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Team Classic vs. Team Current
Only work for Tharg to be Considered

Steve ‘No relative’ Moore is possibly best known by some as the mentor to Alan ‘Also no relative’ Moore - which is a shame as it utterly underplays his contribution to the Prog. For many the master of the done in one, introducing Future Shocks* AND Tales of Telguuth to the Prog. He’s a true legend of the UK comic scene. Peter Hogan on the other hand has probably done some of his most famous work (outside of Tharg’s so not relevant here) spinning off from the work of Moore. His recent contribution to Zaucer of Zilk, which qualified him for this tourney shows that with Tharg however bumpy his road he’s still a class act.

*Is this true or just some bastard rumour in my addled memory?

Time for you to decide your favourite as the droids square up to the tee…

Steve Moore - more info
OR

Peter Hogan - more info

Remember for this tourney you have 5 votes to distribute as you please between these two artists, whole numbers only. So you can vote 5 - 0; 4 - 1; or 3 - 2; either way depending on how much more you like one artist's work over the other.

If you can’t be doing with that just name your favourite - remember bold tags, or other ways of highlighting always appreciated - and I’ll give them 3 votes and nowt to the other droid.

Three day votes, so this one ends morning of Thursday 24th June

Remember we only consider work for Tharg in these Tourneys

What the heck is all this about - well we have a thread for that

How does this voting work? Look here

I don’t understand how this works, what are the rules of the Solhiem Cup - yep got ya covered there too

Anything else just ask and I’ll make something up. Most importantly, have fun!

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General / Mark Millar or Kek-W - Writers Solhiem Cup - Tie 4
« on: 24 June, 2021, 06:26:52 AM »
Team Classic vs. Team Current
Only work for Tharg to be Considered

Whatever we think of Mark Millar there’s no denying he’s gone on to become one of Tharg’s highest profile alumni so he’s doing something right and he learnt how to do that in the pages of 2000ad. Kek-W can be rewritten off as a take-over writer - a trend he kicked off taking over from Mark Millar in fact on Canon Fodder BUT he’s clearly so much more than that and has become one of Tharg’s mainstays in recent years.

Time for you to decide your favourite as the droids square up to the tee…

Mark Millar - more info

OR

Kek-W - more info


Remember for this tourney you have 5 votes to distribute as you please between these two artists, whole numbers only. So you can vote 5 - 0; 4 - 1; or 3 - 2; either way depending on how much more you like one artist's work over the other.

If you can’t be doing with that just name your favourite - remember bold tags, or other ways of highlighting always appreciated - and I’ll give them 3 votes and nowt to the other droid.

Three day votes, so this one ends morning of Thursday 24th June

Remember we only consider work for Tharg in these Tourneys

What the heck is all this about - well we have a thread for that

How does this voting work? Look here

I don’t understand how this works, what are the rules of the Solhiem Cup - yep got ya covered there too

Anything else just ask and I’ll make something up. Most importantly, have fun!

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Team Classic vs. Team Current
Only work for Tharg to be Considered

Alan McKenzie is a bit of a controversial character around these parts, but we shouldn’t let that distract from how great Summer Magic was (and the whole Luke Kirby series come to that), Brigand Doom helped keep the Prog buoyant during dark times and Soul Gun Warrior was a mercurial delight. All that said when it comes to Pete Milligan we could just say Bad Company BUT his recent work which qualifies him for Team Current, Counterfeit Girl  show him as still relevant today.

Oh and on a side note Alan McKenzie is already our second Alan, there are many more to come… I mean it's not relevant but Jez the Alan’s are the writers equivalent of Simons for the artists! Ahem… Anyway...

Time for you to decide your favourite as the droids square up to the tee…

Alan McKenzie - more info

OR

Peter Milligan - more info

Remember for this tourney you have 5 votes to distribute as you please between these two artists, whole numbers only. So you can vote 5 - 0; 4 - 1; or 3 - 2; either way depending on how much more you like one artist's work over the other.

If you can’t be doing with that just name your favourite - remember bold tags, or other ways of highlighting always appreciated - and I’ll give them 3 votes and nowt to the other droid.

