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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 28 November, 2022, 06:31:10 PM »
actually isn't scarlet traces owned by the creative team?

No… I'm sure Ian said on a thrillcast that they'd sold the rights to Rebellion as part of the deal to continue the story. (Or it might have been a news story on the 2000AD site… it was definitely somewhere official.)

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 28 November, 2022, 06:04:17 PM »
Summer Magic not being in there is a bit of a surprise. Big Dave… is not.

Isn't it the case that Fleetway (as it was then) actively returned the rights to Big Dave to Morrison/Millar (and, presumably, Steve Parkhouse) so it simply wouldn't be in Rebellion's power to reprint the series even if they wanted to, without negotiating a new deal with the creators…? (ISTR reading that the rights were handed back to avoid having to publish a final, contentious Big Dave story.)

Alan McKenzie simply asserted that he had the rights to Summer Magic based on a fairly flimsy argument that it's not worth rehashing here.

Film & TV / Re: On telly this week
« on: 28 November, 2022, 04:11:56 PM »
Caught the first episode of Wednesday on Netflix last night. It's great. The cast are all fantastic, Jenna Ortega in the title role especially, with a sharp, witty script to get their teeth into. Tim Burton's direction is surprisingly restrained and light on the various stylistic tics that can make his work tiresome.

Very much looking forward to the remaining episodes.

General / Re: BRINK BOOK 5 Query
« on: 28 November, 2022, 10:01:45 AM »
The way I remember it, the Next Progs of the eighties were wonderfully inventive – sometimes not so much teasers as almost a part of the story. I’d forgotten Zenith until you mentioned it, but there are a few that have always stuck in my memory.

Strontium Dog often excelled on that score, with "No snecks, please, we're brutish" being a particular highlight…

Film Discussion / Re: Dredd 2 moving forward
« on: 26 November, 2022, 08:27:59 AM »
The latter I assume by now is canned? :(

Pretty sure Covid saw that last one off… :-(

Film & TV / Re: On telly this week
« on: 25 November, 2022, 09:42:13 PM »
Well, the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is sentimental twaddle. But it’s also really quite sweet, and very funny. I kind of wish we’d saved it for the festive period, but it’s a great way to fill 45 minutes on a cold November (or December) evening.

Megazine / Re: Meg 450: Skeleton Crew
« on: 25 November, 2022, 10:17:02 AM »
You mean having a character in the far future giving a little lecture on something obscure from our own day in order to prove to the reader that the writer knows his hardcore edgy stuff and thus should not be dismissed as one of those fuddy-duddy middle-class writers that he most certainly is not?

You mean like that Dredd story Pat wrote where he had a judge quoting Sepultura…? That didn't stick out like a sore thumb, oh, nosiree… :-)

News / Re: Christmas Prog line-up revealed
« on: 23 November, 2022, 10:43:04 PM »
Robin Smith on Dredd. Can’t say I ever expected to see new work by Robin Smith in 2000AD again.

Apart from the Tharg story in the 45th anniversary prog earlier this year…?

News / Re: Pageturners (CW: contains Pat Mills)
« on: 21 November, 2022, 10:49:01 PM »

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 21 November, 2022, 08:02:29 AM »
Enola Holmes 2 on Netflix.

Well, that was pretty much exactly as you might hope — great fun. Brown is, once again, excellent with some fine fourth-wall-breaking acting to rope the viewer in as a confidante and co-conspirator.

Cavill's Holmes gets more to do than in the first film, but overall the story belongs solidly to Brown as the mystery twists and turns engagingly. The younger members of the cast all do well, and the addition of David Thewlis delivering another magnificently creepy turn adds a streak of menace. The film also once again manages the previously-unheard-of feat of making Helena Bonham-Carter almost not-annoying.

Inessential stuff, and I'm not entirely sure it needed to be 130 minutes long, but a thoroughly entertaining way to fill a dreary autumn evening.

Books & Comics / Re: Free Comic Book Day 2023
« on: 20 November, 2022, 09:52:21 AM »
Sorry Jim, there was a comma missing from that sentence that changed the meaning.  I meant to question why subscribers might go bonkers over FCBD for pretty much the same sort of reason you make.  My apologies there.

No worries — my apologies if my reply seemed overly combative. It wasn't intended to, nor was it even particularly directed at you, just that quoting your post enabled me to address the point which you highlighted, and which seems to come up every year with (to borrow the best line in the otherwise terrible Bond movie Moonraker) the tedious inevitability of an unloved season. :-)

General / Re: Going Digital - iPad versus Macbook
« on: 19 November, 2022, 03:35:15 PM »
I don’t have enough storage on my iPad, so am assuming I am going to have to manage where files are stored between a MacBook and iPad. How easy is it to do this?

I download my digital Prog/Megs on my MBP and then drop the PDFs of my Prog/Meg into a folder in the iCloud section of the Finder set up for Chunky (my comic reader of choice on the iPad Pro). The files 'live' on my MBP and in 'the Cloud', and Chunky should download the files as you want to read them, I think… can't speak to other reader apps, and IndigoPrime will almost certainly know more about this.

Books & Comics / Re: Free Comic Book Day 2023
« on: 19 November, 2022, 01:54:30 PM »
Not sure why given that FCBD has never been offered to subscribers at any level.

Because the entire point of FCBD is to get people to go into comic shops…? That's literally the reason it exists — if you can get a copy without going into a comic shop, it defeats the purpose of supporting FCBD in the first place.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 18 November, 2022, 07:30:23 PM »
Black Panther Wakanda Forever - Great fun and actually very moving in places. It clocks in at nearly three hours though. It's not without its faults, but is still a superb movie. In a world where justice exists, Angela Bassett should have an Oscar nomination.

Pretty much all of this. The only thing I’d say about the lengthy running time is that, although I’m generally in the “you should be able to say it in 90 minutes” camp, BPWF doesn’t feel either padded or particularly leisurely in pacing.*

There are sections that are slower than others but, in a film almost entirely centred thematically on grief and bereavement, not everything’s going to be crash-bang-wallop. Even these slower/quieter scenes serve to either move the plot forward, or inform the characters in meaningful ways.

* Notable exception: I quite like Martin Freeman, but I’m pretty sure you could excise his scenes completely and the film would still make sense.

Announcements / Re: Animated Absalom!
« on: 18 November, 2022, 07:01:56 PM »
Quote from: Absalom cartoon credits
Written by Gordon Rennie
Character Design and Pre-production by Tiernen Trevallion

Over on FB, Gordon's delight at having got Melvyn Hayes to say "wank mitten" was detectable from orbit.

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