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General / Re: Thoughts on a year of being a returning squaxx
« on: Today at 04:48:30 pm »
The other strip that immediately grabbed me, The Fall of Deadworld
Buy the hardback. Seriously. It’s a stunning volume.

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Kingdom is another one I must go back to and read from the beginning, as I gather there's a been many stories before this one, and lots of events under the bridge. Having said that though, I did get up to speed rather quickly - Dan Abnett really is excellent at making his stories accessible to new readers, as well as building on what has gone on before.
Two things there. 1) Yes, buy the trades. They are uniformly excellent. 2) DA really is good at making individual blocks of stories coherent in and of themselves. Other writers could learn at lot from his approach.

Also: welcome back!

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Prog / Re: Prog 2140 - Deep in the Bone
« on: Today at 09:34:15 am »
Yeah, a good Dredd in all. Foster’s art seems much sketchier and looser than in previous Dredds he’s done, which had tighter old-school inking more akin to Bolland. I do hope the reason he’s infrequently in the Prog is because he’s busy elsewhere.

Indigo Prime carries on doing its thing. I quite like it, with Kek-W continuing to nudge a 0.7 on the WeirdSmith-O-Meter. Fab art, as ever.

Anderson: it to some extent feels a bit by-the-numbers Anderson in the script department, but that’s no bad thing. I suppose it’d help if I cared more about Karyn, but she was historically just brought it as an Anderson replacement when the more famous spy buggered off. Now she’s kind of a Corey replacement. The art’s solid. There are things I find odd (notably the shoulder eagle), but there’s dynamism and a new take here, and so that’s to be encouraged.

Absalom was horrible, as you’d expect. Proper gut-wrenching stuff, and wonderfully realised visually. I’ve always really liked this strip, and it’s good that it’ll get to go out with a bang.

Thistlebone seems very slow burn. I’m honestly not sure what I think of it yet, but I continue to be intrigued. Nice cover art, too.

In all, then, a perfect hit-rate Prog for me, in that every strip was at least pretty good. (It was also interesting to see The Beano in WHSmith yesterday – the Prog’s only 10p more expensive, which strikes me as bloody good these days, given that Dennis and co. must sell a lot more copies.)

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Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 14 July, 2019, 12:43:50 pm »
Correction: there are in fact 32 pages in an average prog. X 2140 = 68,480. Divide by 80 = 856 pages per volume. Divide by 2 (to get half the comic's output) = 428 pages per volume.
Also, be mindful there are 32 pages in the average Prog, but not 32 pages of strip. My original estimate of the Prog was on the basis of 26 pages os trip per issue. (Older Progs tended to have a lot more advertising than current ones – but even now, 28 pages of strip isn’t a given.) I’ve no idea about the Meg, mind, given the regular format changes, and the periods where there was a ton of reprint. So figuring out the amount of original content from that publication that’s been in these collections would be a mite tougher.

As for extensions, it’ll be interesting to see whether it’s viable, and also what would be in the mix. My guess: we’d see quite a bit of Dredd, given that most of the big guns would have been collected by then.

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Help! / Re: Dumb IT question
« on: 13 July, 2019, 09:55:23 pm »
Most laptops will be way bigger than SD in terms of pixels. Also, you tend to watch at a smaller distance. So HD might be a better bet even if you’d tolerate SD on a TV. If there’s no difference in price, go HD unless you lack the storage space for the download.

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Prog / Re: Thrill-Coma 2010
« on: 12 July, 2019, 10:03:34 am »
"It begs the question of who this is for, apart from the author.”

That… is a really superb summation of that story – and, sadly, far too much Mills output in recent years.

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Games / Re: Nintendo Switch
« on: 12 July, 2019, 10:00:51 am »
Has anyone here hacked their Switch and got MAME running on it? And if so, have you managed to avoid the ban-hammer? I like the idea of a Switch, and the notion of getting one with a Flip to play old games in portrait (if that works). But I’d also like to, you know, buy new games, if Nintendo won’t get all pissy about me having the audacity to play Wizard of Wor on the Switch when I want to.

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Other Reviews / Re: Tammy and Jinty
« on: 11 July, 2019, 03:07:17 pm »
Nice to know I wasn’t alone in thinking this special was the best. Even better to hear about people reading this with their kids. Alas, mini-IP (5) is too young and anti-peril for Tammy and Jinty right now. Soon, though…

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Prog / Re: Prog 2139 Sympathy for the Devil (Aneke cover)
« on: 11 July, 2019, 03:03:41 pm »
Brink's chapters also broadly worked in standalone form. DA’s pretty good at that – Kingdom pulled the same trick.

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Prog / Re: Logos Through the Ages
« on: 11 July, 2019, 09:39:50 am »
I dunno. The chrome logo seems perfectly in keeping with design at that time. Arguably, perhaps, that’s why 2000 AD should have done something different; but it certainly aligned with then-contemporary design trends.

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General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 10 July, 2019, 04:38:23 pm »
I got the impression at one point that one was the ‘brand’ and the other was the comic’s logotype. Not the case with the Meg now, mind, which omits the 2000 AD logo.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2139 Sympathy for the Devil (Aneke cover)
« on: 10 July, 2019, 10:55:36 am »
Hints of Baike art about that, I thought, or perhaps it’s just remembering that strip where Dredd gets back from Oz and also ends up in a hospital bed. But, yes, that was fab.

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Prog / Re: Logos Through the Ages
« on: 10 July, 2019, 09:54:34 am »
Yeah, the new one works. There are different contexts these days. Often, only the top of magazines is seen on the shelves. You also nee something that’ll work at digital thumbnail size – and so legibility is important (hence the blurred mess of 1200 not being good). I like the Prog 1 logo a lot, even if it’s a touch unwieldy. But what we have now for me comes a close second, and is likely the most pragmatic option.

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General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 09 July, 2019, 08:51:22 pm »
Dredd / Kingdom / Nikolai Dante / Shakara / Strontium Dog. Oh yes. And people say the 200s and 300s were the best the Prog ever had to offer. Tish and piffle.

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General / Re: When did 2000ad get good again.
« on: 09 July, 2019, 02:43:08 pm »
I dunno. That cover lines font is fine for the headings, but horrible for body copy, and I always felt that logotype was broadly anonymous. As for the format, that didn’t bother me so much. (Although be mindful it was US format only in terms of proportions, not dimensions.)

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Prog / Re: Prog 2139 Sympathy for the Devil (Aneke cover)
« on: 09 July, 2019, 07:43:36 am »
The Indigo Prime recap was entertainingly incomprehensible. But then IP has always been a bit “go with it”, bar the fairly straightforward (and superb) Killing Time. I do wish John Smith was still involved with the Prog, mind. Kek-W is doing a very good job on the strip (and what an insanely difficult strip to take on), but the loss of Smith is felt.

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