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Messages - GordonR

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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 08 October, 2019, 06:31:29 pm »
Wasn't the name 'National Socialists' kind of deliberately oxymoronic? Almsot sarcastic, like a primitive kind of trolling or something?

No.  The original title was the German Workers Party, later changed to the National Socialist German Workers Party.  Hitler objected strongly to the inclusion of the word ‘socialist’, but was overruled.  (Remember, he didn’t start the party and wasn’t in charge at this point.)

The workers/socialist thing was to draw people away from actual socialist/communist groups, of which there were many at this volatile time.  The party was, and always had been, composed of crazed right-wing German nationalists.

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Events / Re: Day of Dredd
« on: 07 September, 2019, 03:16:02 pm »
Forbidden Planet Glasgow are threatening to have regular signing events at their ginormous new store in Sauchiehall Street after it opens (projected October, I think), which would be the last chance saloon for Glasgow squaax to actually turn up for something.  (The all-time low: three of you, at a signing in A1 in Parnie Street a couple of years ago.)

State of play at the moment, though: the current Glasgow FP is too small and crowded, and FP Edinburgh just do not seem interested. Hence why the nearest Day of Dredd event is happening in Newcastle.

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Prog / Re: Prog 2144 War Crimes and Retribution
« on: 10 August, 2019, 03:36:57 pm »
General Kovert

You're kidding me.

Helm, Gunnar, Bagman, Major Magnum, a war-criminal hunter called "Hunter".... and you find this surprising?

Colonel Kovert is a character in the original Rogue stories.  This is the same GFD Nu Earth character, a few years further down the timeline.

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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 18 July, 2019, 07:56:32 am »
Trump Tower was completed in 1983.  I doubt anyone in the UK had really heard of just another New York property developer Donald Trump when that story appeared years earlier.

When I lived in NY in 1987, he was definitely becoming A Thing by then, at least in the US.  By 1990, he and Trump Tower were well enough known to be majorly lampooned in Gremlins 2

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What can I say?  That some of us still have the sad vestiges of creative integrity?

As I said, I haven’t looked at I n years, but Storming Heaven probably needed another 15-20 pages. Most of it devoted to some desperately needed character development.

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Yeah, that stupid foreign rights packaging deal did for Storming Heaven. I was told I could do it as one book of about 45 pages (not enough pages) or two books of 90 pages total.  (Which was too many pages.)

So it was somewhat irritating when that deal ended up coming to nothing, despite its format being imposed on already commissioned work.

TBH, Storming Heaven was a creative failure anyway - not a work I ever revisit - and taught me that superheroes really aren’t my thing.

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General / Re: Do John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra own Judge Dredd?
« on: 20 May, 2019, 08:35:13 am »
...i...half-informed internet speculation...

Oh, I think you’re giving Frank’s characteristic shit-stirring way too much credit there.

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General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 02 May, 2019, 11:53:15 pm »
The Mater Clementia comes from various creepy-looking statues of veiled Vestal Virgins, but especially the famous 19th century one at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

With a bit of vintage Dario Argento thrown in.

Not familiar with the Stones album, but I imagine they were riffing from the same source.

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General / Re: Wagner and Dredd
« on: 26 March, 2019, 10:56:30 am »
The manga guys have studios full of people working on these books. It might be their sole name on the cover, but these are big collaborative projects.

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General / Re: Wagner and Dredd
« on: 25 March, 2019, 06:31:26 pm »
Dave Sim wrote (and pencilled) over 6000 pages of Cerebus the Aardvark, which has got to take some beating.

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News / Re: Button Man coming to Netflix.
« on: 18 March, 2019, 12:19:49 am »
You be sure and let us know when they cast a 75 year-old actor in the role, and use expensive - and probably dodgy - cgi to de-age him 30 years, instead of using an age-appropriate actor who still has a career and might actually bring an audience to the thing.

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News / Re: Button Man coming to Netflix.
« on: 17 March, 2019, 11:14:27 pm »
Splendid news. Rutger Hauer for Harry and Frank Bruno for Carl please.

What was the last recent Rutger Hauer film you saw?  Dude’s in his mid-70s.

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General / Re: Collected Megazine interviews?
« on: 17 January, 2019, 10:57:41 am »
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Is there a chance that the interviews with 2000 AD creators might be collected in a reprint volume?

Not if soneone’s breaching copyright and making them available for free on Facebook, I would have thought.

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Books & Comics / Re: Toxic
« on: 10 January, 2019, 05:50:50 pm »
Yeah, there’s no great mystery about it. People ‘wandered off’ without completing work because they weren’t getting paid, or because promises to them had been broken.

Compounding Toxic’s problems, it basically didn’t have an editor for much of its short history. Marvel US editor Margaret Clark signed up for the job - and that’s a weird fit right there for a UK weekly newssstand anthology title - but backed out late in the day,  strangely preferring Manhattan to a move to Leicester.

Alan Grant and Pat Mills kind of unhappily oversaw things for a while, and a young Dan Abnett became official editor just in time for the whole thing to fold.

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Books & Comics / Re: Toxic
« on: 09 January, 2019, 10:51:43 pm »
Yeah.  “Pure punk rock comics”....in 1991.

tbh, in long-distance retrospect, it’s just kinda embarrassing dad comix put together by ageing enfants terrible; a comedy editor called Doc Toxx and a letters column called Dump Your Load, because that’s what they thought the kidz were into.

The background financial shennigans, friendships trashed and some induvuals’ very flexible definition of  creator rights is Toxic’s best story.

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