Three day votes, so this one ends morning of Thursday 24th June

Remember we only consider work for Tharg in these Tourneys

What the heck is all this about - well we have a thread for that

How does this voting work? Look here

I don’t understand how this works, what are the rules of the Solhiem Cup - yep got ya covered there too

Anything else just ask and I’ll make something up. Most importantly, have fun!

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General / Garth Ennis or Rob Williams - Writers Solhiem Cup - Tie 2
« on: 22 June, 2021, 06:21:52 AM »
Team Classic vs. Team Current
Only work for Tharg to be Considered

There will be many occasions when emphasizing that we are only thinking about work within Tharg’s Sphere is being considered (see the rules link below for details) but few when it will be more relevant. Both these writers have gone on to have astonishing careers in the US and across comics. Here though we are considering a subset of that work. So however good I think War Stories / Battlefields are, however much I love UnFollow I will be banishing them from my noggin and focusing on work like Troubled Souls (I count Crisis) and Low Life here.

Time for you to decide your favourite as the droids square up to the tee…

Garth Ennis - more info

OR

Rob Williams - more info

Remember for this tourney you have 5 votes to distribute as you please between these two artists, whole numbers only. So you can vote 5 - 0; 4 - 1; or 3 - 2; either way depending on how much more you like one artist's work over the other.

If you can’t be doing with that just name your favourite - remember bold tags, or other ways of highlighting always appreciated - and I’ll give them 3 votes and nowt to the other droid.

Three day votes, so this one ends morning of Thursday 24th June

Remember we only consider work for Tharg in these Tourneys

What the heck is all this about - well we have a thread for that

How does this voting work? Look here

I don’t understand how this works, what are the rules of the Solhiem Cup - yep got ya covered there too

Anything else just ask and I’ll make something up. Most importantly, have fun!

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General / Alan Grant or Pat Mills - Writers Solhiem Cup - Tie 1
« on: 21 June, 2021, 06:25:52 AM »
Team Classic vs. Team Current
Only work for Tharg to be Considered

The crowd is going wild, literally days of anticipation are now over as we kick off the first of 16 ties to determine which era of 2000ad has the greatest writing Droids, the deep and rich history OR the current bunch, still cranking out thrill after thrill for Tharg.

And what an opening tie we have (genuinely this was the first pairing out the hat!) , demonstrating the rich history of the Prog and Tharg’s organs beyond. Very few, maybe only one other Droid has a history for Tharg as these two. Not much needs to be said, but some head scratching needs to be done.

The jubilant crowd suddenly falls respectfully silent as they realise the scale of the competition they are about to witness.

Time for you to decide your favourite as the droids square up to the tee…

Alan Grant - more info

OR

Pat Mills - more info

Remember for this tourney you have 5 votes to distribute as you please between these two artists, whole numbers only. So you can vote 5 - 0; 4 - 1; or 3 - 2; either way depending on how much more you like one artist's work over the other.

If you can’t be doing with that just name your favourite - remember bold tags, or other ways of highlighting always appreciated - and I’ll give them 3 votes and nowt to the other droid.

Three day votes, so this one ends morning of Thursday 24th June

Remember we only consider work for Tharg in these Tourneys

What the heck is all this about - well we have a thread for that

How does this voting work? Look here

I don’t understand how this works, what are the rules of the Solhiem Cup - yep got ya covered there too

Anything else just ask and I’ll make something up. Most importantly, have fun!

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Prog / Prog 2237 - Demons of the Deep
« on: 19 June, 2021, 05:15:49 PM »
Yah know what. If last weeks was a bit of a dip, this one bounces back nicely... which is weird when you consider we've swapped out Feral and Foe for Skipperty... so let's a closer look and work out why... its all in the fine margins.

Dredd steps up from a solid opener to a cracking story builder. Before we get to that HOW GOOD IS COLIN MACNEIL... I mean he's always been very good but somehow he's managed to get even better. And then we get to the story - fantastic. I kinda wonder if Mr W is still coming up with PJ stories, but having taken PJ off the table has to create another tale around it. Either waty this tale of a careful man making one mistake and the escalating consequences if superb.

Mechastopheles remains as it was really. Boo Cook seems to have found the story he was born to draw, it looks stunning. I'm surprised its only 4 parts as I kinda lost track of it - this is fine, I look forward to re-reading it... but feel I need to.

