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Prog / Re: Prog 2265: Worlds at War
« on: Today at 06:43:46 PM »
Basically, I'm saying they need John Smith back. Or someone with the equivalent feverish imagination.

ISTR a recent Tharg Input-response in which he said Smith was welcome back anytime.

Cradlegrave is a great one-off. I’ve never really got the love for Scarlet Traces. I liked the first series (which I think wasn’t in the prog?) but since then have struggled to engage with it. I’m not sure I might have missed a series somewhere along the way (was there another one that wasn’t in the prog?), and whenever a supposedly long running character returns I’m just scratching my head as to who they are.

Scarlet Traces listing for you.

Intestinauts beats both of the Skizz sequels, yes. But it'd need to be extra special yogurt to smother the original.


First really, really tough draw for me here. Both of these are fantastic thrills - Cradlegrave is Hammer House of  Shameless and Scarlet Traces is a highly appealing League of Extraordinary Popcorn.

If I was voting for what I want to re-read or read more of, it'd be Scarlet Traces. If I was voting for a purer originality and a genuine feeling of horror it would be Cradlegrave.


Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: Today at 05:31:12 PM »
I read in the news that BJ "welcomes the police investigation". I suppose: what else could he say? And - he probably does welcome it. It allows him to shelve his own non-independent investigation into his own behavior and keep hiding behind the "well, we can't say anything until the findings..." bullshit that he's been peddling for ages.

Adolf Rees-Mogg was even clearer when interviewed and basically said that the tactic was to just wait a couple of years, by which time he calculates that the plebs would have moved on in their thinking and not pay much attention to the partying while people were busy going through unimaginable grief and loss.

When I read about the birthday party, I had two thoughts: (1) now he's finally done and (2) people are so bored of this story now that it won't make a blind bit of difference.

I will not be at all surprised if the Tories internal investigation finds that everything was somehow work and therefore fine, that the PM doesn't know where he is or what he's doing, ever, so can't be held accountable and that the Police investigation finds no evidence of wrongdoing. It seems to be going that way, so if anything else happens I'll be pleasantly surprised.

(But by then we might be at war with Russia, so...)

Prog / Re: Prog 2265: Worlds at War
« on: 24 January, 2022, 07:22:03 PM »
...the comic feels like it has lost that sense of clearly defined "Eras", with each year washing over the last with little by way of "change". 

Interesting. We could list out some golden age strips: Strontium Dog, Nemesis, Rogue Trooper, Slaine & Dredd. Those five are so definitive that they sometimes appear on the cover even when they're no longer in the prog.

There was a time when Sin Dex and Dante were in the top (or ubiquitous) slots.

So, now: what does define the prog, aside from Dredd? The talking point is often Regened.

Makes me want to restart my stages project, which has been on a sabbatical since I got to 1995 and, like many before me, felt like a break.

News / Re: Hawk the slayer coming to 2000AD
« on: 24 January, 2022, 07:03:41 PM »
Another interview with Garth Ennis:


Thanks for posting that - really good interview. Makes me look forward to the strip even more.

News / Re: Hawk the slayer coming to 2000AD
« on: 24 January, 2022, 06:45:43 PM »
Young me loved Hawk the Slayer - I haven't tried a recent re-watch, but I assume the rosy spectacles would see me through fairly well.

Tyranny Rex had legs. Opaque legs.

Film & TV / Re: The Book of Boba Fett
« on: 24 January, 2022, 05:55:44 PM »

I'm not. I'm dropping to bits.

Keep the helmet on.

And stay out of Sarlacc pits. Even if, and this part is really important - even if you're in a spaceship.

Grud on a greenie! Anderson walks it for some out and out classics. There are some great Rogue Trooper spin-offs, but Hunted, while it has positive elements, doesn't work as well as Jaegir or Mayflies.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 24 January, 2022, 04:23:25 AM »
On the one hand, it's like I'm Sideways Scuttleton and I've wandered into an alternate dimension in which the Double Eff You is worth watching. On the other hand - I've never watched any of 'em, so what do I know?

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 23 January, 2022, 05:23:22 PM »
That's made me re-appreciate the visuals on that movie. Ultimately, I found it dull compared to all the shouty, blasty, ear-buggy, open-shirted Montalbon-iness of Khan, but visually it's striking.

Danzig's Inferno

confuses everyone by getting into Round 3

I am entertained.

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 22 January, 2022, 06:08:15 PM »
The big surprise for me when I worked hospitality was visiting Australia (this is in '95) and seeing how well staff were treated over there - it was all unionized so you were guaranteed time and a half on Saturdays and double time on Sundays. After something like 10pm, the employer had to pay to get you home, and the wages were decent as well. Back in the UK I had to double check every pay packet to make sure they hadn't stung me on what were already poor pickings. It's a tough gig, right enough.

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