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Books & Comics / Re: Single page of Spider-Man comic sells for over $3.3m
« on: 17 January, 2022, 10:10:01 AM »
The price is  a reflection of inflation, abundant cash among certain groups, and a lack of investments offering returns. The actual artistic merit of the page is largely irrelevant in that context.

But, yes, if someone gave me $3.3m dollars to spend on comic art, I wouldn't be looking at that page.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 17 January, 2022, 08:52:51 AM »
Likewise, I'm working my way through a backlog, which brought me to:
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow (King, Evely, Lopes) #1-4. A bit of an unusual blend of space-opera and western, this see Supergirl travelling the galaxy hunting a killer, accompanied and narrated by the revenge-seeking young woman whose father was murdered. A review I read online pointed out the parallels with True Grit, which was an astute observation. There is the odd reference to other DC Universe figures, but this is very much its own thing. The underrated Omega Men series is probably the nearest parallel to this in Tom King's work, but that is a bit of a stretch.

The story serves as a wonderful showcase for Bilquis Evely's expressive and vibrant art, with fantastic landscapes and exotic creatures. This is a stunningly beautiful book. Hopefully there's a nice oversize collection.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 January, 2022, 08:34:00 AM »
Ghostbusters: Afterlife. They went way overboard on the references to the first film, but this still managed to be its own thing. The leads were likeable (not necessarily easy with a child-genius protagonist), and the decision to relocate to the Mid-West paid off.

Has everybody who ordered one got theirs (In English or the mistake)? Haven't received mine yet, so was just wondering?

Mine is en Anglais, and arrived at the weekend.

Film & TV / Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« on: 14 January, 2022, 11:41:33 AM »
I don't really understand how Boba Fett went from being a ruthless bounty hunter working for the embodiment of evil (Vader) and corruption (Jabba) to being so toothless.

Maybe this will be adequately explained in the series, but in the meantime we're getting sub-Quadrophenia gangs and low-speed, low-stakes chases. I agree it's a bit crap.

Film & TV / Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« on: 13 January, 2022, 02:14:43 PM »

Sacre bleu!

Events / Re: Jocks team up 45th anniversary?
« on: 13 January, 2022, 12:13:05 PM »
So taking the bull by the horn...

Haymarket Bar Edinburgh, 2.30pm on Saturday 5th Feb 2022, the Prog birthday swally! business meeting (not a party)

Nice and handy for trains and buses, and they do scran if you like that sort of thing.

Hands up who can make it? (Nicola allowing).


Scotland v England is on at Murrayfield on the 5th. I'd strongly advise against meeting at Haymarket!

I should have read the whole thread.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 January, 2022, 01:45:34 PM »
Anecdotally, I've just spoken to a couple of Conservative voters I know. Both said the same, "He has to go."

If I was Keir Starmer, I'd probably hope that Johnson limps on for a few months, damaging everyone around him.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 January, 2022, 01:36:39 PM »
I don't know that they will get away with it.

It's highly unlikely the Met will prosecute. They won't bite the hand that feeds.

The question is, how much will it damage the government and the Tories in the polls? I think the anecdotal stories about relatives dying alone while Downing Street partied are horrifying, and it appears that a lot of folk agree.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 January, 2022, 01:15:55 PM »
I think its 50/50 he goes at this point.

I also wouldn't bet against Pippa Crerar posting photos from the party of Johnson in a dentist's chair having champagne poured down his throat by a couple of strippers.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 January, 2022, 12:48:28 PM »
So, to the surprise of absolutely nobody, Boris Johnson was at the party. But it was a work event. And "technically within the rules".

Is this it, then?

Anderson. It was coherent and enjoyable, neither of which is true of Red Razors.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 January, 2022, 09:53:28 AM »
Any of those mentioned above can only mean a step closer to independence for Calhab
Perhaps. But despite everything, polling in Scotland hasn’t substantially shifted. Also, even if ‘leave’ were to win there, the country would be deeply divided on the matter, which—as we’ve seen with Brexit—does’t necessarily bode well.

I agree polling isn’t at the tipping point yet and I would prefer an independence vote of 65% to bring most of the population along. (Can but dream).

I don’t know how much the longing to be part of the EU will be in peoples mind.I know I’d prefer to be in the EU even if it meant a hard border between Scotland & England - and I love popping down south for visits. But only to deal with one border is easier than 27!

It’s still a long way off and may never happen in my lifetime but it’s inching closer?

There's a generational change in opinions. A 65% majority may be possible, but only when the boomer generation no longer form the largest voting bloc. I suspect that a campaign would see a fair amount of movement in the polls as well.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 12 January, 2022, 09:30:31 AM »
I think the big question is whether Sunak wants to be PM now, or in the summer.

I'm hugely impressed by the likes of Pippa Crerar at the Mirror for this drip, drip strategy with he Downing Street revelations. She could have released a huge expose, as has been done in the past, and Johnson would have bluffed and blustered his way through a few days of bad news before finding the latest dead cat. As it is, she and her colleagues have sustained a slow, painful death in the polls for the Tories.

All Kier Starmer has to do is stand around and look semi-competent. Which is good, because that's about his limit.

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