Department K returns to being outright brilliant. Again art to die for, but the story is a blast as well. The fantastic turn up of last issue sends the team... well most the team into dangerous environs and its all just wonderfully realised great fun.

Skipper... Skip Tracer - Right last time this was pretty good, nowt special but good. This time we get to another decent opener with some potential. Let's be clear this series has done that before and dipped quickly into medocrity but two of the stories have also been good now so for the time being this opener gives it the benefit of the doubt. Mind lines like

"Must've missed the memo"

Have it on warning! Oh and more stunning art from Mr Marshal (P)

Chimpsky's Law alway loved the character, wanted him out of Dredd so he could do different things and I've got want i wanted. This is just such fun, such wonderful fun. Its quite superb. Art... well see above really. Brilliant, brilliant strip.

So the difference is minor but basically comes down to three strips that were good last week nudging up to great this week and the rest ticking along.

Simple really ain't it.

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General / Class art better than Current art - it's official!!!!
« on: 18 June, 2021, 06:38:02 AM »
Well wow that was a lot closer than I thought it would be - a lot closer, literally coming down to the last vote. The literal very last vote, but just getting over the line

CLASSIC TEAM WIN THE ARTIST RYDER CUP   

There's a lot to crunch and analysis so I'll be hoping to add to this thread over the next few days. For now though if you want to see just what a see saw journey we've had, just what a superb competition its been I've dropped a linkie to the spreadsheet I've used to track this...

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ITC5vG8lMz4OornHfXtPJcGy9P9YYNqLwT6wXxxVu7Q/edit?usp=drivesdk


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General / NEXT UP - Anniversary Special - Writers Solhiem Cup
« on: 16 June, 2021, 06:37:37 AM »
So as we near the end of one nail biting tourney so we must start the new and so what's nexrt i hear you cry. Well...

...to mark the anniversary of all this tourney nonsense we’re going back to the start and since I enjoyed the Artist Ryder Cup so much AND we can’t really repeat the Fav writer tourney so soon and expect a different result I’m going with

Writers Solhiem Cup

Same format as the Artist Ryder Cup - but fewer rounds as there’s fewer writers - just 16 ties - we’ll be done within four weeks and onto the next thing which I’ve already started planning.

Oh and I’ve made some decisions I worry will annoy folks BUT we’ll come to those in a bit.

So buckle up as the result of hangs in the balance, we now decide which pool of writers is our favourite Team Current or Team Classic?

Prepare to enter copy and paste territory as I explain...So here, over the course of a standard number of posts I’ll lay out the format of the tourney. Who’s in which Team. The rules, for what they are. A NEW VOTING SYSTEM - ahem the same voting system. A way to ignore the new SAME voting system if you think it's rubbish, or can’t be bothered and anything else that comes to mind.

This one will kick-off Monday 21st June with a fair wind. Just in time to mark the 1st anniversary of the original Godpleton Cup finals (actually the 21st marks when the semi-finals started but no bugger is going to bother to go back and check that so I’m well safe…).

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Amazingly it could all come down to this. Judging by voting so far in tie 31 we might have the teams neck and neck coming into this last vote. I wasn't expecting it to be this close and this exciting and you have to wonder what each team has left battling tooth and nail for 31 tie, welll....

... two big, BIG artists it would seem have been kept for this final tie, as seems very fitting. We have Mr Covers himself… well of course he’s not called Mr Covers but his work has graced more covers than any other 2000ad artist and he still manages to find astonishing ways to show off Dredd and the rest of 2000ad’s worlds. Then you have Arthur Ranson. The only artist who is so good he makes it look like he’s photo-referencing gorilla’s gunning down Judges and pirates on space bicycles. For one final time…

Time for you to decide your favourite as the droids square up to the tee…

Cliff Robinson - more info

OR

Arthur Ranson more info

Remember for this tourney you have 5 votes to distribute as you please between these two artists, whole numbers only. So you can vote 5 - 0; 4 - 1; or 3 - 2; either way depending on how much more you like one artist's work over the other.

If you can’t be doing with that just name your favourite - remember bold tags, or other ways of highlighting always appreciated - and I’ll give them 3 votes and nowt to the other droid.

Three day votes, so this one ends morning of Friday 18th June - WHEN THARG’S RYDER CUP WILL BE PRESENTED!!!!!

