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Prog / Re: Prog 2301: Primate Scream
« on: 26 September, 2022, 06:37:51 PM »
I can't disagree with much of anything here.  Be interesting to see where Enemy Earth goes although I'm not a massive fan of the artwork.  Bit like early Jake Lynch ...

The FS feels like a clever idea that lost it a bit with the execution.  Bit too much exposition rather than revelation.  Old FS's tended more towards the latter with minimal revelation.  A quick gander at the Gary Leach collection would give an idea ...

Think I need to go back and revisit Hershey to remember what is going on ...

Dredd.  Taylor's artwork lifts a fairly predictable piece that does a better job on social media commentary than the FS.

... and then there's Chimpsky.  Holden in his element, on something he's made for.  Love the Midwich CBeebies vibe.  It's almost hard not to channel too many of those shows that we used to have to sit through as parents when the kids were younger with a sort of disturbed fascination.   I still have to remind myself that it's not "In the Midnight Garden" or "In Night Zero," confused my thrills and chills.

An uptick after last week's Zombie-fest for me but still pootling along rather than firing on all cylinders.

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News / Re: Subscriber Gift 2022 - Star-Lord Badge
« on: 23 September, 2022, 06:17:40 PM »
... and my friend is a very happy bunny.  Badge arrived today and now takes pride of place alongside the rest of the Starlord collection.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2300: On the Day of Judgement...
« on: 22 September, 2022, 07:08:33 PM »
It's interesting to see more experimentation with trying to thematically tie in all strips in the prog and the meg.  Given attempts in recent specials it is arguably a bit of a gamble.

Did it work?  Well, the inter-dimensional cluster-flob was arguably a better hook than the "planet Earth is out to get the human race" hook from a recent SF special.  The rather poorly-regarded Judgement Day epic does actually provide one of the better rationales here.

I would agree with the idea that the scenario did present significant challenges for some writers over others. One or two episodes across the two volumes barely merited more than a 'flick n follow.'  That said, nothing was so dire as to qualify for offensive (whereas some of the American offerings of recent years can leave you wanting to gouge out eyes and brain matter).

Overall though there was more positive than negative.  As an anniversary event it worked well for my money.

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News / Subscriber Gift 2022 - Star-Lord Badge
« on: 21 September, 2022, 08:31:02 PM »
As always the devil is in the detail but given my failing eyesight I might not be seeing clearly.  So it says print combo-subscribers will get the Leach collection, Star-Lord badge and 50% voucher.  Is that monthly and annual or just annual (I know in the past you've had to be an annual subscriber for some of the freebies). 

Just asking for a friend who has a monthly subscription and would dearly love to add the badge to his complete collection of Star-Lord #1's with stickers ...

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2022
« on: 18 September, 2022, 07:36:58 PM »
So while the reprint was fun enough, I loved Lazarus Churchyard, Hellboy and Scarlet Traces. I thought it was a pity when the format shifted again, and although I’ve enjoyed aspects of the floppies, I’m quite happy to have a comic.

That was what I loved most about that period, the additional material was stuff I probably wouldn't have encountered otherwise.  Opened up new vistas.

What would be nice to see is more Treasury of ... material that we might not see otherwise.  Even if it is a little 'dirty' as far as repro is concerned.  There's loads of material that might only run for an issue or so but not enough to justify much more.

I’d be happy enough with Matt Smith IDW Dredd, if that’s what we’re getting. (Deviations and the Mars Attacks crossover were also good.) But I could do without almost everything else from IDW. I couldn’t even get through all of Mega-City Two when I tried to read it. (Aside: I’d also be happy if Rebellion would reprint – and even continue – IDW’s take on Rogue Trooper. I really liked that and was keen to see where it would go.)

Fair point.  I've always found IDW material a little hit-or-miss but wouldn't object to seeing more of that.  Given that the government has pretty much killed off the American import market it would be the only way I'd see any of it ...

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Announcements / Re: Complete Dice Man - coming May 2023
« on: 16 September, 2022, 05:54:21 PM »
The complete DiceMan is coming May 2023. What do you do?


If you would like to petition Rebellion for a Webshop exclusive hardback edition ....

