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General / Re: Best one-prog Dredds
« on: 01 April, 2014, 08:06:29 PM »
This thread has got me thinking - why is it that Dredd is so enduring and became THE 2000AD story and not anything else? It was NOT obvious at the start that would be the case (not that I was actually reading it for the first couple of years  :lol:).

I think it is these little gems that really show the versatility of the story. Literally anything can happen; they are like little future shocks but wrapped up in a familiar setting, often with Dredd himself only appearing at the end.

General / Re: 35 Years of artists drawing themselves into Sláine
« on: 01 April, 2014, 07:56:09 PM »
Have to say I really liked the Simon Davis Slaine aswell. I did n't think I would - which is strange in a way because I love his SinDex, but I just did n't think he would be suited to it, but you know what its great.

Now is there any other 2000AD story that could benefit from a change of artist I wonder?

Hhhmm...I know...um....ABC Warriors :lol:

Books & Comics / Re: IDW Rogue Trooper issue 2
« on: 01 April, 2014, 07:50:29 PM »
Real shame to hear this has been put on hold. Personally I thought issue 1 was way better than any of the IDW Judge Dredds,  which I am continuing to subscribe to even though in my opinion they are no where near the level of the Prog or the Meg - I just can't seem to not buy anything vaguely 2000AD related :)

I forgot to pre-order issue 2 and have been phoning up the Forbidden Planet to see when it will arrive. It was meant to be last week but was delayed. Does any one know if the whole thing being put on hold is the reason?

I have always loved Strontium Dog, right back to Starlord days.
However I have never been keen on Strontium Dogs.

It just never felt the same to me. I think a big part of that the absence of Carlos. Where ever the strip goes from here, I just hope Carlos is doing the art. As others have said it just doesn't feel like Stront without him. I remember when Ian Gibson did an episode in Starlord and I was like "what's this?". Same when Brendan McCarthy did one in a Starlord annual. Having reread these recently they are perfectly good episodes by two 2000AD greats, but it just didn't feel right.

As to the writer, I don't mind who writes it, so long as it is either or both of Wagner or Grant. No-one else. I feel the same about Robo-Hunter but don't mind others doing Dredd.

Books & Comics / Re: Old school paper v Digital comics
« on: 30 March, 2014, 07:33:20 PM »
I have only ever bought the physical comics and have a question regarding the digital ones.

Are they the same as the paper ones? (Different colour reproduction aside).

When I compare the cover with the one the 2000AD Homepage it looks like the paper one has been cropped a bit - if you look closely at the pattern on 1874, you can see extra bits on the one of the Web page.

General / Re: Best one-prog Dredds
« on: 29 March, 2014, 10:55:02 AM »
How about these for a fantastic run of one offs?

Prog 144  Christmas Comes a Little Early to Des O'Connor Block
Prog 145  Uncle Ump's Umpty Candy
Prog 146  New Year is Cancelled
Prog 147  Judge Minty
Prog 148  Alien Seeds

O'Connor Block, Ump and Minty feature pretty much definitive McMahon art; the other two aren't too shabby either with Brendan McCarthy and Ron Smith.
All the scripts are punchy, with a set up, middle and pay off all in 5 or 6 pages. What a few weeks that was (and guess what came next?).

General / Re: Best one-prog Dredds
« on: 28 March, 2014, 10:20:43 PM »
Return to Mega-City.

he..  utters one of my favourite lines ever, "Look out you lawbreaking scum! Judge Dredd's back in town!"

This one features one my favourite lines as well which JD says as he calmly walks by: " Good morning Citizens. I would remind you that armed robbery is illegal in Mega-City 1."

General / Re: I'm gonna read them all...
« on: 22 March, 2014, 04:09:56 PM »
ok - any other details? Who was the lead character? Brief (very brief) plot summary? I am sure someone must know (I have been very impressed with the knowledge of a lot of the posters on the forum BTW).

General / Re: I'm gonna read them all...
« on: 22 March, 2014, 02:51:54 PM »
Remind me  - what was Timehouse about? I think am also confusing it with Time Flies.

General / Prog 1821 Cover - question
« on: 22 March, 2014, 02:37:39 PM »
Does anyone know if the cover of Prog 1821 is based on something? (Bolland Dredd).

I ask because I have just read an IDW Star Trek TNG  graphic novel (HIVE) and there is a very similar image of Jean-Luc as Locutus in the art gallery in the back.

General / Re: list of graphic novels bagged with the 'megazine?'
« on: 08 March, 2014, 07:27:26 PM »
I find I don't have time to read the floppies so only do so if they are from Progs before I started reading or are what I would consider to be great stories. A couple that fall into that category really stand out in your reviews.

