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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2021
« on: 17 September, 2021, 06:27:13 PM »
True. Whatever happened to that Milligan and Dayglo strip: The Underground Railroad?

Possibly delayed by Rufus’ relocation to France and subsequently having to practically build a new studio from scratch? He was Instagram-ing photos of himself up to his knees in rubble a few weeks back…

Megazine / Re: Meg 436 - Fit for Duty?
« on: 16 September, 2021, 10:55:36 PM »
I get why people remain unhappy about John Smith thrills being dished out to all and sundry, and the results have been variable, to say the least. But Kot gets this character. His run has been horrific and funny and interesting and weird and sad and clever and all the things the strip should be. I do hope Tharg can keep him writing for the Meg, especially at this high level.

Leaving aside my obvious bias for Lawless (not because I've been fortunate enough to work on the strip, but because I've loved Westerns since I was a small child), I'm slightly baffled by the notion from some quarters that Lawless has become the make-or-break inclusion in any issue of the Meg. I bloody love Lawless, but the Kot/Dowling Waugh is also, for me, good enough to justify buying the Meg on its own.

Everything IP says above is spot on.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 12 September, 2021, 10:39:31 PM »

I've always loved all four films but Alien3 has maybe aged the worst out of them.

I refuse to accept that there are four Alien films. Or six. Or however many horrible things they’ve made now.

News / Re: Pat Mills in The Times
« on: 09 September, 2021, 04:22:51 PM »
I can imagine that, yes, because it’s pretty standard in an awful lot of publishing as well.

Yup. There are an awful lot of Star Trek/Star Wars/Warhammer/etc novels out there, and no one's getting a rights deal on those. For all that you can criticise work-for-hire* it has the advantage that you get paid to just write (or draw).

There's a lot of peripheral stuff involved in either self-publishing or going creator-owned with someone like Image — a huge amount of hustle and promotion is required, unless you already have heavy name-recognition in your chosen market, or there's a real chance that you'll make next to nothing.

* And I've said, repeatedly, that it shouldn't be beyond the wit of man to devise a contract that safeguards the publisher's investment but is more equitable to the creator(s). Publishers who insist on work-for-hire could offer a very modest percentage of secondary exploitation (foreign language editions, movies, TV, computer games, merchandise) it would probably be enough for the vast majority of creators.

Prog / Re: Prog 2248 - Death Wish
« on: 09 September, 2021, 04:11:25 PM »
Well unless we're suggesting we'd release the Regened as a seperate comic that is...


Prog / Re: Prog 2248 - Death Wish
« on: 09 September, 2021, 03:00:55 PM »
What you suggest Jim is a workable solution but I love my weekly progs and the 4 regen progs a year is not a problem.

I agree. It's just fun to play Armchair Tharg every once in a while! :-)

Prog / Re: Prog 2248 - Death Wish
« on: 09 September, 2021, 02:03:57 PM »
Although, thinking about it, that would be a lot of extra content (four weeks' worth of a typical strip being ~20 pages) to fit in a monthly Meg.

At one point in its past, the Meg was square-bound and 100 pages. 88 pages of strip and 12 of feature/ads/editorial would deliver roughly the same amount of thrill power as a month of progs. You could run—what?— six 12-page strips and maybe a 16-page Dredd every issue? The longer page count for each episode would make the instalments feel… meatier and help to offset the longer wait between issues.

Prog / Re: Prog 2248 - Death Wish
« on: 09 September, 2021, 12:53:05 PM »
But of course the 'loyal Squaxx', as I put it in my missive, still want to buy and read the comic they love - which is where the new publication, aimed squarely at them, comes in. The difference is, it won't need to be marketed; the long-term readership will simply transfer their allegiance. If Tharg announced today that all 2000 AD's strips were going to continue in a new organ, I'm willing to bet that 99% of us would take up a subscription (or modify their newsagent purchase) immediately.

I'm not convinced that a weekly or even a monthly all-ages periodical is The Mighty One's endgame here. As mentioned on various previous Regened threads, the all-ages/YA audience isn't enamoured of the format, preferring the TPB/OGN format, which they buy (or have bought for them) in extraordinary numbers.

It's my strong suspicion that it's this market that the House of Tharg is eyeing. The Regened-quarterly-tester followed by full-series-quickly-bundled-into-a-trade model enables that without having to sink a fuckton of cash upfront into commissioning content.

That said, I've advocated in the past for the regular prog to go all-ages, and the Megazine to become the home for everything 'grown-up'. Strips have moved back and forth between the prog and Meg in the past (Devlin Waugh, Missionary Man) so some clearly unsuitable strips for an all-ages treatment (like Brink) could migrate to the Meg whilst some others might be in line for a soft-ish reboot and stay where they are — Kingdom, for example.

If the Meg picked up a few thousand extra readers from the pool that don't currently buy both titles, it might even be financially viable to either up the page count, or drop some of the feature to make room for added strip, so more of the transfers from the prog could find a semi-regular home.

Which, IMO, neatly solves the all-ages issue without the expense (and administrative/editorial overhead) of launching a new title at all.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 08 September, 2021, 06:47:48 PM »

I might have mentioned it a few times....

I remain baffled as to why you keep watching them. Surely, at some point in the 25+ movie franchise you must have thought: these aren’t for me…?

Announcements / Re: Leading the Rebellion - coming August 2022
« on: 08 September, 2021, 12:57:33 PM »
It was Wardog, and ironically enough the computer game was never released.

If memory serves, that was in the Meg, wasn't it? There was also the Urban Strike strip, based on the game of the same name, which was in 2000AD proper, but pre-dated the Rebellion take-over.

News / Re: Pat Mills in The Times
« on: 07 September, 2021, 10:37:38 PM »
John’s one of the good guys.

Frankly, he deserves some kind of medal for being the poor bastard that had to roll up his sleeves and start working through the mouldering piles of accumulated Michael Fleischer scripts and flat files full of sub-par artwork largely painted in mud that had been stuffed away by the previous editorial team. A task that was still ongoing when Mr Bishop ascended to the Right Hand of Tharg.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 September, 2021, 10:32:25 PM »
They were both enjoyable on about the same level for me.

The first is better constructed, IMO. The second is all about pay-offs. If you're not invested, I can kind of see why it would fall a bit flat, but the pay-offs are impeccably set up and, for the most part, solidly earned.

I enjoyed Endgame more on a second viewing, TBH, because on the first I'd spent a year constructing how I thought the movie would play out and was kind of disappointed that it wasn't the film I'd had in my head. On the second viewing, I was able to take it on its own terms, and it delivered perfectly well.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 07 September, 2021, 09:03:54 PM »

General / Re: Who Are The Creators?
« on: 07 September, 2021, 10:31:40 AM »
Let’s make this easier: Ezquerra came up with THE ENTIRE DESIGN. Without him, there’s no bizarre fascistic uniform or huge bike. There’s no iconic helmet. There’s not even any Mega City One, since it was his image with massive ‘organic’ buildings that drove the change of setting.

Yeah. I think it's hard to overstate how lucky 2000AD got with Ezquerra, even though Wagner famously hated the character design when he first saw it. His wide-ranging European influences are the reason we got his utterly outlandish Mega City One, and he was canny enough to both pick up on the fascist undertones of the strip, even way back then, and to bring his experience of actually growing up in a fascist dictatorship to bear when visualising Dredd.

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