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Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: Today at 02:21:08 PM »
To be fair if it was this it would be a glorious example of international cooperation on a scale that's been utterly unimaginable up to now and a source of great hope for the future!

Blimey, and Alan Moore thought it would take a giant, teleporting, psychic alien squid. Maybe he doesn't know the score after all!

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: Today at 02:02:10 PM »
Indeed, what is the plan? Why does every country go along with it?  If there are no more deaths, why are there ACTUALLY 1,000s more deaths? How do you argue with idiots who have been made to feel like they finally know something you don't?

That's what I mean… every country in the world agreed to simultaneously tank their economy? And falsify statistics en masse, fake deaths, co opt the entire contingent of healthcare professionals in their respective nations, not one of whom has turned whistle-blower… to what end?

"It's all about control, innit?" the last fuckhead I had this argument with responded, then sat back with the expression of a poker player who'd just laid down a royal flush.

Off Topic / Re: Day of Chaos 2: a.Covid-19 thread.
« on: Today at 01:54:38 PM »
Apparantly she (and her mum) had decided "the virus is all planned" because they'd become aware of a Youtube video called PLANdemic, which they had not even watched, but they had figured out the gist from the name.  How do you even fight this?

TBH, this is the most enraging thing about the whole 'conspiracy' angle… it makes literally no sense. It's both insane and idiotic. There's no part of any of the 'conspiracy' stuff that stands up to a moment's rational scrutiny, and yet somehow there's no reasoning with these people.

General / Re: Lawless: Bedrock Melody - The musical
« on: Today at 01:50:34 PM »
Shall we pretend I did that deliberately to inspire such a fantastic ditty... yeah we'll go with that shall we...

Shhh! Nobody tell Abnett!

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 17 September, 2020, 09:22:57 PM »
He’d be more at home in the DUP than Labour. Loves the idea of an ultra-hard Brexit, but can’t articulate why beyond FORRINERS STAELING YOUR JOBZ

See also: Kate Hooey. What the fuck was she ever doing in the bloody Labour Party in the first place…?

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 17 September, 2020, 07:18:14 PM »
No argument from me about McCluskey. He badly needed to sit the fuck down, and shut the fuck up.

Books & Comics / Re: Rok the God Kickstarter
« on: 17 September, 2020, 07:15:23 PM »
I agree I’m also surprised this has needed a kickstarter to get a 2nd volume.
However I’d support another one (if the end has been open ended)

Not gonna lie — it was a struggle getting this one across the finish line. We could have been a bit savvier about the social media push, but it’s mildly depressing that Rok struggled to make £20K when the Tank Girl KS a few years back made north of £175K.

General / Re: Johnny Red Rebellion reprints
« on: 17 September, 2020, 03:28:24 PM »
Do anyone know if Rebellion is planning to do Johnny Red reprints and if there is any plans of doing the Charley's War WWII stuff as well ?

No idea about Rebellion's reprint plans, I'm afraid but, IIRC, Pat didn't write any of the WW2 Charley stuff (I want to say Scott Goodall did, but that may be my memory playing its usual tricks). It didn't run for that long, ended rather abruptly, and, notwithstanding the Joe Colqhoun art, isn't much good, if I'm honest.

Prog / Re: Prog 2199 - Death Becomes Him!
« on: 17 September, 2020, 12:20:56 PM »
but here was 'Judge Dredd' reinvented

This was very much John's intent, IIRC. Practically a manifesto for the strip going forward, which he described* as "less of a hero, more of a cop".

*Actual words may vary due to failing memory circuits, but that was definitely the gist.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 17 September, 2020, 10:07:51 AM »
Weetabix or Cornflakes, Labour? Cornabix, they replied.

Except that's not what they said. They said: "You voted for Brexit, but Boris Johnson's deal is self-evidently terrible. We'll negotiate a better one and you get to vote on whether you think it's good enough."

Given that Johnson's deal was so terrible that even he wants to tear it up, despite winning an election by telling people how great it was, that looks like an even more sensible position now than it did in 2019.

Sadly, even that relatively modest level of nuance can't compete with the new political reality, which is that people would rather accept easily-digested lies than a marginally more complicated truth.

Megazine / Re: Meg 424 - Thirty Megnificent Years
« on: 17 September, 2020, 09:33:35 AM »
A tonal mash-up too far for me!

Ah, well. Enjoy the pretty pictures, then! :-)

Megazine / Re: Meg 424 - Thirty Megnificent Years
« on: 17 September, 2020, 08:43:41 AM »
I assume it's meant to be funny,  because why else would you do it?  In the space of two pages there's Cal, Quincy, Slocum and effin' Fish. If that's not meant to be a gag, what exactly is it?  The idea of a noir art deco MC-1 I like,  even America and Rico as protagonists, but EVERY CHARACTER. It's like being hit over the head with Sc*j* script.

Again, I'm not quite sure why you'd assume that. Lots of mirror/alt-universe stories in Star Trek/Stargate/et al play the actual stories completely straight — there's a meta-level of intellectual amusement for the viewer in seeing characters they know well play against type, or stick to type despite different circumstances. That was the vibe I got from the first page and, in the absence of actual gags, is what I assumed was the intent.

YMM, plainly, V, and I'm not going to try and convince you otherwise but, maybe, try to give it a chance with that more in mind?

(I recently had to restart reading a novel after a significant number of chapters because I realised that I wasn't enjoying it not because it was bad, but because I was reading it with the wrong tone in my head. Maybe that's not what's happening here, so feel free to ignore me on this.)

Megazine / Re: Meg 424 - Thirty Megnificent Years
« on: 17 September, 2020, 08:04:38 AM »
but as a comedy conceit this was like a lead boot on an otherwise very lovely strip.

I'm not entirely sure why you think this is supposed to be funny, TB…? I'm pretty sure if it was meant to be, Ken would have put some jokes in it.

(Edit: by which I mean, it's clear the basic conceit is meant to amuse but Dave's deco-noir stylings wouldn't seem to be a good fit for 'comedy' and that doesn't seem to be where this is pitched.)

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 16 September, 2020, 09:56:00 PM »
I always understood Labour's Brexit stance to be one of having their cake and eating it, or of fence-sitting in a vain attempt to appeal to everyone.

This is ludicrously simplistic. At its core, the problem is this: Conservative supporters split about 75/25 Leave/Remain. That meant the Tories could go all in on Brexit and abandon that 25%, figuring they’d pick up a good chunk of UKIP/Brexit Party support in compensation. Labour support splits 35/65 Leave/Remain — too many Leavers to just write off, because they wouldn’t pick up disaffected Tory Remainers if they moved to a hard Remain position, but obviously if they moved to a hard Leave position then two-thirds of their support would evaporate.

Corbyn, Starmer, whoever was leader, there was no squaring that circle. Depressingly, the party’s 2019 position was perfectly sensible, but it turns out Labour Leave voters would rather have a Conservative government than risk their precious Brexit.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 16 September, 2020, 09:25:36 AM »
Rumours floating about that Johnson may resign in January.

I've thought this was a likely scenario for some time now. He'll hang on until January so he can be the PM "that got Brexit done" (and also, no one will want to step into the role just in time for the no-deal shitshow). I can practically guarantee it'll be for "health reasons" — never fully recovered from Covid, fwah, fwah, for the good of the nation, fwah! Nil desperandum, quote from Shakespeare, and he'll be off to take up a few cushy directorships and a lucrative turn on the speaking circuit.

And then, God help us, it'll probably be Gove, who's Murdoch's preference.

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