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Books & Comics / New Year Pick-me-up: Immortal
« on: 02 January, 2007, 10:21:01 AM »
Chained to a sinking desk on January 2nd, I search the interweb for something to assuage the horror of returning to work.  And I found the below-linked revelation!  Learn that doomed love is not just for the Emo huddle, but a blowtorch that can destroy or create whole worlds, through the medium of comics!  Quite good, this Haspiel fella.  

Link: Dean Haspiel's Immortal

Off Topic / Westboro Baptist Church at it again.
« on: 08 October, 2006, 07:21:01 PM »
Last time we visited those crazy Westboro folks I almost thought it was an Onion-esque parody.  Not this time.  Don't touch that link if you don't want to get quite upset.  

Link: You were warned

Off Topic / Oi, Nordies! Belfast question.
« on: 06 October, 2006, 06:00:13 PM »
The missus, the sprog and I are on a day out tomorrow, traipsing all the way up to Belfast for some international adventure (different money and everything!).  Since there is likely to be 'shopping' involved, and seeing as Halo and I are in agreement on this one, I seek the advice of all of our resident Prods and Taig, irrespective of inter-pupil measurements.  I know and like Belfast pretty well, but since the suspicious demise of Dark Horizons (or whatever it was called, where the big VIctoria Square development hole is now?), Forbidding Prices seems to be the only nerdly game in town.  

Anyone know of *any* other shops in/around Belfast that might help with my Comics/Star Wars/Lego habits, and thus offset the possible impact on my 5 month-old son of too much Dorothy Perkins?  C'mon you nordie bastards, even your inbred southern cousins in Dublin can boast four helathy nerd shoppes!

General / Paging PVS!
« on: 01 October, 2006, 06:17:48 AM »
I  was trying to sort Paul out with the great Red-and-White Tape project, but we got separated by 'the Incident'.  I tried e-mailing him on an address that Wake forwarded to me, but no reply.  

If you're out there Paul, let me know if you still need that stuff!  Otherwise, anyone know how to get hold of PVS?  I have his snailmail, but was hoping for something quicker.

General / Liam Sharp Interview
« on: 14 September, 2006, 10:48:50 PM »
A short Sharp interview here.

Link: Pixelsurgeon

General / TPO: The Kim Raymond Enigma
« on: 14 September, 2006, 12:35:30 AM »
Da Bish's thoroughly entertaining TPO Blog threw up this gem:

"City of the Damned suffered an ailment common to mega-epics, using four different artists to keep the strip going. Steve Dillon launched the story but Ron Smith, Gibson and Kim Raymond had to be brought in to meet deadline pressures. Grant is still angry about the last of those artist â??Fuck! Fuck! We tried and tried to stop Kim Raymond ever doing Dredd again. We called up every fucking week to complain about it. Some really poor artists have done Dredd and Kim Raymond did the worst Dredds of all. It stank! Iâ??ve seen other Kim Raymond art and it wasnâ??t bad, but it was like he missed the point of Dredd â?? maybe he was trying to rush it out. Ugly art.â??"

Okay, I'll admit, I just don't get it.  I know we've been over this before, but what exacly did Alan (and John, presumably) have against Kim Raymond on Dredd?  I loved his work at the time, and I think it still holds up well.  I'll cite the terrific Rookie Dekker storyline as my key witness.  Anyone know what in particular offended them?

Link: Bisho-blog

Books & Comics / Yeowell's 'Last of the Mohicans'
« on: 13 September, 2006, 05:56:45 PM »
Anyone know any more about Mr. Owl's rather nice splash page on the CSBG blog?  Me like!

Link: Scroll down a bit...

News / McCarthy in Solo #12
« on: 30 August, 2006, 02:57:27 PM »
In case anyone didn't know, Brendan McCarthy gets control of the frequently-great 'Solo' for Issue 12, which I think may be its last issue.  

Books & Comics / Alan Moore Interview: Lost Girls
« on: 08 August, 2006, 12:50:38 AM »
Very good Moore interview over on the Onion AV Club.

Link: It's all filth, filth I tells ya...

Other Reviews / JD Casefiles 4
« on: 31 July, 2006, 05:30:49 PM »

Bought Casefiles 4 on Friday morn (FP Dublin), and I'm STILL reading it.  Awesome piece of kit and no mistake.  I was a bit dubious about buying past Vol. 3, as I have most of the Judge Child, Fink and Chopper stories in both collections and loose progs, and sundry other bits and bobs from the late 100's, but really, this is the ONLY way to read Dredd.  As with 'The Day the Law Died', reading the individual storylines is one thing, but reading them in context with what went before and after is entirely more statisfying.  I now know that I'll be staying on board until at least the 300s, maybe beyond.  Top marks, folk, top marks.

A personal highpoint was a surprising reappreciation of the end of the Judge Child story, always previously filed in my head alongside 'City of the Damned' and 'Doomsday' as "crushing anti-climax'. In fact, the final episode may be the moment that Dredd really took off as a unique character, moving beyond his simple 'tenacious future lawman' personna to really show the granite he's made of.  The 'Block War' epilogue may be the best Dredd episode of its era, on every level.    

One niggle:  It'd be great if one of the slimmer future  volumes could include a 'Creator Index' to all this material, maybe just culled wholesale from Da Bish's much-missed series.  I might know who Emberton, Howard, Alvin Gaunt, Q Twerk and TB Grover are, and if not I can look it up right here, but it still gets bloody confusing just working off the Credit Cards.  It'd make an already utterly essential purchase even more so.


General / Pat Mills - Visionary of the Sidewalk!
« on: 27 July, 2006, 06:32:04 PM »
Well known as one of the cheesiest resolutions of a cliff-hanger ever, Mills' 80's Eagle 'Dan Dare' deus ex machina of rubber pavements comes to pass...

July 26th, 2006.

WASHINGTON -- The nation's capital and dozens of other communities across the country are installing rubber sidewalks made of ground-up tires.

Officials say they're safer and easier to maintain.

The rubber squares, up to three times more costly than concrete slabs, last longer because they aren't cracked by tree roots or freezing weather. And officials hope that more even pavement will lead to fewer slip-and-fall lawsuits.

The shock-absorbing surface also happens to be easier on the joints of joggers and more forgiving when someone takes a spill.

Rubber sidewalks are also considered environmentally friendly. They offer a way to recycle some of the estimated 290 million tires discarded each year in the U.S.
Source: http://www.wgal.com/news/9578087/detail.html#

Link: http://www.wgal.com/news/9578087/detail.html#" target="_blank">S'true!

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