Remember we only consider work for Tharg in these Tourneys

What the heck is all this about - well we have a thread for that

How does this new voting work? Look here and why again?

I don’t understand how this works, what are the rules of the Ryder Cup - yep got ya covered there too

Anything else just ask and I’ll make something up. Most importantly, have fun!


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Prog / Prog 2236 - A view to a kill!
« on: 14 June, 2021, 08:34:31 PM »
Where oh where is that Proudhuff review? Baggin' the Prog thread so late on a Monday evening - what is the world coming too?

Anyway who cares as its a good Prog, under a lovely Dylan Teague cover.

Colin MacNeil's art on Dredd finds new ways to get better somehow. Its simply stunning. The story is an intriguing opening by Wagner as an assassin apparently makes mistakes.

Mechastopheles has a decent episode with a story that allows Boo Cook to shine.

Department K continues to entertain why moving in unexpected direction, again. Last week we had an apparent invasion, this week an Eternal (well Locust) is dead as the Kirby vibe continues.

Chimpsky's Law is the star of the show, amusing, exciting and also moving in interestin directions. This story is such fun.

Feral and Foe has a bombastic ending, all action finale that wraps things up a little generically for the work that has gone before. Its good an' all but we've come to expect more. Still the good news is there seems to be more to come as the Nerve Centre calls it the 'current series' implying there more to come, which is great, well as long as the creative duo visit Kingdom on their way to the next run out.

Maybe not up to the stella levels of last week, but no complaints.

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Well into the last two ties and as the cliche goes all to play for Current Team could seal it here with a victory OR Classic Team could take it to the final tie to decide the winner. The slimmest of leads seem to make Current Team favourites, but its about whose left as we've seen both teams comfortably win 2 or more ties on the bounce, edge of the seat stuff.

So into these final two ties what can the teams still have in the locker. They’ve been trading punches over 30 ties so far. Surely they have nothing left to give… Well hell would you look at that. Classic Team only have Steve chuffin’ Dillon! He only made the second round of the original Classic tourney but he did draw Carlos there so, ya know. Current Team aren’t doing too bad either. David Roach might have gone out in Round 1 of the Current Tourney - but some on Dave Roach. Not bad. Suspect this will be a toughy BUT these are vital round so…

Time for you to decide your favourite as the droids square up to the tee…

David Roach - more info

OR

Steve Dillon - more info

Remember for this tourney you have 5 votes to distribute as you please between these two artists, whole numbers only. So you can vote 5 - 0; 4 - 1; or 3 - 2; either way depending on how much more you like one artist's work over the other.

If you can’t be doing with that just name your favourite - remember bold tags, or other ways of highlighting always appreciated - and I’ll give them 3 votes and nowt to the other droid.

Three day votes, so this one ends morning of Thursday 17th June

Remember we only consider work for Tharg in these Tourneys

What the heck is all this about - well we have a thread for that

How does this new voting work? Look here and why again?

I don’t understand how this works, what are the rules of the Ryder Cup - yep got ya covered there too

Anything else just ask and I’ll make something up. Most importantly have fun!

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Arrrrhh is it rude not to vote in your own tourney? I mean I don’t normally get to and have relished being able to vote in this one BUT damnit I now see the pain I inflict on you folks day in day out.

These two both inexcusably went out in the first rounds of their respective tourneys something that baffles me as they are both amongst my all time favourites. Frankly I can’t be bothered to introduce this one as I’m about to hide under a table and rocky slowly back and forth until I’ve found a way to score this...

Time for you to decide your favourite as the droids square up to the tee…

INJ Culbard- more info

OR

Edmund Bagwell - more info

Remember for this tourney you have 5 votes to distribute as you please between these two artists, whole numbers only. So you can vote 5 - 0; 4 - 1; or 3 - 2; either way depending on how much more you like one artist's work over the other.

If you can’t be doing with that just name your favourite - remember bold tags, or other ways of highlighting always appreciated - and I’ll give them 3 votes and nowt to the other droid.

Three day votes, so this one ends morning of Monday 14th June

Remember we only consider work for Tharg in these Tourneys

What the heck is all this about - well we have a thread for that

How does this new voting work? Look here and why again?

