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I never really got along with Lobster Random - it's too self aware. That was the zeitgeist of the time, I suppose - but a writer continually waving at the audience and pointing out the artifice is just too indulgent to be enjoyed on its own merits. Dirty Frank teeters on the edge of that trap and usually manages not to fall in.

The Dead was also an odd fish, but a Belardinelli-shaped odd fish.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 16 May, 2022, 09:37:45 PM »
Fact checking myself: Bob Holness presented the game show Blockbusters and not Countdown. I was so eager to get the James Bond trivia out that I forgot myself. Luckily I didn’t say he played the saxophone on Baker Street.

I'll have a 'P' please, Bob.

Necronauts ... predates League of Extraorindary Gentlemen, even, doesn't it?

Apparently not. LoEG is 1999, Necronauts is 2000. (Publication-wise, any road.)

It's that old argument again: art vs. popcorn, or Alien vs. Aliens. They're both good things - I'm never going to argue otherwise. Sometimes you feel like you want the popcorn more - it's an easier pleasure to digest. But for posterity, for what to take on the spaceship with you when society crumbles and we're headed out to the brink, you know what's more important.


Tricky. I didn't like Damnation Station much until the later series - it's a story that took time to find its feet, and wasn't aided by a disjointed art roster. A bit like The Ten-Seconders, in that regard.

Mazeworld is creatively consistent, and has great art (of course) by Ranson. Maybe its that I'd read The Bridge (Banks 1986), but I just found the storytelling dull - despite the lush setting.

I would say Mazeworld's crime is indulgence whereas Damnation Station is a definite tryer. Gotta vote for the definite tryer. Did the same in The Great Mush Rush. Didn't get me anywhere.

Damnation Station

I've loved Tribal Memories for decades. Back in the day there was that magnificent, chunky, 'Best of 2000AD Special' that was packed full of top-quality thrills. The Complete Tribal Memories was in that, and didn't seem.out of place. That issue is something I dig out on a fairly regular basis to reread, and I've bought multiple copies over the years for friends when they've asked me to show them why 2000AD is worth reading. If I were forced to grab *one comic* in a life or death emergency, it would probably be that one.

But, Megatropolis was spectacular. And that particular period of the Meg was the best the comic has ever been. So, Megatropolis gets it for me.


That'll be THE BEST OF 2000AD SPECIAL EDITION 1993. A passion project, had to persuade powers that be it was worth doing. Some absolute corkers in that, and the 94 Special Edition. And in the Dredd SEs too!

You did good - I bought both, despite already owning all of the stories contained within (in fact I think I had one of those in the Titan colour reprint book as well).

That was a good collection, right enough. One of the things I recall is my complete surprise at it appearing in the shops - I wonder if it was advertised in the prog of the time?

Aye, it's difficult to believe that neither of them have graced a floppy, even.

Shadows has the stronger story, and Brigand Doom the stronger style, but they're both worth a second look. Well, perhaps not Account Yorga-Vampire.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 14 May, 2022, 04:51:38 AM »
Just bought a new copy of Equal Rites (which I haven't read since it was first published) - going to try it as a read-aloud with Mini-Solo, and see if it's a hit.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 13 May, 2022, 06:37:14 PM »
Last night I finished Lord of the Rings and completed my Tolkien binge.  It was interesting and reading the Silmarillion put some things in a slightly new context.

Overall, my big take away is that Tolkien was an inconsistent writer.  I spent a good portion of the latter part of the read wondering whether he had an editor, because it reads like he needed one.  There are many times where it is really engaging and interesting and I felt very much invested.  Then there are times where it drags with an interminable pace and I was just praying for it to hurry up and finish.  Lord of the Rings isn't as tedious as the Silmarillion, but there are times when it gives that book a run for its money.  This is, I think, the second time I have made it through to the end, but not the second time I have tried to.  I usually give up in the second half of Fellowship.  That part of the book is incredibly boring.

Usually when I finish a book I have a moment of reflection and think about the experience I just had and how it's come to an end.  When I finished this book it was a relief to be done with it.  It was nice to revisit it and get to the end again but it was, nevertheless, a chore.

Next up I'm reading Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett.

Triggering my pet theory on the meta-genius of LOTR. The way the reader feels at the end is how the characters feel. Would Frodo like to go through all of that again? Was the road indeed a long one? There is a huge question of whether or not it's authorial intent, but I have often wondered about it - the idea that if you strip away the arduous parts (whether that's rabbit stew, Bombadil or crawling through the land of shadow) you simply can't relate to the tragedy of the characters' suffering in the same way.

I really love Megatropolis, but it's got to be Tribal Memories.

Color me surprised at the amount of Doom votes here. It's Shadows by a country mile.

I was taking it as read that my Robo-Hunter vote is for the *proper* stories ('78-'85) and not any of the reboot nonsense from the 90s.

I wasn't on the forum when that discussion took place, but fair enough - I can just go read the thread.

Fictionalized violence, sometimes played for laughs, is really a cornerstone of 2000 AD. A shag-gas should surely be less offensive than brutal violence, no? Or, at least, shouldn't all the other violence be equally abhorrent?

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