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Prog / Re: Prog 2251 - Escape into the unknown
« on: Today at 04:17:05 PM »
Last week’s Prog had that vibe of new beginnings. This one is a load of part twos. It’s not easy to make a comic that works when that’s the case, although you can already feel the various strips here shifting at different speeds. Quick shout out for the cover, which is fab.

Dredd gets going and is immediately more interesting than it was last week, although you do feel it’ll be one or two foes bumped off per week, a tricky situation for Dredd, and a resolution where he comes out on top. But I do hope Maitland survives as well. Diaboliks was entertaining until the end, where it shifted very abruptly to chilling with that last frame. Scarlet Traces expands on its lore again, in what’s becoming quite the epic. The storytelling in this run already seems a lot more solid too, and so, yep, I’m a fan.

Pandora is fun, although the reduction in density makes it appeal a touch less to me than it did in Regened. Still: good to see it get a run, although I’d happily see it next series (assuming there is one) get a load of one- or two-parters. And then there’s The Out, which, as ever, is superb. I hope this strip runs and runs—and that Rebellion issues collections in HC.

So: The Out > Scarlet Traces > Dredd > Diaboliks > Pandora, but with that last position being some way ahead of the cut-off point of doom. 5/5 for me this week.

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Late to this one, because I only just got time to finish it. Still, Dredd things up well, despite a very Mills-like roll call. Diaboliks nicely got things going, as did Scarlet Traces with its oddball art and arguments in space. The latter getting that double length was a really smart move.

Anderson was fine, but for me suffers a bit from a lack of momentum in how it’s being published. The stacking up of a lot of new lore isn’t adding that much for me. Pandora Perfect’s shift from single episode to multi-parter might make for a trickier spell, but I’m happy having something breezy in the Prog.

Chris Weston’s Future Shock was a very silly in-joke that you feel got a green light because Chris Weston. Still, he deserves it and it was suitably daft. Then there’s The Out, which remains masterful.

So: The Out > Scarlet Traces > Diaboliks > Dredd > Pandora Perfect > Future Shock > Anderson — although there was nothing outright bad in this Prog for me. Even the worst stories were pretty good.

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 24 September, 2021, 04:44:43 PM »
And yet if there was a general election, our rotten voting system combined with a population happy to eat shit whenever their betters tell them to and opposition parties who’d sooner punch each other’s faces off than working together to oust the Tories, would currently almost certainly result in another Tory majority, albeit probably a slightly smaller one.

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This whiffs a bit of ‘kill or cure’. Also that the BBC is fresh out of ideas and/or that no-one else wanted to do it. Still, despite some issues with the RTD run, it at least knew how to have fun and didn’t just want to make puzzles out of all of the women in the cast. It had humanity and also, arguably, the best Dalek episode of the modern run by some margin.

I just hope he gets the casting right (which is going to be very tough now), figures out how to resolve the Timeless Child rubbish but without consigning Jo Martin’s Doctor to oblivion, and hires and listens to a great script editor. Given modern TV, the last of those is, oddly, perhaps the least likely.

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General / Re: Who Are The Creators?
« on: 23 September, 2021, 01:13:01 PM »
INT: Bee Gees mansion. The three brothers are rehearsing, but there’s a black shadow on the wall.

Barry Gibb: “Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive!”
Constanta: “You won’t be staying alive, high-pitched human! For you will now be part of my undead army of disco!”
Barry Gibb: “Tragedy!”
Maurice Gibb: “Run to me!”

*THE LIGHTS GO OUT*

Robin Gibb: “I can’t see nobody!”
Constanta: “Now you’re going to get some NIGHT FEVER!”

*SFX: MUNCH MUNCH MUNCH*

This stuff writes itself!

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Dissing Pandora Perfect? Tsk, I say.

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General / Re: Who Are The Creators?
« on: 23 September, 2021, 10:55:32 AM »
Although this does mean we missed out on Disco Fiends. Tsk.

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General / Re: Who Are The Creators?
« on: 22 September, 2021, 07:36:27 PM »
Well let's go further....it was actually in those people's interests to solicit rough round the edges work because it helped them demonstrate their value. If all they're doing is processing pristine scripts or artwork, then what are they there for?
A friend used to work on a major national newspaper. Every week, some old git would file 2000 words of half-arsed copy my friend would bash into shape, for the actual word count, which was far lower. The contributor was paid significantly more for that one column than my friend was for his entire job.

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General / Re: Who Are The Creators?
« on: 22 September, 2021, 01:23:04 PM »
The issue isn’t necessarily talent. It’s just there are fewer people in the chain now, so writers have to do more. Those who always had the skills and/or impetus to do things more thoroughly are therefore more likely to find work than those who didn’t—or didn’t subsequently work on them.

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General / Re: Who Are The Creators?
« on: 21 September, 2021, 11:37:38 PM »
See also: all publishing. When I turned in my first piece for a mainstream tech mag around 2001, my editor expressed surprise and joy at how little he had to change. He remarked: you edited your own work! That was unusual then. I just assumed that’s what people did. These days, you’re kind of fucked if you don’t, outside of celeb columns and a few old hands who have legacy deals with senior editors.

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Books & Comics / Re: Monster Fun
« on: 21 September, 2021, 01:04:00 PM »
That’s in the press release…

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Every issue, young readers will laugh out loud all new adventures from familiar faces such as Sweeny Toddler, Frankie Stein, The Leopard from Lime Street, and Draculass, while new stories like Tokoloshe, Hell’s Angel and Scare Salon will quickly become firm favourites thanks to breakout talents like Juni Ba (Monkey Meat), Robin Etherington (one half of the Etherington Brothers (How to Think When You Draw, the world’s most successful crowd-funded art and writing tutorial series), Matt Baxter (The Phoenix), and kids’ comics legends like Tom Paterson (The Beano).

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Other Reviews / Re: Dredd: The Complete Case Files
« on: 21 September, 2021, 10:40:11 AM »
I suspect editing these volumes is a pain. Ideally, we’d have the logo/credits/title on the first page of each series/standalone, but remove them—and catch-up captions—from the rest. It’s always a jolt when reading a 2000 AD collection when every six pages there’s a now contextually out of place catch-up box.

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General / Re: Subscriber Gifts
« on: 20 September, 2021, 07:27:32 PM »
Ask customer support, I guess

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Books & Comics / Re: Monster Fun
« on: 20 September, 2021, 03:39:14 PM »
As a parent of a youngling, these lines are interesting:

“awesome free subscriber gifts the kids will love”

Given the point about plastic tat in the press release I got, I would hope the free gifts would be meaningful and relatively eco-friendly and also not tat. My kid has so much _stuff_. She doesn’t really need more.

“You'll also receive regular emails filled with fun activity ideas to keep everyone enthralled”

It’ll be interesting to see how that works out. Printers are thinner on the ground than they used to be, and most children won’t have their own email. But some will have devices. So: curious to discover what this will entail.

(Mini-IP will be coming up 8 when this coming launches and so seemingly the target age.)

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Books & Comics / Re: Monster Fun
« on: 20 September, 2021, 02:28:13 PM »
FWIW, if Rebellion is playing a long game here, I think this new title makes it more likely that Regened, or some variation thereon, will make the jump to a standalone at some point in the future.
As a bi-monthly in the alternate months, perhaps. (That’s how some of the Lego mags work: Jurassic World alternates with one of the Ninjago ones.)

Regardless, this is good news. A new newsstand title for kids really isn’t something I was expecting to see—although I was hoping to see it.

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