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General / The Science of Judge Dredd
« on: 17 July, 2021, 10:55:19 AM »
BPP posted this else where:

Genuine question - does the lawgiver only eject casings on covers? I’m sure I’ve seen it before om covers but not that I’ve seen it in stripwork.

And I took a stab at a legit answer on my blog https://www.pauljholden.com/2021/07/17/the-science-of-judge-dredd/ (where I also talk about how I think Dredd's helmet far from being vision obscuring, probably gives him close to 360 degree vision...)

But basically:
Here’s how I see it: Dredd’s gun is essentially a super sophisticated 3d printer. It holds multiple ingredients for building multiple types of bullet.

The device is primed (usually through spoken command, though it will default to smartly identifying the type of bullet) theory: maybe cadets are trained to shout out the bullet type so other Judges can have a better situational awareness. Dredd shouts “Armour piercing”? everyone else goes with Armour Piercing.

(Again, this is very much fan wank – the real reason Dredd shouts out the bullet type is so the reader knows what Dredd has fired…)

Why the shells? Well, the real reason is: they look cool. The in-my-head reason is that some of the raw material (but not all) is held in cartridges, and so they eject after they’re spent.

The question I have is, is it like my colour printer : where if you don’t have yellow ink you can’t (for some reason) print black and white. If you lack ingredient X can you still use bullet Y that doesn’t use it, or is the gun out of ammo?

I suspect some ingredients are common to all bullet types (projectile types? is bullet the right word?)

Creative Common / One Small Step ...
« on: 09 May, 2021, 11:48:35 PM »

Books & Comics / Comixology Star Wars Sale
« on: 02 May, 2021, 09:53:05 AM »
There are some right bargains to be had, and for 2000ad completists lots of places to find some favourite artists -


Dark Empire 79p features Jim Baikie and Cam Kennedy


Boba Fett Death Lies and Treachery art by Cam Kennedy 79p!


Boba Fett Enemy of the Empire with art by Ian Gibson


Star Wars Vader's Quest art by Dave Gibbons 79p

There may be more, but my star wars/writer/artists of 2000ad cross-over knowledge is not good, so if you can spot anything else please add them here!

Creative Common / Servant 72
« on: 28 April, 2021, 04:49:34 PM »
A new sci-fi comic by Thomas Holden (age 12) free to download, chapter 1 - is 57 pages!

Hope you like it, and if you do, please leave a comment !


Creative Common / TH Comics Presents: FLY!
« on: 05 April, 2021, 11:37:25 AM »

My 12 year old son has written and drawn a complete graphic novel called FLY - from his blurb (he wrote the blurb)

Finn is a teenager who works at a trash job in a trashy home but little did he know his life would take a turn for the worst when a speeding car runs him over and he ends up in hell. Since he didn’t live a good life he was turned into his least favourite animal, a fly and since he didn’t go into the brain crusher he still has all his memories of being a human! Can Finn convince his friend that it’s really him and can they find a way out of this mess?!

It's a complete 60+ page graphic novel!


Creative Common / Dan McDaid's Dega
« on: 08 February, 2021, 06:02:56 PM »
Don't think Dan is on here, but it strikes me his new self published graphic novel would be right up most reader's street...


Off Topic / Starting from Nothing...
« on: 17 January, 2021, 09:47:40 PM »
Was thinking today how odd it is that the entire Marvel film/tv universe was more-or-less kickstarted by Iron Man - a decidedly C-list character who was so obscure that Marvel - when desperate for cash and filling for chapter 11 practically couldn't give the movie rights away, leading to the marvel cinematic universe as we know it.

I've been watching Legends of Tomorrow (the CW tv series, that's basically a DC comics series) and thinking how odd it was that the entire CW tv series was more-or-less kickstarted from the Green Arrow who, presumably, DC couldn't get arrested in a film, leading to his tv success.

So, just wondering, let's play an imaginary game.

For 2000AD the big characters are off the board, you can't have Dredd, Strontium Dog, or indeed anything that has had multi year success in 2000ad - you can have weird one offs, series that were done in one.

What do you pick for your starting from nothing 2000ad universe ... does a Wolfie Smith tv series lead, somehow inevitably to Strontium Dog (via about half a dozen other characters?)

Do you start with Banzai Battallion (stripped of its Dredd world trappings) to get to a Robohunter movie?

What do you start with and how do you get to a Dredd film/tv? (please explain your thinking... :P)


Creative Common / Twenty Years, Creep.
« on: 22 December, 2020, 09:47:14 AM »
Hey, it's coming up to twenty years of me workign for the Galaxy's Greatest Comic - from then-tharg saying he'd give me some work in November '00 to publishing in March '01 - and so I've written a blog post.


Creative Common / Monster MACS by Reppion and Holden
« on: 31 October, 2020, 01:29:35 PM »
Hello Chums,

John Reppion and I are doing a new weekly comic project - called Monster MACS - the MACS are the Macintosh Area Crypto-Zoological Society and they investigate the weird and peculiar around the general Macintosh area and the Black Skull mountains, a placed filled with the bizarre and odd.

There's a few ways to read this:

Twitter: twitter.com/monster_macs
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/holdenreppion

or for a more traditional blog/webcomic feel


Here's the first TWO pages, the third page is available at any of the above links!

Creative Common / Holden & Reppion's Weekly Comics
« on: 02 September, 2020, 09:32:33 AM »

Every Wednesday.

Creative Common / Channel Hex Forums
« on: 27 June, 2020, 06:12:06 PM »
Hey all, maybe you don't need this, but I've set up a forum for making comics. Like the creative common on steroids, I suppose.

it's over at www.channelhex.com/phpBB and if it's your thing you might like it!

Creative Common / The Stringbags (by Ennis and Holden)
« on: 21 May, 2020, 10:45:18 AM »
Is out now, hope you're picking up a copy - 176 pages of WAR!



You can buy it from your local comic shop or from a book shop (probably online mind you, in the current situation...)

Creative Common / PJ's Weekly Live Sketch Show
« on: 17 May, 2020, 11:55:23 PM »
Details at my blog: https://www.pauljholden.com/2020/05/17/pj-holdens-live-sketch-show/

The gist, Starting Saturday, I'll be doing Live Sketching from 9pm for around an hour. The sketches will be commissions, A5 pencil headshots for £30. If you'd like one just email me pjholden@gmail.com with the subject "Live Sketch: " then whatever it is you want in the subject. Payment on completion via paypal.

Why a5? Small enough to fit in envelopes that I can post through a letterbox. No need for the post office!

Plus £30 is a pretty reasonable price for a fun little sketch. And you get to watch me draw it live.

I can do about 7 per show, right now my list for Saturday IS EMPTY!

You can watch the pilot here: www.twitch.tv/pjholden

Creative Common / Judge Dredd Papercraft Standee
« on: 03 May, 2020, 10:06:07 PM »
Hey you might like this: https://www.pauljholden.com/2020/05/03/papercraft-dredd/

Where you can download and print your own little Judge Dredd figure...

And you might enjoy this: Where I spend 25 minutes drawing Judge Dredd while talking nonsense...


Creative Common / Book Nooks
« on: 17 February, 2020, 09:23:53 PM »
Look, I'm not saying you HAVE to go off and build mega city 1 themed book nooks, but frankly, I reckon the only reason they don't exist is because no-one had ever thought of them before.

Please fix this.


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