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Prog / Re: Prog 2242 - Judging The Judges!
« on: Today at 12:25:15 AM »
I have a 2K (as in, KLF) “fuck the millennium” T-shirt. I wore it while exercising. Past tense, because the 7yo saw it and told me off. It’s not like she doesn’t know these words, but she knows they are wrong, especially for kids. She knows that if they let one slip at school, they’ll be sent to the headteacher. Many parents of younglings in her age bracket have little time for publications that use such language BUT are these days a lot more tolerant of (even demanding of) things like diversity, child-led books and anarchic humour, so that’s a solid trade—and a big step forward from my childhood.

The point remains that Rebellion is on very thin ice if it puts “SHI—” in a children’s book. Their call, obviously, and they might think my comment absurd, over the top and ridiculous. But I guarantee that it would obliterate trust from that point on with parents of a big chunk of their target market.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2242 - Judging The Judges!
« on: 30 July, 2021, 11:24:21 PM »
Dredd was great, but Skip Tracer fridging was a low. I mean, come on. Dept K was fun, but frankly putting 75% of a swear word (with it being very obvious what the next letter would be) in a strip that will ultimately be collected for the young market is a terrible idea. I hope that gets edited for the trade. If not: oof. (And, yes, that might sound daft, but it’s the way it is. You stick swear words in these things and they’re dead to a great many parents and *they won’t trust your publication again*. If 2000 AD really wants to widen its appeal, it needs to stop doing this—at least in the Regened strips.)

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General / Re: Interview with Dan Abnett
« on: 30 July, 2021, 07:12:16 PM »
I somehow lucked into getting a complete set of Wild’s End. Well worth it if you can find copies.

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Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 30 July, 2021, 01:50:55 PM »
This was definitely the case with that carcrash, Sherlock
Sherlock was an odd one. I’d argue it started really well, but it at some point vanished up its own arse and never recovered. Another good example of Moffat buying into his own sense of “aren’t I clever?” rather than just telling a good story.

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Books & Comics / Re: Phoenix comic
« on: 30 July, 2021, 11:49:35 AM »
The child was very excited about this one—Bunny vs Monkey has returned!

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Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 30 July, 2021, 09:11:53 AM »
I suspect Chibnall is going to use his remaining time to indelibly stamp his mark on the series, tying things up in a way that forever changes the show, then leaving with a grin and chucking the entire thing to his successor.

It really feels like the show has fallen into a mistake of creating puzzles. It’s so wrapped up in its own cleverness that the broader arc is largely impenetrable. RTD very cleverly simplified and streamlined everything: time traveller in a box; last of his species; travels around with a human because he likes Earth and he’s lonely; lots of enemies; tried to protect people. Moffat and particularly Chibnall are over complicating a show that doesn’t need that level of complexity; and even if it did, the end result just isn’t that good.

I just hope whoever comes next cares more about the characters than making them chess pieces, understands how to balance gender (two women in the TARDIS, one of which is the Doctor, and yet Graham was the most fully fleshed out character under Chibnall’s run, with the Doctor herself frequently being sidelined and a cypher), and sees the value in tightly written scripts that work within the internal logic of the show (or at least the episode itself). But I fear we’re in for more of the same—assuming we get anything at all after Chibnall leaves.

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Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 29 July, 2021, 08:10:33 PM »
Ideally, you want someone who cares about the genre (which Chibnall in the past has been cool on at best), but who won’t fan-wank all over the thing, desperately trying to print their own massive continuity/history-busting revelation on a long-running show.

But ultimately unless they employ an excellent script editor who has actual power *and* understands the very uneven playing field the BBC is now competing in, Doctor Who is already quite probably doomed to failure. Frankly, they’re going to revert back to a male Doctor, so perhaps they should employ a female showrunner. Some people recently were talking about Naomi Alderman on Twitter. I’ve no idea if she’d be right for the show, but they need to think outside of the usual circle, because Chibnall was the obvious choice but also a bad one.