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Off Topic / Re: The Black Dog Thread
« on: 10 September, 2022, 08:06:51 PM »
It's a fair point Rara but I'm a little disconcerted about the fact that they've emailed rather than having a quiet word.  I'm also a little perplexed by the manager's handling of the way Jade tackled the assigned job.

Jade is right, this is voluntary work with no cost to the charity.  Without volunteers the charity would not be able to open the shop (Oxfam in Cardiff was closed the other day when I was in town for precisely this reason!)

Sorting out large quantities of singles into decade batches requires space.  TBH asking for it to be done on the shop floor in the first place was a bit daft.  Why get maerdy about moving to a place where it is less likely to be an obstacle for people?

Jade, it may be an idea to ask for someone to be in with you.  If you're anything like me this is a situation that sets off my hyper-vigilance.  It sounds a little like you're starting to catastrophise too.  Unfortunately, given what you have outlined here, those are not completely unreasonable. 

For the time being, it might be an idea to agree to the meeting but ask them to stagger it so that you have time to process what they are telling you first before discussing a way forward.  I'm guessing that right now you're not in the best head space for in depth discussions about actions.  You need to be able to come to terms with how it makes you feel first.

For the meantime Jade, please keep on posting.  We're all more than happy to lend an ear and do what we can to help you get through whatever this is.  You'd think with the recruitment issues companies are facing right now, charities would be a little more circumspect about what they need to do.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 09 September, 2022, 05:00:10 AM »
Fair point JBC.  Although if I'm completely honest I'm at a loss to explain what exactly she has done.  Perhaps that's the point.  She's been fairly off-handed in her work.  Not sure how Charley boy is going to go down considering all the controversy around his behaviour over the years.

As a human being I feel for the kids, the grandkids and the great-grandkids.  I'm sure we can agree that simple compassion is not being unreasonable here.  These are human beings we are talking about here.  We can at least extend our sympathies on that ground.

[of course the more cynically minded part of me does wonder if, like many in the country, the news of Mary Truss's elevation to Prime Minister and the cabinet she has just announced wasn't the final nail in the coffin (so to speak).  I know it has done wonders for my depression this week. 8-(]

BTW:  news update ... she's still dead. 

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Prog / Re: Prog 2294: East Wired
« on: 20 August, 2022, 08:12:44 PM »
So Mega-City One is now involved in a hostile stand-off with Brit-Cit? Okay, interesting twist, I'm sure we'll get to see how that plays out. Have to say that as a precursor, 'Special Relationship' didn't quite have the impact of a Block Mania, but I guess the ensuing dispute is going to be a bit more dirty and low-key.

Having gone back to re-read the previous tale that is supposed to lay the foundations for Special Relationship and re-read the tale again now that it is over I still find myself with plenty of questions. 

Certainly the time-jumping makes a bit more sense when it is all pulled together and read as a whole.  As individual episodes it didn't always work as well as perhaps Mr Williams hoped for from a readers' point of view.

I'm still trying to get my head around the 'hack' incident that is repeatedly referenced.  Is it in reference to the Mechanismo hack from the Hard Way tale?  Or in reference to the hacker farm of the opening episode that accessed footage showing the assassination of Brit-cit judges during that tale?  I feel like I've missed something else somewhere along the line.  :-/

Either way the narrative structure seems an awful lot of work for little payoff.  It doesn't really add to the overall experience.  If anything it detracts, adding complexity where it is not really needed.  Bit of a shame in some respects.

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General / Re: Forthcoming Thrills - 2023
« on: 19 August, 2022, 07:51:46 PM »
The page count makes more sense if it's "Grab" rather than "Portrait":

 = 181 pages (or 175 pages without Mutie's Luck).

The whole book is 192 pages. 181 pages of stories would leave 11 pages for contents, publishing info, covers gallery, creators bio.


A quick scan through Barney would give 11 covers for the period in question - 86 and 90 not exclusively Stront but including them and arguably 86 would be an important inclusion. 
Journey to Hell - 104, 107, 109, 116, 118
Death's Head - 179, 181
Schicklegruber Grab - 181, 185, 190

So the page count could well work.

