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Off Topic / Re: It's a bit warm/ wet/ cold outside
« on: 14 February, 2020, 11:09:10 am »
Although it turns out if you have a seafood allergy, you’re basically fucked when it comes to eating insects. So that’s me out when it comes to such nosh.

Oh! What sort of seafood? I have an unpleasant but non-life-threatening one, but only (I think) to certain kinds of fish…

Creative Common / Re: Zound Effects & More!
« on: 11 February, 2020, 12:41:32 pm »
But when they’re carefully integrated, they can work very well, as here.

That's very kind, IP, but I should stress that I have the luxury of 1) only one strip per week, and 2) not very many SFX. If I had more pages or more FX, I don't think I'd be able to spend the (significant) amount of time this takes.

I think it's also worth keeping in mind that even back in the days of hand-lettering, if you saw SFX that were worked into the art, the chances are the artist did it. Tom Frame's preferred solution most of the time was to reach for the fattest black marker he could find. I'm not saying that wasn't effective but it wasn't desperately sympathetic to the art!

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 11 February, 2020, 12:34:56 pm »
Utterly bewildering why it's floundering at the Box Office.

I'm not sure reports of its floundering are entirely fair… it's certainly not doing the sort of box office superhero movies, even the DCEU ones, are expected to make these days, but its opening take was almost identical to Ford vs Ferrari, which was immediately hailed as a box office hit and cost more to make than BoP.

General / Re: 2000 AD ART STARS - JUDGE DEATH
« on: 11 February, 2020, 10:51:23 am »
after eight years of the comp I'm sad to announce that I'm stepping down.

"And now his watch is ended."

Thank you for your service… to Thrill-Power. :-)

Creative Common / Zound Effects & More!
« on: 10 February, 2020, 07:32:12 pm »
A bit of a process post over on my blog about lettering Zaucer of Zilk for the Mighty One.

(Probably not terribly interesting to anyone who isn't a letterer, so you have been warned!)

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 03 February, 2020, 10:19:39 am »
Well, the Brexiteers have taken to Twitter shouting "See, the planes are still flying and there's still food on the supermarket shelves — we told you it was all Project Fear"…

Blithely ignoring the reality (as Brexiteers are wont to do) that none of that shit is happening precisely because the Brexit hardliners were prevented from pushing through a no deal Brexit. They're crowing about a thing they literally decried as a betrayal of Brexit and fought against tooth and claw.

As always, the indefatigable David Allen Green has more to say on the subject.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 01 February, 2020, 10:04:47 am »
Well, that's any hope that things might get more sensible now we've got past 'Brexit Day' out of the window.

Boris Johnson plans to 'put pressure on the EU' by hampering the inward flow of goods to the UK… basically imposing sanctions on his own country.

(The UK imports over a third of all the food consumed in the country, and 80% of that comes from the EU.)

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 31 January, 2020, 11:39:34 pm »

I remember the same discussion about not leaving office surrounding Bush. And Obama.

Links, please.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 31 January, 2020, 09:49:34 pm »
Christ, that is terrifying.  I find myself reduced to a position of hoping his shitty junk food diet catches up with him.

There have been something like 400 bits of legislation McConnell has refused to even make tine to debate since Trump has been in office. That’s because he’s done nothing but bulldoze judicial appointments through the Senate for the last three years.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 31 January, 2020, 08:07:44 pm »
It's a worry alright. Acquittal is pretty much a certainty, as, in my view, is re-election.  His next project will involve working out how to stay there.

With the Supreme Court now stacked with Republican appointees, and McConnell’s determined effort to stuff all the lower levels of the judiciary with Republicans, there’ll be no route for a legal challenge if Trump just announces he’s not going in the event of an election loss.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 31 January, 2020, 12:50:49 pm »
I think a lot of Leave voters will take it as read that Brexit is "done". They didn't bother informing themselves of the inconvenient nitty-gritty at any other point during the process, so I don't think they'll start now. The Tories will certainly try to spin this as "delivering Brexit" and I'm sure their friends in the broadcast and print media will repeat this message as uncritically as everything else that comes out of the Conservative press office.

If this goes off the front page, away from the glare of constant coverage, I suspect a lot of cans will get kicked down the road and a lot of red lines will quietly go away.

Notice that Rees-Mogg has been deleting every Tweet on his timeline that claimed "no deal was better than a bad deal". The ERG doesn't have the luxury of being a protest group within the Tories any more — they own this now. It's in the Tories' interests to give the impression that this is all done and then try to steer a far less disastrous course when they think no one is looking.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 31 January, 2020, 12:41:00 pm »
Can't find that link I'm afraid, Jim. I really want to read the article though

Hmm. Sorry about that! The hyperlink on the word "here" at the end of my post seems to be working for me, but here's the full URL:


Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 31 January, 2020, 11:13:43 am »
For everyone feeling depressed/angry/upset/all of the above on "Brexit Day"… I'd urge you to read David Allen Green's (as always) eminently clear and sensible analysis of what this means (linked below).

The short version is: the referendum result is done. The Leavers can no longer bang on about "the will of the people" because they've got exactly what they voted for. The UK is no longer a member of the EU. Nothing else was provided for in the terms of that mandate so they will have to argue everything else on merit.

We 'lost', but everything else is in play now and the Brexiteers can no longer deflect counter-arguments with the cover-all "will of the people" nonsense.

For those of you not familiar with him, David Allen Green is a constitutional lawyer, a long-standing Eurosceptic but 'pragmatic remainer' (he believes that the sensible time to have come out of the EU was over Maastricht but that it's been too complex to bother with since then) and you'll find his thoughts here.

Creative Common / Adobe Alternatives: Lettering with Affinity Designer
« on: 30 January, 2020, 03:38:11 pm »
New blog post! I've been putting Affinity Designer through its paces as an alternative to Illustrator for lettering. Short version: all the big stuff is there, but some of the smaller stuff that's missing may well be a deal-breaker for many.

Long version at my blog, here.

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