To me Downlode Tales are the very definition of essential. The story and art are just superb.  I really like the way what seem to be standalone tales fit into the overall whole. Scrubbers from Prog 1149 being a classic example. Feel I must mention the art by Greg Staples and Chris Weston. I am really getting a new appreciation of both of them and am wishing there had been more stories from them over the years.

On the other side the Planet Death & Angel floppy was essential to me only in that I had never read them before. As for the plotting...hmmmm.... I wonder what the record for the highest number of unlikely occurances and coincidences in a story is?

General / Re: Have you got them all? How do you store them?
« on: 08 March, 2014, 03:15:41 PM »
Forgot to mention I few other things I also have:

- all the issues of Diceman - which I highly reccomend. Don't be put of by the dice game (as per Tomb of Terror) - these are a good read in their own right. Especially the Slaine one which features the three aspects of the Earth Godess Danu.

- the Metalzoic graphic novel. As much as I love Kev O'Neill's artwork, I found the b&W version published in the Prog hard to follow. The full colour GN is much clearer.

- the original Killing Joke. Highly recommended for all fans of Brian Bolland and Alan Moore.

- a few issues of Toxic (not sure what this forum makes of those - but it was by the likes of Mills and O'Neill).

General / Re: Have you got them all? How do you store them?
« on: 08 March, 2014, 12:22:20 AM »
Good question - this is something that has been on my mind recently - since I joined this forum in fact.

I have every Prog since 127, assorted earlier Progs, every Megazine, every Starlord, every annual and summer special since I started getting the Prog, all year books,  the two previous American Dredd comics, all the new IDW stuff, the first few months of the new Eagle before I gave up on it, a few Crisis before I gave up on it, one or two Revolvers. A few collected editions of Daily Star Dredds. Also Star Wars Weekly up to about number 30 or 40 (but missed number 3 I think). Plus the Red Dwarf magazines. Oh and one X-Men comic from years ago and a recent collected edition of Iron Man.

I did miss a Rogue Trooper summer special once (or something like that) - I just drew the line at buying it. Seems silly now.

My "house of Tharg" collection started when my mum bought me Starlord (issue 3 I think) on holiday one year. I then bought Starlord every week until it merged into 2000AD.  Was a bit annoyed at that - I got a few issues then could n't get it a couple of times and gave up. Then bought 122. Then bought 127 and have bought every week since. Indeed I have been pretty relentless in making sure I never miss an issue.

(Actually the first 2000AD related thing I had was the 1997 summer special which I read and threw out -it is the only one I ever did that with. Obviously wasn't that impressed :lol:).

After becoming a regular I bought a few back progs in the Forbidden Planet in the 90s and got the first two Starlords I missed. In those days FP seemed to pretty much have a complete set of all Progs but I thought they were too expensive to buy them all - especially the  "banned" Progs.

I think I have pretty much read everything ever published in the Prog through various reprints (except for future shocks and Dan Dare) but can't be sure e.g I have original Titan reprints of The Cursed Earth and the Day the Law Died (way before Case Files), first volume of the Titan ABC Warriors reprint, a few extreme editions (Flesh, Ant Wars), some Quality Comic re-prints, some other American Judge Dredd reprints from years ago, plus what was reprinted in annuals and summer specials. I have only recently caught up in the Early Dredds I missed via Case Files 1,2 and 3 (borrowed from the local library!!!), Planet Death and Angel via floppies. I recently also bought the TPB of Harlem Heroes to get Inferno and Restricted Files 01. And I have the Blackhawk collected edition on loan from the library at present to read the Tornado stuff.

It does pain me that I don't have a complete collection of the Prog though, but not sure I will ever now.

Storage is problem. Most is in my mum's house. My own house has very little storage and whilst I love the paper versions I am not sure I  have room for another 40 years worth (assuming I live that long). It would pain me to go digital, but can see the advantage of easier access. I really have no storage system - I delve into the collection to get a Prog and  end up putting them back any old how, so they are pretty mixed up. I then periodically spend a day re-ordering then. Once I even discovered I was missing  a Prog a few years back and had to buy it on ebay.

General / Re: Any questions for Pat Mills?
« on: 02 March, 2014, 04:43:28 PM »
Was Terror Tube originally meant as a one off or did Pat already have an outline of what became Nemesis Book One?

General / Re: Any questions for Pat Mills?
« on: 02 March, 2014, 12:51:30 PM »
Or ask about connecting stories! Is everything he's ever done linked?  :D

Good question! I think it is fairly well established that ABC Warriors (and hence Robusters) links to Nemesis, Savage and even Judge Dredd. Never thought Slaine had any connection though :lol:

On a serious note, where will we able able to access the completed interview - assume a link will be posted on this thread?

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