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Other Reviews / Re: Sandman TV Series
« on: 10 August, 2022, 07:33:03 PM »
I enjoyed the first dozen or so issues but, as the series wore on, Gaiman just seemed to get ever more pleased with his own cleverness whilst progressively less and less actually seemed to happen.

TBH I get what you mean.  I found the opening arcs interesting and enjoyable but after that it really was only the odd issue that seemed worth the effort until I drifted from it completely. 

As for the adaptation, so far i've only managed most of the first episode as we are in our 'grand tour of the UK' stage of the school holidays chasing kids around for their different activities (this year is 'introductory Leicester' ...).  It's interesting in that it manages to find a decent balance between being faithful to the source material without coming across as 'masturbatory' as happened with Watchmen.  Can it sustain this?  Well, we'll see I suppose.

On the casting front I'd have to agree with many of the comments.  Morpheus himself seems to benefit from a well chosen, if possibly obscure (or I just don't watch much telly any more) actor.  Hopefully next week I can find the time to sit down and catch up with the other episodes.

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General / Re: Alan Grant appreciation thread
« on: 02 August, 2022, 10:37:16 PM »

Secondly Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle's Batman run, briefly with John Wagner in Detective Comics, but eventually moving to the main Batman title and earning them a launch with Shadow of the Bat. When you consider just how much Batman content there is out there its incredible to thing this Batman run is so well regarded and its my favourite - only Morrison's gets close. The way Grant and Breyfogle were able to redefine how a Batman story could work, gave him a new cast of villains, after such a long time is testament to find new ways to tell stories with classic characters.


You know, it's funny but time and again I've dipped into Detective Comics but nothing has approached the Grant / Breyfogle material.  Granted (excuse me) Breyfogle's artwork elevates anyone's material but even so it is hard to find a comparative set.  I would include the numerous reboots such as New 52 in that respect.  Whilst the Snyder / Capullo run on Batman works incredibly well, the Detective Comics run is banal to say the least.

Lets also remember his Eagle strips including House of Daemon, Doomlord, Manix and Computer Warrior.  Not to forget the Last American and Genghis Grimtoad outside of these august publications.

TL:DR - comics has lost a giant.

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 02 August, 2022, 12:04:39 PM »
The news of Nichol's passing is sad but at the same time I can't help feeling a small amount of relief.  Her health has been dwindling for some time by all accounts.  What is more depressing though has been the controversy around her conservatorship at this time.  That being the case then, as was so elegantly put up-thread ... "hailing frequencies closed ..."

:-(

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Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 25 July, 2022, 06:01:39 PM »
Warner's work in ST was definitely something special.  As folks say, his portrayal of Gul Madred was outstanding.  I'd forgotten about his role in Star Trek 5, mainly because I've forgotten so much of that film full stop.  Sorry.  As Gorkon in Star Trek 6 though he brought the same gravitas to the role that he did for so much of his acting career.

For me though he will always be Dillinger / Sark in Tron.  One of Disney's undervalued greats for my money, alongside The Black Hole (a film with admittedly a terrifying number of plot problems but who cares, it was fun!).  Don't care that it is basically a rehash of Wizard of Oz.  It was part of an age of SF greats on the big screen.

"You're getting brutal, Sark. Brutal and needlessly sadistic."

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Off Topic / Re: Inflation and US comics
« on: 25 July, 2022, 03:48:11 PM »
Sorry Jim, I worded that badly but that was exactly the point I was angling for.  You're right, it is sterling that is tanking against the dollar*.  Not to mention that it is having a major impact on the import price and therefore the price paid in our LCS'.

Given the short to medium term prospects with the economy this doesn't look like a situation that is going to improve any time soon (if ever). 

*the trajectory of sterling against the dollar has been fairly consistent for the best part of 20 odd years.  In fact you'd have to go back to 1985 to find a time when sterling was doing as badly as right now.  To be fair since 2016 it has wavered between 1.40 and 1.20 but that has to be compared against a range of 1.40 to 2.00 of the previous decade.  Of course it could well be purely a coincidence that the referendum coincided with this change, just as it is totally coincidental that Dover is currently gridlocked on the first day of the school holidays with new customs arrangements in place.

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