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Prog / Prog 1433... Rawhide Rex!
« on: 04 April, 2005, 05:22:45 PM »
Groovy cover - that vampire cowboy might pull in the goth punters.

Descent is gorgeous, of course, but it seemed a bit 'neat' that JD just happened to have a silver-bladed boot knife with him (until I realised that it's a reference back to Meg 4.05).

Sinister Dexter throws in an interesting concept (the island) that's been used a couple of times before in MC-1 (Whitey's island prison and that one where the down and outs are searching for the fabled treasure zone).

American Gothic totally over-turned my assumptions about what it was going to be about.  Great stuff, mixing werewolves, vampires, ogres and "there was an old yagga that lived in a shoe".

Also enjoying The VCs, with it's change of tack to a sort of Eastenders meets Private Benjamin approach.

And...oh my god - they've turned Nikolai Dante into a musical (sort of)...as predicted on this very board.

Letters:  I'm glad they printed Floyds one in support of the board - I had sent in my own retraction to my previous letter but Tharg chose not to print it.  Still, my effervescent butterflies got through the net, so it's all good.

General / Re: Dredd vs Death
« on: 04 April, 2005, 07:20:19 PM »
What the other dude said...and keep moving!

General / Re: What should 2000AD reprint nex...
« on: 04 April, 2005, 04:15:30 AM »
Return To Armageddon
Judge Dredd (The Graveyard Shift, Rumble In The Jungle & Sunday Night Fever)
Meltdown Man (although I think that's already scheduled for an Extreme)
Not Cinnabar (on the grounds that it was reprinted not so long ago in the Megazine)

Prog / Re: Judgement Day
« on: 06 April, 2005, 01:54:19 AM »
A small point:  the credit for the plot (as given in the opening episode in 2000AD) is given as John Wagner & Garth Ennis.  It then goes on to credit Garth Ennis with the script.

Prog / Re: Judgement Day
« on: 05 April, 2005, 10:41:39 PM »
You're right, of course, the link is tenuous at best.

We go from (correct me if I'm wrong) present day --> world-wide Judge System --> Stront-World (where muties abound after some kind of new nuclear holocaust) --> Termight (where the Blackhole Bypass has been built).

Plus (as discussed elswhere) the Ro-Busters timeline (with it's irritatingly contra-continuity Volgan war) doesn't sit neatly with the Dredd timeline.

BUT who's to say that after the (necessary) collapse of the Judge System, London wasn't rebuilt?  The various "rad-zones" could have been reclaimed with future-tech.  This would explain away many supposed continuity glitches.

At the end of the day, I reckon, you've got to allow the creators the freedom to avoid over-burdening themselves with uber-continuity and let them get on with telling stories.  It was entertaining for Alpha and Dredd to cross swords, therefore they live in the same timeline.

(As for Judgement Day, I think it was all worth it for the last panel:  "Who the hell's gonna mess with us?")

Prog / Re: Judgement Day
« on: 05 April, 2005, 04:21:58 PM »
Which means that Sabbat could very easily turn up right now (having looked into the future and seen his own demise) and attempt to take out Dredd before the event.

Oh, be still my beating paradox!

Suggestions / Re: Re:
« on: 04 April, 2005, 04:30:00 AM »
Well, in that case, piss in the kettle and sellotape the on-switch down.

Suggestions / Re:
« on: 04 April, 2005, 04:02:01 AM »
Have you tried telling him what you think of him and suggesting that he alter his behaviour?

Off Topic / Re: TBFQ: Do you believe in god?.....
« on: 07 April, 2005, 11:24:07 PM »
Conveniant, that.

Off Topic / Re: TBFQ: Do you believe in god?...
« on: 07 April, 2005, 04:09:11 AM »
Simply, no I don't believe in God, and it all goes back to Santa Claus:

Big dude, white beard, lives at the North Pole, climbs down chimneys, has flying mammals.  I can't remember at what age I interrogated my big sister about this, but the truth of the matter soon became clear (although my sister still insists that I'm wrong).  Fun hokum, sure...but the game was up.

Now:  big dude, white beard, lives in Heaven, sets fire to bushes, has flying slaves.  I just followed the same logic that I had for Santa Claus.

Of course I'm talking about the God from the bible.  It's another problem I have answering the question "do you believe in God?"  Well, define God.

If it's a single entity that created the universe, then no, I don't.  I think it clearly defies logic.  I can't prove it one way or the other though, and in fact, none of us can.  This is why I don't go around trying to convert people away from their supreme-being based religious beliefs:  I could be wrong.

I like the idea (which I thought I came up with all on my own through the vagaries of LSD but realise now is certainly not a unique concept) that our "souls" are all part of some universal "soul-pool" that we return to when our physical selves give out.  I like the idea, but following logic, if my awareness survives my bodily death, with what do I sense my surroundings?  Will I have other senses to replace my bodily ones?  Is there some part of my awareness that is not linked directly to the physical reality of my brain?

Do we have the ability (as Iain M Banks puts it) to sublime?

Organised religion:  well, that's another topic entirely.  On the one hand you've got community spirit, forgiveness, fairness and lots of other positive kit.  On the other you've got people committing atrocities and causing human suffering on a grand scale, all under the auspices of organsied religion.  Thou shalt not kill:  I thought that was fairly clear but lots of christians argue in favour of the death penalty.  How about, God is all forgiving:  but if you use condoms you're going to hell?  There's one the dear old Pope should be remembered for.

Anyway, remember what Brian said:  "You are all individuals!"

("Yes, we are all individuals!")

("I'm not.")

Off Topic / Re: Message of the Day
« on: 06 April, 2005, 07:20:33 PM »
"I've had a wonderful time, but this wasn't it"

- Groucho Marx

General / Re: Thongtroversy
« on: 01 April, 2005, 09:00:44 PM »
Jesus H Prude:  don't stick your nose up (at least not up in the air).

General / Re: If I had a time machine I woul...
« on: 31 March, 2005, 11:41:50 PM »
...take my laptop with me and show Shakespeare Baz Lurhman's Romeo & Juliet...just to see his reaction.

General / Re: If I had a time machine I woul...
« on: 31 March, 2005, 06:47:58 PM »
Oh my god - the person who wrote this article is a complete arse!


He says "fans of the graphic novel will know that a cataclysmic event takes place at the climax".  Yes, and now so does everyone who reads your article you spoilering buffoon!

General / Re: If I had a time machine I woul...
« on: 31 March, 2005, 06:43:38 PM »
I love the way the writer describes a giant owl costume as "very 80s"...did I miss a trend?

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