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: Colin YNWA 16 December, 2021, 06:45:27 AM
My entry is predictable as ever I'm afraid

(https://i.imgur.com/JnB1Hxa.jpg)

Sorry I was hoping to be able to scan and tidy this up, but not been in work for reasons I'm sure you'll understand and so this a photo will just have to do alas...
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: AlexF 17 December, 2021, 07:57:12 AM
The rnaking continues with the 4th and 3rd best Xmas Progs ever (https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/ranks-4-3-so-much-thrill-power.html).

Oh, and what's this here at the last minute...?
SPOILER WARNING for anyone who doesn't want to see what's in Prog 2262.
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: Colin YNWA 17 December, 2021, 08:05:39 AM
Sorry posted in the wrong place... phew Modify still here!
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: AlexF 20 December, 2021, 08:24:58 AM
Oh look, it's the final ranking! (https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/top-ranks-maximum-thrill-power.html)

(Actually two more posts to follow, because there#s always more to say...)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: David Broughton 20 December, 2021, 07:23:12 PM
Hello. My apologies if I should have signed up on another page first.
Here is Judge Dredd comic Strip, illustrated by myself, Script: Kev Hopgood, Editor: Bolt 01 R.I.P. for the 2000AD Fanzine ZARJAZ #37.
MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!

(https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhQ1MKL8zfn2hNfswKtRc1pncd9PmdWer0uLLHORlTo4sGgvlAd1o9JS70716BTyhAo8xZyPN8iKwWr7WHkWPk5MZAHW9SFdNi0d_elmSMrCqGVOZB3SkJAeJsA_KDSSCaRP57FwdScaFrRhu9w3fj8fmwXHJMuMiXt_eGw4wBa-d3pHnsYNlyrv6e-Cw=w658-h931)

(https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEiW9tvjW7ntgf-4s3VpKgvhFPMGfww7E-BLMraGzyo8CGiRkdbQInDTaJCNx29xVGJW8XVW1q0nlLV61G8N9f3qANnVKqkWB1VzmRtxWD6mCD1JZJjbrjNKLWdd1xqX1Tlb1425cFAl3oFbEwW2j0TS8SkIXbph8FDF1tvU4LK5mYUcwGLV0RKAAZtQyA=w661-h937)

(https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEhNDVVBRkni55cSZkFtw538GDGaKCCQwNLua8kNTxMdJjD9Ltc6SsIqra6Dx-KRszoW5lXC8mozfOjHK5A0DOh8mT6wQtDBsNd06v6RzBh21fvL6U6hUj7ijBzwbzBdus7QNcUpjR_1cwrghOi0ri-Gj6PrU1XJCxhScf1ctBGyEAZthPd6Z0vfcZpffw=w659-h932)

(https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/img/a/AVvXsEgFgtAD6XxItUQUB4GpX7yplfHUN3zKxJJ3-2ULhkuOMX3Pq7SUdgJO-y-bWrSt9K93ysZ27SBau8UJiB12Qxh3w2-x7CytjaL0aifD7O0crM6N7wO87rLhGxfV6UQJX_6XcP2nBxuykrPvyzLSGK0eG6-3jXF9qxe0Ii8H22h1UibrE5fx1TSvz7-NMA=w659-h933)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: AlexF 22 December, 2021, 08:13:42 AM
One more visit to the Xmas Progs (https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/ranking-done-right.html), what surprises lay in store?
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: JayzusB.Christ 22 December, 2021, 01:15:56 PM
OK, here goes -
It's the Creeptic Crossword 2021!

Unlike the last one, this is not confined to Dreddworld - this spans a lot of 2000ad stories.  Also, every answer is a 2000ad bad guy, or at least an enemy of the main character.  Some of the villains are more obscure than others, so you kind of need to know a bit of 2000ad history, but none of the stories are particularly obscure - you won't find anything from Bonjo from Beyond the Stars, for example, although there are a couple of one-off stories from larger in-comic universes, if you get me.

Also, you'll need a wee bit of knowledge of how cryptic crosswords work - look for anagrams, embedded words, abbreviations etc - but tomorrow I'll post the clues again but this time with the stories they're taken from if anyone wants an easier ride.  No prizes this year, I'm afraid; only had about two entries last time round; so you can do it in the spirit of the old Christmas annual crosswords - when you're on the jax on the 26th.  I'll post the solution before the New Year.

https://crosswordlabs.com/view/creeptic-crossword-2021 (https://crosswordlabs.com/view/creeptic-crossword-2021)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: Jim_Campbell 23 December, 2021, 01:47:30 PM
Huh. Well, apologies for the lack of output here… the pre-Christmas rush has been particularly mental this year (for context, I lettered more pages last week than I did in November) but here's another, and I think I should be able to manage one more for tomorrow…

(https://i.imgur.com/AJ2cJcw.jpg)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: AlexF 24 December, 2021, 08:00:15 AM
The quest to find the ultimate Prog comes to an end (https://2000adbestever.blogspot.com/2021/12/best-prog-ever-contenders.html)...
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: JTPegg 24 December, 2021, 10:54:43 AM
(https://www.dropbox.com/s/5hg7jv79amw6dk1/ForumVexmas3.jpg?dl=0)

https://youtu.be/BRyVSY3EPyY (https://youtu.be/BRyVSY3EPyY)

...and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
xx
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: Jim_Campbell 24 December, 2021, 11:57:06 AM
(https://i.imgur.com/srPDFgr.jpg)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: JayzusB.Christ 24 December, 2021, 03:08:19 PM
Scuse I for interrupting such amazing work from Jim and Jake, but if you're finding my crossword hard , here's a bit of help.  https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=48179.msg1074359#msg1074359 (https://forums.2000ad.com/index.php?topic=48179.msg1074359#msg1074359)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: Rogue Judge 25 December, 2021, 04:33:45 AM
It's been a busy December, haven't been on the board as much as I like to lately (between work and family visits - can complain though, good reasons to be busy!). I didn't have time to draw anything new this year so will include a couple entries from previous advent calendars for those who may have not seen them. Loving the entries so far, Merry Christmas all!

(https://i.ibb.co/ZG11f75/Z2-MRo-UN-d.webp) (https://ibb.co/NtnnFb5)

(https://i.ibb.co/M92zTj5/jGocifc.jpg) (https://ibb.co/wY0nHbr)
: Re: The 2000AD Messageboard Advent Calendar, 2021 edition
: broodblik 30 December, 2021, 11:51:42 AM
The wonderful images by Jake Lynch:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FHXi95ZXsAUwrH4?format=jpg&name=4096x4096)