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General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 04 August, 2020, 03:38:26 PM »
Thomas the Tank Engine is definitely real - he lives in a train yard next door-but-one to my sister's flat.

He often ventures out in the dead of night on the back of a flatbed truck, peering out from beneath a tarpaulin.

The reasons are obscure.

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 17 July, 2020, 03:25:28 PM »
The co-host on Heartline in the Graveyard Shift is based on Irish interviewer and presenter Eamonn Andrews, I think - same weird grin and 'ironed' hairstyle.

Stewart the lonely guy seems to be based on Dave Gorman (including clothes sense), which is weird as he would have been about 12 or so at the time...

General / Re: Quick question about Black Flame Dredd stories
« on: 07 July, 2020, 11:18:52 AM »
While we're talking about re-writes, The Hundredfold Problem also got rewritten without Dredd.

That shouldn't have taken long - I think you'd just need to change three names and all traces of anything Dredd related would completely disappear. Bloody awful book...

General / Re: The comic that 2000AD killed
« on: 07 July, 2020, 07:58:50 AM »
Circumstantial evidence points to it being Tammy - in the prog before the strike halted things (prog 376, dated 7 July 1984), KP were running a free comics promotion for their fizzy polystyrene flavour snack, Skips, which included a list of comics running the promotion (Buster, Whoopie, Tammy, Whizzer and Chips, 2000 AD, Tiger, Roy of the Rovers, and The Eagle).

In prog 377 immediately after the strike the following statement appeared:

Because of an industrial despute, some of the comics which carry tokens for the KP Skips Free Comics Offer have not been published in the last few weeks.
Once it becomes possible to publish these comics again each comic will print more tokens for you to collect.
Unfortunately TAMMY is no longer being published. We will therefore accept tokens from any of the remaining eight comics - you do not have to collect tokens from different comics. The publishers are very sorry for the trouble this has caused.

This is, I think, the only mention of the strike in the prog itself.

So, the industrial action seems to have started sometime during late June (prog 376 would be on the shelves on the 1st) which would fit in with the last Tammy appearing in June.

General / Re: Space Spinner 2000AD
« on: 06 July, 2020, 03:17:01 PM »
Argh, I'd either didn't know or had erased from my memory that Jive Bunny had also massacred March of the Mods along with all the other stuff...

Is there no end to that crudely drawn cartoon rabbit's evil...?

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 30 June, 2020, 03:42:17 PM »
Only Arthur Ranson's decaying New York from Anderson: Psi Division rivals Steve Dillon's version of the Undercity, IMO.

Links / Re: Youtube Gold
« on: 26 June, 2020, 07:40:30 AM »
American comics reviewer Linkara from Atop the Forth Wall takes a look at Dan Dare - Voyage to Venus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhBeF1wQ_ms&t=14s

I've been hoping that he'll do the Judge Cal saga at some point - apart from the Trump parallels, Linkara is a rather large guy in a hat who's prone to occasionally breaking into a tuneless version of 'Put on a Happy Face'.

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 22 June, 2020, 03:52:59 PM »
The Citadel Judge Mortis has the thinnest ankles of any miniature I've ever owned. You can guess what happened to my one.

Mine too! Completely impossible to fix, as well...

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 14 June, 2020, 03:05:55 PM »
Yes - I was reading up about Carl when I wrote today's blog post.  I saw he had a previous career in parapsychology before his gaming career.  I also found out I have a few of his fighting fantasy game books but that they were written under the name Keith Martin (and you'd be hard pressed to realise they were by anybody other than Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson* at casual glance).

Didn't realise you'd worked on the D20 line.  I wonder if I have anything you worked on?  I'm very patchy at the moment, but I'm trying to fill in the gaps before my prog slog blog gets to the 21st century :-)

* not that Steve Jackson, unless you were thinking about this Steve Jackson in the first place.

The Fighting Fantasy line had Steve Jackson and Steve Jackson working on it, unless you're thinking of Steve Jackson.

I had a couple of chapters in the Core rulebook and bits and pieces in most of the Dredd line, as well as a chapter in Gangs of Mega-City One (the chapter about the Doghouse in the Traveler Strontium Dog line was by me as well), so you've probably got something by me. However, Amazon likes to send me emails along the lines of 'hey, because you showed interest in the Rookie's Guide to the Undercity, we've got a used copy available for seven hundred times what you got paid to write it!' so I'm not sure if it'll be possible get that one (I think I might have stumbled onto some sort of money laundering operation or something!)

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 13 June, 2020, 05:14:06 PM »
I think Hossanjo Valley and Griff Mountain are references to Bonanza - Hoss and Little Joe Cartwright were main characters, Griff King seems to have been a minor character for a while.

I tried to get in touch with Carl Sargent when I was working on the Judge Dredd D20 books, but apparently he'd 'disappeared' in the mid nineties. Turns out he'd just left the industry. Sadly, he died in 2017.

General / Re: Judge Dredd RPG 1985
« on: 01 June, 2020, 01:24:03 PM »
A quick glance suggests three of the things that first appeared in White Dwarf were later repackaged for the Companion (upthread) - counting that epic adventure as 'one thing'.

I think only the Something Special article made it into the Companion for certain (a collection of largely useless Special Abilities) and maybe the Crazy Files (I don't have that WD so they could be a different selection of Crazy Files) - the epic adventure 'To Live and Die in Mega-City One' (which I've played, but never read) was completely different to 'Fear and Loathing in Mega-City One' (which I've read but never played, and consists of absolutely massive amounts of background material that the Players have no way of finding out without a massive infodump shoehorned in somewhere...)

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 28 May, 2020, 02:34:41 PM »
2000AD Prog 293: “Starbase one under attack!” Win the video game that talks to you!

Computer games everywhere!  Even in Rogue Trooper!

Couple more songs from 'Play it again, Sam!' for your playlist...

The telegram delivery robot starts this number...


And the singing telegram itself seems to be this (even though prog 293 came out nearly three years before that movie...)


General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 20 May, 2020, 08:16:22 AM »
Judge Dredd: The Game of Crime-Fighting in Mega-City One

Slight change of pace and format as I go in to Project XXX AKA what it says in the title!

Oh, I always wondered why GW boxsets always had a raffle ticket in them!

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 17 April, 2020, 07:56:54 AM »
Love your Alan Ridgeway theory. Would any of the wise heads here know the truth?

I did a little research and apparently it was discussed on this very forum (didn't manage to find the thread).  (Assuming it isn't actually somebody called Alan Ridgeway) some thought it could be Tom Tully, but that's covered in the blog post.  If anybody knows then Ian Anorak Hollingsworth will - I'll ask him next time he posts on FB.

Steve Macmanus' book 'The Mighty One' speaks about Tom Tully being a Reading native and how he included details about the town in Mean Arena, and when asked on the Face Book he said he couldn't remember who Alan Ridgeway was but thought it was probably a Tom Tully pseudonym. I strongly suspect that Tully had got into trouble over the astonishingly gruesome murder of Doctor Jessup (really, the hero tricking an innocent opposing team into hunting someone down and then burning him to death is probably the most classically evil act in early 2000 AD history!) and was being kept under close editorial supervision.

General / Re: how to do a prog slog
« on: 28 March, 2020, 03:44:39 PM »
I didn’t have the catholic education that Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill had, but I can still picture the hymn-like dirge that is the Deviatus (I’m picking the second out of the three verses printed)

ISTR Pat Mills saying somewhere that the Deviatus was sung to the tune of 'Onward Christian Soldiers', so, yep, just a dirge...

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