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General / The Meg
« on: 03 June, 2003, 11:00:19 PM »
Is it me, or is the Meg a bit pants these days. Perhaps it's suffering from being a monthly, or maybe it seems poor in comparison to the heady heights of 2K.

Even so, with the exception of Dredd, I can't think of a story in it I really like.

Black Siddha is bewildering oddness, but I don't want to single it out for criticism - it is indicative of the current level of the Meg.

Young Middenface is dull as dishwater; what next - young Max Normal/ Wulf/ other supporting character? This is insipid filler for me, down there with Soul Sisters (nice art though, even if it does make me pine for Luke Kirby)

Family is OK, I suppose - but can seem rushed.

Slaine is like a lot of stuff from the 80s (and I don't just mean comics) - better in the memory than in the cold light of day.

As for Darkie's Mob - well, it doesn't half go on. I know it was simpler back then, but Christ how many times can we have the same story?

THen there's Devlin Waugh. Great art, but what has actually happened in this story? Feck all! Episode 1 - infinity seems to involve some Julian Clary patter and folk being killed by vampires, before the vamps themselves are killed by Devlin. Ho hum - what a waste of a character! It's like Coronotion Street - you can miss an episode and pick it with the next one, safe in the knowledge that nothing has happened.

I know the Meg has to have reprint to survive, but I would rather have old Stronium Dogs from Starlord, old Eagle stuff (if Rebellion have the rights) or old Dredd summer special/ annual reprints (Last of the Bad Guys anyone, or the Dredd/ Alpha team up?).

As for original stories, what about something funny - Al's Baby style?

Could it be that too much focus is on the weekly, with not enough on the Meg? Why, for example, couldn't Lobster Random have been a Meg tale? He could've been a perp bust out a Cube.

Anyway, just thought I say what's been on my mind for a while.

General / When is Freaks coming back?
« on: 27 May, 2003, 04:36:39 PM »
I see from the current poll it is returning. Is it? When? Who's writing it? Who's the artist? Should I be working?

« on: 27 May, 2003, 04:11:31 PM »
If you want to ask me a question during my tenure as BB, please post to this thread. Unless I'm stealing someone else's thunder here, that is.

« on: 27 May, 2003, 04:09:55 PM »
I don't know if anyone has volunteered to be BB or set you a task, but if they haven't then I am up for the job (just now anyway) cos I have thought of a task based on the telly programme.

Your job, starting at noon GMT on Monday 26th May, is to start posting messages to a thread headed "BB TASK 1". These must be posted CONTINUALLY until noon GMT on noon GMT Thursday 29th May. There may be no more than 10 minutes between posts.

Any questions, post here.

You have until noon today to clarify the rules of the task.

Failure means I get one of the prizes.

I would suggest other non housemates are given the opprtunity to come up with future tasks, based on the ones on the programme, and that they get a prize if the task is failed.

Or else I'll stay BB.

Whaddya fink?

Off Topic / What's the plural of fez?
« on: 27 May, 2003, 03:37:40 PM »
Just back from a long weekend and am avoiding working by having a splurge of posts. Anyway, as an adjunct to the crucial  "Monkey in a Hat Question" (never mind the Euro or a federal Europe, this board knows what's important) - can anyone tell me what the plural of fez is?

NB: for non-fez fans, the answer is not "a pile of crap" or anything similar.

Mon the Fez!

General / monahoops!
« on: 21 May, 2003, 05:40:49 PM »
You either get that title or you don't.

I don't understand the point of these endless threads where one person claims dominion over another. Surely it's just like that bit in Zenith Phase II where the Branson-a-lke complains about how hard it is to rule the world. I mean, who wants to rule the board? Not me. Just look at the people who live there!

I have my lab, my Manchurian slaves, my games consoles and the odd bit of dastardly scheming. That's enough for me.

Sure, I don't mind hiring my services out to those who have grander ambitions - witness my recent appointment as Chief Scientific Advisor to the Trout. That's because I prefer to be the evil genius behind or assisting the plotting and (in the event of a coup) the one who gets away.

All this can be done without sacrificing my priniples. I have never hailed any monarch on the board, nor do I intend to.

So, am I aiming too low?

Off Topic / Gratuitous gloat
« on: 06 May, 2003, 04:15:12 PM »
Not at all posted to wind up any Rangers fans (GR?) or Liverpudlians. Oh no, no way.

Link: Top of the shots

Help! / Ignorant procrastinator asks question
« on: 29 April, 2003, 04:33:44 PM »
Rather than work, I am faffing about on this board.

Anyway, don't laugh too much but what does "IIRC" mean? I've seen it on lots of posts but find it strange, confusing and slightly threatening.

General / Giant bit of snot
« on: 29 April, 2003, 04:26:12 PM »
Whatever happened to The Mess? I haven't got round to re-reading the original ABC Warriors, but remember that the Mess was a big green blob in a jar. Not much of a killer robot.

Oh, and why does the news insist on calling the whit chemical suits NBC suits (nuclear, biological and chemical)? Surely ABC is much better, and not an advert for an AMerican news channel?

Spread the word!

General / F-F-F-Fashion!
« on: 16 April, 2003, 03:59:50 PM »
There was a thread a while ago about favourite MC1 hobbies. What about the clothes? There used to be loads of comedy clothes in Dredd, but that's fallen to the way side a bit.

What was your favourite?

I always thought kneepads were kind of cool. I might even change my board name to the Knee Pad Kid, if I can be bothered.

General / What's the problem with Zenith?
« on: 15 April, 2003, 03:42:59 PM »
Eh? Why can't Rebellion/ Titan just print the reprints? BEing well up to date, I hear there is some kind of problem reprinting the Zenith stories. How can this be? Surely Rebellion own the strip and can just bung it out on the streets?

Not, I should add, that I care - I bought the Titan collections of Phases I, II and III (the only ones I've ever bought when I had the original comics).

Zenith is, however, such a good tale that any more recent converts really should have the chance to read it.

Classifieds / Sisters of Mercy
« on: 15 April, 2003, 03:39:54 PM »
My wife, in a fit of kindness, has acquired two tickets for the Sisters of Mercy concert at the Braehead arena next Thursday.

I would rather not go because: (a) I'm off on a works jolly that day (clay pigeon shooting, off-road driving and other shenanigans at Gleneagles); (b) my brother's wedding is the next day and I'll need to practice my speech; (c) the Good Guys are playing in the UEFA cup and the game is on the telly.

Anyone want to buy them? A bargain at a tenner each!

If you're interested (or want to swap them for a prog 2) then e-mail me. It will help if you're in Glasgow, cos then I can hand them to you.

Classifieds / Help me 2K board, you're my only hope
« on: 15 April, 2003, 03:36:44 PM »
I need only four progs to complete my collection: the worst offenders are 300, 1163 and 1203 (the last two having mysteriously vanished during one of Mrs X's tidying frenzies). Does anyone have spare copies they're willing to sell? Or can you point me in the direction of somewhere I can get them? All of the sites and shops I've contacted seem only to have early progs.

The fourth prog is number 2. I suppose I'll eventutally bite the bullet and pay ?50 for a copy. I just need to wait until Devon's Daddy has his twenty billion copies.

Help! / Best Man's speech
« on: 10 April, 2003, 10:30:17 PM »
My brother gets married on the 25th and I'm the best man. Any good one-liners? Any hints on the speech? How long should it be? I've never done this before, so any input would be helpful.

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