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General / Re: FFT - What if? Tie 22 - ABC Warriors vs Zenith
« on: Today at 10:09:02 AM »
ABC Warriors is the comics equivalent of looping cartoon backgrounds. It has its moments but so often cares so little for its own basic continuity that nothing really matters. Zenith, though, was something else at the time and by and large still holds up now. Well, apart from that one-part coda.

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General / Re: FFT - What if? Tie 21 - Kingdom vs Brink
« on: Today at 10:06:42 AM »
Brink is great but my mouth would be full of wrong if I didn’t pick Kingdom.

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There was only one period where I completely switched off from SD. Alas, that was the final epic. But the rest of it renamed from good to great. Nemesis had a fantastic opener and I adored everything up to Gothic Empire. But then it for me lost something and gradually went in a direction I didn’t really care for. In the end, this is an easy choice for me: Strontium Dog.

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 04 October, 2022, 02:07:41 PM »
I’d forgotten that with Quartz. That really does shift him up from merely hideous corporate shit to some kind of outlandish moustache-twirling Bond villain.

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General / Re: FFT - What if? Tie 17 - Charley’s War vs Strontium Dog
« on: 04 October, 2022, 10:17:25 AM »
Exactly what Alex said. So: Strontium Dog.

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Announcements / Subscriptions and Royal Mail strikes
« on: 03 October, 2022, 03:55:13 PM »
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Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 01 October, 2022, 02:07:22 PM »
I hear the same about Blair. He was just a soft Tory! Objectively, though, his government did a ton more for the less well-off. Was it perfect? Far from it. But if we aim for perfect, we are always going to be disappointed. Right now, I’ll settle for better and for things heading in the right direction, not the wrong one.

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Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 01 October, 2022, 10:58:52 AM »
The electoral coalition is tricky. To win, Labour has to get back a ton of voters in England who voted Tory, without spooking them. My hope is that same policy decisions are being driven by this and elements of caution are down to that.

At conference, I was deeply disappointed with how Labour played the same bullshit game as the Tories with money that doesn’t exist. (Reinstating the 45p tax rate: good. Lying that this somehow gives you ‘extra’ money to use: bad.) But then the national energy company idea was a masterstroke (and actually a better idea than attempting to renationalise the utilities without owning the source of power). I was also glad that Starmer didn’t take a pop at the Libs during his speech. (For me, the ideal outcome of a GE would be Labour needing a confidence agreement from 30–50 Libs, in return for PR and closer EU relations, but I suspect that’s now a pipe dream. The Libs are, surprisingly, heading towards electoral wipeout.)

I still think the party is being disingenuous over Brexit and EU relations, although its policy is essentially three quarters of the Lib Dem plan (ending before single market membership, which is the end goal of the Libs). The party is also awful on migrants and asylum seekers (too often conflating the two and being shit to both), and the leadership dreadful on PR.

But.

Right now, we don’t even have anything that is recognisable a Tory government. We have a far-right government. It is authoritarian, corporatist and economically libertarian. It wants to destroy the state. If Labour’s end point during this stage of politics is something close to Blair regarding political positioning, so be it. I’m sure people would prefer the party to be more radical, but I’d at this stage prefer it to be electable.

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General / Re: FFT - What if? Derby Week Tie 13 - Future Shocks vs 3rillers
« on: 30 September, 2022, 02:06:56 PM »
Honestly, I’m going for 3rillers. Future Shocks are vitally important and we’ve had many crackers. But we’ve also had a ton of filler. I want them to stay in the Prog, but also many of the recent ones have become thematically samey. 3rillers, meanwhile, has provided space for a Future Shock-style story to breathe and a means of backdoor series pilots for those that especially click.

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General / Re: FFT - What if? Derby Week Tie 12- Skizz vs DR & Quinch
« on: 30 September, 2022, 02:05:39 PM »
I imagine so. Re-reading D.R. & Quinch in the UC was a bit… um. I mean, it wasn’t another Robo-Hunter, but let’s say it didn’t chime with me like it did when I was a kid. (Skizz still mostly works, despite the OTT evil bloke. The second sequel is especially awful, mind.)

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Off Topic / Re: This is the News!
« on: 30 September, 2022, 09:20:03 AM »
I just hope it also delivers a leader (and a cabinet) that actually gives a fuck about electoral reform, rather than another repeat of 1997 that will result in a ton of hubris and an eventual electoral defeat for Labour, despite Lab+Lib polling together over 50% and rabid Tories gaining yet another majority on 35–40%.

I won’t hold my breath, despite what happened at the Labour conference, the vast majority of Labour voters and members being in favour of PR, CLPs mostly being in favour of PR, most of the big unions now being in favour of PR, and a great many Labour MPs being in favour of PR.

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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 30 September, 2022, 09:04:41 AM »
Discussing Halo Jones, the reviewer comments that he likes the zenade - but he pronounces it "zen-a-day" (here), missing the fact that it's a zen-grenade and therefore pronounced "zen-aid".
I like Omar, though. He’s positive about comics, and keen to cover more than the usual Marvel/DC bubble. 2000 AD is very new to him (he’s done a couple of Dredd Case Files videos), but it’s good that with the Best Of, he actually read it. That might seem like a low bar, but it’s pretty damn obvious most others doing videos haven’t (and that’s the case for a lot of other stuff they ‘review’). It’s also notable that one of the most prominent UK-based comics YouTubers never mentions UK comics (bar the odd mention that he “used to” read Judge Dredd).

Anyway, if anyone here watches that YouTube video, give it a like and leave a comment for the algorithm. I’m sure Omar would appreciate it, and it might help to get more 2000 AD on the channel, thereby spreading the word. (Lots of people watching are 2000 AD-curious but have no idea where to start, with Dredd or otherwise.)

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General / Re: FFT - What if? Derby Week Tie 16 - Tyranny Rex vs Indigo Prime
« on: 29 September, 2022, 09:44:18 AM »
Tyranny Rex is an odd one. I enjoyed that UC book more than I thought I would – at least, once I got past the first few stories with their dated pop references. The nunnery one was harrowing. The comeback one with, IIRC, Yeowell on art was a great rebook that sadly went nowhere. Indigo Prime, though, just has more in every sense and so nudges it for me. Closer than I’d have thought, mind. And I wish John Smith would start writing for the Prog again. He’s much missed.

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Jaegir, by a country mile. Even as a kid, I didn’t think much of Rogue Trooper. That hasn’t changed. If anything, I think less of it these days.

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Creative Common / Re: Ignorance is Strength
« on: 28 September, 2022, 08:04:48 PM »
I like when Spurrier returns to the thread and then flees.

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