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Agreed. This English team appears to be full of really nice hard working likeable young men and they've represented the country in a way that puts our government to shame.

How about we split these down into individual pages instead, rather than do it by story? I'm pretty sure you can organise that Colin and then in only 2,0000 weeks we'll know the best page of SD art of all time!

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 16 July, 2021, 11:17:47 AM »

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey. I'm a voracious fantasy/sci-fi consumer and it was downright strange that I hadn't read any Pern books. I decided to fix that and had a very good time with this first installment. It moves at a frenetic pace, mind you, unlike most modern examples of the genre I can think of, and treats a modern sci-fi staple with a casual disdain which I think will be very significant in the story going forward.

These books are great. Quite 60s in their execution. Hope you read more and enjoy them!

Apologies for a long sport post on a comic forum. I wouldn't dare post about comics on a football forum!

There's a serious sense of entitlement on football fans in this country, and I say that as a big football fan.

Given the squad we have, and the (lack of) success we've experienced in the last 55 years getting to the final was a big deal in itself but to a lot of fans we 'deserved' to win because we're England and as a nation we are super arrogant about us being the best.
Obviously winning IS what it's all about, and the draw was kind to us - it was definitely our best chance of winning the damn thing, but Italy were the best team in the tournament (and on the day) and they still didn't beat us over 120 minutes. Not winning was crushing but to not credit the achievement of getting where the team did is madness.

I'm not sure if it's different outside England, but where football gives you massive emotional highs it does the same with lows, there are so many people who can't handle their frustration and it just spills out into rage. Smashing up Leicester Square or beating up your wife because your football team lost is just incomprehensible to me but that is a much bigger discussion and probably not for this thread! When I was a kid I was often shocked and scared at the hatred at football matches. Eventually I got used to it, but what was a real eye opener was starting to follow rugby when I married a Welsh girl and the fandom culture there is totally different. I'm not sure what it is about football that is so toxic.

As to the racism on display - it's awful and has been rightly condemned, and was sadly inevitable in light of the messages from our government. This shit has always been there, but now it's creeping back into the light as our overlords pander to bigots to win votes. I really hope this next generation, who seem to be roundly despised for having a social conscience, can change things in the future.

Books & Comics / Re: Small Press Suggestions
« on: 16 July, 2021, 09:04:03 AM »
Beast Hunting Battle Badgers is now on KS if you fancy a collected edition:


Inclined to agree with that, although Epic is such a loaded term its tempting to say that should of apply to 20+ parters and have another bracket from 10-20 and more work for you there Colin...
Your rules and we'll work to them, at the end of the day!

How good are those two lists though. I know my favourite, but almost every one a bona fide classic.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 15 July, 2021, 02:21:11 PM »
Tremors. is on Netflix and there's not much to say that everyone doesn't already know about how awesome this is, but watching it for the 100th time or whatever I'm always impressed how lean - and therefore great - the storytelling is. Key events and items are seeded at the start: it spends a good chunk of it's runtime setting up it's characters and relationships in a way that's not boring, meaning when the action half kicks in you're invested in them already.. The characters are all likeable (apart from Melvin) and that's a real achievement, considering a retrospective watch of lot of films of the era finds the characters acting like dicks. The special effects are not great but the way the film is made covers their limitations perfectly.
Tremors really rules.

Also the Goonies does really suck.

Prog / Re: Prog 2240 - In with a bullet!
« on: 15 July, 2021, 11:17:18 AM »
Speed review from me this week as work is aaaaargh

Whilst the cover IS quite 90s it's striking and I quite like it.

Dredd – Bloody hell, this is good. I didn't twig that it was Gort and Simson in the church but once you know all the clues are there: good spot guys. 

Aquila – Quieter episode after two weeks of craziness. I have always assumed we're supposed to think Felix is vile. Good to see Goddards take on some earlier stuff from Leigh Gallagher's lovely run on the strip. So what does Aquila himself forget in the river?

Department K – We're seven episodes in and I am not feeling it: it just doesn't have anything that interests me beyond Dan Cornwell's absolutely great art.

Skip Tracer – Having read other Squaxx's comments, I'm in agreement that this is both a good episode (this really shakes things up) and not so good (Nolan is an utter bellend). Things can go either way from here.

Chimpsky – This felt a bit unsatisfactory to me on the ending. I'm not sure if I thought this would be something other than it was, but it seemed like a lot of setup with no real twist or anything at the end? Not that this was an unexciting ending or anything: I can't help but feel maybe the disappointment is on me for anticipating something that was never promised. Anyway, overall I've enjoyed this, especially the visual storytelling / art throughout and it's a suitably optimistic finish. I'd be happy to read more Chimpsky but I do think he's worked better away from Dredd, so hope that continues.

Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2021
« on: 14 July, 2021, 01:45:58 PM »
At least they kept Death's Gang of Four out of it!

Time for the Judge Death / Captain Planet crossover we've all been waiting for!

Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2021
« on: 14 July, 2021, 11:37:25 AM »
Having now read it I don't think this was anything like Spacewarp in structure. The Trifecta comparison Fenscape made above is more accurate.

Anyway - this was a cool and ambitious idea, but overall I think it didn't quite work: the story just wan't good enough. After my previous gripe about aging I did like the way Chopper and Armitage were portrayed but I'd still rather not see them anymore in any Dredd strips as I feel their stories are played out. I'm starting to feel the same about Anderson tbh. Highlight for me was Googe's art.

Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2021
« on: 09 July, 2021, 08:49:28 PM »
Totally agree and my original point stands, it just seemed a but churlish of me to moan about it on this thread. I do think a real-time-aging world is a valuable and unique thing in comics but do think its going to be fudged out of existence more or less, which is a shame but as you say, IP. If that is going to happen I'd.prefer full on abandonment than the half life we have now, but I think you're right about the readership.

Excellent point also about Anderson in Regened. Apart from a couple of notable series she's been portrayed as the same age throughout.

Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2021
« on: 09 July, 2021, 07:00:02 PM »
Cheers Funt. I'm delighted to be proved wrong tbh. Disregard my moans everyone!

Other Reviews / Re: 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 2021
« on: 09 July, 2021, 04:58:19 PM »
I'm actively put off this through the inclusion of Chopper, but it's part of wider issue for me that Proudhuff mentioned above.

2000ad can't have it both ways - either Dreddworld characters age, something we used to be so proud of, or they stay evergreen for all time like Spiderman or Bruce Wayne. Hershey and Dredd getting old is good, but if Anderson doesn't as well, what's the point?  Chopper must be how old now, 50? 60? We fudge it on Dredd and Waugh has an excuse, but how old is Armitage for goodness sake?
Now I don't mind if we want to take the stance that these are comic characters and don't age, but if so that should be a blanket decision because to have Beeney growing up and becoming a full judge all whilst Anderson is still in her 20s is stupid.
I'd read a story about Chopper battling to overcome his middle aged male angst and expanding waistline, but not one where he's 'classic' Chopper messing about on his surfboard*. IMO he shouldn't be anywhere near any Dredd stories now**

Anyway, that's my Friday afternoon moan. It sounds like an ambitious idea from the creative team on this and there's some great artists involved so I hope it's a belting read.

* In fairness to the authors this might happen, I haven't read it
** Part of this is because he died in SotS anyway, but let's ignore that for a minute

Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 09 July, 2021, 02:32:25 PM »
Paragon rules. I'm on this!

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