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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 05 February, 2022, 12:54:32 AM »
Oh yes, JJ Grandville was definitely his inspiration:
The genesis of Grandville was unusually dynamic. While researching Alice in Sunderland, Talbot explored the influence of 19th-century French caricaturist Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard on John Tenniel, who illustrated Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Gérard signed his anthropomorphic satires “JJ Grandville”. “It suddenly occurred to me that Grandville could actually be the nickname of Paris in an alternative reality where it is the biggest city in a world populated by animals,” says Talbot. He sketched out a basic structure in 20 minutes. “Then I started typing and wrote the whole script in six days. It was like taking dictation, it was amazing. I could hear the characters talking, I knew what they were going to say.”

from https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/29/sp-bryan-talbot-grandville-father-of-british-graphic-novel

And you should check them out, they're gorgeous books

Film & TV / Re: Shooting for Noah Hawley's Alien TV Show rescheduled.
« on: 31 January, 2022, 02:07:48 PM »
I honestly have stopped caring about all these bloated franchises and extended-universe spin-offs. Star Wars did it for me, but I just can't muster any enthusiasm for new Matrix, Predator, Alien etc.


Announcements / Re: The Letters Beast - Online!
« on: 31 January, 2022, 01:52:24 PM »
And "picking out the crispy bacon"? - Philistine!

Off Topic / Re: Back to the Office
« on: 31 January, 2022, 01:29:07 PM »
I hated WFH and have been back in the office since July 2020. It's starting to fill up a bit now, but I'd say we're never more than 25-30% full. Be interesting to see how they attempt to pull people back and what the reaction will be. We're having a "team day" this week when all of our team will be expected to come in just so we can have a physical catch-up after so long apart, but at the moment I'm the only in  team of 12 that works from the office.

Books & Comics / What does Garth Ennis have up his sleeve...?
« on: 27 January, 2022, 11:50:07 PM »
From the interview about Hawk the Slayer in Meg #440:

"Upcoming I've Got The Lion & The Eagle for Aftershock, which is a savage war story set in Burma during World War Two with art by PJ Holden, a second series of Jimmy's Bastards, another Punisher mini, more Russian Front war stories with Steve Epping - and something very, very special from Rebellion, something that I think fans of 1970s comics will be very happy about."

He's already done Dan Dare, and I imagine Pat Mills creations like Bill Savage are off the table, so I'm curious.

My money's on a gritty reboot of Dash Decent featuring a backstory in which an honest ex-soldier saves a young Dash from paedophile priests whilst taking violent revenge on his corrupt former commanding officers.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 24 January, 2022, 01:32:55 PM »
So, some guy called Patrick Collins edited Star Trek: The Motion Picture down to just over 20 minutes and scored it with Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy. If you have a spare 20 minutes, I would highly recommend Star Trek Legacy

Thanks I enjoyed that. I remember thinking at the time that there was about 20  minutes of story stretched into a  very well-padded (and quite dull) movie! The score works pretty well most of the time too.

Off Topic / Re: RIPs
« on: 21 January, 2022, 08:13:45 AM »
Meat Loaf  :(

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 20 January, 2022, 12:12:45 PM »
Friend of the forum and US Dredd-evangelist Douglas Wolk (KTT) has read every single Marvel comic and written a book about it. He talks about it in today's Guardian

Books & Comics / Re: Single page of Spider-Man comic sells for over $3.3m
« on: 14 January, 2022, 11:34:03 PM »
That's just a tad under the $3.6m paid last year for a near mint copy of Spider-Man's first appearance, overtaking Superman's record.


Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 14 January, 2022, 03:08:31 PM »

Troy. The Iliad was the first 'proper' book I ever read and although this film necessarily pares it down and plays with the timeline it's still one of my go-to films when I can't be arsed looking for something new. Achilles is the role Brad Pitt was born to play and the rest of the cast do a pretty magnificent job as well. Love it.

It's called The Iliad because Ilium was another name for Troy, and the suffix ~ad means "the story of..", so the title actually translates as Troy Story

I'll get my coat

General / Re: Prog drought!
« on: 13 January, 2022, 07:31:24 PM »
Progs are the least of it, bank cards, medical appointments, so many things have been stuffed up. It was done in anger after complaining to the Royal Mail and getting a generic "we're doing our best in difficult times" response. Was impressed that one of her staff got back to me same day with a case ref. saying they have asked RM to investigate problems in my area. Nothing else yet, but if they know the MP's sniffing about they may just put another postie on our route.

Events / Re: Judge Dredd - In focus exhibition announced
« on: 13 January, 2022, 02:42:44 PM »
Ooh interesting. I've got a random week off booked in March, might have a trip to London for that.

General / Re: Prog drought!
« on: 13 January, 2022, 02:13:45 PM »
Just sent an update email to my MP who promised to look into things - since first contacting her on 15th Dec, we've had just one delivery on 30th December. I've had one of the last four progs.

General / Re: Prog drought!
« on: 10 January, 2022, 04:01:39 PM »
We have had one post delivery of anything since before Xmas. Lost track of how many progs I'm behind now.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 05 January, 2022, 11:34:40 AM »
Had to google him - shameless self-publicist would be my take.

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