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Off Topic / Re: Pub Quiz Questions
« on: 20 April, 2020, 01:07:18 AM »
Not that great a coincidence. Besides having a reasonable explanation from Arthur C Clarke, where is the motive? Great publicity, for that corporation you ‘dislike’...

Reminds me of the assertion that John Constantine was Jesus Christ (or relates in some way that... oh I don’t care). J C, stands to reason. Yawn!

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 20 April, 2020, 12:51:59 AM »
Hugely looking forward to the ‘Meg Spinner’ podcast...

I’ll be reading along this time, quite when my Meg reading gave up the ghost I can’t know and the planned [re-]read might as well be now. And 1.1 was the intended starting point.

Eli’s art-based comments were refreshing. I’m usually concerned with art over story and concede that this feels like a minority position. Belardinelli or Ron Smith could illustrate the phone book (remember those?), and I’m happy. What Space Spinner can often do is cover the plot and enjoy the action, humour, etc. Art can get mentioned, but it usually isn’t, beyond a name-check. When it’s Strontium Dog, I’m picturing scratchy Ezquerra art, before I think ‘story’, that’s just the way it is...

And as I like to contradict myself cover all angles, art discussions are tricky. For one, the SS guys hate a text story, and this is only right. Top artists get mentioned and even awards so kudos for that. What Eli’s comments made clear is that more than ever, reading along is going to make the difference. Knowing MacNeil, Phillips, etc. styles gets you so far, reading along feels the right thing this time round.

BTW: running and podcasts doesn’t really work - agreed!

Cheers on the best podcast(s) out there 👍

Other Reviews / Re: The completely self absorbed 2000ad re-read thread
« on: 19 April, 2020, 04:11:05 AM »
Interesting to hear how other folk’s Wilderness ended, cheers.

I returned with 1800 (as some others here did, if memory serves). Wish I could remember if I sought out the prog or just stumbled upon it. Genuinely can’t remember. Beneath a Bisley cover (which I didn’t even register), the stories felt very crammed, very knowing. Definitely adult. A different beast, and I was pleased that the prog was there - it was painfully poor in the 90’s when I just gave up - but it would be some weeks till I ‘got it’. Now, that feels no different to my experience in 1980, and seems quite apt...

Within a few weeks we had Trifecta, and then the incomparable (return of) Stickleback. A return to the fold. Unlike you I was reading *nothing* at this stage. The Prog & Meg led to a US habit and that lasted years. Pull list later gave way to occasional trades, but Tharg remained... As people’s tastes tend to ‘comfort’ in these tricky days, we can be more grateful than ever...?

General / Re: Subscriber free gifts.
« on: 10 April, 2020, 09:47:49 AM »
Emboldened, I just tried again and hit the [Pay £xx.xx] button.  The transaction went through at full price.

General / Re: Subscriber free gifts.
« on: 10 April, 2020, 01:15:58 AM »
Hm, was about to spend some cash in the web shop but no discount at checkout. Guess renewing my sub about 3 weeks ago lost me the discount.. kinda annoying but makes sense. Decided against the purchase.

Off Topic / Re: Live, Laugh, Love
« on: 07 April, 2020, 12:13:52 PM »
Gimme The Pie!
Fair enough.

Alternative companion piece:

Lodged in the

Prog / Re: Quick Question (Oh, the guilt....!)
« on: 07 April, 2020, 12:09:37 PM »
The digital prog drops about midnight each Tuesday night. Can vary slightly. You’ll be emailed. Use the link provided to hit the shop, sign in, when you select the digital version of the prog it will state you’ve already paid for this. Download!

As far as Ampney Crucis... that’s the one I’m tempted by. Been cherry picking and preordered to the end of the run (as it stands). Been thinking I should have included Ampney.

Picking up the Hachette books on eBay doesn’t tempt me. So many people trying to make a quick buck. I know that’s the point, but I’d rather pass. And the prices charged for that two quid Horned God we all have...!

Off Topic / Re: Live, Laugh, Love
« on: 06 April, 2020, 07:59:49 AM »


Off Topic / Re: Live, Laugh, Love
« on: 05 April, 2020, 08:14:55 PM »


Music / Re: What's everyone listening to...?
« on: 05 April, 2020, 05:38:40 PM »
Drab Monarchy - a goth band who are surprisingly awesome.  The sound very 80s.

Drab Majesty
But yeah, decent.

Off Topic / Re: Live, Laugh, Love
« on: 04 April, 2020, 06:49:12 PM »
Can I Live Here, Please?

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: 03 April, 2020, 05:22:42 PM »
Nice one Paddy. This episode has reminded me of my own torment with one neighbour. There were ‘issues’ involved and the whole thing was an institutional attempt to house a problem individual. What I’d done to deserve this, who knows.... anyway, the peace after this spell was palpable. Enjoy your own 👏 😀

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 03 April, 2020, 01:08:49 PM »
Don’t think our isolation is quite ‘self-imposed’ !-)

General / Re: Towards the Singularity: Help with digital thrillpower
« on: 31 March, 2020, 03:09:37 PM »
This stuff’s a minefield 🤔
While I did go digital a while back (sorry for not checking Chunky’s Android unavailability...), I’m one of those lucky gets who buys vinyl these days. Bumping an LP on and enjoying that needle-crackle, it cannot be beaten. Want to program that track you like? Or [repeat]? You can’t. I recommend it. Maybe it’s having a major resurgence, maybe - as suggested - it’s not. I like to think that doesn’t and shouldn’t matter.
And CDs have always been hateful and unreliable things...

General / Re: Towards the Singularity: Help with digital thrillpower
« on: 31 March, 2020, 09:07:48 AM »
Chunky, absolutely.

While I would enjoy skipping those dastardly kiddie issues every so often, subscriptions are so cost-effective it’s a no-brainer. But REAL comics hopefully last a bit longer. Will the collection’s value (Tharg and non-Tharg) increase in the coming years? Could go either way, as the kids don’t see the point in tree-based comics...?

Mumbling aside, I DO miss the Wednesday stroll to Smith’s to pick up the prog. Took a wrench to kick that lovely habit..... (eek - 3 years ago now).

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