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Prog / Re: 2000 AD in Stages
« on: 02 June, 2020, 01:54:43 PM »
Why do you say not the one? She’s the same Judge Steel, isn’t she?

They're sisters, aren't they?


Prog / Re: Prog 2183: Regened - Five knockout thrills!
« on: 28 May, 2020, 12:46:46 PM »
(Children don't want to read stories about children anyway.)

The briefest look at children’s TV suggests this is utter bollocks.

Children don't make TV shows, they just watch the children's TV shows that exist, because the alternative is not to watch at all.

Perhaps I came across as too dogmatic, because I just wrote one sentence instead of an essay, which doesn't leave any room for nuance. I don't mean that children hate stories about children. Just that they generally don't require stories to be about children, but are usually quite happy reading stories about adults. When 2000 AD started, it was aimed at the same age group as the Regened prog, but the stories then were not Cadet Dredd, or Teen MACH One or whatever. Yet somehow it lasted for 43 years, when other titles didn't.

Have you ever pitched an animated series for children’s TV?  Because one of us in this conversation has. The people you’ll be pitching to are armed with a whole mass of audience survey data and even child psychology consultancy info, and it all tells them one thing:  children want to experience stories featuring age-appropriate protagonists.

It doesn’t matter what you or I were reading or watching 40 years ago. It’s completely irrelevant. That’s where the market and cultural mood is today.

Prog / Re: Prog 2183: Regened - Five knockout thrills!
« on: 28 May, 2020, 10:47:26 AM »
(Children don't want to read stories about children anyway.)

The briefest look at children’s TV suggests this is utter bollocks.

In actual reality:

“With no-one knowing what the retail market will be like when things start to go back to a semblance of normal, and editorial staff currently working flat-out from home just to keep the weekly prog happening, there’ s never been a worse time to even think about doing a second weekly title of anything.”

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 14 February, 2020, 12:15:46 PM »
Also, yesterday I realised that 'Colosseum' must literally just mean 'very big thing' even though I don't speak Latin.

A Latin bore writes:

The Colosseum is named after the giant statue that the Emperor Nero had made of himself - Nero’s Colossus -that used to stand nearby.  The Romans didn’t call the place the Colosseum at all, though.  To them, it was the Flavian Amphitheatre.

General / Re: Bad Company
« on: 19 January, 2020, 05:18:54 PM »

Fleetway thought 2000AD PR droid Igor Goldkind - star of a thousand comic con hotel bar stories - was some kind of genius because he was suddenly getting 2000AD and 2000AD creators TV coverage. It eventually dawned that all this coverage was basically on the same late-night London show, and that someone on the show was probably part of Igor’s eventful social life.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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