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General / And the Forum's Favourite Thrill is...
« on: 20 September, 2022, 10:36:04 AM »
Let's do this one last time, just in case anyone hasn't been following along with the HOTLY contested final last week!

But first, the slightly less contentious 3rd/4th place play-off:

And the big winner is...

In case anyone wants to look back on preivous rounds, and can't quite face scrolling through pages of individual votes on the forum, it's summarised on this blog (which started life as a quest for the best Prog ever, before moving to best thrill)
Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4
Round 5
Round 6
Quarter Finals
Semi Finals

General / Fav Thrill Quarter Final results!
« on: 04 September, 2022, 04:28:27 PM »

General / Fav Thrill Round 6 Round-up
« on: 28 August, 2022, 08:38:19 AM »
The results are in!

General / FFT Round 5 Round-Up
« on: 15 August, 2022, 11:20:17 AM »
Final scores from the latest round of the Tourney, LOTS of heavy hitters have fallen...

General / Big Meg One podcast
« on: 01 August, 2022, 11:32:42 AM »
I couldn't find a thread for Space Spinner's baby brother, but didn't want to interrupt the flow of Spinnie noms.

Just writing here in case anyone cares enough to find out the Mr 'Erriot, from that Harke & Burr story, is surely a play on James Herriot, that Yorkshire vet* who write about his life and got his books turned into several TV shows under the title 'All Creatures Great and Small'.

*animal doctor, not ex-soldier.

General / Fav Thrill Round 4 round-up
« on: 21 July, 2022, 07:54:32 AM »
The scores so far in Round 4...

General / Forum's Fav Thrill - Round 3 results!
« on: 31 May, 2022, 10:06:14 AM »
Here's your at-a-glance round up of who perevered, and who bowed out. I'm especially sad to see three great  one-off anthology series all fall foul of tough draws. After Judge Dredd, Future Shocks is 2000AD's longest-running thrill - worthy of some kind of respect, surely?

News / Kevin O'Neill's Mek Memories
« on: 21 March, 2022, 12:44:57 PM »
Anyone seen that there's a new UK comics-related reprinting house, called Dark & Golden?
They're launching with a reprint of Kev O'Neill's Mek Memories, which I've heard of but never seen before.

https://darkandgolden.bigcartel.com/products to buy it

For an interview with the dudes behind Dark & Golden (who say nice things about both Rebellion's Treasury imprint and Hibernia as similar outfits)

If there's another thread about this somewhere else, my apologies!

General / Round 2 so far
« on: 31 January, 2022, 01:12:51 PM »
For anyone wanting to keep track of this endless, endless (but beautiful) knockout tournament, here's what's hapened so far in Round 2...

Books & Comics / Buy my Science Non-fiction comic
« on: 14 January, 2022, 12:12:57 PM »
So I'm guessing everyone here is into Science Fiction, but are you also into just plain science?

I've written a non-fiction comic about neuroscience - or at least, I've scripted a comics version of a whole bunch of scholarly work on neuroscience as done by my parents. It's illustrated by Dan Locke, and is published by Bloomsbury in March.

It's called Two Heads, and is now available for preorder...
(quite expensive, admittedly, but it's over 300 pages long and took us 5 years to make!)

General / Forum's Favourite Thrill - checking in
« on: 12 January, 2022, 10:12:12 AM »
Words can't express just how much I'm loving this epic tourney. Indeed, I've spent far too many hours when I should've been working drawing up a chart of what's happened so far. But, in doing so, I am fully racking my brains for what will be in the final Heat of Round 1. Colin has explained that he's had to make some judgement calls about certain thrills that get a bye into Round 2, and that some of his choices may be controversial. Cool!

But here's a list of thrills I think qualify for the tourney that we haven't seen yet. Some might question their chances of lasting even a millisecond in the next Round (given that we have already lost e.g. Stone Island and Dept K), which is opening up to EVERYTHING... (or are the BIG thrills getting a bye into Round 3?)

Two of these names will appear tomorrow morning - but what of the rest? All that said, In Colin we trust!

RAM Raiders
Dry Run
Brit-Cit Babes
Moon Runners
Dead Meat
Holocaust 12
Janus, Psi Division
The Corps
Samizdat Squad
The Inspectre
Soul Sisters
Soul Gun Warrior
Carver Hale
Darkness Visible
Dead Men Walking
Hap Hazzard
Mother Earth
The Straitjacket Fits
Strange & Darke
Wireheads / Parasites (not sure if this is two thrills or two series of the same thing. Both are quite BAD.)
(and this is leaving out a handful of quite good 2-3 parters that might qualify? Maze Dumoir, Danzig's Inferno, Psi Testers, Go Machine... anyone?)