I don’t understand how this works, what are the rules of the Ryder Cup - yep got ya covered there too

Anything else just ask and I’ll make something up. Most importantly have fun!

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Simon Davis is one of those artists that has a definitive strip, one that he will always be remembered for in 2000ad fanlore. In his case its Sinister Dexter… no hang on …. In his case its revitalising Slaine artistically with the Brutan… no, no, hold on that’s not right… in his case its introducing folk horror in modern classic Thistlebo… damnit. Simon Davis is one of those artists that has done so much classic work it's impossible to single out one strip over another. No wonder he was a semi-finalist in the Current Tourney.

Sean Phillips has become one of the great artists working in modern American crime comic having hit after hit with Ed Brub… WE DON’T F@~*in’ CARE. We’re only interested in work for Tharg … mind when that includes Swimming in Blood the fella ain’t got much to worry about!

Time for you to decide your favourite as the droids square up to the tee…

Simon Davis - more info

OR

Sean Phillips - more info

Remember for this tourney you have 5 votes to distribute as you please between these two artists, whole numbers only. So you can vote 5 - 0; 4 - 1; or 3 - 2; either way depending on how much more you like one artist's work over the other.

If you can’t be doing with that just name your favourite - remember bold tags, or other ways of highlighting always appreciated - and I’ll give them 3 votes and nowt to the other droid.

Three day votes, so this one ends morning of Sunday 13th June

Remember we only consider work for Tharg in these Tourneys

What the heck is all this about - well we have a thread for that

How does this new voting work? Look here and why again?

I don’t understand how this works, what are the rules of the Ryder Cup - yep got ya covered there too

Anything else just ask and I’ll make something up. Most importantly have fun!

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If you want to understand the white hot crucible of rage that a human can feel you only have to remind me that Henry Flint, 2000ad’s definitive Art Droid, was knocked out in the Quarter Finals of the Current Tourney. I’ve never quite been able to forgive you all that and still wake up at night silently screaming as I remember the count confirming the result, a cold sweat and hot tears mixing on my contoured face.

I also really like Anthony William’s art (but not quite as much)

Time for you to decide your favourite as the droids square up to the tee…

Henry Flint - more info

OR

Anthony Williams - more info

Remember for this tourney you have 5 votes to distribute as you please between these two artists, whole numbers only. So you can vote 5 - 0; 4 - 1; or 3 - 2; either way depending on how much more you like one artist's work over the other.

If you can’t be doing with that just name your favourite - remember bold tags, or other ways of highlighting always appreciated - and I’ll give them 3 votes and nowt to the other droid.

Three day votes, so this one ends morning of Saturday 12th June

Remember we only consider work for Tharg in these Tourneys

What the heck is all this about - well we have a thread for that

How does this new voting work? Look here and why again?

I don’t understand how this works, what are the rules of the Ryder Cup - yep got ya covered there too

Anything else just ask and I’ll make something up. Most importantly have fun!


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Tough draw for an artist who went out of the Current Tourney in Round 1 to come up against runner up in the Classic Tourney. Staz Johnson’s rugged muscular art has the glorious ability to morph to a style to suit any strip he is put to and in many way his art seems definitively 2000ad. Will all that do him any good for an artist who for some is amongst the greatest, if not the greatest Dredd artist, who ruled the strip for a long period doing Prog’s first Golden Age, coming off the back of some very fondly remembered Rogue Trooper work as well.

Time for you to decide your favourite as the droids square up to the tee…

Staz Johnson - more info

OR

Cam Kennedy - more info

Remember for this tourney you have 5 votes to distribute as you please between these two artists, whole numbers only. So you can vote 5 - 0; 4 - 1; or 3 - 2; either way depending on how much more you like one artist's work over the other.

If you can’t be doing with that just name your favourite - remember bold tags, or other ways of highlighting always appreciated - and I’ll give them 3 votes and nowt to the other droid.

Three day votes, so this one ends morning of Friday 11th June

Remember we only consider work for Tharg in these Tourneys

What the heck is all this about - well we have a thread for that

How does this new voting work? Look here and why again?

I don’t understand how this works, what are the rules of the Ryder Cup - yep got ya covered there too

Anything else just ask and I’ll make something up. Most importantly have fun!

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