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Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 11 September, 2021, 09:19:28 PM »
I certainly did- both of them. You've got a good thing there, and I will be back for the next one.

And as an aside, the more El Bigote, the better. El Chivo's art alone on this installment was fantastic- brilliant page layouts and storytelling. Great stuff.


Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 09 September, 2021, 08:49:22 AM »
Speaking of this week's letters page, I did think Tharg's comment about "pastiches of seventies comics" was a little on the nose considering the current small press landscape, and two of the three comics that sprung to mind as being explicitly exactly that- were created by ex-Thargs.


Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 08 September, 2021, 01:23:59 PM »
It flopped through my letterbox this morning! Looks absolutely great and has now taken its place on the end-of-sofa 'to read' pile.


Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 04 September, 2021, 07:14:47 PM »
Very much looking forward to getting mine in the post! And the previous issue, which I ordered as part of the pledge. Woop!


Events / Re: Best of 2000AD #1 signing
« on: 20 August, 2021, 08:58:16 PM »
No, I meant the actual comic- but the search function here was doing its usual thing, so that was the thread that came up. Apologies!


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 20 August, 2021, 08:56:53 PM »
I'm immediately going to have to leap to the defense of JeruZalem- which is not only one of my favourite found footage horror films, but is one of the more-played DVDs in my collection. I've seen this multiple times now, and every viewing adds new layers. I reckon it would be even more impressive if you were of a religious bent, which I'm not in the least, but even when looking at the subject matter as a load of whiffle and hokum it still manages to impress and disturb.

They keep threatening a sequel, but it never appears and it's probably too late now. A shame.


Events / Re: Best of 2000AD #1 signing
« on: 20 August, 2021, 08:51:43 PM »

Whatever happened to this? Is it still in the pipeline, or has it been quietly shelved? Anyone know for sure?


Megazine / Re: Meg 435 - Waugh In Hell
« on: 19 August, 2021, 02:18:50 PM »
Anybody else's Encyclopedia got a massive ink stain over the front left hand side and the back, covering most of the central text box?


Events / Re: FCBD 2021
« on: 15 August, 2021, 11:17:25 AM »
Comic-biz-store told me that it hasn't arrived as yet, and they won't be allowed to sell it online until *after* fcbd. Now, whether that now means after the 28th, or whether it will appear online as soon as they receive it, I don't know.


Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 04 August, 2021, 02:27:25 PM »
Capaldi is my favourite of the new Doctors- even my loathing of Moffat's scripting ability couldn't stop him shining through, and he makes otherwise appalling episodes watchable. The ratings slide (which various interested parties are happy to acknowledge when it suits them... like when lobbying for younger, sexier Doctors and making out Capaldi had a negative effect on merch... when in reality, merch sales tanked with Smith... while at the same time denying vehemently and claiming "TV is different now", high profile American fan writers  and BBC Enterprises I'm looking at you both) could be seen as just the natural audience fatigue with a long-running show with minimal internal continuity of narrative, and a response to the BBC's singular failure to put out a regular series, at regular times, to a regular schedule, since Moffat took over.

It certainly needs a rethink, and a commitment to make x number of episodes, every year. Those days when RTD was overseeing 14x Who, 13x Torchwood, 13x Confidential (not to mention the Sarah Jane Adventures) every year seem very long ago.


Books & Comics / Re: Cinebooks
« on: 04 August, 2021, 02:14:27 PM »
It is indeed. I've been reading the Worlds of Aldebaran for some years now- and a smattering of Leo's other works for good measure (I recommend Kenya and Namibia for starters)- and I'm fully invested in all the characters. Later today, I have Return to Aldebaran vol 3 turning up, which will be read tomorrow night.

Cinebook are just marvellous. I've got Islandia vol.1 coming in the post, and I keep discovering things that appeal. But the Worlds of Aldebaran is truly one of my favourite long-form sf stories, in any medium. It's just a shame Cinebook's translation is written in awkward dialogue lacking any elegance. I'm assuming the original language version (as well as being uncensored) is better. But that would mean learning a language that experience has proven is beyond me.


...and here it is! Many thanks David, it looks absolutely lovely as usual. You guys do a wonderful job on these.


There was a reason mine hadn't turned up- despite me ordering it on day one, the process didn't complete! Thankfully David managed to sort it and a copy is now on its way. As always, service above and beyond.

My phone just doesn't like the Comicksy website for some reason- when I did order it, it charged me postage to Australia, which David then again sorted. That man is a "ledge", as my youngest would say.


General / Re: Skip Tracer is strictly better than The Order
« on: 31 July, 2021, 11:16:47 PM »
Despite Skip Tracer being not my favourite thing in any given prog (except recently, when it had suddenly got good- note: I've still not bought this week's yet), I find myself being a lot more fond of it than The Order.

I think it's because I tend to buy and read 2000AD fairly rapidly these days, and don't spend an awful lot of time poring over it. It gets read, and filed away. The Order is obviously, obviously, a strip into which a lot of thought and effort has gone (as is Skip, just not in the same way), and requires a substantial amount of close reading.

And probably a series of charts, post-it notes stuck to folders, and reminders written on the back of your hand.

It's the strip I imagine people who haven't read 2000AD in decades get most scared of, and give up a couple of pages in, concluding the comic isn't for them. The people who belive that if one strip isn't to their taste, then the whole thing is soured and £3.10 a week is too high a price to pay.

The rest of us just mutter "c'est le guerre" and move past it, as we have always done. And then periodically try the fabled "complete reread because I won't let the bastard thing beat me" and then, in my case, fail.

But what do I know? I skipped Skizz originally in the prog, because it wasn't my thing. I skipped the first series of Brink, and all of Brass Sun. And Helium- because I "didn't like Culbard's art". It took a while, but I got them in the end.


Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 31 July, 2021, 06:44:36 PM »
At this point, the BBC assurances that the new team will be announced "in due course" is seeming very familiar. Did they get Alan Yentob to give that quote by any chance?

There's nobody being mentioned for prospective 'showrunner'- other than (excuse me, haha) JMS, and I think they were playing hideously safe as a result of panicking when they appointed Chibnall in the first place. Who looked at his previous work and thought he had the chops? It was a lazy hire, and it backfired.

As for the next Doctor. If they cast male, Whittaker will seem like a mistake to be quickly rectified (which, cards on the table, I think she was- ymmv) but they won't want to give that impression. If they cast white, that will be even more problematic. It will be a black or Asian woman. 

Sandra Oh (from Killing Eve and Gray's Anatomy). And she would be *brilliant*.



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