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Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 29 July, 2021, 05:08:34 PM »
being unable to turn round a 13-episode series in a year…
Mm. Six episodes and three specials, even given COVID is… yeah. But, hey, he gets to string things out through 2022, so it’ll be, what, 2023 or even 2024 before someone else gets a crack at this. And that spiders episode was a big screw-up for other reasons, not least the Doctor arguing you can’t shoot them, whereupon she seals the things in to starve to death and/or eat each other. So much for mercy.

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Film & TV / Re: Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who.
« on: 29 July, 2021, 03:22:23 PM »
“and Chris Chibnall”

Good. He’s really messed things up, being responsible for imprinting his own legacy on the show in a manner that’s a bit HMMM, giving the first female Doctor precisely no character (I still don’t really know what she stands for), adding too many companions (Why not Yaz+Doctor? Why do we need ANOTHER middle-aged white guy in the TARDIS?), seemingly not really caring about logic and consistency (even within the same episode), and more.

Whittaker was ideal casting. That opportunity has been wasted. I’m sure we can now look forward to a billion articles guessing who the next Doctor will be, before it’s invariably a relatively little known white bloke, and a new show runner who’s not really suited to the show.

Frankly, they should give it a rest for a few years and figure out how to compete with streaming services. (Hint: it’s about scripts and stories — the BBC cannot compete on ‘epic’ and effects. Against the likes of The Expanse, Doctor Who these days looks little better than the cardboard sets of the 1980s. But with great stories and a smaller scale, it could still rock. Well, if they get a decent showrunner.)

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Another gripe about the length of these stories, but Bitch took things a step too far on that scale, and I these days am not keen on seeing truly horrible politicians played for buffoons and laughs. That’s part of why we have Johnson as PM. So: Ragnarok.

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Both of these are great, with some serious gut punches to the feels. On balance, Incident on Mayger Minor takes it for me. I love the way the strip is written and its pace, along with the perfect twists throughout.

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I suspect I like Final Solution a whole lot more than most, but up against Portrait of a Mutant? No chance.

Portrait of a Mutant

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General / Re: Let’s get Dreddlines back!
« on: 29 July, 2021, 11:21:41 AM »
Given that it’s easier than ever to communicate with a publication, it’s curious how so few do sometimes. Perhaps it’s just a habit people get out of as they get older, combined with the fact we now share so much opinion online and on forums. I do rather enjoy letters pages, though, because missives tend to be more thought through and considered. (I’ll admit I don’t write to the Meg often myself. Not sure why. I guess, for whatever reason, I usually have something specific to say about 2000 AD, and am not keen on penning ‘overview’ letters about the entire content of any given issue—something others are clearly far happier doing.)

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News / Re: The new 2000 AD Humble Bundle deal is available now!
« on: 27 July, 2021, 07:26:37 PM »
Looks like they changed it from the press release, perhaps to ensure there were titles in the lower tiers that weren’t included in the previous HB.

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News / Re: The new 2000 AD Humble Bundle deal is available now!
« on: 26 July, 2021, 07:49:00 PM »
If you grabbed the previous 2000 AD Humble Bundle, the following 36 volumes will be new:

Cadet Anderson
Dead Man
Devlin Waugh: Red Tide
Devlin Waugh: Swimming in Blood
Dredd/Anderson Deep End
Dredd: Final Judgement
Dredd: Urban Warfare
Hondo City Justice
Hondo City Law
Insurrection Vol. 1–2
Judge Anderson: The Psi Files Vol. 01, 3–5
Judge Death: My Name is Death
Judge Dredd: America
Judge Dredd: Brothers of the Blood
Judge Dredd: Cape & Cowl Crimes
Judge Dredd: Chief Judges' Man
Judge Dredd: Heavy Metal Dredd
Judge Dredd: Mandroid
Judge Dredd: Mechanismo
Judge Dredd: Nobody Apes the Law
Judge Dredd: Origins
Judge Dredd: Satan's Island
Judge Dredd: The Carlos Ezquerra Collection
Judge Dredd: The Pit
Judge Dredd: Total War
Mean Machine: Real Mean
Mega-City Undercover Vol. 1-3
Missionary Man
The Simping Detective
Young Death

(Of those, America, My Name is Death, Origins, Urban Warfare, v1 of MC Undercover and v5 of the Dredd Case Files also featured in the IDW/Dredd bundle.)

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