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General / Re: 2022 Advent ????
« on: 29 November, 2022, 07:46:36 AM »
Good work sir. I will try to rustle at least one thing up... to the ideas book...

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General / Re: 2022 -Message board Advent Calendar dates (list)
« on: 29 November, 2022, 07:46:00 AM »
1st - Trooper McFad
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16th - Colin.ynwa
17th - JayzusB.Christ
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25th - EVERYONE!

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Off Topic / Re: Boys Adventure comic blog
« on: 25 November, 2022, 07:34:17 AM »
Oh wow! That came out in my wilderness years so entirely missed it. Jus looking at the things covered based 0n those covers mean that Panelhouse would have been sooo up my alley and I wish there was something like that produced - or that I found it may well have been out there - as I returned to comics. It would have provided such a better focus for me.

find out what you missed right here...
https://www.comicsfanzines.co.uk/s-z/the-panelhouse

This is so cool - I will make some time to read through these. Thanks a million!

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General / Re: Drokk!! - a rival to SpaceSpinner 2000??
« on: 24 November, 2022, 08:06:31 AM »
Nice bit of necro here!

I don't know if folks have been comtinuing listening to Drokk!, and indeed its parent podcast 'Wait What?!?' but I have and its become a firm, infuriating, but fantastic favourite of mine for the last few years.

ANYYWAAAYYYY. I post here to mark the fact that both are coming to an end. Drokk! as Graeme and Geoffry (I think its G not J, its defo not with one 'F' Geofry) have caught up with the Case Files releases and so its hit a natural end - with a little epilogue covering Day of Chaos coming up.

At the same time they have decided 'Wait What?!?' is reaching an end too, at the end of the year as its just too much work and they feel done with it. They seem really sad and guilty (!?!) about this but also know its the right thing to do.

I'm going to really miss it and if anyone did drop off listening to Drokk! it will all still be there and is a wonderful set of freshing and interesting insights into Dredd from beginning up to Total War (essentially). Fresh insight is always so valuable - and sometimes infuriating, but that's part the fun and its well worth dipping back into.

https://waitwhatpodcast.com/

Thanks to Graeme and Geoff for hours of entertain. I'll miss ya!

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Off Topic / Re: Boys Adventure comic blog
« on: 24 November, 2022, 07:31:59 AM »
Oh wow! That came out in my wilderness years so entirely missed it. Jus looking at the things covered based 0n those covers mean that Panelhouse would have been sooo up my alley and I wish there was something like that produced - or that I found it may well have been out there - as I returned to comics. It would have provided such a better focus for me.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2023
« on: 22 November, 2022, 04:50:38 PM »
The Order's ending...? Ooh, interesting!!

Makes me sad but its great to see the series get to what I hope is a natural conclusion. I await nervously.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2309 - Cold Snap!
« on: 21 November, 2022, 09:24:57 PM »
What a lovely cover... I mean it not exactly lovely is it, but it is great.

Inside there is a mighty lesson. One I need to preface. I enjoy both Dredd and Hershey... well the later has a pretty fine ending, given an ending can be a tantilising teaser to lead you into the next part of the story. Its a great way to do that. Dredd is a little more... standard... I mean its fun and the art is astonishing (as I should note it is in Hershey), but it does feel a little like 'look at all the cleaver things I've been building too' without any of the cleaver things really being rooted in anything I massively care about and so the feel a bit empty, if entertaining. I mean at least Rob Williams resisted having Dredd beaten and broken to within a inch of his life. The whole broken, maddened eye thing makes it look like he really had to rein in the temptation to smash Dredd up again... but since he was a little incidential there was just not need, nor justification...

... my beef however is another things with no real need or justification. Which leads to the lesson. Rob Williams is indulged here with two extra length episodes to wrap up his two stories. At the cost of Hope for a week. And I use the word indulged deliberately. Why... why do this. There is nothing here to make those pages feel earnt, there is no sense that either story was special enough - Hershey certainly gets closest - to make the bonus feel worth it. It feels like an indulgience that strangely makes the endings feel a little dragged and lacklustre, certainly for Dredd, Hershey is stronger, but still feels indulged.

This is emphasised all the more by the lesson Chimpsky dishes out on how to pack so much more into 6 pages to wrap something up. Its just brilliant. Packs so much more in than either Dredd or Hershey. Its thrilling, chilling, full of pathos, while being exciting, character driven and emotional AND has that quite magnificent last page to pull you into the next story, in a single page, crafted by PJ Holden, oozes character, foreboding and makes you beg for more. That page alone is a lesson to the two Rob Williams stories... though to be fair its a lesson to almost all creators, both art and Niemand's script working in perfect unison to craft perfection. Wonderful.

