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Prog / Re: Prog 2229 - Crunch Point!
« on: 06 May, 2021, 12:36:20 PM »
Short version: it’s a VR Prison story.

Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 30 March, 2021, 10:09:37 AM »
It you read the news stories of the time, then it’s obvious there was a major changing of the guard at IM Global, with new management doing a 180 degree pivot away from investment in film & TV production, and back toward the less risky areas of distribution.

Film & TV / Re: Judge Dredd: Mega-City One - TV show announced!
« on: 29 March, 2021, 07:49:35 PM »
Tales from Development Hell by David Hughes is well worth reading if anyone wants insight into the process of making movies.

Complete tangent from the "it's a small world" department. I worked extensively for Dave's Intellect Devourer and Skeleton Crew* fanzines in the late 80s and got quite savagely drunk with him a couple of times. Dave also edited the features for the Dark Horse International repackaging of the US Aliens material and wrote the alien biology articles for him that ended up (largely uncredited) in the Aliens Technical Manual book. I moved with Skeleton Crew when it turned into a pro magazine, and then Dave managed to get himself fired from his own magazine, then sacked from another one for (I believe) transcribing other people's movie reviews for his own column.

He seems to have found his way back to respectability after a number of wilderness years that began in the mid-nineties and seems to have his shit together these days, which I'm very pleased to see.

*Both the fanzine and pro incarnations of Skeleton Crew used 'The Creep's Kevin Cullen extensively for spot illos in text features, if you want a House of Tharg link in this otherwise pointless digression.


I remember Dave.  And I remember him getting fired from a magazine I was doing bits and pieces for when they found out he was just verbatim copying his movie articles from daily newspapers etc.

It was probably easier to get away with this stuff before the interwebz.

Prog / Re: Prog 2223 - The Root Of All Evil
« on: 26 March, 2021, 07:42:33 AM »
Which makes me wonder if the abrupt conclusion to 'Nemesis' was down to his abrasive working relationship with David Bishop and/or a fortunately unfounded suspicion that 2000AD wasn't going to be around much longer?

I have a vague recollection that Kev O'Neill said he'd draw the 'last' episode on condition that it was the last episode.

That’s the one.  Trust me, if Kev hadn’t imposed that condition, Nemesis would have been joylessly grinding on to this day, like Slaine and ABC Warriors.

Prog / Re: Prog 2223 - The Root Of All Evil
« on: 25 March, 2021, 04:41:20 PM »
It was nice to see that—and his positive words about Matt Smith. But he also branded Rebellion as “profit first and creativity second”, which is quite something. If Rebellion only cared about profit, it wouldn’t take any risks, and that slew of specials and niche reprint—a chunk of which is Mills’s work—definitely sits in the ‘risk’ category.
I just can't get on his side when he lobs out jabs like that. Is there a Rebellion-hating audience he's trying to pander to with those kinds of comments?

You’re obviously not on Facebook, then.

Prog / Re: Prog 2223 - The Root Of All Evil
« on: 20 March, 2021, 01:33:55 PM »
By the way, is there a term for the period of self-imposed hiatus experienced by Squaxx of a certain age, when they left the GGC in the early 90's only to return in recent times?

Tooth break?

I’d suggest ”Haha, we’re all going to make a fortune from Toxic!  Oh no, wait a minute, we’re not”

Books & Comics / Re: SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
« on: 18 March, 2021, 09:58:43 PM »
Will we get a second issue?

I'll be mildly surprised if there's a #2, and fucking astonished if there's a #3.

Prog / Re: Prog 2220 Regened: Earth-Shattering
« on: 23 February, 2021, 06:07:32 PM »
There’s certainly still a place for grittier and somewhat subversive content. But the nature of what’s served up isn’t going to work if it’s a facsimile of 1970s 2000 AD, with its black and white art, episodic nature, and strips full of 30-something white men.

SpaceWarp is 71.

Prog / Re: Prog 2216 - High Noon!
« on: 31 January, 2021, 11:44:02 AM »
“I can’t believe people are slagging off stuff I really like.”

/prroceeds to slag off stuff that other people must surely really like

Classic stuff.

General / Re: Wishlist for 2021
« on: 14 January, 2021, 06:18:55 PM »
There were only two strips in Crisis at the time - 3WW and New Statesmen. Neither of them are creator-owned. Or do you really think a neophyte John Smith would he given a far better deal than Pat Mills and Carlos Ezquerra?

The era of creator-owned deals offered to a few veteran creators on a few very specific projects was still about a decade away.

But, please, continue prattling on about this.

General / Re: Wishlist for 2021
« on: 14 January, 2021, 05:12:10 PM »
If New Statesmen was creator-owned, then surely Third World War would be too?

(Hint: it isn’t.)

Prog / Re: Prog 2209 - Bad Blood!
« on: 12 December, 2020, 12:45:01 PM »

I thought the "fin" at the end of the story was a very nice touch.

Yeah that got a huge LOL from me. I can imagine Tharg accepting the pitch based solely on "It's Hookjaw, some people will get eaten and instead of THE END we'll use FIN".

/whisper. The movie The Meg, two years old now, ends with the exact same gag.


General / Re: That Twitter thread… You know the one
« on: 26 November, 2020, 07:13:39 PM »
Imagine how much sleep I’ll lose tonight worrying about what the ming mongs (copyright Russell T Davies) of Gallifrey Base are saying.

General / Re: That Twitter thread… You know the one
« on: 23 November, 2020, 11:14:59 PM »
Urgh. I’d no idea BMC was a full-on Trumper. What next? Will we discover Dan Abnett punches dolphins for fun?

He’s been the full KP nutter for years.

The Twitter thing with him and Pat is just unintentional comedy gold.

General / Re: That Twitter thread… You know the one
« on: 22 November, 2020, 03:34:59 PM »
Yes, when Pat bangs on about creator rights, what he really means is Pat's Rights.  If you think any different, then you have no idea what goes on behind the scenes, or the creative collaborators he's stomped on over the years.

As an example, I'll ask the question I've still never got a satisfactory answer to: where's my late friend Martin Emond's credit on the Accident Man movie?  He was the artist who designed and drew the character in Toxic (this is normally called 'co-creator' among people who are interested in comic creator rights) and yet the only creator credits on the movie are for Pat Mills & co-writer Tony Skinner.  Drew it all themselves, did they?

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