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Downlode Tales is before my return so I am not familiar with the series, you can just as well then vote for Sinister Dexter.

Yep fair. I suspect that's what most would do anyway so I don't think this is actually going to have any real impact on the vote.

Should Downlode Tales be considered part of Sinister Dexter rather than a separate thing?
Similarly isn't The Dead Man effectively a Dredd strip but with a different banner stuck on it?

Although I suspect these semantics aren't really going to have a major impact on the vote.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 10 July, 2020, 12:55:23 PM »
It's sooooo good.  Can't wait to get the last one and then commence a full re-read from start to finish.

This might just be the point where I jump onto this thrill train. The floppies from this run do some nice filling in around stuff the Ultimate Collection; some of the pre-Abnett Durham Red tales, Finn, American Gothic, Harry Kipling, some extra SinDex (although I guess some of that might get duped in the upcoming volume). Looks like there's a bunch of Dredd that's not in the Mega Collection too.

Yeah I think I've just talked myself into this one.

Music / Re: Mash-ups!
« on: 06 July, 2020, 12:30:24 PM »
Toecutter - Come On Barbie

Barbie Girl like you've never heard it before

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 05 July, 2020, 08:42:53 PM »
Yeah I have to admit part of my thought process was at this price I can always recoup my money if I can't stand the recolouring - so I guess that makes 2 of us Colin. Although I'm not sure that's quite the same as flipping where people are buying things at a discount and/or from limited runs purely with the intent of selling them on at a profit later.

Books & Comics / Re: Humanoids Comics Bundle
« on: 05 July, 2020, 08:37:33 PM »
Well I finally got around to finishing Carthago. It ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger with a big reveal about one of the characters and an "End Of First Cycle". Can't say it was a complete surprise as it was foreshadowed over the preceding couple of episodes but it's taking the tale in a new direction that certainly wasn't obvious right back at the start. Being critical it gets a little convoluted at times jumping around it's various threads but it's been enjoyable stuff. I can see myself tracking down the continuation when it eventually lands (from the Humanoids site it looks like it was scheduled for April so I'm guessing it's been delayed). Not sure if I'll get those in digital or track down the trade - kinda depends on the price and space on bookcases (which is becoming a seriously limiting factor).

Books & Comics / Re: Bargains/deals thread (?)
« on: 05 July, 2020, 12:56:40 PM »
Vol 2 of the Absolute edition of Moore's Swamp Thing is going for the bargin price of £28 on Amazon at the moment https://www.amazon.co.uk/Absolute-Swamp-Thing-Alan-Moore/dp/1779502826

General / Re: The Megazine Rebellion Years Top 10 Series - Tournament
« on: 02 July, 2020, 07:07:56 PM »
1). Lawless
2). The Dark Judges - (Dominion/Torture Garden)
3). The Simping Detective
4). Cursed Earth Koburn
5). Low Life
6). Insurrection
7). Devlin Waugh
8). Tales from the Black Museum
9). Ordinary
10). Judge Anderson

The main thing I discovered from this tournament is just how highly I rate Summer Magic!

I grabbed Andy's copy of Summer Magic in his big clearout (see Classifieds thread) largely on the strength of the love it was shown during those votes. It's clearly rated very highly by many boarders so I felt I owed it to myself to go and check it out (especially at a bargin 2nd hand price).

These competitions have been a great source of discussion and have already highlighted a few strips I need to track down - thanks for your work organising this Colin.

General / Re: 3rd place play off - Ian Edginton or Alan Moore - UNWT
« on: 01 July, 2020, 06:29:45 PM »
Moore gave us some unforgettable entries in the progs history but Edginton just keeps pumping out magical worlds  - I'm going to have to go Edginton

General / Re: FINAL - Dan Abnett or Pat Mills - For the Godpleton Cup
« on: 01 July, 2020, 12:48:37 PM »
This is a really tough call. I've been sitting on the fence trying to make up my mind most of the week as both of them are incredible writers.

After much consideration I think I've got to give it to Abnett. Brink, Lawless and Kingdom are all superb and for me rivial the golden age runs of Nemesis, Slaine and ABCs. Which means it comes down to the next tier of thrills to break the tie and it's here I feel Abnett really has the edge. Pat's writing is just a lot more variable compared to the consistent thrillpower delivered by the Abnett droid.

Announcements / Re: 2000 AD - The Ultimate Collection
« on: 29 June, 2020, 08:18:22 PM »
Holy Shit is Dante amazing. Just wow; that was some absolutely top quality comics. Glad I skipped A Farewell To Arms in the recent Sci-fi special, that was intense and I can't imagine that having the same impact out of context. What a really odd choice for the special too, I can understand why they wanted some Dante in there but surely there were some more suitable one-offs from earlier in the run?

Can't wait for the conclusion in 2 months time.

General / Re: The Rebellion Years Top 10 Series - Tournament
« on: 28 June, 2020, 09:21:02 PM »
I hope we will get a second TPB of Jaegir soon.

Hachette have announced it as part of their extension - given their standard page counts I expect that'll cover all the material to date.  Not sure what that'll mean for a second trade.

Off Topic / Re: The Death of Verbal Cultural Memes
« on: 28 June, 2020, 10:20:27 AM »
There's definitely an argument for the cultural pool becoming more fragmented. Everyone knew those TV tropes in the 80s and 90s because there were only 4 TV channels; less choice meant that any given quote was more likely to be instantly recognisable even across generations or cultural groups. Now with the advent of streaming and everyone picking their own TV schedule that breaks down. I very much doubt I'm watching the same telly my uncles and aunts are these days but I bet there was at least some cross over in the 90s. Add to that the fact that there's a shift towards immersive computer games as a major form of plot driven entertainment. Lots of memes I don't immediately grok seem to originate from that sphere.

Then there are the weirder corners of the internet which seem to act as breeding grounds where in jokes can develop a life of their own. I mean who would have predicted Pepe the Frog would become a mascot for right wing politics? Or that anti-government libertarians would adopt Boogaloo, a reference to Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, as slang for the coming civil war? And from there develop a flag with a Big Igloo on it? 

I have no idea why one of the rows of that flag has a red floral pattern on it but I bet it has meaning to those in the know. One's ability to parse these references seems to be the new means of gatekeeping certain cultural spaces.

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