General / Best Xmas Prog Ever?
« on: 10 December, 2021, 08:02:44 AM »
Over on the Advent Calendar, I've been linking to a new blog three times a week.
Thought I'd give it its own topic as well, just in case anyone who's interested hasn't found it and wants to air their opinions...

Xmas Prog, Ranked

(And yes, I am aware that come tomorrow morning, subscribers will be treated to an all-new Xmas Prog. I won't get my digital or physical copies til Wednesday. If I'm lucky, it'll be REALLY GOOD, and then I can slot it into the ranking higher up the list...)

For the individual entries:
Start Here
Ranks 22-20
Ranks 19-16
Ranks 15-13
Ranks 12-10

Other Reviews / Flesh: Midnight Cowboys
« on: 26 November, 2021, 10:34:25 AM »
Finished the Hachette Flesh collection recently, and wanted more. Luckily, there IS more - the Digital only collection of Midnight Cowboys, the next Mills/McKay storyline after 'Texas'. I didn't remember much of it, but it turns out to be a real triumph. I think it's easily the best single stroyline in the extended Flesh universe. McKay's art might not be as beautiful as Belardinelli's in Book II, or as gloriously ugly as Ramon Sola's in Book I, but by gosh he draws the heck out of loads of double-page scenes of all kinds of dinos, cowboys and machines powering across the plains. It deserves a proper hard-copy collection, if only so we can enjoy those scenes in big easy to read page size.
And the story's not bad either. I seem to remember it never quite goes anywhere in the two later books, or at least fails to resolve, but there's a nice mix of classic dino-chomping on human action, alongside a none-too-subtle allegory of 'time change' terrorists as 'climate change' activists.

The digital collection is literally just the story and the accompanying covers (including the full-size double version of Mark Harrison's seriously amazing cover), but there's no intro or outro or anything. I kind of doubt it'll happen, but I'd love to see a new Hachette collection of the final three Flesh stories (and throw either Chronocide or Shamana in to increase the colour page count I guess?)

Film & TV / Help me understand this film
« on: 03 November, 2021, 09:48:55 AM »
Just finished watching Tommy, the rock opera by the Who (currently on Netflix). I could not make head nor tail of it. Literally, I don't understand the plot, the themes, what I'm supposed to make of it, anything? I feel it's a beloved UK cult classic and as such am curious to know - is this film actually any good? Is it well liked? Is it just the music (which is fine but not entirely my cup of tea). I generally love Ken Russell and this has enough of his manic energy that I won't say I was bored by the film, but I was totally bemused.

I was born in 1978 so maybe I'm just too young to tune into whatever frequency it operates on. But it was a big enough deal that I reocnigsed the reference in that one Heavy Metal Dredd story where a pinball playing deaf/dumb/blind kid gets his ehad blown off. Although sadly that didn't happen in the film - instead he got cured and became Jesus??

Film & TV / Larry Cohen
« on: 11 October, 2021, 01:42:06 PM »
Just recently watched Q-the Winged Serpent for the first time and thought it was pretty great but also weird and flawed. It also made me think that, now that I've seen a handful of Larry Cohen wirrten and/or directed films, he's kind of a little ball of 2000ADish filmmaking. You get a lot of blue collar 'heroes' who are often pretty unpleasant people, in sci-fi/fantasy situations, with imagery you almost never see in normal films, overblown dialogue, and it's all a bit scrappy. Almost all his films that I've seen would make great 10-12 part 2000AD series, of the kind that aren't all-time classics but you wish they'd reprint in a floppy at least.

In case anyone doesn't know his work, here's a sample.

It's Alive: a series of new mothers and fathers discover that their newborn offspring are ravenous, carnivorous monsters. But they love them and want to protect them against evil government types.

God Told Me To: a random selection of people are driven to murder because God told them to.

Q: a mad academic blood sacrifices (willing) people to summon the old Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, who appears as a flying serpent that terrorizes New York

The Stuff: a weird alien marshmallow yogurt thing lands on Earth and inflitrates people through being addictively delicious

Maniac Cop: a sort-of undead brute of a Cop goes on a murder spree making even White people scared of the police

-It's notable that none of these synopses give you even the slightest hint of who the main characters are in each story! The plots tend to be happening around the lives of the actual protagonists, who all have their own things going on.

Anyone else a fan of Mr Cohen? Any others of his films I should seek out?

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