Too be fair cliche though it is Enemy Earth does a great job of showing how to use a 'regular' page count to achieve a lot. A fantastic, less frantic episode, the elements of which are well rehearsed maybe, but done very well here. Fantastic episode.

So yeah a Prog of two good ending I honestly did enjoy, even as they were indulged. But whipped into shape by the stupendous Chimpsky which was just monstrously good. Enemy Earth has its best episode so no complaints overall, shame Hope was lost as it added a lovely balance to the line up. Hey how if you've going to have a problem when a comics this good you're doing okay!

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Prog / Re: Prog 2309 - Cold Snap!
« on: 21 November, 2022, 10:39:53 AM »
That Simon Frasers a bit good isn't he!

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Announcements / Re: Animated Absalom!
« on: 18 November, 2022, 07:34:39 PM »
Yeah not too shabby. Wonder if our own Happy Grennie and Tiernen Trevallion (or Dom Reardon as I guess he's Absalom's co-creator) have had any input / thoughts on this?

Quote from: Absalom cartoon credits
Written by Gordon Rennie
Character Design and Pre-production by Tiernen Trevallion

Whoops well I managed to miss that. That's cool!

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News / Re: The Great Dante Readthrough Podcast
« on: 18 November, 2022, 01:07:42 PM »
Just finished Episode 22 and its another belter. Nice to have Simon feeling a lot more positive and yeah there's a lot going on. Really do need to get back up to speed and up to date. I reckon weekend house work will catch me up!

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Announcements / Re: Animated Absalom!
« on: 18 November, 2022, 01:03:29 PM »
Yeah not too shabby. Wonder if our own Happy Grennie and Tiernen Trevallion (or Dom Reardon as I guess he's Absalom's co-creator) have had any input / thoughts on this?

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Prog / Re: Prog 2308 - Knockout Blow!
« on: 17 November, 2022, 08:06:04 PM »
What is going on with the schedule.

2305 = Friday
2306 = Tuesday
2307 = SATURDAY !!!!
2308 = Thursday

Thank the heavens they privatised Royal Mail hey.

ANYWAY its here so I just need to move on I guess.

So as suggested the 'twist' from last week in Dredd is detwisted (it would seem) in a solidly entertaining episode  with glorious art.

Chimpsky shows folks how to do it all however. Beautiful art, compelling and wildly entertaining hi-jinks and then a gasp at the end. This is a brilliant bit of comics all round.

Hope is entertaining and we'll see that magic costs I guess... I mean we are ALWAYS told that magic costs but rarely has that cost been so viceral... well assuming this goes the way it might... I mean it might not as well, which is half the fun.

Enemy Earth continues to be much more entertaining. Its not great but not terrible at all. Its decent.

Hershey stunning art, some lovely character moments, big bangs and falls. I mean its not Chimpsky but its damned good.

Oh and that cover is just glorious AND Mega City 2099 looks like it might be very much a good thing from the simple image in Thrills of the Future.

Great Prog.

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Megazine / Re: Meg 450: Skeleton Crew
« on: 17 November, 2022, 08:09:35 AM »
B/W Cover:


That's SO good in black and white. Wow!

(Not that the colours are bad I should say, but that line work...)

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Megazine / Re: Meg 450: Skeleton Crew
« on: 16 November, 2022, 08:45:24 PM »
Enjoyed this one.

Storm Warning was probably the weakest of the strips, but it was enjoyable, moved things on nicely and looked great Clint Langley's art really working here. So yeah if that's the weakest we're in good shape.

Death Metal Planet is pretty good too. Maybe not as strong yet as previous stories in this series but the only real problem is these Death Metal Band baddies are all a bit cliche. Still the whole thing is very enjoyable and I'm really looking forward to seeing how all this drive Roscoe's development forward. Its good stuff.

As is Dredd, mind of the pack but its good stuff from Edginton and D'Israeli. Brill colourful design for bright colourful characters. The whole thing zips along very nicely and is just place fun.

Surfer next, its just pure craft from two absolute masters. Superb stuff.

So what can beat that well Devlin Waugh of course. Ales Kot just gets Devlin while not being slavish and making the whole thing his own. Its rich, intriguingly ploted, character driven, scary and just plain brilliant. Add to that Rob Richardson's Yeowellesque art perfectly setting the story in motion and you have just plain amazing comics.

Decent text pieces, and so what if the floppie is story we've read recently all that's about to change as the Meg gets a revamp. Exciting times and the old era has been wrapped up in fine style.

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Announcements / Re: Animated Absalom!
« on: 16 November, 2022, 01:42:58 PM »
Cool... I've never heard of Mashed but looks interesting!

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