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General / Re: Should Dredd ever be killed off?
« on: 16 May, 2016, 12:06:38 PM »
As things are at the moment, is it still possible, in a weekly Prog, to run a story about either an idiotic fuiture fad or a bizarre future crime in MC1, then have Dredd turn up at the end to make an arrest + say something pithy?

I do think you could kill Dredd and not lose this basic premise, although I can't see a good long-term reason for doing so. Unless you just flat-out ended the series.

Or is it vital to the strip to remind readers every episode that the Justice Dept in MC-1 is fundamentally too small and ill-equipped to deal with routine crime-busting?

I worry that if the overarching narrative goes too far in the direction, we can perhaps never again have a 'normal' Dredd epsiode, as served the Prog so well for 2,000 progs...

Basically, this is your age-old geek debate about continuity vs story engine.

Megazine / Re: Meg 371 - Clouded Judgement
« on: 13 May, 2016, 12:29:49 PM »
I'm always surprised at how divisive the Meg can be. I'm with Link Prime, all four stories are top notch right now. Dust I think is my favourite of the movie Dredds (I'm also mildly curious - is someone having a dig at Rochard Stanley by borrowing from his film Dust Devil, just as he 'borrowed' from 2000AD for his film Hardware??).
Lawless, as everyone agrees, is ace. As is Carroll/Flint on Dredd.
Realm of the Damned is exactly what I asked for - loving it! It's lost a little of the verve of the opening episode, but remains unlike anything I've seen before.

But I echo the call for more Thargnotes pushing people to earlier episodes. I'd also be keen for someone on this board to provide a run down of all current / former Fargo / Dredd clones out there. I've lost track!

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 12 May, 2016, 01:08:43 PM »
Now that's a high-quality sidebar!

So was Diggle getting back at Miller by writing some not-so-great issues of Daredevil many years later..? ;)

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 10 May, 2016, 12:06:17 PM »
What possible complaint could you have about my utterly transparent rules  :D
(In all honesty, I think it basically makes sense up until the one offs bit)

Getting back to normal service, here's fantasy art specialist Carl Critchlow.

General / Re: Lost Bolland cover?
« on: 05 May, 2016, 12:21:13 PM »
Nice find! Thanks for sharing.

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 04 May, 2016, 11:12:05 AM »
Andy was also my first editer.


He did a bunch of good in a fairly short window!

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 01 May, 2016, 08:32:55 PM »
A long one this week, perhaps to make up for my unconsciously short-changing his hero status.
It's Andy Diggle.

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 25 April, 2016, 02:15:53 PM »
Sort of in honour of Jesus Redondo and Alan Moore, a small interlude to cover some stats around the humble Future Shock:
Writers here http://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/interlude-shockcount.html
Artists here http://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/interlude-shockcount-continued.html

normal service will resume...
...when I get around to it.

Prog / Re: Prog 1977
« on: 21 April, 2016, 11:24:46 AM »
Obviously the discussion here is being dominated by the events of Dredd and various ingenious suggestions about how it will play out. And why shouldn;t the Meg enjoy a sales-spike as a result?

On to the Prog. Can we expect more delightfully nostalgic covers / star scans in the weeks to come? Or is a throwaway joke in the Damage Report all we get? I do like to wallow in the old-timey business. But I can see it'd be off-putting to new readers if it went on until Christmas!

Can I express surprise at the Aquila-bashing? I'll agree that the story isn't so compelling this time around, but the artwork of the half-flayed face is about the best such I've ever seen! Certainly it's up there with Stone Island and Martyrs (the French film, not a long-forgotten 2000AD strip). And I'm getting a kick out of how it's yet another call-back to Blackhawk, who had a half-rotten face for a while.

Survival Geeks, like Bec and Kawl before it, seems to me to be getting funnier and pleasingly weirder with each passing episode. Googe is the star of the show, for sure. But Rennie/Beeby's dialogue is good for some chuckles. They were great on the Alienist, too -will that come back?

Dreams of Deadworld is a contender for strangest series to run in the Prog ever. Unless there's some twist to come, it features no returning characters, it's just a very bleak examination of the slow death of an entire society. As such, it's very effective, again the art especially. But it's super depressing - how could it be anything else?

General / Re: How Important Is A Letters Page?
« on: 18 April, 2016, 01:03:46 PM »
I had a friend who was at boarding school in the late 80s / early 90s who was obliged to write a letter home every week. He didn't fancy writing to his aprents all the time so he wrote to Tharg each week instead. In the end he only got published once (so he tells me), for one of those throwaway 1-line insults. The kind of letters that don't seem to appear much anymore. I get the very strong impression that there used to be hundreds of letters sent in once upon a time, and now it's a trickle of maybe 10 emails a week. Is that because the times have changed or the readership has grown up?

Other Reviews / Re: GOLDTIGER
« on: 18 April, 2016, 12:58:44 PM »
On the canon question, I will be counting the episode(s) that have run in the Megazine, but not the collection as a thing in itself towards the old tally on my blog

(shameless plug there).

Count me also as another fool who would be / is more likely to buy an orignal GN just because its put out by Rebellion with a 2000AD banner on it.

I suppose it'd be too much to ask someone on this thread who has bought and read Goldtiger to say whether they liked it or not? I enjoyed the sample in the Megazine, but I'm not sure I'd get into a whole big bookful of it.

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 18 April, 2016, 12:13:47 PM »
Here's something you've never seen before:
A comics fan writes about Alan Moore on the internet.

News / Re: New 2000 AD creators blog
« on: 10 April, 2016, 02:05:57 PM »
Another mainstay from yesteryear, who has shown his skills in the Prog very recently, too.
Jesus Redondo:

General / Re: rebellion to reprint MISTY
« on: 07 April, 2016, 09:06:09 AM »
And while we're dredging up (slightly) old stuff, I'd like to add my voice to the crowd that wants to see new lettering in reprints of Misty and similar comics. The original type-set stuff looks horrible, just horrible, and it's not as if it's easier to read. Of course, I can see that the actual market for this material is probably not large enough to justify paying for a pro to do all that re-lettering. And I can well believe some buyers might be upset because there has been any change at all.

Good lettering matters!

General / Re: How Important Is A Letters Page?
« on: 07 April, 2016, 08:58:21 AM »
I do love the thrill of writing a letter and then wondering if it'll get printed in the Prog/Meg. Also getting the free gifts is great, too! I still can't quite believe people used to get £10 for sending in a letter/drawing sometimes. That's real money today, never mind 35 years ago. I definitely think very differently about what I might want to say in a letter to Tharg vs what I'd write on a forum such as this one.

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